Hands On: All new CycleOps Hammer *quietly* smashes the direct drive trainer world

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Trainers are the things we love to hate. If you’re one of those that cringe every time the temp drops because you can hear that dust covered trainer calling from behind eight months worth of basement clutter… well, there’s hope. In recent years we’ve seen the next generation of trainers emerge with a direct drive system that eliminates the tire (shredding) to roller interface with a more refined system that is intended to create a better, more realistic experience.

While placed in the highest price bracket, direct drive trainers have taken off better than many would have suspected for such a torturous device. Though partially because technology at that level allowed for ANT+ and Bluetooth integration so a number of devices and “reactive” simulators could be used to make things more entertaining, they really have put a lot of emphasis on making them feel more realistic. Ironically CycleOps, the largest trainer manufacturer, (who is under the Saris umbrella along with PowerTap), was surprisingly missing in this new category of trainers. From the looks of it, the folks at CycleOps were studying the competition and listening to feedback VERY closely and knocked this one out of the park.

Check out what they came up with and their pretty ingenious axle interface that will fit about every current & future bike. Also a video showing how freaking quiet it is (good luck hearing it over people talking). This might just be the trainer you hate to love…

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Trainers are the things we love to hate. If you’re one of those that cringe every time the temp drops because you can hear that dust covered trainer calling from behind eight months worth of basement clutter… well, there’s hope. In recent years we’ve seen the next generation of trainers emerge with a direct drive system that […]

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New Argon Electron Pro debuts sharp design under the Danish national track team

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From the Canadian designers and engineers at Argon 18 comes a new track racing machine for another nation of cyclists. Working with the Danish Track Cycling Team, Argon 18 has just announced the completely overhauled Electron Pro that will be the official bike of the Danes for the upcoming Rio Olympics. The bike is a giant step up for Argon in the aero realm, and a ground-up redesign of their top track platform, showing almost no similarities to their current bike other than two wheels. The bike that Denmark will be riding this August to try to expand on their single Gold medal track win from 2012  shows improvements even to Argon’s aero road and tri bikes that may have implications on the road as well…

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From the Canadian designers and engineers at Argon 18 comes a new track racing machine for another nation of cyclists. Working with the Danish Track Cycling Team, Argon 18 has just announced the completely overhauled Electron Pro that will be the official bike of the Danes for the upcoming Rio Olympics. The bike is a giant step up for […]

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Cannondale Quick flat bar road hybrid gets leaner & faster

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While most traditional hybrids blend the durability and upright ride of mountain bikes with the smooth, narrower tires of a road bike, there tends to be a lot of compromise getting something in between. The result is often an overbuilt bike that can stand up to almost any riding abuse, but ends up being rather heavy and with a harsh ride.

The latest Cannondale Quick tries to solve all of those concerns in a light, fast moving bike that they think will help motivate those cyclists who just want to get out and improve their fitness. As more folks take up cycling to improve their health, or even just see a bike as a more rational way to get back and forth from the gym, a bike like the Quick offers a lot of promise. Jump past the break to get a look at the details, and some of the many build options Cannondale has at every price level, from really low-cost up to a Shimano 105 build with hydraulic disc brakes…
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While most traditional hybrids blend the durability and upright ride of mountain bikes with the smooth, narrower tires of a road bike, there tends to be a lot of compromise getting something in between. The result is often an overbuilt bike that can stand up to almost any riding abuse, but ends up being rather heavy […]

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Polar launches special edition V800 GPS watches, including new performance upgrades

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Pairing with multi-time world triathlon champion Javier Gomez Noya, Polar has created a special signature edition package of their flagship GPS watch geared towards the multi-sport athlete. The Gomez Noya special edition watch comes with a more stealthy all-black bezel and either a black wristband of a vibrant red version. Plus the kit adds everything you need for your own swim, bike, run adventure. In addition to the aesthetic update, the special edition watches bring with them updated functionality, including new 3rd-party GPX track integration, expanded route and explore functions, and more customization with its built-in performance analytics. The new V800 also will now work with a new running training program that Polar also announced today.  Check out the details on the signature edition V800 & Running Program after the jump…

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Pairing with multi-time world triathlon champion Javier Gomez Noya, Polar has created a special signature edition package of their flagship GPS watch geared towards the multi-sport athlete. The Gomez Noya special edition watch comes with a more stealthy all-black bezel and either a black wristband of a vibrant red version. Plus the kit adds everything […]

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SOC16: Electronics round up – Niterider, BarFly and K-Edge mount up new lights and computers

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Sometimes, electronics on your ride are inevitable. Like if you want to go for a night ride and don’t have the night vision capabilities of the local wildlife. In the case of Niterider, there are a few new additions to existing products that will make mounting and using those electronics a bit easier. Not only has Niterider added the ability to control certain lights without moving your hand from the bar, they’ve also added the ability to adapt to evolving handlebar standards…

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Sometimes, electronics on your ride are inevitable. Like if you want to go for a night ride and don’t have the night vision capabilities of the local wildlife. In the case of Niterider, there are a few new additions to existing products that will make mounting and using those electronics a bit easier. Not only […]

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Pure Fix unveils three track racing Keirin setups

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We previewed Pure Fix’s 6061 Keirin Pro frameset at Interbike last fall, and now the brand has pulled the curtain off of three complete builds of the bike. Each of the three builds starts off with a track-specific alloy race frame ready to hit the banks of a velodrome, or the sketchy urban turns of events like last weekend’s Red Hook Crit. In either case the Keirins deliver race performance at three options under a grand. Take a close look at the bikes after the jump…

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We previewed Pure Fix’s 6061 Keirin Pro frameset at Interbike last fall, and now the brand has pulled the curtain off of three complete builds of the bike. Each of the three builds starts off with a track-specific alloy race frame ready to hit the banks of a velodrome, or the sketchy urban turns of events like last […]

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Pioneer power meters now just $499 for single leg, adds Shimano 105 compatibility

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The non-drive side power meter gets new (removable) branding.

Pioneer has just introduced their most affordable power meter option yet with a new way to use the single-leg sensor…on your own crank arms.

Originally, they sold the left or right sensor preinstalled on the crank arm, which meant you ended up with a spare after replacing the arm that was already on your bike. Now, they’re letting you simply send in your existing Shimano Dura-Ace, Ultegra or 105 11-speed crank arm and have their hi-def power meter sensor professionally installed for just $499.

That’s $130 less than the original cost for a non-drive Dura-Ace crank arm, and $60 off the Ultegra price. The 105 option is new, and brings their power measurement to an even lower overall system price point. Basically, the prior investment in the additional arm was simply returned as savings to the consumer…

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Pioneer has just introduced their most affordable power meter option yet with a new way to use the single-leg sensor…on your own crank arms. Originally, they sold the left or right sensor preinstalled on the crank arm, which meant you ended up with a spare after replacing the arm that was already on your bike. […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Experience the epic of British Coumbia with the Singletrack 6 – Ride Western Canada and take part in the multi-day cross-country mountain bike adventure this summer. TransRockies has just confirmed the dates and locations of this year’s six-day BC epic set for July 23-28. The event delivers back-to-back big mountain stages with separate timed descents through the heart of the beautiful Canadian Rockies. This year the race ventures deep into the interior, taking stops in Fernie, Cranbrook, Kimberley, and Golden. Register now via Singletrack6.com, and read on for more week’s end news bites…

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Experience the epic of British Coumbia with the Singletrack 6 – Ride Western Canada and take part in the multi-day cross-country mountain bike adventure this summer. TransRockies has just confirmed the dates and locations of this year’s six-day BC epic set for July 23-28. The event delivers back-to-back big mountain stages with separate timed descents through the heart of the beautiful […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing personal goals Liv-Cycling.com

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Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing […]

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