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Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #2: Chosen goes for 12 Speeds, Cippollini Gets Aero, DT Swiss & HED Get Wider and MORE!

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Welcome back to Eurobike coverage part deux! With more categories to cover than ever, this year’s show was huge and kept us on our toes more than ever. Pour yourself a well deserved scotch, kick your feet up, and travel into this week’s coverage of Eurobike 2015.

And in case you missed Week 1’s exciting coverage, check it out!


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Industry News

  • Shimano to Develop Leisure Complex in Netherlands – Shimano Europe has signed a letter of intent to develop a new cycling, fishing and rowing complex in Valkenburg, Netherlands that is due for completion in 2017. The Shimano Experience Center will allow visitors to share the love of cycling, fishing and rowing – Shimano’s three core passions – and show visitors fun ways to get involved in these sports. You can find more on the story here.


Zwift opens up Richmond UCI World Championship Road Course for virtual racing fun


Wanna race Richmond’s UCI Road Race World Championships? How ’bout racing it from the “comfort” of your own torture chamber?

Zwift, which is still in free public beta with versions for both Mac and PC, will let you do just that on select weekends throughout September. So, between checking out all of our Eurobike and Interbike coverage here on Bikerumor (which, ahem, is the best you’ll find – toot, toot!), you can see how you’d handle the pro course.

“What’s not to like about this? For the first time ever, anyone, anywhere, with some pretty basic equipment and an internet connection will be able to test themselves on a 3D version of the course that will be used for the UCI Road World Championships,” said Zwift Co-Founder and CEO Eric Min. “As we approach one year in Beta, this project is the perfect tribute to our global user base. They’ve helped us to create an awesome product and now they can come together in their thousands on the world championship course”

The course will be live on Zwift on the following dates: September 1st to 8th,September 13th to 15th, September 20th to 27th. Click through for more images of the course…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

UCI Worlds


  • 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships  – This year’s Worlds are in Vallnord, Andorra and can be seen on Redbull.TV. The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country race is Saturday, September 5th while the Men’s and Ladies Downhill will be aired on Sunday the 6th.


Peaks Coaching: Power Training Zones 101

By Gordon Paulson, PCG Elite/Master Coach

Power Training Zones 101 - Peaks Coaching Group

PCG coaches Tim Cusick and Scott Moninger ride at a PCG training camp in Mallorca, Spain

Understanding power zones can unlock the impressive potential of your power meter and ensure your training is targeted to take you to the next level of performance. Not all coaches use the same description of training zones; the names, values, and even labels vary among the different systems. Here at Peaks Coaching Group we use the seven zones developed by Dr. Andy Coggan for training with power. Each of these zones is expressed as a percentage of functional threshold power (FTP). The time you can sustain a continuous effort in the power zone (“burn time”) decreases as the wattage for the zone increases. Keep in mind, however, that these changes take place on a continuum and are not represented by “bright line” points.

Click through for more on each zone…

EB15: Feedback Sports takes Omnium roller trainer and makes it better.


Borrowing the Sportcrafters’ Omnium roller design, Feedback sports has crafted it into a sturdier, sexier unit for keeping you strong through the winter. Or just warming up before a race.

We’ve seen the Omnium’s first edition from Sportcrafters at Interbike 2013 and again in our own office, and the rolling parts carry over here. It’s still using their progressive magnetic resistance that moves the magnet closer to the drum as it goes faster. What’s changed is the overall structure, making for a better platform to hammer upon.

Unfold the tech details below…


EB15: SRM turns on Bluetooth for PC8, adds 1x mountain bike power meters & builds an app


The SRM PC8 was first announced almost two years ago, with an announcement that it started shipping earlier this year. Now, the company is prepping a major firmware update, with Bluetooth connectivity getting turned on sometime in September 2015 if all goes to plan. That’ll let it connect to the upcoming SRM app, but the usage benefits of that might need some time to be realized.

There’s also a WiFi a transmitter in the PC8, but it’s not activated yet. That’s something they’re working on, but the demand for the device was so high, they wanted to go ahead and start shipping them this past May with all the hardware on board, then bring new features online as they could. Eventually, it’ll download your ride data wirelessly and send it to the cloud…


EB15: Stages adds power meters to carbon cranks – Campy, FSA & proprietary SRAM solutions


Stages Power has finally unlocked a way to bring their single sided power meter to left crank arms everywhere. Or, at least, to modern Campy, FSA and most SRAM cranksets.

To make it work with carbon,they had to develop a new strain gauge and assembly method – it takes about 30% longer to install them on carbon then on the alloy arms. They have to polish off the top clear coat layers, but don’t worry, Stages assumes the warranty from the original manufacturer should anything happen. The actual physical changes to the strain gauge and other internals are not something they would divulge. But they did say that one of the biggest challenges was keeping it accurate in fluctuating temperatures. Once they solved that, they were able to offer a product that doesn’t need to be zero calibrated when the temps change, maintaining its accuracy from ride to ride.


Review: Revisiting Praxis Road and Cyclocross Chainrings, Long-Term


It’s been more than four and a half years since we last did a proper review of a set of chainrings from Praxis. While they do get pretty rave reviews from everyone who rides them, we thought it was time to revisit a few sets that we have put several thousand kms on to let you know how they have worked out and how they’ve held up over the long haul. The sets we’ll talk about in detail are the Standard Road 53/39 Clover rings, the all black Compact Road 50/34 rings, and the Cyclocross 46/36 rings.

Come past the break for our thoughts, detailed wear photos, and actual weights…