Posts in the category Triathlon

Review: Look Keo Blade 2 road bike pedals provide the snap, clickle & pop!

Look Keo Blade 2 CR road bike pedal review and actual weights

A quick bit about me. For many, many years, I was a Speedplay-only kinda guy. Coming from a mountain bike background, the quick and easy engagement of their Zero pedals just made a heck of a lotta sense. Just stomp and go, and beat everyone else off the line that’s trying to get the entry angle just right for their SPD style pedals.

Then I got a set of Shimano’s as part of the Ultregra Di2 group. Then the Keywins. Then I started really liking the broader platform those offered, even if it did take me a couple seconds more to get clipped in. The latest pedals that continue to sway me are the Look Keo Blade 2, and they provide the most satisfying click of any road pedal I’ve used. And they’re darn light and roll smooth.

We got off to a bit of a squeaky start, but the pedals and I have come love one another…

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Eurobike Awards 2014: Road, Tri, Mountain, City, and of course, E-Bikes

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If there was one bike in the awards area at the show that epitomizes the idea of a design award, it would probably be the Rafael r-023 Ueberbike. From the driveside it may be easy to overlook if you’re not into tri bikes, but as soon as you take a glance at the non-drive side of the bike it stops you in your tracks…

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EB14: Roundup – Road & Cyclocross Bikes to Amaze & Amuse

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CKT by Virenque offers frames and branded cockpit parts to assemble a frameset, with a range of road bike models to suit most tastes. The 589 was the real eyecatcher, with a monocoque frame, integrated seatmast and integrated TRP mini V-brakes. The color matched wheels and spokes didn’t hurt it visually, either.

If this one looks fast, there are plenty more below that look even faster…

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The Velocite RT50 Aero Wheels May Be The Most Extraordinary Use Of Computer Design In Cycling

Velocite-RT50-2nd-gen-front_r3qVelocite is constantly pushing the envelope of design, releasing the 2nd generation of the RT50 wheel set. Aimed at being aero, but not just in a straight line, the design story on these is long and technical, with Velocite breaking out computer hardware and software not typically used in the cycling industry.

They say the main objective in this redesign was to fine tune the handling of deep profile rims in crosswinds. The methods employed were cool to see, click through to get the scoop…

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Chase The Rainbow – 3T Offers Custom Colors for LTD Cockpit

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It may not seem like much, but when you’re paying for high end componentry the option for some color is a nice touch. 3T has been going through a rebranding process that differentiates their mountain line from the road – mountain gets a triangle, road gets a circle. As part of their new custom color program for the LTD cockpit, the road icon gets a new coat of paint in one of 6 bright colors.

Available directly from 3T, you can choose to run matching bars, stem, and post, or mix it up and go wild. Whatever you choose, you’ll get in on a couple free bonus goods from 3T if you order soon…

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EB14: Haero Carbon Makes World’s Lightest Aero Handlebars

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German brand Haero Carbon is part of a family of companies that specializes in mold and die production, making carbon parts for the automotive industry alongside really lightweight bike parts. They’re all 100% carbon, and they’re all 100% made in Germany.

The headliner for the brand is their H.253, a base bar and extensions combo that comes in at just 340g ready to ride. The base bar is 400mm wide and has open, ergonomic ends ready for brake lever insertion. It comes in at just 205g on its own. The center has integrated mounts for their extensions, letting you slide them in and out to fit. The back side of those slots feeds the wires or cables through to the frame.

More details and a unique take on road (and mountain!) bars below…

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IB14: Falco V Triathlon Bike Mutes Graphics But Keeps Its Edge, More

2015 Falco V Wing carbon fiber triathlon bike

Last year, Falco had just launched the V Wing bike with a very Tron-inspired paint scheme. This year, the paint was toned down a bit and the frame refined, but nothing about it was any less sharp.

Using a v-shaped “wing” frame design, it eliminates the seat tube and seatstays to reduce drag. The numbers, weights and pricing are all in that link above, but here’s the basics: 1700g frame, 550g fork, NACA 6-series tube shape profiles and it was designed in conjunction with four different universities and facilities that the military used to design fighter jets. Hence the look.

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IB14: Blue Competition Cycles Unveils All-New Axino Lightweight, Aero Road Bike – Plus New Wheels & More

2015 Blue Axino lightweight aero road bike

Blue Competition Cycles has seen turbulent times of late. They changed ownership in December 2012 when they were sold to a group of investors. In the middle of 2013, the main investor, um, well, let’s just say they had to close their doors at the end of last year. Then, on January 1, 2014, the factory that had been making their bikes bought out the remaining investors and took full ownership. Daniel Stallings, Blue’s Sales Manager, says that’s put them on the best financial footing they’ve ever had and they have now moved through virtually all of the 2014 inventory. That means it’s time to bring in the 2015 inventory and really kick things off again.

The bikes coming in now are all freshly spec’d even though most models carry over with existing frames. The Triad and AC1 carbon frames are unchanged, but spec is updated. The Axino (above) used to be their premium race bike but had left the line over the past few years. For 2015, it returns as their lightest bike they’ve ever made, and it gets extensive aero shaping and plenty of attention paid to comfort. In their words, it’s a “super fast, super comfortable all day race bike.”

The frames are exactly the same for both the SL and EX and come in at just 850g. The only difference is spec, with the SL getting a full Dura-Ace mechanical group and the EX is Ultegra mechanical with FSA cranks.

Their house brand Aerus component line has had cockpit parts for years, but their factory has made wheels for quite some time, too. So, it’s only natural they’d start making their own hoops to offer lighter, better wheels on all their bikes without jacking up the prices…

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Neugent Cycling Spins Away From Neuvation, Launches High-End & Hand-Built Eponymous Brand

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John Neugent has been in the bike industry forever. Maybe not literally, but longer than the vast majority of people currently working, and he has developed a really unique way of creating product and looking at what is happening. John started Neuvation wheels in 2002, and was the owner of the value-based wheelset company that had a loyal, yet small following. John shut the doors to Neuvation in early 2014, but is already back with a new approach to bringing high-value wheels to the cycling industry.

There are no minced words when John speaks about his company, or how the industry works.  It is refreshing and honest, something he says is what creates his loyal followings.  There are a lot of people out there who just want to ride a bike, and not sift through the clutter, and John speaks directly to them, both literally with his popular newsletter, and through the products he is bringing with his new company, Neugent Cycling.

We recently caught up to John to hear his thoughts on starting something new, and where he thinks the industry is doing things right or wrong…

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