FSA electronic shifting drivetrain looking polished on Tour de France bikes

prototype FSA electronic shifting group for road bikes spy shots

prototype FSA electronic shifting group for road bikes spotted at Tour de France

Spotted last year later in Le Tour, the FSA electronic shifting group has been further refined and made another late-in-the-game appearance at this year’s Tour de France, too. This time, though, it’s looking nearly production ready and our inquiries to FSA were met with this response: “Make sure you come see us at Eurobike.”

So, they’re not giving up details, but we were able to get these photos from a friendly source that show off some key details…

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Spotted last year later in Le Tour, the FSA electronic shifting group has been further refined and made another late-in-the-game appearance at this year’s Tour de France, too. This time, though, it’s looking nearly production ready and our inquiries to FSA were met with this response: “Make sure you come see us at Eurobike.” So, […]

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Campy carbon for track too with new Bora Ultra 80 Pista

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Just a couple of weeks ago we saw some time trial updates to the Bora Ultra range by way of new wind cheating disc wheels, but while Campagnolo spends a lot of time working on making their wheels faster out on the road they also are doing so on the track. The Bora Ultra lineup has had a pretty long and successful career on the pro road circuit, so Campy’s R&D team looked to match that to their hour record winning Ghibli discs for an high performance setup across more track disciplines. In fact it seems like Campy sponsored pros had been matching the 80mm Bora Ultra rim to Record Pista hubs for quite some time, but now you too will be able to fly through the banked turns with the same performance….

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Just a couple of weeks ago we saw some time trial updates to the Bora Ultra range by way of new wind cheating disc wheels, but while Campagnolo spends a lot of time working on making their wheels faster out on the road they also are doing so on the track. The Bora Ultra lineup has […]

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AbsoluteBlack expands oval road chainrings to fit 130/5 BCD and SRAM 110/5

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At the beginning of the year, AbsoluteBlack debuted their gorgeously machined oval chainrings for Shimano’s asymmetric 4-arm road cranksets. Now, they’ve added to options for five-bolt arms, including SRAM’s hidden-bolt layout.

Shown above is the SRAM 110bcd 5-bolt chainring set and are designed specifically for that brand’s cranks, which place one of the bolts behind the crank arm. It’ll fit Red, Red eTap, Force, Rival, Rival, etc, including those equipped with a Quarq power meter. They’re available now in 34 (31g, 6.5% ovalization ), 36 (36g, 11.4%) and 50 / 52 (119g / 131g, 10.3%) tooth counts. Colors are black, red and grey colors, retail ranges from $62 to $126.

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At the beginning of the year, AbsoluteBlack debuted their gorgeously machined oval chainrings for Shimano’s asymmetric 4-arm road cranksets. Now, they’ve added to options for five-bolt arms, including SRAM’s hidden-bolt layout. Shown above is the SRAM 110bcd 5-bolt chainring set and are designed specifically for that brand’s cranks, which place one of the bolts behind the […]

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Eye Candy! Rio Olympic paint schemes from Scott; fully wrapped Rocky Mountain from rie:sel designs

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With several of their athletes (like the amazing Nino Schurter) headed to the Rio Olympics, Scott Sports has custom painted several of their bikes to celebrate the accomplishment. Look for it on the Spark full suspension mountain bike, and the Addict, Plasma and Foil on the pavement.

“When we kicked off the project, we did a lot of research regarding colors, patterns and symbols which represent aspects of Brazilian culture,” says Michael Pinto, the designer behind the Rio Special Edition. “It wasn’t until I spent my holidays in Brazil that I found this unique pattern in the streets of Rio which for me perfectly represents the colorful culture and spirit of the Brazilian people.”

Following the event, a limited run of 50 matching versions of the Foil worldwide. Pre-orders start in September, check them out (plus a wild graphic wrap from Riesel:Designs) below…

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With several of their athletes (like the amazing Nino Schurter) headed to the Rio Olympics, Scott Sports has custom painted several of their bikes to celebrate the accomplishment. Look for it on the Spark full suspension mountain bike, and the Addict, Plasma and Foil on the pavement. “When we kicked off the project, we did […]

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Review: Bontrager Aeolus 5 aero, tubeless disc brake carbon clinchers & R3 tires

Bontrager Aeolus 5 TLR tubeless ready aero disc brake road bike carbon clincher wheels review and actual weights

Bontrager Aeolus 5 TLR tubeless ready aero disc brake road bike carbon clincher wheels review and actual weights

Wasn’t too long ago that the terms “disc brake” and “aerodynamic” were mutually exclusive, but as things slowly proceed to put rotors in the pro peloton, the two concepts were bound to come together.

Bontrager is one brand that’s prepped and ready, even if all their top-level race bikes haven’t made the switch yet. I’ve been riding the Aeolus 5 TLR wheelset since last summer and they’ve proven fast, strong and able to handle some abuse. That last bit, plus their beginner-friendly setup, helps set them apart in a world where aero gains from brand to brand are so minuscule anymore…

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Wasn’t too long ago that the terms “disc brake” and “aerodynamic” were mutually exclusive, but as things slowly proceed to put rotors in the pro peloton, the two concepts were bound to come together. Bontrager is one brand that’s prepped and ready, even if all their top-level race bikes haven’t made the switch yet. I’ve […]

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Shimano kicks out new Enduro, Trail, XC & Road shoes, plus new footwear for winter & Tri

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Last year Shimano went all out on the 25th anniversary of the first SPD shoes and pedals with a huge expansion of their trail and road shoe offerings. Well it certainly doesn’t look like they are slowing down a year later with even more new kicks on the way building on a lot of the same technologies.

We saw earlier today some of the classy new shoes that Shimano has in the pipeline for the road touring crowd as part of their Explorer Transit collection, but at the same time they are overhauling their mountain bike shoes with new top end version targeted specifically at XC, Trail & Enduro. That’s not to mention a new top end road shoe, and some more affordable options for men and women triathletes and winter training both on and off-road…

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Last year Shimano went all out on the 25th anniversary of the first SPD shoes and pedals with a huge expansion of their trail and road shoe offerings. Well it certainly doesn’t look like they are slowing down a year later with even more new kicks on the way building on a lot of the […]

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Zipp offers CeramicSpeed freehub upgrade kit, plus other new goods

Zipp CeramicSpeed 177 hub upgrade kits

If you’ve already upgraded your derailleur wheels, why not throw some ceramic in your actual wheels? Zipp’s just released their CeramicSpeed freehub hop up kit for their 177 rear hubs, available in SRAM/Shimano and Campy 11-speed, plus XD-R Driver Bodies. They come with the better bearings preinstalled for a simple replacement and claim 1.5 to 9 watts reduction in drag per bearing. Retail is $355 (€365 / £281) per freehub, available in July.

For more affordable new bits, roll on down…

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If you’ve already upgraded your derailleur wheels, why not throw some ceramic in your actual wheels? Zipp’s just released their CeramicSpeed freehub hop up kit for their 177 rear hubs, available in SRAM/Shimano and Campy 11-speed, plus XD-R Driver Bodies. They come with the better bearings preinstalled for a simple replacement and claim 1.5 to […]

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Shimano mostly confirms new Dura-Ace is coming on June 29

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Via Twitter, Shimano pointed to a teaser site with a countdown timer and link to join their European email list. Sign up and they’re promising you’ll be among the first to see “what’s new”, which is presumably that new Dura-Ace that’s been spotted here and there since the teaser site’s URL is DuraAce.com. We’ll be getting the full tech run down on, um, some new stuff prior to the 29th, so check here for the news later this month.



Via Twitter, Shimano pointed to a teaser site with a countdown timer and link to join their European email list. Sign up and they’re promising you’ll be among the first to see “what’s new”, which is presumably that new Dura-Ace that’s been spotted here and there since the teaser site’s URL is DuraAce.com. We’ll be […]

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Look reveals special edition 795 Aerolight bike and Keo Blade 2 pedals

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Look is celebrating in style for the 30th anniversary of the company’s first Tour de France victory. The year was 1986 when Greg Lemond claimed the yellow jersey on the first production carbon fiber frame. Since then, carbon has revolutionized the cycling industry. Now in 2016, Look pushes carbon fiber, and design, to the limit with the 30th anniversary edition 795 Aerolight and Keo Blade 2 pedals. Check out this unique duo after the break…

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Look is celebrating in style for the 30th anniversary of the company’s first Tour de France victory. The year was 1986 when Greg Lemond claimed the yellow jersey on the first production carbon fiber frame. Since then, carbon has revolutionized the cycling industry. Now in 2016, Look pushes carbon fiber, and design, to the limit with the 30th […]

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