SRAM eTap Clics make shifting a triathlon bike as easy as pushing a button (again)

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When SRAM eTAP wireless shifting debuted, it offered traditional drop bar levers with shift levers in the usual spot and aero bar end Blip buttons connected to a Blipbox for TT and triathlon bikes. The Blips were the same rubber coated low profile buttons provided with the standard levers and could be placed anywhere. They even added BlipClamps and BlipNodes mounting clips to make it easier. Now, though, they’ve added dedicated all-in-one shifter button type for TT/tri called Clics.

Clics put a simple “clicker” style button on the end of the aero bar that mounts flush with the ends and lets you shift without having to change your grip or hand position. It pops into place without tools, but you’ll need be able to run the wire inside the bar to connect them to the Blipbox. They’re available with 500mm and 650mm wires, will fit bars with an inner diameter of 19mm – 21.5mm, and weigh just 32g per pair. Retail is $110 (€120 / £95), available in July 2016.



When SRAM eTAP wireless shifting debuted, it offered traditional drop bar levers with shift levers in the usual spot and aero bar end Blip buttons connected to a Blipbox for TT and triathlon bikes. The Blips were the same rubber coated low profile buttons provided with the standard levers and could be placed anywhere. They […]

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Pinarello slides out new Bolide TT for Team Sky’s Giro time trialing

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Just yesterday, Team Sky’s best man on GC, Mikel Landa rode the wet stage 9 time trial at the Giro aboard a new Pinarello Bolide TT bike. While the new bike wasn’t enough to vault him into the lead just yet – he finished 20th place on the day – it did help him keep to just single digit second losses to the other big GC contenders.

Pinarello who is shifting their product cycle away from the autumn trade shows, say they will be using the Giro d’Italia as their ideal showcase for their upcoming bikes, then demoing for dealers and customers through the summer and fall for a more direct approach to riders. While debuting new bikes at a Grand Tour means we might not get all of the details right away, it does offer a direct link to the idea of Race it on Sunday, Sell it on Monday. The new Bolide likely won’t be available before the end of the year to consumers, but join us across the break with a closer look at what will change in this newest version of the fast bike…

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Just yesterday, Team Sky’s best man on GC, Mikel Landa rode the wet stage 9 time trial at the Giro aboard a new Pinarello Bolide TT bike. While the new bike wasn’t enough to vault him into the lead just yet – he finished 20th place on the day – it did help him keep […]

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Go custom and aero with the Pearson Z1-Eleven alien beam tri bike

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With a tagline like ‘Alien in the Mist‘ we weren’t entirely sure what to expect of the latest creation from Pearson Bikes. Custom built in New Zealand by carbon frame builder Graeme Pearson, the Z1-Eleven is surely a radical approach to getting aero, and as such is not going to show up at any UCI races anytime soon. But if you are looking for a bike to tackle a triathlon, and want to eek out every aerodynamic advantage possible, then maybe there is something to be said for dropping the seattube and seatstays for a beam bike…

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With a tagline like ‘Alien in the Mist‘ we weren’t entirely sure what to expect of the latest creation from Pearson Bikes. Custom built in New Zealand by carbon frame builder Graeme Pearson, the Z1-Eleven is surely a radical approach to getting aero, and as such is not going to show up at any UCI races […]

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SOC16: Fabric adds wider saddles, a Tri perch, and squishy ergo MTB grips

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Fabric has added the new Line Wide, which measures 142mm across at the rear, versus 134mm for the standard Line saddle. The Wide version will be available with Cro-mo ($70) or Ti ($90) rails and uses their cushy low density foam with a deep center channel to relieve pressure on your sensitive bits. Top down comparison photo below, along with a look at their new Tri saddles and some unique ergo grips for your mountain bike…

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Fabric has added the new Line Wide, which measures 142mm across at the rear, versus 134mm for the standard Line saddle. The Wide version will be available with Cro-mo ($70) or Ti ($90) rails and uses their cushy low density foam with a deep center channel to relieve pressure on your sensitive bits. Top down […]

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Out of their Powerlogic Lab, rh+ Speed brings aero kit from bibs to helmet

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The new Speed line from rh+ comes out of more development and testing with their Fundación Contador development team. The product of the in-house rh+ technological development group at their Powerlogic Lab, Speed was a project to bring together aerodynamics, temperature regulation, and overall comfort to a broader range of users than just road pros. Rh+ sees the benefit of aero improvements across all types of riding, especially for things like granfondo racing, XC and marathon racing where cyclists often spend a lot of time out on their own, but aerodynamics have traditionally been ignored. The Speed line-up starts with an aero cut SpeedCell jersey and bibs, and expands tin include a rain shell jacket and paired helmet and sunglasses. Take a closer look at each after the break…

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The new Speed line from rh+ comes out of more development and testing with their Fundación Contador development team. The product of the in-house rh+ technological development group at their Powerlogic Lab, Speed was a project to bring together aerodynamics, temperature regulation, and overall comfort to a broader range of users than just road pros. Rh+ sees the […]

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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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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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Store your spare wheels better with Offset

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Sure it sounds like a typical first world problem. Oh I have so many extra wheelsets, I don’t know where to put them all! Really that’s what you are complaining about?

But now between cyclocross racing with tubulars that may get put away for 8 months a year, and the recent crop of mountain bikes that can either run 29er or 27.5+ wheels for a different ride, the thought of an extra wheelset isn’t really so extravagant. Almost every bike we’ve test rode in the last year has had more than one wheelset put on it in our reviews, and often times more than one setup can bring out individual characteristics in a bike. So if you are anything like us and have succumbed to the idea that it’s always better to have more wheels than bikes, you might just want to look a little closer at this tidy wheel hanging solution…

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Sure it sounds like a typical first world problem. Oh I have so many extra wheelsets, I don’t know where to put them all! Really that’s what you are complaining about? But now between cyclocross racing with tubulars that may get put away for 8 months a year, and the recent crop of mountain bikes that […]

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SOC16: FSA Vision adds clever aero water bottle options for triathletes, plus new wide-rim brake caliper

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For thirsty triathletes, you’ve never had more options for putting drinks on the bike from FSA. With two new bottle systems that sit between the aero bar extensions and one for behind the saddle, there’s plenty of hydration to be had. Above is the Vision Drink System, which integrates a Garmin cycling computer mount into the easy pour opening’s lid panel. The hose is flexible, letting you position it where you want when not drinking (down and back, natch), and it’s finished off with a magnetically mounted bento box for keeping snacks handy.

Check out the other two options below, plus a new mechanically leveraged rim brake designed specifically to clear modern wide rims and tires…

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For thirsty triathletes, you’ve never had more options for putting drinks on the bike from FSA. With two new bottle systems that sit between the aero bar extensions and one for behind the saddle, there’s plenty of hydration to be had. Above is the Vision Drink System, which integrates a Garmin cycling computer mount into […]

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