EB16: Parlee Altum, Chebacco switch to Flat Mount, plus TTiR disc brake triathlon bike detail pics

parlee altum and chebacco road gravel bikes switch to flat mount disc brakes and 12mm thru axles

Now that Shimano’s finalized the flat mount disc brake standard and other brands are all on board, commitments to the design are being made by bigger and bigger frame manufacturers. Parlee’s one of them, and going forward the Altum Disc road bike and Chebacco gravel/cyclocross bike will switch to it and 12mm thru axles front and rear.

They, along with all of Parlee’s bikes, also get new stock logo paint and graphics options to dress up your new bike without blowing the budget on cosmetics…

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Now that Shimano’s finalized the flat mount disc brake standard and other brands are all on board, commitments to the design are being made by bigger and bigger frame manufacturers. Parlee’s one of them, and going forward the Altum Disc road bike and Chebacco gravel/cyclocross bike will switch to it and 12mm thru axles front […]

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EB16: Quarq amps up new DZero power meter w/ improved electronics, simplified lineup

2017 Quarq DZero crank-based spider power meter

Quarq DZero is their next generation power meter spider that gets an all-new strain measurement circuit and strain gauge design that provides better performance over a wider range of battery voltage and temperature. That means less software correction taking place due to temperature fluctuations thanks to better circuit board layout and construction.

They also ran more FEA on the body of the unit, letting them make it stiffer without adding any weight, improving accuracy across all chainring sizes. Lastly, it’s now simultaneously broadcasting in both Bluetooth LE and ANT+. Well, OK, there are a few more updates and new features…

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Quarq DZero is their next generation power meter spider that gets an all-new strain measurement circuit and strain gauge design that provides better performance over a wider range of battery voltage and temperature. That means less software correction taking place due to temperature fluctuations thanks to better circuit board layout and construction. They also ran more […]

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PowerTap adds P1s single-sided power meter pedal option, Advanced Metrics iOS app

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Introduced as a pair in early 2015, the PowerTap P1 power meter pedals launched as part of an increased power measuring lineup from the brand. Now, they’re offering a more affordable way to see what you’re cranking out with the P1s, a single-leg option that pairs one strain gauge equipped left pedal with a non-gauged right. That brings the price of entry to $699. All the tech is the same, you’re just getting half of it.

To get more out of that pedal (or pedals, big spender), they’ve also launched a new, free iOS app called Advanced Metrics that shows how efficient you are with each leg, and from left to right…

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Introduced as a pair in early 2015, the PowerTap P1 power meter pedals launched as part of an increased power measuring lineup from the brand. Now, they’re offering a more affordable way to see what you’re cranking out with the P1s, a single-leg option that pairs one strain gauge equipped left pedal with a non-gauged […]

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First Look! Parlee TTiR Disc shields calipers on first major disc brake triathlon/TT bike

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With more than half of their road bikes sales now getting disc brakes, Parlee made the call to update its TTiR triathlon bike to use disc brakes, arguably becoming the first major disc-only tri/TT bike on the market. Availability of wheels from Mavic, ENVE, Zipp and HED (including a disc brake full-disc rear wheel from HED) didn’t hurt the decision, but the way they went about it is quite unique.

The new TTiR is the replacement for the prior model, so it’s now only a disc brake bike, no rim brake version will be offered. Other than water bottle bolts, it shares nothing with the prior generation…it’s a complete clean-sheet redesign to be 100% optimized for disc brakes.

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With more than half of their road bikes sales now getting disc brakes, Parlee made the call to update its TTiR triathlon bike to use disc brakes, arguably becoming the first major disc-only tri/TT bike on the market. Availability of wheels from Mavic, ENVE, Zipp and HED (including a disc brake full-disc rear wheel from […]

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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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