Posts in the category Triathlon

Zipp Updates Popular Vuka Alumina Aerobar Egonomics with New Extension Options


A new update to Zipp’s most popular aluminum aerobar extension adds adjustability to get a more neutral wrist position for many riders, with new 70mm and 110mm rise options. The update claims reduction in drag and rider strain in the aero position with an end result of overall better aerodynamics and faster times. Higher positions offered by the new extensions let riders put their hands close together and closer to their head/body for a quicker/smoother transition of airflow to the rider. The new ergonomics were the result of a collaboration with several top bike fitters, and Zipp claims the new shape is supposed to make the rider feel like they are “shaking hands with the bar” for a more natural fit. A variable radius bend in the bar and 20mm of inward rotation can be rotated in the extensions to get that perfect comfy fit in the hands.

Join us after the break for more details, pricing, and availability…


Watteam universal crankarm power meter finally goes on sale, $499 for both sides

watteam universal crank arm pwoermeter for left and right leg power measurement

First introduced more than a year ago, the Watteam power meter system was updated earlier this year to use a slimmer, rechargeable battery pack and transmitter with a shorter cable reaching to the stick-on strain gauge. Until now, though, they’ve only teased the promise of professional-grade left/right power measurement for just $499. Today, that promise gets a little closer to real – the product opens up for online registration to order, giving you first crack at actually placing an order on August 31.

Those who don’t register will have to wait until September 2nd to place an order and hoping there’s still inventory left. All pre-ordered units should ship by year’s end.

The version up for grabs is designed specifically for hollow alloy crank arms only, despite these promo pics they sent showing it on carbon. For the truly universally universal version that’ll work on both carbon and alloy cranks, you’ll have to wait a bit longer into 2016. More pics of the system below…


Argon18 races out of transition aboard four all-new Triathlon race bikes

2016 Argon18 E-119tri triathlon bike

If there’s any indication that the new E117 and E119 bikes are designed specifically for triathlon, it could be that the the Argon18-sponsored Bora pro cycling team was riding the E118 Next TT bike introduced in 2014 rather than these new, wicked fast looking bikes from the Canadian brand.

The new E119 Tri is, indeed, the successor to their flagship E118 Next, and claims significant aerodynamic improvements. It’s also available in two versions, the standard one shown above, and a “plus” edition with an assortment of integrated water bottles, bottle cages and additional storage compartments. Below it is the new E117 Tri, also available in regular and plus offerings.

“We created this new line of triathlon bikes with the entire cycling equation in mind: the cyclist and his or her bike during the race,” explains Martin Faubert, Argon 18’s Director of R&D. “These bikes have been first and foremost designed to renew and enrich the racer’s experience by supplying him with simple and clever solutions for hydration and nutrition, while transcending expectations in terms of performance, comfort, and aerodynamics.”


The Iron Cowboy Completes the Impossible – 50 Ironmans in 50 Days in 50 States

Doing one Ironman distance triathlon is hard. Doing more than one in a year takes some serious commitment and dedication. 50? Now that’s crazy talk. That’s why the feat of James Lawrence, AKA the Iron Cowboy, seemed impossible at the outset. Having completed the insane challenge we now know it is possible, though it’s still as unbelievable as ever.

After completing 50 Ironman distance triathlons in 50 days with one in each state, the 50-50-50 challenge may be possible, but James’ record will probably stand untouched for quite some time – especially since he held the previous record of 30 Ironman official events in one year. Raising funds for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the fight against childhood obesity, the challenge was for a good cause as well.

Check out part 1 of After the 505050 – an Interview with Fezzari Athlete James Lawrence, The Iron Cowboy next…


2016 Stevens Road, Cyclocross & Mountain Bike Highlights – Bigger travel, 27.5+, trick paint & future rumors

2016 Stevens Whaka 275plus full suspension mountain bike

For 2016, all Stevens full suspension bikes get a Boost 148 rear, and 29ers get boost forks (27.5 get standard forks for now due to availability issues). All of them have lighter forged parts, cutting 120g from the Jura, and 180g to 200g from the Whaka and Sledge models depending on frame and wheel size. For the Whaka, a smaller forged piece for the non-drive chainstay yoke saves about 70g over the longer yoke leading to the lower pivot on the regular model. It’s also stronger, improving frame durability in testing. This change will eventually be adapted to the other bikes.

Building on that is the Whaka+, their new 27.5+ bike with Boost spacing and the new Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5×3.0 tires.


Rose Gets Aero with 2 1/2 New Bikes: X-Lite CW Road and Road Disc, and Aero Flyer Time Trial


German consumer-direct Rose Bikes introduced two completely new road bike platforms focused on aerodynamics this week, with one available in either caliper or disc brake builds for everyday riding and the second a dedicated aero machine for solo racing against the clock. The X-Lite CW was developed to be able to be built-up with either direct mount caliper brakes or disc brakes for two distinctly different rider types. The basic sculpted aero carbon frame is the same for either brake configuration, with the use of brake-specific forks and some modular mounting.

Join us after the jump for details on road vs. road disc, and a look at the Aero Flyer TT bike…


Shoe Surge Pt. 2: Shimano Offers new Range of Road Shoes, Women’s Road and Mountain, Plus New TR9 Tri Shoe

Shimano RP 9 road shoe (5)

If the shoe fits, wear it. Now that will be a lot easier to accomplish if you happen to be looking at Shimano shoes for road, Tri, mountain, and just about anything in between. Part of an impressive 18 new models from Shimano, the new additions to the road, Women’s road and mountain, and Tri market bring the total number of models to 71 total footwear designs. Of those 71, now there are 16 women’s specific models of which many like the new RP2W, RP3W, RP5w, and TR9W use the exact same technology as their male counterparts.

Fitting into their new Road Performance category, the four new models seek to offer an ideal balance of performance at attainable prices and high comfort levels. All of the new RP series shoes are built ont he Shimano Dynalast shape and with the exception of the RP9 above, all RP models are available in a narrower women’s specific fit. The reason for the lack of the women’s RP9 happens to be due to the fact that there is a new WR84 which steps in as a new competitive race shoe for the ladies…


Spotted: Rotor InPower stealthy powermeters find their way to Flow aero road cranksets

Rotor Road Spline Power Meter-4

Released this spring as a mountain bike product, the new Rotor InPower cranks are making their way to road products soon. Spotted here aboard the 2016 Felt TT bike (full story on the bikes coming soon), it’s being incorporated into the Flow aero cranks, making for a very smooth, aerodynamic package that will deliver left-leg power measurement.

The system puts the strain gauge inside the spindle, which means it’s only able to capture power output from the non-drive side, but for most users that’s enough to stay within proper training and racing zones. Check the link above for full technical details on the InPower system, and head below for more pics…


PC15: Orbea Ticks Down to New Ordu OMP Tri/TT Bike

Orbea Ordu OMP TT Tri bike Orbea ordu tt tri IMG_7725

At this point the cat’s out of the bag, but Orbea has a new TT/Tri bike up their sleeve. Extending the Ordu’s lineage, the new OMP model comes as the brand is celebrating their 175th anniversary! If you do the math, you’ll realize that’s probably too early for bikes which is true. Orbea surprisingly started manufacturing guns and bullets almost 175 years ago. Eventually the gun business was sold off and Orbea first started turning the pedals in the 1920’s.

Watching the video which celebrates their storied history, you start to get a sense of just how quickly bicycle have evolved in the last 20 years. Bicycles like the new Ordu are now looking for every advantage whether it be carbon construction, aerodynamics, or integration. Translated to ‘moment’ in Basque, Orbea hopes the Ordu will give you the ‘time of your life’…