Posts in the category Triathlon

Found: CyclingCeramic Bearings from the Pro Peloton – Bottom Brackets, Jockey Wheels & More!

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The pros are an interesting bunch, always looking for any little edge they can get. Sometimes it’s aero, sometimes it’s nutrition and sometimes it’s just making the parts they’re already using work better. For the latter, CyclingCeramic says half the pro peloton at this year’s Tour de France turned to their bearings for their wheels, bottom brackets and/or derailleur pulley wheels.

Shown above on official partner IAM Cycling’s team bikes, you’d also unofficially find them on at least four more of the largest, most well known teams’ bikes, too.

What makes them special? They start with high quality ceramic balls, then polish them for 45 days to enhance the smoothness and roundness, which minimizes surface contact area. Then, they use a tougher, lighter polyamide carrier to position the bearings between the races. For the bottom brackets, which see higher forces than the other parts, they developed a special hardening process for the races to improve durability, overall smoothness and resistance to corrosion. Lastly, they developed their own seals that maximize the “fluidity” of the balls’ movement inside while keeping contaminants out. It’s all hand assembled in France in their own facility, so they have control over the final product. Roll on for product pics and options…

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Closeup: New FSA ITC Seatposts Offer Flip Flop, Independent Angle and Offset Adjustment

2015 FSA ITC seatpost design weights and specs

Introduced at Eurobike, FSA’s new ITC (Independent Top Clamp) seatposts are wrapping up production and first batches should be hitting FSA’s warehouses soon.

The design uses a rounded base for the top clamp section to adhere to, allowing it to rotate through a wide range of angles completely independent of your saddle rail position. Even better, the top clamps are available in two versions, giving you a total of four offsets: 0, 10, 15 and 20mm, and in any direction you want. If your seat angle’s not too steep, that’s effectively seven different positions from a single post!

They’ll be available in alloy and carbon versions with 27.2 and 31.6 diameters. Click through for full specs and weights…

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EB14: Campagnolo Bora Wheels Gain Clincher Options

2015 Campagnolo Bora Ultra and Bora One carbon clincher road bike wheels specs and weights

This summer, Campagnolo’s top level Bora wheels were redesigned to be wider, lighter and have better braking performance. But they were still tubular only, as has always been the case for that model.

But even Campy admits not every top rider wants to deal with glue or the risk of being stranded (or carrying the spare and paraphernalia to use it). So, they’ve finally introduced a clincher version with the same options. Choose from 35mm or 50mm depths and Ultra or One trim levels. Both use a 24.2mm wide (UPDATE: 17.4mm internal width) rim with the 3Diamant braking surface they say offers equal stopping performance to alloy rims. Wheelset weights are around 200g more than the tubulars, and you can catch all the tech and closeups below…

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EB14: Corima’s Full Carbon Spoked Wheels Get More Aero, Plus Updated Internals & More

2015 Corima MCC full carbon spoked road bike wheels

Corima’s MCC carbon spoked wheels get new hubs and the front wheel gets new, flatter spokes. That makes it a bit more aero at the leading edge of the bike, but the rear keeps round spokes to be stiffer since fewer gains were to be had there. The pic above shows the transition from round at the hub to flat for the majority of their length

The front hub is a little sleeker, without as much flare from the shell to the flanges, reducing the overall frontal footprint. They also switched it from woven to UD carbon, just like the rear…

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Stage Race to Offer Custom GT Edition Scapin Ivor, Plus 2015 Ceepo Line

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Ever ridden a production bike and wished you could just make a few tweaks that you felt would make it the perfect bike? Stage Race has. When you work closely with a bike company both distributing and selling their product, sometimes you have the opportunity to voice those desires and in the case of the Scapin Ivor, the result is the new GT Edition.

The crew at Stage Race loves fast bikes, but they are also fans of slightly larger tires and a bit more relaxed geometry. Situated as the high end bike in the Scapin line up, the Ivor previously offered only race ready geometry and fairly tight tire clearance. The new GT model provides a new option for the Italian carbon marque along side the standard and full custom options…

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IB14: Garmin Vector Pedals Now Measure Cleat Pressure Offset & More, Plus New Connected Forerunner 920XT

Garmin Vector power meter pedals now measure power stroke and cleat pressure offset and time seated and standing

At Eurobike we saw the new single-sided Garmin Vector S power meter pedal option, which tweaked the left sensor’s system to send a doubled up signal to the head unit and approximate total power for both legs from a single meter at about half the price.

At Interbike, they showed us the new Cycling Dynamics updated for the Vector and their cycling computers. The new screen interprets data from the pedals in a new way, showing your Power Phase (how strong you are at each point in the crank’s rotation), compare time spent seated versus standing and see how your power is hitting the pedals with their Platform Center Offset reading.

All three metrics will appear on a single screen and show up in Garmin Connect upon syncing the device with your computer after the ride. A software update will be available later this year for both the pedals and Garmin’s head units to bring it all to life…

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EB14: MET Goes Enduro w/ 700g Full Face Helmet, Plus new Drone Triathlon Helmet & More

2015 MET Parachute HES ultralight 700g full face mountain bike helmet for enduro

Not only is MET coming to the U.S. by way of Todson in 2015, but they’ll be bringing an amazing new helmet with them.

The 700g MET Parachute HES is the lightest full face helmet we’ve ever seen, and it meets ASTM F1952-2032 standards for safety. That standard is for downhill helmets that don’t have to have a chin bar, but it includes performance criteria for testing one if it does. The standard also carries higher impact force requirements than the other two primary bicycle helmet standards since, presumably, DH carries the risk of higher impact crashes.

The new Parachute HES has a non-removable chin bar, which differentiates it from past models. Outward appearances suggest downhill, but the weight and ventilation prove this thing’s all about enduro…

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IB14: New Stuff from SwissStop, Feedback Sports & Seasucker

SwissStop Black Prince EVO low profile carbon rim brake pads

SwissStop has a new version of their amazing Black Prince brake pad called FlashEvo. It’s the same compound as the FlashPro version we tested last summer, but with a lower profile to help it clear today’s wider rims. It also has a new groove pattern to improve water shedding from the rim.

Check the side-by-side comparison and their new organic pads for Magura’s 2015 disc brake calipers, plus new stuff from Feedback Sports and Seasucker below…

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Diamondback Teases Amazing New Serios Triathlon Bike, Big Unveiling Set For Kona

Taking the gorgeous lines of their Podium road bike to the next level, Diamondback’s new Serios triathlon bike looks downright mean, particularly in matte black with muted logos. All they’re saying about it is an official launch date of October 7th, but a few screen caps after the break reveal a few details…

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