Posts in the category Triathlon

Taipei Show: Lake Heat Molds your Sole, Sneak Peek of Limited 402 Matte Black Road Shoe

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As we found on the Lake CX331 road shoes, custom molding of the shoe can provide major benefits in extended ride comfort. But what are you to do if your shoes aren’t head moldable? Then you might want to check out Lake’s new heat moldalbe custom insoles. Offered in both fiberglass and carbon fiber, the insoles offer custom fit arch and heel cup support that are compatible with just about any road shoe.

See what a set of custom insoles will set you back as well as check out the new Limited Edition 402 Matte Black road shoe next.


New Zipp SL70 Aero Road Handlebars Makes Ergonomics Fast & Light


The new ZippSL70 Aero Bar takes their slightly ergo round Service Course edition and makes it a bit more slippery.  The shape falls into their revised sizing system introduced last fall, giving it a fairly shallow reach and drop with a slight outward sweep to the lower handles.

The large, flat wings of the top section fall within UCI regulations, and they aren’t just for aerodynamics based on shape alone. Tony Martin says he’s been using them to mimic the position of a TT bike:

“I used it in the Prologue of Tour of Dubai and I can say that it is a fast handlebar. The Zipp SL-70 Aero is the closest thing to get to the position of TT bike even on the road. It looks good and it gives me the opportunity to go in an aero position with the arms inside the handlebar.”

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Found: Essax Shark Saddle “Fins” Its Way Between Your Sit Bones

Essax Shark finned bicycle saddle

Essax, a Spanish saddle manufacturer that’s been making standard looking seats for many years, has sliced preconceptions the aptly named Shark, and it’s quickly making the rounds.

Where to begin…how ’bout the science. Essax says bad position on normal saddles can be a result of hip rotations, limb differences, inefficient pedaling techniques and more. And that traditional saddles attempt to correct these issues with wider platforms, more padding or center relief channels, but they say those won’t do the trick. Rather, and these are their words, the Shark “goes to the core of the problem”. It’s designed by, a biomechanics-based fit studio, then made by Essax. The idea is to help the cyclist evenly distribute pressure across the two ischia (sit bones) and, to a lesser extent, the perineum.

Their research showed that even when most cyclists felt comfortable, their weight was unevenly distributed across these areas, which led to decreased long term comfort and performance…


Reynolds Boosts Braking on Carbon with New Cryo-Blue Power Pads, New Tubular Aero 46


Mountain bikes don’t get all the fun when it comes to new products this year from Reynolds. Sure, the Black Label line looks killer, but road bikes get something that prevents them from being killer – new brake pads. The Achilles heel of carbon wheels has always been the braking performance. Many companies, including Reynolds, have developed their own brake pads for use with carbon rims with varying degrees of performance. Reynolds’ original Cryo-blue brake pads were actually pretty good, but they say the new Cryo-Blue Power brake pads are even better.

Put the brakes on after the break and check out the new Aero 46 tubular…


Cervelo and 3T Recall 2012 and 2013 P5 Tri Bikes Equipped with 3T Aduro Aero Bars

Cervelo Arduro Aura Pro Recall

Due to an issue affecting the 3T Aduro aero bar used as standard equipment, 2012 and 2013 Cervelo P5s are part of a voluntary safety recall between Cervelo, 3T, and the CPSC. Specifically, the issue seems to involve the base bar and the ultra low mount and the potential for the threaded inserts in the carbon to come loose which can result in the aero extensions to separate from the base bar. Riders are urged to not ride their bikes until they have been checked and repaired as necessary. As part of the recall the aero bars will be replaced free of charge and customer who purchased the ultra low mount will have the option for a full refund of the ultra low mount (meaning they will have to use the low mount instead) or the option of replacing the aero bars with the 3T Mistral  bars with a low position mount that results in a similar riding position to the Aduros with the ultra low mount. The recall affects about 1,300 bikes in the US and 225 bikes in Canada. So far there have been 28 reports of incidents with one broken collar bone. Bikes that have already been inspected and are safe to ride will have a green sticker with a red é on the bottom of the base bar.

UPDATE: Official 3T recall site here.

More info after the jump…


Vision Eyes Road Market with Metron Aero Wheels, 4D bar, Stem and Seatpost

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What better way to show off a new wheel than with Peter Sagan wheelie-ing across the finish line on his Vision Metrons? That was the case when Sagan wheelied across the line with his new Metron wheels, a new line of aerodynamic wheels from Vision that was introduced last year and are slowly trickling out to the public. Originally known for their aerobars and tri accessories, Vision is expanding into the road and even a bit of cross with the new Metron Disc wheels. Like a number of other companies at this point, there was a high degree of CFD used in developing the aero profile of the rim, but the wheels are really designed as a complete wheel system with the hubs and spokes contributing greatly to the design.


2014 Boardman Elite Series – Overview and Actual Weights

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Over the past couple years, Boardman bikes have been growing their presence in the US from a relative unknown. Started by the World time Trial Champion, TDF stage winner, and Olympian Chris Boardman, the brand has been expanding and improving their line through heavy use of CFD and FEA analysis to ensure that when the bikes finally make to to the wind tunnel, it’s more of a validation of the design rather than a test. With the introduction of the new Elite Series for 2014, there was a large emphasis on improving aerodynamics with the rider on the bike. When it came to designing and testing the aerodynamics of the new Air/TTE, the bike itself when compared with the previous model was about 20% faster in the wind tunnel – no small feat. However, as soon as the bikes were tested with a rider, the net benefit dropped to 4%. Still an impressive gain, but not nearly the 20% faster that would make for some great marketing.

Boardman seems to take that approach to nearly everything they do, sweating the details because after all, one of Boardman’s nicknames was the Professor.  The Elite series promises to be faster, lighter, and more comfortable whether you’re riding road, tri, or even cross. Check out the actual weights and more after the break.


Yokozuna Cable Systems Getting Updated Universal, Disc Brake Kits

Yokozuna Reaction and Standard bicycle brake cable sets getting new universal and disc brake kitsThis spring, Yokozuna’s Reaction and Premium cables will get revised kits.

The first is a “Universal/Disc” version for road and mountain bike with Shimano road/mtb cable ends and a single, uninterrupted 4000mm section of brake cable housing that will accommodate full length rear brake runs, internal or external. This does mean Campagnolo riders will need to order a separate set of cables if they need the full length housing and they’re running mechanical discs.

The second is an updated “Road” kit that keeps the precut brake housing sections and will use double ended Shimano/Campy cables.

The move will reduce inventory requirements for shops and meet their growing demand for the existing CX/Road Disc kits.

The Reaction kits include shifter lever housing also and should continue to retail for $69.99. The Premium kits are sold as brake or shifter sets for $29.99. Look for them to start shipping through Merry Sales (for the U.S.) around the end of April, possibly a bit sooner.

AbsoluteBlack Adds Sweet Steerer Caps & Cyclocross Chainrings Could Soon Play Nice with KMC

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AbsoluteBlack’s latest is a simple item -a steerer tube top cap- but is no less gorgeous than their machined single chainrings. SlamThatStem would be proud, what with the reverse depression making things look even lower. It’s machined from 7075 alloy and comes in at just 4g. The only caveat is that it won’t work with the spring-equipped expansion star nuts commonly used on carbon steerers. Or, at least it won’t work with the spring in place. That’s your call. Check the backside and pricing after the break.

About the rings: When their single cyclocross chainring first debuted, they recommended against using it with KMC chains. The issue was the oversized rollers used on that brand’s chains, which could cause clogging in muddy conditions. In a nice twist of fate, KMC contacted Marcin at AbsoluteBlack and worked on a solution. Samples with smaller rollers just arrived at AB’s HQ for testing, and if all goes well, should make their way onto all applicable KMC chains within a couple months. Likely that’ll improve their performance across the board, but also make current AB chainring owners happy, too. More on that as they run through testing.