SOC16: KMC optimizes X11 chains for 1x drivetrains

KMC X11-1 1x single chainring optimized bicycle chains for 10 and 11 speeds

The KMC X11 chain series is getting a few tweaks to optimize it for 1×11 drivetrains. The upgrades come in the way of additional chamfering and shaping, much like SRAM has done with their Eagle chains, to improve durability and smoothness across the ever expanding range of gears on the back of the bike.

Going from one end of the cassette to the other puts a real strain on the links, particularly the inner links, as they come onto the chainring and off of the cogs at an extreme angle. Here’s how KMC is making that process a little smoother…

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The KMC X11 chain series is getting a few tweaks to optimize it for 1×11 drivetrains. The upgrades come in the way of additional chamfering and shaping, much like SRAM has done with their Eagle chains, to improve durability and smoothness across the ever expanding range of gears on the back of the bike. Going from […]

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SOC16: Stages adds GXP power meter arm, more mountain bike spindle options

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Stages introduced their own carbon fiber crank arms at Eurobike last year, offering spindles for BB30 (Red22 and Force/Rival) and BB386 Evo (FSA) arms, using separate spindles to retrofit their cranks to those brands’ driveside. Now, they’re offering spindles to fit an OE version of SRAM MTB cranks that are wider than the standard, and a CINCH-style spindle to fit Race Face cranks.

For standard SRAM-equipped bikes, they have a new GXP compatible carbon fiber arm with power meter attached for $629. There’s a version for road and mountain bikes…

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Stages introduced their own carbon fiber crank arms at Eurobike last year, offering spindles for BB30 (Red22 and Force/Rival) and BB386 Evo (FSA) arms, using separate spindles to retrofit their cranks to those brands’ driveside. Now, they’re offering spindles to fit an OE version of SRAM MTB cranks that are wider than the standard, and a CINCH-style spindle to […]

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Zipp adds Nest 303 NSW; and prints limited edition Canyon//SRAM team replica Super-9 Disc wheels

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While not (yet) disc brake versions like the last Zipp wheel introduction today, these premium wheels are sure to keep you rolling quickly. For those that are looking for some aero gains, but need something more crosswind stable and lightweight, Zipp has added their 303 wheelset to their Nest Speed Weaponry range. The 303 NSW, like the 404 NSW808 NSW, is the best of tech that Zipp has to offer in this mid-depth 45mm profile. If it is the ultimate in speed against the clock that you are aiming for, Zipp has something else up their sleeve with a limited edition version of their Super-9 Disc rear wheel, sure to make you look good while going fast. Check out the full details of both after the break…

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  While not (yet) disc brake versions like the last Zipp wheel introduction today, these premium wheels are sure to keep you rolling quickly. For those that are looking for some aero gains, but need something more crosswind stable and lightweight, Zipp has added their 303 wheelset to their Nest Speed Weaponry range. The 303 NSW, like the 404 NSW & 808 NSW, […]

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Disc brakes go aero with Zipp 404 & 808 disc brake wheelsets

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Zipp thinks it’s time for the new crop of disc brake equipped bikes to join the growing Aero is Everything trend. With the pros on the verge of adopting disc brakes in more and more races and amateur riders everywhere making the jump to discs, wheel builders have needed to get in on the game too. While Zipp has had disc brake versions of the 202 & 303 (that mainly came out of cyclocross demand) for quite some time, the expansion to 404s and 808s will cover just about anyone looking to eke out a few watts, especially with the little wind and weight penalties you take switching to discs in the first place.

The 404 is the wheel Zipp introduced the wide Firecrest shape that made the industry really jump on the idea of an aero all-rounder wheel, so its adoption on the road with disc brakes will likely be fairly swift. On the other hand the 808 is a dedicated aero wheel, and as we start seeing more aero road bikes show up with disc brake mounts, it will be good to have a proper deep wheel that might handle well in the wind. Check out full details and have a closer look after the break…

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Zipp thinks it’s time for the new crop of disc brake equipped bikes to join the growing Aero is Everything trend. With the pros on the verge of adopting disc brakes in more and more races and amateur riders everywhere making the jump to discs, wheel builders have needed to get in on the game too. […]

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ENVE SES disc brake wheels reinvent rims for aero disc brake road bikes

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As ENVE says in their PR, the day is soon coming when some of the world’s most aerodynamic bikes will be equipped with disc brakes. And now they’re ready, offering completely redesigned disc-specific ENVE SES 5.6 and 7.8 rims and wheels.

Using Simon Smart’s know how and on-bike testing at the Mercedes AMG Petronas Wind-tunnel, the new wheels have refined shapes that take advantage of not needing a brake track. They’re optimized around 25mm tires, which can be run tubeless or not. Like before, the rims are shaped differently for front and rear, using a deeper rear rim and asymmetric shaping between them – front is wider and shallower, rear is deeper and thinner. Since the original SES rims debuted, they’ve learned a few things, and so the rim profiles are also different front to back. All of that’s done to make them more stable, efficient and responsive, in their words.

“Eliminating the design constraints of a braking surface allowed us to take a liberal approach to what is possible with rim shapes and structure. We tested several dozen shape concepts and found the best improvements we could make were subtle changes to the curvature of the sidewall through the brake track,” stated VP of R&D, Scott Nielson.

But revised aerodynamics are only part of the story…

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As ENVE says in their PR, the day is soon coming when some of the world’s most aerodynamic bikes will be equipped with disc brakes. And now they’re ready, offering completely redesigned disc-specific ENVE SES 5.6 and 7.8 rims and wheels. Using Simon Smart’s know how and on-bike testing at the Mercedes AMG Petronas Wind-tunnel, […]

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Muc-Off’s Nanotube Speed Film Optimized chains created for pros, now available to average joes

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You gotta love trickle-down technology. While you might not be training to loop 54.5kms of track in an hour like current record holder Bradley Wiggins, the high-tech chain lubricant that was developed specifically to help him through the challenge is now available to all riders thanks to Muc-Off.

Anyone with a penchant for pro-level performance can now buy either Shimano, SRAM or Campagnolo chains that are hand-treated with a special NanoTube Speed Film Lubrication, which the company says makes the ‘fastest chain in the world’. This lubrication treatment is intended for all weather conditions, remains effective longer than dry wax-based lubes and arrives at your door primed and ready for installation…
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You gotta love trickle-down technology. While you might not be training to loop 54.5kms of track in an hour like current record holder Bradley Wiggins, the high-tech chain lubricant that was developed specifically to help him through the challenge is now available to all riders thanks to Muc-Off. Anyone with a penchant for pro-level performance […]

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TPE16: Updated Xpedo Thrust 2.0 power pedal is getting close & Wellgo Cadence pedals now available

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Xpedo has been taunting us with their dual-sided power pedal for some time now, but the price has kept many interested. Before releasing it into the wild, they decided to make some final and rather significant tweaks. Also, if power isn’t your thing, Wellgo’s new Cadence pedal is now available too. Check the low down on both below the fold…

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Xpedo has been taunting us with their dual-sided power pedal for some time now, but the price has kept many interested. Before releasing it into the wild, they decided to make some final and rather significant tweaks. Also, if power isn’t your thing, Wellgo’s new Cadence pedal is now available too. Check the low down […]

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TPE16: Iconic brand Bridgestone Cycles makes a strong push to put branded bikes back on the market

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Not many of the groms out there associate “Bridgestone” with anything but car tires; however, Bridgestone bikes had been one of the premiere brands brought to the US out of Japan. They even produced one of, if not the lightest production mountain bike of its day with the steel 24.3 lb MB-∅ (also known as the MB Zip).  Two and a half decades later and that bike and many of the other early Bridgestone bikes are sought after collectibles.

Now in Taipei we got a look at a new range that is looking to bring Bridgestone back. For a start check out the carbon goodies they brought to the show, and a pretty cool steel specimen that purists will love…

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Not many of the groms out there associate “Bridgestone” with anything but car tires; however, Bridgestone bikes had been one of the premiere brands brought to the US out of Japan. They even produced one of, if not the lightest production mountain bike of its day with the steel 24.3 lb MB-∅ (also known as the […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Rob English’s bikes blow minds on road, gravel, dirt and city

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Perhaps its fitting that this year’s Best Road Bike award went to a gravel bike. There’s simply no denying the category’s growth, with most builders not only showing one or more models but also saying that a significant chunk of customer bikes going out the door are designed for riding the rough stuff.Rob English is known not just for making some very light bikes out of steel, but also for making some very interesting frames, too. The bike above may look normal, but it’s got a few treats worth seeing. And the rest of his bikes just keep turning things up, notch after notch…

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Perhaps its fitting that this year’s Best Road Bike award went to a gravel bike. There’s simply no denying the category’s growth, with most builders not only showing one or more models but also saying that a significant chunk of customer bikes going out the door are designed for riding the rough stuff.Rob English is […]

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