Posts in the category Triathlon

New Bianchi Aquila CV TT/Triathlon Bike Mutes Wind, Vibrations

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To close out the Tour de France, Bianchi introduced their new Aquila CV TT/Triathlon bike for stage 20′s time trial.

Bringing their Countervail vibration damping material and tech to the wind tunnel, the new Aquila not only lessens the wind’s effects on your efforts, it also kills the road buzz to keep your muscles fresher over the long haul. Developed by Materials Science Corp., Countervail was originally used to kill vibration in supersonic space- and aircraft. The benefit here is that it can be interwoven with carbon fibers and stiffens the frame while also canceling vibration, making a better bike that helps reduce muscle fatigue. We covered their CV tech in detail with last year’s new Infinito introduction, so we’ll focus on what’s new for this bike here.

To make the bike faster, Bianchi smoothed every edge they could -there are no frame fasteners exposed to the wind- and connected each separate piece of the bike with tight, flowing transitions. Couple that with extensive CFD wizardy and wind tunnel testing and you’ve got a bike that’s super slippery…

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Scott Road 2015: Disc Brakes for Solace Road Bike, Integrated Aerodynamics on Plasma 5

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At this point, we’re all pretty aware that disc brakes for road bikes are here to stay. Lately the conversation seems to focus on how manufacturers will address the issue of axle standards, and now even the brake mounts themselves are in question. For their foray into the world of disc brakes, Scott has adapted their Solace endurance frame which was initially launched last year in rim brake versions only. In 2015 the Solace will still be mostly rim brake equipped, with the Solace 15 Disc the solitary model running discs.

Perhaps more important than the brakes is the fact that Scott has chosen to equip the Solace 15 with thru axles front and rear. Oh, and the rear brake mount is pretty interesting as well…

More on the Solace 15, plus an up close look at the new Plasma 5 rocket ship, next!

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John Cobb Gets Randee with New Long Distance Road/Tri Saddle

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While it may look like a triathlete’s perch, the Randee is designed for long distance riders looking for a bit more comfort while resting toward the nose of the saddle.

It’s John Cobb’s second JOF design, meaning “Just Off Front”, and is certainly inspired by the multisport crowd who tend to have their seats pushed farther forward and bodies situated in a TT position. The Randee, however, is aimed at gran fondo, all day riders -its name is a play on Randonneur- that still want to hammer. The nose is 48mm wide, which they say strikes the balance between supporting you when riding on the nose but not chafing the thighs.

Rear width is 155mm, and weight is claimed at 306g. Retail is $169.99 and they come with a 90 day comfort guarantee. Check ‘em out at CobbCycling.com.

Campagnolo Bora Carbon Wheels Get Wider & Lighter, Plus New Braking Surface w/ Shamal Mille

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Two of Campagnolo’s longest running wheelsets get improvements to braking surfaces, albeit with different technologies, and the Bora series also gains wider rims and more aerodynamic shapes.

The new Shamal Mille takes their top level alloy wheel and imbues it with a new braking surface treatment that ups the friction for better performance. Called Mille, the treatment permeates the metal of the rim to create a rougher, more durable surface. As a bonus, Mille is compatible with their Red carbon brake pads, so if you choose to train on these and race on carbon wheels (like the Bora!), you won’t have to swap out brake pads every time you swap wheels, saving you time for an extra run to the Porta-Jon before lining up. Wheel and rim detail shots below.

If you’re an all carbon, all the time kinda rider, then the new Bora’s should look pretty good…

**UPDATED WEIGHTS 7/22/14

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eeBrakes Get Major Update – Now Stiffer, Sleeker & Still Insanely Light

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Coming this August is a major new version of one of the best, lightest road bike brake calipers on the market.

It’s impressive 168g claimed weight (per pair!) with pad holders (but not pads) remains the same, but word is they get massively stiffer, improve modulation and power and get easier to install and set up. Oh, and they look better than ever. And there’s more tire clearance.

To do all that, a lot of things had to change…

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Photo Gallery: 2015 Specialized Road & Mountain Bikes Overview

2015 Specialized Venge LR "Lunch Ride" 1x11 road bike. Photo: Scott Bellecitti

2015 Specialized Venge LR “Lunch Ride” 1×11 road bike. Photo: Scott Bellecitti

This year, Specialized skipped their major press event where we usually get to weigh and photo everything and get all the nitty gritty. But, their dealers still had their event, and thanks to the legendary Dale Brown over at Cycles de Oro, we’ve got a huge gallery of images and a few details.

From what we’re seeing, there’s a bit more excitement on the road side, even with the new 650B version of the Enduro that was just shown in detail. The pavement, or, rather, off-pavement, side is being led by the Diverge gravel bike. At least for those two, we have some pretty solid information and spec.

There’s plenty more to see though, starting off with the new Venge LR (Lunch Ride), shown above. It’s built up with SRAM Force CX1 mechanical shifters for a 1×11 build around Specialized’s carbon crank arms. Retail is around $5,500. That pic’s from Scott at Mike’s Bikes, everything that follows is from de Oro…

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All-New Scott Plasma 5 Triathlon Bike Proves More is More (Aero)

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The new Scott Plasma 5 triathlon bike takes the rider-and-bike combo and aims to make it as fast as possible. They say this bike is faster with the rider on it and with all the storage and hydration solutions mounted. More stuff on board plus more system integration equals more aero.

It’s also meant to be more comfortable for a wider range of riders thanks to a plethora of adjustments and options. Those include three base bars, two different stem styles and much more. The frame and overall design makes it stiffer, too, with a few bits adding durability as well. Even if you’re not into tri and TT, the execution is worth a look.

Despite appearances, it’s completely UCI legal. Well, the bike is anyway – the bento box and battering ram water bottle don’t pass inspection.

Oh, and no, they didn’t just jump from Plasma 3 to 5, there’s a new Plasma 4 in the line, also, bridging the gap between the old and new…

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New Rotor Power LT (Light) Crankset Saves Weight w/ Single Left Sided Sensor

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Costa’s bike with the new Rotor Power LT. Photo: Rotor’s Facebook page.

Introduced in the heat of the Tour de France aboard Rui Costa’s Merida Reacto KOM, the new Rotor Power LT takes their crankset based power meter introduced at Eurobike 2012 and covered in great detail in this post.

That system used a separate power meter gauge on each crank arm, each with its own transmitter and four distinct strain gauges inside each arm, using their 3D drilled design to tuck them inside the alloy arms. For the new Power LT, they simply dropped the drive side meter, relying on a single group of strain gauges and transmitter to process the data. Like other one-sided systems, it likely just doubles the measurement to send a single power figure to ANT+ compatible cycling computers rather than separate left- and right leg measurements.

Like the original, it still measures deformation of the crank arm in three axes, which lets it determine torque effectiveness (how much your leg drags on the system on the upstroke) and pedal smoothness (max torque vs. average torque). And it still only requires a single zero calibration when changing batteries, self adjusting for temperature, altitude, etc.

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Purely Custom Continues to Modernize Fitting with Lasers!

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Dr. Evil just wanted shark with freakin laser beams attached to their heads. If he picked up the new Purely Custom 3D fit plotter, he would still need the sharks. But lasers? Purely Custom’s newest fit tool has plenty of those. As a division of Seastrom Manufacturing Co. Inc., Purely Custom brings their aerospace and aviation machining experience to the bicycling world. While they started with various CNC bits with a custom touch (hence the name), Purely Custom has expanded into the world of professional fitting products used by some of the top fitters in the world.

The newest addition to their catalog makes measuring the exact location of any part on the bike a breeze…

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