Posts in the category Triathlon

Lightweight Adds New Mid-depth VR 60 to the Fernweg Wheel Line-up

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The top German carbon wheel experts at Lightweight have just announced a new 60mm front wheel to slot into their existing Fernweg wheel line at a popular triathlon race this weekend in Roth. The new wheel offers a bit more flexibility by giving increased stability in cross winds. And it does it at even a lighter weight than its 79.5mm deep partner. Roll on past the break for some quick details, a few more pics, pricing, and availability….

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TDF2015 Tech: BMC molds insanely expensive one-off, one-piece custom TT fork-and-cockpit

Custom one-piece fork-and-handlebar-and-stem combo from BMC Pro Cycling for Tejay Van Garderen

In talking with a team rep, he said there aren’t a lot of prototype or fancy parts on the bikes because it’s helpful to the mechanics to have everything as similar as possible. And, as he put it, “special parts have special problems.”

That said, the bikes had mostly stock spec save for one very interesting custom handlebar/stem combo for Tejay Van Garderen. Made by joining standard 3T bullhorn bars and aero extensions into a single piece and then molding them directly to the steerer tube and fork, the entire front end of the bike becomes one giant carbon fiber piece. Here’s why…

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TDF2015 Tech: Look Cycles puts Bretagne Seche team on all-new time trial bike

2016 Look Cycles TT aero road bike at tour de france 2015 for Bretagne-Seche pro team

Look Cycles had an all-new TT bike ready for Team Bretagne-Seche for the Grand Depart individual time trial of the 2016 Tour de France here in Utrecht, Netherlands. It’s so new, that according to one of their distributors, it doesn’t even have a name yet, but word is it’s replacing the 596 as the brand’s TT/Triathlon bike.

The graphics were done to match team cars (though we didn’t see any quite this audacious), which did a fantastic job of calling attention to it. As with other Look frames, there’s a lot of integration on board with some clever touches to minimize drag. The official debut is likely at Eurobike in August, but we’ve got quite a few details here…

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PC15: Fabric’s Water Bottle Goes Cage Free, Plus New Air Cushioned Cell Saddle, Ratcheting Multi Tool

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Since their recent debut, UK brand Fabric continues to demonstrate its dedication to challenging the industry established design norms. Offering a collection of fresh and ultra-functional saddles and accessories Fabric’s line includes accessible entry price points and piles of color options.. They include a comfort saddle that accomplishes suspension with air cushioning rather than gel, a tri saddle with integrated water bottle carrier mount, a cageless integrated water bottle system, and a multitool with an integrated ratchet for getting into hard to reach places… READ MORE ->

Powertap P1 power meter pedals now available for pre-order, U.S. only

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Announced in March, the Powertap P1 power meter pedals are available for pre-order as of today, June 12, 2015. The offer is only open to U.S. based customers at first, and only sold direct through Powertap.com. The company says this arrangement lets them maintain close communication with early adopters to ensure everyone’s getting the best performance out of this new product.

The Pedals allow for an easy addition of power to any road bike, just mount ’em up and off you go. They communicate via Bluetooth LE (aka Smart, 4.0) and ANT+, show left/right power individually and run for about 60 hours off AAA batteries. Full details are here and hands on photos from Taipei Cycle Show are here. Retail is $1,199.99 and the first units start shipping June 22, first come, first served.

Zipp Releases New Vuka Aero Time Trial/Triathlon Cockpit

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Zippity do-dah, Zippity yay- My oh my, what a wonderful day for triathletes and time trial riders! Zipp has just announced the release of the Vuka Aero cockpit, an updated and improved version of the race proven Vuka Stealth.

The new Vuka Aero has been redesigned for further aerodynamic efficiency versus the Stealth model. Some features from other Zipp products carry over into the Vuka Aero, but it also boasts some new ideas and a design of its own.

This integrated cockpit does not include a stem but rather was designed to accommodate different stems for greater compatibility, and so riders can fine tune the fit of their bike without compromising aerodynamics…
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Bontrager postures for better saddle fit, performance w/ new InForm BioDynamic designs

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Built around five postures and three contours, the new Bontrager InForm BioDynamic saddle collection has something for everyone, from the upright cruiser rider to the horizontal professional TT racer.

Using leisure, fitness, performance, aggressive and aerodynamic postures as the different baselines for pelvic rotation, they then looked at the saddle’s curvature, profile and transition to make them as comfortable as possible while also maximizing performance on saddles aimed at more serious athletes (upright comfort riders aren’t really seeking better Strava times, after all).

As they describe it: “The curvature of the saddle is thought of as a cross-sectional view through the saddle at the critical point of the saddle where the rider is primarily seated. The profile contour is defined by the saddle’s shape in side view. The transition contour is defined by the edges of the saddle in the top view.”

Here’s how all that comes together in the performance-oriented Affinity, Montrose and Anja saddles…

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Tri Rig Releases New Completely Redesigned X Series Component Line

Tri Rig has recently announced a new component line under the X-Series name that includes a brake, handlebar and stem. While some of these components are updates on existing models, all of the new X-series parts were completely redesigned from the ground up to gain incremental performance improvements.

Tri Rig has put some serious focus on producing the most aerodynamic parts possible, and they make some big claims about the Alpha X handlebar’s wind tunnel performance in particular. Click past the break to get the skinny on the wind-cutting Alpha X handlebar, Omega X brake and Sigma X stem…
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Zipp Introduces Limited Firestrike 404 Tubular Wheels, Updates Clinchers

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Last year, Zipp introduced the latest in a long history of aero wheel designs with their new Firestrike platform. Starting with the 404 clincher, the Firestrike moniker became the calling card of Zipp’s highest end wheels. By using a new rim shape and ABLC (aerodynamic boundary layer control) dimple pattern, the new design maximized the amount of stability the wheels provided essentially allowing you to use deeper rims than the conditions would normally allow. Other improvements included their new Showstopper Silicon Carbide (SiC) brake track for drastically improved wet weather braking as well as new hubs, printed graphics, and a new molding process.

There was only one drawback. The Firestrike 404 wheels have only been available in clincher – until now. Not only are the Firestrikes now available in tubular form, but the Firestrike 404 clinchers receive a few updates as well…

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