Posts in the category Triathlon

Cervelo adds two Shades of Grey to entry-level road, triathlon bikes

2015 Cervelo P2 triathlon, time trial bike in black and white
Where some competitive racers would happily ride a pink and purple paisley frame if it promised to make them faster, entry level consumers don’t make decisions on the same criteria. Their choice in the bike shop may be partly influenced by something that seems trivial to a die-hard racer. Like a bike’s contours, graphics or colors, for example

Cervelo has just announced their entry level R2 road and P2 triathlon/time trial bikes are now available with two color schemes for each – The R2 now comes in a grey/orange option and the P2 in a glossy black and white. Now entry level buyers can get a bike that offers performance well beyond its price tag (as both of these bikes seek to do) while having it appeal to them for reasons beyond saving seconds.

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SOC15: Xentis Squad 4.2 and 5.8 Wheels Get Ultrawide for 2016

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No matter how good a wheel is today, the big question everyone seems to be asking is yeah, but how wide is the rim? This seems to apply equally to both mountain or road bikes where the width of a rim can have a drastic effect on the shape and performance of the tire. Mountain biking seems to be taking this concept to the extremes lately, but road bikes aren’t far behind if you consider just how narrow rims and tires were not that long ago.

Having already subscribed to the trend on their Squad 7.8 deep dish carbon wheels, Xentis is now adding substantial width to both their Squad 4.2 and 5.8 road wheels in tubular and clincher as well as rim or disc models. Details next…

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Quarq Brings Crank-Based Power to the People With New Affordable Riken AL

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Following the recent price drop of the RIKEN R, Quarq is apparently furthering its march towards bring crank-based power measurement to the masses through the release of their new RIKEN AL. The new system, priced at a very competitive $799 MSRP (GXP configuration), is available now consumer direct through the Quarq website, and will begin shipping April 23rd. A closer look after the jump… READ MORE ->

SOC15: Garmin makes power meter pedals easier to install w/ Vector 2.0

Garmin’s Vector 2 power meter pedal system has received a slight update to make it a bit more durable and a little easier to install.

Gone are the washers, replaced with a hinged clamp that simply wraps around the pedal spindle and bolts into place. That makes the pedal pods easier to line up in the correct position.

The pods themselves are made of a new, tougher material that’s the same as their out front mounts. They say that resin is actually tougher than the original alloy mounts. It wasn’t a matter of toughness under impact, because you’re not really going to hit them on anything if they’re positioned properly…it was more about holding up to repeated removal and installation.

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All-New Rotor INpower hides power meter tech inside crank spindle

Rotor INpower crankset powermeter inside the spindle

The antenna and battery cap on the non-drive crank is all you’ll see of the new INpower power meter…everything else is tucked inside the spindle.

The Rotor INPower is a clever new take on the crank-based power meter that puts all of the electronics inside the axle, which not only protects it, but keeps the rotational mass at the center.

But the location of the electronics is just part of the story. Rotor, which is known mostly for their ovalized chainrings, can show “different” power readings when those chainrings are used on standard spider-based power meters. This happens because the ovalized shape changes the zones of rotational speed at which you’re able to turn the pedals over by making it easier in your dead spots and harder in your power zones. The result, from our own experience, is that the overall pedal stroke is much smoother and the rotational speed seems more consistent to our legs, but they say a spider-based strain gauge may not see it that way.

The design also lets them use the same power meter across their entire range of cranks regardless of the arms, making it perfect for road, triathlon, cyclocross and mountain bikes…

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TPE15: Pro-Lite lightens up w/ new Antero Carbon XC/Cyclocross wheels, road disc coming

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The new Pro-Lite Antero Carbon mountain bike wheels will come in 27.5 and 29, with the latter working just fine for cyclocross, too.

They use their oversized pawl mechanism to get 84 points of engagement using six 2-step pawls. That’s clicking along next to an oversize Japanese EZO bearing to handle the higher loads caused by modern oversize cogs. The carbon rim has a width of 26mm ext/21mm int and measures 23mm tall. Check the internals and rim profiles, plus more new stuff, below…

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Profile Design pours its best features into new FC Hydration System

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Combining elements from other systems into a single, comprehensive Cadillac of an aerobar extension-mounted device, Profile Design’s latest tri creation is the new FC Hydration System. Designed to put everything where you need it,  while offering plenty of adjustability, with the FC you can have it your way.

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Berliner 2015: Christoph Strasser’s Specialized Shiv 24 hour Record Bike

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A couple weeks back when we were in Berlin for the bike show, ultra endurance cyclist and 3-time RAAM winner Christoph Strasser happened to be there as well to attempt to break the world record for most distance covered on the road by a cyclist in a 24-hour period. We had a chance to chat with Strasser’s support team during his ride and after he finished to take a detailed look at the bike that he used for the ride. In the end he was successful and managed to ride an amazing 896.173km/556.856mi aboard his Specialized S-Works Shiv, besting the prior record by 6%.
Come past the break to have a detailed look at what a spec for that long of a ride looks like, and some insights from Specialized’s tire specialist Wolfgang Arenz…

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NAHBS 2015: New Builder, Woody Bicycles

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Woody Cycles of Cape May, New Jersey, is a small wood working company specializing in the manufacture of hand crafted, wooden bicycles. The idea to found Woody Bicycles came to Max Samuelsen during an evening in 2009, while indulging in a few adult beverages with friends. Looking to relieve boredom associated with his woodworking projects, he asked his friends for some ideas. The rest as they say, is history… READ MORE ->