Posts in the category Triathlon

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 ->

TPE15: Prototype carbon ISM Adamo Attack triathlon saddle loses its cover

Prototype ISM Adamo Attack full carbon saddle for triathlon and TT bikes

At Interbike last fall, ISM added more padding to several models for those wanting something a little cushier. Now, they’re stripping it all away to create something for those wanting something a little lighter.

A lot lighter, actually. This carbon fiber concept based on the Adamo Attack saddle and comes in at just 185g. For ISM, that’s really light…almost half the 314g weight of a standard Adamo Attack.

They’re currently running it through ISM’s extensive comfort and blood flow testing. If it all works out, they’ll offer it in limited quantities. For now, it’s a concept only, and we’ve got more pics below…

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Pioneer brings dual sided, crank-based power meters to just $999

Pioneer Cycling Power Meter and Cyclosphere tech overview and first impressions

Pioneer introduced their highly technical, data rich power meter and computer system in early 2013. Then, last spring, we got an in depth look at it on our own bike. At the time, the system required an entirely new crankset to be purchased, your choice of Dura-Ace or Ultegra 11-speed.

Then, at Interbike 2014, they introduced their Power Meter Kit that let you send in your own DA or UL crankset and have them install the left and right power meters, saving you considerable coin. At that point, it was priced at $1,299.

Over the six months since the program launched, they’ve been perfecting the process. Now, says Russ Johnston, EVP Pioneer Cycle Sports, “we’re prepared to move this to a much higher volume in our Long Beach, CA, facility.”

How so? By dropping the price to just $999…

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OGIO Packs it All In with the Athlete Focused X-Train 2 Backpack

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Whether you’re headed off to a day at the office and hoping to squeeze in a workout, or simply looking for a backpack to manage all of your riding essentials, OGIO has a bag for you. The bigger brother of the X-Train Lite and the successor to the original X-Train, the X-Train 2 is essentially an organized gym bag that doubles as a backpack complete with padded laptop storage. Built with provisions for bike, yoga, gym, and running gear as well as pockets for nutrition, tech, valuables, and even wet clothing, not being able to find what you need in your duffel bag will no longer be an excuse…

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TPE15: Prologo Adds Team Replica Saddles, New TGale TT/Triathlon Saddle

prologo team replica bicycle saddle

For the true fanboys and fangirls, Prologo has added team livery to their saddles for several of their sponsored Pro Tour teams. Options include IAM cycling, Lampre Merida, Tinkoff Saxo, and a couple of standout athletes. Above are models for Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan. Closeups and details on the new TT/Triathlon saddle below…

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Polar’s V650 GPS Cycling Computer Finds Its Way to the Marketplace

Polar V650 GPS cycling computer

Cycling computers have come a long way since the rudimentary devices that just measured speed, distance and calculated a few averages for you. Now, it seems there’s an arms race to see who can offer the most data collection and integration with training apps or software.

Last September we previewed the Polar V650, one of Polar’s newest offerings. Now that it’s hit the market, here’s an updated look at the full feature set and promo video…

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NAHBS 2015: New Boyd Cycling hubs take stiffness, smoothness to Eternity and beyond!

The new Boyd Cycling Eternity hubs push bearings and flanges wider than ever to create a super stiff wheel, and the unique stacked axle system helps it roll smoother by effectively disengaging two of the four bearings when pedaling.

Founder Boyd Johnson says the hubs offer the widest flange spacing out there, especially at the front, where there’s 80mm from center to center of the flanges. Out back, he says most hubs have between 50mm and 55mm between rear flanges, but the Eternity hub pushes that to 56.1mm from flange center to center. The driveside flange is pushed to 18.1mm from hub centerline to flange center, which Boyd says is the widest that can be used on a modern 11-speed drivetrain. And it’s all optimized for both stiffness and tension with a traditional lacing pattern.

Those wider flanges create a wider base, improving triangulation. That means a stiffer “pyramid” peaking at the rim, which translates to less rim deflection under cornering loads. But that’s just part of what makes a stiffer wheel, so let’s have a look inside and see what else makes them special…

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Kogel pushes pressfit BB bearings wider, spins up lightweight alloy pulleys

Kogel BB30-24 pressfit bottom bracket for using 24mm Shimano spindles on Cannondale Synapse BB30A frames

Anytime someone says they can improve a pressfit bottom bracket situation, we’re all ears. Sometimes it’s by increasing compatibility between otherwise oil-and-water parts, and sometimes it’s by taking a fresh look at the design and doing things a bit differently.

For the former, Kogel’s new ceramic bearing Shimano/GXP BB30A adapter kit allows owners of the new Cannondale Synapse endurance road bike to retrofit cranks with 24mm spindles. The Synapse’s proprietary BB30A bottom bracket (a wider 73mm version of the BB30) currently only works with Cannondale’s SiSL crank or custom made FSA’s. Thanks to Kogel’s new BB the Synapse’s BB30A will accept Shimano or Rotor 24mm spindles without any adapters, and SRAM 24mm GXP cranks with the addition of a reducer.

For the latter, get a fresh look at outboard bearings below…
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Hirobel’s Carbon Frame Clamp Aims to End Costly Compression Damage

Hirobel's Carbon Frame Clamp

Carbon fiber is a wonderful thing for today’s cyclists, allowing us to ride road, cross-country or even downhill frames with a previously impossible balance of high strength, ride compliance and low weight. It also allows manufacturers to get creative with frame designs in the pursuit of their structural and aesthetic goals. However, these unique frames have made life more difficult for mechanics.

The simple act of putting a bike into a repair stand suddenly became a bit of a head-scratcher with aero tubing and odd designs becoming commonplace. More importantly, traditional repair stand clamps leave delicate carbon frames vulnerable to compression damage. After watching a shop mechanic struggle to safely secure an aero-framed bicycle to a repair stand, Brandon Hirokawa and partner Marc Bellet created Hirobel Cycling Components’ flagship product, the Carbon Frame Clamp.

Get a grip on how it works after the jump…
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