Posts in the category Triathlon

IB15: Gripping Round-up: Lizard Skins Adds More Colors; ESI Contours Grips & Says Death to Electrical Tape!

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A couple of names synonymous with grip continue to grow and expand their current offerings to keep your hands on the bars. ESI and Lizard Skins, both known for their ability to remain grippy in both wet or dry conditions had some colorful and new things to show us.

Grab a firm hold and see what these two masters of grip have on hand….


Canyon’s aero Speedmax CF SLX comes to life to race against the clock in Kona


So it’s only been about a week since we showed the prototype of Canyon’s new triathlon world championship winning Speedmax from Eurobike. But today after a half a year of prototype testing in the hands of some of the world’s best athletes and fresh off the presses, Canyon has announced the bike is ready for consumers. This Saturday, October 10th, the Speedmax CF SLX will make its official competition debut at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. Slip past the break for some more fresh details and a lot of new pics…


Zipp adds Ultra Premium NSW line out of their Nest R&D lab and new 808 NSW wheels


Zipp just announced NSW, a new series of the highest performance and most technologically advanced products to come from their engineers. Nest Speed Weaponry gets its name from The Nest, the high-security advanced Research and Development that Zipp runs in the back of their factory, where all their new ideas are hatched.

The first product in the new series is a new 808 NSW Carbon Clincher that utilizes a new rim shape with improved aerodynamics and a reduced impact from cross winds.  It also gets a new hubset with better durability and even less drag. The 82mm deep 808 NSW is designed for triathlons, time trials, and any other race against the clock. Check out the details after the break…


EB15: Catlike Gets Colorful with Updated Boa Whisper Road & MTB shoes and helmets


Known for their helmets, Catlike branched out into shoes and sunglasses in their home Spanish market several years ago and has been broadening their reach in the EU and US. Now with new models on the way for 2016 and celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary, they’ve stepped up their game with overall updates to the top-end Whisper shoes, trickled down some tech to affordable road and mountain shoes, and even brought out some new helmets. And to coordinate it all together Catlike has designed everything into four color lines to get all matchy. Come past the break for tech details on the new stuff and pricing…


IB15: Niterider powers up OLED displays, brighter trail lights, aero taillights & more


Niterider’s OLED Lumina are new, adding a digital readout up top so you know remaining battery level and run time per setting. Two models are available, the 600 and 800 with lumen output matching the model name.

Both get 90 minutes to 9 hours runtime on a full charge depending on setting. There’s a new solid output with strobe setting that lays a bright flash over top of a constant beam so you can always see where your going while still getting a safety flash to alert drivers.


EB15: Canyon leads several mountain updates with new Exceed CF SLX hardtail, plus a Speedmax Tri prototype


Canyon had several new bikes on hand at Eurobike, with most available outside at the Demo Day. While the Connected Bike concept looks like it is on the way and its Smart Bike Computer will be available in the spring, most of the new offerings that are available now are on the mountain side of things. The newest on the list is this carbon hardtail, the Exceed CF SLX which the Topeak-Ergon Team has been racing this summer, and on which Alban Lakata won the 2015 UCI XCM World Championship. Add to that a new aluminum Nerve trail 29er, the full-suspension slopestyle Stitched 720, and a lightened up alloy Grand Canyon AL SLX. There was even an interesting aero-at-all-costs triathlon bike inside the show that had already won a European championship. Join us after the break for a close-up look and some actual weights.


Liv Avow Advanced: First Performance Tri Bike Specifically Designed for Women


Women’s specific Liv bikes has just introduced their new Avow Advanced, a carbon triathlon bike designed with adjustability, proper fit, and aerodynamics in mind to suit the female athlete. Developed based on the Giant/Liv 3F mantra: Fit, Form & Function, the Avow Advanced aims to eek out those seconds on the bike for competitive women triathletes, while helping them stay comfortable in their aero position longer for smoother transitions off the bike. Roll past the break for tech details on the new bike and a glance at the three builds that are coming…


IB15: Edco goes full carbon in more ways than one, drops prices for one-piece cassettes

2016 Edco Supersport Julier full carbon spoke bicycle wheel

Amidst the new monoblock cassette options for juniors and mountain bikes launched at the Taipei show earlier this year, Edco hinted (with prototype in hand) that they’d soon switch from using Reynold’s carbon rims to their own design. Now, that’s come to fruition and they’ve switched all of their carbon rims to full carbon – no more alloy brake tracks.

They say the new carbon brake track stops just as well as alloy in wet and dry with their own brake pads, which ship with the wheels. How? There are no special materials in the brake track, it’s all in the way it’s constructed and a combination of their ITL (Integrated Low Temp) braking surface with high Tg resin and the pad material.

Alongside those changes are new disc brake options for many of the wheels and their really-and-truly full carbon new wheels that were developed specifically for the new Sapim CX-Carbon spokes…


IB15: Look Cycles gets insanely aero with new 796 Monoblade, plus all-new 765 fondo bike & more

2016 Look Cycles 765 endurance carbon fiber road bike for gran fondo rides

The 2016 Look 765 endurance road bike replaces the 566 as the French brand’s mid-level long distance ride. It blends comfort geometry and frame materials with standard components (as opposed to the polarizing heavy cockpit integration found on their higher end 795 Aerolight and others).

Compared to their race bikes’ geometry, the 765’s endurance geometry averages a 20mm higher stack and 10mm shorter reach, putting you a bit more upright so you’re more comfortable over the long haul. Seatstays are a bit longer, too, to improve stability and take a bit of the edge off harsh bumps.

And then they add flax linen to the carbon…