Posts in the category Triathlon

Will Putting Larger Diameter Wheels on your Road Bike make you FASTER? CeramicSpeed thinks so

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Two days into the whirlwind that is Eurobike, new products are already piling up. So far, we have not been disappointed, and CeramicSpeed is one of those reasons. Reminiscent of some of the blinded out wheels you were supposed to put on your ride half a decade or so ago, these wheels are HUGE, and from amount of material they used…. or lack thereof, these look as light as they do fast.

Check out why CeramicSpeed says these are the FASTEST pulley wheels on the market and see the data that backs it up…


SRAM RED eTAP Wireless – First Rides, testing protocols & predictions for the future

SRAM RED eTAP wireless shifting group first ride review

To celebrate the SRAM RED eTAP wireless shifting launch, they brought us to their drivetrain development office in Schweinfurt, Germany, for technical presentations and the very first public test rides anywhere.

We’ve covered the product tech, weights & setup here, now we’ll cover the lengthy testing procedure they underwent to ensure that the most anticipated launch in the company’s history is bombproof. And we’ll share thoughts after riding 145 miles (233km) over three days through the rolling hills surrounding their office.

The testing process started in the lab, progressed to employee and “super testers”, then smaller and regional teams, then finally to AG2R in the Tour Down Under and Tour de France. Here’s how it went…


SRAM RED eTAP unveiled – F1 inspired wireless paddle shifting is here!

SRAM Red eTAP wireless electronic shifting road bike group

What if you could throw everything out and build the perfect drivetrain from scratch? What would you change? What would you be forced to change to get around other’s patents? And did it have to follow convention, or could they do away with things that simply weren’t needed…like wires and cables?

That was both the challenge and the opportunity SRAM had when it began developing an electronic shifting system. The starting point was asking “what else shifts?” Their answer, at the most impressive level, was Formula One race cars, the fastest shifting machines in the world.

Now, after five long years of development, we know their answers: The SRAM Red eTAP electronic groupset is here…


EB15: PRO adds to their PLT road line, and updates Missile and Aero Wheel Looks – updated availability


In addition to a broader new range mountain bike stems and bars, Pro also adds more to the road with new bars and wheels. The great performing, high-value PLT alloy cockpit group gets an update with new seatpost, bar, and stem designs. Pro also updates their aero carbon bar, stem, and wheels mostly with much more subtle graphics treatments. Slide on past the fold for more details and availability…


Williams Introduces New System 38 Carbon Clincher to Compliment their 58/85mm Wheelsets


Williams Cycling, becoming well known for their quality wheels and competitive pricing due to their “direct to consumer” business model is introducing the System 38, a new 38mm deep full carbon clincher wheelset to add to thier System 55, and 85 wheelsets. All are built on premium Sapim CX-Ray spokes and their new Sixty-Six hubs with hybrid ceramic bearings.  With more and more people leaning away from tubulars due to the improved technology, reduced weight, and the obvious convenience of clinchers, there are more high end clincher wheel sets available than ever. And Williams is aimed at getting these to consumers for less…


Rotor pumps out new Uno hydraulic shifting road group w/ Magura brakes

rotor uno hydraulic shifting road bike group with magura brakes

Just days after we found the patent drawings and a mere week before Eurobike starts, Rotor has provided the first look at their all-new Uno road group.

Using a full hydraulic system for both brakes and shifting, the components should offer fluidly smooth gear changes and powerful braking. The hydraulic tech comes from Magura, whose been making hydraulic brakes for a long, long time and will provide the brakes for the complete group set.

All the tech details will come next week, and we’ve got the first appointment of the show booked to see it. In the meantime, more pics below…


Review: Revisiting Praxis Road and Cyclocross Chainrings, Long-Term


It’s been more than four and a half years since we last did a proper review of a set of chainrings from Praxis. While they do get pretty rave reviews from everyone who rides them, we thought it was time to revisit a few sets that we have put several thousand kms on to let you know how they have worked out and how they’ve held up over the long haul. The sets we’ll talk about in detail are the Standard Road 53/39 Clover rings, the all black Compact Road 50/34 rings, and the Cyclocross 46/36 rings.

Come past the break for our thoughts, detailed wear photos, and actual weights…


Zipp Updates Popular Vuka Alumina Aerobar Egonomics with New Extension Options


A new update to Zipp’s most popular aluminum aerobar extension adds adjustability to get a more neutral wrist position for many riders, with new 70mm and 110mm rise options. The update claims reduction in drag and rider strain in the aero position with an end result of overall better aerodynamics and faster times. Higher positions offered by the new extensions let riders put their hands close together and closer to their head/body for a quicker/smoother transition of airflow to the rider. The new ergonomics were the result of a collaboration with several top bike fitters, and Zipp claims the new shape is supposed to make the rider feel like they are “shaking hands with the bar” for a more natural fit. A variable radius bend in the bar and 20mm of inward rotation can be rotated in the extensions to get that perfect comfy fit in the hands.

Join us after the break for more details, pricing, and availability…


Watteam universal crankarm power meter finally goes on sale, $499 for both sides

watteam universal crank arm pwoermeter for left and right leg power measurement

First introduced more than a year ago, the Watteam power meter system was updated earlier this year to use a slimmer, rechargeable battery pack and transmitter with a shorter cable reaching to the stick-on strain gauge. Until now, though, they’ve only teased the promise of professional-grade left/right power measurement for just $499. Today, that promise gets a little closer to real – the product opens up for online registration to order, giving you first crack at actually placing an order on August 31.

Those who don’t register will have to wait until September 2nd to place an order and hoping there’s still inventory left. All pre-ordered units should ship by year’s end.

The version up for grabs is designed specifically for hollow alloy crank arms only, despite these promo pics they sent showing it on carbon. For the truly universally universal version that’ll work on both carbon and alloy cranks, you’ll have to wait a bit longer into 2016. More pics of the system below…