Posts in the category Triathlon

IB14: Guru Pushes Photon HL to 650 Grams, Adds Disc Brake Version – Plus Updated Titanium Frames & More!


Already one of the lightest road bike frames out there, Guru’s Photon HL sheds another 20g by reworking just a single tube, and that’s with the addition of a tapered head tube!

Until now, they could claim the HL as a sub 670g frame. Now? Sub 650g, and that’s with paint and hardware. We even put one on the scale to confirm. To shed the grams, they completely re-engineered how they make the seat tube. Before, they would make the seat tube then glue in the insert to hold the seatpost. The insert served two purposes, to create the appropriate inside diameter and to reinforce the seat tube so the seatpost wouldn’t stress it too much or damage it. Now, the insert is rolled into the post as part of the construction process. For a deep look into their amazing carbon manufacturing process, check our factory tour here.

They also introduced the Photon R Disc, bringing disc brakes to their top model, and created an entry level Photon v.4. The Praemio R titanium bikes were also updated with stiffer, lighter and more adaptable rear triangles (with a disc brake option, too!). Even the triathlon bikes get a new baby sister…


IB14: Lazer Reveals Premium Budget Helmets, Wasp Air w/ Electronic Head Tilt Sensor & More!


For 2015, Lazer is heading up the news with a few new low-cost helmets that bring a lot of their top comfort and safety systems, including a $70 MIPS helmet!

Shown above, the Blade (black) and Magma helmets give you 22 huge vents combined with their Rollsys retention system and in-mold construction. They’re essentially the same helmet save for the visor on the Magma. Both retail for $90, and weights are 250g without visor. They start shipping in Spring 2015.

Head past the break to check out the inside, plus lots of other cool new things below…


IB14: Litespeed Introduces T5 Gravel and Disc Models, Multi-wheeled Pinhoti MTB, Plus the New Quintana Roo PR6

Litespeed t5 gravel bike disc road Pinhote Quintana Roo PR6 (2) copy

While the Litespeed T5g is related to the T5 road bike that’s been around for some time, you’d hardly know it by looking at it. As Litespeed’s interpretation of a modern day gravel bike, the T5g blends the performance of their T5 titanium with big(ger) tire clearance and disc brakes. Compared to their Ti CX bike, the T5g has more of a relaxed geometry better suited to long days on the bike no matter what the road surface. Don’t need clearance for meaty tires but still want the performance of disc brakes? Litespeed is also offering up the T5d, which is a disc brake equipped version of the road focused T5. Together the three bikes provide a titanium option at an attainable price no matter how you want to ride.

Out in the desert Litespeed was also showing off  their Pinhoti hard tail which is compatible with multiple wheel sizes. That and their sister company Quintana Roo’s new PR6 Superbike after the break…


EB14: 3T Ionic Comfort Posts, Updated High End Wheels & Tri Bars, Smartphone Integration & Much More!


The 3T Aerotundo combines a classic drop bar shape with their aero tops, just one of many combinations.

3T Cycling has a lot going on, as much with new products as with new concepts for the sale and use of them. Starting with the small stuff, they’ll now offer sizing guides to all retailers and online that complement the mix-and-match nature of their road components. You choose whether you want round, ergonomic or aero top sections on your handlebar, then choose an ergo or classic round profile for the drop section. Lastly, choose the stem angle and length, then put it all together using the guide to help, um, guide you in making the correct choices.

To combat counterfeit product, all parts will now ship with a 3D holographic logo plate from OpSec that contains a QR code, serial number, EAN code and product registration information. If you’re buying a 3T product, make sure it has the decal, then register it to be sure.

Now, on to the good stuff…


EB14: Fizik Makes Kurve Re:Flex Saddles Comfier, Reshapes Aliante & Adds BOA Closures to Shoes


Fizik introduced their Kurve saddles concept in 2011 with alloy Mobium rails and an adjustable stiffness system that let you customize the already flexible shell to suit your needs. We reviewed those here.

For 2015, the new Kurve Re:Flex saddles replace the glass fiber base of the originals with Kevlar to make them more flexible under your weight. That lets the shell provide most of the comfort rather than relying solely on the padding. And indeed, it’s easily flexible at the edges of the shell and through the entire structure without feeling mushy. They also gain a carbon fiber rail option to save weight.

The Kurve models aren’t the only ones updated…the classic Aliante gets a refresh and the excellent Gobi sees a few tweaks, too…


EB14: Blktec’s Totally Unique Bar-Stem Combo, Aero Stems & Carbon Wheels

Blktec R3 handlebar stem combo

Blktec is a new company that quietly debuted at Taipei show earlier this year with a couple of wheels, but Eurobike saw the entire line roll out.

The highlight is definitely the R3 bar and stem combo shown above. Using a unique two-piece construction that bolts the handlebar directly to the stem, it forgoes the front clamp altogether but still allows 6º of adjustment by simply loosening or tightening the top or bottom bolts.

It, along with the other bars and stems, features clever internal cable, with some feeding everything through the stem to shield it from sight and wind…


EB14: New Zipp Tangente Course, Speed & SLSpeed Road Tires Make You Even Faster

2015 Zipp Tangente course and speed clincher road bike tires improve aerodynamics and decrease rolling resistance

Zipp’s original foray into tires were focused on improving the aerodynamics of a wheel/tire combination. Pretty important since you need both and they always go together.

Now, they’ve upped the ante to lessen rolling resistance as well, making the system faster than ever. They’ve also made wider versions and lightened them up, too. On paper, it’s the total package – faster, smoother, more comfortable and with better control.

Here’s how they did it…


IB14: Prologo Rounds Out Saddle Line, Adds Enduro Mountain Bike Model


Prologo has updated a number of their popular road and triathlon saddles, tweaking shapes to make them more comfortable.

The Scratch 2 CPC gets the dropped, squared off nose introduced on the Nago Evo last year, but keeps the rounded profile of the rear end. It also adds the CPC material to damp vibration and provide a little non-slip grip. Available with either Tirox (metal) or Nack (carbon) rails. It’ll come in PAS versions with the center relief channel, too, and in 134mm and 143mm widths for most models.

Sit in for more images and details on all the new goods, plus a new saddle fitting system for stockists…


EB14: Argon 18 Unveils Nitrogen Aero Road, E118 Next Tri & Krypton XRoad – Plus Possible New Dura-Ace Di2? (UPDATED)

2015 Argon 18 Nitrogen aero road bike

Argon 18 has been rather busy, bringing about new bikes for all the hot pavement categories -adventure road, aero road and triathlon- and equipping them with some new components from TRP and, from the looks of it, Shimano.

The biggest news is the all-new Nitrogen aero road bike, which incorporates all-new TRP linear pull road brakes. The frame utilizes many of their existing technologies and designs, including their HDS (Horizontal Dual System), which slices an imaginary line from the top of the head tube back to the rear dropout. Everything below that line is stiff and oversized, above it things are thinner and more compliant. The idea, now common, is to enhance power transfer without sacrificing comfort.

It also uses their progressive sizing and integrated head tube spacers, albeit with an aero shape, to accommodate a wider variety of rider shapes and sizes. The bottom bracket gets a 75mm drop to put the rider’s center of gravity low and keeps the head tube height low for a stiffer front end and snappy handling. It’s all assembled with a 7003 HM nano-tech carbon, which brings the medium painted frame weight to just 960g. Hardware (+60g) and Di2 bits (+23g) add a little more. Fork weight is claimed at 366g when cut to fit a size medium frame.

To get aero, they used smart tube shapes, hidden brakes and custom seat tube…

UPDATED…with the real deal on that “new” Shimano Di2.