Vittoria debuts tubeless Qurano carbon clinchers in three rim depths

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We got a sneak peek at one set of the new tubeless carbon clinchers from Vittoria last fall, but details on the then unannounced wheel were scant. But now Vittoria has debuted the three rim Qurano Carbon Clincher lineup that will cover premium road tubeless needs from everyday riding, up through long race days in the wind. Employing their Graphene+ carbon tech (more on that later in the week), and paired with their new low resistance tubeless Corsa Speed tires, the deeper wheels in this set offer some pretty fast rolling claims. Spin past the break with us for a more detailed look at the  new wheels, their projected weights and pricing, and a peek at what may be a new tire in the pipeline as well…

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We got a sneak peek at one set of the new tubeless carbon clinchers from Vittoria last fall, but details on the then unannounced wheel were scant. But now Vittoria has debuted the three rim Qurano Carbon Clincher lineup that will cover premium road tubeless needs from everyday riding, up through long race days in the […]

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Catlike helps Movistar soar above with new adaptive Cloud 352 aero road helmet – Updated

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Starting this weekend at Strade Bianche on Saturday and then as Paris-Nice gets under way from Sunday, team Movistar will ride the new Catlike Cloud 352 aero helmet that they helped develop. The adaptive aero lid gets two replaceable bolt-on shells that offer two levels of aerodynamics and ventilation, plus a distinctly Catlike look. Get a closer look at the helmet in both guises after the break, plus a video of it in action against the wind…

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Starting this weekend at Strade Bianche on Saturday and then as Paris-Nice gets under way from Sunday, team Movistar will ride the new Catlike Cloud 352 aero helmet that they helped develop. The adaptive aero lid gets two replaceable bolt-on shells that offer two levels of aerodynamics and ventilation, plus a distinctly Catlike look. Get a closer […]

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NAHBS 2016 – Edco unveils 3AX multi-axis floating road pedals, new Aerosport carbon tubeless wheels

2016 Edco Aerosport 85mm and 105mm carbon fiber tubeless ready road bike wheels

2016 Edco Aerosport 85mm and 105mm carbon fiber tubeless ready road bike wheels

About this time last year, Edco teased their new woven carbon rims that would be produced from their own molds. Prior to that they’d purchased blank Reynolds rims and finished them in house. Then, at Interbike, the full line of proprietary rims were unveiled, introducing tubeless ready designs in multiple depths and styles.

Now, those rims grow to include the new Aerosport Simplon (105mm deep, $2,699/set) and Aerosport Fluela (85mm deep, $2,599/set). That expands the Aerosport series to 45, 65, 85, and 105 mm depths.

The rims use their proprietary 9K 8mm twill weave, which means it’s a 9k carbon tow woven into an 8mm twill pattern. For the same material weight, that means a stiffer wheel than, say, 3K. All of the rims are now made at their own facility in China (the factory is a co-owner of Edco), so all IP, designs and development are under their complete control all the way through production.

Get up close and see their curious new AX3 floating road pedal, below…

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About this time last year, Edco teased their new woven carbon rims that would be produced from their own molds. Prior to that they’d purchased blank Reynolds rims and finished them in house. Then, at Interbike, the full line of proprietary rims were unveiled, introducing tubeless ready designs in multiple depths and styles. Now, those […]

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NAHBS 2016 – TRP stops by with new direct mount & delta-style aero road brakes, and more

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TRP wanted to improve their direct mount brakes to make them easier to center, and to play nicer with other parts on the bike.

Shown above on bottom left and center, they accomplished this be reworking the cable routing on two different rear brake designs. The T930 front, shown bottom right, maintains the standard side-pull cable routing. For the rears, they now have improved clearance over their Tektro versions. Now, they’ll sit hidden under the frame and work with Stages power meters and similar, which would have solved the issue during our Scott Solace review.

For disc brake bikes, they’ll have flat-mount versions of their HyRD brake calipers sometime this year. Details on the rest below…

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TRP wanted to improve their direct mount brakes to make them easier to center, and to play nicer with other parts on the bike. Shown above on bottom left and center, they accomplished this be reworking the cable routing on two different rear brake designs. The T930 front, shown bottom right, maintains the standard side-pull […]

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NAHBS 2016 – ENVE upgrades brake tracks, gravel fork gets final & other news

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If you recall last year, the ENVE GRD gravel road bike fork showed up on a few bikes. A few of those forks are still floating around on show bikes this year, too, but the official design has changed a bit.

It switches to the flat mount disc brake standard for production, but retains the 12mm thru axle that helped introduce Chris King’s new hub option last year, too. Final claimed weight is 450g, and it comes with a clip-on carbon fender. Axle to crown measures 382mm, rake is 47mm. Order one now for $750 and it should come off back order in April.

Check out updates to the wheels below…

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If you recall last year, the ENVE GRD gravel road bike fork showed up on a few bikes. A few of those forks are still floating around on show bikes this year, too, but the official design has changed a bit. It switches to the flat mount disc brake standard for production, but retains the […]

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Matt Conrad of Journey Cycles

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After leaving the corporate world, and armed with years of experience in composites, Matt Conrad saw an opportunity in the frequency of damaged carbon bikes coming into his bike shop. After repairing frames for a time, he decided to take the plunge to establish and pursue Journey Cycles full time. Though it would initially be a vehicle for his carbon repair business, his goal was always to move fully into frame building…  and 2016 is his big NAHBS debut.

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After leaving the corporate world, and armed with years of experience in composites, Matt Conrad saw an opportunity in the frequency of damaged carbon bikes coming into his bike shop. After repairing frames for a time, he decided to take the plunge to establish and pursue Journey Cycles full time. Though it would initially be […]

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Watteam Powerbeat stick-on powermeter finally shipping, now with carbon crank compatibility!

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Powerbeat, the stick-on powermeter that retails for just $499 and measures individual left and right side output, is finally shipping. Watteam tells us the first batch has left their factory and is en route to round one pre-orders.

Along with the news, they sent this image of the unit installed on a carbon crank arm. When they first announced the product in summer 2014, it also showed use on carbon cranks. But, as things developed, it scaled back to say the first generation units would be for alloy cranks only. Now, they’ve ALMOST switched back, stating that modern SRAM and FSA cranks will indeed be able to show accurate results…

UPDATE: See clarification on carbon crank compatibility below.

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Powerbeat, the stick-on powermeter that retails for just $499 and measures individual left and right side output, is finally shipping. Watteam tells us the first batch has left their factory and is en route to round one pre-orders. Along with the news, they sent this image of the unit installed on a carbon crank arm. […]

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Spada’s new Tivan road wheels get lighter, darker & cooler

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We’ve been seeing a lot of new, uber-light products come out of Spada’s Italian headquarters lately. There is their new line of mountain bike wheels and then the insane sub 900 gram Spillo wheelset. Their engineers seem to be moving as fast as their wheels as they’ve now updated their (still very light) Tivan aero wheels all while keeping prices well within reach.

Check out the details past the break plus see how well their ceramic Crystal hubs spin!

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We’ve been seeing a lot of new, uber-light products come out of Spada’s Italian headquarters lately. There is their new line of mountain bike wheels and then the insane sub 900 gram Spillo wheelset. Their engineers seem to be moving as fast as their wheels as they’ve now updated their (still very light) Tivan aero wheels all […]

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SRAM adds BlipGrips & BlipClamps for eTAP remote buttons

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If there were any “complaints”, and I use that term loosely, I’d have about the new SRAM Red eTAP wireless shifting, it’s that the Blips remote buttons can make for some wonky bar taping to integrate them onto the flats. And, until now, there was no official way to mount them without using the bar tape or some sort of double-stick tape to keep them in place.

The new BlipClamps solve that problem for standard drop road handlebars, and the BlipGrips provide bar-end mounts for triathlon/TT aero extensions. Blip down for the tech specs and more pics…

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If there were any “complaints”, and I use that term loosely, I’d have about the new SRAM Red eTAP wireless shifting, it’s that the Blips remote buttons can make for some wonky bar taping to integrate them onto the flats. And, until now, there was no official way to mount them without using the bar […]

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