Posts in the category Triathlon

IB14: PatchNride Gets Official, Flat Tires Will Never Be The Same

Patch n Ride instant patch kit (7)

We first caught wind of the PatchNRide system back in June when the company first announced that they were taking pre-orders with video featuring some high production value but not a lot of answers to how the system actually works. It turns out that was on purpose, since the company didn’t want to reveal all the details until the system was completely ready and the patent applications were all sorted out. Now a few months later, PatchNride was on hand at Interbike showing exactly how the system works and just how easy it is.

From what we’ve seen, PatchNride will be a game changer, especially for the world of tubulars. Seal up the details, next…


EB14: Token Introduces World’s Lightest Headset, New Carbon Wheels & Lots More!

Token Featherweight worlds lightest full bearing bicycle headset

Token’s new Featherweight headsets claim to be the lightest headsets “with balls”, so we threw them on the scale to see. The “balls” reference refers to the sealed cartridge bearings used in lieu of bushings, which is what Cane Creek uses in their Aer headset.

Not only are they light, but they come with various options to fit both straight and tapered steerers and include their new ultralight top cap/star nut. Shown above are the 44mm headtube version in the foreground and a standard tapered set up in the back. The large sleeve in the middle is purely for display, keeping everything stacked nicely in the retail packaging.

All of the parts are machined from 7075 alloy and Token says they’ve tested it exhaustively with 45kg of back and forth tugging while weighted with 116kg of load for 110,000 cycles with zero failures. How light are they?


IB14: Nikola Reinvents the Pedal w/ Sliding Q-Factor to Boost Power, Efficiency

Nikola Zivo road bike pedal with position based dynamic Q-factor

Among the more interesting inventions to come out at Interbike was Nikola’s Zivo road bike pedals, which actively change the Q-factor throughout the pedal stroke’s rotation. Here’s the official introduction:

Coming to marketing in Fall 2014, Nikola is the first road pedal that produces power, efficiency, and comfort. Nikola Innovation, located in Cleveland, Ohio, has been in research developing the optimal performance pedal. Studying the motion of speed skaters and cyclists has been the foundation of this new technology called “Zivo” which has Serbian origination meaning “alive”. Nikola completed studies at the Human Performance Lab of Cleveland State University refining the Zivo technology producing peak power improvement of 7% in a 30 second Wingate tests and efficiency improvement of 2.1%. This new motion creates comfort with riders’ knees and hips with its patented Synchronized Q-factor generated by Zivo. Two versions will be offered, one in Titanium at $549, the second in Stainless for $339. Both pedals are using a standard 3-hole standard style cleat and compatible with any 9/16” crank-arm threading.

Wanna see how it works?


IB14: Rolf Prima Rolls Out Budget Carbon Road Wheels, Adds Wider 27.5″ Ralos CXC Mountain Bike Wheels


Rolf Prima knows their carbon wheels aren’t the cheapest on the market (they’re also not the most expensive), so they wanted to help more people get on their paired spoke design and excellent carbon rims.

The new Ares ES series wheels do that by lacing their same Ares carbon fiber rims as the top level models to standard hubs and higher spoke counts to drop the price by $650 per set. The new build is available on the Ares6 (60mm deep) and Ares4 (42mm deep), both 27mm at their widest. Inside width is 17mm at the bead.

The ES wheels go from 16/16 spoke counts to 16/20, but use the same bladed Sapim CX Speed spokes. Total weight gain is just 70g, but none of that’s at the rim save for four more nipples. Even their folks admit the ride quality is very, very similar, you’re just saving a lot of money…


EB14: Xpedo Charges Up Thrust e Power Meter Pedals


For many cyclists, the idea of pedal-based power meters is very appealing. Easily transferable from one bike to the next, the pedals allow for the use of any wheel combination and multiple bikes. Xpedo attracted a lot of attention when they introduced their first power meter pedal at the Taipei Show called the Thrust e. Now offering more information including price, riders can decide if the Thrust e is right for their power needs…


EB14: FFWD Adds More Carbon Clinchers, Disc Brake Road Wheels & Custom Carbon DT Swiss Hubs

2015 FFWD F6 and F9 clincher road bike wheels

FFWD has added deeper clinchers to join the F4, bringing F6 and F9 full carbon road wheels to the mix.

Previously, the F6 was available as tubulars and carbon alloy clinchers, and the F9 was tubular only. Compared to the alloy brake track, which will remain in the line, the F6 saved around 200g with the full carbon version. Both use the same aero DARC profile rim shape as the tubulars. All of the carbon clinchers are 22.4mm wide outside. All of the wheels are built on DT Swiss hubs.


EB14: HED Goes Dark w/ Black Series Jet, Ardennes & New GT3 Rear Wheel (Updated)

2015 HED Jet Black and Ardennes Black road tubeless wheels

HED Cycling has given us one more option for turning our bike into a shadow warrior with their new Jet Black and Ardennes Black road wheels.

Not only to they get a new black anodized alloy outer rim, but the brake track gets a surface machining called Turbine Braking Technology. The result is a stealthy look with a claimed big improvement in stopping power. By a factor of five, according to their testing. That means 25% shorter stopping distance in good, dry conditions, and a whopping 70% shorter stopping distance in wet weather. All with better consistency, too.

They use HED’s 25mm wide clincher design that’s road tubeless ready, and they still use standard alloy rim brake pads…


Cipollini’s Sexy Goes DefCon One with NUKE Time Trial Machine

Cipollini Nuke Nome Personalizzato

I am of the school that holds that cycling is an inherently stylish pursuit. The professor emeritus of that school is Mario Cipollini, the Italian (natch) world champion who dominated the peloton with blazing speed and and unsurpassed fashion sense. Renowned for his outrageous skinsuits, he was the first Tour leader to go all yellow: kit, gloves, bike, socks, the works. He racked up fines for this and doing things like beaning officials with water bottles. Off the bike he was bigger than life, his shocking good looks complimented by a wardrobe so vast he was rumored to never wear the same suit coat more than once. He was more Prime Time than Deion Sanders.

Now at the helm of his eponymous brand, “Cipo” is lending his flair for the dramatic to the decidedly staid domain of time trial bikes. Engineered for pure speed and minimal drag, I usually deign look over my nose at TT – or triathlon – bikes. I’ve struggled to find the soul in these machines, and their riders look only a trifle less silly than the slouching technocrats who pilot recumbents.

However, the Cipollini NUKE may change the way I think. The obscenely stiff black and white frameset is bedecked in the finest Italian componentry, and Cipollini’s  name screams from every available centimeter of surface area.  As to the prospective rider’s appearance, the man himself, looking damn swol for a guy a decade past his prime, albeit with his legendary locks tragically shorn, mounts up in a totally over-the-top promotional video that is weirdly reminiscent of the final shootout in Lethal Weapon 2. Seriously.

Get your diplomatic immunity revoked after the break…


EB14: POC Goes Racing with Colorful New RaceDay Collection, Innovative Chamois, MIPS, Backprotection for Road, and More

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When POC first stepped into the road bike space, their focus was all about rider safety while on the road. Their AVIP line touted special attention to details that would increase Attention, Visibility, Interaction, and Protection of the rider. In 2015 the AVIP line has not gone away, but it is joined by a new collection – Raceday.

Raceday is exactly as it sounds, a full kit designed specifically around going as fast as possible. Racing is usually done on closed courses so POC can instead focus on cheating the wind and creating designs that will make the rider faster rather than more visible to drivers. That isn’t to say that the Raceday line isn’t just as safe though – you’ll find much of the same rider protection as the rest of the POC line. Much of the new technologies come from their partnership with Garmin-Sharp, Volvo, and the wind tunnel gurus in their own WATTS lab in order to create the smartest pieces possible.

Find out why the Raceday collection is more valuable to racers than an aero bike after the jump…