Posts in the category Triathlon

ZIPP Recalling First Generation 88 Hubs from 2008-2010


SRAM sent us a communique at the end of the week that we thought we should pass along since it included the phrase “failure that might result in an ejection of all the wheel’s spokes.” Yeah, that would be bad. Obviously this hasn’t happened on the majority of the 88 hubs since they made about 12,000 of them in this version, but with 2 reported failures, the danger is high enough to urge caution and get them replaced ASAP. Affected wheelsets came OEM on several high-end Cannondale, Felt, Giant, Orbea, and Specialized bikes from 2009-2011, as well as just about all of their high-end front wheels sold from October 2008 – December 2010.

The root of this recall is spoke retention, a concern only with first generation front hubs. Specifically, the first generation 88 hubs could incur retaining ring failure that might result in an ejection of all the wheel’s spokes. This may result in wheel failure.

Anyway Zipp parent SRAM has initiated a recall through the CPSC and you can find more info there. SRAM wants to get all affected owners back out on safe wheels quickly, so local SRAM or Zipp dealers should be able to quickly start the warranty process and in most cases rebuild the affected wheel with the newer, redesigned hub. Come past the break for a simple look at how to tell if your wheels are affected.


SRM Nears Launch of PC8, Introduces Electronic Indoor Trainer/Fit Bike

SRM PC8 power meter magnetic trainer (3)

When power meters are your bread and butter, you want to get it right. That seems to be the case with the newest version of the SRM Power Control, the PC8. First spotted as far back as Sea Otter 2013, SRM announced production of the new unit during the 2014 US Pro Challenge. As it turns out, something as small as the style of buttons has caused the delay in production but SRM assures us the new gadgets will be released in March.

At first, SRM wanted to use electronic (not mechanical) buttons that functioned similar to the screen on a smart phone. Over the course of testing however, it was determined that too many factors such as gloves, mud, water, etc. would cause difficulties with the buttons. Understandably, not being able to easily use the buttons could be a big problem especially if you’re a pro using the PC8 during a race – or in the case of Rohan Dennis, breaking the hour record.. Because of those factors, the PC8 will be going back to the old school “clicky” buttons to make it as user friendly as possible.


Falco brings narrow/wide 1x chainrings to triathlon for simpler, faster times

Falco voice 1x narrow wide chainring for triathlon bikes with dura-ace cranksets

It was probably only a matter of time before narrow/wide chainrings made their way to the pavement. Falco Bike, who you may remember more for their Tron-inspired V-wing aero bike, has gone ahead and skipped right over standard road bikes in favor of triathlon.

Their new chainring mounts to the asymmetric 110BCD bolt pattern of the latest Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultregra, as well as the compatible SRM power meter crankset. The chainring is CNC’d from 7075-T6 alloy and comes in at just 147g for a 54-tooth, the only size offered. According to the press release, tooth profiles are made to offer just a bit of chain retention since, in the absence of shifting, dropped chains during triathlon are pretty rare. Instead, the profiles are focused on smooth, quiet performance…and saving watts.

They claim a 1.5-2.5 watt savings over an Ironman distance ride, netting you about 35 extra seconds on the run. If the course is hilly, it can be combined with a 32-tooth little ring cassette cog just in case, though we’re guessing that’d make for some big jumps between gears compared to a standard road cassette. Retail will be $99, we’re waiting to hear back on availability.

Koobi softens up with new 232 Sprint triathlon saddle


Following the 232T saddle introduction last year, Koobi has reworked the shorter, wider shape into a softer model for lighter weight, smaller riders. It retains their signature cutout and triathlon position friendly dropped nose, but uses a softer padding and more pliable cover material.

Tuck into the recommended usage chart and more pics below…


4ZA Introduces New Line of Cirrus Pro Carbon Wheels, Includes Belgian Built Tubular, Clincher, Disc and Rim Brake Options

Ridley Oryx thru axle disc brake cyclocross fork Noah SL x-Night 4za carbon wheels (24)

Along with the launch of 4ZA’s new Cirrus Pro wheel line up, consumers will have a number of additional options when it comes to carbon. Much like their parent company Ridley Cycles, 4Za seems focused on high performance products that are just as happy on the race circuit as they are a fast ride with your friends. Representing the highest level of 4ZA wheels, the Cirrus Pro line use full carbon wheels almost exclusively and are all hand assembled in Belgium to offer a premium ride at an impressive price.

Combining options for tubular, clincher, disc, rim brake, and multiple rim depths, the 4ZA Cirrus Pros are worth a spin…


Ridley Unveils Thru Axle Disc Brake Oryx Cyclocross Cork, Plus 2016 Noah SL, X-Night SL & More

Ridley Oryx thru axle disc brake cyclocross fork Noah SL x-Night 4za carbon wheels (5)

If you’re going by what is most popular on the European cross scene, cantilever brakes still look like the way to go. But times, they are a changing. As more an more pros make the jump to disc brakes (for personal or sponsorship reasons), it’s getting harder and harder to find new cross bikes equipped with cantis here in the U.S. After moving largely to disc brakes for U.S. cross bikes in 2013, Ridley is making their next disc related move with their new Oryx fork for 2016. To be found on all of their cyclocross race bikes (X-Fire, X-night, and new X-Night SL), the Oryx fork adds a 15mm thru axle plus few smart little features that will make CX racing with discs a bit easier.

Along with the fork, Ridley showed a number of small changes and improvements plus new paint jobs, and of course the new X-Night SL and Noah SL…


Limited edition Rolf Prima Vigor Alpha road bike wheels hit the streets

Limited edition Rolf Prima Vigor Alpha silver alloy road bike wheels

Rolf Prima has released another limited edition of their Vigor wheels, this time for standard road bikes. Last month it was the Vigor FX for track bikes, and this January it’s the Vigor Alpha road wheels.

Their best selling model, the Vigor Alpha comes in at just 1450g with their 33mm deep rim. These special edition ones add two more spokes to the front and come in at 1510g for the pair. Rolf’s folks told us the extra spokes (which is the same count they use on their Vigor Alpha tubulars, BTW) ads just a bit more stiffness and gives them a slightly differentiated look beyond color.

Rim width is 22mm, and they include the usual premium features like Enduro ceramic bearings, titanium freehub body and bladed Sapim CX Ray spokes.


Louis Garneau Unveils 2015 Dream Factory Custom Paint Program

Dream Factory 2015 options 2

Even when you’re buying a bike “off the rack” in terms of geometry and spec, custom paint can’t be overlooked in terms of cycling panache. Whether you’re trying to match your team kit, your favorite sports team, or just your favorite colors, LG is continuing to bring custom creations to life for 2015. Their Dream Factory Custom Paint Program ranks among a few other companies offering custom paint on a large scale in spite of the logistical concerns to make it work.

In 2015, the program applies to five different bikes in a number of builds, including framesets. Details on the Dream Factory next…


Knight Composites takes shadowy flight into drag-fighting aero carbon wheels

Knight Composites 65mm deep aero road bike wheels

If you’re looking for the fastest aero wheels in the world, keep your scanners peeled for pro triathlete Heather Jackson aboard her new Knight Composites carbon fiber hoops this year.

Who’s Knight Composites? Oh, only the new brand intent on making the fastest bicycle wheels ever. Considering the massive interest in improved aerodynamics leading the development cycle at major brands like Mavic, Reynolds and ENVE (among many, many more), that’s a tall order.

So, they began by looking at the wheel as part of the whole bike because, well, you can’t have one without the other. Their testing revealed that the trailing edge had a more profound impact on overall aerodynamics than the leading edge…and by “trailing edge”, they’re mainly talking about the back half of the front wheel. So, they developed what they call Trailing Edge Aerodynamic Manipulation (TEAM) Tech.

But first, they had to assemble their team…