Posts in the category Triathlon

Updated Culprit Croz Blade Becomes an Aero One Bike Arsenal, Still Works w/ Disc or Rim Brakes

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The new Culprit Croz Blade in standard disc brake road bike build.

The Culprit Croz Blade aero road bike was an early adopter of disc brakes, but tucked some very incognito rim brake mounts onto the frame and fork just in case you weren’t ready to make the jump but wanted a future proof frame. We were ready; check our review of the original here.

This latest update to the bike sees plenty of frame mods to improve performance and serviceability, but it keeps the aero tube profiles and multiple brake options. It also gets some spec updates with new wheels from Token and a new cockpit from upstart component brand Blktec (who will debut at Eurobike). Perhaps the most impressive update is the One Bike Arsenal build package, which bundles both disc and rim brakes with an Ultegra Di2 group, aero bar ends with Di2 shifter ends and precut cables and housing ready for either type of brake. So, whether you wanna run the lighter rim brakes for a triathlon or pop the discs on for a day in the mountains, you’ve got everything need right outta the box…

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Review: Recon’s 120g Cassette is Light, But Maybe Not Right

ultra lightweight Recon 11-speed aluminum road bike cassette

This past spring, I installed the alloy Recon 11-28 cassette despite it’s warnings that weight savings come at the expense of durability. But at just 120g, it was worth a shot, so I tested it for a couple hundred miles split evenly between a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 and SRAM Red 22 group. Check actual weights in the original post here.

It started on the Shimano group, and first impressions were good. Shift quality was close to Shimano, albeit a bit noisier with just a fraction of a second hesitation before shifting. The biggest caveat with the Recon “Race Day” cassettes was that shifting should be done gingerly to avoid snapping teeth off. So, my shift efforts were a bit softer, which could have explained the every so slightly slower chain movement. Honestly, its performance in getting the chain from one cog to the other is just fine.

Despite that, I still managed to break a tooth on the 14-tooth cog, followed shortly thereafter by the tooth right next to it…

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2015 Felt Road & Triathlon Bikes – Something for Classics, Commuters and Speed Freaks

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So far, we’ve seen Felt’s 2015 mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes and their new-to-the-USA e-bike line. Now, we’ve got the first installment of 2015 road bikes. We say first installment because, well, there’s more coming, we just can’t talk about them until Eurobike.

Across the range, Felt’s 2015 road bikes see a lot of trickle down tech to bring their AR (Aero Road), F (Racing) and triathlon designs to lower price points through the use of lower level carbon and smarter spec. They’ve also added a new V-series that splits the difference between road and commuter, plus a limited edition bike for the cobbles.

Above is the new Felt F1 PR, so dubbed for the Paris Roubaix races it was used for under the Argos-Shimano riders last year. Felt custom tweaked a few F1 road bikes for the rougher spring classics by raising the rear axle a bit and extending the chainstays. That, plus a little extra clearance at the seat stays, allowed for larger diameter tires while keeping the bottom bracket at the correct height.

It worked well, but as UCI rules dictate, team members had to be riding something in or destined for production, so Felt made a limited run. Except they couldn’t call it the Paris Roubaix, so it just became the F1 PR…

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New Bianchi Aquila CV TT/Triathlon Bike Mutes Wind, Vibrations

2015 bianchi aquila cv aero tt-triathlon bike with countervail vibration canceling technology

To close out the Tour de France, Bianchi introduced their new Aquila CV TT/Triathlon bike for stage 20′s time trial.

Bringing their Countervail vibration damping material and tech to the wind tunnel, the new Aquila not only lessens the wind’s effects on your efforts, it also kills the road buzz to keep your muscles fresher over the long haul. Developed by Materials Science Corp., Countervail was originally used to kill vibration in supersonic space- and aircraft. The benefit here is that it can be interwoven with carbon fibers and stiffens the frame while also canceling vibration, making a better bike that helps reduce muscle fatigue. We covered their CV tech in detail with last year’s new Infinito introduction, so we’ll focus on what’s new for this bike here.

To make the bike faster, Bianchi smoothed every edge they could -there are no frame fasteners exposed to the wind- and connected each separate piece of the bike with tight, flowing transitions. Couple that with extensive CFD wizardy and wind tunnel testing and you’ve got a bike that’s super slippery…

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Scott Road 2015: Disc Brakes for Solace Road Bike, Integrated Aerodynamics on Plasma 5

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At this point, we’re all pretty aware that disc brakes for road bikes are here to stay. Lately the conversation seems to focus on how manufacturers will address the issue of axle standards, and now even the brake mounts themselves are in question. For their foray into the world of disc brakes, Scott has adapted their Solace endurance frame which was initially launched last year in rim brake versions only. In 2015 the Solace will still be mostly rim brake equipped, with the Solace 15 Disc the solitary model running discs.

Perhaps more important than the brakes is the fact that Scott has chosen to equip the Solace 15 with thru axles front and rear. Oh, and the rear brake mount is pretty interesting as well…

More on the Solace 15, plus an up close look at the new Plasma 5 rocket ship, next!

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John Cobb Gets Randee with New Long Distance Road/Tri Saddle

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While it may look like a triathlete’s perch, the Randee is designed for long distance riders looking for a bit more comfort while resting toward the nose of the saddle.

It’s John Cobb’s second JOF design, meaning “Just Off Front”, and is certainly inspired by the multisport crowd who tend to have their seats pushed farther forward and bodies situated in a TT position. The Randee, however, is aimed at gran fondo, all day riders -its name is a play on Randonneur- that still want to hammer. The nose is 48mm wide, which they say strikes the balance between supporting you when riding on the nose but not chafing the thighs.

Rear width is 155mm, and weight is claimed at 306g. Retail is $169.99 and they come with a 90 day comfort guarantee. Check ‘em out at CobbCycling.com.

Campagnolo Bora Carbon Wheels Get Wider & Lighter, Plus New Braking Surface w/ Shamal Mille

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Two of Campagnolo’s longest running wheelsets get improvements to braking surfaces, albeit with different technologies, and the Bora series also gains wider rims and more aerodynamic shapes.

The new Shamal Mille takes their top level alloy wheel and imbues it with a new braking surface treatment that ups the friction for better performance. Called Mille, the treatment permeates the metal of the rim to create a rougher, more durable surface. As a bonus, Mille is compatible with their Red carbon brake pads, so if you choose to train on these and race on carbon wheels (like the Bora!), you won’t have to swap out brake pads every time you swap wheels, saving you time for an extra run to the Porta-Jon before lining up. Wheel and rim detail shots below.

If you’re an all carbon, all the time kinda rider, then the new Bora’s should look pretty good…

**UPDATED WEIGHTS 7/22/14

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eeBrakes Get Major Update – Now Stiffer, Sleeker & Still Insanely Light

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Coming this August is a major new version of one of the best, lightest road bike brake calipers on the market.

It’s impressive 168g claimed weight (per pair!) with pad holders (but not pads) remains the same, but word is they get massively stiffer, improve modulation and power and get easier to install and set up. Oh, and they look better than ever. And there’s more tire clearance.

To do all that, a lot of things had to change…

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Photo Gallery: 2015 Specialized Road & Mountain Bikes Overview

2015 Specialized Venge LR "Lunch Ride" 1x11 road bike. Photo: Scott Bellecitti

2015 Specialized Venge LR “Lunch Ride” 1×11 road bike. Photo: Scott Bellecitti

This year, Specialized skipped their major press event where we usually get to weigh and photo everything and get all the nitty gritty. But, their dealers still had their event, and thanks to the legendary Dale Brown over at Cycles de Oro, we’ve got a huge gallery of images and a few details.

From what we’re seeing, there’s a bit more excitement on the road side, even with the new 650B version of the Enduro that was just shown in detail. The pavement, or, rather, off-pavement, side is being led by the Diverge gravel bike. At least for those two, we have some pretty solid information and spec.

There’s plenty more to see though, starting off with the new Venge LR (Lunch Ride), shown above. It’s built up with SRAM Force CX1 mechanical shifters for a 1×11 build around Specialized’s carbon crank arms. Retail is around $5,500. That pic’s from Scott at Mike’s Bikes, everything that follows is from de Oro…

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