Posts in the category Triathlon

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

2015 eebrake ultra lightweight road bike brake caliper

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…


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…


All-New Scott Plasma 5 Triathlon Bike Proves More is More (Aero)


The new Scott Plasma 5 triathlon bike takes the rider-and-bike combo and aims to make it as fast as possible. They say this bike is faster with the rider on it and with all the storage and hydration solutions mounted. More stuff on board plus more system integration equals more aero.

It’s also meant to be more comfortable for a wider range of riders thanks to a plethora of adjustments and options. Those include three base bars, two different stem styles and much more. The frame and overall design makes it stiffer, too, with a few bits adding durability as well. Even if you’re not into tri and TT, the execution is worth a look.

Despite appearances, it’s completely UCI legal. Well, the bike is anyway – the bento box and battering ram water bottle don’t pass inspection.

Oh, and no, they didn’t just jump from Plasma 3 to 5, there’s a new Plasma 4 in the line, also, bridging the gap between the old and new…


New Rotor Power LT (Light) Crankset Saves Weight w/ Single Left Sided Sensor


Costa’s bike with the new Rotor Power LT. Photo: Rotor’s Facebook page.

Introduced in the heat of the Tour de France aboard Rui Costa’s Merida Reacto KOM, the new Rotor Power LT takes their crankset based power meter introduced at Eurobike 2012 and covered in great detail in this post.

That system used a separate power meter gauge on each crank arm, each with its own transmitter and four distinct strain gauges inside each arm, using their 3D drilled design to tuck them inside the alloy arms. For the new Power LT, they simply dropped the drive side meter, relying on a single group of strain gauges and transmitter to process the data. Like other one-sided systems, it likely just doubles the measurement to send a single power figure to ANT+ compatible cycling computers rather than separate left- and right leg measurements.

Like the original, it still measures deformation of the crank arm in three axes, which lets it determine torque effectiveness (how much your leg drags on the system on the upstroke) and pedal smoothness (max torque vs. average torque). And it still only requires a single zero calibration when changing batteries, self adjusting for temperature, altitude, etc.


Purely Custom Continues to Modernize Fitting with Lasers!

Purely Custom fitting laser guide seat mapping (7)

Dr. Evil just wanted shark with freakin laser beams attached to their heads. If he picked up the new Purely Custom 3D fit plotter, he would still need the sharks. But lasers? Purely Custom’s newest fit tool has plenty of those. As a division of Seastrom Manufacturing Co. Inc., Purely Custom brings their aerospace and aviation machining experience to the bicycling world. While they started with various CNC bits with a custom touch (hence the name), Purely Custom has expanded into the world of professional fitting products used by some of the top fitters in the world.

The newest addition to their catalog makes measuring the exact location of any part on the bike a breeze…


Silca Gives Those Pesky Valve Stem Extenders the Silent Treatment

silca valve extenders for presta valve bicycle tubes

Silca’s new Presta valve extenders’ clever use of elastomers and sealants put an end to the annoying rattle inside the rim hole and prevent air leaks.

On the outside, an elastomer ring is designed to sit snugly inside the rim’s valve hole and hold it firmly in place. That prevents it from rattling around until your nerves are shot, and it’s a good sight more attractive than electrical tape. You’ll need to measure the distance from valve hole exit to the inner rim bed and figure out the difference between that and you current tubes’ valve length to make sure it all lines up, but your sanity is worth it.

On the inside, they worked with a company that specializes in thread sealing to coat the inner threads so they seal tightly against the tube’s valve threads. Then, they added elastomeric gaskets at both ends of the interface to further plug the joint. The result is no air loss. Or at least no more than you’d get with just the regular tube.

But wait, there’s more…


All New Orbea Ordu Triathlon Bike Crushes the Funnest Part of Multisport on the Cheap

2015 Orbea Ordu OME triathlon bike and UCI legal TT road bike

Until now, Orbea has only offered the Ordu OMR (Race), which started at about $5,000. The OMR designation only goes on their top end frames, so to get the price down to five grand, it meant some less than optimum spec.

For 2015, the OMR models will focus on upper level spec, and the new OME (Evolution, their base level frame designation) version brings a lower level carbon frame to market with different frame and a new fork that’s UCI legal for TT road races.

Tested at the A2 Wind Tunnel in North Carolina, they were able to reduce drag by 16% over the Ordu Silver, a 2009-12 model that’s no longer offered. And it was tested as a complete, race ready bike with aero water bottle, bolt-on bento box and aero bars. Here’s how it rolls outta T1…


POC Auctioning Off Custom Cervelo P5 and RCAs with Full AVIP Treatment to benefit Spinalis Foundation


If you were drooling over the POC AVIP edition Cervelo P5 from our Interbike coverage, this is your chance to own one. In a collaboration with Cervelo, fi’zi:k, 3T, HED, Shimano, and TRP, POC has put together four stunning Cevelo bikes with a finish and build you won’t find anywhere else. POC told us at the AVIP launch that the paint job alone on these beauties was hard to come by since they were done by Cervelo’s own custom paint house, meaning you probably won’t come across custom bikes like this very often.

Adorning a 54 and 58cm RCA, and 54/58cm P5, the AVIP bikes are being auctioned off to support Spinalis which is a charity that focuses on spinal injury research. To recreate each of these bikes you would be looking at a massive $20,800 for the RCA, and $19,200 for the P5 – certainly high end. The auctions which run until July 1, do have a reserve but if you want to try your hand at bidding on one of these gorgeous bikes you’ll find more details, next…


PatchnRide Promises Simple Flat Repair without Removing the Tire – Even on Tubulars

Pretend for a moment that you’re not an expert flat repair person, and that you barely know how to work a quick release. For that rider, or anyone else who doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of repairing a flat tire, it looks like things could be getting a lot easier in the near future. A new company by the name of patchnride has taken on the flat tire, and is offering the simplest method of getting air back in your tubes without ever having to remove the tire. The secret lies in a clever device that “injects” a patch into the tire. Once inserted, the tire can be reinflated and you’re on your way in about 60 seconds.

See how it works after the break…