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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Photos by Matt Conrad

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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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Which country will climb the most in Suunto’s World Vertical week – The action is about to begin, as Suunto is pitting country against country in the ultimate battle of who can earn the most vertical in just one week. The northern hemisphere might be at a slight disadvantage with wintery temps in many places, but Americans might get a boost from the competition starting on a Monday federal holiday? You don’t need to be a Suunto user, just download their Movescount app and hit the road or trail. Find out after a week how your country does. #VerticalWeek starts globally on Feb 15 and runs through the 21st. MovesCount.com

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Which country will climb the most in Suunto’s World Vertical week – The action is about to begin, as Suunto is pitting country against country in the ultimate battle of who can earn the most vertical in just one week. The northern hemisphere might be at a slight disadvantage with wintery temps in many places, but Americans might get a boost from […]

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3T flips their iconic bullhorns around for new Revo aerobar

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3T pretty much created the modern aerobar with the bullhorn that they developed for Francesco Moser’s 1984 World Hour Record ride. In the 30 years since, the industry has strapped all manner of aero extension on top but mostly kept the bull horn shape in place. Now 3T has taken a closer look at the base bar that they pioneered and flipped it around with the new Revo line. By putting the wing of the bar in front of the grips,almost like a super flattened drop bar, riders get a more secure position while still maximizing aerodynamics. Get a better hold on the new design after the jump…

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3T pretty much created the modern aerobar with the bullhorn that they developed for Francesco Moser’s 1984 World Hour Record ride. In the 30 years since, the industry has strapped all manner of aero extension on top but mostly kept the bull horn shape in place. Now 3T has taken a closer look at the […]

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Review: Casco SpeedAiro-TC Plus aero road helmet

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This past year at Eurobike we got a closer look at the new special TC Plus edition of Casco’s SPEEDairo road helmet, and wanted to try it out. That large integrated lens/shield and distinct styling had caught our attention before in some other color configurations, but the gloss-on-matte black finish of the TC and the inclusion of several accessories as part of the Plus package got us thinking about its versatility. Come past the break with us to see how we have ridden and raced the helmet over the past half a year, and how it has fared in different setups with diverse use from the road, track, cyclocross, and even just getting around town…

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This past year at Eurobike we got a closer look at the new special TC Plus edition of Casco’s SPEEDairo road helmet, and wanted to try it out. That large integrated lens/shield and distinct styling had caught our attention before in some other color configurations, but the gloss-on-matte black finish of the TC and the inclusion […]

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