Posts in the category Triathlon

IB15: New in Blue – Park Tool Adds Cassette and Bearing Tools and Re-Categorizes Multi-Tools

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I can’t think of a year that I haven’t bought a Park Tool product. When bikes and the parts on them evolve, the tools to maintain them need to evolve as well. Park Tool, as always, stays ahead of the game and this year they were busy!

Sort through your tools and jump past the break to see what you’re missing now….


Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #3 PLUS 2015 Interbike Preview:

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We’re back from Interbike yet still have lots to bring you from Eurobike. Here is the 3rd installment of Eurobike coverage as well as a preview of some of the things coming up from this past week’s Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. Grab your favorite Fall beer, relax, and enjoy!

And if you need to catch up, here is Week 1 and Week 2’s indexed coverage of Eurobike 2015.


IB15: Lynskey throws back with classic road, jumps forward with long travel enduro titanium mountain bikes


Lynskey’s mostly moving forward, with surprisingly long travel, endure-inspired Boost mountain bikes and creating lots of new road disc brake options. Basically all models except the 460 crit bike get disc brake versions. Well, that and this new Legacy road bike that’s shaped like the classics.

The Legacy is a new throwback bike with old school road geometry and lines, like a level top tube, matched or closely matched seat tube and top tube lengths (the 56 has exact matches). The point? to celebrate Lynskey’s 30th anniversary, a milestone decorated with special dropouts and other features…


IB15: Sapim CX-Carbon spokes bring full composite construction to wheel building

Sapim CX-Carbon fiber spokes for road bike wheels

The new Sapim CX-Carbon is billed as the stiffest and lightest aero spoke ever, and with a weight of just 3g each, they’re backing that up.

The construction is full carbon fiber until the very end, where there’s a bonded stainless CX-Ray threaded end that uses a standard nipple. So, they can be built to any rim, but for now they’ll have to be built with a specific new hub set from Edco. The Swiss wheel and component brand co-developed the spoke with Sapim and is featuring it on a very lightweight new wheelset we’ll cover separately.

Assuming other hub manufacturers come on board, aftermarket retail price will be around $16 per spoke when they come out in early March 2016. The first batch will be sent to builders they’re familiar with to get their feedback, but eventually they should make their way to the rest of us.


EB15: Kross Debuts Soil Trail Bike, Steel Hardtails, plus Vento Road Disc and TT Bikes


Kross had a hand-full of new bikes to show at Eurobike that piqued our interest, both on the trail and on the road. The company based in Poland has been stepping up their game in the last couple years, and had a few of their all new trail bikes on display at Eurobike. That green Soil is an 130mm travel aluminum bike, while the Reynolds 853 bike behind it is modern take on a trail hardtail, offered in both 27.5″ and 29″ varieties. Add to those a new series of carbon disc-brake road race bikes and some TT/triathlon bikes both under the Vento name, and Kross has filled out a pretty solid range with their new offerings.

Join us after the break for a closer look at all of the bikes, with some more of their highlights… READ MORE ->

Zipp Firecrest wheels get better, stiffer hubs and lower prices for 2016, plus new wider tires & more

2016 Zipp Firestrike 404 aero wheels get new hubs

For 2016, Zipp’s reference wheels get upgraded hubs, the tires get wider and their 30 Course alloy wheelset gets  a rim brake option, adding to the disc brake set introduced in April. Before we dive into the details, here’s a bit of history on the brand (if you’re already a fan, skip ahead two pics).

Zipp was founded by Leigh Sargent, who came from an F1 background. The story goes that a cyclist brought him a disc wheel and he said he could do better. He did, cutting the weight in half by making it out of carbon fiber. Then he pioneered the use of the wind tunnel in cycling, bringing that over from F1, and now they use it extensively at the ARC in Indianapolis. They’ve done things like bike frames (2001, 3001), tri spoke wheels and even carbon cranks. They don’t make those items any more, but they do continue to push carbon development on their wheels, and the latest is their Firecrest rims…


Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #2: Chosen goes for 12 Speeds, Cippollini Gets Aero, DT Swiss & HED Get Wider and MORE!

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Welcome back to Eurobike coverage part deux! With more categories to cover than ever, this year’s show was huge and kept us on our toes more than ever. Pour yourself a well deserved scotch, kick your feet up, and travel into this week’s coverage of Eurobike 2015.

And in case you missed Week 1’s exciting coverage, check it out!


EB15: TRP adds flat mount Spyre mechanical disc brakes, new aero rim calipers & updated forks

TRP Spyre Flat Mount mechanical disc brake caliper

TRP’s Spyre mechanical brakes are among the only non-hydraulic calipers on the market that move both pads inward toward the rotor, making them a popular aftermarket add-on and OEM spec piece. Soon, they’ll have a Flat Mount option, too. This one’s a prototype still showing the CNC marks on the body, but production units will be far more polished. Check out the backside and more new brakes, plus an updated carbon fork with more axle options and mounts, below…


EB15: HED gets wider, lighter and cheaper for road, triathlon and fat bikes w/ new hubs, rims & wheels


HED’s booth was chock full o’ new wheels, but you’d have to look closely to find them all. The graphics and overall black on black with more black color theme meant everything maintained their stealthy look. Fortunately, they guided us through it all, and there was a lot to see.

Starting with the more affordable items, the new Ardennes GP disc and rim brake wheels let you get into a HED wheelset for as little as $700 retail by using the same rims as the rest of the line paired with round spokes and their original Sonic hubs rather than the new 545 hubs.

The new hubs, shown below, are available in both disc and rim brake versions for road and cyclocross. They use a new five pawl design to maximize bite and have a chiseled straight pull flange that helps create stiffer wheels. Not shown, the Stingers and Jet Black wheels will be reworked with the new hubs, which makes them stiffer, and other models get the same new internals but with J-bend spoke flanges.

Where things start getting lighter is with their all-new carbon fat bike hubs and complete wheels…