One of the benefits often associated with road disc is the ability to redesign the rim since it no longer has to act as a braking surface and withstand the clamping forces of the brake. This may be true, but a number of wheel manufacturers are still offering carbon disc brake wheels that are built with rims designed for rim brakes. In the case of Xentis’ first road disc wheel, the rim isn’t entirely new but it is reworked to be a disc brake specific rim. In the process, they were able to take out 30g from the 4.2 rim while retaining the crazy looking Active Tubulator – the wavy lip around the edge of the rim. The swirl lip is claimed to create turbulent air behind the wheel for improved aerodynamics and better handling in cross winds.
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A lot cyclists have furry friends, they also have a lot of flat inner tubes. For years now, Portland based Cycle Dog has been taking those old inner tubes and turning them into awesome dog collars and leashes that are non-stink, quick drying, no fray, and maybe most importantly are equipped with bottle openers. “Here, boy! crack. Good dog.” Built with all metal hardware including their latch lock seatbelt buckle collar, the leashes and collars have proven to be better than most others I’ve tried, and not just because of the cycling connection.
Cycle Dog’s latest recycling endeavor involves something very close to my dog’s heart – toys. Looking to continue to use recycled materials and create a better
mouse trap dog toy in the process, the new Retreads are definitely worth checking out if you have a dog at home.
Spotted on Cam Zink’s Facebook page, this new Hyper DH bike features the same clean lines and “reverse moto link” (Single pivot, floating shock) suspension system found on the new trail bike Hyper debuted at Sea Otter.
Cam’s bike features an XX1 front ring, proto rear derailleur (which is likely the same one Steve Smith and other Blackbox athletes have been seen sporting at DH World Cup races), and 26″ wheels.
This rampage bike is a on-off made specifically for Cam Zink. According to Eric Carter, Hyper’s Product Manager and all around legend, the planned production model will sport 27.5″ wheels – although the company is testing both options and might make a 26″ version available depending on market interest. So let them know what you think in the comments!
Since this is a prototype, the numbers aren’t set in stone, but this bike pictures has 8″ of travel, a 64 degree head angle, and a 13.5″ BB. The bike currently doesn’t offer adjustable geometry but that may change as they get closer to production. Cam’s bike is quite literally the first proto to hit the dirt. We can’t wait to see how these two perform when they touch down in Virgin, Utah for Redbull Rampage later this month!
More details and pictures as we get
The video above is both an argument for surveying technical trails before riding them, and one calling for better trail design. Either way, when these four friends took a leap off a bridge into the unknown, they were pretty lucky to walk away unharmed. Who knows, maybe with a little grooming the line to the right could make a nice hip?
Riders in order of crashing:
1st Juan Cruz Paez
2nd Sebastian Gomez Lassalle
3rd Javier Santiago
4th Benjamin Gomez Lassalle
The new Feedback Pro Truing Stand has built in a wealth of versatility and upgraded features. The changes raise the price to $99 (from $79 for the original), but they’re well worth it.
For starters, it now includes axle adapters for 15mm front and 12×142 rear thru axles. The base is substantially heavier and more solid, and it comes with a bolt-on mount to fixing it directly to a work bench. Or, clamp it to the top of your existing Feedback Sports work stand.
The real stand out is the little adjustable dials that move the spring guide up to your disc brake rotor. Simply twist them to surround the rotor and make quick time in getting it straight again. Detail pics of that and their other new items below…
In addition to some of the world’s best beer, now Colorado and North Carolina have yet another quality in common. Asheville, NC’s Suspension Experts have joined with PUSH Industries, a Loveland, CO suspension component manufacturer and tuning facility. Suspension Experts will now be the first fully authorized “Factory Tuning Center” for all PUSH Industries’ suspension products.
As noted by PUSH Industries’ President, Darren Murphy, “We’d been looking at new ways of handling the growth through our technical service department and the discussion turned to using outside service centers. Suspension Experts had been on our radar for some time and was an obvious choice.”
Kevin Booth, founder of Suspension Experts agrees, “This is an excellent opportunity for us. We will have an even larger array of options for our customers to choose from and PUSH components are some of the most premium available.”
Suspension Experts will begin offering and installing PUSH Industries parts and components this fall season.
EB13: SRM’s Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 Crankset Powermeter Gets Official, Rechargeable Batteries & PC8 in Beta
When we spotted this at Sea Otter, it was in final prototype form with a promise to be unveiled at the fall tradeshows. Thankfully, they kept their promise and the new SRM Powermeter Shimano 11-Speed is official.
It’ll come available with either the 53/39, 52/36 or 50/34 chainring combos in all available crank lengths from 165 up to 180. Weight for the crankset and powermeter system is 790g with a 147.5 Q-factor. Retail is $3,295 plus shipping.
In addition to an all new design to take full advantage of Shimano’s super stiff, asymmetric chainrings, it also gets an upgraded battery that’s good for up to 3,000 hours. Or, as they put it, 600 hours of riding per year for the next five years.
If that’s just not good enough for you, they’re still working on their rechargeable battery option…
While we’re not particularly certain about some of the claims in this bicycle family tree (e.g. freeride bikes spawned downhill bikes, which gave birth to 29ers?), we’re certain you’ll appreciate the artwork. You can head to their website to buy your own copy and laugh at the implication that big wheels evolved into recumbents for only $22.
American Classic has added a lot of new road tubeless wheel sets, many with disc brake options, and updated several rim profiles to be wider.
All road disc brake hubs get 11-speed hubs, which is an all new design and forging. The flanges were moved slightly to accommodate the extra space for the cog while maintaining the proper dish.
The biggest news (and surprise) is the carbon clinchers, something they’ve never done before.
On the dirt, there’s a new Wide Lightning enduro race wheelset that comes in very wide and *very* light.
Heck, there’s even some new hoops for triathletes!