EB14: Garmin Vector Power Meter Pedals Go Single Sided, Not Quite Half the Cost

Garmin Vector S single sided pedal based bicycle power meter

With disruptors like Stages and upstarts like Watteam bringing power meter prices to more attainable levels, the bigger companies are reacting. Quarq dropped the chainrings to bring their crankset units in a little cheaper, and now Garmin’s simply cut the number of sensors in half.

The Vector S, which presumably stands for “single-sided”, drops the drive side power meter sensor and transmitter, leaving the left hand pedal to do all the work. The firmware is tweaked so the single pedal doubles the power output reading, then sends that number to your ANT+ compatible cycling computer. You lose the distinct left/right leg power measurements, but you save about $600.

It’s sold as a set, including the drive side pedal, Available for pre-order now for $899. That’s compared to the $1,499 for the dual sided system. An upgrade option will let you add the right hand power meter pedal in the future, too. Another pic and more details below…

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EB14: Rotor Adds Narrow/Wide Oval Cyclocross Chainrings, Custom Painted Rings & More!

rotor 3D-plus oval cyclocross single chainrings

Rotor has added cyclocross narrow/wide single chainrings to the mix for anyone looking to run an ovalized chainring on their 1x group.

Their 1x narrow/wide mountain bike Q rings came out this time last year, and the QCX1 rings use the same tooth profiles. They’ll mount on any 110BCD crankset, and they have five mounting positions, allowing you to clock the ovalization at the angle that suits you best. They have 12.5% ovalization. They’re machined form 7075-T6 alloy and will come in 38/40/42/44 tooth counts.

There were a few more new goodies for road and mountain bikes on hand, too…

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EB14: Scappa Carbon Ceramic Disc Brake Rotors

scappa carbon ceramic brake rotors

Scappa is an Italian bicycle brand that makes frames and other carbon components. Their new Pagaso carbon ceramic disc brake rotors use a woven carbon body with ceramic inserts, which they say are both lighter and better than steel rotors.

The carbon resin is heat stable up to 280°C (536°F), and it stays cooler than a metal rotor. The ceramic inserts are for friction, to create a useable braking surface.

This 180mm came in at just 81g. But weight is only part of the story, they say it also provides of better braking…
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EB14: Prototype ICE. Emergency Trigger Calls For Help with Single Click

IMG_2933.JPGSometimes your rides don’t always go as planned. That exact reason is why ICE. first took on their ICEdot Crash Sensor design. The quarter sized device detects the g-force of a crash and alerts your emergency contacts if you don’t disable the alarm.

While the crash sensor is designed to work when you are unconscious, their newest product will allow you to call for help even if you haven’t crashed. Called the Emergency Trigger, the new device is about the size of a nickel and will clip to helmet straps, bracelets, etc. Able to be used for keeping your family up to date on your whereabouts or a full on about for help, ICE. continues to make cycling a little safer any way possible…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Shannon Galpin of Mountain2Mountain, sponsored by Liv Cycling, has organized a Global Solidarity Ride on Saturday, August 30th, to show support for women’s cycling in Afghanistan. Check her website for an organized ride near you – or dedicate your ride tomorrow to these brave women and girls, use hashtags #pedalarevolution and #solidarityride2014.
  • Greenville, SC, is hosting the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships that is taking place now through Sept. 1st. Free live streaming of the events is being hosted here.
  • The 11th Lake Wolfgang Challenge triathlons will be September 6-7th in Strobl, Austria. This weekend will include an Olympic Distance Challenge, an X-Challenge Sprint (with mountain biking as the bike portion), a combo of the X and Olympic, and a Kid’s Challenge. More info in German here.
  • The first mountain bike race on, what is probably the most remote place to hold one, Saint Helena Island, will be held Saturday, September 20th. You must email their tourist office to register before September 5th, looks like the race is free, but you must arrange your own transportation to this island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Flyer after the break.
  • The 2014 Hell Hole Gravel Grind Stage Race will be held the weekend of September 19th-21st on the gravel roads in and around Hellhole Swamp in the Francis Marion National Forest just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride 2014 at Calloway Gardens is September 20th and 21st. Registration and info here.
  • IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is Saturday, October 4th.
  • Only 3 days left to enter to win a Loaded Carbon Cockpit.
  • This week, IPWatchdog focuses it’s Evolution of a Technology series on bicycle patents.
  • IMBA held a panel discussion at their World Summit in Steamboat Springs, CO, last week on the use of e-bikes on mountain bike trails that led to a suggested strategy for IMBA and the industry to consider.
  • Road Hollad Cycling Apparel is having a Labor Day promotion this weekend, 20% off everything with code LABOR at checkout. Have a Labor Day sale going on? Leave the information in the comments.

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First Look: Trek Session and Session Park, Two Different Ways to Ride Big Mountain – Plus Actual Weights

2015 Trek Sesssion 27.5_0

It’s hard to explain to outsiders the subtle but important difference between the stack of bikes that often clutter a cyclists garage, but even subtle differences in geometry can affect performance. And at the highest level of the sport, those differences are amplified.

For the downhill crowd, that narrow but almost imperceptible divide in bikes is between racing and big mountain or slope style riding. Both categories require a bike that may visually look similar, but they are two separate and distinct riding styles. Working with their stacked team of racers and slopestyle athletes, Trek has introduced two new iterations of their Session DH bike to help meet both groups needs.

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First Look: ANVL Components Expands Lineup with Carbon Handlebars and Composite Pedals

Anvil-Components-Catalog

Despite having only launched last year, ANVL Components is already hard at work expanding their current product line. Having nailed down the aesthetics, geo, and tech for several products, they’re now playing with different materials.

Their Mandrel handlebar, which we reviewed earlier this year,  is now available in carbon. At 227 g, it’s ~70 g lighter than it’s aluminum counterpart, while still sharing the great ergonomics and graphics.

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Durrance Lake, Victoria BC

bikerumor pic of the day

Photo submitted by Regan, “Hot summer days need a lake stop mid ride. This is Durrance Lake in Victoria BC and I’m going for more singletrack before jumping in to cool off.”

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EB14: Maxxis Adds New Mountian Bike tires, More Tubeless Options & Some Road Rubber

maxxis pace and tread lite mountain bike tiress

The Pace cross country tire we’ve been seeing on pro bikes doesn’t have distribution in the U.S. or Germany. While we don’t have an explanation for North America, the Germans say it’s too heavy for XC racing, so they don’t bother importing it. Word is, the lowest weight version is around 700g, which is a bit portly for XC.

The solution? The new Tread Lite, a semi slick that’s tipping the scales at just 530g for a 26×2.10. The 27.5×2.10 is 560g or 595g with the EXO protective casing. 29ers are 590g and 630g. All are tubeless ready, which they designate simply as TR, and have 120tpi casings.

Now, on to more aggressive knobbies, which includes the road bike rubber…

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