Lapierre Bikes to Offer Road Disc with new Sensium 500

Lapierre Sensium Disc 500 2015

In addition to the new Pulsium and Aircode we covered at Sea Otter, it looks like Lapierre will have one other trick up their sleeve for 2015 road. In the coming year Lapierre will expand into road discs with at least one model – the Sensium 500. Starting where the previous Sensium left off, the is designed as their comfort performance model, perfect for gran fondos or long days in the saddle. The Sensium uses a full carbon frame and fork that is designed around 25mm tires.

Details are limited, but the new bike will be outfitted with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and will run the BR785 hydraulic brakes with 160mm rotors. Sensium 500s will roll on Shimano WH-RX31 wheels with Michelin Pro4 700×25 tires.

Challenge Brings Team Edition Chicane Cyclocross tubular to the Start Line

challenge chicane team edition tubular cyclocross tire

Following last year’s team edition Limus and Grifo tubular cyclocross tires, Challenge has added their semi-slick Chicane tread pattern to the upper echelon offerings.

That means an upgraded 320tpi Corespun cotton casing, seamless latex inner tube and puncture protection belt under the tread. The outer has their diamond nubs in the center for smooth, fast rolling on the flats with the Limus’ aggressive side knobs to keep it in line on the corners. Challenge says it’s been their best selling tread pattern in the US, and now it’s available in this higher performance edition.

Unlike the other Team Edition models, though, the Chicane is best left to the dry courses. They recommend keeping it away from moisture to extend it’s useful life. At $129.99 per tire, we’d take that advice. So, grass, dirt, dusty, hardpack and frozen solid are all fine. Just no mud with this guy.

Recommended pressure is 22-44psi (1.6 – 3 bar), it comes in a 700x32c width and claimed weight is 400g. Available for the 2014-15 race season.

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: The Sleeping Lady

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Photo submitted by Andrew Pollak, “Here is a shot of my new titanium build overlooking Mt. Tam (the sleeping lady) from Loma Alta Open Space Reserve via the new 680 trail. ”

We always love to see your photos and would like to show them to the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your photo with a brief description here.

2015 Sneak Peek: Raleigh Brings Back Steel, New Willard Gravel Bike, New Women’s MTB, and More!

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It’s been great to see Raleigh reborn over the past few years, and our little glance into the future indicates they have no plans of slowing down any time soon. In 2014, the brand took a break from their steel classics series, but for 2015 they’re back. Not only is the company bringing Chromoly back, but the new bikes include bigger tires, more tire clearance, new geometry, and even a Ritchey Break-Away model at $2100 (above). In addition to a number of new options in steel, Raleigh is expanding their “gravel” line with the all new Willard – an aluminum version of the Tamland that’s both lighter and more affordable.

On the mountain bike side the Skarn full suspension bikes are in production now and will range from $2,500 to $4,000. Raleigh is also introducing a new price point, single pivot 27.5″ full suspension bike which starts at just $1,000. There’s even new women’s specific mountain bikes designed with input from Caroline Mani and Courtney McFadden. Raleigh has definitely been busy lately and the new product looks to be ideal for many – quality bikes with great design, that won’t break the bank.

Details on a few of the highlights, next…


Graffiti Meets Aluminum and Carbon — The Artistic Collaboration Of Kinesis, Morvélo, & Aroe

Kinesis Aithein, Morvélo, & Aroe - Graffiti Art - Non Drive Side

Cycling is an art form and at times this is the literal truth. In this case the art is a collaboration between UK bike manufacturer Kinesis, clothing company Morvélo Bicycle Apparel, and renown graffiti artist Aroe. Kinesis’ Aithein frame and fork, plus a set of Reynolds Attack rims, were all handed over to the street-artist as a blank canvas. See more of the stunning results, next…


Video: Specialized 2015 Carbon 650B Demo Testing & Development – Plus Prototype Ohlins Fork Cameo!

Last night we spilled some rumors about the new Specialized Carbon Demo, but today Red Bull Media has released a video showing the beautiful bike off from every angle. In it, they document some of the design and testing that when into the development, share Troy Brosnan, Aaron Gwin, and Mitch Ropeleto’s, and share some clips of the boys shredding.

Once you’re done watching the video, head to Redbull Media to learn more.

For those with sharp eyes, you’ll also notice in a few blurry clips that Brad Benedict was testing a prototype fork which is rumored to be a new unit from Ohlins. Head past the break for some screen shots. READ MORE ->

Spy Shot: Bell Super 2R Enduro Full Face W/ Removable Chin Bar

Bell_Super_2R_Photo_ActiveLifeStore_2Trail bikes are becoming more capable. We keep saying it over and over again because it’s true. Any one of these new ultra slack, long travel, Enduro frames is enough that you don’t really need a downhill bike anymore. It surprised me too, but after spending time on bikes like the new Santa Cruz Nomad, I’m convinced.

The problem is that these new bikes allow you to push your limits faster and further than ever before. Which means the consequences for a simple mistake are much higher. So helmet companies have recently made the push towards building half lid helmets with better coverage. New offerings from TLD, Bell, and Kali have come along way, but they still leave something to be the desired in the keep-your-face-intact department.

Enter the new Bell Super 2R. Based off the ingenious Super, (which I reviewed here) this model shares all the great GoPro and goggle integration, but can easily be converted into a full face via three quick releases. READ MORE ->

New Prototype Deity BladeRunner Flat Pedal

Deity Prototype BladeRunner Pedal

Spotted over on the Deity Facebook & Instagram feeds, the new Bladerunner pedal. If it’s anything like it’s siblings, they’ll spin on Deity’s ultra reliable DU bushing and double micro sealed bearing system.  The pedal also appears to have cnc’d ridges for increased traction and a concave platform, below is what they had to say about the new product:

“The Deity Bladerunner pedal…a 2015 Sneak Peek. The largest platform size we have designed and may just be the grippiest Deity pedal to date. Well, except for the T-Mac pedals we are working on right now. So much is in store for the coming years!”

Check out their full product range at Deity Bike Co.

Must Watch: Vain Vagrant

Part not so subtle advertisement, part mountain bike video, all weird. As the sequel to The Chop, Vain Vagrant takes you on a journey that includes all of the essentials – bikes, beer, Luchadors, tattoos, and weirdness. Make sure to check out Ed Oxley at Great Rock, and catch The Chop after the break.