Saracen Flies into the Future w/ Lightweight Avro Disc Brake Road Bike

Saracen Avro Full Bike Profile Disc And Thru Axles

While thru-axles and disc brakes are not surprising anyone paying attention to current road bike trends, combining them with carbon frame that’s just over 1,000g and fully built for £1,799 (aprox. $3k) makes quite the take-note bike.

On top of a sweet new frame that’s lightweight, the new Saracen Avro combines solid spec with some really cool new design concepts that make disc brakes on the road all the more palatable. For the price, it’s looking like a solid performer that’s entirely worth upgrading in the future, but doesn’t stick you with any duds out of the gate. The devil is in the details, take note next…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Ride The Track is a 3 day 2-3 person team mountain biking event in Champsaur Valley, South of the French Alps, September 25-28th. The video above shows some of the views of the untimed, GPS led, supported event.
  • Crankworx Les 2 Alpes has wrapped up – highlights here of the exciting event in the Northern French Alps. This means Crankworx Whistler is only a few weeks away – put it on your schedule if you can, it’s a bucket list event!
  • The 16th Annual Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge is this weekend, July 18-20th, in Portland, OR.
  • The Rapha Women’s 100 is this Sunday, July 20th. Click here to sign up and find a ride near you.
  • The USA Pro Challenge begins August 18th and if you want to travel the tour in style, three host city hotels are offering spectator package deals with 20-40% savings on room accommodations with room upgrade, meal voucher and water bottles: The Gant in Aspen, Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs and Hotel Boulderado in Boulder.
  • Greenville, SC, will be hosting the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships August 27th – September 1st.
  • Ass Savers is putting on an exhibition of black and white film photography by Staffan Jofjell of the 1985 Six Day Track Race in Berlin called Trackside ’85, featuring an on-track and behind the scenes look at the race. Stops include Berlin, the Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn, and London.
  • PureFix Cycles can use your help – vote for them in the Drive Your Business Forward contest by FastCompany magazine and Mercedes-Benz. They’re in the running to win $10,000 in the Readers’ Choice selection.
  • e*thirteen components is giving away a 30t Guide Ring M Dual width chainring to one lucky winner. Enter by July 22nd.
  • Andy Scullion’s Beautiful Bicycle Print was funded last summer and he’s got another project he’d like you to take a look at: The Comprehensive Guide to the Bicycle print.
  • The Cycling House has added a new Glacier National Park trip for 2014.
  • And the award for this week’s talk tv fodder goes to Airbus for their patent filing of bicycle saddle airline seats.

Campagnolo Bora Carbon Wheels Get Wider & Lighter, Plus New Braking Surface w/ Shamal Mille

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Two of Campagnolo’s longest running wheelsets get improvements to braking surfaces, albeit with different technologies, and the Bora series also gains wider rims and more aerodynamic shapes.

The new Shamal Mille takes their top level alloy wheel and imbues it with a new braking surface treatment that ups the friction for better performance. Called Mille, the treatment permeates the metal of the rim to create a rougher, more durable surface. As a bonus, Mille is compatible with their Red carbon brake pads, so if you choose to train on these and race on carbon wheels (like the Bora!), you won’t have to swap out brake pads every time you swap wheels, saving you time for an extra run to the Porta-Jon before lining up. Wheel and rim detail shots below.

If you’re an all carbon, all the time kinda rider, then the new Bora’s should look pretty good…

**UPDATED WEIGHTS 7/22/14

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Video: FiberFix Jumps the Shark (Tank) to Fix Your Bicycle

Derek at FiberFix just sent over this video along with this note: “BikeRumor may consider this a total joke, but I think it’s something to consider (albeit slightly impractical).”

Attention, grabbed, so we watched the video. Pure awesome. A phone call later and we can now tell you how it works:

FiberFix was a Shark Tank success and is essentially a woven fiberglass fiber tape presoaked in a water-activated resin. To use it, simply soak the tape in water for a second, then tightly wrap the object to be fixed. Let it cure for 10-15 minutes and you’re good to go. They say it’s as strong as steel, extremely rigid and waterproof, yet can be sanded and painted. Sounds like a good emergency item to keep in the pack for backcountry rides or touring – it could easily get you back home.

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Ted King Launches UnTapped, Packages Organic Maple Syrup in Sports Friendly Package

20140717-222403-80643234.jpgA few weeks ago we ran a series of articles on the use of gels by performance athletes, which generated heated arguments in the comments section.

Whichever side of that aisle you stand on, I think it can generally be agreed on that maple syrup (the real stuff, not Aunt Jemima’s) is delicious.

Like honey, the good stuff has a proven track record on pancakes, and in the pro peloton. Famous American cyclist Ted King has been using the all natural performance enhancer for years, and has now partnered with Slopeside Syrup to bring it’s benefits to the masses.

The delicious energy booster treat is “produced simply by boiling maple sap directly from a maple tree. Because it’s unprocessed, it’s rich in vital minerals such an manganese, iron, calcium, and zinc. It also has essential vitamins, is high in critical amino acids, and is bursting with antioxidants required for proper recovery.”

To get the project off the ground, Ted and his partners have turned to Indiegogo. They’ve currently reached roughly half of their $30,000 goal. Want to try the all natural Vermont made recovery syrup (or simply want to keep a few packets around just in case of a breakfast emergency)? You can back the project here for as little as $25

Exclusive First Look: Kuroshiro Takes on 29+ with Hybrid Composite Polymer enso 950

 

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Earlier this year while Minnesota was trapped in Nature’s icy grip, we met with Mauro Bertolotto of Raceware Srl. Mauro was very excited to show us a special project he had been working on – the first Kuroshiro carbon rim. Unlike most companies that specialize in high end carbon goods, Kuroshiro was starting with products specifically designed for fat bikes. Using a number of intriguing technologies, the Enso 685 was designed to be one of the lightest fat bike rims on the market.

Now, Kuroshiro is introducing their second product, the all new Enso 950. After deciphering the naming structure, we’re left with a 29” rim that is 50mm wide. Perfect for the growing 29+ market. Created to be just as impressive as the 685, the 950 continues with a bit of new carbon technology to offer even higher performance.

Just like the 685, the feature packed 950 won’t come cheap, but it’s not every day you can drop 5 pounds from your bike with a single swap…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Top of Coyote Trail

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Photo submitted by David Holm, “Top of Coyote Trail near White Salmon, WA. Awesome day.”

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Video: Crabapple Hits Strikes Back

On my first pilgrimage to Whistler Bike Park a few years ago, I stopped by Transition bikes to drink a few cold beverages, and get the lowdown on the local trail network.

In addition to being toured around some of the best single track Bellingham had to offer, the guys  all offered me one bit of advice – be careful riding Crabapple hits. Why? Well the massive booters are legendary and have taken more than one eager first time visitor directly to the hospital.

While I’m glad I headed that advice, this unlucky rider took a massive digger on his first cruise down Crabapple Hits.

Cervélo Hits More Affordable Price Point with New R2 Road Bike

Cervelo R2

With a long standing reputation for producing premium products at a premium price, Canadian brand Cervélo is now changing their game with the introduction of the wallet friendly R2.

This model pairs the same frame utilized on the higher end R3 model with a more economical fork and competent spec to achieve it’s lower price point. A similar approach was taken by the company last year when they introduced their aero S2 model.

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