Found: CyclingCeramic Bearings from the Pro Peloton – Bottom Brackets, Jockey Wheels & More!

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The pros are an interesting bunch, always looking for any little edge they can get. Sometimes it’s aero, sometimes it’s nutrition and sometimes it’s just making the parts they’re already using work better. For the latter, CyclingCeramic says half the pro peloton at this year’s Tour de France turned to their bearings for their wheels, bottom brackets and/or derailleur pulley wheels.

Shown above on official partner IAM Cycling’s team bikes, you’d also unofficially find them on at least four more of the largest, most well known teams’ bikes, too.

What makes them special? They start with high quality ceramic balls, then polish them for 45 days to enhance the smoothness and roundness, which minimizes surface contact area. Then, they use a tougher, lighter polyamide carrier to position the bearings between the races. For the bottom brackets, which see higher forces than the other parts, they developed a special hardening process for the races to improve durability, overall smoothness and resistance to corrosion. Lastly, they developed their own seals that maximize the “fluidity” of the balls’ movement inside while keeping contaminants out. It’s all hand assembled in France in their own facility, so they have control over the final product. Roll on for product pics and options…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Tatra Mountains, Poland

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Photo submitted by Marcin Citko, “Indian summer in the polish Tatra mountains. Probably the last so warm weekend.”

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EB14: Varibike Goes Off-Road, Mountain Bike with Your Feet, Your Hand, or Both

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In spite of appearances, the fork on this bike is not backwards. This is a Varibike – the bike you can pedal with both your hands and your feet. The German company has been around for a few years now and is expanding their line of bizarre looking bikes. Why all the extra equipment? Studies have shown that the system allows riders to put out up to 31% more power while increasing endurance. It also allows rider to get a better workout in a shorter period of time, which is beneficial if fitness is your main goal for cycling.

Having offered a few pavement oriented bikes in the past, Varibike is now expanding into offroad riding as well as more performance based pedaling. Connect the dots on the drivetrain next…

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EB14: Kuroshiro Puts the Salsa Bucksaw and Niner ROS9 Plus On a Carbon Diet

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If you have been paying attention to the plus-size carbon wheel market, you know that Kuroshiro has been rewriting the rules when it comes to fat bike wheels. The super light carbon hoops are designed to run tubeless without rim tape and owe much of their strength and stiffness to their unique SPline design with uses a continuous raised center carbon ridge.

Recently, the company introduced a slimmed down version of their fat bike rims to cater to the 29+ crowd. Using a similar technology but with a completely boxed center channel, the wheels are a simple 1 step weight loss program for your bike – as long as you have the cash. To illustrate the weight savings provided by their wheels, Kuroshiro swapped out the wheelsets on some common, mostly stock fat bike and 29+ models to show what is possible.

Light weight fatties ahead…

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First Look! Ritte’s New Ace in the Hole is a Full Monocoque Carbon Road Bike

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Without knowing what it was (and Ritte wasn’t exactly ready to say), we spotted a rideable prototype of the all-new Ritte Ace earlier this summer.

Designed over the past 18 months, the Ace is a true monocoque carbon frame that’s made as a single piece over a hard inner mold, and it’s their design from the ground up. It borrows the geometry from the Vlaanderen since they liked its handling, but used hi-mod T700/T1000 carbon and added interchangeable cable ports to handle either mechanical or electronic drivetrains with ease.

It’ll be offered as a frameset come January 2015, and until then all the specs and techy details will remain under wraps. That said, we’ve got a few less blurred pics below and a bike on the way for our own pre-launch test. Stay tuned…

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Warm, Bright, Reflective, the Pactimo Fall Collection Has it All

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As both the season and day light wind down, there is a lot of talk about lights. Indeed, lights are very important both to allow you to see and get you noticed by drivers, but clothing can also play an important role in visibility. Brightly colored threads help you stand out in the day while reflective panels make you pop against a car’s headlights.

Even though many riders acknowledge the need for visible clothing, for many cyclists style comes first for better or for worse. When Pactimo set out to create their Fall line for 2014 their goal was simple -  create a collection of clothes with attention grabbing colors and smart reflective panels that don’t look like you’re wearing a safety jacket.

Combined with Pactimo’s value for the money and fit that we love, and you have some very interesting, very attention grabbing Fall cycling gear. See what makes the new gear shine next…

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EB14: Mondraker Makes the Wheels Bigger & the Mountain Bikes More Aggressive

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Mondraker introduced the new Foxy Carbon this summer, essentially claiming the 140mm travel, 27.5″ wheel mountain bike was a quiver of one. But, supposing you like larger wheels, the new Crafty 29er takes the concept up a notch with bigger diameter hoops.

It keeps their Zero suspension design, which floats the shock between two moving links. The rear triangle is one piece to keep it stiff. It also gets their Forward Geometry, putting a longer top tube behind a very short stem. Other than wheels and necessary frame sizing tweaks, the only functional change was a slight drop in rear wheel travel to 130mm. The front end keeps the longer 140mm fork. There’s even an XR version that gets a 150mm Pike.

Other bikes grow to 27.5″ from 26″, spec gets updated and a new fat bike makes an appearance below…

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Kickstarter Roundup: Crankpump Almost There & Indiglo’s Dual GoPro/Garmin Mount

This one’s a bit of a recap/update in that we’ve featured both of these brands before. CrankPump’s campaign is coming to a close in a couple days and they need a last little push to meet their fund raising goal. It’s a nifty little mini CO2 inflator that hides inside your crankset’s spindle, keeping weight low on the bike and out of sight. Check the video above for details, then hit up their Kickstarter page here. Our original coverage of CrankPump is here.

If you’re the type that likes to mount more things to the outside of your bike, read on for Indiglo’s new dual handlebar mount to fit two things in the space of one…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: North Cascades, WA

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Photo submitted by DJ Cox, “I just came back from trail riding out in the North Cascades of Washington solo. The weather has held out longer than usual before getting snowy and I had a great chance to go see the golden larch out in the mountains before the snow came. I got in a bunch of different rides including the Angels’ Staircase loop and then I rode up and camped out on top of Cutthroat Pass where it intersects the Pacific Crest Trail later that night. It was gorgeous. Then I got to bomb down it after sunrise. The two pictures are from where I slept on Cutthroat Pass.”

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