EB15: All-new Cervelo R3 Disc prepares for the races under MTN Qubeka, more

2016 Cervelo R3 Disc Ultegra disc brake road bike

With the UCI allowing teams to test disc brake road bikes in two races this fall, Cervelo needed something for Team MTN Qubeka to ride.

The all-new Cervelo R3 Disc is that bike, and it’s both very similar and completely different than the standard rim brake model bearing the same name.

They wanted to keep the race geometry and handling since it’s going to be tested at the highest level under MTN Qubeka. The problem was, they had to widen the chainstays to fit the 135mm rear hub spacing that disc brake hubs use. And that can throw off the chainline. Most other brands simply extend their chainstays to accommodate the wider axle spacing, which is usually necessary to maintain proper shifting. There are specific recommendations from Shimano regarding the amount of chain deflection from chainring to cog. If it’s too much, the chain can start to pick up the chainring ramps too early, potentially limiting the number of usable gears or negatively impacting drivetrain performance.

Cervelo found a way to keep the chainstay length exactly the same…


EB15: Campagnolo Record and Super Record go wireless, too… sort of


While the big trend this week at Eurobike has been been ditching shifter wires via SRAM’s Red eTAP, FSA’s Metron, and Rotor’s Uno Hydraulic, Campagnolo has taken wireless in a different direction. New wireless connectivity by wall of an updated EPS Interface/control unit opens up a number of communication opportunities, and makes setup and customization easier for the top two tiers of the electronic line.

Shift on over the break for more details, pics, and an updated battery…


EB15: SRM turns on Bluetooth for PC8, adds 1x mountain bike power meters & builds an app


The SRM PC8 was first announced almost two years ago, with an announcement that it started shipping earlier this year. Now, the company is prepping a major firmware update, with Bluetooth connectivity getting turned on sometime in September 2015 if all goes to plan. That’ll let it connect to the upcoming SRM app, but the usage benefits of that might need some time to be realized.

There’s also a WiFi a transmitter in the PC8, but it’s not activated yet. That’s something they’re working on, but the demand for the device was so high, they wanted to go ahead and start shipping them this past May with all the hardware on board, then bring new features online as they could. Eventually, it’ll download your ride data wirelessly and send it to the cloud…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Hipcamp Launches “Airbnb” for Outdoors | Unlocks Private Lands – Hipcamp, the website that makes getting outside fun and easy, is bringing the sharing economy, made popular by Airbnb, to the outdoors. Check out Hipcamp’s Land Sharing video to be transported to these unspoiled lands. Be sure to turn up the volume to get the full effect! Hipcamp.com

More news and pumptrack event info after the break…


EB15: Tune reinvents road thru axle, makes lots more stuff better & lighter

Pick one thing that would slow adoption of disc brake in the pro peloton and it would likely be the molasses-like process of unthreading a thru axle. Manitou and Focus have their twist-and-pull systems, Naild has a new twist-and-lock system, but Tune’s new QC system might be the fastest of them all.

The new Tune QC Schnellsteck Spanner thru axle system uses a simple push button release to trim removal time to a fraction of a second. Flip through to see how it works…

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Wierum, The Netherlands

bikerumor pic of the day Wierum, The Netherlands

Photos submitted by Jaap Dienaar, “The pics are made in Wierum, The Netherlands. This is a small town direct at the Sea. We drove along the coastline of the ‘Waddenzee’.”

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EB15: Selle Italia shows lightest ever concept saddle, plus new seats for road, triathlon, mountain bikes & more

Selle Italia’s SP-01 concept saddle is a new take on aerodynamics by eliminating the usual pockets that could trap air under the saddle, or at least slow it down. They did it by having the rails flow into wing like shapes that wrap around to create the perch with a flexible, wide open shape.

It’s the crazier looking saddle concept, but it’s not the lightest…


EB15: 2016 Cannondale mountain bikes get bigger with FatCAAD fat bike, Bad Habit 27.5+ and Beast of the East

2016 Cannondale Bad Habit 275plus full suspension trail bike

The 120mm Habit was introduced just before Eurobike as a trail bike to fill in between their Trigger and Scalpel.

The new Bad Habit bumps things even bigger with plus sized tires and Boost rear spacing. The geometry and suspension kinematics stay the same as the regular Habit, they just made room for bigger rubber in the rear triangle. The crank spindle length and BB shell stays the same, too, but the chainring is offset to maintain proper chain line. It’ll fit up to 27.5 x 3.0 tires.

The Lefty 2.0 is standard, it accommodates the fatter tires just fine. It’s the monstrous new Lefty Olaf you wanna watch out for…


EB15: Brooks Lays Up the New C13 Cambium Details, Plus Intros a Wide Urban Bag Range


It’s only been a few weeks since we first heard about the upcoming C13 Cambium and its public test phase, and already Brooks has surprised us with the new saddle. We had been mildly led off the trail when we had asked about the possibility of Ti rails on the new saddle, with the tech team’s comments that tubular steel rails were as light as solid titanium. But that’s not we get here, in what is a striking departure from their brand norm, and not something realistically we would have expected from Brooks. A carbon-railed Brooks; who would have thought?

Jump over the break for details on the C13 and more from the Metropolitan bag range…