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Sneak Peak: New DT FR570 Improves on Aaron Gwin’s Favorite Raceday Rim (UPDATED)

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Set for an official launch at Eurobike in a few weeks, DT Swiss had this brand new downhill oriented rim on display at Crankworx. The rim is updated version of the one Aaron Gwin unsuccessfully attempted to destroy at Leogang.

At that World Cup DH Race, Aaron flatted shortly into the race and continued to ride flat out on nothing but rim. If you haven’t seen the footage, stop whatever you’re doing and check it out here.

UPDATE: More specs added at bottom…

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POC Octal AVIP Goes MIPS, 2015 Brings Additional Safety to the Road

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Just a few weeks ago, Scott Bikes unveiled what was called the first MIPS equipped road helmet in the ARX Plus Road. While it may have been the first we knew it wouldn’t be the last. During the launch of the POC Octal AVIP (Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection) helmet, one of the common questions was why not MIPS? We were told that a MIPS version might be in the works, and almost exactly a year later, here it is.

The Octal MIPS AVIP is just a sneak peek of an impressive new range of products which hopefully we’ll get to see in person at the upcoming Eurobike. For now, get the details on the new, safer, Octal after the jump…

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E-Bike Tech Comparison: Bosch Frame Mounted Motors vs. Bion-X Hub Motors

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Have you noticed there’s been a growing mention of electrically motorized bicycles lately? That’s because they’re coming, whether our domestic infrastructure is ready or not. While Europe’s been enjoying the boost at a broader level for a few years, brands with strong stateside distribution are starting to push them into dealers in select markets, establishing themselves for when the tide turns.

Who? Specialized will have a lower cost version of the Turbo, Felt is bringing several models in, as is Lapierre, and BMC has their premium Stromer line. And that’s just the beginning.

Across the board, there are two dominant methods of integrating a motor into a bike: Building the motor into the frame or putting the motor in the rear hub. There are multiple systems, but two of the higher tech, more established ones are from Bosch and Bion-X. Both were at PressCamp this summer, both have their pros and cons, and both gave us an in-depth look at their tech. Read on and see which one makes sense for your next commuter.

We’ll start with Bosch. Bosch builds entire e-bike drivetrain systems that hit the market in 2010, and their latest generation is just now shipping. It’s built around a crank-located motor, which integrates into the drivetrain in a way that develops more torque than a hub motor with the added advantage of keeping unsprung weight lower on full suspension bikes…

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2015 Felt Road & Triathlon Bikes – Something for Classics, Commuters and Speed Freaks

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So far, we’ve seen Felt’s 2015 mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes and their new-to-the-USA e-bike line. Now, we’ve got the first installment of 2015 road bikes. We say first installment because, well, there’s more coming, we just can’t talk about them until Eurobike.

Across the range, Felt’s 2015 road bikes see a lot of trickle down tech to bring their AR (Aero Road), F (Racing) and triathlon designs to lower price points through the use of lower level carbon and smarter spec. They’ve also added a new V-series that splits the difference between road and commuter, plus a limited edition bike for the cobbles.

Above is the new Felt F1 PR, so dubbed for the Paris Roubaix races it was used for under the Argos-Shimano riders last year. Felt custom tweaked a few F1 road bikes for the rougher spring classics by raising the rear axle a bit and extending the chainstays. That, plus a little extra clearance at the seat stays, allowed for larger diameter tires while keeping the bottom bracket at the correct height.

It worked well, but as UCI rules dictate, team members had to be riding something in or destined for production, so Felt made a limited run. Except they couldn’t call it the Paris Roubaix, so it just became the F1 PR…

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Prototype Maxxis Pace XC Tires Spotted, Possible Updates to Ardent

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While Geoff Kabush has mentioned liking them on his way to winning at Bonelli Park earlier this year,  we hadn’t yet seen the (presumably forthcoming) Maxxis Pace XC mountain bike tires yet.

Thanks to some snooping at a regional NC event and area trailheads, we spotted what’s presumably their next cross country race tread. Using a knob pattern similar to the Ikon, the Pace does change the shape of the knobs quite a bit and adds more pronounced reinforcing ribs to connect them. Knob height is very low, only a few millimeters, growing slightly taller toward the edges. Small nubs between the blocks should help a bit on dryer days.

The sidewalls introduce a new, tougher looking pattern. Perhaps it’s an update to their Exogrid, or perhaps it’s just cosmetic. Hopefully we’ll know more at Eurobike. In the meantime, click through to see a possible update to the Ardent trail tire…

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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 Bianchi Aquila CV TT/Triathlon Bike Mutes Wind, Vibrations

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To close out the Tour de France, Bianchi introduced their new Aquila CV TT/Triathlon bike for stage 20′s time trial.

Bringing their Countervail vibration damping material and tech to the wind tunnel, the new Aquila not only lessens the wind’s effects on your efforts, it also kills the road buzz to keep your muscles fresher over the long haul. Developed by Materials Science Corp., Countervail was originally used to kill vibration in supersonic space- and aircraft. The benefit here is that it can be interwoven with carbon fibers and stiffens the frame while also canceling vibration, making a better bike that helps reduce muscle fatigue. We covered their CV tech in detail with last year’s new Infinito introduction, so we’ll focus on what’s new for this bike here.

To make the bike faster, Bianchi smoothed every edge they could -there are no frame fasteners exposed to the wind- and connected each separate piece of the bike with tight, flowing transitions. Couple that with extensive CFD wizardy and wind tunnel testing and you’ve got a bike that’s super slippery…

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Northwave Teases Michelin Collaboration, Wild Grip’r Shoes Stepping Out?

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We just received an invite to see a “revolutionary project by Northwave in collaboration with Michelin” to debut at Interbike Eurobike. At first, the image suggests tires, but the tread pattern is of the existing Wild Rock’R 2 Advanced. Then we noticed the itsy bitsy “soles” tucked underneath the Michelin logo. After all, Northwave is known for their kicks, not components, so we’re thinking some Michelin rubber may soon be glued to the bottom of Italian soles.

Perhaps an aggressive enduro shoe with grippy lugs? Or a cyclocross shoe that makes run ups a little less hairy? Both, hopefully! We’ll know soon, but if you’ve got a better concept, leave it in the comments.

Koga Teases Disc Brake Road Bike w/ New Shimano Flat Mount Standard

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Seems Shimano has more than just renderings of their new flat mount disc brake standard for road bikes. Koga just sent us this photo of a fork for an upcoming bike. Since they plan on showing it off at Eurobike, presumably complete, it means there must be a Shimano brake ready to go with it (right?). We’ll be on the show floor with camera’s ready to snap, stay tuned…