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NAHBS 2014: Engin Revs Up Titanium Bicycle Frames, Shows One of Each

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In short order, Engin went from showing an early (and impressive!) titanium build last year to a complete collection this year, making it his primary frame material. We got a peek into his change with our pre-show interview, then we got a look at the real bikes in Charlotte.

Not too many people opt to paint titanium frames, but when they do, they usually go for broke. The red one above gets a gorgeous candy apple gloss with masked sections to show the metal. Click through for detail pics and a look at road, ‘cross and a bare ti mountain bike, too…

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Spy Shot! Suntour Adds Carbon Crown & Steerer to Axon Werx

 

Hiding in the depths of Suntour’s demo fleet at the 2014 Southeast Bike Expo under a layer of fine Georgia red dust, there appeared a marbly sheen from the top of one of their forks. Adding to their already beautifully done carbon lowers on their Axon Werx fork, the new carbon crown and steerer will reduce weight by an approximate whopping 170 grams.

According to Suntour’s website, that would put the 29″ version at around a scant 1420 grams!  We first saw it way back at Eurobike 2012, but this was the first time it’s been out in public and rideable. Word is it’ll become the real deal later this year.

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Taipei Show: Hutchinson Tweaks the Taipan for All Conditions XC

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First shown at Eurobike last year, the Taipan is Hutchinson’s new take on an all conditions XC tire. Since being first shown, the tread pattern looks to have gotten a bit tighter, with a few more lugs offering a good balance of low rolling resistance and cornering traction. Created with plenty of open space between each lug for mud clearance and aggressively designed tread lugs, the tire tries to strike a balance between wet and dry performance according to Hutchinson. The result is a tire they feel is perfectly suited to XC on the front or rear, and even Enduro use as a rear tire.

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Sneak Peek: New Reynolds Assault Tubular Disc, Plus 2015 Attack & 46 Aero Disc Brake Road Wheels

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Reynolds has been on a steady march toward a complete line of disc brake road wheels, starting with the Assault SLG clincher disc and their alloy Stratus Pro models.

Now, the Assault SLG Disc tubular follows the standard rim-brake set announced at Eurobike. This is still a 2014 model, look for it in late May/early June.  If you wanna see what’s coming for next year, roll on…

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Taipei First Look: Xentis Rolls Extremely Light Squad 2.5 SL High Modulus Wheels, Plus new Carbon Brake Pads

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You want light? How does 890g per set sound? That’s the claimed weight of the new Xentis Squad SL 2.5 High Modulus wheelset. To be introduced first in their 2.5/25mm depth, the shallow wheels are just the first in a full line of SL wheels which will include 4.2, 5.8, and 7.5 depths in both tubular and clincher. Hand made in Austria like the rest of the line up, we have to assume that in spite of the insanely low weight these wheels will be plenty durable, though if you’re concerned there is both a 16 and 20 spoke option for the front wheel.

To go along with their machined carbon brake tracks, Xentis has a new brake pad compound – details after the jump.

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Taipei Show: xpedo Puts the Power to the Pedal with new Thrust E Power Meter

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Pedal based power meters have created a lot of buzz in recent years and for good reason – having the power meter based in the pedal rather than the crankset or rear hub makes a lot of sense as a racer. Wheel changes don’t require a power meter for each wheel, cranks can be easily changed from compact to standard depending on the conditions, and bikes can easily be switched as well. Currently Look and Garmin have been duking it out for pedal power supremacy with a few other companies looking to get in on it as well, but the latest offering from xpedo is surprising. One of the biggest differences between the new xpedo Thrust E and the competition is that the power meter is completely contained in the pedal body of the Thrust E and needs no additional parts. That means installation really is as easy as threading in a pedal. We’re assuming the pedal will still need to be calibrated like the rest, but it looks as if it could be the easiest to set up of the bunch.

More details after the break.

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Found: Oto Cycles’ Gorgeous Retro Racer e-Bikes

Oto Cycles Otok and Otor retro cruiser racer e-bikes

Based in Barcelona, Oto Cycles was born in a garage of tinkerers and now makes the most lustworthy e-bikes we’ve seen. The Otor, above, and the Otok (shorter wheelbase, shown after break) take the retro cruiser and cafe racer concept and give it juice.

While the italJet e-cruisers we saw at Eurobike come close, offering a bit more rugged look, the Oto’s are pure speed and style. They use a Samsung LiNiCoMn 36V 10.4Amp battery pack hidden in the faux gas tank and a rear hub motor to keep the lines clean. Range is about 45km to 60km, and they’ll carry you up to 6km/h without pedaling. From there, it’s pedal assist with five levels of boost. Frames are made of steel with alloy rims, handlebars and other components, and the all come with Brooks saddles.

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Review: Veloheld IconX, a Modern Steel Disc-brake Cyclocross Frameset

Veloheld's IconX disc-brake steel cyclocross frame is well suited to sand, mud, and snow

The IconX is the newest bike coming out of Dresden-based veloheld over this past fall/winter cyclocross season. Although it is a cross bike and its racing season has finished for the year, we see its potential as more of a multi-purpose bike than just a race bike. It is definitely the kind of bike one can pull out for year round adventure.

Read on for a detailed look at the bike…

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Review: Wahoo Fitness Kickr Trainer – The Nearly Perfect Training Tool (UPDATED)

Wahoo Fitness Kickr Trainer review with power measurement and iPhone app controlled settings

The Wahoo Fitness Kickr Trainer introduced the concept of iPhone-controlled indoor training at Eurobike 2012, packing in a power meter with a ton of control over resistance. The result, after testing it through the winter for ourselves, adds up to an amazing tool for improving fitness on the bike, letting you train on your terms.

High quality fluid and wind trainers do a perfectly adequate job of increasing resistance as your cadence or gearing increases. And if you have a power meter already on your bike, it’s reasonably easy to adjust your cadence and gearing to stay within a desired output range. Where the Kickr improves is by doing all that with simple on screen adjustments (on your iPhone, naturally. Or current-gen iPad, Bluetooth LE Mac or ANT+ enabled PC). The biggest benefit comes with the Ergometer mode – just set the power output you want to maintain, and it’ll adjust the resistance in real time to maintain a steady effort regardless of cadence or gear selection.

Yes, it can force you to work harder…

UPDATE: Thru axle adapter now available ($29.99), older iDevices compatible with Wahoo’s ANT+ Key ($59.99).

UPDATE 2: Answers about max wattage and new product updates added at bottom of post.

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