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…
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Introduced in the heat of the Tour de France aboard Rui Costa’s Merida Reacto KOM, the new Rotor Power LT takes their crankset based power meter introduced at Eurobike 2012 and covered in great detail in this post.
That system used a separate power meter gauge on each crank arm, each with its own transmitter and four distinct strain gauges inside each arm, using their 3D drilled design to tuck them inside the alloy arms. For the new Power LT, they simply dropped the drive side meter, relying on a single group of strain gauges and transmitter to process the data. Like other one-sided systems, it likely just doubles the measurement to send a single power figure to ANT+ compatible cycling computers rather than separate left- and right leg measurements.
Like the original, it still measures deformation of the crank arm in three axes, which lets it determine torque effectiveness (how much your leg drags on the system on the upstroke) and pedal smoothness (max torque vs. average torque). And it still only requires a single zero calibration when changing batteries, self adjusting for temperature, altitude, etc.
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Developed in collaboration with Team Sky, the New Protone helmet from KASK is the latest in a string of new aero road helmets to hit the market. This latest model sets itself apart from new entries from Giro, Bell, Smith, etc.., by having one of the lowest drag coefficients of any ventilated helmets, and among the fastest rate of heat dissipation. READ MORE ->
In addition to the new Speedfox mountain bikes, BMC has just unveiled three new skinny tired bikes. There’s something for every budget and style, whether it’s cyclocross, adventure riding or just good ol’ fashioned road riding.
For pure pavement, there’s the new entry level (but still carbon) Teammachine SLR03, an affordable way to get the Swiss brand’s racy road bike in a very upgrade worthy package. Three builds will be offered, all on the same 1230g carbon frame (size 54, with hardware). Overall, it’s very similar to the higher end SLR02, but adds an even smaller size 47 to the mix to fit more riders than ever…
After introducing an intelligent electronic suspension system over the last couple years on their full range of trail and all mountain bikes, Lapierre has completely rethought and revised the system to be simpler and more efficient. They’re so proud of what they’ve accomplished, they claim it “could be the most important innovation on [their] future MTB ranges.”
So what makes this e:i shock special? Drop past the break to learn that and more… READ MORE ->
Both of these technologies enables riders to let out a few PSI, rip corners, and climb better, but they come at a cost. The one mentioned by tire manufacturer Schwalbe is snake bite, but we’d like to also include the greater risk of developing a flat spot, and burping when cornering aggressively.
In order to reduce the risk of these scenarios, the company has been hard at work developing a dual chamber system they now call Procore. We’ve gone over the basics before, but essentially, the new system utilizes a inner tube (that’s not really an inner tube) to inflate the center channel of the tire. Then a second valve is inflated at a much higher volume, which presses against the tire bead. This helps prevent burping and allows the rider to dial in traction without worrying about flatting.
The entire system is expected to weigh 200g and be compatible with existing tires. Full press release and more pictures below:
Fabric might be a new, relatively unheard of component company but chances are good you’ve heard of the founders. Also known as the team behind Charge bikes in the UK, Fabric is the next evolution of their saddle technology with the intent of OEM spec. Charge had always wanted to get their saddles equipped on bicycles for the showroom floor, but selling a saddle linked to another brand of bike proved difficult.
Looking to be brand neutral, Fabric will be run alongside of Charge bikes in the UK, but their products will be soon offered as standard equipment on Cannondale bikes in the US. Cannondale seems like an easy choice due to Charge and Cannondale both being owned by Dorel, but Fabric still had to prove that their products were worthy of being sold on Cannondale’s highest end bikes. First pitched to Cannondale Product managers for OE spec in September, thanks to Fabric’s intriguing new technologies they finally got the nod after passing CSG’s rigorous testing – which according to Fabric is much more stringent than standard industry testing.
While most saddles utilize similar construction, Fabric has some truly innovative ways to produce some of the lightest and most comfortable saddles on the market…
ENVE introduced their SES (Smart ENVE System) aero road wheels in 2011 through a collaboration with aerodynamicist Simon Smart. Disc brake specific versions followed last year at Eurobike.
Now, they’ve added 650C Smart 5.6 clincher wheels for smaller riders looking for the same wind cheating edge, just in a smaller package.
Here’s how it came about: ENVE sponsors the Mark Allen Elite Team coaching and camps. At a breakfast at Ironman last year, they were talking with athletes and found that many of the smaller riders wanted a high end 650C aero wheel, explaining that there are very limited options on the market. ENVE’s CEO committed right then and there to do it.
Simon Smart was tapped again to develop the ideal aero profile and was told to start with a clean slate. They could have easily adapted their 6.7 series to the smaller wheel size, but they found that smaller riders may not want the additional rotating mass and didn’t need rims quite that deep.
It’s been teased, and people have been building AIR9 Carbon hardtails with drop bars for years. And there’s enough Niner employees that race ‘cross that it needed to happen. After all, the RLT9 gravel road bike proved they could translate their mountain bike heritage into something new.
The introduction of the new Niner BSB 9 RDO gave them an opportunity to introduce a new carbon fiber frame production process, too. Called Carbon Compaction System, it uses a pre-shaped styrofoam mold that the carbon is laid up around. This provides them with the shape they want and a firm platform to build each frame part around. The benefits are multiple: First, it sets the carbon in the exact position it should be in without any shifting from a bladder inflating after layup. Second, it means less excess resin pooling inside the frame, so less weight and waste. Third, it makes for a perfectly smooth inside wall with no wrinkles or fibrous looseness. This means fewer opportunities for weak spots.
Technically, there’s still a bladder around the styrofoam that’s inflated to fully compress the carbon against the outer, metal mold for proper compaction. But starting with the firm styrofoam core gets them very, very close to the final shape – much closer than wrapping around a floppy silicone core. Once heat molded and cured, the styrofoam molds shrink to less than half during the process and are simply pulled out and discarded. The whole design means they have more control over the process which leads to more precise construction.
Of course, they also had to come up with a cool name. The Niner BSB means…