UCI to Allow Limited Testing of Disc Brakes in 2015 Professional Road Calendar



In a not so surprising move, the Union Cycliste International (UCI), in conjunction with the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), announced today that disc brakes will be allowed in a limited capacity within the context of professional road racing beginning in August for this year, with plans for continued testing moving into 2016. The goal is to extend the introduction of disc brakes at every level of road cycling, though disc brakes are already allowed within USA Cycling road events with the exception of UCI qualifying or UCI events in the United States. Get the deets after the jump. READ MORE ->

Project: World’s Funnest Bike – Drivetrain, Wheels, Brakes & Install Notes


So far, our World’s Funnest Bike project has detailed the frame and the cockpit. Now it’s time to go over all the parts that make it go and make it stop. Most of the parts used on this project bike were new, but I did have some trusted components and lightly used parts that needed more time before a final review could be posted, so those made there way on board and will be noted.

The shifting is handled by Gevenalle’s latest GX shifter levers, which were designed around the Shimano XT rear derailleur to offer a wider range option for anyone wanting a more capable gravel/adventure/cyclocross bike. The Gevenalle parts were all weighed in with a full introduction in this post, so here we’ll go over their performance and use notes and show how it all came together with a mix of other components…


Rever Debuts with Dual-Pull MCX1 mechanical disc brakes for Road/CX

Rever MCX1 mechanical disc brake for road, cyclocross bikes
We all love to drool over tricked out, top-shelf componentry but when it’s time to go shopping -not window shopping, but real put your money on the table shopping- riders with finite budgets turn their attention to companies like Bloomington, Minnesota’s Rever. Launching at the Sea Otter Classic, newcomer Rever is bringing value priced components with claimed race grade performance.

“In today’s component world, cyclists have come to expect that with high performance comes complexity and a high price tag. We’re here to show that’s not the case,” explains Rever’s Brand manager Tren Blankenship.

Rever’s first product is a mechanical disc brake called the MCX1, a short-pull dual piston brake designed specifically for road and cyclocross bikes. An expanded line of competitively priced parts is planned for the future, stop in for details of Rever’s first offering…

Cipollini’s Diamond, Platinum and Gold Adorned RB1K Luxury Edition Road Bike

Cipollini RB1000 Luxury Edition road bike When some people take the ‘spare no expense’ approach, they don’t kid around. Apparently Mario Cipollini, the flamboyant ex-racer and owner of the eponymous brand, is just such a person. It’s hardly surprising to see the ever-so-stylish Italians pushing the limits of common sense in the pursuit of elegant and opulent designs, as Cipollini has clearly done to extremes with this new offering. The RB1000 (aka RB1K) Luxury Edition road bike’s frame is decadently adorned with gold, platinum and diamond accents, debuted in no more suitable place than Monte Carlo, Monaco during the “Like Bike” show in early April. And the price tag? As they say, if you have to ask, you probably don’t have $54,000 to spend… READ MORE ->

TPE15: Closeup on new goods from WTB, Powertap, Novatec and Samox

WTB Ci24 carbon fiber mountain bike rims

Two of the brands shown here, WTB and PowerTap, announced their new products just before the Taipei Cycle Show, so we used our time with them to take a few detailed shots and ask more technical questions (of WTB anyway).

WTB’s products were announced just days prior to the show, but all have availability dates this summer. The rims have an interesting production story. They say they’re still playing around with different materials in different places and different manufacturing partners based on where the rims are going to be sold.

The 27.5 rim shown here has a more UD finish (left) on the inside and it’s made in Taiwan. The 29er has the woven top layer and is being made in China. Apples to apples, it’s coming out lighter, hence the eerily close claimed weights for different size rims. They’re still in testing, but Chris Feucht, product development manager, says all aftermarket rims will likely ship from the China factory and that the 27.5″ is likely to see a weight reduction by the time they’re available. The Taiwanese made rims will likely be reserved for OEM customers. So, build your own wheels and they’ll probably be lighter.

The reason for the difference is basically just dealing with the different capabilities and methods used by different manufacturers.


Shop Profile and Interview: Gladys Bikes and Leah Benson

Gladys Bikes Leah

Though just over a year and a half old, it’s clear that Gladys Bikes has already begun to make its mark on the Portland riding community (while recently visiting the city, it was the most recommended shop to visit by the women I spoke with). Rather than being adapting a current model, the shop, brainchild of Leah Benson, was designed from scratch with significant feedback from community members and focus groups to start valuable conversations about bike fit and comfort across price points, disciplines, and facets.

Though named for the personal bicycle of Frances E. Willard, suffragette, and founded to address opportunities within the equipment and experience of women on bikes, the shop manages to be inviting and effective for any person of any gender or riding experience…


TPE15: Sunrace adds wide range 10 / 11 speed mountain bike cassettes, derailleurs


Much like Microshift did, Sunrace is going big with new 10- and 11-speed wide range mountain bike groups.

The parts group will contain shifters, front and rear derailleurs and new 11-40 and 11-42 cassettes, providing yet another alternative to SRAM and Shimano for those wanting to put together a purpose-built drivetrain rather than hacking the one they have (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Shift past the break for the details…


Dero expands non-rack selection with new fully enclosed Bike Locker

Dero Bike Locker 3

Dero of Minneapolis continues to expand its proprietary offerings outside of bike racks, for which it is best known, with the release of the Dero Bike Locker. Constructed of 99% recycled steel like many Dero products, the locker is available in 20 standard powdercoat colors (or a galvanized finish if you’re into it) which is a stylish and customizable departure from their existing fiberglass locker offerings.

See the boss new way for you to lock up your steed after the jump… READ MORE ->

TPE15: New bikes, designs and chains from Blue, Bion-X and KMC


KMC illustrated the durability of their new chains by showing Julie Bresset’s London Olympics XC race bike covered in mud. Fortunately the new chains were very clean, letting us get a detailed look at the new DLC hard, slick coatings and EPT environmentally safe coatings that promise enhanced rust protection and smoothness without harmful chemicals or treatments.

Nearby, Blue Competition Cycles had some small updates and a foreign market fat bike, and Bion-X was showing the next evolution of e-bike integration…