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3T flips their iconic bullhorns around for new Revo aerobar

3T flips their iconic bullhorns around for new Revo aerobar

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3T pretty much created the modern aerobar with the bullhorn that they developed for Francesco Moser’s 1984 World Hour Record ride. In the 30 years since, the industry has strapped all manner of aero extension on top but mostly kept the bull horn shape in place. Now 3T has taken a closer look at the base bar that they pioneered and flipped it around with the new Revo line. By putting the wing of the bar in front of the grips,almost like a super flattened drop bar, riders get a more secure position while still maximizing aerodynamics. Get a better hold on the new design after the jump…

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Predator circles its prey with new Major Track one-piece carbon handlebar & stem

Predator circles its prey with new Major Track one-piece carbon handlebar & stem

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They started with road drop bars, fusing an FSA stem and handlebar into a one-piece system. Then they morphed it into a mountain bike system, working with Cannondale’s OPI Lefty format even. Now, Predator Cycling’s Aram Goganian is taking his carbon construction to the track with the new Major Track Bars.

The big difference here is that it’ll be 100% made in house. Aram’s just wrapping up the alloy molds, which will be used to form the Major Track all in house in their Los Angeles area factory. It was designed there, too, hence the unique shape…

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Patrick Gauci of Patrick Cycleworks

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Photo by Marcell Lovell

The exciting thing about covering new builders is seeing patterns between them and current, established builders and not knowing exactly what they will turn into as they mature.

Ontarian and new builder Patrick Gauci of Patrick Cycle Works is one of a group of builders that started their careers in aerospace before trying their hands at frame building. Patrick works as an Aircraft Structures Mechanic by day, and builds frames by night. Still at the stage where he is building for friends and family, Patrick has acknowledged that he’s learned a lot over his short career as a builder. He is enthusiastic, however, that he’s found a way to explore his passion of cycling in a deeper way…

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Patent Battles: Stan’s NoTubes holds ground w/ tubeless victory, SRAM moves to protect their X-Sync patents

Patent Battles: Stan’s NoTubes holds ground w/ tubeless victory, SRAM moves to protect their X-Sync patents

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At any given time, there is a good chance that at least one or two companies in the industry are undergoing some type of patent litigation. A seemingly natural part of business in the industry, recently two noteworthy cases have come across our desk. The first involves an ongoing dispute between Stan’s NoTubes and Specialized Bicycle Components. After Specialized released rim designs that Stan’s felt infringed on their U.S. Patent 7,334,846, Stan’s brought suit against Specialized, eventually winning a judgement from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The latest installment invovled the United States Court of Appeals in the Federal Ciruit on February 4, 2016, which affirmed the PTAB decision. Stan’s currently holds four different patents related to their ZTR product line with Bead Socket Technology. Based on the latest ruling, it seems Specialized will have to pay compensation to Stan’s NoTubes.

In an even bigger case that’s apparently underway, SRAM looks to be stepping up enforcement of their X-Sync narrow-wide IP…

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Tenspeed Hero looks to spring with primary Resort 2016 collection, and sock game on point

Tenspeed Hero looks to spring with primary Resort 2016 collection, and sock game on point

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From the cold shores of Lake Michigan, Tenspeed Hero is giving a taste of a warm spring with their second annual TSH Resort collection. The Resort collection has developed in a chance for TSH to work with their resident graphic designer Lauren Ayers to add a bunch of color and a bit of whimsy into their regular line-up. Resort also seems to help them get through the winter in their cold Chicago home with thoughts of riding and training in warmer places. The new collection relies pretty heavily on vibrant color blocking with patterns like the Sprinkles above and Net, Quilt, and Flowers after the break. The new designs make their way onto jerseys and skinsuits for both men and women, plus a bunch of coordinated socks as well…

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Twin Six rides out with new titanium road, randonneuring Standard bikes

Twin Six rides out with new titanium road, randonneuring Standard bikes

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Adding to what is an impressively diverse bike lineup from a “clothing company”, the new Standard Ti Road and Ti Rando bicycles have more than a year of testing and development behind them.

Now, on top of cyclocross, 29er mountain and a fat bike, plus the steel rando bike introduced with them at Interbike 2014, these two fill in the line to offer wonder material frames for skinnier tires. Both will retail for $1,900 for the frame, with a pre-order special of $1,700 through February 16, 2016.

A basic carbon fork is available on both, with a choice of either QR or thru axle dropouts on the Rando, and QR only for the road but with the option to upgrade to a painted-to-match ENVE 2.0 road fork on the road bike.

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TDU 2016 Tech: Richie Porte’s BMC Teammachine SLR01

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BMC Racing is a UCI WorldTour professional racing team, sponsored by Swiss-based bicycle manufacturer, BMC. The team is co-owned by Andy Riis, owner of BMC bicycles, and Jim Ochowicz, founder of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team. The team has signed many big name riders since its inception; Cadel Evans, Philippe Gilbert and Thor Hushovd to name a few.

As implied by its name, BMC bicycles supply the team’s frames. Founded in 1986 by American Bob Bigelow, the brand came to fruition when Bigelow lost his distribution license for Raleigh bicycles. Undeterred, Bigelow nurtured and grew BMC, eventually garnering the attention of the now defunct Phonak Cycling Team in 2001. BMC bicycles and the original Team Machine have changed considerably in 15 years. The company has grown exponentially, and gone is aluminum as the frame material, replaced with the latest in carbon technology. This Teammachine SLR01 belongs to Richie Porte, the team’s latest star signing for the 2016 season and beyond. More about Richie’s bike… Continue reading “TDU 2016 Tech: Richie Porte’s BMC Teammachine SLR01”

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Aaron Gwin Joins the YT Mob along with Angel Suarez to take on the World Cup

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It’s been a badly kept secret, but Aaron Gwin is now on YT. After spending time racing for two industry powerhouses with Trek and Specialized, Gwin is bringing his winning ways to a much smaller name in the industry. Banking on the motto, “good times,” YT is hoping to shake things up on the pro circuit while giving their Tues CF Pro some time in the spotlight and (hopefully for them) on the podium…

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Step into Faraday’s stylish new Cortland e-bike with some smart features

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Faraday out of San Francisco is having some good success with their Porteur line of bikes, which were one of our favorite e-bikes to ride because it still felt like a regular bike when not using the motor. While enjoying the Porteur’s success, they determined a step-through design would be the bee’s knees, but why stop there?

Check out the new Cortland and Cortland S models and some of the new options that may have you wanting to ride more!

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