Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 wheels in detail: wider carbon, tubeless & road disc brakes

We had a pretty good look at the new Dura-Ace R9100 group when it was unveiled over the summer, adding a proper top-level set of hydraulic disc brakes to Shimano’s premium road race groupset both in electronic Di2 and mechanical shift options, as well as an integrated power meter crankset among other drivetrain redesigns. But less attention has been paid to the accompanying Dura-Ace wheels.

Shimano has effectively added two new wider carbon rim families the C60 & C40, that will join the carry-over C24 to mesh with the new groupset. But even then with options for tubular, tubeless & clincher rims and both rim & disc brake setups, there are a lot of different wheelsets coming in the R9100 & R9170 groups. Get the details including claimed weights & pricing, plus another good look at those new disc rotors, and a sneak peek at what looks to be Shimano’s own quick release thru-axle solution…

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We had a pretty good look at the new Dura-Ace R9100 group when it was unveiled over the summer, adding a proper top-level set of hydraulic disc brakes to Shimano’s premium road race groupset both in electronic Di2 and mechanical shift options, as well as an integrated power meter crankset among other drivetrain redesigns. But […]

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2016’s Top Ten: Short travel XC bikes rule, Year of the Eagle, Rumors, and Full suspension fat

2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si full suspension XC mountain bike

2016 is quickly on its way out. With everything over but the end of the year rides, as we look forward to the new year many of us also like to take a look back. It was a great year for Bikerumor both from a coverage stand point and the riding perspective, which is what it’s all about right? When it came to the coverage though, some stories were more read than others. Some, a lot more. There wasn’t a single story that could touch the announcement by Cannondale that XC is dead. Dead, dead, dead. But XXC, is very much alive as proven by the top three stories for the year…

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2016 is quickly on its way out. With everything over but the end of the year rides, as we look forward to the new year many of us also like to take a look back. It was a great year for Bikerumor both from a coverage stand point and the riding perspective, which is what […]

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Review: Raleigh’s RXC Cyclocross bike is race ready out of the box

Most cyclocross racers do not start out on high end carbon bikes. Instead, it’s more often something cobbled together from race worn spares, an affordable alloy bike, or even a mountain bike. Regardless of how it starts, many reach a point where they’re either tired of spending money on entry fees, only to push themselves to the point of vomiting for 30-45 minutes, or they’re hopelessly hooked and doomed to spend the majority of their fall weekends on the CX circuit. Those who fall in that second category are the ones who eventually will be looking for bikes like the Raleigh RXC.

There’s quite a range when it comes to carbon fiber cyclocross rigs, but true to form, the Raleigh seems to pack a high level of value to dollars. At this level you don’t want to end up buying something you’ll need to immediately upgrade, but you also want to leave enough funds for those entry fees, travel expenses, and post race frites. Fortunately, the Raleigh comes incredibly well spec’ed – though there’s still a bit of room for improvement…

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Most cyclocross racers do not start out on high end carbon bikes. Instead, it’s more often something cobbled together from race worn spares, an affordable alloy bike, or even a mountain bike. Regardless of how it starts, many reach a point where they’re either tired of spending money on entry fees, only to push themselves […]

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Review: SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 27.5″ enduro fork provides complete control

2016 SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro mountain bike bike suspension fork review and actual weights

2016 SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro mountain bike bike suspension fork review and actual weights

In 2015, I attended the SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro suspension fork launch at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. It was a big announcement for them, introducing new technology on an all-new chassis for a new wheel size. And the proving grounds they chose were aggressive and gnarly, chewing through tires at an alarming pace.

The complete tech story was covered in great detail in our launch coverage, but here’s the short of it: The 2016 Durolux is for 27.5″ wheels only, uses bigger 36mm stanchions and a 20mm thru axle, and has completely new internals designed to not only perform like a downhill fork, but also give you complete external control over its damping characteristics. That’s because the R2C2 cartridge puts high and low speed controls for both compression and rebound in easy reach. They also gave it easy to adjust air volume clips that double as travel adjustment parts, just put them in a different spot. Throw in a custom, pre-installed fender and it should be the ultimate enduro weapon. Here’s how it fared after almost of year of proper testing…

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In 2015, I attended the SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 enduro suspension fork launch at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. It was a big announcement for them, introducing new technology on an all-new chassis for a new wheel size. And the proving grounds they chose were aggressive and gnarly, chewing through tires at an alarming pace. The […]

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One Ride Review: ELEVEN’s fat bike gets race car inspired, reverse enduro design…and it works

eleven bikes fat bike review and details

eleven bikes fat bike review and details

After meeting Eleven Bikes’ founder Thomas German at a ‘cross race a few weeks ago, we set a date for him to come visit Bikerumor HQ and go for a ride. It also gave us a chance to discuss the brand, his design background and philosophy, and spec decisions in far greater detail than our first post on the brand.

Thomas comes from motorsports, with several Indy and NASCAR championships under his belt as head engineer for some of the top teams. His role was (and still is on occasion) to set up the car’s suspension and other variables to optimize performance at a specific track and in specific conditions. In that environment, any weak link is a life threatening risk, which is why he spent a lot of extra time with the builder to have the frame constructed a certain way to pass their own aggressive testing. And since he was used to tuning ride characteristics using the soft points like suspension and tires while keeping the chassis as stiff and strong as possible, he carried that philosophy over, too. His bikes have straight tubes, with reinforcements at key joints, to make it very stiff. Compliance is adjustable with the fork and tires. It’s an interesting take, and the geometry makes it even more so…

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After meeting Eleven Bikes’ founder Thomas German at a ‘cross race a few weeks ago, we set a date for him to come visit Bikerumor HQ and go for a ride. It also gave us a chance to discuss the brand, his design background and philosophy, and spec decisions in far greater detail than our […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Jayson’s Wish List

Pfaff Junior of the GravelCyclist.com crew. Photo by Gravel Cyclist.
Pfaff Junior of the GravelCyclist.com team. Photo by GravelCyclist.com

This year has been the busiest on a bicycle since my early formative years, where I spent countless hours riding around aimlessly as a young lad. Not including my regular work gig, I lead a cycling-centric lifestyle which may be a little unrealistic compared to most. Almost unfettered local riding and travel to distant rides, races, events and writing for BikeRumor.com, along with running my own website which shares my passion for gravel cycling, GravelCyclist.com

Much like Zach’s reference in his wish list, living well, staying fit and crash-free is high on my wish list – ironically, I hit the deck during a night time gravel ride just last week, but I dodged a bullet on that one, and look forward to what 2017 brings!

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This year has been the busiest on a bicycle since my early formative years, where I spent countless hours riding around aimlessly as a young lad. Not including my regular work gig, I lead a cycling-centric lifestyle which may be a little unrealistic compared to most. Almost unfettered local riding and travel to distant rides, races, […]

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Review: Bontrager Circuit kit ups their apparel game at all levels

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Photo c. VeloImages

We get quite a few kits to check out. Sometimes it’s part of a product launch, other times it’s just to check out what’s new, but what we don’t get a lot of is what could be considered entry to mid level apparel. That’s what made it surprising when I tried on the Bontrager Circuit and then looked at the tags for details. It may have been one of Bontrager’s most affordable kits for the season, but you wouldn’t know it by the feel. And if you haven’t tried on new road kits recently, it’s that feel that will surprise you too. Compared to high end kits just a few years ago, cycling apparel has drastically improved and those benefits are making their way down to the lower price points.

For Bontrager, the Circuit kit isn’t just an improved, affordable cycling kit – it’s an indication of where their clothing collection is headed from here…

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We get quite a few kits to check out. Sometimes it’s part of a product launch, other times it’s just to check out what’s new, but what we don’t get a lot of is what could be considered entry to mid level apparel. That’s what made it surprising when I tried on the Bontrager Circuit and […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: A Very Special Wishlist for Anna

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Yes, my gift guide is late. I’m the worst. Thankfully, there is still time. Rather than try to write a clever opening, I’m just going to get to it.

I’ve spent somewhere around two months of the past year on the road, chasing interesting stories or projects or visiting people I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s been incredible. I also managed to spend a large chunk of the year injured and unable to ride and race the way I wanted to. It was a break from riding that I didn’t want, but one that I needed. It has allowed me to re-evaluate how I look at equipment and I now understand a lot more about what I want for myself.

This list is largely reflective of that- this is the stuff that I would love to see sitting under the tree for myself…

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Yes, my gift guide is late. I’m the worst. Thankfully, there is still time. Rather than try to write a clever opening, I’m just going to get to it. I’ve spent somewhere around two months of the past year on the road, chasing interesting stories or projects or visiting people I’ve always wanted to visit. […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Trey’s Wish List

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Another year has passed and it’s been an interesting one to say the least. While there are few parts of my life that don’t involve bikes, I seem to enjoy them more and more as the years roll on. This year started off with hosting a slumber party with 9 girls… solo, taking a last minute trip across the globe to ride bikes and do other cool stuff, taking my 7-year-old to urgent care to get her first ever (face) stitches after her first “real” bike crash, to getting to build the “World’s Funnest Bike”.

Regardless, the above pics is from one of my favorite past times of cruising the bazaar street markets in foreign countries… and it sorta had some Christmas-y colors in it. Now go check out my holiday loot list after explaining to your boss what the heck you’re looking at…

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Another year has passed and it’s been an interesting one to say the least. While there are few parts of my life that don’t involve bikes, I seem to enjoy them more and more as the years roll on. This year started off with hosting a slumber party with 9 girls… solo, taking a last […]

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