Nova Eroica: L’Eroica 2017 adds new ride for modern bikes to experience Strade Bianche gravel

With the gravel roads of Tuscany set to host the 11th edition of the modern pro Spring Classic this coming weekend, the folks who set the ball in motion 10 years earlier with their granfondo on the gravel around Sienna are back for 2017 adding a new format. The amateur race has always been about taking on the white gravel roads on vintage bikes – its name L’Eroica Strade Bianche essentially translates as the Heroic race of the white roads, and the Eroica culture has since spread to a total of nine retro events around the world where amateurs break out their wool jerseys and downtube shifters. But gravel riding has exploded in the 20 years since their first event, so 2017 was the year to let modern bikes have a bit of fun too. Don’t worry retro-grouches the classic original will stay vintage-only, with no bike tech allowed post-1987.

This year’s first Nova Eroica will open up the route of the classic to modern bikes too…

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With the gravel roads of Tuscany set to host the 11th edition of the modern pro Spring Classic this coming weekend, the folks who set the ball in motion 10 years earlier with their granfondo on the gravel around Sienna are back for 2017 adding a new format. The amateur race has always been about taking on the white gravel roads on […]

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Roll onto spring gravel with new Crank Brothers Zinc 3 wheels

We previewed CrankBrothers’ first foray into the all-road & cross category last fall with their new Zinc 3 Gravel wheelset. Developed on the same unique rim profile & spoke attachment design with paired spokes as the rest of their wheels, the new Zinc 3s give gravel and cross riders more options offering compatibility with 11 speed road cassettes, SRAM XD drivers, and either QRs or thru-axles. The wheels are available now, just in time to roll out onto some springtime gravel adventures…

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We previewed CrankBrothers’ first foray into the all-road & cross category last fall with their new Zinc 3 Gravel wheelset. Developed on the same unique rim profile & spoke attachment design with paired spokes as the rest of their wheels, the new Zinc 3s give gravel and cross riders more options offering compatibility with 11 speed road […]

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Shape My Grip adds ergonomic, vibration damping “handles” to any drop handlebar

Ever wish that flat area on the top of your handlebar was angled just a little differently? That was the pain point that led Lee Diallo to invent the Shape My Grip handlebar pads. He liked the flat top of some bars, but by the time he got them in a comfortable position, the drops weren’t angled correctly for him. So, he figured an add-on perch that would work on any round bar would let the rider customize the position and angle and solve the problem for all…

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Ever wish that flat area on the top of your handlebar was angled just a little differently? That was the pain point that led Lee Diallo to invent the Shape My Grip handlebar pads. He liked the flat top of some bars, but by the time he got them in a comfortable position, the drops […]

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New Framed Baja carbon gravel bike might be the Gravier, depending on where you buy it

Depending on where you buy it, the new Framed gravel bike could be called the Baja or the Gravier. It’s the same frame, just with different paint and name to differentiate between those sold direct on their website and those sold through bike shops. More on that in a minute.

The important thing is you can get a carbon disc brake thru axle gravel bike frameset for $999 and a complete bike for around $2,000. It’ll also have the upgrade option of TRP HyRD brake calipers and Framed’s as-yet-unreleased PUB carbon wheels…

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Depending on where you buy it, the new Framed gravel bike could be called the Baja or the Gravier. It’s the same frame, just with different paint and name to differentiate between those sold direct on their website and those sold through bike shops. More on that in a minute. The important thing is you […]

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Shimano trickles down trek & trail versatility with new Deore, Alivio, Acera & Altus groups

Always one to adapt their top-level tech into the more affordable groupsets that sell to a vast swat of the market and end up spec’d as OEM on tons of entry to mid level bikes, Shimano has just announced a new round of updates to their budget friendly off-road groupsets. From Deore down to Altus, these workingman’s groups all get a bit of reshaping and updating to more closely mimic the look and performance of the top level XT & XTR groups. But while the new groups get minor makeovers and the new X-thousand series designations, they stick with their current 10 & 9 speed variations and really only take on a few subtle changes. Out of the bunch the new Deore M6000 does add Boost spacing, and the familiar non-standard 4-bolt chainrings, plus a new 11-42  10 speed cassette that will likely see a lot of use shoehorned into other older groupsets. Check out all that is new after the jump…

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Always one to adapt their top-level tech into the more affordable groupsets that sell to a vast swat of the market and end up spec’d as OEM on tons of entry to mid level bikes, Shimano has just announced a new round of updates to their budget friendly off-road groupsets. From Deore down to Altus, […]

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New Pipedream Cycles A.L.I.C.E. adventure bike lets you get lost in a gravel wonderland

pipe dream cycles alice gravel adventure steel road bike

It’s been a while since we’ve taken a close look at Pipedream Cycles, but this switch from their usual hardtail mountain bike lineup brought us through the looking glass. Now, they’ve launched A.L.I.C.E., a go-anywhere drop bar bike designed to handle the weather and terrain of its home base in Scotland. The frame is a custom triple-butted, heat treated 4130 chromoly with shaped stays and tubes, paired with a chromoly uni-crown fork, both with mounts galore.

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It’s been a while since we’ve taken a close look at Pipedream Cycles, but this switch from their usual hardtail mountain bike lineup brought us through the looking glass. Now, they’ve launched A.L.I.C.E., a go-anywhere drop bar bike designed to handle the weather and terrain of its home base in Scotland. The frame is a custom […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017 Long Interview: Dmitry Nechaev of Triton

With framebuilders representing Japan, Ireland, England, Korea, and so on, this might be the most international NAHBS to date. But what is probably most surprising is the apparent onslaught of builders from Russia, a country not well known for its framebuilding tradition. Leading this invasion is Dmitry Nechaev of Triton, who our readers will remember from our interview last year and who NAHBS 2016 show-goers will remember from the Soviet era military surplus hats he sold to help finance his trip.

As we learned from this entertaining interview with Dmitry over Skype last week, the Russian framebuilding landscape is unique- very different from the one builders take for granted in the US. The industrial infrastructure and manufacturing legacy from the USSR, as well as the economic repercussions as a result of its collapse, continue to both positively and negatively affect the every day lives of the few, though resilient, framebuilders in the country.

Because of this unique economic and cultural environment in Russia and despite being physically removed from the relatively accessible bicycle economies of Europe, Asia, and the US, Triton has found its place. The titanium company has designed and put into production several proprietary yokes to help to differentiate their frames in the global marketplace. They’ve also continued to expand their international presence, now selling to 37 countries worldwide. As Dmitry hints in this interview, big things are on the horizon for the Moscow company…

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With framebuilders representing Japan, Ireland, England, Korea, and so on, this might be the most international NAHBS to date. But what is probably most surprising is the apparent onslaught of builders from Russia, a country not well known for its framebuilding tradition. Leading this invasion is Dmitry Nechaev of Triton, who our readers will remember […]

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FB17: Wolf Tooth Components adds 46t GCX for SRAM cassettes, braze-on GnarWolf chainguide, prototype high direct mount

SRAM Eagle might be the hot new group, but there are a lot more riders out there who are still running 11 speed SRAM groups. That also means there are likely to be a lot of riders looking for a lower “bail out” gear to get up that punchy climb when your legs just don’t have it. If you fall into that category, Wolf Tooth Components has yet another product that may be worth a look. It might not be quite as big as the blue 49t GC for Shimano cassettes above, but the red GCX 46t needs less to make it work and makes for a massive 10-46t spread…

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SRAM Eagle might be the hot new group, but there are a lot more riders out there who are still running 11 speed SRAM groups. That also means there are likely to be a lot of riders looking for a lower “bail out” gear to get up that punchy climb when your legs just don’t […]

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Niner RLT9 Steel now travels w/ flat mount disc brakes; Plus new Boost RDO carbon fork & longer RKT

2017 Niner RLT9 Steel gravel road bike with carbon touring fork

Hot on the trail of the carbon RLT RDO launched in January, the RLT Steel gets updated with flat mount brakes and a beautiful baby blue-on-metal paint scheme. Borrowing the new RDO carbon gravel fork from the carbon bike puts flat mount brakes and an abundance of rack and accessory mounts up front, too.

Alongside this news comes revised (longer travel) fork spec on the RKT XC full suspension race bike, and a new Boost 110mm axle spacing option for their RDO rigid carbon mountain bike fork that adds a few bonus features…

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Hot on the trail of the carbon RLT RDO launched in January, the RLT Steel gets updated with flat mount brakes and a beautiful baby blue-on-metal paint scheme. Borrowing the new RDO carbon gravel fork from the carbon bike puts flat mount brakes and an abundance of rack and accessory mounts up front, too. Alongside this […]

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