IB16: Speedplay SYZR pedals find new feature for leg length discrepancies

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For as long as fitters have been tweaking riders’ set ups, there have been multiple ways of dealing with leg length discrepancies. Most of us probably take for granted that our legs are roughly the same length, but for others it’s a big enough issue that special equipment is needed. Speedplay has long offered shims to fit under their road cleats to equalize the distance to the pedal, but the nature of mountain bike cleats made this same technique a bit more difficult. It’s one thing to have a large flat road cleat sticking out a few inches from your shoe, but a small pointy metal cleat is a different story.

Fortunately, the design of the new SYZR mountain bike pedal allows Speedplay to flip the fit and build the distance into the pedal rather than the cleat…

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For as long as fitters have been tweaking riders’ set ups, there have been multiple ways of dealing with leg length discrepancies. Most of us probably take for granted that our legs are roughly the same length, but for others it’s a big enough issue that special equipment is needed. Speedplay has long offered shims […]

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IB16: Advocate Cycles loads up Seldom Seen plus bike packing, & Sand County touring bikes, both roll on new Terrene tires

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If you’re looking to load up a bike and get out of Dodge, Advocate Cycles has your number. Both of their newest bikes are meant to shine when loaded, whether off the beaten path or halfway around the world. The bikes may closely resemble other models in their line up, but each has some purposeful tweaks to ensure that they will be ready for whatever trail you find yourself on. In addition, the bikes each make use of Terrene tires – a separate company, but another involving Advocate Cycles’ founder Tim Krueger. So while the bikes may be very appealing, the tires will also be available separately to fit your ride…

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If you’re looking to load up a bike and get out of Dodge, Advocate Cycles has your number. Both of their newest bikes are meant to shine when loaded, whether off the beaten path or halfway around the world. The bikes may closely resemble other models in their line up, but each has some purposeful […]

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IB16: Wheels Manufacturing reinvents the rear hub, pushes axle bearings to the limit

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See the bearing behind the end cap in the pic above? That’s not the freehub bearing, that’s the axle bearing, which is independent of the freehub. The design is unlike any other, and it’s a project from Alchemy Wheel Work’s Jeremy Parfitt that’s being made by Wheels Manufacturing.

Truth be told, these hubs aren’t exactly new. We saw them six years ago at Interbike, and not much has changed in the interim…except that now you can actually order them. Key updates from the original are a threaded, enclosed bearing cup for the driveside that no longer puts the bearing in direct contact with the freehub body, eliminating pedaling stresses from harshing the ride, and vice versa…

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See the bearing behind the end cap in the pic above? That’s not the freehub bearing, that’s the axle bearing, which is independent of the freehub. The design is unlike any other, and it’s a project from Alchemy Wheel Work’s Jeremy Parfitt that’s being made by Wheels Manufacturing. Truth be told, these hubs aren’t exactly […]

Posted in Interbike, Road Bike, Triathlon38 Comments

IB16: Rocky Mounts shows prototype Monorail Swing tray style hitch rack, jumps into lock business

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Depending on your vehicle, a swing-away rack makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, that has typically meant choosing between a rack that is convenient or a rack that securely holds your bikes. Soon, you won’t have to choose when the Rocky Mounts Monorail Swing rack makes it to production. Holding up to three bikes, the rack will allow the loaded trays to swing out from the car 180º to the right, allowing you full access to the rear of your vehicle.

And while the Monorail Swing was huge news, it wasn’t the only surprising product in the Rocky Mounts booth – a full line of locks will soon be added to their portfolio…

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Depending on your vehicle, a swing-away rack makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, that has typically meant choosing between a rack that is convenient or a rack that securely holds your bikes. Soon, you won’t have to choose when the Rocky Mounts Monorail Swing rack makes it to production. Holding up to three bikes, the rack […]

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IB16: Blue revamps Triad tri bike, adds gravel & very affordable carbon road bikes, more

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We’ve mentioned the tumultuous ownership changes Blue Competition Cycles has undergone over the past few years. Started in Georgia by a few passionate cyclists, the brand was acquired by an investment firm before finally being purchased by the actual manufacturing partner that was making their bikes. That factory, located in Taiwan, also builds bikes for other major brands. Their stated goal for Blue is to use it as a showcase brand for what they can do.

That said, many of their models carry over with simple spec updates, which is fine since their bikes were already good. That, and they showed off several new items at PressCamp this summer.

For interbike, three items headlined the immediate changes. First up is the all-new Triad SL Elite triathlon bike. Priced at $8,888, the biggest difference is an integrated front brake inside a nose cone, behind which is a redesigned front end to better match the new shaping up front…

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We’ve mentioned the tumultuous ownership changes Blue Competition Cycles has undergone over the past few years. Started in Georgia by a few passionate cyclists, the brand was acquired by an investment firm before finally being purchased by the actual manufacturing partner that was making their bikes. That factory, located in Taiwan, also builds bikes for […]

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IB16: Ellsworth adds 140mm travel Rogue 40 to the line up

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Shortly after launching the Rogue 60 earlier this year at Press Camp, Ellsworth already has a new Rogue. This one won’t replace the current Rogue however, they’ll be sold side by side and will leave the choice of travel up to you. Called the Rogue 40, the name corresponds to the 140mm of travel just like how the Rogue 60 is 160mm of travel. Using the same redesigned frame as the revamped Rogue 60, the 40 uses shorter travel and revised geometry numbers to offer something in a more trail oriented package…

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Shortly after launching the Rogue 60 earlier this year at Press Camp, Ellsworth already has a new Rogue. This one won’t replace the current Rogue however, they’ll be sold side by side and will leave the choice of travel up to you. Called the Rogue 40, the name corresponds to the 140mm of travel just […]

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IB16: Smith Podium blends Koroyd, MIPS into new TT/tri helmet

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The new Smith Podium TT helmet fills in their line, giving them a full aero lid for time trials and triathlon. It sticks with their Koroyd construction for protection and venting, but relies a little more heavily on EPS foam under the much more enclosed shell.

Up front, two small vents let air in, then interior channels pull it over the head and out of the rear Koroyd vents. The lenses also get two vents to bring a little AC to your brow, and they remove quickly thanks to magnetic connections…

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The new Smith Podium TT helmet fills in their line, giving them a full aero lid for time trials and triathlon. It sticks with their Koroyd construction for protection and venting, but relies a little more heavily on EPS foam under the much more enclosed shell. Up front, two small vents let air in, then […]

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IB16: Prototype TRP Hydraulic TT Brakes puts full hydro setup in easy reach

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prototype trp hydraulic tt brakes for disc brake tt and triathlon bikes

With current TT/triathlon bar extension brake levers, the lever itself is often plugged into the end of the bar as sort of an after thought, requiring the rider to roll bar tape around the ends to add some grip. TRP thought it could be better, and now that several major manufacturers have committed to making disc brake TT/tri bikes (like this, this, and definitely this), the time was right to do something about it.

They don’t have a formal model name yet, but the working title of “Hydraulic TT Brake” pretty well sums it up. They incorporate a fully enclosed hydraulic disc brake system into bar end levers.

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With current TT/triathlon bar extension brake levers, the lever itself is often plugged into the end of the bar as sort of an after thought, requiring the rider to roll bar tape around the ends to add some grip. TRP thought it could be better, and now that several major manufacturers have committed to making […]

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IB16: REI taps members to relaunch bicycle brand as adventure focused Co-op Cycles

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REI has reworked their house cycling brand to create Co-op Cycles. They took feedback from their members (REI is a Co-op, hence the name) to get the desired new features and married them with the good stuff from Novara. The new brand will replace Novara and have a more aggressive lineup that’s less focused on the city commuter and more on touring, all road and mountain bikes.

The lineup is launching with DRT (mountain bikes) and ARD (all road). Following soon are ADV (adventure), CTY (we’ll give you one guess), and REV (youth) bikes. Matching apparel options will coordinate bike and kit for the intended use.

Starting with all road, the ARD 1.4 is a carbon gravel road bike that comes with 700×28 tires (clearance for 35mm treads), thru axles and cable/wire routing that can be done internally or externally to suit your tastes.

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REI has reworked their house cycling brand to create Co-op Cycles. They took feedback from their members (REI is a Co-op, hence the name) to get the desired new features and married them with the good stuff from Novara. The new brand will replace Novara and have a more aggressive lineup that’s less focused on […]

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