IB16: Fuji gets way lighter in alloy for road, cyclocross; adds more disc brake drop bar options

2017 Fuji SL Disc ultralight carbon fiber road bike with disc brakes

Last summer, Fuji introduced the featherweight SL with a claimed weight safely under 700g. One of our taller, bigger testers hopped on it this past spring and loved it, too. Now, there’s an all-new SL Disc with, yep, disc brakes.

Fuji knew the SL Disc was coming, so they made sure the molds could handle both versions. It gets all the same tech, but with a new fork and rear triangle. Claimed weight is just 775g for a raw 56, and the fork comes in at 365g (both about 75g heavier than the rim brake version). They were going to launch at Vuelta, but, well, thanks Obama UCI.

There’s also a new disc brake version of their Roubaix, which gets completely reworked with a massively lighter alloy frame, and more…

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Last summer, Fuji introduced the featherweight SL with a claimed weight safely under 700g. One of our taller, bigger testers hopped on it this past spring and loved it, too. Now, there’s an all-new SL Disc with, yep, disc brakes. Fuji knew the SL Disc was coming, so they made sure the molds could handle […]

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IB16: Litespeed refines road disc with new, lighter T2 Disc

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After riding one for months, I can attest that the Litespeed T3 is a great bike. Not that long after returning it to Litespeed’s new headquarters though, they’re already showing something better. In about a month, the T2 will step in as the T3’s replacement and it will be their highest performance disc road bike yet…

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After riding one for months, I can attest that the Litespeed T3 is a great bike. Not that long after returning it to Litespeed’s new headquarters though, they’re already showing something better. In about a month, the T2 will step in as the T3’s replacement and it will be their highest performance disc road bike yet…

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IB16: Super light HED Raptor claws its way to the top of plus category, new No Big Deal for mid fat

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If you’re looking to drop some weight on your plus build, it might be time to catch some Raptors. Known for their weight shaving skills with carbon fiber (among other materials), HED is aiming for the growing plus market with a rim that is anything but portly.

Along with the new Raptor, HED was also showing off the next evolution of the Big Deal with a skinnier No Big Deal that fits somewhere between mid fat and full fat wheels…

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If you’re looking to drop some weight on your plus build, it might be time to catch some Raptors. Known for their weight shaving skills with carbon fiber (among other materials), HED is aiming for the growing plus market with a rim that is anything but portly. Along with the new Raptor, HED was also […]

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IB16: Alto Cycling takes their ultra smooth hubs to the dirt

alto cycling disc brake mountain bike hubs and carbon and alloy wheels

Alto Cycling’s moved quickly to take their year-and-a-half old hub technology and move it over to a disc brake design, first for road and cyclocross, now for mountain bikes. And it’s not just their hub technology that makes them unique, they’re among the (if not the) only ones to use EPS molding to create their carbon rims. The result is near perfect compaction with smoother inside walls and more consistent and controllable wall thicknesses.

The hubs use precision machining and extremely tight tolerances with special sealing designs to yield very stiff and very smooth rolling hubs that feel as if they have no friction. Hit up our original story for all the tech details on their hubs, and check out the mountain bike wheels below…

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Alto Cycling’s moved quickly to take their year-and-a-half old hub technology and move it over to a disc brake design, first for road and cyclocross, now for mountain bikes. And it’s not just their hub technology that makes them unique, they’re among the (if not the) only ones to use EPS molding to create their […]

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XShifter brings wireless electronic shifting to any bike, any derailleur

XShifter wireless electronic shifting for any derailleur and bicycle

XShifter wireless electronic shifting for any derailleur and bicycle

What if you could turn your current bike into one with wireless electronic shifting without having to change any of your drivetrain parts or derailleurs?

That’s what inventor Paul Gallagher asked. “It was one of those crazy ideas. I wanted to put wireless shifting on my mountain bike, but it wasn’t available. So I made it.”

“I’ve been in manufacturing and engineering since the 70’s, and have worked for Hayes (developed the current braking system used on Harley Davidson motorcycles) and then at SRAM (developed the Guide Ultimate’s caliper and other parts of that brake). I started working on XShifter on April 26th, so less than five months, and it’s come a long way very quickly.”

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What if you could turn your current bike into one with wireless electronic shifting without having to change any of your drivetrain parts or derailleurs? That’s what inventor Paul Gallagher asked. “It was one of those crazy ideas. I wanted to put wireless shifting on my mountain bike, but it wasn’t available. So I made […]

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IB16: The hits can keep on coming with multi impact Kali MacDuff helmet

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Matt MacDuff is up and walking – and showing off his new signature helmet.

Your bicycle helmet is an incredible piece of engineering. These days helmets are lighter, stronger, and getting safer all the time. But they have one big drawback. The majority of bicycle helmets are single impact. That means as soon as you take a hit to the helmet you should throw away the helmet and get a new one.

While the possibility of a multi impact helmet is very appealing, there are a number of hurdles in the way. But as materials improve, so do the chances of multi impact helmets becoming main stream. For now, they are somewhat limited, but Kali is taking full advantage of the technology for the new MacDuff dirt jump and BMX helmet…

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Your bicycle helmet is an incredible piece of engineering. These days helmets are lighter, stronger, and getting safer all the time. But they have one big drawback. The majority of bicycle helmets are single impact. That means as soon as you take a hit to the helmet you should throw away the helmet and get a […]

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IB16: Ergon fixes your feet, brings enduro packs back to USA & makes grips grippier

ergon IP3 Solestar cycling shoe insoles

Now that they’ve got your hands and butt covered with their various grips and saddles, Ergon has turned to your feet. The new Ergon IP3 insoles borrow technology and expertise from Solestar, but manage to bring the price down quite a bit without diluting the benefits.

Solestar’s design creates a triangle of support under the mid foot, lowering the big bone directly behind your big toe while raising the outer edge slightly and bolstering the inside ankle bone. The idea is to create a solid, stable platform between your foot and the pedal so that all of your power translates into forward motion and isn’t wasted on sloppy biomechanics…

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Now that they’ve got your hands and butt covered with their various grips and saddles, Ergon has turned to your feet. The new Ergon IP3 insoles borrow technology and expertise from Solestar, but manage to bring the price down quite a bit without diluting the benefits. Solestar’s design creates a triangle of support under the […]

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IB16: Push Industries bounces improved rebound control, slicker surfaces onto ElevenSix coil shock

Push Industries ElevenSix Micro-XD coil rear mountain bike shock for late 2016

Last year Push Industries simply updated the fit charts and added compatibility for the Santa Cruz Bronson. This year, they updated the shock itself with a slicker coating inside and out and improved oil flow through the rebound circuit.

The new Push ElevenSix Micro-XD uses a new Micro-XD hard coating on the reservoir and main cylinder. It’s super slick, reducing friction for the main piston and the IFP between the oil and nitrogen charge. The decreased friction not only makes the shock work better, but less friction means less heat build up. And that’s just the start…

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Last year Push Industries simply updated the fit charts and added compatibility for the Santa Cruz Bronson. This year, they updated the shock itself with a slicker coating inside and out and improved oil flow through the rebound circuit. The new Push ElevenSix Micro-XD uses a new Micro-XD hard coating on the reservoir and main […]

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Week in Review: Interbike kicks off, new Orbea Orca, GoPro drone & more

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Our Eurobike coverage is still pouring online, with tons of new bikes and gear, and Interbike is wrapped…well, the event anyway. The coverage from Vegas is just getting up to speed with lots (LOTS!!!) more to come. We heard plenty of folks saying there wasn’t much to see there, but we managed to find quite a bit, and you’ll see it all here over the next few weeks.

Some of the bigger news of the week were first rides on the all-new Orbea Orca (plus a sneak peak of their upcoming gravel/cyclocross bike), a review of the Coros smart helmet, GoPro’s Karma drone launch, Alchemy’s first move to off-shore production and new road bikes from Colnago, Argon18, Merckx and so many more. Roll on down for links to every headline…

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Our Eurobike coverage is still pouring online, with tons of new bikes and gear, and Interbike is wrapped…well, the event anyway. The coverage from Vegas is just getting up to speed with lots (LOTS!!!) more to come. We heard plenty of folks saying there wasn’t much to see there, but we managed to find quite […]

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