EB16: Canyon unmasks disc brake Ultimate CF SLX Disc & Aeroad CF SLX Disc

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Sure they were some of the worst kept secrets of the year, but Canyon has now officially admitted that the disc brake versions of their Pro Tour racing road bikes are a real thing. We first got a look at the Ultimate CF SLX Disc several years back at Eurobike when Canyon was showing it as a prototype, but in the years since it hadn’t yet materialized. The Aeroad CF SLX Disc slipped into the public sphere a bit more recently when Alexander Kristoff popped up a picture while training back home in Norway this spring. Both bikes had expected to get some race time under Katusha and Movistar this season before the UCI’s intervention. But with disc brakes poised to get a second chance in the pro peloton, we’ll take a closer look at these two pro race-ready disc brake bikes…

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Sure they were some of the worst kept secrets of the year, but Canyon has now officially admitted that the disc brake versions of their Pro Tour racing road bikes are a real thing. We first got a look at the Ultimate CF SLX Disc several years back at Eurobike when Canyon was showing it as […]

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EB16: Koga Colmaro endurance & gravel prototypes, plus Beachracer updated as X-Over adventure ride

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Dutch bike builder Koga probably first caught our attention a few years back when they debuted their drop bar Beachracer. While a fat tire road/cross bike with a 1x road drivetrain for tackling some unique off-road racing might have sounded a bit crazy then (yes, beach racing in Holland is still pretty weird), now that description could probably be applied to dozens of new gravel racers we’ve seen recently. And Koga is on top of the fast gravel segment too. Their new Colmaro prototypes are ready for either fast endurance road riding, or proper fat tire gravel with up to 35mm tires, or even slickly integrated fenders. There’s also a new disc brake version of the carbon road Kimera. Then Koga have even taken that original Beachracer and reworked it as the X-Over with a new bar and new drivetrain to set it loose for some adventure touring…

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Dutch bike builder Koga probably first caught our attention a few years back when they debuted their drop bar Beachracer. While a fat tire road/cross bike with a 1x road drivetrain for tackling some unique off-road racing might have sounded a bit crazy then (yes, beach racing in Holland is still pretty weird), now that description […]

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IB16: Wolf Tooth Components glides in with ReMote Dropper lever, GC 49T and WolfCage adapters, Valais 25 bag mount, more

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On their own, Wolf Tooth Components seems to be a powerhouse when it comes to new products and ideas. But add in the design chops of Marc Basiliere from Lindarets, and the two groups are sure to come up with innovative products – like their new ReMote dropper lever. Rather than use the typical hinged pivot of most mechanical dropper levers, WTC shoehorned a massive cartridge bearing into the middle of the lever to make it one of the smoothest levers yet…

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On their own, Wolf Tooth Components seems to be a powerhouse when it comes to new products and ideas. But add in the design chops of Marc Basiliere from Lindarets, and the two groups are sure to come up with innovative products – like their new ReMote dropper lever. Rather than use the typical hinged […]

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Sneak Peek: Orbea Terra hits the road less traveled as all new gravel & cross bike

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While we had the chance to visit and ride the new Orcas & Avant in the hills around Orbea’s Basque home base, we also got a sneak peek at the new gravel bike that the company has been working on for some time. Dubbed the Terra, it is the culmination of few years of development after they hadn’t produced a cyclocross bike. It brings back that cross name, but hopes to bridge over to the rapidly growing gravel side as well. They way Orbea saw it, most people who were riding their previous cross bikes were putting in a lot of saddle time away from CX courses, so they wanted to develop a bike that would bridge that gap better. They’ve already taken the race-ready Orca and  given it disc brakes and improved tire clearance for a bit of rougher surface riding. They’d already taken the race geometry of the Orca and adapted it for longer days in the saddle and a bit more comfort in the Avant. Now it was time to take those lessons further off-road while keeping that quick Orbea ride and stiff power transfer…

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While we had the chance to visit and ride the new Orcas & Avant in the hills around Orbea’s Basque home base, we also got a sneak peek at the new gravel bike that the company has been working on for some time. Dubbed the Terra, it is the culmination of few years of development […]

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EB16: First Look at FSA semi-wireless K-Force WE disc brake prototype group

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We took a pretty in-depth look a couple of weeks back at FSA’s new partly wireless road K-Force WE groupset when it was introduced in the lead up to Eurobike. Using wireless communication from each combined shift/brake lever to the systems brain, a pair of wires then transmit power and shift signals to the derailleurs, both attached to the seatpost battery. But while some had seen FSA as late to come to the electronic shifting party, they are progressing rather quickly and also had one very finished looking prototype group on hand of a disc brake WE groupset. We took it for a spin, took a closer look, and got as many details as we could…

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We took a pretty in-depth look a couple of weeks back at FSA’s new partly wireless road K-Force WE groupset when it was introduced in the lead up to Eurobike. Using wireless communication from each combined shift/brake lever to the systems brain, a pair of wires then transmit power and shift signals to the derailleurs, both attached […]

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EB16: AX Lightness teases VIAL evo Gravel prototype, plus news on the XC, road, wheels & saddles…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The new Vial Evo Gravel aims to blend the trail performance of the XC with the speed and weight savings of their Ultra road bike. Coming in between but able to tackle any terrain, AX has set their goal of building the first complete production gravel bike under the 6.8kg UCI, and it seems they have hot that mark, even with up to 2.1″ tires. Take a closer look after the break as we get up close and personal with the new bike. At the same time we get another focused look at the XC bike, and how AX has simplified their frame and wheel lineups, and revamped a couple of crazy light saddles for more comfort…

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Just a few weeks before Eurobike we got a sneak peek at the new lightweight cross country racer from AX Lightness – the Vial Evo XC hardtail with its 870g frame.  Now the superlight carbon craftsmen at AX have finally let more details loose on a bike that we’ve know they were developing for sometime. The […]

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EB16: SR Suntour forks gets boosted & upgraded, team bike shows prototype bits

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As usual, SR Suntour brought in a race bike from one of their sponsored riders, this time from the Absa Cape Epic. The bike has their nearly full carbon Axon Werx suspension fork up front and some prototype stuff going on out back. There’s also plenty of updates to the rest of their suspension line up that’s actually available, including Boost and Plus compatibility on a wide range of forks for tires 24″ up to 27.5″…

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As usual, SR Suntour brought in a race bike from one of their sponsored riders, this time from the Absa Cape Epic. The bike has their nearly full carbon Axon Werx suspension fork up front and some prototype stuff going on out back. There’s also plenty of updates to the rest of their suspension line […]

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EB16: THM introduces new super light Tibia stem & Fibula cam brakes

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THM is well known for producing some of the lightest carbon layups and most engineered carbon components that you are likely to find in any corner of the cycling industry. But what isn’t always so clear is how they come up with such new and innovative solutions for components that sometime they have been producing for more than a decade, and how they turn those new ideas into consumer products so quickly. Take a closer look at that <90g 120mm stem after the break, plus a new brake design that promises power and performance…

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THM is well known for producing some of the lightest carbon layups and most engineered carbon components that you are likely to find in any corner of the cycling industry. But what isn’t always so clear is how they come up with such new and innovative solutions for components that sometime they have been producing […]

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EB16: Canyon’s DH DisConnect prototype lets you ride chainless at the push of a button to win like Gwin

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OK, so Canyon’s not about to admit to that Aaron Gwin was a driver in their latest development since he races for their competition, but it isn’t a big stretch to think that Gwin’s World Cup win at Leogang last summer wasn’t a bit of inspiration for this project. Suspension designers, especially at the World Cup Downhill level, are continually balancing the way bikes move through their travel between anti-squat and pedal kickback depending on where their main pivot is located. Too much of one makes for a bike that either sinks riding through turns or on the other side loses suppleness in choppy sections of trail with your weight on the pedals. Canyon’s engineers figured out that they could get the best of both worlds by building in anti-suck, and then using a on-the-fly freehub disconnect that can remove all pedal feedback from the suspension at the push of a button. Check out how DisConnect could deliver a faster DH bike from one end of the run to the other…

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OK, so Canyon’s not about to admit to that Aaron Gwin was a driver in their latest development since he races for their competition, but it isn’t a big stretch to think that Gwin’s World Cup win at Leogang last summer wasn’t a bit of inspiration for this project. Suspension designers, especially at the World Cup Downhill […]

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