Culprit adds more teasers for cable-hiding aero stem

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Coming early next year, Culprit’s aero stem is just one part of a system designed to clean up the front end of your bike and offer improved aerodynamics. They’re not letting the rest of the cat out of the bag until January, but they do seem ready to share more on this stem.

Intended to hide cables and wires for any set up and direct them out the back of the stem, it seems most useful for aero bikes that run those cables into the top of the top tube. The new images show just how visual and drag-inducing clutter they remove, and it works equally well for full mechanical systems, too…

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Coming early next year, Culprit’s aero stem is just one part of a system designed to clean up the front end of your bike and offer improved aerodynamics. They’re not letting the rest of the cat out of the bag until January, but they do seem ready to share more on this stem. Intended to […]

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First Look: DT Swiss ERC 1100 Aero+ endurance carbon road wheels show wide open future

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Last week we visited DT Swiss in their Biel/Bienne, Switzerland global headquarters to get an up close look at their newest road wheels. The disc brake-only ERC 1100s are designed to redefine the top of the growing Endurance Road segment for everything from long granfondo rides and races to all of the dirt and gravel back roads your own neighborhood has to offer. Said to be the first of many in their major road wheel makeover for 2018, the new ERC 1100 wheels grow wider than any of the current DT road catalog. They also mark the first development partnership with aero specialists Swiss Side to bring an entirely new perspective to aerodynamic wheels, and one that can actually be felt (or rather not felt) out riding in the wind. Everything is new in the wheels from hubs to spokes to the rims, and offers hints of what more is to come. Check out the details, price tag, and how surprisingly soon they will be available…

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Last week we visited DT Swiss in their Biel/Bienne, Switzerland global headquarters to get an up close look at their newest road wheels. The disc brake-only ERC 1100s are designed to redefine the top of the growing Endurance Road segment for everything from long granfondo rides and races to all of the dirt and gravel back […]

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Sportful Squadra Avventura helps us all explore better ride storytelling in pictures

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Earlier this year clothing maker Sportful sent a group of cycling photographers, storytellers, and adventurers out into the world by bike. The collective, dubbed Squadra Avventura, was tasked with exploring the roads & trails less travelled and sharing their stories. We’re seeing this approach more and more in the cycling industry, as brands get a few ambassadors with a creative eye to head out on tour, testing the newest gear, getting their brand seen both in the real world and across social media, and capturing the kind of imagery that inspires us to get out and ride (& buy) more.

Well, this is an idea that I can really get behind. As a cyclist open to pretty much anything on two wheels, seeing others take off on adventures really gets my wheels turning, literally and figuratively. The Adventure Squad has already shared their first few trips, but now they are giving back with a How-To feature on telling your own story through the photos you take. Embedded photojournalist Justin Balog offers some good tips to get us all started, and plenty of beautiful shots to handle the inspiration…

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Earlier this year clothing maker Sportful sent a group of cycling photographers, storytellers, and adventurers out into the world by bike. The collective, dubbed Squadra Avventura, was tasked with exploring the roads & trails less travelled and sharing their stories. We’re seeing this approach more and more in the cycling industry, as brands get a […]

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Newcomer Bond Bikes touts customizable frames that won’t break the bank

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Bond.Bike, one of the world’s newest bicycle brands, is offering fully customizable frames at a price they claim is hard to beat. Differing from the gamut of most custom builders, Bond offers customers a unique choice – they can replicate any existing geometry you desire – or – build you the frame of your dreams from scratch. 

Breaking from convention again, Bond only builds in aluminum, though they claim it is the highest quality available that is suitable for building superior bicycle frames. Each frame is also fully anodized. More info inside… Continue reading “Newcomer Bond Bikes touts customizable frames that won’t break the bank”



Bond.Bike, one of the world’s newest bicycle brands, is offering fully customizable frames at a price they claim is hard to beat. Differing from the gamut of most custom builders, Bond offers customers a unique choice – they can replicate any existing geometry you desire – or – build you the frame of your dreams from scratch.  Breaking […]

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It’s about time! MOSKITO smartwatch doubles as a stylish bike computer

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If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics.

The MOSKITO is essentially a chronograph watch with a slew of bike computer functions built in including a speedometer, odometer, the ability to set personal challenges, receive call, email or text reminders, and more. All of these functions are crammed into a classy looking Swiss-made watch head that can easily be removed and worn on your wrist too…
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If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics. The MOSKITO is essentially […]

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Astana & FSA tease K-Force WE equipped Argon18 bikes from training camp

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We’ve seen with FSA sponsoring Pro Tour teams over the last couple years, that  it was tough to get their wheels, cranks, components, and limited road group offerings in the professional peloton when they couldn’t deliver a complete solution for a whole pro team for their entire season. That was really one of the biggest driving forces in the development of their new K-Force WE semi-wireless groupset introduced last summer. Now that they can provide a complete drivetrain offering for both road and TT, FSA has secured a solid position in the pro ranks where they can exhibit their bars, stems & seatposts, and Vision wheels all around their new K-Force WE road and Metron TT groups. With that settled, FSA is moving into 2017 as a big sponsor of Astana Cycling and is gearing up at the team training camp in Calpe where they are teasing images of the team’s FSA equipped bikes…

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We’ve seen with FSA sponsoring Pro Tour teams over the last couple years, that  it was tough to get their wheels, cranks, components, and limited road group offerings in the professional peloton when they couldn’t deliver a complete solution for a whole pro team for their entire season. That was really one of the biggest driving forces […]

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Mike Pryde starts over with Chapter2 road bikes, teases first model

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After many years with the NeilPryde BMW design group, which brought us the NeilPryde bicycles among other non-cycling endeavors, Mike Pryde has created his own brand of high performance road bikes.

Called Chapter2, the first bike will be an aero model with both disc and rim brake versions. It’s being designed in New Zealand, and the pic here shows slow speed wind tunnel testing at Auckland University. Code named CP-BO1, the bike won’t come out until July 2017, but we expect plenty of teasers leading up to the launch. Pryde says he’ll send us more info early in the new year, and you can get on their mailing list at Chapter2Bikes.com until then.



After many years with the NeilPryde BMW design group, which brought us the NeilPryde bicycles among other non-cycling endeavors, Mike Pryde has created his own brand of high performance road bikes. Called Chapter2, the first bike will be an aero model with both disc and rim brake versions. It’s being designed in New Zealand, and […]

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Tour lesser known European mountain roads with Podia Roadventures in 2017

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We first met the man behind Podia a couple of years ago after he moved to Kraków, Poland and started blogging about cycling around Central & Eastern Europe, not far from our Prague office. In fact, I think I first ran into Max in Prague while he was doing some road riding adventure with the folks from Czech bike builder Festka. Well, Podia grew from a blog about riding culture to an online shop for nicely designed cycling kit, and now they’ve expanded once more.

Earlier this year Podia organized their first Roadventure travel trip for cyclists coming from all over Europe to experience the lesser traveled roads of the Tatra mountains on the Polish/Slovak border. That trip apparently was run as a feeler to test the response to an alternative option for fully-supported road touring, and the response was great. So, Podia is coming back in the first half of 2017 with two extended-weekend-long trips to the roads of the Tatras. I’ve spent a good bit of time in those mountains myself, and think they are one of the hidden treasure of Europe. Pricing for the small group trips seems reasonable and their adventure guide itineraries look interesting, so hop past the break and get the full details, plus a video preview…

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We first met the man behind Podia a couple of years ago after he moved to Kraków, Poland and started blogging about cycling around Central & Eastern Europe, not far from our Prague office. In fact, I think I first ran into Max in Prague while he was doing some road riding adventure with the folks from Czech […]

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CableLubie puts an oil port inline on your shift cables

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The CableLubie is the product of a UK rider who was tired of even relatively new shift cables feeling sluggish after just a couple months of riding. The United Kingdom is, of course, known for wet weather and mud, hence brands like Hope and their diligently sealed hubs. But with shift cables, there’s only so much sealing you can do, particularly if your frame’s cable stops prevent full length housing.

For that, CableLubie puts a tiny oil reservoir directly into the shift housing, one up front and one in the back ideally. The anodized bit uses a self-sealing rubber sleeve to contain the oil and internal O-rings around the cable to keep it lubing them shift after shift…

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The CableLubie is the product of a UK rider who was tired of even relatively new shift cables feeling sluggish after just a couple months of riding. The United Kingdom is, of course, known for wet weather and mud, hence brands like Hope and their diligently sealed hubs. But with shift cables, there’s only so […]

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