Met Drone triathlon helmet slips through on pre-release photos and video

spy shot of MET Drone triathlon tt aero helmet

For all the talk about shaving seconds of a 40km time trial with aerodynamics, we’ve heard little about saving time in transition during triathlon. Those marginal aero gains can easily be lost fiddling with gear, and that looks to be where the upcoming Met Drone aero helmet sets itself apart. Presumably, the actual aerodynamics will be dialed, too, but we’ll have to wait for the official release for that info. Until then, they’ve released these photos of pro triathlete Frederik Van Lierde wearing the helmet, plus video showing how quickly it goes on…

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For all the talk about shaving seconds of a 40km time trial with aerodynamics, we’ve heard little about saving time in transition during triathlon. Those marginal aero gains can easily be lost fiddling with gear, and that looks to be where the upcoming Met Drone aero helmet sets itself apart. Presumably, the actual aerodynamics will […]

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Pro Bike Check: Olympic Triathlon medalist Henri Schoeman’s custom Swift Hypervox

South African professional triathlete Henri Schoeman signed on with Swift Carbon back in last spring, before going on to win Bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics in August and then to take the win at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final a few weeks later in September. Both times he was riding stock versions of Swift’s Hypervox aero road bike in team cyan colors (ITU triathlon permits drafting and requires drop bar setups), so Swift decided it was time to reward him with a custom painted version commemorating this past season’s success…

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South African professional triathlete Henri Schoeman signed on with Swift Carbon back in last spring, before going on to win Bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics in August and then to take the win at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final a few weeks later in September. Both times he was riding stock versions […]

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FSA Vision Metron SL wheels show new, stiffer hubs, better braking; plus new seatposts & stem

2017 FSA Vision Metron 40SL disc brake carbon road bike wheels

2017 FSA Vision Metron 55SL disc brake carbon road bike wheels

The new Vision Metron SL Wheels are their the top level wheels. The last version was released four years ago, and the new SL uses the same asymmetric rim profile with offset spokes to maximize wheel stiffness. They look similar, but the details are drastically different. The rim gets a revised layup to save a few grams and an improved braking surface with a woven exterior layer that’s laser treated to remove surface resin and roughen it for better friction. They say with the included SwissStop pads the stopping power is on par with alloy rims. We rode a set and they are indeed solid stoppers.

The hubs get a new shell and upgrade from standard cartridge bearings to angular contact bearings to reduce side loaded drag. It goes to a one-piece preload adjustment collar that runs all the way up the side. The driveside flange diameter is taller, too, to shorten the spokes and improve triangulation. The pawls contact a new engagement ring with more teeth for quicker engagement, too.

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The new Vision Metron SL Wheels are their the top level wheels. The last version was released four years ago, and the new SL uses the same asymmetric rim profile with offset spokes to maximize wheel stiffness. They look similar, but the details are drastically different. The rim gets a revised layup to save a […]

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Canyon gets official with entry timeline for USA consumer-direct delivery

German consumer-direct bike maker Canyon has been teasing Americans for some time with the promise of bringing their high-value, high-performance bikes stateside. Last spring they made it official, but without much of a timeline, and as recently as this past December with their disc brake road bike introductions Canyon promised more details in January. Well, they made us wait one more day, but here it is – an official path to their entry onto the US market in 2017. While many American cyclists have been itching to get ahold of the latest crop of road and mountain bikes from Canyon, they’re going to have to wait until the third quarter of the year…

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German consumer-direct bike maker Canyon has been teasing Americans for some time with the promise of bringing their high-value, high-performance bikes stateside. Last spring they made it official, but without much of a timeline, and as recently as this past December with their disc brake road bike introductions Canyon promised more details in January. Well, they made […]

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LifeTrak Zoom HRV makes heart rate & heart rate variability tracking simple on & off the bike

Pretty much the basic starting point for any form of training is heart rate tracking. On the bike the majority of us cyclists use a heart rate strap to communicate to wrist or bike mounted computers, and depending on which type of device maybe to transition over to a bit of cross training as well. But beyond just logging your heart rate to see training time in target zones (and doing so only during exercise), a few companies are also looking at heart rate variability (HRV) to better estimate training load and our body’s ability to recover.

LifeTrak is taking HRV tracking one step further with their wearable Zoom HRV that is designed to be worn 24/7  (or maybe 24/5, we’ll get to that) no matter what activity you do. It can even offer combined heart rate and cadence data on the bike when using a leg strap. Paired with their app it offers heart rate measurement however you exercise, then continuous tracking while you go about your daily activities and even while you rest & recover. Together, all of the data promises a better way to evaluate fitness, track your efforts, monitor recovery, and plan when to get back to training…

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Pretty much the basic starting point for any form of training is heart rate tracking. On the bike the majority of us cyclists use a heart rate strap to communicate to wrist or bike mounted computers, and depending on which type of device maybe to transition over to a bit of cross training as well. But […]

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Pioneer adds Garmin Mount (sort of), might be first to ship Dura-Ace 9100 power meter

Pioneer Dura-Ace 9100 power meter crankset

Pioneer Dura-Ace 9100 power meter crankset

Pioneer announced their power meter for the new Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 series last fall and are set to deliver by March 2017, which would be long before Shimano’s expected summer release. And Pioneer’s system carries the same $1,500 price point (including cranks and dual leg power), but provides their trademark force vector measurement. Pioneer originally planned for a November release, but supply issues with the crankset have delayed availability.

In other news, they’s also updated the data set available through the mobile version of Cyclo-Sphere, now giving you a glimpse of your power-of-time output with a comparison to prior 90 days, letting you see at a glance if you’re improving. That, and they designed a better clamp that lets you mount their cycling computer to any standard 1/4 turn Garmin mount…

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Pioneer announced their power meter for the new Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 series last fall and are set to deliver by March 2017, which would be long before Shimano’s expected summer release. And Pioneer’s system carries the same $1,500 price point (including cranks and dual leg power), but provides their trademark force vector measurement. Pioneer originally planned […]

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When a TT bike and a fat bike have a baby… The Fat Trek Equinox is born

Rob McKillip and the Fat Equinox at the Iowa Bike Expo

When Rob McKillip’s venerable Trek TTX Equinox broke during warmups for the Iowa State time trial championship, he didn’t throw in the towel like some would have. Instead he simply hopped on the other bike he’d brought that day; his fat bike. After suffering through that TT, Rob’s broken Trek was relegated to wall-hanger status and forgotten until a while later when carbon fat bikes started popping up. Unimpressed with the offerings he’d seen, and with the memory of that brutal time-trial-on-a-fat-bike on his mind, Rob began chatting with Drew Wilson of Cyclocarbon; and thus the Fat Equinox was born.

Click past the break for details on this wild ride…

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When Rob McKillip’s venerable Trek TTX Equinox broke during warmups for the Iowa State time trial championship, he didn’t throw in the towel like some would have. Instead he simply hopped on the other bike he’d brought that day; his fat bike. After suffering through that TT, Rob’s broken Trek was relegated to wall-hanger status and […]

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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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Pioneer power meters for Campagnolo, FSA & Cannondale now shipping, MTB coming in December

pioneer cycling power meters for campagnolo FSA and cannondale road cranks now shipping

Pioneer continues to show they’re serious about cycling by announcing models for Campagnolo, FSA and Cannondale road cranksets, plus options for Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace, XT and XTR models.

The upgrade to working with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 comes as no surprise since Pioneer sponsors several top pro teams and athletes. That one, along with versions for the Campagnolo alloy cranks, is now shipping in both single and dual leg versions. The Cannondale SiSL2 and Si cranks will come in left-side only options for now and are also shipping. Pricing without the crank arms is $499 for single leg and $999 for dual. Single leg measurement comes from the left crank arm and can be upgraded to add right leg at a later date.

The FSA SL-K carbon road version and mountain bike versions will start shipping in December for Trail XT and XTR cranks. That’s not all they showed at Interbike, though, check our coverage for a look at some prototype meters that capture data from the rest of your bike (and you).



Pioneer continues to show they’re serious about cycling by announcing models for Campagnolo, FSA and Cannondale road cranksets, plus options for Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace, XT and XTR models. The upgrade to working with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 comes as no surprise since Pioneer sponsors several top pro teams and athletes. That one, along with versions […]

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