Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Video Series: Why use a power meter? – They’ve kind of blown up in recent ears, and Pioneer just put together an intro series to help you decide if you need one and how to benefit from it. For many, understanding how to use a power meter seems complicated. They brought in a well-known tri coach to explain the importance of using power when training for a race and after race completion. It looks like a good reference to wrap your head around the idea of training with power, no matter who makes your power meter. Youtube.com

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Video Series: Why use a power meter? – They’ve kind of blown up in recent ears, and Pioneer just put together an intro series to help you decide if you need one and how to benefit from it. For many, understanding how to use a power meter seems complicated. They brought in a well-known tri coach […]

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WFS 2016: Urwahn Bikes’ swoopy townie, plus plenty more in the #seattubeisdead camp

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The idea of building a bike without a seat tube is certainly nothing new, but the introduction of a few new tri bikes that threw some conventional designs out of the window ahead of the Ironman Worlds got us thinking about a resurgence of the alternative frame design trend. Then over the weekend we were in Vienna to have a look at the newest of the urban and lifestyle cycling shows. At the Wiener Fahrradschau (that’s the Vienna Bike Show, the new little brother to the original Berlin show) we were greeted by a few new bikes in the #seattubeisdead vein, and curiously in four different materials/constructions. The first that really caught our eye was this urban bike that pairs a swoopy brazed steel frame with some neatly integrated lighting from tiny German outfit Urwahn Bikes. But there were also a some welded stainless bikes, even a laminated wood frame, and the carbon bike that brought the topic up to start with…

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The idea of building a bike without a seat tube is certainly nothing new, but the introduction of a few new tri bikes that threw some conventional designs out of the window ahead of the Ironman Worlds got us thinking about a resurgence of the alternative frame design trend. Then over the weekend we were […]

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Dimond continues polishing their designs with the new Marquise triathlon bike

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Dimond Bikes Marquise, black

Fresh from the ‘Dimond Mine’ in Des Moines, Iowa, the new Marquise triathlon bike was unveiled earlier this month at the Queen K in Kona, Hawaii. Dimond is calling the Marquise their crown jewel, as it offers several structural and functional upgrades over their existing Brilliant model. Most notably, the Marquise frame incorporates three new on-board storage spaces (including an insulated compartment) that should carry everything you need for training rides or race day.

Working with some external carbon fiber experts Dimond has managed to not only provide this storage but they’ve also improved upon the frame’s strength, aerodynamics, and ride qualities. Check out the frame geo, complete bike specs and your options for customization below…
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Fresh from the ‘Dimond Mine’ in Des Moines, Iowa, the new Marquise triathlon bike was unveiled earlier this month at the Queen K in Kona, Hawaii. Dimond is calling the Marquise their crown jewel, as it offers several structural and functional upgrades over their existing Brilliant model. Most notably, the Marquise frame incorporates three new […]

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IB16: Enduro upgrades more than bearings with new fork wiper seals, DT Swiss freehub seals

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enduro rockshox suspension fork wiper seal upgrade kit

Enduro’s new flangeless fork seals form the wiper and seal into one piece, and they removed the lipped flange on the outside edge so that it’ll sit deeper into the fork and stay put. The black wiper is a firmer than stock urethane to hold up better and keep more crud out, giving you the option to use a lube-soaked foam ring in its cavity or not. The lower blue-ish section is infused with a special friction reducing polymer to keep everything sliding ultra smooth without letting oil escape the fork’s internals.

They’ll be available for 32mm and 34mm stanchion forks from Fox and Rockshox, with 36 and 40 coming soon, along with 35mm for Rockshox. Retail is $30.

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Enduro’s new flangeless fork seals form the wiper and seal into one piece, and they removed the lipped flange on the outside edge so that it’ll sit deeper into the fork and stay put. The black wiper is a firmer than stock urethane to hold up better and keep more crud out, giving you the option to […]

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EB16: Schwalbe goes big with tons of new MTB “Plus” tires, more road, gravel & cyclocross options

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Schwalbe’s tire lineup hasn’t added any new model names this tradeshow season, but it’s still managed to grow immensely by adding more sizes to popular tread patterns. None exemplifies this more than the Smart Sam, which adds everything from Plus-sized mountain bike versions to downsized iterations aimed at the cyclocross and gravel crowd. And there’s a lot more of this throughout the range, plus revamped treads on the Pro One road tubeless tires, reworked commuter/urban tires and much, much more.

Shown above from left to right are the Smart Sam tires in 29×2.1, 28×1.65 (~700×42) and 28×1.4 (~700×35) sizes. They’re also available in multiple widths for 27.5, 26 and 24 inch wheel diameters…

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Schwalbe’s tire lineup hasn’t added any new model names this tradeshow season, but it’s still managed to grow immensely by adding more sizes to popular tread patterns. None exemplifies this more than the Smart Sam, which adds everything from Plus-sized mountain bike versions to downsized iterations aimed at the cyclocross and gravel crowd. And there’s […]

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IB16: Reynolds Aero wheels get wider and add Industry Nine hubs for disc and rim brakes

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Ironman Kona may have come and gone, but Reynolds Cycling is already preparing for next season with an update of their Aero wheel line up. Illustrated by last week’s tri bike launches, the aero world is in a bit of a cross wind as companies debate going with disc or rim brakes for future models. Not only does Reynolds have an answer for either path with their new wheels, but they also cut down on the total depth of rims with just three different models – though all are wider and tubeless ready…

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Ironman Kona may have come and gone, but Reynolds Cycling is already preparing for next season with an update of their Aero wheel line up. Illustrated by last week’s tri bike launches, the aero world is in a bit of a cross wind as companies debate going with disc or rim brakes for future models. […]

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Remembering Dave Mirra – Ben Bostrom makes good on plan to finish Kona in honor of Mirracle Boy

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In spite of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Dave Mirra, Miracle Boy continues to inspire. After Mirra had retired from BMX and Ben Bostrom had retired from morotcycle racing, the two formed a deep friendship through an unlikely event – training for (and winning) the Race Across America as part of a four man team with Dave Zabriskie and Micky Dymond.

As Ben recounts in this touching video, the two made a goal to qualify for Ironman Kona though both failed to make it for 2015. Obviously, Mirra never made it to the start line, but Bostrom not only qualified, but finished the grueling event with a tribute to Mirra along for the ride…

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In spite of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Dave Mirra, Miracle Boy continues to inspire. After Mirra had retired from BMX and Ben Bostrom had retired from morotcycle racing, the two formed a deep friendship through an unlikely event – training for (and winning) the Race Across America as part of a four […]

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Storck testing wheels-and-frame-as-one aerodynamic package with Edco collaboration

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Aerodynamics expert Paul Lew (second from left) and Storck founder Marcus Storck (middle) are taking integration to a whole new level.

Making short work of their recent Faster Wind Tunnel purchase and Paul Lew hire, Edco wheels is now working with Storck Bicycles to develop a frame-and-wheel package that optimizes aerodynamics together.

“(Marcus Storck) is working on a new TT/Tri bike design,” Paul Lew told us. “And he wanted to collaborate with us so that when this bike is finished, it’ll be spec’d with Edco wheels that may have a special shape specific to that bike. He’s exploring new frame shapes and fork shapes that optimize everything together.”

Look for at least the preliminary results of that project by Eurobike 2017, and don’t be surprised if you see that sort of collaboration with other brands, too…

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Making short work of their recent Faster Wind Tunnel purchase and Paul Lew hire, Edco wheels is now working with Storck Bicycles to develop a frame-and-wheel package that optimizes aerodynamics together. “(Marcus Storck) is working on a new TT/Tri bike design,” Paul Lew told us. “And he wanted to collaborate with us so that when […]

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Up close with new Cervelo P5X Tri Superbike, plus actual weight

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The Ironman World Championship is right around the corner, and new superbikes are popping up left and right. Last night, Cervelo took the wraps off their radical new P5X – a bike that has been many years in the making. After seeing that Biowheels in Madeira, OH actually had one on hand, we decided it was time to pay one of our favorite local shops (and a previous employer of Zach – Ed.) a visit to check out the bike, the tech, and the weight in person… 

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The Ironman World Championship is right around the corner, and new superbikes are popping up left and right. Last night, Cervelo took the wraps off their radical new P5X – a bike that has been many years in the making. After seeing that Biowheels in Madeira, OH actually had one on hand, we decided it […]

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