Oakley Radar Pace smart glasses put a coach in your ear rather than on display

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The Oakley Thumps are back – kind of. Instead of a set of shades that can only play your favorite beats, the new Radar Pace is designed to be your personal training coach. The smart glasses will still crank out your tunes and allow you to answer calls, but the real magic lies in the built in sensors and voice activated coaching software and app that will allow you to transition from bike to run, all while making sure you’re getting the most out of your work out. First shown at CES earlier this year, the Oakley Radar Pace is hitting shelves to coincide with Ironman Kona, which highlights the fact that these shades are aimed at the multi-sport category…

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The Oakley Thumps are back – kind of. Instead of a set of shades that can only play your favorite beats, the new Radar Pace is designed to be your personal training coach. The smart glasses will still crank out your tunes and allow you to answer calls, but the real magic lies in the built […]

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Cube Project Kona C:68 – the next to take on the Ironman Triathlon

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With both the Ironman World Championships and the UCI Road Time Trial World Championships looming, it seems like this it the time to debut the latest and greatest bikes to cut through the wind on those solo races against the clock. Cube bikes has partnered in development with the aero dynamics design specialists at Swiss Side to design what they hope to be the fastest triathlon bike in the world. That’s a lofty target for a new bike, and with new introductions from Diamondback, Cervélo, and BMC all in such a short amount of time, it looks like we are going to get to see these crazy superbikes go head-to-head very soon. Cube will have their go with Andy Raelert riding the new Aerium C:68 this Saturday in Kona, so we’ll have to check back in a week’s time to see which really was the fastest. Until then, slide past the break for a closer look…

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With both the Ironman World Championships and the UCI Road Time Trial World Championships looming, it seems like this it the time to debut the latest and greatest bikes to cut through the wind on those solo races against the clock. Cube bikes has partnered in development with the aero dynamics design specialists at Swiss Side to […]

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All new BMC Timemachine rides warp speed into Kona Ironman World Championships

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‘Tis the season for major new triathlon bikes. We’ve already seen the wildly shaped Diamondback Andean and Cervelo P5X, which makes the new BMC look tame by comparison. What makes it different is that it can be made UCI legal if you want, but mostly that there’s a specific focus on rider comfort specifically for triathlon, rather than being an uncompromisingly aero bike that leaves you possibly a little beat up by the time you transition to the run.

That’s not to say it isn’t aero. A three year partnership with F1 racing firm Sauber Engineering helped them refine their tube shapes and SubA aerodynamic designs. They also spent two years designing the new bike’s rider positioning system and component integration, all of which leads to the new BMC Timemachine 01…

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‘Tis the season for major new triathlon bikes. We’ve already seen the wildly shaped Diamondback Andean and Cervelo P5X, which makes the new BMC look tame by comparison. What makes it different is that it can be made UCI legal if you want, but mostly that there’s a specific focus on rider comfort specifically for […]

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Cervelo takes on Kona with all new P5X triathlon superbike

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The introduction of the radical Diamondback Andean could only mean one thing – Ironman Kona was right around the corner. Serving not only as the crown jewel of the world of triathlon competition, Kona is usually the point of the year that equipment manufacturers bring out the big guns for new product launches. Now more than ever, it seems that those same companies are starting to push the limits when it comes to bike design mostly because the world of tri bikes isn’t ruled over by the UCI with an iron fist. There are still rules governing the construction of tri bikes, but they are far more lenient than those found on the road racing side of things. Because of that, integrated storage options are being built in to frames that also improve the bike’s aerodynamics.

In the case of the new Cervelo P5X, the frame also pays homage to the days of the Zipp 2001, Trek Y-Foil, and other bikes which have omitted the seat tube or seat stays in search of a better ride and improved aerodynamics. More than just a rehash of previous ideas with a glove box though, the P5X looks to offer one of the most adjustable fully integrated frames on the market and even includes provisions to help you get it to your next race destination…

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The introduction of the radical Diamondback Andean could only mean one thing – Ironman Kona was right around the corner. Serving not only as the crown jewel of the world of triathlon competition, Kona is usually the point of the year that equipment manufacturers bring out the big guns for new product launches. Now more […]

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IB16: Wheels Manufacturing reinvents the rear hub, pushes axle bearings to the limit

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See the bearing behind the end cap in the pic above? That’s not the freehub bearing, that’s the axle bearing, which is independent of the freehub. The design is unlike any other, and it’s a project from Alchemy Wheel Work’s Jeremy Parfitt that’s being made by Wheels Manufacturing.

Truth be told, these hubs aren’t exactly new. We saw them six years ago at Interbike, and not much has changed in the interim…except that now you can actually order them. Key updates from the original are a threaded, enclosed bearing cup for the driveside that no longer puts the bearing in direct contact with the freehub body, eliminating pedaling stresses from harshing the ride, and vice versa…

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See the bearing behind the end cap in the pic above? That’s not the freehub bearing, that’s the axle bearing, which is independent of the freehub. The design is unlike any other, and it’s a project from Alchemy Wheel Work’s Jeremy Parfitt that’s being made by Wheels Manufacturing. Truth be told, these hubs aren’t exactly […]

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IB16: Blue revamps Triad tri bike, adds gravel & very affordable carbon road bikes, more

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We’ve mentioned the tumultuous ownership changes Blue Competition Cycles has undergone over the past few years. Started in Georgia by a few passionate cyclists, the brand was acquired by an investment firm before finally being purchased by the actual manufacturing partner that was making their bikes. That factory, located in Taiwan, also builds bikes for other major brands. Their stated goal for Blue is to use it as a showcase brand for what they can do.

That said, many of their models carry over with simple spec updates, which is fine since their bikes were already good. That, and they showed off several new items at PressCamp this summer.

For interbike, three items headlined the immediate changes. First up is the all-new Triad SL Elite triathlon bike. Priced at $8,888, the biggest difference is an integrated front brake inside a nose cone, behind which is a redesigned front end to better match the new shaping up front…

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We’ve mentioned the tumultuous ownership changes Blue Competition Cycles has undergone over the past few years. Started in Georgia by a few passionate cyclists, the brand was acquired by an investment firm before finally being purchased by the actual manufacturing partner that was making their bikes. That factory, located in Taiwan, also builds bikes for […]

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Share your ride in real-time with Quarq Qollector

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We’ve covered the Quarq Qollector before. We first saw it just over a year ago at Eurobike 2015, and then our own Jayson O’Mahoney used one to live stream his progress on this summer’s Dirty Kanza. But up until now it has been pretty much unobtainable, really only being loaned out to a select few at events supported by SRAM’s Quarq team. Well now it is coming to consumers with a new QuarqNet web platform that will seamlessly sync your ride. Hop past the break for real-world pricing and availability…

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We’ve covered the Quarq Qollector before. We first saw it just over a year ago at Eurobike 2015, and then our own Jayson O’Mahoney used one to live stream his progress on this summer’s Dirty Kanza. But up until now it has been pretty much unobtainable, really only being loaned out to a select few at […]

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IB16: Prototype TRP Hydraulic TT Brakes puts full hydro setup in easy reach

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With current TT/triathlon bar extension brake levers, the lever itself is often plugged into the end of the bar as sort of an after thought, requiring the rider to roll bar tape around the ends to add some grip. TRP thought it could be better, and now that several major manufacturers have committed to making disc brake TT/tri bikes (like this, this, and definitely this), the time was right to do something about it.

They don’t have a formal model name yet, but the working title of “Hydraulic TT Brake” pretty well sums it up. They incorporate a fully enclosed hydraulic disc brake system into bar end levers.

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With current TT/triathlon bar extension brake levers, the lever itself is often plugged into the end of the bar as sort of an after thought, requiring the rider to roll bar tape around the ends to add some grip. TRP thought it could be better, and now that several major manufacturers have committed to making […]

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EB16: Canyon trickles down carbon tech for new Speedmax, Endurace & Exceed, plus a ‘new’ Neuron

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While Canyon had some interesting new bike tech on show at Eurobike this year, their new DH DisConnect and disc brake road bikes were both things that we can’t actually buy, at least not anytime soon. But back in reality they did actually have three, maybe four new bikes that you can but right now. Taking advantage of true trickle down tech they’ve taken their top, lightweight carbon time trial/triathlon bike, disc brake endurance road bike, and cross country hardtail mountain bike and given them each a more affordable carbon option. The new Speedmax CF, Endurace CF & Exceed CF SL lower the cost of entry to pretty much all of the features of their high-end siblings with the addition of a couple hundred grams. Also in a bike that isn’t really new, the full suspension alloy Nerve mountain bike has gotten rebranded as the Neuron. Get a closer look at what’s new below the crease…

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While Canyon had some interesting new bike tech on show at Eurobike this year, their new DH DisConnect and disc brake road bikes were both things that we can’t actually buy, at least not anytime soon. But back in reality they did actually have three, maybe four new bikes that you can but right now. Taking […]

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