Diamondback unleashes Andean, the “world’s fastest aero bike”, and it’s insane

2017 Diamondback Andean triathlon bike

2017 Diamondback Andean triathlon bike

In 2014, Diamondback presented a new theory on aerodynamic bicycles with the Serios TT/Tri bike. It used thicker than normal tube shapes to control the wind, rather than the popular waif-thin blades. Now, they’ve blown all norms out of the water to rocket from T1 to T2 with the all-new Andean.

Designed with aerodynamicist Kevin Quan, it presents the Aero Core concept, which says that the wheels are the most important part of the aero equation. Once those are selected and tires are installed, the best thing you can do is to fill the space between them as much as possible. Of course, a solid sheet would be hell in crosswinds, so they combined Quan’s experience with Dr. Phillippe Lavoie and his grad students at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS).

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In 2014, Diamondback presented a new theory on aerodynamic bicycles with the Serios TT/Tri bike. It used thicker than normal tube shapes to control the wind, rather than the popular waif-thin blades. Now, they’ve blown all norms out of the water to rocket from T1 to T2 with the all-new Andean. Designed with aerodynamicist Kevin Quan, […]

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Week in Review: Mad Eurobike coverage, Argon18 drag detector, new Specialized Roubaix & tons more!!!

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It’s been a big, BIG week of news from Eurobike (but rest assured, there’s plenty more coming), what with new bikes from so many brands it’s best you just dive right on in and check out all the headlines. Just after the show, Specialized finally gave the greenlight to their all-new Roubaix with a “suspension” stem to smooth the ride and make you faster. There’s also a ton of new components, tires, gear and more. Oh, and have you downloaded our FREE Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide yet? Because it’s awesome…

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It’s been a big, BIG week of news from Eurobike (but rest assured, there’s plenty more coming), what with new bikes from so many brands it’s best you just dive right on in and check out all the headlines. Just after the show, Specialized finally gave the greenlight to their all-new Roubaix with a “suspension” […]

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Javelin announces all new customizable carbon Maggiore TT/Tri bike

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Niche bike builder Javelin has just released an all-new custom carbon time trial and multi-sport bike, dubbed the Maggiore. Building on over 20 years of making bikes, Javelin has developed the latest slippery aero bike in their own blend of American engineering and Italian craftsmanship. With the full carbon, integrated Maggiore they are offering custom geometry and personalized detailing with an almost unheard-of 60 day turnaround time. Slip past the break for a closer look and more details…

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Niche bike builder Javelin has just released an all-new custom carbon time trial and multi-sport bike, dubbed the Maggiore. Building on over 20 years of making bikes, Javelin has developed the latest slippery aero bike in their own blend of American engineering and Italian craftsmanship. With the full carbon, integrated Maggiore they are offering custom geometry and […]

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EB16: First Look! Mavic Speed Release road thru axle system solves pro peloton’s problems

mavic speed release road bike thru axle system is secure like a thru axle but quick like a skewer

mavic speed release road bike thru axle system is secure like a thru axle but quick like a skewer

Brake rotors turning into saw blades of death aside, one of the real issues with converting the pro peloton over to disc brakes is the concurrent desire to use them with thru axles. The thru axles designed for mountain bikes work on the road, but they’re far too slow for the F1 pit stop speeds wanted in road side wheel changes.

We’ve seen some clever solutions that speed things up quite a bit, like those from Focus, Tune and NAILD, but the new Mavic Speed Release does it with similar speed but the added benefit of keeping the axle in the wheel and not requiring finely tuned positioning of the lever…

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Brake rotors turning into saw blades of death aside, one of the real issues with converting the pro peloton over to disc brakes is the concurrent desire to use them with thru axles. The thru axles designed for mountain bikes work on the road, but they’re far too slow for the F1 pit stop speeds […]

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EB16: Argon18 develops jet fighter tech to keep drag in check

argon 18 FWD Alpha concept aero bike with integrated CDA drag detector

argon 18 FWD Alpha concept aero bike with integrated CDA drag detector

Argon 18 won Eurobike for the most technologically advanced prototype with their FWD Alpha aero bike. Not only did the frame integrate electronic shifting buttons, but it completely integrated the hydraulic disc brakes and the circuits and sensors to measure your drag. It’s an impressive project from their FWD (Fusion Works Division), their in-house advanced projects department…

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Argon 18 won Eurobike for the most technologically advanced prototype with their FWD Alpha aero bike. Not only did the frame integrate electronic shifting buttons, but it completely integrated the hydraulic disc brakes and the circuits and sensors to measure your drag. It’s an impressive project from their FWD (Fusion Works Division), their in-house advanced […]

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EB16: Kenda makes a tubular, adds e-bike certified MTB treads & Plus-sized 24″ Slant Six

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Tested under Team Cofidis, the Kenda Valkyrie is the first tubular they’ve ever made in house. It’s a lightweight race tire with low rolling resistance that still builds in puncture protection. Inside is a butyl tube, which has slower leak down than latex, and they make butyl tubes in house, so it made more sense.

A 300tpi cotton casing is covered by their R3C rubber with a roughened sidewall for abrasion resistance. A cotton strip is bonded onto the bottom to enhance the grip between rim and tire when gluing it on. Availability is TBA, and there’s also a clincher version…

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Tested under Team Cofidis, the Kenda Valkyrie is the first tubular they’ve ever made in house. It’s a lightweight race tire with low rolling resistance that still builds in puncture protection. Inside is a butyl tube, which has slower leak down than latex, and they make butyl tubes in house, so it made more sense. A […]

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EB16: SRM developing cranks, WiFi PC8 uploads coming, and tons of colors

SRM is now offering their own cranks, with the first one being carbon fiber and made by THM, essentially a Clavicula on their current generation PM7 power meter spider.

The goal is to be compatible with all frames, so their cranks will clear the BB shell of every frame they know of. Why not just make the spider universally compatible? Because it’s somewhat dependant on the crank’s spider or fitment as to whether they can both clear the frame and offer the right chainline. So, anytime a new crank comes out, they’d have to redesign it as best they could. This lets them optimize the design to fit anything.

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SRM is now offering their own cranks, with the first one being carbon fiber and made by THM, essentially a Clavicula on their current generation PM7 power meter spider. The goal is to be compatible with all frames, so their cranks will clear the BB shell of every frame they know of. Why not just […]

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EB16: Parlee Altum, Chebacco switch to Flat Mount, plus TTiR disc brake triathlon bike detail pics

parlee altum and chebacco road gravel bikes switch to flat mount disc brakes and 12mm thru axles

Now that Shimano’s finalized the flat mount disc brake standard and other brands are all on board, commitments to the design are being made by bigger and bigger frame manufacturers. Parlee’s one of them, and going forward the Altum Disc road bike and Chebacco gravel/cyclocross bike will switch to it and 12mm thru axles front and rear.

They, along with all of Parlee’s bikes, also get new stock logo paint and graphics options to dress up your new bike without blowing the budget on cosmetics…

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Now that Shimano’s finalized the flat mount disc brake standard and other brands are all on board, commitments to the design are being made by bigger and bigger frame manufacturers. Parlee’s one of them, and going forward the Altum Disc road bike and Chebacco gravel/cyclocross bike will switch to it and 12mm thru axles front […]

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EB16: Quarq amps up new DZero power meter w/ improved electronics, simplified lineup

2017 Quarq DZero crank-based spider power meter

Quarq DZero is their next generation power meter spider that gets an all-new strain measurement circuit and strain gauge design that provides better performance over a wider range of battery voltage and temperature. That means less software correction taking place due to temperature fluctuations thanks to better circuit board layout and construction.

They also ran more FEA on the body of the unit, letting them make it stiffer without adding any weight, improving accuracy across all chainring sizes. Lastly, it’s now simultaneously broadcasting in both Bluetooth LE and ANT+. Well, OK, there are a few more updates and new features…

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Quarq DZero is their next generation power meter spider that gets an all-new strain measurement circuit and strain gauge design that provides better performance over a wider range of battery voltage and temperature. That means less software correction taking place due to temperature fluctuations thanks to better circuit board layout and construction. They also ran more […]

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