Tannus Airless Tires claims flat-free riding without the drawbacks
Flat tires suck. You know it, I know it. Puncture-free, non-pneumatic tires have been around a while, but the trade-offs are hard to live with. However, Tannus Airless Tires claims its new Slick tire nullifies the downfalls by offering low weight, less rolling resistance and a comparable ride feel to its air-filled counterparts. Boyd Cycling Jocassee 650B wheelset review Shimano 9-speed MTB drivetrains gain features State expands line of low-cost fixies Tannus tire features Nine sizes available 12 colors available Works with standard rims 700c weights starting at 370g £49.99–£59.99 / $60–$80 / AU$68–AU$99 each, depending on size High-tech foam If there's no air inside, there's no way for the tire to puncture. Tannus's airless tires are made from micro closed-cell polymer foam material called Aither 1.1, which uses technology from the soles of athletic shoes. The company claims it's the result of 10 years and a million dollars' worth ...
After autonomous vehicle death, vulnerable road users deserve answers
Earlier this week an autonomous vehicle in the U.S. state of Arizona collided with a pedestrian who was walking her bike across the road. The woman died a short time later — reportedly the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology. The incident has been a reminder that while much progress has been made in … The post After autonomous vehicle death, vulnerable road users deserve answers appeared first on CyclingTips .
UCI to reveal new mechanical doping strategy on Wednesday
The UCI will reveal its news strategy to fight and deter mechanical doping at a special presentation in Geneva on Wednesday. Cyclingnews will attend the presentation and have full coverage of the announcements. UCI president David Lappartient has said that the world governing body "doesn't want technological fraud to continue as a hot topic." "There hasn't been a lot of trust in the UCI's strategy, and that generated suspicions. With tighter, more efficient controls we can protect the riders and their image," Lappartient told La Gazzetta dello Sport i n December. Belgian rider Femke Van Driessche remains the only cyclist to have been caught with a motor at a professional race. The device was found in her spare bike at the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships and despite protesting her innocence, she was handed a six-year ban . Since then, there have been several incidents at the amateur level including ...
Cycliq Fly12 CE light/camera review
Pete Muir Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 13:06 Smart, intuitive device for both fun and safety 4.5 / 5 £270 With any modern piece of technology, one of the first tests of its quality has to be: can you make it work straight out of the box without reading the instructions? The Cycliq Fly12 CE combined light and camera very nearly passes this test. Nearly . It is a neat black box, measuring 84x55x30mm, that contains both a 600 lumen front light and a 1080p resolution video camera, and on its side are two buttons. Press the one with the ‘power’ symbol on it, and to a cacophony of beeping the main light comes on, and a little green LED on the side starts blinking to indicate that the video camera is working. What could be simpler? Image 3 of 7 Image 3 of 7 However, a glance at the ...
A sheath for the spinning knife: Shimano patents disc brake cover
Shimano has been working on a cover to shield the rotors of its hydraulic disc brakes. The design , which was filed for a US patent in June 2017, shows a vented structure that covers a majority of the disc rotor’s surface and backs up neatly against one of Shimano’s own flat-mount disc brake calipers. It looks to have been designed to fit a thru-axle fork. It's official: disc brake guards are happening Could disc brake guards be the solution (to a problem that may not exist)? High-profile incidents involving injuries allegedly caused by disc rotors have previously sparked safety concerns in professional competition. Some riders referred to discs as "spinning knives" . Since then, a generation of disc rotors with chamfered (blunt) edges has been introduced. SRAM already produces chamfered discs, while Shimano has promised them on new R9100 series groups . We’ve also seen similar disc brake covers ...
Lauf patent filing shows plans for leaf spring saddle that’s dropper compatible
A recent patent filing from Lauf Cycling shows an new saddle design putting their carbon leaf spring technology to very good use. The images suggest a lightweight, adjustable system that provides true vertical suspension integrated into the saddle’s rails. This means it would retain full dropper post compatibility, and potentially better bump absorption than systems […] The post Lauf patent filing shows plans for leaf spring saddle that’s dropper compatible appeared first on Bikerumor .
Bikes of the Bunch: Saffron Frameworks naked Reynolds 953 road disc bike
In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, we take a look at a custom stainless steel road disc bike built by Saffron Frameworks that eschews paint in favour of an eye-catching polished finish. Saffron Frameworks has been creating custom-built frames and bikes since 2009. The man behind the London-based workshop, Matthew Sowter, had long … The post Bikes of the Bunch: Saffron Frameworks naked Reynolds 953 road disc bike appeared first on CyclingTips .
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Specialized Power Cranks debut using 4iiii power meter tech
Utilizing a slim, hidden design similar to the new dual-sided add-on power meters created for Shimano Dura-Ace, the all-new 2018 Specialized Power Cranks use 4iiii technology to deliver dual leg measurement. The design is unique to Specialized, and benefits from unique testing protocols done inside the bike brand’s Win Tunnel. They say they tested the […] The post Specialized Power Cranks debut using 4iiii power meter tech appeared first on Bikerumor .
Suspension Tech: Wait… What is suspension damping, again?
As much as we love diving deep on suspension design and technologies, it’s important to get the basics straight. Last week we covered undamped suspension forks. But that’s not the norm anymore, so what is suspension damping in the first place? Most modern mountain bike suspension includes hydraulic damping, but that hasn’t always been true. What […] The post Suspension Tech: Wait… What is suspension damping, again? appeared first on Bikerumor .
Specialized works with 4iiii on new Power Crank power meters
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components worked with Canada's 4iiii Innovations to develop the power meter technology used in its new line of Power Crank power meters, which was released to the public on Wednesday. Specialized developed and tested the new power meters with its own Human Performance Lab at the Specialized Win Tunnel and the Locomotion Laboratory at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The company said the testing allows it to claim accurance ot 1.5 percent under all real-world riding scenarios. The product line includes carbon S-Works cranks as well as Shimano Dura-Ace, Ultegra and 105 Power Cranks, all available in dual and single-side aftermarket configurations. The dual-sided carbon S-Works Power Crank will be original equipment on the company's new S-Works Tarmac Disc road bike. “ Our collaboration has led to incredible real-world accuracy and the first commercially available direct measurement dual-sided powermeter on a carbon ...
French amateur mechanical doper sentenced to 60 hours of community service
Cyril Fontayne, the 43-year-old French amateur cyclist who was caught using a hidden motor during a race last October, has been found guilty of attempted fraud and sentenced to 60 hours of community service by a court in Périgueux. Fontayne was already found guilty of technological fraud and handed a five-year ban by the French Cycling Federation (FFC) in December, and AFP has reported that he pleaded also guilty before the correctional tribunal in Périguex on Tuesday. As well the 60 hours of community service, Fontayne must pay a symbolic €1 in damages to the FFC and a further €88 to the Créon-d'Armagnac cycling club, the organiser of a race in which he used his hidden motor. The former rider Christophe Bassons, who now works for the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), was involved in unmasking Fontayne when he drove after the rider and blocked his escape when the motor was ...
Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc review: Goes faster, stops harder
It’s hardly been a secret that Specialized had a disc version of its new S-Works Tarmac SL6 on the way; prototypes were shown back in July, after all. But it’s only been within the last two months that we’ve been able to ride one, and CyclingTips U.S. technical editor James Huang was among the very … The post Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc review: Goes faster, stops harder appeared first on CyclingTips .
First Look: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 disc
Peter Stuart Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 04:58 The already race-proven Tarmac SL6 has a set of disc brakes clamped on, and comes with Specialized’s brand new S-Works Power Meter Specialized has today released a disc version of the flagship S-Works Tarmac SL6, which comes complete with Specialized's new crank-based S-Works power meter. At a weight of 6.65kgs is on par with the very lightest disc-brake equipped bikes on the market. Specialized has been a champion of the disc brake on road bikes from the outset, with the Venge VIAS series now available only with disc brakes bolted on, so this release has been long expected – especially given the popularity of the SL5 generation Tarmac disc. The new Tarmac disc has already made an appearance at some smaller spring races by Specialized-sponsored teams. There’s every chance it may appear at the larger Spring Classics in place of the Roubaix ...
First look: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 disc
Peter Stuart Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 14:00 The already race-proven Tarmac SL6 has a set of disc brakes clamped on, and comes with Specialized’s brand new S-Works Power Meter Specialized has today released a disc version of the flagship S-Works Tarmac SL6, which comes complete with Specialized's new crank-based S-Works power meter. At a weight of 6.65kgs is on par with the very lightest disc-brake equipped bikes on the market. Specialized has been a champion of the disc brake on road bikes from the outset, with the Venge VIAS series now available only with disc brakes bolted on, so this release has been long expected – especially given the popularity of the SL5 generation Tarmac disc. The new Tarmac disc has already made an appearance at some smaller spring races by Specialized-sponsored teams. There’s every chance it may appear at the larger Spring Classics in place of the Roubaix ...
Skydio R1 drone tracks and videos your ride - even through the trees
The Skydio R1 is a new, self-flying action camera that follows and videos your ride like no drone before. This AI device dodges obstacles to autonomously capture your riding action.
The best commuter bikes 2018
Joseph Delves Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 14:43 A breakdown of the best commuter bikes of 2018 along with what to look for before you buy Want to know how to choose a new commuter bike in 2018? Transporting people about their everyday lives, commuter bikes are the workhorses of the cycling world. Stepping in to take the place of a car or public transport on the journey to work they’ve the potential to preserve the environment, improve cities, and boost public health. But with designs and prices varying wildly knowing which is right for you and how much you should spend can be tricky. Cyclist is here to help. First up decide how much you want to pay. There’s no need to go crazy, practical hybrid bikes don’t demand the same prices as flashy racers. Spend £400 or more and you should get something that’s happy to be used ...
Questions SRAM won’t answer
SRAM has aggressively introduced a number of new technologies, being first to market with road hydraulics and a 12-speed mountain-bike group. Recently we’ve seen what looks to be an eTap version of the 12-speed Eagle MTB group. But we have questions about a few potential groups or products — and SRAM isn’t talking. Here is our list of questions SRAM won’t answer. SRAM Eagle eTap wireless groupset — further images emerge SRAM XO1 Eagle 12-speed transmission review We put the following questions to SRAM’s PR team in the US and Europe, and received the same answer: silence. When will SRAM have a 1x Red group? When will we see an Eagle-like 12spd group for road? Is SRAM working on 1x eTap? How about Force or Apex eTap? You can read more at BikeRadar.com
Video Review: T-Lab X3 All-Terrain Titanium Gravel Bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2
The T-Lab Bicycles All-Terrain X3 Titanium gravel bike is hand-made in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Constructed from Grade 9 titanium (3Al-2.5V), this unique and beautiful bike utilizes a proprietary forming technology that not only creates frame tubes unlike anything else on the market, but also optimizes stiffness-to-weight ratios, sans extra weight. The T-Lab X3 was ridden […] The post Video Review: T-Lab X3 All-Terrain Titanium Gravel Bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2 appeared first on Bikerumor .
New Interbike podcast touches on e-bike research, retail growth, battery changes
Bicycle Retailer's Doug McClellan joins retailer Jim Strang and Raleigh Electric's Rob Kaplan participate in the latest podcast. LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — A new survey of 1,800 e-bike owners done by Portland State University and the University of Tennessee found that that most e-bike owners are very satisfied and really like their e-bikes (96 percent), because they are "fun" and "exciting" to ride. Most also said that they feel a lot safer on an e-bike than they do on a conventional bike, and they ride a lot farther and a lot more often than they used to ride a conventional bike. Bicycle Retailer's Doug McClellan wrote about the survey findings for the magazine's upcoming March 15 issue, and he's interviewed for Interbike – The Podcast's second episode. He also talks about how bike shares in many U.S. cities are investing in e-bikes to add to their fleets. Retailer Jim ...