Parts Reviews and News

Freewheeling: The Road Disc Revolution Is Now

After taking a test ride SRAM hydraulic disc equipped roadster, features editor Jason Sumner is convinced it’s time to ditch rim brakes and start ripping singletrack on our road bikes. (Well, not really. But he did enjoy the ride.)

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New Ultegra 6800: 11 Speeds, Lighter, More Ergo

Let the Dura-Ace 9000 trickle down begin. Shimano has unveiled its new 11-speed Ultegra 6800, which is 35 grams lighter than the previous version, and requires 35 percent less shifting effort. Cost? Less than half of a Dura-Ace group.

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Kappius Looking To Kickstart Hub Production

Innovative hub maker Kappius Components has launched an updated version of its unique road and mountain hubs. Now they’re seeking financial backing to begin manufacturing. Find out how you can help.

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Sea Otter Tech Round-Up: Lake, Michelin, Focus, Smith

To the casual observer the Sea Otter Classic is about riding bikes, but savvy consumers know all to well that this springtime celebration of all things cycling has also become ground zero for new product launches. Here’s a look at just a few of the items that caught our eye. Lots more coming soon.

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Review: Praxis Works Forged Chain Rings

At virtually half the price of a single ring from Shimano, Praxis Work’s Chainrings pack quite the performance and value.

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Review: Superlight All-Carbon Zero Gravity Gravitas SL Brakeset

From Ted Ciamillo, who pioneered the aftermarket for bike brakes, comes his lightest, all-carbon offering the Zero Gravity Gravitas SL Brakeset.

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Review: 2012 SRAM Red Groupset

The lightest & quietest mechanical groupset available today SRAM Red makes a strong argument to ditch any thoughts you had of going electronic.

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NoTubes Team Putting Tubeless Tech To The Test

U.S. based regional pro team plans to use tubeless road tires at all its races in 2013. Riders sometimes run 85psi or lower to gain performance advantage and reduce punctures.

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Madfiber Carbon Red Kevlar Tubulars

Mad Fiber’s show piece at Interbike this year was their one off Carbon and Kevlar weaved tubular wheelset. The prototype wheelset is both a practice in materials and aesthetics. Kevlar being lighter than carbon, the mix of Kevlar and Carbon brought the wheels in at at about 10% lighter than normal. The wheels are said […]

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Kinetic InRide iPhone App Measures Power and uploads to Web

The indoor trainer season is approaching and there’s a crop of new trainers that interface with the iPhone and with the web. Kinetic InRide iPhone app talks to the trainer and knows your speed , mileage and power output. Then you can upload that to your Strava account The Rock and Roll trainer allows you […]

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Cateye Stealth 10 GPS Bike Computer, Nano Shot Plus 600 Lumen Light

Cateye is a brand that has been around for a while and you may have one of their bike computers that refuses to die somewhere in the parts bin. They make quality stuff and it seems that they’ve shown a breath of fresh innovation over the last couple of years. We dropped by the Cateye […]

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ROTOR Power Meter Crankset

Friedrichshafen, Germany – Revolutionize your training with ROTOR Power. ROTOR’s patented POWER meter crankset will improve your training quality and experience. And at just 30g heavier than the standard 3D+ MAS crank, it’s probably the lightest power measurement option out there (556g for 175mm w/out chainrings). The POWER brings scientific knowledge to the road by […]

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Campagnolo Athena EPS Groupset Ride Report

Athena lives up to the high marks of Campagnolo’s higher tier EPS groups. The shifting was smooth, quick, and even includes Multi-Shift.

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Whisky Parts Co 15QR Carbon forks and Carbon Wheels for 2013

Ben from Whisky Parts Co shows us some new 2013 carbon forks and carbon wheels. The forks use a brand new QR15 axle (taken from mountain bike technology) designed and produced in a partnership with SRAM for increased stiffness to run road disc brakes. The Whisky No.9 road and cross thru-axle disc forks feature a […]

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K-Edge Pro Chain Catchers and Garmin Mounts

Tim Kelly of K-Edge shows us the new Road Pro Chain Catcher that made it’s debut yesterday at the London Olympics on Team USA bikes including Kristin Armstrong’s bike. The Pro version improves on the original, with a new locking mechanism to hold the chain catcher in place. Once in place, it allows you the […]

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Campagnolo Athena EPS Groupset

Martin Kozicki from Camapgnolo North America, shows us the brand new Athena EPS groupset. Announced in Italy just last week, this bike is one of only three bikes in North America with the new price point EPS system. Athena pricing is still being sorted out, but should be very competitive with the competition. Athena EPS […]

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Ritchey Road Super Logic Carbon Stem and Evo Curve Carbon Handlebar

Sean shows us the latest offerings from Ritchey on the Super Logic front. A new all carbon stem, utilizing the C260 clamping system, as well as an all new all carbon Evo Curve Carbon handlebar. The Evo Curve bend has been one of Ritchey’s most popular aluminum bars, so it only seemed logical to make […]

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Hutchinson Debuts New Road Tubeless Tire Options – Galactik and Intensive 28

Hutchinson, leader of road tubeless tires, will be adding two new tire options to their lineup later this year. In addition to the Atom, Fusion 3, and Intensive, Hutchinson will be adding a tire at the both ends of their current offerings. First is the Intensive 28, a tire that was originally developed for use […]

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SRAM’s Chain Catcher Now Available Aftermarket

SRAM today announced the availability of their new Chain Catcher as an aftermarket part. Initially an integrated part of SRAM’s RED-2012 YAW front derailleur, a kit available starting next month will bring the effective Chain Spotter to RED, Force, Rival, and Apex front braze on front derailleurs. The chain spotter is an integrated solution assuring […]

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USE R1 Aero Bar

Steve from Ibex Sports, the North American distrubutor for Ultimate Sports Engineering products shows us the new line from USE. Including the new for 2012 R1 Handlebar, to be used for Triathlons and TTs. Ibex Sports claims the R1 is the most aero bar on the market and claimed weight is just 550 grams. Claimed […]

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Praxis Works Shows off New Chainring sets and Bolt Kit

Praxis Works the young upstart known for their relatively affordable forged chain rings that work with Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo drivetrains debuted two new exciting products at this years Sea Otter Classic. Praxis will be shipping a new cold forged semi-compact chainring set in a 52×36 combination as early as this summer. The new chainring […]

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TRP Hywire Road Disc Brake System

Debuting first at the Taipei Cycle Show last month, TRP’s new Hywire fully hydraulic road disc brake system was on display at this years Sea Otter Classic. The Hywire had been in development even before TRP debuted their hybrid Parabox system at last year’s Otter. The new fully hydraulic system adds integrated Di2 shifting and […]

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ROTOR’s Crank family welcomes a new addition!

ROTOR will add and new mid-range variant to the 3D crank family at Sea Otter; the new 3DF crank. The 3DF offers some of the technological features of the 3D+ at a price point closer to the 3D cranks. It’s 30mm UBB (universal bottom bracket) axle makes it lighter than the 3D crank and compatible […]

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Ritchey Road Logic

Tom Ritchey stops by to talk 40 years of building bikes. Starting out as a 15 year old who just wanted to build a bike on a whim, he started professionally building road bikes for years before venturing into the new category of mountain bikes in 1979. This year, Ritchey will be launching a new […]

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Featured User Review: Shimano Dura-Ace ST-7900 STI Dual Control Shifters Review

Featured User Review: Shimano Dura-Ace ST-7900 STI Dual Control Shifters Review by Sammy Garcia Price: $399.00 at Blue Sky Cycling Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Value Rating: 5 of 5 Bike Setup Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL3, Reynolds Thirty Two carbon tubular wheelset, Vittoria Corsa EVO SC, Easton EC90 compact crankset, 7900 Shifters (now), 7800 RD, […]

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