Disc Reviews and News


Bike Check: Rodeo Adventure Labs Trail Donkey 1.0

Not everyone fits into cycling’s traditional niches. Sometimes you need a bike design for the riding on — and off — the beaten path.

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In the Queue: What’s new in the RoadBikeReview test bin

This week’s sneak peek at the RoadBikeReview test queue centers on the Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie, the final entrant in our ongoing Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout series. We’ll also preview its top shelf build kit from SRAM, Zipp, Challenge and fi’zi:k.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Trek Boone 9 Disc Review

Versatile bike with exceptional compliant ride and top-end parts that can do double duty as ‘cross race and adventure roadster.

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First Look and Ride: 2015 Giant Defy endurance bike

Giant has unveiled its fully revamped Defy endurance road bike line. The big story: disc brakes and a bump-absorbing integrated seatpost.

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News: Shimano unveils new mounting standard for road disc brakes

Results in a cleaner, integrated construction with the frame, more direct connection to the frame and better alignment.

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News: More details on SRAM’s new hydraulic road brakes

SRAM’s new hydraulic rim and disc road brakes will come in four groups. Check out their new video to learn more.

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First Look: New Specialized Tarmac and Tarmac Disc

The Big Red S has revamped its popular race bike platform, employing size specific carbon lay-up and adding a disc-brake model.

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News: Trek unveils Domane Disc endurance road bike

New rig comes in 4.0 and 6.9 iterations, has post mount disc brakes, and thru-axles front (15mm) and rear (12×142).

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Sea Otter Video: Fezzari Bicycles Road Disc Bike 2014

Fezzari Bicycles Marketing Manager Tyler Cloward offers up a Sea Otter sneak peek at their new road disc bike offering.

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News: Timeline for replacement SRAM hydro brakes remains uncertain

SRAM says production of new model year 2015 brakes will commence in late April, and that consumers waiting for recall replacements will be first in line when those new brakes are ready to ship. However, he did not say when that might be.

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Sea Otter: First look at Fezzari’s disc-equipped road bike

Utah-based direct-to-consumer bike seller Fezzari will plunge wheels first into the road disc arena in mid-summer 2014, releasing a disc-equipped full carbon tarmac tamer with thru-axles front and rear.

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All City Stays Committed to Cantis for 2014 and 2015 ’Cross Bikes

The company remains committed to cantilever brakes for the foreseeable future with the old favorites and some new versions including the Macho King, Macho Man and Nature Boy.

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TRP Brakes unveils improved Spyre mechanical disc brake, new Spyke fat bike brake, and a gravel favorite

What has changed with the Spyre dual piston mechanical disc brake since the voluntary recall in December? Find out here.

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Pro Bike: Newly-minted singlespeed national champion Tim Allen’s Foundry Harrow

Foundry bikes have a winning history, from Mackenzie Woodring’s win at the Barry Roubaix gravel race last year to Tim Allen’s singlespeed that rode him to victory at Nationals this year.

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First Look: All-City Cycles unveils the Macho King – Reynolds 853 steel, disc brake cyclocross bike

This year at Frostbike, All-City promised to “unveil our latest ’cross creations to the world” and they didn’t disappoint.

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Pro Bike: Justin Lindine’s Redline Conquest Team carbon cyclocross bike

A mix of components from many brands, including the cable-actuated hydraulic TRP HyRd disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra Di2 6770 10-speed electronic shifting, Novatec CXD alloy tubulars, and a gold KMC X10SL chain.

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Tested: 2014 Specialized CruX Elite EVO Rival Disc

If you could have one – and only one – bike, the CruX Elite EVO might just be the choice.

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Revealed: New Trek Boone Cyclocross Bike

Last week, Trek announced its new sponsorship deal with reigning cyclocross world champion Sven Nys and his Crelan-AA Drink team. This week we find out about the new bike Nys and fellow Trek-sponsored rider Katie Compton will be riding.

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SRAM Road Hydraulic Brake Recall: Stop Use Immediately

What started as a partial recall of select model numbers of SRAM’s hydraulic road disc and rim brakes is now a full recall of all road hydraulic brakes. Citing failures of the master cylinder seals and an ensuing loss of braking power, SRAM is calling back about 19,000 brakes systems.

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Switching to Disc Brakes for Cyclocross: Maintenance and Considerations

For many cyclocrossers coming from a roadie background the idea of disc brakes is daunting and full of hassle, while those coming from a mountain biking background or having at least ridden a modern mountain bike will realize that there is little to no added maintenance.

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KHS Jumps to Discs with 2014 CX300 and CX100 Cyclocross Bikes

KHS’s latest models, the CX300 and CX100, retail for $2199 and $1399, respectively and saw an upgrade to disc brakes for ’cross.

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Q&A: Shimano Road Product Manager Dave Lawrence

Find out what this 25-year Shimano veteran thinks of disc brakes for road bikes, how he’ll use them, and how they can be improved.

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Tested: Shimano’s New R785 Hydraulic Disc Road Brakes

RoadBikeReview spent three days riding Shimano’s new hydraulic disc braking system. Find out our initial impressions, what the weight penalty is, and just how big the new shift levers are.

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Pro Bike: Lars van der Haar’s Giant TCX Advanced

Take a closer look at the disc brake-equipped bike that made cyclocross history last weekend in the Netherlands.

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Marin Cortina CX Pro and Stelvio T3

Check out these highlights of the new 2014 Marin Cortina CX Pro carbon cross bike with disc brakes and the new Stelvio T3 Pro DuraAce Di2 high end carbon race bike.

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