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  1. General Cycling Discussion
    Looking for a place to unload all those capital gains after Wall Street's banner 2013 run? Perhaps a new dream bike is in order. This week's candidate is the new Storck Aernario Signature Edition, a beautiful roadster built to celebrate company founder Marcus Storck's 50th birthday. Dressed tip...
  2. General Cycling Discussion
    How will we remember the last 12 months? Great year for the stock market. Bad year for nationalized healthcare websites. Somewhere in between year for hydraulic disc brakes on road bikes. Yes, we love how the cycling industry continues to push the innovation envelope and ultimately we believe...
  3. Components, Wrenching
    Dura-Ace 9000 proves adaptable, precise and comfortable, raising the bar for all mechanical groupsets. The hoods provide a comfortable perch and a nub on the levers enables solid and comfortable pointer finger wraparound. The numerous design innovations in the Shimano Dura-Ace 9000...
  4. General Cycling Discussion
    Just three months after suffering a severe spinal injury, trials rider extraordinaire Martyn Ashton has released the second Road Bike Party video. This amazing 6-minute compilation of jaw-dropping stunts further bends the rules of what one can do on a road bike, say for instance ride up a tree...
  5. General Cycling Discussion
    Shimano's Dave Lawrence has been with the company for 25 years. Photo credit: Shimano/Eric Wynn If you're like a lot of cyclists, you're wondering, do disc brakes on road bikes make sense for me? Only you can answer that question for sure, but it's always interesting to hear what other people...
  6. General Cycling Discussion
    Shimano unveiled its new hydraulic brake system for road at the beginning of November. Photo Credit: Shimano/Eric Wynn The first four days of November presented interesting times in the world of disc brakes for road bikes. Over the weekend, Shimano pulled together a group of cycling editors...
  7. General Cycling Discussion
    Lars van der Haar's Giant TCX Advanced. Earlier this week we told you about the historic feat of Lars van der Haar. Last Sunday, the young Dutchman from Team Rabobank became the first rider - man or woman - to win a UCI cyclocross World Cup race aboard a bike spec'd with disc brakes when he...
  8. General Cycling Discussion
    The majority of headlines emanating from the first World Cup cyclocross race of the season were dedicated to Lars van der Haar, winner of the men's pro race. And by all means the first elite level triumph of the 22-year-old Dutch Rabobank rider's career was a significant feat. But perhaps even...
  9. General Cycling Discussion
    Dura-Ace 9000 Loses Weight, Features Improved Ergonomics, More Distinctive Shift Feel, Improved Braking Dura-Ace 9000 gets lighter, more ergonomic and brings the feel of Dura-Ace Di2 to the mechanical realm. Dura-Ace Di2 represents the pinnacle of Shimano's road component group technology...
  10. General Cycling Discussion
    It seems straight forward enough. You just got a new pair of pedals and cleats. Now all you need to do is mount the pedals to your bike, affix the cleats to your shoes, and start pedaling. Alas as anyone who's mounted a pair of clipless pedal cleats knows, it's not that easy. With both...
  11. Components, Wrenching
    Shimano's new hydraulic disc brake system uses the same technology found on its popular mountain bike brakes. The hydraulic road disc brake system war is officially on. Just a few months after rival component maker SRAM came to market with its Red 22 hydro disc brake offering, Japanese giant...
  12. General Cycling Discussion
    Marcel Kittel realized the dream of all pro cyclists when he crossed the line at the end of the 2013 Tour de France's opening stage. Not only did the German rider earn the stage win but also the honor of wearing the race's first yellow jersey. Propelling the burly Argos-Shimano team rider to...
  13. Pro Cycling - Tour de France
    Move over Mavic. You're no longer the only cycling shoe maker with kicks that are impossible to miss. Taking a cue from Mavic's iconic yellow footwear offerings, Shimano has launched a limited edition bright blue version of its top-line R320 shoes. Sharp-eyed cycling fans will have already...
  14. General Cycling Discussion
    Normally, I'm pretty excited about advances in cycling technology and I love to try the newest, lightest, most aerodynamic inventions. However, with the advent of 11-speed drivetrains, I'm not convinced at the need to upgrade. Actually, I'm upset that the bike industry is suddenly moving to...
  15. General Cycling Discussion
    The entire groupset will retail for $1250 and be available at the end of June. Let the Dura-Ace 9000 trickle down begin. On Tuesday, Shimano unveiled its new 11-speed Ultegra 6800, calling the latest iteration of its tier-two road components a group that "offers Dura Ace form and function, but...
  16. Components, Wrenching
    Shimano today announced the addition of several new 11 speed compatible road wheels to their lineup for 2014. Most exciting of the announcement may have to be the new Dura-Ace 9000 C24 Tubular Wheels, weighing in at just 1,100 grams, they should be a favorite amongst climbers. The C24 joins the...
  17. General Cycling Discussion
    Not officially though... Michiel vd Heijden of the Dutch Rabobank-Giant team posted the above photo to his twitter account yesterday, it's since been taken down, but what it confirms is that Shimano are in fact developing hydraulic disc brakes for the road. From what we can gather from this...
  18. General Cycling Discussion
    New Dura-Ace Delivers Concentration, Control, and Confidence The all-new 2013 Dura-Ace group is the result of 40 years of development and innovation, tested to the limit at the highest level of competition in road racing, time trials and cyclo-cross. Dura-Ace now has an 11-speed cassette with...
  19. General Cycling Discussion
    Featured User Review: Shimano SH-RW80 Winter Road Shoe by Johan Mokhtar Price Paid: $125.00 at merlincycles.co.uk Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Value Rating: 5 of 5 Bike Setup Independent Fabrication Steel Crown Jewel SE, Chorus 11, Zipp 101's, ENVE carbon Cockpit Favorite Ride: Anything over 50...
  20. General Cycling Discussion
    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...
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