The Week in Tech: Carbon Smuggler, i9 disc wheels, SRAM DUB and more

Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news you need, and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t want.

Transition gives Smuggler some carbon love

Transition’s Smuggler has shed its holiday pounds and will be soon available in carbon. The carbon Smuggler frame weighs 6.5 pounds, which is 2.3 pounds lighter than the aluminum version.  The bike features Transition’s Speed Balanced Geometry, which translates to a slacker head tube angle and a rider-forward, central riding position between the front and rear contact points. A carbon Transition Smuggler frame costs $2,999, which is $1,000 more than the aluminum frame. A complete SRAM XO1 build costs $5,999. The Smuggler will be available this spring.


Industry Nine bets big on carbon road disc

I9 made a name for itself with its mountain bike components, but roadies can now join in the fun. The i9.35, i9.45, and i9.65 are all tubeless-ready and have a 21-millimeter wide rim. The model names represent the rim depth, with the 35 serving as a climbing wheel and the 65 as an aero wheel. All three wheels are built with a 24-spoke hub and come with a lifetime warranty. An i9.35 wheelset weighs 1,355 grams; the 45 weighs 1,495 grams; and the 65  registers at 1,555 grams. The 35 and 45 wheels are currently available, and the 65 will follow in February. A 35 wheelset costs $2,300, while the 45 will run $2,350, and the 65 costs $2,400.


SRAM Dub standardizes the standards?

SRAM’s DUB (Durable Unified Bottom bracket) system includes just one spindle size, 28.99-millimeters, scrapping the 24-millimeter and 30-millimeter sizes altogether. The single spindle size works in conjunction with an array of bottom bracket sizes, which in turn fit all standard frames. The change to one spindle size is intended to extend the life of the bottom bracket, but it also allowed SRAM to make its products lighter. SRAM says the 28.99-millimeter size  maximizes durability while cutting down on weight. The engineers at SRAM started with a 30 millimeter spindle and worked backward from there. DUB bottom brackets, minus the crankset, range from $38 to $50 depending on the model.


Showers Pass gets stoked on spring

The Spring Classic jacket from Showers Pass features a combination of a waterproof hardshell and softshell stretch fabric.  It’s intended to combat wet spring conditions, and it’s lighter than Showers Pass’s Elite 2.1 jacket — it weighs just 10.6-ounces in size medium. The jacket also packs down to fit easily in a jersey pocket.  3M Scotchlite reflective piping lines the front zipper, and there’s more reflective hits throughout. The front zipper is angled to reduce bunching and chafing at the neck. Two vents under each armpit offer plenty of quick ventilation. The Spring Classic is available in extra-small, small, medium, large, and XL, and costs $289.


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The Week in Tech: Stages two-sided power, Serotta returns, Trek to race discs

Here’s your week in tech — all of the gear news you need, none of the marketing gibberish you don’t want.

Stages on your left, Stages on your right

Stages Power’s left-right power meter, the LR, captures power from both the left and right crank arms. Stages claim the LR power meter device only adds 35 grams to the crank weight. Internal sensors measure cadence too. Stages Power also revealed the R power meter, which is a right-only power meter that can also be paired with Stages Power’s left-only power meters. All Stages Power meters are ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible and have a battery life of roughly 175 hours. Battery replacement is easy, as the power meters use simple 2032 coin batteries. The Stages Power LR for Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 costs $1,299 and the Ultegra R8000 version costs $999. The Stages Power R costs $749 for the Dura-Ace 9100 option and $649 for the Ultegra 8000 option.


Ben Serotta returns

Colorado’s Ben Serotta is back making bikes. The Duetti S1 frame is aluminum, fabricated in Taiwan. All models feature hydraulic disc brakes with thru-axle dropouts and customers can choose from 11 different sizes. Those interested in a more custom option made in North America can opt for the aModoMio C18. It’s made from a steel tubeset and like the Duetti, the aModoMio utilizes the company’s CC-DB1 carbon fork. The Duetti S1 starts at $4,695 and increases from there depending on the build. The aModoMio C18 is available in both disc brake and rim brake options and costs from $7,595 to $14,995.


Industry Nine gets beefy, stays light

Industry Nine has a new aluminum trail rim, the Trail270, which is an updated version of the Trail245. The wheel combines elements of the company’s downhill and enduro rims to create a stronger rim that doesn’t add significant weight. The Trail270 comes in 27.5 inch and 29er options, with either a 24-spoke rim or a 32-spoke configuration. The 24-spoke rim should give riders a more supple ride while shaving a few grams in the process. The rims are 27 millimeters wide, 2.5 millimeters wider than the previous generation. A 27.5-inch, 24-hole set weighs 1,480 grams, with the 32-hole set weighs 1,560 grams. The 29er rims weigh 1,560 grams and 1,650 grams for the 24-hole and 32-hole sets respectively. A 24-hole rim set costs $1,225 while the 32-hole rim set costs $1,245.


WolfTooth’s link pliers hide a few tricks

Wolf Tooth’s Master Link Combo pliers remove chain links and store two spare links. They also have a valve core remover/installer and the ability to hold valve locknuts. One of the handles doubles as a tire lever too. The aluminum tool weighs a scant 38 grams and is compatible with 9, 10, 11, and 12-speed chains, as well as most tubeless valve and presta tube locknuts. The pliers come in red or black and customers have a choice of five colors for the pivot bolt. The pliers cost $29.95.


Trek-Segafredo embraces discs

Trek-Segafredo riders will ride disc brakes 100 percent of the time on the team’s flagship Domane and Emonda bikes. The Domane is the bike of choice for the rough roads of northern Europe, while the Emonda is a climber’s machine made for brutal grand tour climbs. Riders will still ride rim brakes on Trek’s aero model, the Madone. The commitment to discs marks yet another chapter in the will-they-won’t-they saga of disc brakes at the WorldTour level. Last year, then-Quick-Step sprinter Marcel Kittel became the first rider to win a Tour de France stage on a disc-equipped bicycle.

Kinomap comes to the U.S.

Look out, Zwift. Kinomap is coming to town. Kinomap is a video sharing platform that offers live-action videos synchronized with corresponding maps. The site features approximately 70,000 miles of video courses. The video-sharing technology allows anyone to follow pre-existing routes on the app, as well as to upload their own video courses. Kinomap also added an additional feature in time for its U.S. release: multiplayer game sessions. Contestants can challenge each other by scheduling their multiplayer sessions directly from the Kinomap app. Popular routes on the app include oceanside rides in Big Sur, California and the Tuscan countryside. The app is available for IOS and Android platforms.


Liv lines up 11 women’s skills camps

Working with SRAM, Liv has set 11 dates for Liv Ladies AllRide mountain bike skills camps in 2018. In addition to riding instruction, the camps offer female riders a chance to learn about bike maintenance, repair, and set-up. Here are the dates:

March 17-18: Ocala, Florida
April 14-15: Sedona, Arizona
May 12-13: Bentonville, Arkansas
June 2-3: Bend, Oregon
June 23-24: Bend, Oregon
July 14-15: Big Sky, Montana
July 21-22: Grand Targhee, Wyoming
August 25-31: Destination: Italy
Sept 8-9: Lyndonville, Vermont
Sept 15-16: Brevard, North Carolina
Sept 19-20: Brevard, North Carolina (mid-week camp)


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The Week in Tech: Transition Sentinel sheds pounds, new SRAM brakes

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Transition Bikes Sentinel gets a carbon diet

Transition’s Sentinel will shed a few pounds in 2018. The carbon edition of the Sentinel frame weighs 6.83 pounds, which is 2.5 pounds lighter than the alloy version. The alloy Sentinel introduced Transition’s Speed Balance Geometry (SBG), designed to bring the rider more forward into a central position between the front and rear tire contact points. A 40-millimeter stem and steep seat tube angles help achieve that balance and are supposed to aid in climbing traction and reduce seated sag when climbing. The new carbon frame costs $2,999, which is $1,000 more than the alloy version. A complete bike with an SRAM XO1 build costs $5.999.


SRAM four-piston stoppers at a friendly price

SRAM’s Guide brake family just got a bit bigger with the addition of the Guide T. The T’s four-piston brake caliper does not offer any new technological developments, though it is a less expensive entry into the four-piston arena. The lever and caliper cost $105 per brake ($210 for the pair). The brake weighs 280 grams when used with an 800-millimeter hose, according to SRAM, and is compatible with its drip-free Bleeding Edge technology. The Guide T costs about $30 less than the Guide R.


Wear your heart(rate) on your sleeve

Wahoo gets something off your chest with the TICKR Fit heart rate monitor. The forearm-mounted monitor has ANT+ and Bluetooth capability and comes with two adjustable band sizes to accommodate a wide range of body types. It is water and sweat-resistant and it has a USB-rechargeable battery. Wahoo claims the battery life can last in excess of 30 hours. The unit costs $80.


AbsoluteBlack OVAL chainrings available for Shimano cranks

AbsoluteBlack now offers 2x chainrings designed specifically for Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 and Ultegra 8000 road cranksets. Osymetric chainrings have garnered popularity thanks in large part to Chris Froome (Sky), who has used the chainrings on his Tour de France-winning bikes for years. The new chainrings feature an updated integrated ramp design, which is supposed to improve shifting performance. AbsoluteBlack is offering the chainrings in a variety of sizes: 34T, 36T, 38T, and 39T for the inner ring, and  50T, 52T, and 53T for the outer ring. An inner chainring costs $62 and an outer chainring costs $124.

Rocky Mountain 2018 model recall

Rocky Mountain Bicycles has recalled all of its 2018 Altitude, Instinct, and Pipeline bikes in both carbon and aluminum. Brake cable housing that was not secured properly during manufacturing can cause brake failure, posing a crash hazard. The recall covers over 3,000 bikes between the U.S. and Canada. The bikes were sold at Rocky Mountain bicycle dealers from June 2017 through November 2017 for between $2,600 and $7,300. Consumers should stop using the recalled bikes immediately and contact Rocky Mountain at 866-522-2803 or via email at Rocky Mountain Bicycles can be reached online at


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Week in Tech: New Canyon, Sagan says Wahoo!, Rapha wool

Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news you need with none of the marketing gibberish you don’t want.

Canyon hits the trails

Canyon’s updated Spectral trail bike sports 150 millimeters of travel up front and 140 millimeters of travel in the rear. It comes in three flavors: full carbon, carbon front and aluminum rear, and full aluminum.  27.5-inch wheels are wrapped in either 2.4-inch or 2.6-inch tires. Canyon has also developed a new integrated cable channel: The impact-resistant plastic cover fits into the frame to maintain a clean look that makes service simpler. Canyon has also developed two new bottle cage systems to work with the new lateral position of the shock, as well as a storage box that attaches to the frame. An integrated seat post clamp tops off a long list of nice touches. Pricing and models available for U.S. consumers are below.

U.S. Pricing:
Spectral AL 6.0 $2,499
Spectral CF 8.0 $3,499
Spectral CF 9.0 PRO $4,499
Spectral CF 9.0 SL $5,999
Spectral CF 9.0 EX LTD $6,999


Sagan says Wahoo!

Triple world champion Peter Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team will ride with Wahoo in 2018. The Georgia company will provide Sagan, Rafal Majka, and the rest of the team with Wahoo Elemnt Bolt head units and Tickr heart rate monitors. “I think the Wahoo bike computers stand out not only for the technology, performance and features, they offer but also for their cool design and user-friendliness,” said Sagan. This will be Wahoo’s first WorldTour team partnership.

Lezyne’s box o’ gold

Pegboard looking a little blah these days? Lezyne’s toolkit can spice things up with a collection of tools plated with 18K gold. The six tools come in a wood box; three are gold-plated entirely, and three feature gold accents. The gold bits are the Saber Levers, an alloy bottle cage, a waterproof aluminum case for the patch kit, a mini-pump, CO2 inflator, and SV-11 multi-tool. For a mere $350 it can be yours.


Rapha’s high-zoot commute

Rapha has partnered with luxury Italian brand Loro Piana to create a new wool soft shell for your daily commute. The jacket is 93% wool, 5% silk, and 2% elastane. The water-repellant finish and taped seams should keep you protected in wet weather. The pocket configuration has been redesigned to provide storage around the back and an internal pocket to keep valuables safe. Underarm zippers allow for ventilation and a built-in shoulder pad protects the jacket from bag strap abrasions. Reflective piping increases your visibility too. Rapha said the jacket was designed to be worn with layers underneath, so you won’t find a race cut here. It’ll cost you $500, so don’t crash while wearing it.


Specialized issues Allez fork recall

Specialized has issued a letter calling for riders to stop riding and retailers to stop selling the 2018 model Allez, Allez Elite, and Allez Sport bikes. The letter was issued in preparation for a recall of the bike’s forks. “After careful examination, we’ve concluded that some model year 2018 Allez, Allez Elite, and Allez Sport model bikes may contain a manufacturing defect in the fork crown which potentially affects safety. Therefore, we’ve decided to prepare for a recall which will involve replacing the existing fork with a new fork,” a statement from Specialized said. “By this letter, we’re asking riders to stop riding, and our dealers to stop selling, affected bicycles. Even though to our knowledge, no one has been injured and no regulatory agency has brought this to our attention.” The statement continued that riders who have purchased the certain model bikes will get priority before retailers.


Tanja Erath wins Zwift academy, will join Canyon/Sram

Germany’s Tanja Erath won the 2017 Zwift Academy challenge and thus earned a pro contract with Canyon-SRAM for the 2018 season. She beat over 2,100 competitors from around the world. This is the second year Zwift and Canyon/SRAM have partnered for the competition that awards the winner with a WorldTour contract. Leah Thorvilson won last year. Erath is a nurse, former triathlete, and fixed-gear criterium racer.


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Week in Tech: New gravel options, the Canyon effect, and more

Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news you need, none of the marketing gibberish you don’t want.

Seven offers enormous gravel upgrade

Seven Cycles is offering an upgrade to its thru-axle, disc, SL, and SLX frames that can reduce the weight by up to 20 percent. The XX upgrade is based on 11 design features that Seven claims will have no negative impact on performance. Upgrades include asymmetric dropouts and chainstays, an internal seat post binder, and more aggressive bottom bracket machining. The XX upgrade is available as a $995 add-on to any of Seven’s SL or SLX disc brake, titanium frames.


Lightweight gets in the disc game

The Meilenstein Disc is Lightweight’s first disc wheelset and it’s crazy light — with a corresponding crazy price tag. The 48-millimeter deep carbon wheels weigh 1,380 grams for a pair of clinchers or 1,245 grams for a pair of tubulars. The rim width of the Meilenstein Discs has increased from 20mm to 24mm compared with other Meilenstein wheels. The increased rim width accommodates 25-32mm tires. Lightweight’s specially designed pentagon-shaped hub is laced to the rim using just 20 spokes. The company claims the disc wheels are 10 percent stiffer than the previous generation. The clincher wheelset costs about $5,400, while the tubular wheelset is about $4,600.


Open and Yeti join gravel forces

Yeti Cycles and Open Cycles have collaborated to release a limited run of Open’s NEW U.P. GravelPlus frameset in the iconic Yeti turquoise. The U.P. — which stands for Unbeaten Path — is an all-carbon gravel bike that can handle tires up to 27.5 x 2.1 inches. VeloNews tested the Open U.P. earlier this year and it scored well due to its versatility. The frame comes with three MultiStops for 1x, 2x, and Di2 cable routing. The collaboration is limited: Only 50 turquoise frames are being produced. You can score yours for $3,200.


In a chamois far, far away…

BioRacer has partnered with Disney to develop multiple Star Wars-themed jerseys and bibs. The collaboration includes five series: Iconic Sleeves, Allover Print, Art Collection, Logo Shirts, and Planets. The Iconic Sleeves series comes in five jerseys with colorful short sleeves adorned with the face of popular characters like Yoda, C-3PO, or Darth Vader. The Allover Print series includes two prints: a Death Star pattern and several iconic spaceship patterns. The multicolored Art Collection invites its wearers to pick a character: Boba Fett, Storm Trooper, or Darth Vader. The Logo series displays the iconic logo of the saga across the torso while the last series showcases the colors of different planets. The Logo and Planets series are also available in women’s cuts.


Canyon effect in full swing

Pirelli Pzero bikeIntense Cycles and Pirelli tires both announced that consumers can now buy products directly. Pirelli’s e-commerce site is currently only available to those in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and the UK. U.S. consumers will have to wait for direct sales; in the meantime, they can find Pirelli tires at select retailers. Intense Cycles’ direct sales program is called the Rider Direct Network, which includes a network of bike shops that offer the same consumer-direct price at the local bike shop.

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Bell Helmets sponsors college cycling programs

Bell Helmets has partnered with four collegiate cycling programs for the 2018 season, including the University of Colorado, Boulder, Piedmont College, Lees-McRae, and UC Santa Cruz. CU Boulder won both road and mountain bike national championships in 2017. Each team will sport Bell’s lightweight Z20 helmet, aerodynamic Star Pro helmet, and Javelin time trial helmet. Each respective college will have its helmets custom-painted with team colors.


Rolf Prima partners with RAAM

Rolf Prima and Race Across America (RAAM) announced a multi-year partnership that designates Rolf Prima as the official wheel of RAAM. Rolf Prima performs all its engineering, design, testing, and wheel building in its Eugene, Oregon facility. RAAM is a 3,000-mile, coast-to-coast race across the U.S. that starts in Oceanside, California and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland. The 2018 RAAM will be the 37th edition.


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