Nua Dual Titanium gets belt drive, Pinion gearbox, for pavement/ dirt use

Just unveiled at Sea Otter Europe, Nua Bikes is jumping into the world of Pinion gearboxes. Based in Barcelona Spain, Nua’s focus is reported to be versatile, while their beautifully crafted titanium frames feature all the modern technology tricks that provide a bicycle that will be highly enjoyed with less maintenance. Adding a Pinion gear box with a Gates belt drive certainly seems like it would fit in that category, and once you add in the 60mm tires, you have a bike that should be comfortable in a number of different environments…

 

 

Like the photos above the bikes with gearbox’s aren’t exactly taking over yet, although they are beginning to pop up more and more, especially these equipped with the Pinion drivetrain. When mated with a Gates belt, the result is definitely less maintenance intensive, although you will still need to do fewthings like periodically change the oil in the gear box. As is necessary for the build, the Dual frame is custom built to house the Pinion assembly while still offering clearance for the massive tires.

 

 

Nua claims the Dual was built to be the perfect mix of your around town bike during the week while then switching over to be your secret dirt road explorer on the weekend. The Nua frame, seat post, stem, and fork are all built out of titanium, while all the remaining parts were hand picked specifically for creating this amazing show bike.

Most of Nua’s bikes are in the full custom realm, so pricing and geometry all vary per build. But if you want to get your hands on one of these titanium beauties for yourself – or at least get more information, check out the Nua website below.

nuabikes.com



Ren Cycles Appia Titanium w/ Waypoint Gravel

Portland-based REN Cycles have released three new stock frame models, growing out from the original Waypoint offering. We first saw them through their custom, US-made builds under the Ti Cycles brand. With the REN brand, they add the option of moving production to Asia and sticking to stock geometry to keep cost dow, while still delivering great titanium options to the masses. Their new Appia is a rim brake road race frame, the Omen a new QR cyclocross/adventure bike, and the Ivan is their thru-axle-capable cross/adventure, even singlespeed option. Plus, all three come with a 5-year warranty. Hop past the break for more details on three new whips…

Appia

The Appia is a classic road race bike featuring double-butted main tubes and S-bend stays. Borrowing most of the geometry from their popular Ti Cycles Hyak, the Appia has a slightly sloping top tube and angles that are steep enough for racing but comfortable enough for long days in the saddle. Like all the REN frames, the new roady has a replaceable full titanium derailleur hanger and comes Di2 compatible. Plus, most will be happy to hear that it sticks with a regular BSA threaded bottom bracket. The Appia is available in seven stock sizes from 50cm-62cm. 50cm frames are designed around 650c wheels and a 44mm headtube, while 52cm+ use 700c wheels and tapered headtubes. Pricing starts at $2195/€1955 for frame, fork, and headset.

Waypoint

The Waypoint is REN’s new cyclocross & adventure bike hybrid. With fender mounts and threaded bosses on the stays and top-routed bottom-pull front derailleur compatibility, not to mention quick release dropouts front and back, REN clearly intend the Waypoint to be built as a more traditional touring or cyclocross bike, but with modern trimmings like disc brakes and a 44mm head tube. Available in five sizes ranging from 49 to 61cm and all using 700c wheels, pricing starts at $1895/€1690 for frame only, with frameset options from $2095/€1870.

Ivan

Perhaps the most versatile of the new frames is the Ivan, with disc brakes, rack mounts, sliding dropouts, and even belt drive compatibility. Along with the same 44mm headtube, BSA bottom bracket and 3al-2.5v oversize butted titanium found throughout the line, the Ivan aims to be a one-bike stable, from cyclocross racing to gravel touring.

Di2 ready, and compatible with front derailleurs, it can be built in nearly any combo you can dream up. Like the Omen, the Ivan also starts at $1895/€1690 for a frame.

RENcycles.com

Plane Frameworks Introduces Custom Carbon w/ new process

The Australian custom carbon bike maker Plane Frameworks have apparently made solid steps forward toward their process. They started with one-off machined EPS molds for each bike and their own in-house carbon pre-preg, Plane has something of a luxury of being able to fine tune each subsequent bike to continue to evolve the design and to create a bike truly unique to each customer. Their disc brake road bike is a good example of the process, now completely incorporating a number of refinements they have been in the works on several different bikes over the last couple of months…

The Plane Frameworks bike gets boxy tube profiling, plus a new set of flat mount disc brake dropouts that were produced completely in house for more space at the rear end.

It’s interesting to note here that Plane doesn’t work with off-the-shelf (out-of-the-refrigerator?) carbon pre-preg sheets like many carbon builders. Instead they feel more in control by starting with a range of raw fiber weaves, and then impregnating them all in-house with the same Kinetix R240 epoxy resin. Working with a more local resin distributor, they can maintain they same 40% resin content across all different moduli of carbon, end up with a resin that cures at the lower temperature tailored to their process, and yields a major improvement in resulting strength & material toughness.

Their bikes are crafted by heat-shrinking a first layer of carbon over the machined EPS mold to set its shape, before completing the total layup on top of the core.

 

The new Plane Frameworks also gets new chain and seatstay designs, a new seatpost clamp setup, and revised internal routing. Altogether the tube shape changes also led Plane to rework each junction to be less webbed, and to create a wider, stiffer bottom bracket with a dramatically reduced chainstay bridge/shelf.

At first glance the new bike retains the same look of the previous models, but it clearly has made a big step forward in the details.The result, a bike that is at one time stiffer, stronger, and lighter – down under 900g. Plus, Plane Frameworks says that the newly refined design allows them to build their unique one piece monocoque construction even easier into the full custom geometry that their clients are looking for.

PlaneFrameworks.com.au

KTM Macina Tour 10 P5 EBike

2017 KTM Macina Tour 10 P5
2017 KTM Macina Tour 10 P5

 

 

 

Macina Tour – Bosch CX51 Motor

 

The e-bike popularity is starting to explode and KTM’s full range of eMTB models come with quite a few exciting characteristics. The 2017 KTM Macina 10 P5 features a sweet component list that includes Shimano’s XT M786 10 Speed drivetrain and Shimano Deore M396 hydraulic brakes, this model only mounts components of great value on a frame designed to be able to control the thrust of the new Bosch Performance CX engine. The Macina also employs a trusty Suntour NCX-D fork to absorb all the bumpy cobble style terrain, while the Tour’s Ambrosia dis wheels fitted with Schwalbe Energizer plus tires, while the reliable KTM Kappa Crank finishes the build nicely

The new P5 has the latest evolution of Bosch engines, the Performance CX. The Performance CX engine for the KTM processes data at two thousand messages per second to ensure efficiency at the highest levels. Thanks to this combination the Macina engine is very fluid in the delivery of up to 75 nm of torque. The dashboard Intuvia, is outfitted as standard with handlebar control, allows you to view the most important information. The power is entrusted to the Bosch lithium-ion 250Wh battery that recharges in just 3.5 hours.

Tech Specs

Frame: Macina Trekking Alloy for Bosch
Fork: Macina custom Suntour NCX-D LO
Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX M7000 SGS-shadow plus
Grips: Ergon GP1 S SD OEM
Shifters: Shimano Deore T610-10
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M786 GS-shadow plus
Cassette: Shimano Deore HG50-10 11/36
Cranks: (KTM in-house) Karm-Set ISIS
Wheels: Ambrosio Track Disc / Deore M615 Hubs – 700c
Tires: Schwalbe Energizer plus – 700c
Stem: Line Satori UP OS 31.8 versatil-bar
Handlebar: Line HB KT-2/620 Trekking
Brakes: Shimano Deore M396 – 180/160mm Rotors
Saddle: Selle Royal 5234 LookIn
Seatpost: Suntour SP12-NCX 30.9 suspension

E-Motor

Motor: Macina Bosch Drive Unit 36V-250W 25km/h performance line CX

Max Speed: 25Km/h

Display: Intuvia Macina LCD Display Remote with walk assist
Battery: Powerpack 13.8Ah – 500Wh
Weight: 23.3kg

See the Macina Tour testing review, for sale purchase price info, Macina sizes and more at Merlincycles.com…



2017 Superior X-Road Comp Alu Gravel Bike Testing

2017 Superior X-Road Comp Alu Gravel Bike Testing
2017 Superior X-Road Comp Alu Gravel Bike Testing

 

X-Road Comp Alu Test Gravel Bike

 

SPECS

Manufacture Name Superior Bikes Review Test, geometry, retail price/ preis and more…
Bicycle Weight KG — LBS not available
Sizes 52cm(S), 54cm(M), 56cm(L), 58cm(XL)
Model 2017 X-Road
Wheel Size 700c
Gearing 2×10 Comp testing
Fork Custom X-Road Tapered CRB Carbon
Shifter Shimano Sora ST-R3000 2×10
Cassette Shimano HG400-10 11-32T
F. Derailleur Shimano Sora ST-R3000
R. Derailleur Shimano Sora ST-R3000 SGS Shadow
Chain KMC X10
Brakes Shimano BR505 hydraulic disc brake 140/140mm
Rims /Hubs X-Road custom Weinmann 180D Disc 24H /One Race Ultralight 15 X 100mm front, One Race Ultralight 12 X 142mm rear, with Sapim Race Black Spokes
Tires Schwalbe G-ONE Performance 700 X 30C
Handlebar /Grips X-Road One Alloy Compact Handlebar, / Velo Sticky Gel
Stem One Race
Seatpost /Saddle One Race, /Selle Royal Seta Performa Comp
X-Road Colors Orange Alu/ Black shown above — Or Matte Black Comp carbon CRB fork shown below
Frame Type Traditional w/ Tapered Comp Headtube
Frame Material Butted Comp Ultralite Elite Aluminum
Best Use X-Road Gravel paths/ trails
Headset FSA Orbit C40 Comp NO.42/ACB X-Road
Crankset /BB Shimano Sora FC 34-50T /BB-RS500
x-road crb elite carbon fork X-Road Fork (CRB Carbon model)

 



 

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2017 Superior X-Road Elite Alu Gravel Bike Testing

Superior X-Road Elite Alu Gravel Bike Testing 2017
Superior X-Road Elite Alu Gravel Bike Testing 2017

 

X-Road Elite Alu Test Gravel Bike

 

SPECS

Manufacture Name Superior Bikes Review Test, geometry, retail price/ preis and more…
Bicycle Weight KG — LBS not available
Sizes 52cm(S), 54cm(M), 56cm(L), 58cm(XL)
Model 2017 X-Road
Wheel Size 700c
Gearing 2×10 Elite testing
Fork Custom X-Road Tapered CRB Carbon
Shifter Shimano ST-RS405 2×11
Cassette Shimano HG500-10 11-32T
F. Derailleur Sram Rival22
R. Derailleur Shimano Tiagra RD-M500 SGS Shadow
Chain KMC X10
Brakes Shimano BR505 hydraulic disc brake 140/140mm
Rims /Hubs X-Road custom Weinmann 180D Disc 24H /One Race Ultralight 15 X 100mm front, One Race Ultralight 12 X 142mm rear, with Sapim Race Black Spokes
Tires Schwalbe G-ONE Performance 700 X 30C
Handlebar /Grips X-Road One Alloy Compact Handlebar, / Velo Sticky Gel
Stem One Race
Seatpost /Saddle One Race, /Selle Royal Seta Performa Elite
X-Road Colors Orange Alu/ Black shown above — Or Matte Black Elite carbon CRB fork shown below
Frame Type Traditional w/ Tapered Elite Headtube
Frame Material Butted Ultralight Elite Aluminum
Best Use X-Road Gravel paths/ trails
Headset FSA Orbit C40 Elite NO.42/ACB X-Road
Crankset /BB Shimano Tiagra FC-4700 34-50T /BB-RS500
x-road crb elite carbon fork X-Road Fork (CRB Carbon model)

 



 

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2017 Superior X-Road Issue Gravel Bike Review Testing

2017 Superior X-Road Issue Bike Testing
2017 Superior X-Road Issue Bike Testing

 

2017 Superior X-Road Issue Alu Test Gravel Bike

 

SPECS

Manufacture Superior Bikes Review Test, Issue geometry, retail price/ preis and more…
Weight KG — LBS not available
Sizes 52cm(S), 54cm(M), 56cm(L), 58cm(XL)
Model 2017 X-Road
Wheel Size 700c
Gearing 2×11 issue testing
Fork Custom X-Road Tapered CRB Carbon
Shifter Shimano ST-RS505 2×11
Cassette Shimano 105 HG5800-11 11-32T
F. Derailleur Sram Rival22
R. Derailleur Shimano 105 RD-M5800 SGS Shadow
Chain KMC X11
Brakes Shimano BR505 hydraulic disc brake 140/140mm
Rims /Hubs X-Road custom Weinmann 180D Disc 24H /One Race Ultralight 15 X 100mm front, One Race Ultralight 12 X 142mm rear, with Sapim Race Black Spokes
Tires Schwalbe G-ONE Performance 700 X 30C
Handlebar /Grips X-Road One Alloy Compact Handlebar, / Velo Sticky Gel
Stem One Race
Seatpost /Saddle One Race, /Selle Royal Seta Performa
X-Road Colors Ball-burnished Raw Alu/ Black shown above — Or Matte Black carbon CRB fork shown below
Frame Type Traditional w/ Tapered Headtube
Frame Material Superior Butted X6 Aluminum
Best Use X-Road Gravel paths/ trails
Headset FSA Orbit 1.5b ZS NO.57b
Crankset /BB Shimano 105 FC-5800 34-50T /SM-BBR60
x-road issue crb carbon fork X-Road Fork (CRB Carbon model)

 



 

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Ghost Square Cross X 3 City Bike – 2017 Testing Review – Adventure Gravel

Ghost Square Cross X 3 City Bike - 2017 Testing Review
Ghost Square Cross X 3 City Bike - 2017 Testing Review




 

Square Cross X 3 Adventure Gravel/City platform

■■ Adventure Digs..

Latest Concept
price: €799
Mileage: 3000miler

Description

The 2017 Ghost Square provides the most versatile way to enjoy a whole array of experiences but with one bicycle. On the road, the Ghost glides along at almost road-bike-like speed, while off-road it offers the comfort, stability and puncture protection of a Ghost mountain bike. The Square riding position is well balanced and suitable for a Sunday spin or a quick ride after work, all with that classic Ghost look to dye for.

With Cross details supplied by Shimano, with their full Acera drivetrain, the setup is by no means a slouch. While Tektro ACC hydraulic disc brakes slow it down on the trail without complaint, but unfortunately you can’t integrate your smart phone like the Urban X 10 sibling can.

For the Cross to become such an outstanding bike they had to combine two special ingredients, wisely engineered frame and a reputable components package. Now proud to introduce the new Square, as a true adventure bike.




Build Details

SPECIFICATION GEOMETRY // SIZE

Frame Square Alloy 28 Crossover
Fork RST Nova MLO 60 mm
Stem Ghost AS GH2
Handlebar Low Riser Light 680 mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Altus 8-Speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Tourney
Shifters Shimano Deore SL
Crankset Shimano FC-T310 44-32-22T
Cassette Sprocket Shimano 11-30 CS-HG500
Brakes Tektro ACC 005 Disc 160 mm
Tires Schwalbe CX Comp 40-622
Rims Rodi Excalibur 19
Front Hub Shimano Hub Dynamo QR
Rear Hub Shimano QR
Seatpost G-light SL 719
Saddle Square 3050 HRN
Front Travel 60mm
Frame Sizes S/M/L/XL Square sizing
Weight Square 3 Weight n-a kg

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2017 Ghost Square Cross 4 Test Review – Adventure Gravel/ City Bike

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2017 Ghost Square Cross 4 Adventure Gravel/ City Bike_nightblack_neonred

 




 

Square Cross 4 Adventure Gravel/Trail /City

■■ Adventure Digs..

Latest Concept
price: €699 /$799
Mileage: 1000miler

Description

The 2017 Ghost Square line provide a sweet versatile way to enjoy a full spectrum of experiences, but only needing one bicycle. On the road, the Ghost gets you almost road bike like speed, while off-road it offers the comfort, stability from the 60mm suspension fork, and puncture protection of mountain bike tires. The Square riding position is well balanced and suitable to spin on Sunday afternoon with friends or a quick ride after work, all with that classic Ghost look people love.

With Square details supplied by Shimano, with their full Alivio drivetrain, the setup is by no means a slouch. While Tektro ACC 003 disc brakes slow it down on the trail without complaint, but unfortunately you can’t integrate your smart phone like the Square Urban X 10 sibling can.

To become such an outstanding city bike they had to combine two special ingredients, wisely engineered aluminum frame and a reputable components package. Now proud to introduce the new setup, as a true adventure bike.




Build Details

SPECIFICATION GEOMETRY // SIZE

Frame Alloy Cross-over 28
Fork Suntour SR 60mm
Stem AS GH2 31.8 mm
Handlebar Low Riser Light 680 mm 31.8
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio 9-Speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Acera
Shifter Shimano Acera SL
Crankset Shimano FC-Triple  48-34-24
Cassette Shimano CS-HG200 11-32
Brakes Tektro ACC 003 Disc 160 mm
Tires Schwalbe CX Comp 60-622
Rims Rodi Excalibur 19
Front Hub Hub QR
Rear Hub Hub QR
Seatpost G-light DC 1 31.6 mm
Saddle Square 3050 HRN
Front Travel Rigid
Frame Sizes Square sizing S/M/L/XL
Weight Sq Weight n-a kg

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2017 Ghost Square Cross 5 Testing Review – Gravel Adventure Bike

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2017 Ghost Square Cross 5 Testing Review - Gravel Adventure Bike_nightblack_monarch 




 

Square Cross 5 Adventure Gravel/Trail platform

■■ Adventure Digs..

Latest Concept
price: €899 /$999
Mileage: 5000miler

Description

The 2017 Ghost Square line offers the most versatile way to enjoy a whole array of experiences on only one bicycle, which was introduced in 2015. On the tarmac, the Ghost zips along near a road bike like speed, but when you take it for a spin on the dirt it offers the comfort, stability and puncture protection of a Ghost mountain bike. The Square riding position is well balanced and suitable for a Sunday spin or a quick ride after work, all with that classic Ghost look to dye for.

With Cross build details that were supplied by Sram, and thier full NX drivetrain, the setup is by no means a slouch. While Sram DB-Level A1 disc brakes slow it down on the trail without complaint, but unfortunately you can’t integrate your smart phone like the Urban X 10 sibling can.

For the Cross to become such an outstanding bike they had to combine two special ingredients, wisely engineered frame and a reputable components package. Now proud to introduce the new Square, as a true adventure bike.




Build Details

SPECIFICATION GEOMETRY // SIZE

 Square Alloy 28 Crossover  Frame
Fork Alloy Rigid
Ghost AS GH2 Stem  AS 31.8 mm Stem
Handlebar Low Riser Light 680 mm 31.8
Rear Derailleur Sram NX 11-Speed
Front Derailleur none
Shifter Sram NX Trigger
Crankset Sram NX 38 T Single
Cassette Sram Powerglide 11-42
Brakes Sram DB-Level A1 Disc 160 mm
Tires Continental Speedride 42-622
Rims Rodi Excalibur 19
Front Hub Hub QR
Rear Hub Hub QR
Seatpost G-light DC 1 31.6 mm
Square Saddle  3050 HRN
Front Travel Rigid
Square Frame Sizes S/M/L/XL  sizing
Square 5 Weight  n-a kg

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Ghost Square Cross 6 Testing Review – Gravel Adventure Bike

2017 Ghost Square Cross 6 Gravel Adventure Bike_urban_neonred

2017 Ghost Square Cross 6 Gravel Adventure Bike_urban_neonred




 

Square Cross 6 Adventure Gravel/Trail platform

■■ Adventure Digs..

Latest Concept
price: €999
Mileage: 6000miler

Description

The Ghost Square line offers the most versatile way to enjoy a whole array of experiences on only one bicycle. On the road, the Ghost glides along at almost road-bike-like speed, while off-road it offers the comfort, stability and puncture protection of a Ghost mountain bike. The Square riding position is well balanced and suitable for a Sunday spin or a quick ride after work, all with that classic Ghost look to dye for.

With Cross details supplied by Shimano, with thier full XT drivetrain, the setup is by no means a slouch. While Shimano Deore disc brakes slow it down on the trail without complaint, but unfortunately you can’t integrate your smart phone like the Urban X 10 sibling can.

For the Cross to become such an outstanding bike they had to combine two special ingredients, wisely engineered frame and a reputable components package. Now proud to introduce the new Square, as a true adventure bike.




Build Details

SPECIFICATION GEOMETRY // SIZE

Frame Square Alloy 28 Crossover
Fork RST VIVAir RL
Stem Ghost AS GH2 31.8 mm
Handlebar Low Riser Light 680 mm 31.8
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT 10-Speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Shifter Shimano Deore SL
Crankset Shimano XT 48-36-26
Cassette Sprocket Shimano 11-34 CS-HG500
Brakes Shimano 396 Disc 180 mm
Tires Schwalbe Smart Sam
Rims Rodi Excalibur 19
Front Hub Shimano Deore QR
Rear Hub Shimano Deore QR
Seatpost G-light SP DC 1 31.6 mm
Saddle Square 3050 HRN
Front Travel 2.25″
Frame Sizes S/M/L/XL Square sizing
Weight Square 6 Weight n-a kg

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2017 GT Grade Carbon 105 Gravel Bike Review

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Grade Carbon 105 Gravel Bike Review

$2499




This GT is ready for some serious on or off road handling without skipping a beat in acceleration, becuase never before has a high-tech GT road bike been so capable on low-tech roads. The Grade is ready for everything GT could think of, from freshly-paved switchbacks along mountain roads to the gravel roads you ride; and everything in between. The Grade knows no bounds. “The setup is designed to be a road bike, adventure bike, and gravel bike wrapped up into one top 10 versatile package. After two days riding it in the Wasatch Mountains, I think they nailed it.” – Ron Koch, Bicycling Magazine.

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The secret of the Grade success lies in the unique frame design. GT took their famed triple triangle design and updated it for all-day adventures on rough roads. The main carbon frame is made from their Enduroad carbon fiber for a stiff, lightweight ride that’s as fast as it is comfortable. The seatstays, however, are actually made of a revolutionary fiber glass that helps smooth out the ride and improve vibration dampening for a more comfortable ride on even the harshest roads. And don’t worry about how skinny they look–they might look a little delicate, but they’re anything but. The Grade Carbon frame features 15mm thru-axle dropouts for improved stiffness and better compatibility with the included hydraulic disc brakes. To finish it off perfectly.

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The Grade Carbon road bike features slick and stylish high-performance components. Shimano R785 hydraulic brakes and a Shimano 11-speed mid-compact drivetrain deliver flawless results. Stan’s No Tubes Radler disc wheels with Clement Strada Ush 32c tires supply plenty of grip, even in tight singletrack conditions. A Grade DropTune Super Light double-butted handlebar and Grade 3D Forged Alloy SL stem place your body in the perfect position, and a Fizik Monte MG saddle supplies all-day comfort.

See the 2017 GT GRADE review, sizing and purchase info here

2017 Pinarello Gan GRS Carbon Ultegra





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Gan GRS Carbon Ultegra

The 2017 Pinarello GAN gravel bike features elastomer suspension with flex stays, originally designed for Team Sky to comfortably ride over cobbled roads in France. The GAN bike features the same suspension found on the Dogma K8-S: thinner chainstays (which are wider horizontally for enhanced stiffness), an incorporated molded-in pivot point for the seatstays, and a rear suspension unit– the Pinarello DSS 1.0 (Pinarello Dogma Suspension System).

pinarello-gan-grs-rear-suspension

The rear dampening system isn’t the only feature that has adapted the GAN bike for gravel: the geometry has been updated to have a longer wheelbase than the GAN, smaller bottom bracket drop, and a longer headtube for a slightly more relaxed riding position, as well as space for 38mm tires. Flat mount hydraulic disc brakes provide the smooth stopping power you want when racing. The setup also includes fender mounts.

The GAN features Pinarello’s signature Flatback technology that significantly reduces aerodynamic drag with its oval-front and flattened-back tubing throughout the frame and fork, creating an aerodynamic profile that slices cleanly through the wind. The carbon fiber T600 that the GAN is constructed from makes for a stiff and powerful frame. Also featured are an integrated seat clamp and aero seatpost.

The Shimano Ultegra groupset has smooth mechanical shifting that performs exceptionally at a lighter weight than the 105 groupset that comes with the non-suspension version of the GAN GR.

Features:

  • Frame: GAN Disk high-modulus T900 carbon
  • Fork: GAN Onda high-modulus
  • Suspension: DSS 1.0 – Elastomeric Dumper and FLEX STAYS
  • Headset: Drop in bearing system 1 1/8” – 1 ½”
  • Brakes: Shimano Ultegra RS805
  • Shifters: Shimano Ultegra RS685
  • Cranks w/ Entire Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra 11-speed 52/36, Shimano Ultegra 11-32 cassette.
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano
  • Wheelset: Fulcrum Racing 5 DB AFS
  • Skewers: Fulcrum
  • Tires: Vittoria Adventure 35c
  • Handlebar: MOst Xylon CT Gravel
  • Handlebar Tape: Synthetic cork
  • Stem: MOst Tiger Alu Aero
  • Seatpost: Aero Full Carbon UD
  • Saddle: Fizik Arione R7
  • Sizes: 42.5cm | 44cm | 47cm | 50cm | 53cm | 56cm | 59cm |
  • Colors: GAN 056 Yellow Fluo Grey, 057 Orange Grey, 059 Carbon Pink Grey
  • GAN Weight: 7500g | 16.53lbs

See the GAN Ultegra testing review, for sale purchase price info and more at Competitivecyclist.com

  • WARRANTY: 2yrs
If you have any questions about this frame or bike, please contact our Pinarello Team:

 

2017 Pivot Vault now your one gravel /cyclocross bike needed

2017 Pivot Vault cyclocross gravel bike


 

The Pivot Vault has some changes for 2017 to update not only its looks but compatibility with the latest components and trends, as bigger tires have become the forefront. The key changes are increased tire clearance up to 700×48 (up front), a switch to flat mount brakes, and an all new fork with 12mm thru axle (down from the original’s 15mm one). These sit atop the original’s BB386EVO, arching top tube and mountain bike inspired geometry. Paint is also updated, with a brighter blue over the full carbon frame.

Possibly the only drop bar bike you’ll need…

 

 

The switch to flat mounts not only improve appearances and help future-proof the bike, it also means you can now run a 140mm rotor. Or stick with a 160mm rotor like the original.

2017 Pivot Vault thru-axle

 

Internal cable routing also keeps it clean looking. And just plain clean, preventing contamination from gumming up shifting. It’s also electronic shifting compatible, and oversized cable ports make it easy to change things up.

2017 Pivot Vault bb frame

The BB386EVO offer the widest, fattest stance for stiffer cranks and better power transfer. It’s set low, with short chainstays, helping to keep it nimble.

 

2017 Pivot Vault blue-black

The new fork uses a full 1.5″ taper with a massive opening through the oversized crown. Throw in a 700×48 for the worst gravel roads, or even a 27.5×2.0 for real back road scrambling. The frame, however, retains its 700×38 max for optimum clearance.

2017 Pivot Vault carbon

 

The 2017 Pivot Vault is designed as a race bike, so there’s no rack or fender mounts. It’s available in a single complete build with Shimano Ultegra, FSA Gossamer Pro 46/36 cranks, 3T cockpit, Stan’s Grail wheels & Maxxis Mud Wrestler tires for $3,999. Frameset with FSA headset is $2,399, and it’s begging for a 1x build if you go this route. Available now.

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2016 Charge Bikes Plug Grinduro Complete Bike

Charge Bikes Plug Grinduro Purple SS

Plug Grinduro Disc

This year Charge Bikes will partner with one of the most popular Gravel races in North America. To coincide with this event there will be a limited edition 2016 Charge Plug, featuring hydraulic disc brakes, special stem + fork color scheme and bespoke styling from the UK company.

Charge Plug Grinduro purple frame

Billed as a new kind of bike race, the newest Plug will fit this Gravel Grinder Road Race + Mountain Bike-style Enduro = one long loop of pavement and dirt, where finishing times aren’t based on overall time but four timed segments.

Charge Bikes Plug Grinduro LE Bike

FRAME & FORK

FRAME/ Plug 6061 series aluminium. Rack and fender mounts.
FORK/ Charge Straight blade alloy.
HEADSET/ FSA No.16 integrated.
SIZES/ S, M, L, XL.
COLOR/ Plug Satin Purple.

Charge Plug Grinduro Disc Bike

DRIVE

GEARS/ Plug Single Speed.
CRANKSET/ Track crank 42t.
DERAILLEURS/ N/A.
SHIFTERS/ N/A.
CASSETTE/ 16t freewheel.
CHAIN/ 1/8” shortlink.
BB/ FSA sealed.

WHEELS

RIMS/ Double wall 700c.
TYRES/ 700x42c custom skinwall Kenda Kwick Tendril.
HUBS/ F: Charge looseball. R: singlespeed looseball.
BRAKES/ TRP Hylex Hydraulic.
SPOKES/ 14g stainless.

CONTACT POINTS

SADDLE/ Grinduro.
SEAT POST/ Single bolt.
SEAT CLAMP/ Single bolt.
TAPE/ U-Bend 45°.
HANDLEBAR/ Compact bar.
STEM/ Alloy.
PEDALS/ Not included w/ Plug.
PRICE/ $999
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Ghost Square Cross 6 Gravel Test Black /Orange

Ghost Square Cross 6 Gravel Test 2016 Black Orange

 

Square Cross 6 Adventure Gravel/Trail platform

■■ Adventure Digs..

Latest Concept
weight: 12.5kg
Mileage: 1000miler

Description

The Ghost Square line offers the most versatile way to enjoy a whole array of experiences on only one bicycle. On the road, the Ghost glides along at almost road-bike-like speed, while off-road it offers the comfort and stability with a 60 mm travel mountain bike suspension fork. The Square riding position is well balanced and suitable for a Sunday spin or a quick ride after work, all with that classic Ghost look to dye for.

With top Square details supplied by Shimano, with their full XT drivetrain, the setup is by no means a slouch. While the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes slow it down on the trail without complaint, but unfortunately it’s not quite as exoctic as you can’t integrate your smart phone like it’s Square Urban X 10 sibling pulls off.

For it to become such an outstanding bike they had to combine two special ingredients, wisely engineered frame and a reputable components package. Now proud to introduce a true adventure bike.




Build Details
SPECIFICATION GEOMETRY // SIZE

frame Alloy Cross-over
fork RST VIVAir RL
stem AS GH1 Alloy
handlebar Riser Alloy
rear derailleur Shimano XT 10-Speed
front derailleur Shimano XT
shifter Shimano XT SL
crankset Shimano XT 48-36-26
cassette Shimano 11-34
brakes Shimano 395 Disc
tires Schwalbe Smart Sam
rims Mach1 / 820
front hub Shimano XT QR
rear hib Shimano XT QR
seatpost Light SP DC 1
saddle Square 3050 HRN
front travel 60mm
frame sizes Square sizing S/M/L/XL
weight Sq Weight 12.5 kg

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2017 Ghost Square Cross 7 Testing Review – Gravel Adventure Bike

2017 Ghost Square Cross 7 Testing Review_urban_monarch_nightblack

2017 Ghost Square Cross 7 Testing Review_urban_monarch_nightblack



 

Square Cross 7 Adventure Gravel/Trail platform

■■ Adventure Digs..

Latest Concept
weight: 12.2kg
Mileage: 700miler

Description

The 2017 Ghost Square line offers the most versatile way to enjoy a whole array of experiences on only one bicycle. On the road, the Ghost glides along at almost road-bike-like speed, while off-road it offers the comfort, stability and puncture protection of a Ghost mountain bike. The Square riding position is well balanced and suitable for a Sunday spin or a quick ride after work, all with that classic Ghost look to dye for.

With Cross details supplied by Shimano, with thier full XT drivetrain, the setup is by no means a slouch. While XT disc brakes slow it down on the trail without complaint, but unfortunately you can’t integrate your smart phone like the Urban X 10 sibling can.

For the Cross to become  such an outstanding bike they had to combine two special ingredients, wisely engineered frame and a reputable components package. Now proud to introduce the new Square, as a true adventure bike.




 Build Details
SPECIFICATION GEOMETRY // SIZE

Square Alloy 28 Crossover frame
RST VIVAir RL fork
Ghost AS GH1 31.8 mm stem
Riser 660 mm 31.8 handlebar
Shimano XT 10-Speed rear derailleur
Shimano XT front derailleur
Shimano XT SL shifter
Shimano XT 48-36-26 crankset
Shimano 11-34 cassette sprocket
Shimano XT Disc brakes
Schwalbe Smart Sam tires
Mach1 / 820 622×19 rims
Shimano XT QR front hub
Shimano XT QR rear hub
G-light SP DC 1 31.6 mm seatpost
Square 3050 HRN saddle
60 mm front travel
S/M/L/XL Square sizing frame sizes
Square 7 Weight 12.2 kg weight

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2017 Van Dessel ADD Gravel Crossventure Bike

2017 Van Dessel ADD Bike

ADD it up…

 




Van Dessel like many a cycling company have been quick to jump on the do it all bike program, by adding new models to their lineup. From gravel to whatever get’s under your self propelled tires, bikes like their 2017 Van Dessel ADD are great.

2017 van dessel ADD gravel cyclocross bike

Designed to work for cyclocross, gravel or any old adventure style riding, the ADD comes with either a carbon race fork or a steel adventure fork, the latter equipped with a wide array of mounts. Take your pic, either one works well on the 7005 aluminum frame with clearance for up to 700×40 road/’cross/gravel tires or 27.5×2.1 mountain bike knobbies (shown at the top).

Van Dessel ADD Cyclocross Bike

Both forks and the frame come standard with thru axles, but can be converted to work with traditional QR skewers as well.

van-dessel ADD spec-price-list

 

Equally all over the place are the ADD options, letting you put together just about any spec you want, with 1x or 2x cranks, SRAM or Shimano, mech or hydro, cable or wire. The frameset includes the full carbon fork, and these complete bike options are the first time the crew are able to offer the complete setup at privateer-friendly pricing with spec like SRAM Apex Hydro.

Van Dessel ADD Gravel Crossventure Bike 2017

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2017 Whyte Friston Gravel Adventure Bike Review

2017 Whyte Friston Gravel Adventure Bike

 




 

Friston Adventure Bike Review

All Terrain Speed and Versatility

 

The newest Friston takes everything they learned from MTBs and puts that knowledge into a great value Gravel/Adventure bike package. With hydraulic discs, ground-breaking Friston geometry and SRAM’s innovative Rival 1 groupset, this ride is ready for anything from a CX Race to an all-day adventure.

2017 Whyte Friston Adventure Bike

 

MTB Inspired Geometry Means Off-Road Control

One off Whyte frame geometry was applied, creating their most versatile all-terrain bike. It’s equally at home riding your favorite bridle path, winter training or even commuting. Alternatively, try a CX race this winter or a long haul off road adventure – in recent review it’s done it all!

 

Front End of Bike Specs

Whyte Friston Gravel Bike carbon forkA fabulous straight bladed carbon fork with a tapered steerer tube, matches the Friston internal cable routing and 15mm through axle, give this Friston ride great front end stiffness and steering precision.

 




 

SPECS

Color: Matt Orange with Black/Denim Frame: 6061 Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium, Custom Drawn, Multi Butted, Chainstay Flat Mount 160 Disc mount, DOX cable routing with Inter-Grip integrated seat clamp system
Fork: Straight Bladed Carbon Front Fork with Internal Hose Routing, tapered alloy steerer, Flat Mount dropouts and 15mm Through Axle Rear Shock: N/A
Headset: FSA No. 42 Integrated Road, 1 1/8″ upper Sealed Cartridge Bearing, 1.5 lower Sealed Cartridge Bearing Rear Hub: Alloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearing Hub, 12mm X 142mm Through Axle, 32 Hole
Front Hub: Alloy, Double Sealed Cartridge Bearing Hub, 15mm X 100mm Through Axle, 32 Hole Spokes: WTB 2.0mm, Black Sandvik Stainless with Brass Nipples
Rims: WTB Asym i23 TCS, Tubeless Ready, 32 Hole Tires: WTB Rambler, TCS, DNA Compound, Folding, 700 x 40c
Shift Levers: SRAM Rival 1, Full Hydraulic, 11 Speed Front Mech: N/A
Rear Mech: SRAM Rival 1, Long Cage, 11 Speed Cassette: SRAM PC-1130 11-42, 11 Speed
Chain: SRAM PC-1110, 11 Speed Crankset: SRAM S350, XSYNC 38T chainring, 175mm Crank Length
Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP 68mm Seatpost: 20mm Offset, 30.9mm x 350mm, 6061 Alloy, 2 Bolt Clamp
Saddle: Custom, Light Weight Triple Density Base, Triple Panel Design Handlebar: Gravel, 480mm Wide
Stem:  -6 Deg, 70mm 52mm, 80mm 54, 90mm 56mm & 58mm Griptape: Anti Slip
Front Brakes: SRAM Rival 1 Hydraulic, 160mm Rotor Rear Brakes: SRAM Rival 1 Hydraulic, 160mm Rotor
Brake Levers: SRAM Rival 1 Hydraulic Pedals: None
Weight: 10 Kg

 

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Whyte Gisburn 2017 Gravel Adventure Bike

Whyte Gisburn 2017 Gravel Bike w/ Dropper Post

 




 

Gisburn Gravel Bike

Price £1899

KEY FEATURES

Competent and Controllable

 

A truly ground-breaking 2017 Gravel/Adventure bike with off-road-inspired one of a kind Gisburn geometry, from their amazing fleet of MTB models. The ride also features key super cool details like tubeless ready wheels and tires, easy to use hydraulic disc brakes and Sram’s innovative Force 1 groupset. But for me what is trully pretty rad… yes a dropper post so you can make the most out of the Gisburn geometry on the descents.

Whyte Gisburn 2017 Adventure Bike

Ground-Breaking Design

Whyte Gisburn geometry makes this Gravel Bike exceptionally competent and controllable off-road. “1 x 11” technology offers simplicity and efficiency that cannot be rivalled. Full hydraulic disc brakes add stopping power and control.

2017 Whyte Gisburn Gravel Bike

Outstanding Front End Control

Gisburn ForkGisburn straight bladed carbon fork with its tapered steerer tube and 15mm through axle gives this bike great front end stiffness and steering precision. Combined with an ultra-wide 480mm wide bar which allows the rider to truly exploit the radical geometry.

 

 

 

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2017 Diamondback Haanjo EXP Carbon adventure gravel bike can tackle any epic ride




2017 Diamondback Haanjo EXP Carbon drop bar army green

 

Haanjo EXP Gravel Carbon

 

Diamondback has just upped the game by taking their versatile alloy gravel bike platform, which comes in the 2017 Diamondback Haanjo drop and a flat bar Diamondback version, and gave it a shapely new frame with a bad ass 27.5 x 2.1 option spec’d with a mountain taming 3×9 Shimano drivetrain. Don’t worry, 2×11 700c builds are also offered…but, just look at this thing!

 

2017 Diamondback Haanjo Comp Carbon adventure gravel bike

 

Pair the Haanjo with easy to maintain TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, bar end shifters and HED Tomcat wheels, the ride is ready for any epic backcountry ride. And perhaps the best part (besides the sick army green paint job) is the EXP price…

2017 Diamondback Haanjo EXP Carbon 27.5

The Gravel Bike series gets DB’s relaxed “Endurance” geometry, which means a slightly slacker head angle, 45mm fork offset and 430mm chainstays.

 

 

An external threaded bottom bracket adds to the ease of use of this package.

©Earl Harper
©Earl Harper

Thru axles front and rear, an XT cassette rear derailleur paired with Dura-Ace bar end shifters, Tektro brake levers, and Schwalbe tires round out the package for just $2,300.

DB rider Eric Porter took the model for a little 150 mile jaunt from Reno, NV, to California, and made a video to show it off.

2017 Diamondback Haanjo Trail Carbon 700c adventure gravel road-bike

At the top of the Haanjo gravel lineup is the Trail Carbon model, which gets Shimano Ultegra derailleurs with Shimano’s non-series hydraulic disc brakes and levers. Those are paired with SRAM Rival wide axle cranks with 50/34 chainrings. It, along with the Comp Carbon below, both use 700×40 Schwalbe G-One tires on HED Tomcat alloy wheels with 21mm inside width rims. Retail for the Trail model is $3,100, while the Comp is $2,200.

Note the rounded seatstays and flattened seat tube, all designed to give the bike a bit of cush over the rough stuff.

2017 Diamondback Haanjo Comp Carbon adventure gravel bike

The Haanjo Comp comes in at $2,500, for sale at $2,200, along with FSA cranks and BB, Shimano 105 shifters/derailleurs/cassette and TRP Spyre mechanical discs. All of the frames have full rack and fender mounts.

©Earl Harper

If you hadn’t seen them, the 6061-T6 butted alloy models were released for 2016 and include five models, two with flat bars…the standard flat bar Haanjo with tapered alloy fork for $1,100, and…

2017 Diamondback Haanjo Tero gravel bike Blue

Above is the $900 Tero with super shallow drop bars and a steel fork

Check out the entire series on the Performance website.

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Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey 2.0 All Road Bike




Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey 2.0 frame

 

 

Rodeo Labs goal wasn’t to make it better…

 

But rather to build a bike that could stand up to riding on any road or trail surface. That bike was born as the first generation Trail Donkey, which was essentially a slightly altered open-mold carbon frame, but they’ve come a long way since then.

Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey 2.0 Any Road Bike

Over the last two years (and through a sliding dropout steel bike along the way – the Flaanimal) Rodeo Labs has devoted a lot of time and design effort into developing their own unique bike, that took everything that they learned on that first project and turned it up a notch. The newest iteration, the Radio Labs Trail Donkey 2.0, picks up where they left off with a all-new frame and custom fork truly designed from scratch to take on any surface. The new bike is available for pre-order now with deliveries happening very soon. Rope in the details below.

2017 Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey 2.0 tire clearance

 

In order for the Trail Donkey to really be an all-surface animal it needed to deal with bigger tires. The new bike now has clearance for 56mm tires front and rear. That was pretty much pushing the limit to run normal road cranks, but they made it fit. But while they weren’t trying to build a real monster crosser drop bar mountain bike, that is a 2.2″ width, so a lot of 29er XC mountain tires are going to fit, just not with a lot of room to spare.

Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey 2.0 dropouts

The Trail Donkey gets thru-axles front and rear, but actually incorporates a nicely though out modular rear dropout system that means you won’t be stuck with one axle standard.

Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey 2.0 rodeo carbon spork

The Trail Donkey fork itself is a bit unique. There aren’t too many full carbon forks out there to run such big tires, so they made their own Trail Donkey fork dubbed the Radio Labs Spork. At 480g, the Spork has heavy-duty low rider rack and fender mounts to handle any manner of bikepacking, touring or commuting (as does the Trail Donkey frame.)

 

The Taiwanese-made frame and fork get flat mount disc brakes, and all routing is done internally. Routing gets modular plugs that can adapt to any drivetrain or brake setup, as well as stealth dropper routing. The front derailleur mount is even removable for clean 1x and SS setups.

Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey 2.0 frameset blue green yellow

The frames weigh around 1250g for the 54cm and 1450 for the 58cm raw, and will add a bit for the simple graphics. Frame and forks are both compatible with either 140 or 160mm rotors, and frames gets 3 water bottle mounts across all sizes.

 

 

They are pretty hard set on not categorizing the bike as either cyclocross, gravel grinder, road, or even mountain bike. Their feeling is that it is a bike frame and fork that you can build however you want to do whatever kind of riding floats your boat. At the same time they recognize that it isn’t going to be the raciest of any of those disciplines, but rather a fun bike to ride no matter what.

Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey 2.0 red-yellow frame

The bike is available for preorder now with Trail Donkey frame and fork selling for $2560, including a seat collar, Ritchey headset, and thru-axles, plus a QR. The first deliveries will happen mid-July 2016 for 54 & 58cm frames, with 52 & 56s coming in a second batch by mid August. To lock in one of these first bikes in either of two color schemes you need to give them a 20% deposit down, with the rest before it ships to you. A few complete builds are also possible with a 105/CX77 mechanical setup from $3250 complete to a Force1 HydroR complete for $5000, and even the option to do some custom specs.

Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey 2.0 Testing

 



2016 Niner BSB 9 RDO 2-Star 105

Niner BSB 9 RDO 2-Star 105 red

 

 

2-star Price for sale at $2,299

BLOOD, SWEAT, & BEERS! BSB 9 THE EMBODIMENT OF CYCLOCROSS

 

Like a dream come true, comes the 2016 Niner BSB 9 RDO 2-star 105. Amongst the pandemonium of cyclocross racing and Niner, blood, sweat, and beer is often sacrificed as a means of triumphing the top step of the podium. No double takes needed to see that the BSB 9 is a born and bred cyclocross racing machine that is willing and able to deliver you there.

As the BSB 9 graces the cross scene with their beloved mountain bike heritage, it also introduces a cutting edge carbon fiber frame production process known as Carbon Compaction System. The overall shape of the BSB 9 tubing is intensively designed to meet the demands of cyclocross racing, including the iconic art of shouldering the bike. Cross junkies will find friendly flats, comfortable shoulder positioning and attentive placement of cables to aid in the best cyclocross technique. There are zero guides inside the front triangle, while external rear brake routing on the side of the downtube keeps everything out of the way when shouldering. Full length housing is employed on the front and rear for clean crisp shifting in the most unforgiving Winter conditions. Internal routing with a large access windows makes upkeep easy, and allows simple Di2 routing for riders with electronic shifting.

Niner BSB 9 RDO 2-Star 105 green

The sub 1000 gram BSB 9 RDO carbon layup race frame offers unfathomable amounts of stiffness for slodging through mud and kicking up fly overs. Featuring a cross specific geometry, including a steep head angle, the BSB 9 will see you through tight corners and sprint finishes, while the bottom bracket height is specific to crank length for better clearance on off camber course features. Niner applies their rigid carbon fork expertise into the front end to offer the off road ride quality that dedicated cross racers need to thrive. The RDO fork combines the tapered head tube with the 15mm front axle for unmatched front end stiffness and maneuverability. The flatter edges on the fork enhance lateral stiffness and prevent race killing brake rub.

Niner BSB 9 RDO 2-Star 105 build 2016

From its weight saving Carbon Compaction System frame production process, to it shouldering friendly geometry, the bike is fine tuned in every way for life between the tape, under the beer showers, and atop the podium.

 

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FEATURES:

  • RDO carbon layup for no compromise stiffness, strength and ride quality
  • Cyclocross specific geometry for race bike handling and agility
  • Tapered head tube for front end stiffness, strength and steering precision
  • 142x12mm rear thru axle and 15mm thru axle fork for stiffness and efficiency
SPECS
Frame BSB 9 Race Day Optimized, carbon fiber
Fork FULL CARBON FORK, 15mm
Shifters/ Derailleurs SHIMANO 105 GS 11 SPEED
Crankset SHIMANO RS500 46X36T
Bottom Bracket SHIMANO
Pedals N/A
Chain SHIMANO 11SP
Cassette SHIMANO 105 11SP 11-32T
Brakes SRAM BB7 R WITH 160/140MM ROTORS
Wheelset (their own) CX ALLOY, 15MM FRONT, 142 X 12MM REAR
Tires SCHWALBE XONE PERFORMANCE, FOLDING, 700 X 33
Handlebar (their own) DROP TOP ALLOY
Stem (their own) ALLOY STEM
Bar Tape (their own) BAR TAPE
Seatpost (their own) ALLOY SEAT POST, 400MM
Seatclamp TBD
Saddle BSB 9 CUSTOM WITH CRMO RAILS
Intended Use Race, Cyclocross
Weight 20.2 lbs (56cm BSB 9)

 



 

2016 Kona Sutra LTD Frameset Review

Kona Sutra LTD Frameset Review complete 2016

Kona Gravel Induced

The 2016 Kona Sutra LTD represents the converging trajectories of mountain and road bike parts. The focus of the Sutra design and specification allude to its multi-surface capabilities. Do the Oregon Outback (and if you don’t know get Googlin’), ride that extra section of trail on the way home from work, or the Sutra can do that gravel loop you’ve always wanted to do. Let the Sutra be your steed (or mare).

Kona Sutra LTD Review

Features:
The new Sutra geometry is based on new CX geometry but uses a taller head tube and longer top tube as well as a 50mm offset fork to help improve tire clearance and limit toe overlap. The Kona setup has a replaceable derailleur hanger on the rear dropout for unexpected issues during a trip, hidden fender eyelets inside the seatstays, and simple external cable routing for both shifters. Along with two water-bottle bosses on the inside of the triangle and one on the underside. The new Sutra also employs a 1 ⅛” head tube and a newly designed fork having tapered blades for a more compliant ride, as well as forward-facing dropouts with two fender/rack eyelets and a set of water-bottle bosses in the low rider position for maximum rack compatibility. The seatstays on the Sutra have been thinned down slightly to help reduce chatter and provide a clean look. The Sutra uses slightly heavier gauge tubing than the Rove to provide a stiffer platform for heavier loads.

Kona Sutra LTD 2016 Frame Review

Kona Sutra LTD Frameset Reviews, and more..!



SPEC HIGHLIGHTS

  • Material: Cromoly Butted LTD specific
  • Wheels: WTB Frequency Team i23 Tubeless
  • Sutra Fork: Project Two Disc
  • Crankset: RaceFace Æffect
  • Drivetrain: SRAM XG1150 10-42 XD Driver
  • Cockpit: Sutra Road bar, XC/Road stem, cork tape
  • Brakes: SRAM Rival
  • Tires: Schwalbe Mondial 700x47c folding bead
  • Saddle: WTB SL8

Bergamont Prime CX RD Review

Bergamont Prime CX RD 2016 test



PRIME CX

price: $n-a 1,699.00 EUR /weight: 11.0kg (55cm)

 

2016 Bergamont Bicycles, have got it down, with great air flow, amazing Bergamont componentry and more. And all thanks to it’s power-efficient alloy platform, the Bergamont Prime Bike excels on rough cross country roads as well as wherever you wish to take it.

To see more Prime Test info and more, check out their website, for more RD Review info as well!



Features:

FRAME SIZES 47/51/54/56/58/61CM
COLOR LAVA GREY / BLACK / RED (MATT)
FRAME CX 700C CYCLOCROSS DISC, 6061 ALLOY SUPER LITE TUBING, T4/T6 HEAT TREATED, DOUBLE BUTTED, 3D-DROPOUT, Cross GEOMETRY
FORK Prime (custom colored) Alloy Speedblade 700c, Disc Specific
REAR DERAILLEUR SHIMANO 105, RD-5800, SS
FRONT DERAILLEUR SHIMANO 105, FD-5800, 34.9MM CLAMP
SHIFTER SHIMANO 105, ST-5800, 2X11-SPEED, ROAD STI-SHIFTER
FREEWHEEL SHIMANO 105, CS-5800, 11-SPEED, 11-28T
CHAIN Shimano
CRANKS SHIMANO 105, FC-5800, 50/34T, LENGTH: 170/175MM FOR 47-54/56-61CM
BB Shimano GXP
GEAR RATIO 2X11-SPEED, FRONT: 50/34T, REAR: 11-28T
BRAKE HAYES PRO, MECHANICAL DISC BRAKE, ROTOR: 160/160MM
BRAKELEVERS HAYES PRO
RIMS ALEX CDX26, 700C, DISC, 32H
FRONT HUB PRIME HKT PD-8 DYNAMO HUB, 6-BOLT, DISC, 5MM HEX KEY AXLE, 32H
REAR HUB PRIME PRO ROAD, 6-BOLT, DISC, QUICK RELEASE, 32H
SPOKES STAINLESS, DOUBLE BUTTED, 2,0/1,8/2,0,, BLACK
TIRES SCHWALBE G-ONE.
TUBES SCHWALBE
HEADSET FSA ORBIT, (TAPERED)
HANDLEBAR BGM PRO CROSS, DROP: 131MM, REACH: 84MM, WIDTH: 400/420/440MM FOR 48/52-55/58CM
STEM BGM PRO ROAD, -7°, 80/90/100MM FOR 48/52-55/58CM, CLAMP DIAMETER: 31.8MM
GRIPS BGM Race GRIP-TAPE
SADDLE ROAD ELITE
SEATPOST PRIME PRO ROAD, 27.2mm, LENGTH: 300mm

Votec VRX-G PRO Gravel Bike

Votec VRX-G PRO Gravel Bike


VRX-G PRO

 

On Votec display last fall at the 2015 Eurobike show in it’s early version, was the new gravel road bike. And now the Votec VRX-G is here available in two trim levels, each with the option of cyclocross or gravel tires.

The VRX frame uses heavily shaped 6061-T6 alloy with a carbon fiber fork. Both ends get thru axles and flat mount disc brakes, with the VRX rear’s being tucked down into the tube for a very clean stealth appearance. Tire clearance maxes out at 40mm, but this VRX-G model employs Schwalbe One 700×35 ‘gravel tires, while the VRX-C uses 700×33 cyclocross tires, both tubeless ready on the DT Swiss R24 Spline wheels. The  Zipp Service Course cockpits with an Ergon saddle round out the package.

Votec Spec/Overview

Material  AL6061-T6 ·  Fork  SL full carbon fork ·  Brake Sram Rival · Drivetrain Sram Rival 1x11s · Wheelset DT Swiss R23 Spline TublessReady ·  Saddle Ergon SRX30 evo

 

Votec VRX-G PRO carbon fork

The flat mount rear disc brake caliper sits recessed inside the dropout. While the geometry is a mix between road and cyclocross. It keeps a road bike’s lower bottom bracket, but flattens out the head angle (70.5 t0 71.5 degrees depending on frame size) and extends the wheelbase slightly for secure handling.

Votec VRX-G PRO sram

The front end of the bike uses oversized ends on the top and down tubes to provide a larger contact patch with the headtube. That increased weld area supposedly makes it stiffer, and the taller (than their road bikes) headtube puts you in a slightly more upright riding position for long term comfort.

Votec VRX-C PRO drivetrain

 

A VRX Comp version is offered for €1,499 equiped with Shimano 105 2×11, TRP HyRD brakes and FSA Gossamer BB386EVO cranks. While the €1,699 Pro model shown here gets upgrades to a SRAM Rival 1×11 with 10x42t cassette,  full hydraulic brakes, SRAM S-series cranks and R23 wheels. Both models employ the customized sealed Jagwire cable system.

Votec.de

 


Votec VRX-G COMP Gravel Bike

Votec VRX-G COMP


VRX-G COMP

 

On Votec display last fall at 2015 Eurobike in it’s first version, was the new gravel road bike. And now the Votec VRX-G is here in production and available in two trim levels, each with the option of gravel or cyclocross tires.

The VRX frame uses heavily shaped 6061-T6 alloy with a carbon fiber fork. Both ends get thru axles and flat mount disc brakes, with the VRX rear’s being tucked down into the tube for a very clean stealth appearance. Tire clearance maxes out at 40mm, but this VRX-G model employs Schwalbe One 700×35 gravel tires, while the VRX-C uses 700×33 ‘cross tires, both tubeless ready on the DT Swiss R24 Spline wheels. The  Zipp Service Course cockpits with an Ergon saddle round out the package.

Votec Spec/Overview

Material  AL6061-T6 ·  Fork  SL full carbon fork ·  Brake TRP HyRd ·  Drivetrain Shimano 105 2x11s · Wheelset DT Swiss R24 Spline TublessReady ·  Saddle Ergon SRX30 evo

Votec VRX-C PRO ergon saddle

The flat mount rear disc brake caliper sits recessed inside the dropout. While the geometry is a mix between road and cyclocross. It keeps a road bike’s lower bottom bracket, but flattens out the head angle (70.5 t0 71.5 degrees depending on frame size) and extends the wheelbase slightly for more surefooted handling.

Votec VRX-G COMP Gravel Bike

 

The front end of the bike uses oversized ends on the top and down tubes to provide a larger contact patch with the headtube. That increased weld area supposedly makes it stiffer, and the taller (than their road bikes) headtube puts you in a slightly more upright riding position for long term comfort.

votec-vrx-disc-brake-gravel-road-bike

This Comp version shown here is offered for €1,499 equiped with Shimano 105 2×11, TRP HyRD brakes and FSA Gossamer BB386EVO cranks. While the €1,699 VRX Pro model gets upgrades to a SRAM Rival 1×11 with full hydraulic brakes, SRAM S-series cranks and R23 wheels. Both get custom sealed Jagwire cable systems.

Votec.de

 


NDVR Cycle Titanium Breakaway Adventure Travel Bike

NDVR cycles

 

 

For those who travel with their bike, it’s equally painfull as expensive since airlines know it’s higher profits etc. So rather than have to pay up or label it as “sports equipment” , a travel bike could be worth its weight in exaggerated airline fees.

NDVR has a solution with some solid tech for the jet-setting cyclists out there with a made in USA titanium travel bike. It also sports some ample clearance letting you choose what kind of adventure should be had.

NDVR cycle company couplers

There is nothing better than exploring by bike in different parts of the world and it would be even better to do it on your own bike! Even on a work trip, we’ve likely sat in our hotel room wishing we could get up early to ride, or do a midnight urban adventure. A travel bike makes that a more convenient possibility. To keep within the standard 62 inch (L x W x H total), baggage limit, a standard bike’s dimensions just won’t do.

We’ve seen a few versions out there from a production bike like the Ibis Tranny, to high-dollar custom frames using the pricey but solid S&S couplings. Ritchey Logic came up with their own coupling system that was as simple as it was practically invisible. NVDA Cycles liked it and incorporated it into their new titanium travel bike. To get things going, they’ve organized a Kickstarter offering everything from a hat to a bike with an adventure on it.

 

The downtube coupling sits at the bottom just in front of the BB shell. It uses a hinged clamp to cinch the tubes. Essentially you have just a couple of bolts you have to loosen and Voilà! NVDA Cycle says it takes only 5 minutes to assemble the bike, so that plus transporting could be worth the effort if you find yourself abroad often.

NDVR Cycle company fork

The bikes will be made in the USA and boast some nice features. Fender and rack mounts are standard fare, however even though their travel bike is presented with road wheels & tires, it has room for up to 40mm tires. Disc brakes and thru-axles front and rear complete this travel package.

 




Tech Specs:

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Handmade in the USA by the world’s best fabricators, craftsmen, and welders
  • American made 3/2.5 titanium size specific tubeset, which increases the frame stiffness for great handling and power transfer
  • All roads – ready to ride geometry – with unbeatable ride quality
  • Ritchey Breakaway hybrid coupling system for simple assembly
  • Premium brushed finish and etched graphics
  • Integrated tapered head tube 1.125 in. to 1.5 in. for uncompromising braking and handling
  • Internal routing shifter ports are electronic group and seat post battery mounting ready
  • Flat mount rear disc brake, 160mm rotor recommended
  • Replaceable rear derailleur hanger
  • Thru-axle front and rear
  • Rack and fender mounts
  • Standard English threaded 68mm bottom bracket
  • Seatpost diameter 27.2mm, 350mm recommended
  • Seat tube outer diameter (front derailleur clamp size) 34.9mm
  • Wheel size 700C/29 in
  • Accepts tire width up to 40c
  • Rear Spacing 142mm
  • 1x, 2x, or 3x drive system ready

Custom Integrated Travel Case:

  • Materials and fabrics are sourced and handcrafted in the USA
  • Premium quality
  • Minimalist, discrete design
  • Airline legal measurements
  • Offers style, protection for bike, wheels, accessories
  • Backpack, carry handles, shoulder strap for carry options
  • Internal compartments for kit and accessory stowage
  • Reinforced side wall with multi-density foam assure the highest protection
  • High quality double stitched ballistics nylon construction -1000d Cordura nylon, Urethane-Ether foam, and strategically placed inserts of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic Allows for the convenient storage and customization afforded by a soft-shell design, along with the added protection of a hard case

NVDR Kickstarter

 

2016 Raleigh Roker LTD Gravel Bike

Raleigh Roker LTD Gravel Bike - 2016_Black



 

Roker LTD

Raleigh Roker status, well it’s everything their 2016 Raleigh Tamland edition started with, but then wrapped in a lightweight carbon chassis. They also didn’t stop there, as the Roker features Thru-Axles which is key for the dirt. It has clearance for tires bigger than 40c, while the Roker is finished off with Shimano Ultegra Di2 with Hydro Disc Brakes for consistent braking no matter the conditions.

Purchase info and pricing are at Jensonusa.com.

Sizes 52cm  54cm  56cm  58cm  60cm  62cm
Frame Raleigh Direct Connect Carbon Post-Mount Disc Frame, 142×12 Thru Axle, Tapered HT, Di2 or Mechanical Compatible, Fender Mounts, 3rd Bottle Mount
Fork Roker Carbon Adventure Road, Taper Steer w/ Post Mount Disc, 15mm Thru Axle and Fender Mounts
Headset FSA Integrated Cartridge Bearings
Cranks Shimano Ultegra FC-6800 46/36t
Bottom Bracket External Bearing
F. Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2 FD-6870
R. Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2 RD-6870 11sp
Shifter Shimano Ultegra Di2 Hydraulic, ST-R785
Cogset Shimano Ultegra CS-6800 11spd (11-28t)
Chain Shimano 11sp
Pedals Test Ride Pedals
Brakes Shimano BR-R785 Hydro Disc, w/160mm Rotors
Brake Levers Shimano Di2 STI
Front Hub American Classic 15mm Thru Axle Disc, 32H, Sealed Bearing
Rear Hub American Classic 142mm Thru Axle Disc, 32H, Sealed Bearing
Spokes American Classic
Rims American Classic Hurricane 32h disc wheels, 22mm Wide and 24mm Deep
Tires Clement X’PLOR MSO 60TPI, 700x40c folding
Handlebar R 200 series 31.8 with 12 Degree Flare, 38/40/42/44
Grips R AllCondition Tape
Stem FSA SLK, Lengths:90/90/100/100/110/110mm
Seatpost Internal Di2 batt, Alloy Dual Bolt 27.2mm
Seat Roker 200 series Saddle
Colors Roker Black

 

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