Riders desiring hydraulic disc brakes on their road bikes can now get flat-mount discs from Shimano at a Tiagra price point. Previously, Shimano only offered this technology at Ultegra and 105 levels.
The BR-RS405 system uses 140 or 160 mm rotors with Shimano’s heat-dissipating ICE technology. Shifters feature 10 mm of reach adjust and will accommodate 10-speed cassettes.
Pricing has not yet been set. Aftermarket availability is predicted for July 2016.
The Jones Plus Spaceframe in size 23″
Jones Bikes is now taking orders for its new Steel Plus 148 TA and the Steel Spaceframe Plus 148 TA. These updated models refine what is already an extremely versatile and fun bike by switching to through-axles front and rear and adding an extra bottle boss underneath the downtube to allow you to mount triple-boss cages for more storage capacity. The 148 x 12 mm axle spacing in the rear makes it possible to use all boost 11-speed drivetrains, and the 150 x 15 mm front hub spacing gives you the option of using one of the new Jones generator hubs designed for fat bikes.
The new 150 x 15 mm Jones 150-F hub is also available. It features wide, evenly-spaced flanges that make for a super stiff, super strong wheel. It has a continuous axle with press-on endcaps, which makes a super solid hub-fork connection. As in other Jones hubs, the flanges are canted to match the angle of the spokes, and have cutouts, along with relieved areas inside the hub to save weight wherever possible without sacrificing strength.
Jones also has a new carbon rim to go with the hubs. The C-Rim width is 49 mm inner/56 mm outer to make the tire more stable at low pressures. The 3.5 mm thick sidewalls are super-strong, and their blunt, rounded profile makes them less likely to cut through the tire’s sidewall under bottom-out. It’s available in both centered, and off-centered drilling so that you can build a dishless wheel in the front and rear.
Check out all of the Jones Bikes products.
Portland-based North St bags is now offering classically styled utility duffle bags for your cycling adventures. The Scout series features three sizes of American-made waterproof duffles, including options for bicycle basket or handlebar mounting kits.
- 1000 denier Cordura Outer Shell
- X-Pac Waterproof Liner
- Interior zipper pocket and lanyard
- Shoulder strap included
- Custom colors available
- Guaranteed for life
- Made in Portland of USA-made materials
- Duffles start at $59. Duffles with cycling kits start at $79.
Lezyne launched two new pumps of interest at the Taipei International Cycle Show last week.
The Micro Floor Drive XL (above, silver) is friendly to big tires. It is simply an “XL” version of Lezyne’s popular Micro Floor Drive portable floor pump. They gave it a huge barrel to be efficient when filling up fat bike and plus-size tires, while retaining its compact, backpack-friendly shape.
The the Pressure Over Drive is a tubeless-compatible floor pump for road or mountain bike tires. Lezyne added a large aluminum chamber to one of its current floor pumps. The chamber can be manually pressurized, then released with the integrated foot lever to seat tubeless tire systems.
Both are prototypes, so pricing and availability information is not yet available.
RockShox has updated its 700c “trekking” fork, the Paragon Gold RL. This fork is designed to take the edge off light trail riding and rough roads by offering 50 or 65 mm of air-sprung suspension.
The Paragon features a light mount on the fork brace plus integrated fender mounts and an integrated cover on the fork leg to accommodate dynamo hub wiring.
The Paragon utilizes many technologies that mountain bikers will recognize, including RockShox’s Motion Control damping, an available lockout for the smoothest roads and remote-control compatibility.
The upper tubes are 30 mm straight wall aluminum; the lowers are magnesium with a 9 mm quick release. Options are disc only (max 180 mm rotor) or rim brake only with a straight or tapered aluminum steerer.
The Paragon weighs 1,827 grams, will retail for $255 and is estimated to be available in May.
Lindarets and Wolf Tooth Components teamed up to create the Tanpan, a cable pull amplifier that allows the use of Shimano clutch-enabled Shadow+ mountain rear derailleurs with Shimano road shifters.
Available in 10- and 11-speed models, the Tanpan consists of a precision-machined 6061 aluminum frame and engineering-grade Delrin pull wheel. The self-lubricating wheel and sealed cartridge bearing keep shifting smooth while an integrated cable adjuster allows for quick and easy setup.
- The Tanpan SH10 is compatible with 10-speed shifters and derailleurs, and up to 11-36 cassettes (11-42t with a Wolf Tooth Giant Cog and GoatLink).
- The Tanpan SH11 is compatible with 11-speed shifters and derailleurs, and up to 11-42 cassettes (10-44 with a Wolf Tooth Giant Cog and GoatLink 11).
The Tanpan is the first product to be CNC machined at Wolf Tooth Components’ new Minneapolis facility and weighs just 17 grams. Price is $40 and will begin shipping at the end of this month. You can pre-order your Tanpan and learn more from Lindarets or Wolf Tooth.
Fuji released its newest road bike this week, the Gran Fondo. The bike’s primary selling point is that is was designed to significantly reduce road vibrations for those who love long rides.
The Gran Fondo is made with Fuji’s VRTech (Vibration Reduction Technology), a Polyurethane-treated natural fiber strategically placed within the frame’s high-modulus carbon layup that dissipates high-frequency vibrations. The carbon layups are tailored to the bike’s size, as a rider on a 46 cm frame does not need the same stiffness that a rider on a 61 cm frame does.
The Gran Fondo was designed with “endurance geometry.” A taller head tube puts the rider in a more upright position, easing lower back fatigue. The bike also features longer chainstays and a longer wheelbase for increased compliance and stability.
The Gran Fondo features flat-mount disc brakes, PF30 bottom bracket, integrated chain watcher, room for 700 x 30c tires and 12 mm front and rear thru axles. A convertible axle system means you can swap out a few bits and still use your old, favorite quick-release wheels.
The non-Di2 top-of-the-line Gran Fondo 1.1 retails for $4,110 and weighs 16.4 pounds. The bike features an 11-speed Shimano Dura Ace groupset, Shimano hydraulic brakes with 160 mm rotors, Oval Concepts stem/bars/seatpost/saddle/wheels and Vittoria Open Corsa 700 x 28c tires. The Shimano Ultegra Di2 Gran Fondo is a mere $50 more, retailing at $4,160.
There are five total models in the lineup, with the least expensive—the Gran Fondo 2.5—set to retail for $1,940. The 2.5, still with a carbon frame and VRTech fibers, will feature 11-speed Shimano 105 components and weighs 19.7 pounds.
Each bike will be available in seven sizes from 46 cm to 61 cm. The bike will be available in April. Two flat-bar models will be added to the lineup at a later date.
Images provided by Fuji
You can now run a 1 x 11 setup with hydraulic brakes using SRAM’s Apex 1 groupset and choose whether or not you want flat- or drop-bar shifting.
The long-cage rear derailleur ($74) will accept a 10- or 11-speed cassette with up to 42 teeth. The crankset offers ring sizes with 38, 40, 42 or 44 teeth, and 170, 172.5, and 175 mm crankarm lengths. The crankset is compatible with 130mm, 135mm and 142mm OLD frames. The GXP version is $116 and the BB30 version is $151.
Snag flat-bar shifers for $27 each or hydraulic brake levers with intergrated SRAM double-tap shifters for $199 (left) and $249 (right). The PG-1130, 11-speed, 11-42 tooth cassette retails for $79. The PC-1110 chain rounds out the kit at $14.
SRAM Apex 1 should be available by June.
More information: sram.com
Foundry Cycles expands its line of performance titanium bikes with the Flyover cyclocross model. In addition to internal cable routing and a slightly higher bottom bracket, the Flyover also features a lightened 44mm headtube and rear flat mount brake. Both of these features aid in keeping the overall weight of the Flyover down.
The Flyover is available both as a frameset—which utilizes Foundry’s custom double and triple butted 3Al/2.5V titanium tubing and includes a Whisky No.9 fork, DT RWS front and rear axles, Cane Creek headset, and a seat collar—and as a complete bike.
The complete version features a SRAM Force 1 drivetrain with HRD hydraulic brakes, DT Swiss R23 wheels, Zipp Service Course SL cockpit, and Clement MXP 33c tires. The frameset and complete bike will retail for $2,595 and $4,695 respectively and will be available in June.
Foundry also updated its Overland, the bike that won the 2015 Gravel World Championships. The bike keeps its custom double butted 3Al/2.5V titanium frame, thru-axles, removable fender mounts, 41c tire clearance and mixed-surface geometry.
The Overland complete build now features a SRAM Rival 22 drivetrain with HRD hydraulic brakes, DT Swiss R24 wheels, Zipp Service Course cockpit, and Clement MSO 40c tires and carries a new reduced price tag of $4,295 (previously $4,695). The Overland is also available as a frameset —which includes a Whisky No.9 fork, DT RWS front and rear axles, Cane Creek headset and a seat collar — for $2,495.
In addition to a spec change and lower price, the Overland also comes in a new Olive Green frame color; with a painted to match Whisky No.9 fork. For longer days in the saddle, Foundry added a third water bottle cage mount to the underside of the Overland’s downtube. Framesets and complete bikes will be available in May.
More information: foundrycycles.com
WTB is unveiling a new 650b tire: the Horizon 650 x 47 mm Road Plus with WTB’s Tubeless Compatible System (TCS). The tire offers the same overall diameter as a 700 x 30 mm road tire and is intended to be used for endurance road and gravel rides.
“At the same overall diameter as current endurance road bikes, the geometry remains unchanged – bottom bracket height, axle to crown, relative angles, all stay the same,” stated Chris Feucht, WTB’s manager of new product development. “Only additional chain stay clearance may be needed, though quite a lot of existing bikes on the market already clear this size.”
The new tires feature WTB’s lightweight casing and Dual DNA Rubber Compound with pre-production sample weights of 515g. The Horizon 650 x 47c Road Plus TCS tire will retail for $67.95 USD with a projected availability of June 2016.
WTB has compiled a list of currently compatible frames.
Gevenalle, a Portland-based company, began with a focus on cyclocross but has expended to offer drop-bar shifting solutions for both road and mountain bike drivetrains, including drop-bar friction shifting.
Gevenalle expanded its offerings with a new 1x version of the GX shifter—the GX1, compatible with 10- and 11-speed systems. The GX1 is designed specifically for those running a single chainring, and is compatible only with short pull brakes.
Both the GX1 and GX2 work with Shimano Dyna-Sys mountain bike components, offering drop bar shifting and braking with mountain bike gearing. With the release of 11 Speed Dyna-Sys and increased customer demand, the GX1 now gives the option to shave weight while maintaining a large selection of gearing for the ride. Price $169-$219.
Gevenalle also launched the UX1 shifters, compatible with Shimano’s Alfine SG-S501 8sp internal hub. Shimano only makes shifters for flat bars for this hub. Based around Gevenalle’s proven cyclocross platform, UX1 shifters are short pull only while the UX2 offers both long or short cable pull. Price: $169-$229.
All Gevenalle shifters come with a no questions asked crash/rebuild policy, getting you back on the road for only $34.00.
More information: gevenalle.com