It’s a fact that the money spent on coaching and the effort invested in things like drinking water or sleeping eight hours a day will make you faster. But the facts are boring, and you can’t put them on your bike and then pick it up to feel how much lighter it is. Plus, you have no shortage of great things you can read on Bicycling.com on how to get fitter or train smarter. Instead, it’s a weekly roundup of cool stuff you can add to your bike to make it a little lighter, faster, a little more aero, or stuff we all mean. just cool.
Who the hell are Trevor and Dan?
Trevor has been a photographer for Bicycling Magazine for three years, while Dan is the magazine’s most recent editor. In between, there are twenty years of experience in road racing, cyclocross, cross-country mountain biking and enduro. With so many years spent obsessing over racing gear, pro bikes, dark carbon parts made in Germany, dark alloy parts machined in the US, and everything in between.
This week’s selection –
One-piece bar and stem combos have gone from being a rare sight at the highest levels of racing to being stocked up on pretty much any high-end road bike worth riding. For people looking to upgrade their original setups, the F1 can cut some weight off a bit. It weighs 360g with a length of 100mm and a width of 420 (including computer stand with mount and Go Pro hardware).
Farsports claims a saving of 5 to 6 watts at 40 km / h (compared to a round handlebar), thanks to the wide, flat top section of the handlebars. Additionally, these bars align with the current aerodynamically driven trend of having a narrower cowl position combined with a wider hand position at droplets. I found that the shape of the bar provided many comfortable hand positions without feeling too cramped due to the narrow position of the hood. I’ve also never been afraid to bang my wrists while sprinting through the drops.
Modern racing bikes are increasingly integrated, which can present challenges for riders looking to add personal touch points while still maintaining a clean front end. Farspors has done a good job of making their bars compatible with a ton of different systems including FSA ARC, Trek Madone / Emonda, Scott Addict, Cannondale Supersix EVO, Specialized Tarmac SL7 and several more. You can also just run the cables outside if your frame is compatible with that. The clamp size is 1 ¼ ”making them compatible with oversized Canyon and Giant head tubes. For standard 1 ⅛ ”steerer tubes, two reducers are provided, one that adjusts the stem angle in three-degree increments and the other that keeps it at -10 degrees. A +/- 3 degree spacer can reach -7 or -13 degrees, allowing for an even more personalized fit that many one-piece configurations don’t offer.
The bottom line is that the Farsports F1 handlebars are light, well made and can be used on almost any modern bike.
If you’ve bought a new bike in the past three years, chances are it has disc brakes. However, if, like me, you still own, love, and never plan to let go of your rim brake road bike, then maybe it’s time to consider upgrading those outdated plugs.
Cane Creek is in its fourth generation of eBrakes. The latest iteration has been optimized for rims between 22 and 28mm wide. If your frame and fork have reasonable clearance, EE brakes won’t hold you back with room for at least a 30mm tire. They are, of course, extremely expensive, as they cost $ 300 more than a set of Dura-Ace brakes. However, the price difference can be justified, as they also weigh almost half the weight of Dura-Ace brakes (320g vs. 169g).
The final pitch I will make for these, they just work well. Stopping power is as good as Dura-Ace (the benchmark in rim braking). The lever action is light and crisp with tons of modulation. Like many boutique brakes, eeBrakes are also incredibly well designed and manufactured. The pad holders require no tools to exchange the brake pads, and the centering is also tool-free. These are the pinnacle of rim brake technology, and if this is what you are using, then these are the few very expensive products that are worth it as well.
For fashion enthusiasts, Cane Creek will occasionally create limited edition versions of the EE brakes in various color combinations. The latest limited edition blue, gold and black is expected to arrive at select retailers in early August.
The 404 is arguably the most Zipp of Zipp wheels. So when a new iteration is started, that’s a big deal. Zipp gave us a glimpse of the direction of wheel technology when they released the new 303 Firecrest last year. It’s no surprise that the latest Firecrest 404s are only compatible with disc brakes and tubeless tires. In addition, the new hookless rim design increases internal and external widths to 23mm and 27.5mm wide while reducing 370 grams.
More importantly, for a wheel like this, they go woosh woosh. So much so that if you are on a quiet road you might think a car was coming behind you when it is just a 58mm rim with golf ball like dimples walking around under you all along. Surprisingly, Zipp claims that this latest wheel is 0.9W slower than the previous 404. But when you add the rolling efficiency gains that come with the wider internal width and lower tire pressure, the new 404 Firecrest comes out 4 W ahead of the old 404 for a cyclist of 85 kg (bike included) traveling at 40 km / h. Zipp calls this the total efficiency of the system.
Speaking of tire pressure, the maximum recommended pressure on these wheels is 72.5 psi. This applies to riders weighing up to 253 pounds, which happens to be the wheel weight limit. It might sound like low pressure if you’ve inflated your tires to 120 psi for the past 20 years, but Zipp says the low pressure, tubeless tires are responsible for the alleged improvements in rolling resistance. Hookless road rims are only compatible with certain tires on the market, all of which need to be tubeless road ready. So, if you are committing to a particular make or model of tire, we suggest you check if they are compatible before committing to the new 404 wheelset.
Aside from how you feel about your mid-60s tire pressure, the new 404 Firecrest are soft wheels if you’re the kind of rider who likes a medium depth wheel and goes really fast on a hilly terrain. At 1508g (with tape, valves and an XDR driver) in weight, the new 404 isn’t exactly heavy either and should prove to be the ideal wheelset for most situations that don’t. do not involve long, steep climbs.
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