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Time for the latest update for the UCI Approved List of frames. It has been a slow 10 days since the last update, with only two bikes and a fork added. Usually, forks won’t make the cut for these articles, but like I said, it’s a slow ten days.
The two main updates come from British brand Beacon and Italian brand Hersh. While the the BF-115 is not listed on their site, the BF-100 and other models are. What we can guess though, is it is the newest top end bike in their road range. With all of their bikes, they come in a standard configuration, but like brands like Van Dessel, you can order your bike online to the specs you want, based on options available.
Hersh on the other hand, has the Aero017 listed on their site. Available in two spec levels, Power and Pro, it incorporates styling queues we see in other aero bikes on the market. The top tube has a bit of an arch, while the rear stays drop to about 1/3 of the way down the seat tube. The seat tube also features a cut out to keep the rear wheel tucked in close. Weighing in at a claimed 1100g for a size medium, it’s not a light frame, but looks to be aero enough to make up for the extra weight. The Power build is made up of Shimano Ultegra mechanical, and a budget conscious mix of FSA components and Mavic AksiumOne wheels. The Pro build features SRAM Red22, a Deda Zero100 cockpit, and Vision Team 35 wheels.
The April 10th update is pretty small, but does have something interesting, the Specialized Roubaix Rim version that was raced by multiple riders during Roubaix. The Big S said that there was no problem with UCI certification because it was only changing the brakes and making slight modifications to the geometry, but the UCI approved it anyways. The new FutureShock head tube suspension received a custom tune that is not currently offered by Specialized, ramping at both ends of the suspension making it harder to start the suspension and harder to bottom it out. I doubt we will ever see the rim version in stores, as both the teams and the brand have mentioned that this model was created to aide wheel changes during the classics. Currently, Specialized is only offering the disc version on their site, even in the special Boonen white and gold colorway to celebrate the final race of his career.
Another notable addition is the K1 and K1 Track from Colnago. The K1 is the next evolution of the Kzero time trial/triathlon bike. With the addition of the K1 Track, could a Colnago sponsored athlete be going for the hour record?
While we have been watching the UCI’s website like a hawk, we found the updated wheel list today. Up until this afternoon, a previous update from late February was posted. Based on some of the dates, they might have gotten their date wrong on the document (posting date of 3/15, with approvals as late as 3/31). Regardless, here is our report on the new list.
Some of the highlights come from two big brands, Shimano, and Trek’s component brand, Bontrager. For Shimano, the C60 and C40 in tubular form have been approved. We’ve started to see more and more of the new Dura-ace 9100 show up on pro bikes, so with this approval, the wheels are already being used at this point.
The wheels from Hunt offer a 45mm deep wheelset, and a 55mm/80mm pairing. The new wider aero rim is 25mm wide outer width are built to be used with 23mm or larger road tires, and are also suitable for a cyclocross set up.
Velocomp, makers of the PowerPod power meter, have added the PowerHouse Bike app for use with iOS devices. The new app provides easy to follow power based training for cyclists of all levels. The free download from the iTunes App Store works with their PowerPod BLE power meter.
By combining the proprietary technologies of the PowerPod power meter to integrate comprehensive and accurate cycling with expert insight and personalized training plans from the PowerHouse Bike app, Velocomp has created what they call BikeIntelligence.
“BikeIntelligence tailors the PowerHouse Bike app guidance to the cyclist’s specific objectives and abilities,” says Phillip Lucas, VP, Sales, Velocomp LLC. “For example, in the “0-20” plan, PowerHouse Bike not only guides beginner cyclists to better fitness, but also helps them with riding technique and bike fitting.”
The new training app provides six training plans designed by Hunter Allen, founder of the Peaks Coaching Group. Allen is a co-author of Training and Racing with a Power Meter and Cutting-Edge Cycling, and is regarded as one of the top authorities in power training. Whether you are looking to improve fitness, lose weight, or reach your cycling goals, there is a training plan for you. Plans are broken down into novice, Fitness, and Performance categories.
0-20 (miles): Get off the couch and have fun building skills, fitness and endurance
iSlim: Weight management and cardio fitness for lifestyle goals
Express Fit: Quick, broad spectrum spinning class like workouts for busy individuals
Brazilian Butt: Fat burning and muscle building for a shapely figure
Weekend Warrior: Max results for cyclists who can ride only a few times a week
CycleMax: Demanding, pro-level, high-intensity training for performance minded cyclists
PowerHouse gets you started with a short fitness test that sets your baseline for your current fitness level. Workouts range from 20 to 90 minutes and the app guides you through the workouts. The app uses timed intervals at power levels based off of your fitness level to guide you through the workout and recovery, using audio and visual cues. Each plan features 30-70 workouts.
The app includes videos to help assist in set up and explain how the how the app works. The PowerScale bar, brackets, and PowerPointer help to visually guide you through the workout. The PowerScale has seven colors that represent the seven power zones used in training. The brackets move across the PowerScale to show you your target power range for each interval while PowerPointer shows you your current power. Your goal is to keep the PowerPointer inside the brackets. Audio through your phones speaker or headphones and video queues provide instructions and motivation during the workout. When your ride is complete, you can provide perceived-effort feedback, which lets the PowerHouse Bike AI algorithms make adjustments for your next workout to optimize the training impact.
PowerHouse Bike includes screens that turn your iPhone into a bike computer, along with the FTP fitness test, and the first workout for each training plan. In app purchases of $9.99 for each training plan unlocks the rest of the workouts, which works out to 4-6 weeks of training. The app is compatible with the iPhone 5 and newer, and is available for download today. The Android version is in the works and will be available through Google Play soon.
Back on March 30th, the UCI updated their approved list for frames and forks. We’ve covered it a few times in the past, and have seen some interesting items pop up that mark the approval of new bikes in manufacturer’s pipelines. Some we will see in upcoming races, some we will see in the showrooms in the coming year.
Some interesting additions to the list are the Model Year 2018 Cannondale Synapse, Duratc Phantom, Fuji Supreme, Gavia Daedalus, Lapierre Aircode 2,
We don’t have many details on the Cannondale Synapse MY2018, keep an eye out during the upcoming spring classic races as we might get a glimpse of it under the Cannondale Pro Team.
Czech brand Duratec has their Phantom now approved by the UCI. The brand claims the Phantom weighs in at 760grams for a size 57, while remaining plenty stiff using Toray® T1100 Granoc Nanoalloy®.
The Fuji Supreme is their top of the line women’s race bike. With feedback from their female pro athletes, the Supreme shares similar design features like their RIB technology from the men’s SL.
The Gavia Daedalus is missing from the Norwegian brand’s site but should be added in the future. The Daedalus was part of their line-up in the past, and based on the looks of it, I can’t wait to see what they have done to update it.
Lapierre received approval for their new Aircode 2, their aero road bike. FDJ should be riding them this Spring and we’ll probably see them on faster races and stages this year.
Swedish brand Memil adds another bike to their roster, the Hanshi. Currently, the endurance-focused Ronin is the only frame listed on their site, a bike that takes cues from the older Specialized Roubaix. My guess is that the Hanshi is more race focused.
The Neil Pryde Bayamo 2 looks to be the new version of the British firms TT/Tri bike. Look for the front end to become a bit more integrated than the original version to increase its aerodynamics.
Olmo also is updating their TT/Tri bikes. There isn’t much out there about whether this is an update or an approval for the existing model. Beyond a few cables hanging out on the front end, it already looks fairly modern. We’ll keep an eye out for this one and update if we find out more.
Ask anyone in the Northeast, and they will tell you we are over Winter. A snowy forest is beautiful for pictures, but we are itching to get back out on the trails. Pivot reminds us that just a car ride away, the great trails of Knoxville, TN are waiting.
Pivot Reynolds Enduro rider Brice Shirbach takes us for a ride through some Knoxville trails to remind us that Spring is almost here!
Back in February, we posted our first article on updates to the UCI’s Approved List of frames and wheels. For a bike or wheelset to be used in a UCI event, it must include a UCI sticker showing it has passed various tests conducted by the cycling governing body. Here are the latest updates.
A few notable items this time are the Hia Velo Founder, an update to the Merida Reacto, new cross bikes from Norco and Stevens, and the SpeedX Aero 50 wheelset.
HIA Velo has risen out of the ashes of Guru’s bankruptcy. Industry vets Tony Karklins (Orbea USA), Douglas Zell (founder of Intelligentsia Coffee), and Sam Pickman (Specialized’s senior engineering team) have come together to bring R&D and production to Little Rock, AR. HIA Velo has worked to source everything from raw materials to paint from US manufacturers. Their first batch of bikes is the Founder. Production is limited to 250 frames in 10 dazzling PPG Vibrance colors with minimal logos made from aluminum. As a Founder, you can choose to keep your frame or trade it in for any of their new 2017 products once they are launched.
For the Merida Reacto, an updated frame could be on the way with the Reacto 3. Based on UCI info, it will be available in rim and disc versions, at two levels.
Norco and Stevens were approved for their Threshold Mk3 and Super Prestige MY18 respectively. The Threshold has been out for a few years, but the Super Prestige was just updated last season.
For wheels, it is interesting to see the SpeedX Aero 50 on the list. The company has yet to get a frame approved by the UCI, but the wheelset has been.
We’ll continue to periodically post the list as it is updated to keep you up on any secret projects manufacturers have in the works.
3T has announced that they will be offering a custom painted Lauf Grit fork as an option on their Exploro gravel frame. Available on the Team level only, the fork will be painted white with red accents to match the frame.
The Lauf Grit was designed by former prosthetics engineer Benedikt Skulason of Iceland. It uses a “floating” subframe suspended on progressive-rate suspension leaves. Because this is a mechanical leaf spring system, there is no maintenance required as on conventional telescopic suspension forks. With other forks hitting the market like the Cannondale Lefty Oliver and new Fox AX, the Grit offers a simple alternative.
The leaves are made from military grade S-2 Glass fiber, and provide a maximum weight limit of 242 lbs. The strength and durability means that that the Grit cannot fail catastrophically and is backed by a 5 year warranty.
Proven on the icy gravel roads of Iceland, the Grit fork fits 2.1″ knobby tires on 650b wheels or 42mm slicks on 700c wheels.
“We’ve ridden the Exploro/Lauf build ourselves in Iceland, and love it,” said 3T CEO René Wiertz. “When the going gets really tough, it gives you a bit more margin to keep you our of trouble. Even relative novices can sustain a high tempo on challenging surfaces – though expert racers on clean gravel and paved roads may still prefer the 3T Luteus for outright speed.”
By adding the Lauf Grit to the Exploro, the geometry changes only subtly. With 6mm of sag, the head angle is reduced by less than 1 degree and trail is increased by about 3mm. At 900g with a 210mm steerer tube, the Grit is 350g heavier than the Luteus II fork from 3T. While almost a full pound heavier, smoothing out the ride is worth it, especially during long gravel events like the Dirty Kanza.
The Grit uses the flat mount brake standard, though a postmount adapter is available. It uses a minimum of 160mm disc rotors to provide plenty of stopping power. The fork is available in 12mm or 15mm, and since the Exploro ships with a 15mm thru-axel with the Luteus fork, I’d believe 3T will use the 15mm version.
“We are very proud to be able to team the brilliantly innovative Lauf Grit fork with our wonderful Exploro multi-surface aero frame,” said Wiertz. “It extends Exploro’s capabilities still further and is sure to be on the radar of expedition and bike packing riders who cover big distances unsupported – starting with our own XPDTN3 Club members!”
The Lauf Grit painted in the Team white and red colors is available through 3T’s website as stand alone purchase from the Exploro. At $790 (same price as Lauf offers), it is pricy addition to the Exploro, but you are essentially getting a free paint job to match your frame.
We have a Lauf Grit in for review through Van Dessel, so keep an eye out for a full review later this Spring.
New for the spring, Tifosi is launching the new Synapse sunglasses. This half frame design blends bold Tifosi style with a high performance frame and lenses.
The frame is made from Grilamid TR-90, which makes it virtually indestructible, while remaining highly flexible. Continuing the theme of durability, the shatter-proof, scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses are optical led decentered, What does this mean? Well, by moving the “sweet spot” of the lens from the center of the lens to a point in front of your eye, it eliminate prismatic distortions and makes for a clearer lens. The lenses are also vented to help prevent fogging.
The Synapse is offered in three colors with some color ways offered with additional interchangeable lenses included. The Race Red with Clarion Red lenses and Matte Black with Smoke lenses both include AC Red and clear lenses. The Race Neon frame comes with Light Night Fototec photochromatic lenses. All Synapse glasses come with cleaning bag and ballistic nylon case.
With a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects, the Synapse retails between $69.95 and $79.95. Availability is slated for later this Spring. Keep an eye out on Tifosi’s website for an update.
Fancy yourself as a wine connoisseur? Think you’d enjoy a gravel ride vacation? The Jeroboam Challenge gives you a chance to enjoy both through the beautiful countryside in Northern Italy. Read on to learn more about the event, which is sponsored by 3T.
3T-sponsored epic gravel challenge slated for May 21st in Franciacorta region
3T has finalized the routes for Italy’s first all-comers gravel event – the Jeroboam Challenge. The Jeroboam Challenge takes place in Italy’s beautiful Franciacorta territory, at the foothills of the Alps in the region of Lombardy, on May 20-21. It’s presented by 3T with Giangi’s Bike Snc and the Patrocinio del comune di Erbusco, and is open to all comers for a mere 45 euros.
Franciacorta has an extraordinarily varied pastoral landscape bordering on the beautiful Lago díIseo, and is renowned worldwide for its wine appellation. Viticulture is mostly based on the small estates specializing in the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc grape varieties. For international travelers, it’s easily accessed from Bergamo’s Orio Al Serio Airport (BGY).
We’re offering three distances, all starting from the town square in Erbusco.
The Jeroboam 300 is a true epic at 300km and nearly 5000m elevation gain – not for the faint of heart! To begin with, the route traverses the Franciacorta vineyards, over undulating hills on beautiful gravel roads. As it heads north, it moves into the rougher and tougher mountains. The gravel and dirt tracks get narrower and rockier – some stretches may be barely ridable.
Turning west, it loops round the top of beautiful Lago d’Iseo, offering stunning vistas. On the west bank, things don’t get any easier, with some even steeper ramps on the way back south to the finish in Erbusco. There you can join the celebrations, if you have any energy left for partying. This is a unique chance for Èlite endurance riders to boast that they completed the first edition of the Jereboam 300 Challenge.
The Magnum 150 covers much of the same terrain but omits some of the high mountains to the north-west – obviously not so demanding as Jereboam 300 but at 150km still a tough endurance test even for hard riders.
There is nothing standard about the Standard 75. You start on the same roads as the longer distance events, winding through the Franciacorta vineyards and the beautiful landscapes of the Northern Italian Lake district. It’s flatter than the longer events, but the gravel is just as tough and the views just as stunning. What’s more, this one is actually a race, so the action is sure to be fast and furious. (You must produce a doctor’s certificate of fitness to enter this event.)
So what’s with the names? As wine buffs will know, they are the names given to the several sizes of wine bottle. The Jeroboam is the largest, containing 300cl (Magnum 150cl, Standard 75cl). Franciacorta’s most delicious sparkling wines are available in this bodacious size, and the prospect of a glass or so of the Nectar of the Gods at the after-party in Erbusco should sustain you on the road, whichever distance you choose!