Monday, March 26, 2012

New SRAM Update: Grip Shift 10 Speed

 
It’s almost here! SRAM will begin shipping the long awaited XX and XO Grip Shift set for 2x10 and 3x10 drivetrains to dealers starting April 15th. There is no doubt that the first shipment will sell out as fast as they came in. See your local bike shop to be one of the first to get them on your bike.
DETAILS AND SPECS
SRAM XX:
  • Ball bearing actuation for smoothness and reduced effort
  • Full metal interface
  • Carbon hatch
  • Includes integrated lock on grips and the Gore cable system
  • Available as 2x10
  • Color: Carbon
  • MSRP: $295
SRAM XO:
  • Ball bearing actuation for smoothness and reduced effort
  • Full metal interface
  • Aluminum hatch
  • Includes integrated lock on grips and the Gore cable system
  • Available as 2x10 and 3x10
  • Color: Black/Red and Silver/Black
  • MSRP: $225

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shimano XT Shadow Plus Rear Derailleur


The wait is almost over!  Shimano XT rear derailleurs will get the highly noted Shimano Shadow Plus feature found on the newest generation XTR rear derailleurs. Shimano XTR Shadow Plus derailleurs feature “a switch at the pulley cage to enforce a heavier spring tension and activate a friction stabilizer to counteract the forces of up and down chain momentum in rough terrain.” In other words: it reduces chain slap, chain noise and the chain is less likely to fall off the chainrings. Why are we so excited? If you follow Shimano’s trends at all, the XT components are typically much easier on our wallets with the same built in quality that XTR offers.
Our inside sources say that Shimano will debut the XT Shadow Plus rear derailleurs at the 2012 Sea Otter Classic in April along with a completely new Shimano SLX component group. Shimano has set a new standard with the Shadow Plus feature that makes it difficult to live without. We can only wonder what SRAM will come up with next  to counter this move.
Stay tuned for more….

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

NEW RELEASE: Crank Brothers Kronolog Seatpost

All New Crank Bros. KRONOLOG
CRANK THIS!

Meet Crank Brothers latest creation - they call it Kronolog. It is Crank Brothers first mechanical adjustable seatpost. What's so special about it? Did I mention it has 5 inches of infinite seat height adjustments!? Unlike other mechanical seat droppers which typically have fixed seat height positions when activated, the Crank Brothers Kronolog can be set in any seat height desired with the push of a button.

OUR FIRST LOOK

We got a first-hand look at the new Kronolog seatpost during a special event held at Rock N Road Cyclery, Laguna Niguel. At first glance it looks like any other adjustable seatpost on the market, but when it gets down to the nitty gritty, there is none like it! Crank Brothers brings you an air assisted seatpost with the smooth actuation of a hydraulic system. This is the smoothest mechanical system we have ever encountered and still find it difficult to believe it is not hydraulic. The side to side play in the post is virtually eliminated which was very prominent in its predecessor. The remote cable is attached to the lower sleeve and not the seatpost head. This keeps the cable stationary when the seat moves up and down. The new seatpost also allows you to configure the cable to be routed facing forward or behind.  Kronolog can be set as 100mm or 125mm of travel by installing an internal spacer included with the kit. The remote lever is easy to reach and be setup with any shifter/brake lever combination.

We were very excited to see Crank Brothers evolve with their adjustable seatpost and get back into competition with their rivals. Kronolog seatposts are due to ship late March. Call your local bike shop to find out ETA’s.

Go to www.crankbrothers.com for more specs and details.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Next Generation Shimano Dura Ace 11 Speed: Coming Soon!


New Shimano Dura Ace 11 speed for 2013

Yes it's true, another cog in the mix! Shimano is due to launch a new line for Dura Ace in August 2012. The next generation Dura Ace group will feature a new 11 speed drivetrain. Shimano has labeled this new group as Dura-Ace 9000.

Dura Ace 9000 11 speed will be available in electronic and mechanical versions. We have been told that the electronic group will have a similar wiring setup as the Ultegra electronic kits. This will make the internal wiring installation, set up and troubleshooting much easier. Those of you that have installed the 7900 Dura Ace electronic kits will find that Dura Ace 9000 will be as simple as “plug and play.”

What else is different? Our sources say that the Dura Ace 9000 crankset will be a four arm spider as opposed to the five arm spider found on the current soon to be previous Dura Ace 7900 cranks. After extensive lab testing, Shimano determined that the middle(third) arm on the spider has no load or stress during pedal rotation. This allows them to remove unnecessary weight and lighten the new crankset.

Other details we were able to dig up about Shimano's Dura-Ace group:
  • The group weight is claimed to be 1908 grams
  • Smaller and more egronomic shift levers and hoods for mechanical
  • Wider freehub body spacing for 11 speed cassettes but still compatible with 10 speed
  • One chainring bolt configuration (BCD) for different size rings
  • Broader range of cassette options

Check back soon for the complete facts and specifications about Shimano's new Dura Ace 9000 11 speed group!

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Oakley Sunglasses 2012



Just Arrived: Special Edition Oakley Team USA Eyewear
Oakley recently released a line of Special Edition glasses in Team USA colors for the upcoming London Olympics. Oakley is the Official eyewear supplier to TEAM USA and the U.S Olympic Committee. Get them while they are still available!
Popular Models for Active Eyewear Include:

- Team USA Radar Path 
Dark Blue Frame / Positive Red Iridium Lens
Grey Frame / Blue Iridium Lens 

- Team USA Jawbone: 
Polished White Frame / G30 and Clear Lens
  
- Team USA Flak Jacket XLJ:
 Dark Grey Frame / Grey Lens
Go to Oakley.com to see the full line of eyewear for Team USA!