Interbike 2015, Part X

Interbike 2015, Part X

For desert, a little eye candy…

Pretty obvious who rode it and what it was for. Pinarello calls it the Bolide HR. Wiggins said after breaking the record he was hoping to go farther, something like 55k.

Jaguar helped with aerodynamics, specifically the shape of the fork.

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We were happy to see Giordana at Interbike but really, based on the extent of its ensemble and consistent good looks, this company should be at a fashion show. Not quite haute-couture but this  Italian brand could hold its own on any runway around the world. For 2016 Giordana is adding three new pieces to its collection and has a new chamois to boot.

The Lungo kit pictured above puts an emphasis on comfort and storage. The jersey has six pockets. That must be a record.

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The NX-G is Giordana’s finest work. The bibs feature gradual compression. The firmest setting is just above the knee and the compression gets progressively lighter working up the thigh.  It’s somehow accomplished with just one panel per leg. The leg seam has been smartly stitched on the outer thigh. The matching jersey incorporates thermal bonding to improve aerodynamics. We look forward to getting in the drops to see how well it cuts the wind. Due out in the spring so plenty of time to save the $700.00 they’ll ask for at checkout.

The appropriately named Sahara kit is all about heat and sun mitigation. Fabrics are designed to be breathable and offer UV protection.

Schwalbe is diving into the tubeless thing head first. Except for the tire second from the right, the pic above is Schwalbe’s full line up of 700c tubeless tires. The German tire maker has 7 models in its tubeless easy format.

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The Pro One replaces the Ultremo ZX as the brand’s number one road tubeless. Schwalbe claims it has shaved 70 grams and cut rolling resistance by 15 percent. Three sizes: 23c, 25c and 28c. We should have a pair coming our way.

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Despite the loss of company founder Steve Hed, the wheel company that bears his name continues to innovate. These carbon looking wheels caught our eye. The Ardennes Black is actually aluminum but it’s hard to tell with that black braking surface. HED says the coating used in the Turbine Braking Technology will not wear off.  The (plus) is for tubeless. They nearly have a carbon price tag at $1600 retail.

 

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From Vallnord to Vegas. Scott sponsored mountain biker Nino Schurter’s rainbow jersey winning Spark 700. Nino one of the rare world cuppers to ride a 27.5. Tires are tubulars from Dugast, dirt in the nobs is from Andorra.

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6 comments

    1. hiddenwheel

      All the possible pros and cons and sponsorship this and that have no bearing on Wiggins using round rings for the hour: Track bikes only have round rings and will never have non-round rings. Round=even chain tension. Non-round=certain death. Cheers.

  1. James Price

    Wiggins stooped riding oval not too long ago. Froome carries on the tradition and I think Porte is on them too. Sky insiders seem to insinuate the data they have doesn’t show performance benefit, but clearly if Froome wants to ride them, they will support it.
    It’s inarguable that they don’t HURT performance. At least if you are at the top of the sport. Riders using them have won what, three of the last four TDF? And many other races.
    It’s also inarguable that the shifting with them isn’t as good as with well-designed standard rings.
    The data really is mixed on whether they boost performance. The studies are small, results contradict and some of the work was done by researchers connected with one of the companies that make them.
    At times it has seemed like the makers take advantage of the fact that they throw off crank-based power meters to claim specific percentage power increases, which doesn’t give me a warm fuzzy.
    That said, I ride them on all my bikes for a simple reason: They clearly do not hurt performance, may improve it slightly and very likely are easier on your knees, which is a big deal for many older riders.
    Who knows, though. It DOES seem likely they are easier on your knees, but there isn’t serious data on that either.
    It seems unlikely there will ever be definitive research into the potential performance and heath benefits. It would take a great deal more money than selling these things generate, so the companies seem unlikely to afford a major study with proper distancing from themselves. Making niche chainrings is not exactly a path to your first billion dollars.
    And its hardly a burning topic for the major funders of health research

  2. winky

    Oval rings actually give a more even chain tension than do round rings. They create an effectively higher gear when your legs are in a position to exert maximum force. This (somewhat counterintuitively) results in less peak tension than with round rings. Conversely they create an effectively lower gear when you are at the top and bottom of the stroke and are exerting lower forces with your legs, making for a a higher minimum tension compared to round.

    1. winky

      @Hiddenwheel…Wait. Sorry. I see what you’re saying now. You’re right. On a fixed gear with no ability to compensate for varying effective chain lengths, oval rings almost certainly won’t work. They’d have to be too loose at one point in the cycle, or they’d be too tight at the opposite point and lock up.

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