Summer PressCamp 2016, Part III

Summer PressCamp 2016, Part III

Smith showed off a couple of new helmets, the Route (road) and the Rover (MTB). Like their predecessors, the Overtake and the Forefront, the Route and the Rover both use Koroyd in the helmet to absorb impact energy in the event of a crash. The new helmets differ in two significant ways: first, they use less Koroyd and as a result come in at a lower price point, only $150, or $180 if you get the MIPS versions. The second big difference is that many people perceive that with less Koroyd, the helmets are better ventilated; this is a matter of some debate between the manufacturers of Koroyd and Smith, and the journalists who have worn the Overtake and Forefront. While the Route and Rover both employ the same design language, they are, in fact two different helmets, not just a road helmet with a visor added. The Route will come in nine colors, while the Rover will come in eight.

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G-Form is making a big push to become the premier pad company in cycling, skateboarding and any other Xtreme® sport. Comparatively, their pads are lighter, more flexible and do a better job of dissipating impact energy than almost anything out there. One way to say it is that these are pads for the non-pad set.

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What was particularly intriguing was the new pair of bibs they showed. They feature two hip pads sewn into the shots.

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Generally speaking, these are intended to be worn under your baggies, unless you’re looking to be an extra in the Buck Rodgers remake. That said, I’ve done some gravel rides with crazed enough descents that I’d wear these with impunity, if not pride. They feature an Elastic Interface pad which suggests they want these to be worn by people who appreciate a good pair of bibs.

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Stages Cycling has been working with FSA to come up with a carbon fiber crank arm that incorporates Stages’ power meter and can be used with SRAM’s and FSA’s product lines. To make it as flexible a solution as possible, they’ve come up with four different spindles with which it can be paired with either BB30 or 386EVO bottom brackets. The arms come in four lengths: $165, 170, 172.5 and 175mm. The FSA version goes for $629, while the SRAM version goes for $699.

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Pinarello showed off a number of bikes but the big attraction was the Dogma F8 disc, easily the most beautiful iteration of the legendary Italian maker.The F8 disc goes thru-axle. Coming up in 2017 will be a lightweight version of the bike (not disc), like the one Chris Froome has been riding. The frame will come in around 780 grams. There will be a rider weight limit of 70 kilograms and there will be 200 available worldwide.

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The bike that really caught my attention is the Gan GR-S Disc, which recalls much of the design language of the Dogma F8, but adds rear suspension to the frame.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to ride this bike while at PressCamp, but we will be receiving one for review soon. The Gan GR-S also allows for larger tires than many premium road bikes—up to 35mm. This bike is a way to stay true to an Italian brand, have a high performance machine and also ride something kinder to an aging body. Did we mention better control, too?

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Blue Bicycles is undergoing a relaunch. They’ve struggled over the last couple of years with capitalization and distribution issues, but seem to have found a partner who has the power to help them reach their goals. However, rebuilding a brand is never easy, even when the bikes were unquestionably good. The Axino is their lightweight race machine and comes in a few build levels. The Dura-Ace version goes for $4899 while the Ultegra is $2979.

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The new Prosecco is the bike from Blue that got my attention. It’s a disc-brake adventure bike with clearance for 40mm tires. What really blew me away was how aggressive they are being with the pricing on this bike. The Ultegra build (there are a couple of lower-priced builds) features Di2 and hydraulic discs for only $2699. It might be the best value in the road/adventure market. A version with 105 and an alloy frame goes for only $1089.

 

 

 

 

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7 comments

  1. Champs

    70kg strains more than just the limit that Pinarello. Adults as short as 5’8 with a considered-healthy BMI are too heavy for this bike.

    The Lugano Charter was ostensibly meant to prevent a bike like this. Instead, it has UCI Certified sticker.

    1. JPN78

      The lugano charter was set up to do a number of things – I don’t recall “ensuring that every bike could be safely ridden by every cyclist” was on that list.

      That’s their stated weight limit and distribution model, and given it is well within the current UCI rules, that’s their prerogative.

    2. Champs

      These bikes are meant to be available to the general public. Were it the matter that I, like most, cannot afford this bike, it would simply be a shame. Where I take issue is the disingenuity of using equipment deemed unsafe for most of the population, not even the subset of *healthy* men. In my mind, such an unattainable bike violates the spirit of the rules.


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      Padraig

      While the bikes are ostensibly available to the general public, they are in such short supply that they are clearly not meant for the general public. I agree that it is possible to make the argument that this bike is unsafe for the general public, but it is an unfair one. It is far more accurate to say that this bike is not intended for the general public. Let’s try to keep in mind that with obesity now considered by the Centers of Disease Control to be an epidemic, there are a great many “ordinary” carbon fiber bikes and components that would collapse under a much of the population. Let’s also consider that the typical cyclist as a biologic anomaly who, by virtue of the fact that they aren’t clinically overweight, is far at one shallow end of a big bell curve. Consider: If you’ve completed a century, that puts you in the top two percent of the public in terms of your aerobic fitness.

      This is a limited-edition product meant for a subset of a subset and is part of the beauty of niche industries. I mean, if we’re going to ding Pinarello for this bike, we will have a field day with Ferrari.

  2. Max

    I recently demoed a Pinarello K8S with that rear suspension and was not convinced of its merit. The bike was heavier with a full Ultegra build, carbon cockpit and carbon wheels than my Scott Foil 40 with full 105, stock cockpit and Stans wheels. I still felt every crack in the pavement, even with 25c tires. After 50 pretty smooth miles I was no less sore than after any other ride. I’d say tubeless 25c’s at 85psi is more cush. Interested to see a review.

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