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  • Rotor 2008, Canyon 2008, Shimano 2008 3 [en] (24/08/2007 publié
    dans : Nouveautés / News
    )

    This year Rotor unveiled two new products. The new S1 stem is CNC machined from a forged block of aluminium 7175. The treatments applied on this block bring high mechanical properties:
    fatigue resistance and stiffness while keeping a minimal weight. Here the treatment is a T6, synonym of a quench: the hot aluminium…
  • The Grand Test (22/08/2007 publié dans : « categorie-100023.html »>Divers / Off-topic)
    The suscriptions for the « Grand test » organized by the french magasine L’Acheteur Cycliste from the 21th to the 28th of June 2008 are opened. A week at the Club Med of Tignes, a dreaming
    location village to test dreaming bikes. Bmc, Time, Canyon, Isaac, Storck, Kuota, Wilier, E. Merckx, Giant, Ridley and other brands will put at…
  • Project 3.3 (21/08/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    An exceptionnal project will be presented this year at the Eurobike.The bike weights just 3,3kg, all built and ready to roll. The frame is 677,5g, the rear derailleur 51,6g. This bike is a
    mere technological case. It is not the kind of bike to use everyday. Moreover, the speed levers are on the frame like old bikes, and the speed number seem …
  • Speedcomposites, the latest news (20/08/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    Speedcomposites is a very special company. One man, a know-how, an experience, a production, and … the wheels. Mr. Van Beurden, makes himself the rims, the hubs in his workshop in Holland
    since a few years. A real quality and follow-up label, essential for a man devored by his passion. Definitely unique in Europe and in the whole world, …
  • Oakley Radar custom [en] (17/08/2007 catégorie: « categorie-100023.html »>Divers / Off-topic)
    Oakley glasses are inevitable in any sport. When a new model is unveiled, every champions wear them. Moreover, during the Tour de France, the brand new Radar were worn by almost one rider in
    three!We got these glasses and tested, at the same time, the Oakley custom programm.This programm is very attractive since 90% of the glasses can be customized: …
  • Storck Powerarms SL [en] (16/08/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    The new Storck Powerarms SL crank arms have been unveiled. They are ultra light and enjoy a  flashier look than the cranks they come from: the Clavicula of THM.These cranks hit the scale
    with only 445g, which is 20g heavier than the Clavicula. This rise is due to the main difference between both arms – the materials used. Storck’s arms …
  • Lightweight derailleur [2 en] (15/08/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    We are getting very close to the Eurobike and several rumors are spreading. Some new Zipp rims, new Lightweight wheels, new Tune hubs, a Schmolke frame, a new Cannondale, a new Campagnolo
    clothes range, etc…The Lightweight rear derailleur is finally ready. Here are the official pictures. …

Shimano 2008, the electric groupset: second version! (13/08/2007 « categorieArticle »>catégorie: Nouveautés / News)

  • The Shimano Dura-Ace electronic groupset is in a turmoil! During the Tour of Germany, Jay Cee could take some shots of the bikes of Rabobank’s team. This team is testing the latest version of
    the groupset. Although the chances to be able to buy this groupset the next year are very small since no official announcement has been done yet and …
  • Look 2008 [en] (12/08/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    It is very hard to get official information about the latest 2008 Look range. The company prefers waiting the end of the month to share both the pictures and the informations to the press.
    Obvious since the range is said to be available for September.However, several shops already received the new frames and many eCommerce shops already got …
  • Pinarello Prince Carbon 2008 [en] (09/08/2007 catégorie:
    Nouveautés / News
    )

    The new Pinarello Prince Carbon is used since almost two months by the Pro Tour team Caisse d’Epargne. It has been redesigned and gets several strong arguments notably in the aesthetic
    department! It is made out from a new 50HM1K carbon fibre. This very thin weave has a tensile strength of 50 tons per square centimeter. This strength has allowed …
  • Michelin bibendumized us! (07/08/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    Le’s come back a couple of minutes on the latest product from the Bibendum. It will officially be unveiled for the Eurobike, it will be available for the first quarter of 2008. The
    manufacturer claims theywill exactly be the same as the one used by the pro riders. Very good, we are impatient to test ride them. However, several models of this …
  • Time XEN pedals (03/08/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    Beside the new frames, the new components and the new wheels, the french company Time worked on a new pedal range called XEN. These new pedals are entirely redesigned for a less sportive use
    than the RXS. Although they keep their advantages such as the lateral float, the angular flat and the release angle. Photo ©: Gonzalo/arueda.com The …
  • Concor carbon! [en] (02/08/2007 catégorie: « categorie-148519.html »>Bidouilles :) )
    It is always hard to unearth the perfect saddle. The kind of saddle we will ride forever with no pain, nor perinatal compression, nor burning sensation. In our case, the ideal saddle is the
    San Marco Concor. The slope setting is quite pernickety because the shape is not flat but slightly curved. After a couple of tries, the adjustement is …
  • Tune Mag, improvements (01/08/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    Tune hubs have been improved almost every years. The current rear hub range officially includes the Mag150, the Mag160 and the Mag190. They all weight more or less, the figure of their name.
    Uli Fahl crossed a new a limit, which still could be considered reasonable, with new freewheels. They are machinned down to the bare minimum that is required …
  • Lightweight 2008! [en] (31/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-47171.html »>Montages classiques / Classics builts)
    The Lightweight Generation 2 have been unveiled almost one year ago. Lighter and stiffer than the previous model, the success is obvious since the shops and even the distributors are
    delivered sparingly.This difficult situation will certainly last since a couple new models are being tested and will be unveiled soon. This should boost and increase …
  • Michelin Pro 3 Race, Vittoria Prototype, Veloflex 2008 [en] (30/07/2007 « categorieArticle »>catégorie: Nouveautés / News)
    Two prototypes of the latest tire generation, which are coming from the most important manufacturers, succeeded in the hardest real world test, i.e the Tour de France.Michelin at AG2R and
    Bouygues Telecom, Vittoria at Barloworld, the victories and the good ranks are numerous.However there is no information about them. Neither of the two brands …
  • Sram RED 2008 [en] (28/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    The official pictures of the groupset are available since tuesday. Here they are as exclusivity. Click to enlarge (808Kb) About the specifications, they are exactly or close to what the pdf
    stood a couple of months ago. The final weight is 1928gThe shifters: – Technology DoubleTap with ZeroLoss Technology – Speeds 10 rear …
    • Zero Gravity Negative G [en] (23/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
      Zero Gravity brakes were several times updated since their launch in 2002. The latest update is definitely a new design. The parts, which offer more important thickness, should bring a
      higher braking power too.  The ’07 version were already a very « good cru », this one will be excellent.PezCyclingnews will publish, in the following …
  • Dura-Ace derailleur black (22/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-148519.html »>Bidouilles :) )
    We presented a couple of days ago a 32g front derailleur made by Laurent. Here is a rear derailleur hitting the scale with 107.3g! Sebastian enjoied tuning, polishing, drilling several
    components to create this amazing part: some XTR components, aluminium bolts, carbon mechs and pulleys. The finish of the Dura-Ace black derailleur is superb, …
  • Coated Tune cassette (20/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-148519.html »>Bidouilles :) )
    Some months ago, we got a full titanium Ti-6Al-4V Tune cassette. We wanted it to last as long as possible to take the best out of its properties, in term of material and weight.  Thus,
    we sent it to Surface Solutions Incorporated, for a special very hard coating called Alpha. This coating is about sending metal vapors containing ionized …
  • Michelin Pro 3 [en] (19/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    Michelin is in the final phase of a new tire development. In a press release publicized this afternoon, the Clermontoise company officially announce the Pro 3 range. Since December 2006,
    1.000.000 kilometers of tests have been performed by the professionnal riders of Bouygues Télécom, AG2R Pro Tour teams and several amateur racers. …
  • Time 2008 – Frullani [en] (18/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    The french manufacturer Time bought Guy Frullani’s patent one year ago. Frullani is the « inventor/creator » of the famous wheels of the same name. Even through Time deeply modified his
    concept, they still use some specifications of the wheels patented in 1997.Before presenting the new wheels’ pictures, let’s clarify in concrete terms …
  • Lightweight Obermayer, brittles? (17/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-47171.html »>Montages classiques / Classics builts)
    Horrific scene this afternoon during the Tour de France. It is 1:52pm, in a downhill, Burghardt from Team-Telecom hit a dog! Even though the animal has been reported by the previous racers,
    the cyclist couldn’t avoid it and enters his side.Have a look at the following video, the damage inflicted in a thousandth of a second at the Lightweight …
  • Time 2008 [en] (17/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    Time realized a brand new frame for Cofidis and Bouygues Telecom Pro Tour teams. Called VXRS Ulteam Worldstar, this snow white frame was unveiled at the Time Megève Mont-Blanc (what a
    coincidence!). The carbon and Vectran fibres are mixed and optimized to provide stiffness and compliance for long rides. Add to this mix an attractive …
  • Mavic CCU [en] (16/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-610870.html »>Matériel || Stuff)
    Cosmic Carbone Ultimate Mavic introduced mid-February a new wheelset that goes off the beaten tracks. After an intensive testing period that lasted more than a year, the wheels saw the Tour
    de France roads as final test the last year. We covered enthousiastically the following evolutions and the tests to show you, in advance and before …
  • Fulcrum Racing Zero B&R [en] (14/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    Fulcrum, illegitimate Campagnolo’s son, renews his high range wheelset. Here is the latest evolution of the Fulcrum Racing Zero. For 2008, in order to match any frame color (or almost any), a
    version with a black rim and red spokes is born. Let’s remind quickly the characteristics of them:- entirely made out of aluminium alloy- flat rims: …
  • Le Tour, one continue! (12/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    The Tour started almost one week ago, we could shiver all along the breakaways in which the french guys played an essential role. Sylvain Chavanel from Cofidis team were already present in
    two long breakaways and picks up at the same time the king of mountain jersey from Stéphane Augé shoulders. In the meantime, Laurent Lefèvre …
  • Campagnolo 2008, Lew Racing, Colnago 2008 [en] (12/07/2007 « categorieArticle »>catégorie: Nouveautés / News)
    Campagnolo 2008Contrary to our thoughts, the electronic groupset will not be available in 2008. Although the Cofidis riders use it during the Tour, it will be postponed for several reasons.
    For 2008, Campagnolo improves anyway some points.The front derailleurs- the compact and standard version of every front derailleurs are the same, this …
  • Turn on the Dremel then go ahead! (11/07/2007 catégorie:
    Bidouilles :)
    )

    The Dremel is a very useful tool that allows to make parts with very an infinity of shapes. It is among the essential tools for the marabout whose Laurent is among.Thanks to his long-term
    experience and a lot of ideas, he looks for some carbon to cut his parts. Exceptionnals and rare, the scraps of carbon are inaccessible for him. He then …
  • Le Tour, what’s up? (10/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    This 2007 Tour seems to be a grand cru. From a sportive point of view, we’re already pampered with the all fresh snatched victory of Cancellara. From a more technical view, the Tour is as
    thrilling.Indeed, our american fellow members from Cyclingnews and Velonews could take several shots, really interesting.eRecord groupsetFirst of all, the …
  • Trek Equinox TTX [en] (09/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-88517.html »>Vélos / Bikes)
    The time passes quickly. « Too quickly » some of you will legitimally retort. What would you say about a time train machine to compensate for this phenomenon? Tillquist enjoied building one,
    certainly among one of the best. Please check the specifications: Trek Equinox TTX 9.9 Project One frame, Zipp 999 wheels, Record groupset, carbon …
  • Ligthweight derailleur (07/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    The story is superb. It’s Mr. Eugen Allmendinger’s one. Passionnated and relentless, he has serious abilities to work the carbon. During his free time, he enjoys making full carbon rear
    derailleurs… With one week of work to realize one piece, he is unable to follow what the customers and pernickety manufacturers need. Carbon-Sports bought …
  • Lew Racing wheels, why are they so attractive? (07/07/2007 « categorieArticle »>catégorie: Nouveautés / News)
    This year, two new lightweight and high-end wheelsets hit the market, certainly to face up Carbon-Sports and Lightweight wheels supremacy. Lew Racing has announced on the 27th of January its
    Pro VT1 and Mavic, its Cosmic Carbon Ultimate the 15th of February. Both of them have serious assets related to the material, the technic, the service …
  • Sram Red: pictures, for real! (06/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    Indeed, some journalists seem to get special privileges in the bicycle world. While Sram firmly embargoed the pictures of the latest Sram Red groupset, Velonews.com journalists could present
    in a preview showing some components of this groupset.Well, it will not be used for the Tour de France by the Saunier Duval riders, contrary to what we …
  • Specialized 2008 [en] (03/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    2008 Specialized bike range has been presented to the american journalists a few days ago. It unveiled Sram Red groupset and several interesting new stuffs as well.The main news concerns the
    new high range S-Works Tarmac SL2 frame, the S-Works Transition triathlon and time trial bike. Then, the Roval Alpinist SL 1060g wheelset, some accessories …
  • Montage Lew, M5, Tune, Cx-ray [en] (02/07/2007 catégorie:
    Montages high-tech / High end builts
    )

    The handbuilt wheels presented on the site aren’t really common these days. Because they are often similar, a simple « copied pasted » would not be a good idea. Today, you can finally have a
    look at this built that goes off the beaten tracks. A set of Lew Racing Pro VT1 rims laced to an M5 with no flange and a Tune Mag160. The spokes …
  • New skin (01/07/2007 catégorie: « categorie-87852.html »>Le site / The website)
    As you certainly noticed, we reworked the aesthetic and some functionnalities of the website.You are able to access to the several article categories from the menu situated under the
    banner.We did our best to make the site as sober as possible but one has to mention that we aren’t masters to play with Photoshop or the programmation (!).Feel …
  • Sram RED, some pictures?! (29/06/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    Already more than one year Sram has launched a complete groupset range with an innovative system to shift with the same lever (Double Tap, see here). The components still being young, the
    improvements to bring, obviously pass as a priority for the american manufacturer. Intentionnaly or not, Sram placed some weeks ago a pdf presenting every …
  • Carbon-Ti customizable saddles, M5 frame, KCNC brakes (28/06/2007 « categorieArticle »>catégorie: Nouveautés / News)
    At Carbon-Ti, a new line of customizable saddles will be available this year. This saddle features the original Becker shape but the rails are different. Becker saddles The rails are made of
    43 threads of carbon pressed under 4 tons of pressure to give them a 6mm diameter. Ultra stiff and resistant, the tests performed to evaluate the …
  • Ceramic Ultra-Torque bearing (27/06/2007 catégorie: « categorie-148519.html »>Bidouilles :) )
    Still looking for the ultimate upgrade on a bike, we have switched from stock Campagnolo steel bearings to CeramicSpeed ceramic hybrid bearings.The procedure is quite easy but it still
    requires some special tools we can’t find in any local bike shop. Since Campagnolo doesn’t provide the tools to extract the bearings yet, we had to get the …
  • Some carbon for … Shimano? (26/06/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    While Campagnolo is using carbon since a long time for its components, Shimano always prefered aluminium, claiming it was better in term of stiffness and resistance. However, Shimano finally
    expands its material horizons… The carbon has been introduced in Shimano groupsets via the XTR this year. It seems carbon cranks arms aren’t an utopia …
  • Lew Racing, M5 [en] (25/06/2007 catégorie: « categorie-87850.html »>Montages high-tech / High end builts)
    Paul Lew known for his 880g wheelset, retails since a few weeks, some super light rims. Their aspect is very rough, but they have strong arguments to face the competitors. The spoke tension
    resistance is up to 200kg, simply two times higher than the limit spoke tension some other rims can accept, such as the Zipps for example… The carbon/boron …
  • New Mavic R-SYS (20/06/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    After a few year with no real innovation,  Mavic comes back with a new promising concept. We have been invited for the presentation of a new wheelset on the shore of Annecy’s lake. We
    were pleased to discover the brand new R-SYS introducing the TraComp concept, already patented. Click to enlarge Practically, this system …
  • 922g of heaven… (17/05/2007 catégorie: « categorie-610870.html »>Matériel || Stuff)
    Lightweight Obermayer Generation II 922g ! As you certainly noticed, I’ve not been very active on the website lately. I’ve a workplacement in the bike french magasine « L’Acheteur Cycliste »
    and so the free time to work here is very limited. Today is a day off and so I’ve the time to present what has been, since almost a decade, the …
  • The secret of Lightweight wheels (28/02/2007 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    Lightweight wheels by Carbon-Sports This year, our journey at Friedrischafen for the Eurobike earl in September has been unforgettable. Close to the Constance lake where the three countries
    Germany Austria and Switzerland meet. The Messe is just 72.000 square meters of exhibition, which was really big. It has been a dream for us to be there …
  • Shimano 2008? Electric groupset and new wheels (24/02/2007 « categorieArticle »>catégorie: Nouveautés / News)
    Almost a year after the first prototypes have been used on pro races, Shimano is doing that again with its Dura-Ace electric groupset that seems to follow a long test in order to validate the
    product in the best conditions. Some design changings have been done to save some weight (for example on the rear derailleur) and make the whole group …
  • Mavic Cosmic Carbon Ultimate [en] (17/02/2007 catégorie:
    Nouveautés / News
    )

    I thought I was on holidays while waiting for our new website, well it seems I was wrong and a big new forces me to take back my pen or should I say my keyboard!The latest Mavic wheel we
    spoke a lot the last months have been announced almost officially.A small meeting to present them to the Saunier Duval riders has been organized and it ends …
  • Lew PRO VT-1 [en] (12/02/2007 catégorie: « categorie-47171.html »>Montages classiques / Classics builts)
    The latest Lew wheels we presented more than a month ago (HERE) are finally unveiled.They are called PRO VT-1 and weight 880gr in tubular version and 970gr in clincher version. They are crazy
    light, the lightest « stock » one piece wheels on themarket. The very special manufacturing process using carbon and boron was originally developped …
  • Corima 2007, Lew racing [en] (11/12/2006 catégorie: « categorie-146171.html »>Nouveautés / News)
    CorimaCorima Winium rims now use the 12K carbon weave, after the Aero has been upgraded at the Mondial du deux roues the last year. The look change dramatically even through the general shape
    remains unchanged. Click to enlarge Both the stiffness and the weight are slightly …
  • Great wheel test, 2006 version (11/12/2006 catégorie: « categorie-94458.html »>Etudes / Studies)
    The last year in August we were glad to analyse the wheels test performed by the german magasine called TOUR. This year, they have done it again with some other models. The protocol is
    similar to assure the tests reproductibility. An important data base is available and we propose it here.Tests criterions: Aérodynamism: Ability of …
  • Montage/built Crono F20, Tune Mag190/Mig70, Cx-ray. [en 2] (01/12/2006 « categorieArticle »>catégorie: Montages classiques / Classics builts)
    After a request made by a racer needing a light, reliable, stiff, very strong wheelset, and beside this all black from the hubs to the tip of the ties, I assembled this set using Ambrosio
    Crono F20 rims linked to TUNE Mig70 and Mag190 hubs thanks to 28 front and 32 rear Cx-ray spokes. There are ties for both the front and the rear wheels.Thus, …
 
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