Posts Tagged ‘sram’

Manufacturer’s TdF Challenge.

July 20, 2011

The ‘Manufacturer’s Challenge’ is a stage-by-stage race within the race, celebrating the equipment and its respective technologies. Of course the riders make it exciting, but its the bikes that have truly evolved, and the bikes are what we all can have in common with the world’s best riders. The respective groupsets gather points based on daily race results of the top 20 riders throughout, 20 for 1st, 1 for 20th. Sprinting, climbing, time trials, all factor in over the complete three weeks of the world’s largest Grand Tour.

Standings up until and including yesterday’s stage, stage 16 of the 2011 TdF.

Campagnolo: 785
Shimano: 1406
SRAM: 1074

Ooof! Sram sponsor the most teams this year with 9, Shimano have 7 and Campagnolo have 6 so make up your own mind on which manufacturer you think is taking the biggest spanking.

Sram road diaries.

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One or the other.

July 5, 2011

You may or may not know that a few months ago I sold my ‘modern’ road bike, a Pinarello FP1. It was a lovely bike and we mostly got on well, it carried me over some miles and up a good few solid climbs, including the Galibier so I can’t grumble but towards the end of our relationship it’s fair to say that we fell out of love with each other for one reason or another. Which leads me to where I am at now… Sans bike. Well Sans bike with modern componentry anyway.

A while back I wrote about my love for the friction shifter, that love still remains BUT I have some things planned for the future in the way of big rides and I’v come to the conclusion that my 13-18 racing block and downtube shifting on my one remaining road steed isn’t cutting it. I need something, but I’m torn. Torn to pieces.

Here is the dilemma: I have a bike, it fits me and it looks good but the hardware needs updating. Do I go ahead and buy a modern gruppo for it and have it turn out like this absolute beauty:

Or do I buy a completely new bike? A Canyon. These bikes are totally ‘badass’ and great value too. I’d buy one of these – A Canyon Roadlite 7.0 with full Ultegra:

With the first option I’d probably save a bit of money and get to make the BRH look and perform much better but the latter option will make things just that little more ‘pro’. You can see my dilemma, right?

Right now I think I’m buying a gruppo but seriously, that could change at any moment. If Gilbert wins again aboard his Canyon I’m in trouble.

Oh and by the way, who’s owns the Cecil Walker?
Edit. Found at Prolls.

Rapha Bicycle Collection.

January 11, 2011

Beginning January 2011 and for the next two years, Rapha has partnered with four masters of framebuilding to offer four distinct, hand-made bicycles. Each partner has been selected because of the mastery of their craft and passion for road cycling. With each partner we have created a model constructed uniquely for a particular style or purpose of riding.

I’ll take this, the ‘Continental’ please, sans guards.

In all seriousness, I love this bike. It’s pretty much my ideal whip, actually.

See more at Rapha.

Mo Cervelo.

April 29, 2010

I heart black bikes and especially black bikes that look like this.
More at Cervelo.

Long T(h)ing.

January 15, 2010

I really don’t know what to say, I mean it looks great and everything but tandems are something I really can’t get my head around. Nevertheless this Specialized is impressive!

Found by Xterra triathlete stud Conrad Stoltz while lurking around Specialized HQ, this one-off carbon fiber tandem is based on Specialized’s 2010 SHIV time trial bike.

Made to be as aero as possible, everything that can be integrated is, including the computer, aero bars, brake and shifter cables and even the front drivetrain. The leader pedals a crankset linked to the stokers’ via an internal shaft drive.

There are a couple of other interesting tidbits worth noting: First, those are SRAM carbon deep V rims laced to Specialized’s Roval Rapid Star hubs (which, interestingly, are no longer shown on their website). Second, the Stoker has no brake levers.

Spotted.


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