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EB16: Centurion Numinis & No Pogo carbon mountain bikes, even an E+ version

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Although mostly exclusive to German-speaking countries, bike brand Centurion has been putting out some cutting edge and sought-after bike for road, cross & trail riding for many years. Their two newest bike lines are a pair of mountain bikes covering everything from cross country to all-mountain with two variations of each. The carbon Numinis was developed in two travel options the 100mm XC that the Centurion Vaude team rode to two stage wins and an overall second place at this year’s Cape Epic, and a longer 120mm travel version for more trail capability. Developed almost 20 years ago as their first full suspension mountain bike, No Pogo name is making a comeback as a new 145mm all-mountain bike. The new bike gets a light carbon frame for aggressive trail riding, but also debuts a new alloy plus-sized version with a Bosch motor for the new E+ e-bike segment…

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Although mostly exclusive to German-speaking countries, bike brand Centurion has been putting out some cutting edge and sought-after bike for road, cross & trail riding for many years. Their two newest bike lines are a pair of mountain bikes covering everything from cross country to all-mountain with two variations of each. The carbon Numinis was developed in […]

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EB16: IRC Formula Pro road tubeless tires get faster, grippier; Mibro-X MTB gets factory treatment

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Virtually all of IRC’s performance tires are tubeless ready now. So, to improve, they have to look at their rubber, tread and other features and find incremental gains. For their Formula Pro road tire lineup, that meant updating their RBCC compound.

The “Rice Bran Ceramic Compound” is made by taking the husk of the rice (the “bran”) and grinding it into a powder, then mixing that into a resin. That mixture is superheated, then cooled, then pulverized into microscopic bits. The claimed benefit is that these bits act as spikes that stick out from the rubber to grab the road’s imperfections, improving grip in dry conditions. Then when it turns wet, they quickly wick the water away from the surface, letting more rubber make contact for better grip. The new 2017 RBCC mix claims 4% better traction overall…

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Virtually all of IRC’s performance tires are tubeless ready now. So, to improve, they have to look at their rubber, tread and other features and find incremental gains. For their Formula Pro road tire lineup, that meant updating their RBCC compound. The “Rice Bran Ceramic Compound” is made by taking the husk of the rice […]

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EB16: Breezer Radar Pro takes a more casual approach to gravel, adventure riding

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Compared to the steel Inversion gravel road bike launched in April, the new Breezer Radar Pro Radar is more utilitarian, all around bike. It fits bigger tires, up to 29×2.1, and it gets a thirst saking five water bottle mounts.

The frame is butted steel, it just doesn’t get the additional shaping of the Inversion, and gets a straight steerer instead of tapered. Other key differences include QR instead of thru axles, and a chromoly fork rather than carbon.

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Compared to the steel Inversion gravel road bike launched in April, the new Breezer Radar Pro Radar is more utilitarian, all around bike. It fits bigger tires, up to 29×2.1, and it gets a thirst saking five water bottle mounts. The frame is butted steel, it just doesn’t get the additional shaping of the Inversion, […]

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IB16: Smith Podium blends Koroyd, MIPS into new TT/tri helmet

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The new Smith Podium TT helmet fills in their line, giving them a full aero lid for time trials and triathlon. It sticks with their Koroyd construction for protection and venting, but relies a little more heavily on EPS foam under the much more enclosed shell.

Up front, two small vents let air in, then interior channels pull it over the head and out of the rear Koroyd vents. The lenses also get two vents to bring a little AC to your brow, and they remove quickly thanks to magnetic connections…

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The new Smith Podium TT helmet fills in their line, giving them a full aero lid for time trials and triathlon. It sticks with their Koroyd construction for protection and venting, but relies a little more heavily on EPS foam under the much more enclosed shell. Up front, two small vents let air in, then […]

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IB16: Prototype TRP Hydraulic TT Brakes puts full hydro setup in easy reach

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prototype trp hydraulic tt brakes for disc brake tt and triathlon bikes

With current TT/triathlon bar extension brake levers, the lever itself is often plugged into the end of the bar as sort of an after thought, requiring the rider to roll bar tape around the ends to add some grip. TRP thought it could be better, and now that several major manufacturers have committed to making disc brake TT/tri bikes (like this, this, and definitely this), the time was right to do something about it.

They don’t have a formal model name yet, but the working title of “Hydraulic TT Brake” pretty well sums it up. They incorporate a fully enclosed hydraulic disc brake system into bar end levers.

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With current TT/triathlon bar extension brake levers, the lever itself is often plugged into the end of the bar as sort of an after thought, requiring the rider to roll bar tape around the ends to add some grip. TRP thought it could be better, and now that several major manufacturers have committed to making […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Strait of Messina, Italy

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Photo submitted by Paolo Magaudda, “taken this summer during my passage in the mountains in Sicily (Italy), right in front of the Stretto di Messina, at about 3000 feet (near the ‘Santuario of Dinnammare’). In the background you can see the proper ‘stretto’, the channel that links Sicily (on the left) to the Italian continent (on the right), where the ancient homerian myth of Scylla and Charybdis born. I have also made a recording of the gravel downhill.”

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Photo submitted by Paolo Magaudda, “taken this summer during my passage in the mountains in Sicily (Italy), right in front of the Stretto di Messina, at about 3000 feet (near the ‘Santuario of Dinnammare’). In the background you can see the proper ‘stretto’, the channel that links Sicily (on the left) to the Italian continent (on […]

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IB16: REI taps members to relaunch bicycle brand as adventure focused Co-op Cycles

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REI has reworked their house cycling brand to create Co-op Cycles. They took feedback from their members (REI is a Co-op, hence the name) to get the desired new features and married them with the good stuff from Novarra. The new brand will replace Novarra and have a more aggressive lineup that’s less focused on the city commuter and more on touring, all road and mountain bikes.

The lineup is launching with DRT (mountain bikes) and ARD (all road). Following soon are ADV (adventure), CTY (we’ll give you one guess), and REV (youth) bikes. Matching apparel options will coordinate bike and kit for the intended use.

Starting with all road, the ARD 1.4 is a carbon gravel road bike that comes with 700×28 tires (clearance for 35mm treads), thru axles and cable/wire routing that can be done internally or externally to suit your tastes.

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REI has reworked their house cycling brand to create Co-op Cycles. They took feedback from their members (REI is a Co-op, hence the name) to get the desired new features and married them with the good stuff from Novarra. The new brand will replace Novarra and have a more aggressive lineup that’s less focused on […]

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IB16: Fuji gets way lighter in alloy for road, cyclocross; adds more disc brake drop bar options

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Last summer, Fuji introduced the featherweight SL with a claimed weight safely under 700g. One of our taller, bigger testers hopped on it this past spring and loved it, too. Now, there’s an all-new SL Disc with, yep, disc brakes.

Fuji knew the SL Disc was coming, so they made sure the molds could handle both versions. It gets all the same tech, but with a new fork and rear triangle. Claimed weight is just 775g for a raw 56, and the fork comes in at 365g (both about 75g heavier than the rim brake version). They were going to launch at Vuelta, but, well, thanks Obama UCI.

There’s also a new disc brake version of their Roubaix, which gets completely reworked with a massively lighter alloy frame, and more…

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Last summer, Fuji introduced the featherweight SL with a claimed weight safely under 700g. One of our taller, bigger testers hopped on it this past spring and loved it, too. Now, there’s an all-new SL Disc with, yep, disc brakes. Fuji knew the SL Disc was coming, so they made sure the molds could handle […]

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EB16: Canyon trickles down carbon tech for new Speedmax, Endurace & Exceed, plus a ‘new’ Neuron

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While Canyon had some interesting new bike tech on show at Eurobike this year, their new DH DisConnect and disc brake road bikes were both things that we can’t actually buy, at least not anytime soon. But back in reality they did actually have three, maybe four new bikes that you can but right now. Taking advantage of true trickle down tech they’ve taken their top, lightweight carbon time trial/triathlon bike, disc brake endurance road bike, and cross country hardtail mountain bike and given them each a more affordable carbon option. The new Speedmax CF, Endurace CF & Exceed CF SL lower the cost of entry to pretty much all of the features of their high-end siblings with the addition of a couple hundred grams. Also in a bike that isn’t really new, the full suspension alloy Nerve mountain bike has gotten rebranded as the Neuron. Get a closer look at what’s new below the crease…

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While Canyon had some interesting new bike tech on show at Eurobike this year, their new DH DisConnect and disc brake road bikes were both things that we can’t actually buy, at least not anytime soon. But back in reality they did actually have three, maybe four new bikes that you can but right now. Taking […]

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