Friday, August 31, 2007

Rock Shox launches new SID!

Rock Shox launches new SID

After winning eight consecutive world championships and cranking out over half a million SID forks over its ten-year run, Rock Shox decided it was about time to put the kids to bed and wake up to a brighter morning. The new SID is (almost) here, and Rock Shox looks to have benefited from the lessons it has learned over the past few years.

Naturally, light weight was a key metric in the redesign, but engineers were not willing to sacrifice chassis rigidity goals or overall suspension performance in the process. As a result, the target 1450g weight for the production 2008 SID World Cup remains about the same as the existing model. Some may lament the lack of improvement in that area, but there certainly won't be any complaints about Rock Shox's claim that the new SID will boast overall stiffness on par with the current Reba World Cup.As we all expected, the new SID wears 32mm-diameter aluminum upper tubes matched to cast magnesium lower legs that sport Lyrik/Totem-like styling cues. In comparison to the similarly proportioned Reba, SID's stanchions are substantially shorter to minimize excess material. This allowed for correspondingly shorter damper and air spring shafts along with reduced oil volume, all of which shed grams. The shorter stanchion length also yields a hollow section at the bottom of each lower leg. This isn't all that important in and of itself, but it does allow for a more compact and rigid set of post mount disc tabs.

There is no carbon fiber steerer tube or crown, but with the newly optimized chassis, Rock Shox was apparently able to minimize the weight without resorting to more expensive (and somewhat more delicate) composite construction. Carbon fiber does make an appearance in the lower legs, however. The lower legs are wrapped in select areas to reinforce the structure, namely at the base of the arch and around the lower bushings to create a carbon fiber version of the reference Power Bulge.

SRAM will continue to use its proven spring and damper technology, but the usual plastic Motion Control spring tube is replaced with a lighter titanium version. The new compression assembly also uses a nearly identical low-speed compression circuit as on current Motion Control dampers, but now also includes a separate shimmed high-speed circuit for a more refined ride.

Both crown-mounted and remote lockout levers will be offered as with other Motion Control forks, but the new SID World Cup will exclusively offer a carbon fiber crown-mounted dial or a cleaner 'Nip/Tuck' remote cable spool design that neatly hides the end of the cable from view.Did we get to ride it? Sadly, no, but production forks will ship around February 2008.

Exclusive to SID is a new carbon fiber crown-mounted lockout dial.

2008 Eurobike updates!

Here are some info and pictures from various outlets of new stuff at this year's Eurobike Expo in Germany.

2008 Shimano Dura Ace carbon fiber crankset.


DT Swiss

Several manufacturers have focused on clincher carbon wheels this year. DT Swiss is among them. A new rim made in their factory in switzerland. It weights around 300g. The complete wheelset is 1250g for 1300 euros including the Ti skewers ( price to be checked). The hubs are the 190 Ceramic.


Zipp 255: the rim replaces the 250, it is the one we presented in yesterday´s article. It is 32mm deep, it is dimpled, it features a new technology to increase the upper tube bed impact resistance of 32%. The weight is the same as the old 250. The dimples make it behave as a 50mm deep standard V shaped rim.

- Zipp 1080: the rim is 108mm deep!!! Perfect for time trial or triathlon.

Zipp new crankset.

- The new time trial wheel: it looks like a 808 rim bonded to a carbon structure. Zipp claims it has a negative drag! It´s something like it pushes you: you can earn 5 Watts at 350W. If you remember, we already shown this wheel about a year ago...

- Some new TT stuffs like bar extenders, shifters...


The RS:


The Michelin Pro 3 is 200g, it is 27% more adhesive than the Pro 2 while cornering. It features a vectran puncture layer.


Some pictures of Shimano wheels. Nothing new but close pictures are always interesting.

Info and pictures via

2008 SRAM Red pricing info...

SRAM RED pricing info

Suggested retail of $2142


Here's what Red will cost you when it becomes available this fall: The whole group price, paired with SRAM's PC-1090R 10-speed chain, which Red shares with Force, will cost $2142. Here's the breakdown.

Shifters: $555 280-grams
Front Derailleur $108 58-grams (braze on only)
Rear Derailleur$311 153-grams
Brake Set$297 265-grams
Crankset $370 750-grams (with bottom bracket)
Bottom Bracket $195
Cassette$230 155-grams (11-23)
Chain $76 255-grams


Campagnolo RECORD: $1749
(Highest I could find. Availabe for $1549 in the US.)

So SRAM RED comes in at a claimed weight of 1928g roughly 357g lighter than RECORD but at a price of $393-593 more!

Sure street prices will come down around mid 2008, but from what I hear, SRAM is sticking to thier guns when it comes to enforcing pricing. So we will see in time.

I hope they fixed their brake and RD issues from FORCE at this pricing...

Like like the shifters, but I hate the Truvative cranks!

The cassette look like the most interesting part of the group.

Also thier $76 chain is a JOKE!

I am a huge SRAM fan on the MTB side so....

There are also RED Flat-Bar 10spd 3x9 shifters coming based on the X.0 Trigger design. Can you say 10sp MTB???

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Official 2008 SRAM Red Spec/Pics...

SRAM Red 2008

Here it is finally, he official pictures of the
group set that is available. We gave you the specs earlier this year and the
final weights specs were basically spot on!

The final weight is 1928g

Here is the official one:
2008 RED

The shifters:

  • - Technology DoubleTap with ZeroLoss

  • - Speeds 10 rear / Double FC front

  • - Weight 280g

  • - Material Carbon Brake Lever / Carbon Shift

  • - Compatibility SRAM Red, Force, and Rival
    Front and Rear Derailleurs, SRAM and industry-standard 10 speed cassettes

The crankset:

  • - Arm Material Carbon

  • - Chainring Material AL 7075-T6 Aluminum /
    Alloy Chainring Bolts

  • - Weight 760g w/ BB

  • - Available Arm Lengths 165, 170, 172.5,
    175, 177.5, 180mm

  • - Available Ratios 53/39 and compact drives
    50/36 and 50/34

  • - Compatibility GXP Team BB w/ BlackBox™
    Ceramic Bearings

The derailleurs:

- Rear mech

  • - Technology Exact Actuation

  • - Speeds 10

  • - Weight 153g

  • - Material Aluminum B-Knuckle, Carbon-Fiber
    Inner Link, Titanium Parallelogram Spring, Ceramic Cartridge Bearing,
    Carbon-Fiber Cage, BlackBox™ Ceramic Bearing Pulleys

  • - Compatibility Max tooth 28T

Front mech:

  • - Technology SRAM actuation

  • - Speeds Double front chainring

  • - Weight 58g braze-on, 72g clamp-band

  • - Material Aluminum / Hardened Titanium Cage

  • - Compatibility 50/34, 50/36, 53/39, max 16T

The cassette and
the chain:

- Cassette

  • - Speeds 10

  • - Weight 155g / 11-23, 166g / 11-26

  • - Recommended Chain PC 1090R, PC 1090, PC

  • - Lock Ring Material Aluminum Anodized

  • - Sprocket Material Heat-Treated Steel

  • - Available In 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,
    19, 21, 23; 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26

- Chain

  • - Compatible Gears 10

  • - Model PC 1090

  • - Closing Link PowerLock

  • - Outer Plate Nickel silver

  • - Inner Plate Nickel silver

  • - Pin Treatment Chrome-hardened pins

  • - Recommended Group SRAM Red / Force /
    Rival, HG, EXA-Drive compatible

  • - Chain Weight 257g (114 links)


  • - Dual Pivot design w/ convex washers

  • - Weight 265g

  • - Material Cold-Forged Arms / Alloy Pivot

  • - Pad / Holder SRAM compound w/ adjustable
    cartridge holder

  • - QR Indexed

Monday, July 16, 2007

I am DONE with Clincher tires....

except for century rides dues to sag support if I really needed it. Even then I doubt it. I have a nice pair of customer clinchers, but I will add another tubular set so my main back-ups are tubbies!!

Reason: Every time I have a flat it seem to be at higher speeds an on a corner. Yesterday I had to avoid a car a swerve. This caused me to go over a patch of glass. As I went over I started to turn (I was hoping the Schwalbe Ultermo Vectran belt would keep me flat less) but the tube blew and I almost went down before turning back to straighten up and come to a stop. I guess because I use latex tubes and light weight tires, when I get a puncture, its an immediate blow-out and the tire will work loose form the rim. Even with butyl tubes (it's slower) but that tire will come off the rim at higher speeds or corners. Imagine this happening on a nice downhill @ 30+ mph .

Well I had a very small cut to the sidewall where there is not protection so that glass screwed me. First flat on the Ultermos in close to 1000 miles.

Then my repair goes bad with after I managed only to have half a C02 available.

With my tubbies:
  1. The tire won't blow off keeping hopefully on the bike. Hopefully it won't loose air so fast allowing me to break.
  2. I can use Satan's NoTubes latex to prevent flats. If I do flat Vittoria PIT STOP will repair it an I get going faster.
  3. I can also ride how slowly on the flat and not hike it 2 miles home like I had to do Sunday.
Sure tubbies have their issues, but having 4 bad blow-out with latex tubes and not going down except once, I am done! Unlike self-proclaimed tire Gurus feel, I DO think latex tubes ride better on light-weight or racing tires.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

2007 Shimano Ultegra SL...

For those who have not seen this group yet here you go. 100g lighter than the current Ultegra. When Electronic Dura-Ace arrives in 2008, this will be Shimano's top Mech Group.

Schwalbe Furious Fred...

A new racing tire from Schwalbe called Furious Fred.
Size 26×2.00 - Target Weight: under 300g!!!

Availabe through all dealers after Eurobike this year.

T-Mobile to ride Lew PRO VT-1 wheelsets!

The official press release will be coming from LEW on Monday. Look for these wheels to be ridden i the TDF this year.

You can have custom wheels built with the same rims from our shop: