Category Archives: road bike
A Ponderosa Cyclery + Tour Eisentraut Road with Mavic Zap – Kyle Kelley

A Ponderosa Cyclery Eisentraut Road with Mavic Zap
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by John Watson

If you think Shimano and SRAM were the first to the e-shifting market, you’re mistaken, my friend. Mavic blazed that trail over a decade before Shimano put its tires down on it. Back before they shifted focus to wheels and apparel, Mavic developed and manufactured component groups. Their “Starfish” cranks are as iconic as their unique headsets, but one group stood out from the rest of Mavic’s catalog. Zap was the name for Mavic’s electronic shifting system and while it was way before its time, it wasn’t underused, making several Tour appearances. Even Chris Boardman secured several victories in the Tour back in 1994 and 1997. (more…)

Jul 18, 2017 10 comments
VYNL Adds Di2 Option for their Road Framesets


Photos by Ben Frederick

For those of you holding off on buying a VYNL road frameset for a Di2 option, your day has come. After designing the frame with a threaded (T47) BB shell that allows you to run a quality bottom bracket setup and route internal wiring past 30mm crank spindles due to a specially-engineered and machined internal grooves in the shell. VNYL will do this for their cross frameset as well… Check out more of photos of this beautiful frameset below and more details at VYNL.

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Jul 17, 2017 7 comments
Ritchey’s Comp Road Logic Complete

For $2,199.00, the new Ritchey Comp Road Logic complete bike features Shimano 105, Ritchey components and Ritchey Comp Beta wheels. These new bikes will fit 30mm tires and feature a new Ritchey carbon fork. Basically, for under $2,200, you’re getting a lot of Ritchey and that ain’t a bad thing. See more at… you guessed it, Ritchey.

Jul 12, 2017 13 comments
Calfee’s Manta RS All-Road is a Smooth Ride for Rough Roads

We’ve seen a lot of design gimmicks to make rough roads more pleasant on ‘cross or all-road bikes, mostly in the form of suspension forks, yet I personally feel like there’s more that could be done in terms of frame design. While I’m not an engineer, I feel like achieving comfort on rough roads can mostly be done in the frame itself. That with larger volume, lower pressure tires, a carbon fiber bicycle can really show its true potential when the going gets tough.

Granted, there have actually been a good number of attempts at this over the years, but mostly from the bigger brands with extensive engineering teams, with access to custom layups and large production numbers, but it wasn’t until I saw the Calfee Manta RS at NAHBS this year, that I really thought frame design and compliance had been approached in a different, honest design language. (more…)

Jun 13, 2017 20 comments
Nick’s Sparkle Stanridge Speed Disc Road

It was time for Nick to get a road bike. Nick is usually seen around town on a track bike – and a damn fine one at that – but now, he’s got something new. A longtime fan of Adam Eldridge’s Stanridge Speed brand, he commissioned him for a road bike with aggressive angles, disc brakes and an almost blinding wet paint. The sparkles almost overpower this speed machine’s stance. Short chainstays, a drop stem and a zero setback post puts Nick on the front of the bike at all times. It’s perfect for inner city riding and descending the tight canyons found in Los Angeles.

As you can tell, he used Ultegra, Thomson and DT Swiss for the build. This road bike is one of the meanest looking specimens to cross my lens this year. Lookin’ good, fellas!

Jun 5, 2017 32 comments
Rapha Rides Milan

Alessandro Trovati is a photographer and a cyclist. Over the course of his life, he’s documented many of the Grand Tours. Follow him through Milan in the latest Rapha Rides.

Jun 2, 2017 Comments are OFF
Duel

Cat fight, dog fight, whatever, two riders take on Hellfire Pass and battle it out all the way up.

May 30, 2017 1 comment
Giving My Firefly a Dose of Road Plus with WTB’s Byway 650b x 47mm Tires

When designing and conceiving my Firefly all road bike a few years ago, I wanted to be able to fit a 43mm tire, while maintaining a road geometry. “It’s not a cyclocross bike, rather a road bike with bigger tires and disc brakes” I’d tell people. Inadvertently, what I found was by allowing clearances for such a large 700c tire, I’d opened the door to even larger 650b tires.

I first used WTB’s “Road Plus” platform shortly after they released the 47mm Horizon tire. They sent the tires mounted to their Ci24 rims, built to White Industries hubs. While the wheels fit with enough clearances on my Firefly, I wasn’t a fan of the Horizon tires. Sure, they looked great and rode even better on sealed roads, but I found them to be less-than-ideal on the fire roads and singletrack I frequented in the mountains of Los Angeles.

Jump forward a year and WTB’s newest “road plus” tire, the Byway is now available and I’ve been riding them for a few weeks. The difference between the Horizon and the Byway is simple: there’s slight tread on the sides of the Byway, meant to give traction on loose corners. Well, does the Byway live up to the marketing jargon? (more…)

May 3, 2017 91 comments