Canyon // Colnago // Specialized // QUOC // Gravel Party Ride & more!

2023 limited edition canyon aeroad tokyo edition anime themed road bike

It must be grand tour season because the TT stuff is starting to trickle out. And we’re getting lots of “special edition” eye candy from Colnago, Canyon, and Ridley, plus an all-new Specialized Turbo Levo SL trail eMTB. There’s also some faster road wheels and tires, weird bikepacking and kids bike stuff, new bags, and other goodies, too. Here’s the best new stuff this week:

  • Canyon Aeroad Tokyo Edition
  • Colnago Gioiello C68
  • Ridley Black Edition
  • Aurum Manto gravel bike
  • Specialized Turbo Levo SL 2.0
  • Prototype Pinarello MTB
  • Scott Plasma TT
  • POC Procen TT helmet
  • Fulcrum Speed 42/57
  • Pirelli P-Zero 4S TLR
  • Snek’s new frame bags
  • QUOC x Restrap Sandals
  • REBOUND gravel party rides
  • Early Rider Super Velio

Canyon CFR Aeroad Tokyo Edition anime-ates the streets

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Canyon has Manga-ged to impress me more than the other custom bikes here by creating Japanese comic book-style graphics showing off trials star Tomomi Nishikubo trick riding on Tokyo’s streets…on a lightweight aero road racing bike.

The Canyon Aeroad Tokyo Edition will come with Dura-Ace Di2, DT Swiss ARC 1100 DiCut carbon wheels, and fully integrated cockpit. MSRP €9,499, available May 25 while supplies last (possibly in limited markets).

Colnago goes for gold. Like, real, actual gold.

2023 limited edition giro d'Italia colnago gioiello C68 road bike with gold leaf finish.

WIth real gold leaf finish and 3D printed bottle cage mimicking the Giro d’Italia Trofeo Senza Fine, the 50-piece limited edition Colnago Gioiello C68 is a masterpiece of detail work.

It gets custom ENVE SES 3.4 wheels, Carbon-Ti X brake rotors w/ carbon spider, TiN-coated 3D-printed Ceramicspeed titanium pulleys, gold-logo’d Pirelli P-Zero Race tires, and more. Numbers 2-50 are for sale for €22,000, but #1/50 will be unveiled with other special details on May 8.

Ridley Black Edition road, gravel & mountain bikes

2023 ridley black edition road gravel and mountain bikes

Ridley’s given several of their more popular models the stealth all-black treatment, and including a €300 voucher for apparel with purchase.

Choose from multiple builds of the Ignite hardtail mountain bike, the Kanzo A (aluminum) and Kanzo Speed (carbon) gravel bikes, and their top-of-the-line Helium SLX climber’s road bike.

Aurum Manto is Contador’s new gravel race bike

2023 aurum manto gravel bike being ridden in the mediterranean desert

Aurum is a Spanish brand launched by Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso, focusing on lightweight, high-performance bikes. Their new Manto Gravel Bike borrows the NACA-profile aero shaping, size-specific layups, and oversize BB and downtube from the Magma road bike, but fits 700x45mm tires.

Geometry is adjusted for gravel riding, too, and it adds top tube bag mounts. A straight 1.5″ steerer tube & headset makes room for hidden cable routing, and it gets stealth thru axles with UDH compatibility. Framesets €3,499; framekits w/ cockpit €3,999.

Specialized Turbo Levo SL is like a Stumpjumper eMTB

2023 specialized turbo levo sl gen2 trail e-mountain bike

The 2nd gen Specialized Turbo Levo SL gets more progressive geo to mirror the handling and poise of the Stumpjumper, with just enough power to make big days a lot bigger (and more fun).

The upgraded SL 1.2 motor is dramatically quieter while boosting torque 43% to 50Nm and power 33% to 320 watts. An integrated 320Wh battery can be expanded with 160Wh range extenders. While those numbers don’t sound huge, they’re good for 4-6+ hour days using plenty of assist.

closeup details of 2023 specialized turbo levo sl gen2 trail e-mountain bike

The new monocoque one-piece carbon front triangle is stiffer, with size-specific geo, kinematics, and layup. It gets 160mm forks and 150mm rear travel with piggyback shocks on all but the smallest size.

Gone is the sidewinder shock brace, making shock adjustments easier. It comes as a mixed-wheel 29/27.5 build, but flip the rear chip and it’ll take a 29er in the back, too. An adjustable head angle (64º-65º-66º), BB height, and the Mission Control app let you customize handling, output, and modes. Claimed weight is 39.6lb (S4, S-Works). MSRP $14,000. (video here)

Pidcock races full suspension Pinarello MTB prototype

Tom Pidcock and Ferrand Prevot have been racing a prototype full suspension Pinarello mountain bike. Prior to this, the INEOS Grenadier riders used unlabeled bikes from other brands b/c team sponsor Pinarello got out of the MTB game years ago.

This could mark the return, but it probably won’t come with the prototype SR Suntour fork and shock with electronic lockout, which is something they’ve been testing for at least two years but won’t tell me any details about it.

Scott Plasma RC TT bike

2023 scott plasma rc tt time trial race bike for team DSM

The 2023 Scott Plasma RC TT bike uses three novel design concepts to get faster and easier to ride. The top tube actually slopes up because they found that a shorter seatpost decreased drag with rider on board.

Shorter fork offset lengthens trail for a more stable ride and steadier handling, easing hand transitions between horns and bars, but also helping the rider stay in their optimum aero position for longer.

A slotted headset passes cables directly through it, so they could make a narrower headtube. 30mm tire clearance and massive height, width, and angle cockpit adjustability top things off. The frame is 12% lighter and saves 33 seconds (40km TT) over prior model. Frameset w/ cockpit €7,999. (video here)

POC Procen TT helmet sucks air through it

new POC Procen time trial aero helmet for racing and triathlon

POC’s third-generation TT helmet, the Procen has three key features. First, the lens pulls away from the helmet to prevent fogging while you’re standing in the start gate, then pushes into place just before they push you down the ramp. It’ll break away in the event of a wreck.

Second, it’s shape redirects air away from your shoulders to reduce drag. Third, three massive vents let air in to reduce high-pressure zones at the front, and the smaller space inside creates a Venturi effect to suck air thru for better cooling. Size M only (with extra pads to tune the fit), available too late for you to use this season (ships in September). MSRP $/€400.

Fulcrum’s wider, deeper, faster Speed 42 & 57 road wheels

fulcrum speed 42 and 57 lightweight aero road bike wheels

The new Fulcrum Speed 42/57 wheels are 2mm taller than their predecessors, but jump from 19mm to 23mm internal width. The nose has a wider radius for better aerodynamics, and the wheels get laterally stiffer but also improved “ride feel”.

The rim bed has no holes, and they polished the inner surface to help tubeless tire beads slide into place for easier setup. Hubs get smaller shells to improve aerodynamics, but the ratchet inside gets bigger with more teeth for quicker engagement. Weights are up to 85g lighter than the 40/55 models – 1,410g (42mm) / 1,495g (57mm) / 1,460g (mixed). MSRP ~$2,700 / €2,265.

Pirelli P-Zero Race 4S TLR upgrades all-weather tubeless performance

pirelli p-zero 4 season tubeless ready road bike tires for wet weather grip

Made in Italy using the same new Aramid-enhanced 120tpi SPEEDCORE casing as the Race tire, the new Pirelli P-Zero Race 4S TLR adds a bit more side siping and more of their SmartNET silica to improve grip in wet and cold conditions.

It’s available in 28-30-32mm widths, claimed weights are 330-365-395g. Designed to be a high-performance road tire for any condition, make sure you see the “TLR” in the name if you want the tubeless-ready version. MSRP $99.90.

Snēk’s rolltop saddle bag fits your frame, too

snek cycling top tube and saddle bags that can be used as a frame bag

Snēk Cycling’s new rolltop saddle bag uses a Voilé strap to cinch itself to your seat rails or a frame tube, with an elastic strap keeping things securely inside but easy to access.

There’s also a new top tube bag with mesh side pockets for easy access to snacks, and both have three color options that match their handlebar bag, too.

QUOC x Restrap bikepacking sandals

quoc and restrap made bikepacking sandals that strap to your saddle bag

QUOC makes cycling shoes, Restrap makes frame bags, and now they’ve partnered to make cycling sandals that strap around a saddle bag so you have aprés ride kicks w/o taking up pack space.

They have an anatomic footbed with grippy lugs and microfiber uppers, with adjustable straps with a locking buckle so you can secure them on the bike. The heel strap rotates up so you can just slide them on, too. Questionable sock-plus-sandle pairing up to you. MSRP $130 (video here)

Early Rider Super Velio spherical balance bike

early rider super velio balance bike for infants to teach kids to ride before they can walk

Designed for the youngest riders, the Early Rider Super Velio uses 8″ spherical EVA foam wheels to eliminate tipping points, letting the bike “roll” side to side as toddlers scoot and sway on it.

The low-slung design and lightweight magnesium frame makes it easy to handle. It has an adjustable saddle and soft-touch rolled handlebars designed for kids as young as 10 months, with an adjustable Active Balance Control that helps them stay upright as they learn. An optional handle lets adults push and steer when they give up. MSRP $299.

REBOUND is a global gravel event in your backyard

banner for rebound global gravel bike ride with prizes

On June 3, Shimano and Live Slow Ride Fast want you to join REBOUND, the world’s largest gravel party ride. It’s free, and there will be prizes.

There are also rules: You must start at 6am local time, have a maximum of two stops, and enjoy a mandatory post-ride celebration. Do that (and register on their website) and you could win Shimano RX6 gravel shoes, tickets to the TdF, and a whole lot more!

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