Winter must be over, cuz the bikes are blooming! This week is huge with lots of new road, gravel, mountain, and even cyclocross and triathlon bikes! Plus some cool hacks and mods, race wheels and tires, a bikepacking tent, and lots more. So much that I broke it up into groups. Here’s the best new stuff this week:
- Road & Gravel
- Colnago C68 gravel bike
- Ridley X-Night RS
- Litespeed Ultimate
- Ritchey Road Logic
- Quintana Roo P-VRi
- Silca Ti derailleur hangers
- 5DEV UDH hack
- Vittoria Corsa Pro Speed
- Hunt SUB50 Limitless Aero
- Campy Bora Ultra WTO
- KS GTC gravel fork
- Kogel Kolossos GRX
- MTB, Bikepacking & Gear
- Scott Ransom
- Knolly Chilcotin
- Marin Alpine Trail Fun
- Fizik Vento Argo X1 XC
- Shimano Technium shades
- Tifosi Sanctum
- Nemo Osmo Dragonfly bikepacking tent
Colnago C68 gravel race bike is exactly what you’d expect
Colnago’s C-series is their top of the line, with made-in-Italy lugged carbon construction. The new Colnago C68 gravel bike applies that craftsmanship to dirt roads, with typical racy Italian flair. It maxes out at 700×42 tires, two bottle cages, and fully internal stealth routing.
But, it also adds top tube bag mounts, a wider version of their CC.01 cockpit, taller stack & shorter reach, and compatibility with all modern electronic and mechanical 1x groups. It’s definitely top tier, with full high-mod carbon frames, and a frameset priced at $7,100. Complete bikes from $7,995 to $13,199.
Ridley X-Night RS cyclocross bike
If anyone were going to launch an all-new cyclocross race bike in this age of gravel, it’d be a Belgian brand. The new Ridley X-Night RS adds aero touches based on their Falcn RS road bike. A new D-shaped seatpost prevents the saddle from spinning during a wreck.
Compared to their gravel bikes, this one has a taller BB, steeper head angle, and shorter wheelbase to keep you on top of the bike and able to maneuver quickly. Complete stealth routing keeps it easy to clean, and a straight top tube w/ flat belly makes it easy to shoulder. Compatible with 2x electronic groups, 1x in mech or elec, with a removable front derailleur mount and custom Wolf Tooth chain guide available. If you can wait until September, it’s yours for… price TBA.
Litespeed Ultimate FI gets stealth routing
Litespeed’s Ultimate FI gives their top-tier road bike a a Fully Integrated stealth routing option with the handlebar and stem hiding the brake hoses, wires, etc. It uses your choice of FSA ACR/Token or ENVE IN-Route/Chris King stem, bar & headset systems, with Shimano 105, Ultegra, or Dura-Ace Di2 builds.
The frame is 3/2.5 ti, shaped with an airfoil downtube, quadrangular top tube (for torsional stiffness), and compliant bladed seatstays. Available in six sizes plus custom, average frame weight 1,240g (size M). Framesets and complete bikes $1,100 off MSRP now.
Ritchey brings back Road Logic bikes…with rim brakes
Ritchey’s Road Logic lineup includes the standard rim brake model, the Logic Breakaway (also rim brake), and Logic Disc (disc brakes). All three get updated frames with lighter drop-in bearing headsets, Shimano Di2 semi-wireless groups (but keeps mechanical cable stops, too), and a new one-piece truss dropout for flat mount brakes (on the Disc version, natch).
All models come with Ritchey’s Road Logic carbon fork with straight 1-1/8″ steerer. Geometry carries over unchanged, so if you like old school sensibilities but want modern compatibilities, here ya go.
Quintana Roo V-PRi tri bike hides the snacks
The latest Quintana Roo V-PRi adds the “i” with their first-ever fully integrated cockpit, internal hydration, and internal nutrition storage. It’s also lighter, and more aero thanks to deeper tube profiles. It keeps their inline non-drive side beam that replaces both seat- and chainstay, and the downtube redirects air away from the drivetrain.
It saves ~6.2 watts @24mph across a wide range of wind angles, and the top build weighs just 19.32lbs! The FuelBay hydration is easy to fill on the fly, and the FuelBay nutrition storage holds up to 6 gels. MSRP from $13,699. (videos here and here)
Silca 3D-printed titanium derailleur hangers now fit SRAM & Campy
Silca’s 3D-printed titanium derailleur hangers now come in UDH versions to fit Shimano direct-mount derailleurs, replacing those model’s pivoting upper link on UDH-compatible frames. They also have more standard versions to fit SRAM & Campagnolo derailleurs, and fit 20 different models from nine popular road bike brands.
The design is much stiffer than alloy hangers, for more precise shifting and more resistance to being bent from minor accidents. But they can still be straightened by hand, and there’s a breakaway notch to preserve your frame in case of a major accident. MSRP $85-99.
5DEV UDH Mod conversion for Specialized road & gravel bikes
This 5DEV UDH Mod for Specialized Crux, Diverge, Tarmac, and Roubaix bikes will let you run SRAM Transmission rear derailleurs on their drop bar bikes. It’s a $1,499 kit that includes the modification parts plus aSRAM XX SL derailleur, cassette, and chain.
They say it should fit most 12×142 thru axle frames, but that it’s specifically ideal for the Crux & Diverge. Those cranks look new, too…
Vittoria Corsa Speed Pro road racing tires
The new Vittoria Corsa Pro Speed subtracts from their amazing 320tpi cotton-casing road racing tire to create a lighter version for TT and triathlons. These “Speed” versions have minimized treads on the sides, which taper smoothly off a bald center section to save 5% rolling resistance and 2% weight.
It’s also a single-compound (standard Pro has dual), and loses the puncture protection strip under the center tread. These changes save 40-45g per tire. Available in 700×24 (225g), 700×26 (230g), and 700×28 (250g), tan wall only, tubeless-ready casing. MSRP $104.99.
Hunt SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc road wheels go ultra wide
The new Hunt SUB50 Limitless Aero Disc wheels use 49.5mm deep hookless rims with front/rear specific profiles. Both measure 23mm internal, but the front bulges to 34.2mm wide while the rear is just 30mm at its widest. Where most brands now optimize for 28mm tires, these reduce drag with up to 30mm tires, too.
They’re lightweight, offered with UD carbon spokes (1,380g) and steel spokes (1,428g). Hubs use a double-sided 40t ratchet for 9º engagement. The blunt bead profile also reduces pinch flats, so you can safely run lower pressures to optimize system efficiency. New matte reflective graphics add visibility. MSRP $1,799 to $2,249, add $540 for CeramicSpeed bearings.
Campagnolo Bora Ultra WTO road wheels go ultra ultra
Campy’s latest top-end wheelset gets lighter and more aero. The new Bora Ultra WTO (and Bora WTO) wheels use their tri-spoke pattern with a wider 23mm internal rim that gives tires more volume and improves aerodynamics with wider 700×28 tires. Aero MoMag spokes hide the nipples inside while still providing a solid rim bed for easy tubeless setup w/o rim tape.
Rim weights are 135g lighter (per pair), with the Ultra WTO models getting a carbon hub shell and CULT Ceramic Bearings. Wheel weights are 1,285 (35mm), 1,325g (45mm), and 1,395g (60mm), MSRP is a whopping $4,090. The non-Ultra model has alloy hub shells and heavier rims, wheel weights are 65-85g heavier, but price is $2,790. (video here)
KS GTC gravel suspension fork gets officially official
I’ve seen iterations of this fork for three years, and now the KS GTC gravel fork is finally on the market. It uses a forged alloy crown and steerer with a hi-mod carbon fiber lower bonded to alloy dropouts. Inside is an air spring delivering 40mm travel, with adjustable compression and rebound plus a lockout lever.
Claimed weight is 1,385g, offset is 46mm and axle-to-crown is 435mm, which they say will end up about where a rigid fork sits once sagged. It fits160-180mm brake rotors with flat mount calipers, clears 700x50mm tires, and has a stealth thru-axle with slide-out lever. Rated for analog and e-bike use. MSRP is just $599, available through Bikeify.us for USA.
Kogel Kolossus for Shimano GRX 12-speed
Kogel’s Kolossos oversize pulley system now fits Shimano GRX 12-speed gravel derailleurs. It’s the same part as for XTR 12-speed, and it’s their stiffest design ever. MSRP is $474.99, available in black, red, and gold.
It’s about the same length cage as stock, though, so ground clearance is comparable. But tt has 14t upper and 18t lower pulleys, both larger than the stock 13t pulleys, so you may need to lengthen the chain slightly.
MTB, Bikepacking & Gear
Scott Ransom all-mountain enduro bike finally up to speed
This long-travel bike needed a refresh to match the rest of their lineup’s looks & performance, and the new Scott Ransom delivers. Travel is bumped to 170/170mm with their sleek hidden shock design, but with a new six-bar linkage and switchable kinematics that make it climb well in Lockout & 130mm travel modes, but descend like a demon in the downhill-focused Open mode, all controlled by a thumb lever.
It has an adjustable head angle, can run 29er or MX setups, and fits up to 180mm droppers on size M/L/XL. The downtube stores their Syncros Matchbox Kit (tube, tire levers, chain tool, multi-tool), and an easy sag indicator on the main pivot makes it easy to dial in the suspension. Bikes from $5,999 to $9,999. (video here)
Knolly Chilcotin now longer, faster & more aggressive
Knolly’s Chilcotin enduro mountain bike’s new frame gets a straight top tube with accessory mounts underneath, Enduro bearings on all pivots, and one-piece shock rocker. The geometry is updated, and two travel options (170/170 and 160/155) are offered on four frame sizes, each with size-specific chainstay lengths.
Other updates include UDH, longer dropper compatibility, Fox Roller Bearing shock mounts, and 157 “Super Boost” rear axle spacing. Complete bikes from $5,999 to $7,699, four colors, 29er only.
Marin Alpine Trail Fun2 retro-paint frameset (and hat!)
This limited edition Marin Alpine Trail Fun2 frameset (29er only) gets a retro paint scheme reminiscent of their early colorways, plus a matching hat signed by Matt Jones. It has a UD carbon front triangle, alloy rear, and comes with Rockshox suspension, FSA headset, and TranzX dropper seatpost. MSRP $1,999.
Fizik Vento Argo X1 XC race saddle
The Fizik Vento Argo X1 takes their popular shape and gives it an XC MTB specific model…that’s also good for gravel racing. Key differences from the standard Argo are rounded contours, making it easy to get on and off, and a shorter, wider nose to offer support when you inch up there on steep, sustained climbs.
The “X1” means fiber-reinforced nylon shell with carbon fiber rails. It gets their Wingflex shell, so the edges flex slightly with leg movement. The center cutout has their vented rubber mud flap. They’re 265mm long, with 140mm (192g) and 150mm (199g) widths. MSRP $210.
Shimano Technium & Twinspark cycling sunglasses
They sound like Decepticons, but Shimano’s new cycling sunglasses simply transform your vision. Clockwise from left, the Technium, Technium L, and Twinspark all have their new RIDESCAPE lens tech to enhance colors, with different hues for six different terrain types – bright, daylight, road, gravel, trail, and dark.
The frames use eco-friendlier material, and all three are very lightweight, from 25.3g to 27.4g. The Techniums are $100 and include a clear lens, too. The Twinspark is $65 and has a single fixed lens.
Tifosi Sanctum boxy shades for bike & après
The Tifosi Sanctum are their first oversized, full-coverage, single-lens rectangular sport shades, designed for cycling and running (and pickleball, in case you’re wondering). Made for medium to large faces, they’ll also go from sport to social, so you don’t need to swap sunglasses.
The frames are made from 45% renewable materials, has an unbreakable polycarbonate lens, and they come in seven colors. MSRP is just $35 each, weight is 26g.
Nemo Dragonfly Bikepack OSMO ultralight tent
The updated Nemo Dragonfly Bikepack Osmo tent has their ultralight Osmo waterproof shell fabric (PFAS-free), interior storage and light-diffusing pockets, and a unique double-Y pole design with cross bar that creates a ton of space inside.
A tub floor keeps ground moisture out, even in a downpour, and detachable gear storage tub keeps gear dry and organized, too. Integrated loops provide spots to hang socks, helmet, etc. Shortened poles fit inside the included dry bag, which straps to your handlebar. It’s lighter than before, too, just 2lb 11oz (packed, 1-person) and 4lb 1oz (packed, 2-person). MSRP $519-$579. (video here)
- SRAM recalls 12sp AXS shifter levers (but it’s an easy fix)
- Trade in your old Merlin for a discount on a new one
- XLAB has a new Aero Carbon Wing saddle-mounted bottle cage carrier
- MyWhoosh gets virtual course rights to next 3 UCI Road World Championships
- They also just launched their MacOS app
- Or just ride the Deutschland Tour virtually on BKOOL
- Chrome has a sweet new Mini Sling and Hawes & Hondo commuter packs
- Decathlon lets you shop virtually through Apple Vision Pro
- Canyon may have just leaked a Campy power meter crankset
- Here’s another killer ultralight Scott Spark build by Dangerholm
- 10% off Twisted Spoke CBD w/code Save10 & free s/h w/ FreeShip75
- Club Ride’s Fall Apparel is 40% off for men & women
- Niner is blowing out gravel & hardtail framesets
- BTD has pedals, training tires & Zipp wheels up to 30% off
This week, I learned that the “e” word “après” has the backward leaning accent mark.
I’ve always spelled it “aprés” and pronounced it ah-pray.
But with the è, it’s actually pronounced ah-preh.
Sounds like meh, not may.
Suddenly it’s less fun to say “après ride”. It sounds kinda… meh.
They say you should never meet your heroes, but I’m mostly regretting asking a French teacher why the accent was backward.
À votre santé,
PS – here’s all the ways to say “cheers” in French, along with some interesting bits about how to do it properly.
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