Trek // Ari // Cyclowax // OneUp // Garmin // Vittoria // Wolftooth & more!

2025 trek madone gen8 road racing bike shown in Lidl team colors.

Tons of stuff this week, starting with four very cool new road bikes and an automatic hot waxing machine for your chain. There’s also new components from OneUp, Wolf Tooth, and MicroSHIFT; new tech from Wahoo and Garmin; and two great new wheelsets from Gulo and DT Swiss. Lastly, new gravel and road tires and a killer insert that gives you run-flat capability. Here’s the best new stuff this week.

  • Trek Madone Gen8
  • Cyclowax chain waxing machine
  • Ari Suncrest
  • Blackheart Road Ti-r
  • Battaglin Roma
  • OneUp hubs
  • Vittoria Terreno T50 Mixed
  • Vittoria gravel tire insert
  • Onza Grava
  • Pirelli FSC-certified tire
  • Wolf Tooth EnCase mini pump
  • MicroSHIFT Sword Black
  • Tern Quick Haul Long
  • Garmin Edge 1050
  • Wahoo TRACKR

Trek Madone absorbs Emonda to get lighter, faster, and more aero

The prior Madone was aero and stiff, but a bit of a chunk. The Emonda was ultralight, but not very aero. The new Madone Gen8 combines them to be the ultimate road racing super bike. New 900 OCLV SLR carbon is stronger, so they can use less of it, saving 320g, making it as light as the Emonda and as aero as the Madone Gen7.

Rather than aero-optimized frame sections, aerodynamics are optimized across the entire bike/rider/system, using the wheels, tires, and new RSL Aero Water Bottles & Cages to create one big airfoil shape. (The new cages work with round bottles, too, and are also sold separately)

Size-specific tube shapes mean lighter XS/S frame sizes and better aesthetics across the range. The IsoFlow seatmast/seatstay cluster is lighter, and a lot more vertical compliance than prior Madone and Emonda. New SLR bar/stem combo is lighter, more aero, and puts your hands 3cm narrower on the hoods than the drops.

The SLR versions are electronic only, have full stealth routing, and are available with Project One custom paint. The SL versions use 500 OCLV carbon, partial stealth routing, and are mechanical drivetrain compatible.

Cyclowax New Gen automatic chain waxing machine

Waxed chains are amazing, but require upfront work. Silca made it a lot easier with their Strip Chips, but Cyclowax has something else in mind for high-volume waxing. Their new Nex Gen automatic hot waxing machine is debuting at Le Tour with the Lidl-Trek team (who’ll apparently be riding that new Madone in a 1x setup).

Details are scant, but it appears to work by very slowly backpedaling the chain through it to apply a hot melt wax. You’ll probably need to prep the chain first, but once it’s waxed, it’s rare that you need a thorough re-cleaning, just wipe it down and re-wax. It’s aimed at shops and teams who have to wax a lot of chains. Price & availability TBA.

Ari Suncrest road bike frame is just 656g

OK, so that’s for a size small in raw carbon, but the new Ari Suncrest is still wicked light…and very affordable w/ builds from $3,499 to $7,999. It’s also compatible with 1x and 2x mechanical and electronic drivetrains, has partial stealth routing, a threaded BSA BB, UDH-compatibility, and 700×35 tire clearance.

It also comes with a lifetime guarantee and Ari’s “love it or return it” purchase policy. Geometry is racy and nimble, but they say the layup offers just enough forgiveness to make it a bike you’ll want to ride every day, not just for mountain stages.

Blackheart Road Ti-r brings back rim brakes

Want a modern titanium road bike but still love rim brakes? Willing to wait? The new Blackheart Road Ti-r is it, with a modern 3/2.5 ti-tubed sloping frame with dropped seatstays, stealth or semi-stealth routing, and custom kammtail-shaped downtube…and rim brakes.

It’s a pre-order, with delivery planned for March 2025, which is fine because it gives you time to find a fully modern drivetrain that also has rim brakes still available. Nine sizes with custom paint options. Secure your frameset for $3,149 ($1,000 deposit gets things started).

Battaglin Roma road bike blends steel & carbon tubes

Officina Battaglin (pronounced “bat-uh-yeen”) is a small Italian builder led by former pro Giovanni Battaglin. They make amazing custom and stock steel bikes, and occasionally special projects like this Roma road bike, which blends stainless steel tubes with carbon tubes and their signature oversized tubes and lugs and Cromovelato paint.

They say this gives it the ride quality of steel, but at the weight of titanium. It’s a modern masterpiece that’s for electronic shifting only, with T47 BB, 35mm tire clearance, and disc brakes. Price upon request, customization available.

Gulo Ultra-Wide Aero gravel wheels

Gulo Composites builds ultralight wheels thanks to their proprietary carbon fiber spokes. Now, they’re building ultra-wide rims to improve aerodynamics on gravel bikes. The new GGA-44 is 44mm deep that’s a massive 40mm wide (30mm internal), creating a shape that streamlines airflow over 38-42mm gravel tires.

This also reduces drag by reducing turbulence, which also improves stability in crosswinds. The wider rim bed also adds volume, which they say creates a better tire profile and more support at lower pressures. The 4mm wide bead walls hold up to impacts better and also reduces pinch flats.

Optimized for 38-42mm tires, they’ll hold up to 70mm (2.6″), and weigh just 1395g. MSRP $1,795, all freehub options available.

DT Swiss 1200-series carbon MTB wheels break fix the mold

I’ll dive into the “why this matters” more at the bottom of this email, but here’s the deal: The new DT Swiss 1200 MTB wheel range uses a new rim manufacturing process that yields a perfect rim, straight out of the mold. They say the rims are lighter, stronger, and have 100% quality control that certifies zero imperfections by X-ray scanning each layer of carbon.

They’re available in three versions – XRC (from 1303g, for XC), XMC (from 1485g, for All-Mountain), EXC (from 1644g, for Trail to EN, these get J-bend spokes) – all starting at $2,999 with 180 hubs and DT Revolite spokes. Rims are all 30mm internal, but outer widths range from 34-37.2mm. There’s also an HXC wheelset (from 1809g, for eMTBs) with heavier duty spokes.

OneUp adds affordable, durable, colorful MTB hubs

The new OneUp mountain bike hubs are a perfect example of a simple, affordable, well-designed product. Their CNC’d 7075 shells hold a 44-tooth ratchet ring (8.2º engagement) and Enduro bearings w/ dual-sealed end caps. Spoke & flange diameter info is etched on the outside, and they use J-bend spokes, making service and replacements easy for you and shops.

They’re lighter than most high-end hubs (362g pair – 142g front, 220g rear), more affordable ($370), and come in 7 colors with HG, XD/XDr, and Micro Spline freehub options. Boost 110mm F/148mm R and 6-bolt rotor mounts only. (video here).

Vittoria Terreno Mix T50 gravel tire

Vittoria is revamping their gravel tire naming scheme. By mid-2025, all models will be a Terreno, with callouts for surface type (hardpack, fine/loose, mixed, coarse/loose, and mud) and terrain severity (asphalt T0 to super rough T100). They’ll also have Endurance casings for normal use and Pro (Race) casings that are lighter and more supple.

They’re starting with the new Terreno Mixed T50 Endurance, available with black or brown sidewalls. It has the same 120tpi casing with puncture/pinch flat protection as the prior G2.0 model, but gets a stickier rubber compound and new tread pattern for more grip. Available in 700×40 now, 45-50mm widths coming. Weight 530g, MSRP $74.95. (Buy Now @ BikeTiresDirect)

Vittoria Air-Liner Light Gravel tire insert

The Vittoria Air-Liner Light Gravel tire insert uses a semi-closed cell foam that lets air slowly fill in the pockets, equalizing the pressure inside it with your tire pressure. You’ll need to set them up the night before your ride for best effect, but then if you puncture, the insert expands to fill your tire because the sudden pressure drop in your tire causes the now-higher pressure in the insert to expand.

This gives you run-flat performance that doubles as sidewall support and pinch flat protection during normal riding. They’re amazing, weigh just 40-45g, and fit 42-50mm tires on internal rim widths of 23-25mm. MSRP $69.99/tire. (Buy Now @ BikeTiresDirect)

Onza Grava all-purpose gravel bike tire

onza grava gravel bike tire with black and white rubber options.

The new Onza Grava is their first gravel tire, and it only comes in 700×42 and one tread pattern. They say that size fits any bike, offers the right mix of speed and traction, and the tread pattern works on a variety of hardpacked dirt and gravel roads. If you’re the type that stresses over tire selection before a race, this sounds lovely.

Weights from 503-519g (tan wall is lightest), they have a 120tpi casing plus sidewall protection, durable 60a rubber compound, optimized for 20-26mm internal rim widths.

Pirelli debuts first FSC-certified bicycle tire

The Pirelli P-Zero Race TLR RS is the first bicycle tire made with FSC-certified rubber, made inside Pirelli’s Bollate factory in Milan, Italy. This certification means that they’re responsibly sourcing natural rubber from plantations managed in a way that “preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local communities and workers.”

The FSC-certified natural rubber accounts for about 23% of total tire weight in this model. Pirelli says by 2026, all natural rubber used in their European factories will meet this standard. More about their sustainability efforts here.

WTB EnCase Pump is fully waterproof, hides tools inside

The new Wolf Tooth EnCase Pump comes in two sizes, 40cc (141x31mm, $64.95) and 85cc (244x31mm, $69.95), both with high-volume air transfer designed for quickly filling gravel, mountain, and fat bike tires, up to 70psi. Choose the size based on what fits your bike or pack.

A twist-to-close EnviroSeal keeps water & dust out when mounted on your frame, and it’s fully rebuildable. Three tools are available – multi-tool, chain tool w/ tire plugger, and standalone tire plugger. The 40cc fits one tool or the tire plugger, and 85cc fits both tools or the tire plugger. (video here)

MicroSHIFT Sword Black gravel drivetrain

The original 10-speed Sword gravel group is fantastic, and a bargain. The new MicroSHIFT Sword Black group keeps the same 1x and 2x group options, ergonomic levers designed for flared handlebars, and easy setup and installation, but drops the price for the complete group to just $349!

They do this by dropping to 9 speeds, removing the rear derailleur clutch, and using a square-taper crank. 1x groups get 11-46 cassettes, 2x use 40/29 or 48/31 chainring combos with 11-38 cassettes. Cranks have 165-175mm arm lengths. Parts are interchangeable, so you could add the clutched rear mech if you want.

Tern Long Haul Quick compact e-cargo bike

The new Tern Long Haul Quick is an extended version of their compact model, letting you carry more stuff (or people, up to two passengers can fit on the back). It’s rated for 419lbs (190kg) including rider, with up to 198lbs (90kg) on the rear rack.

It’s UL-Certified and uses a Bosch Cargo Line motor, rolls on 20″ wheels, adjusts to fit a wide range of rider heights, and has their built-in trailer bar for easily adding a kid hauler or trailer. Stand it upright on the tail to save storage space. MSRP $3,799 well-equipped, lots of accessories available. (video here)

Garmin Edge 1050

The new Garmin Edge 1050 upgrades the group ride experience with improved messaging between riders, plus real-time locations and leaderboards, and post-ride awards. Even better, you can post and road hazard alerts, see alerts posted by others. You can create routes directly on the device, and have it navigate you anyone in your group that needs assistance (or ping others to come to your aid).

An angular new design has a brighter, faster, more responsive touchscreen display, plus metal buttons, a replaceable 1/4-turn mount, and a built-in speaker that lets you hear training & navigation prompts…and use it as a bike bell to alert pedestrians! For racers, pair it with HR and Power meters for real time training loads based on stamina, wind, and course.

There’s even NFC so you can use Garmin Pay for contactless payments, no phone needed. Except you’ll want your phone to pair with the Garmin app to make use of all the other features. Battery lasts 20-60 hours depending on mode. MSRP $699. (Pre-order @ BikeTiresDirect)

Wahoo TRACKR HR strap is now rechargeable

The new Wahoo TRACKR heart rate chest strap replaces their TICKR. It has a 100+ hour rechargeable battery so you won’t have to replace CR2032 batteries any more. Pairs via ANT+ and Bluetooth, with LEDs to show pairing status & battery level.

Track current heart rate on a cycling computer, watch, or phone while working out, or use it without a phone or computer and it’ll upload your average, max, and total calories to the Wahoo App after your workout. MSRP $89.95.

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As promised, here’s what I’ve been hoping to talk about regarding DT Swiss’ new carbon wheels – “non-destructive” rim molding.

For the new 1200-series MTB rims shown this week, it’s not that big of a deal, because that’s how every hookless rim is made.

But for the clincher gravel bike wheels they recently launched, it is…sort of.

Aaaaaand, stop.

UPDATE: I received some great feedback from a reader who’s in the rim/wheel industry, so I’ve updated this to be more accurate. Originally I stated that almost every other brand makes their carbon clinchers by molding a thick, solid bead wall and then machining the clincher “hook” into it.

While I’ve seen that production method first hand, and verified with a couple of current brands that they do still manufacture this way, the practice isn’t as prevalent as I thought. The reality is a lot of rim brands use molded bead hooks.

Some brands use flexible silicone molds that are easy to remove but don’t yield as consistent results and sometimes require post-mold machining or additional finishing work to make them even or smooth. And some brands use rigid molds that require more labor to setup and remove, but produce a higher quality product with tighter tolerances.

Why should you know this?

Because, with machined bead hooks, the carbon fibers are cut as the hooks are machined into place.

The problem with this is that it cuts the fibers. Carbon fiber is stronger and better when it each fiber is continuous. That’s why bike brands make a big deal about “continuous carbon fibers” used throughout the frame, particularly with monocoque designs.

With rims, you’re taking a high-impact area that also has to resist high pressures, and, technically making it weaker. That said, there are plenty of great brands with great track records making great wheels using this method. It’s not bad per se, it’s just not the best way to do it.

But, it’s faster and easier than using complicated multi-piece molds, which means it saves costs for the manufacturer, savings that may or may not be passed on to you.

This one of the big reasons why “Hookless” rims (aka “TSS” or “Tubeless Straight Side”) rims have become so popular. Sure, they’re easier to setup tubeless, stronger, and generally better all around, but they’re also phenomenally easier to make. The mold slides straight out and boom, finished product, ready to go.

With hookless rims, the production mold can slide out of the rim bed easily because the sidewalls are straight on both inside and out. That’s why they’re technically called Tubeless Straight Side (TSS).

So…back to DT Swiss’ new rims

Turns out, molded bead hooks isn’t quite as special as I thought, but it’s still noteworthy that their new molding method yields higher compaction and a nearly perfect finish straight out of the mold. That means less (or no) finishing work, sanding, etc, just a perfect rim, ready to ride.

Thanks for (re)reading, and huge thanks to Andrew for the feedback…much appreciated!

Cheers,

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