Friday, November 21, 2014

2015 Specialized Road Bike: Allez Expert Specs and Features

Are you are in the market for a new bike but don't want to spend the money for a carbon bike? 

The 2015 Specialized Allez Expert with the Smartweld Frame is a great way to start:

The Allez Expert features a D'Aluisio Smartweld frame with hydroformed tubesets, OSBB, and full monocoque carbon fork. You'll make easy work of the toughest climbs, steepest descents, and lead the fastest group rides.
  • Specialized E5 aluminum frame w/ D'Aluisio Smartweld Technology is light and fast
  • Specialized FACT carbon, full monocoque fork designed for high-speed handling
  • Fulcrum S5 wheelset combine lightweight and durability
  • Specialized Turbo Pro 700x25c tires offer equal parts performance and cornering grip
  • FSA SL-K Light carbon, mid-compact crankset offers stiffness and light weight
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed long cage derailleur for smooth shifting for bigger gears
  • Body Geometry ToupĂ© Comp Gel saddle w/ hollow Cr-Mo rails is tuned for perfect fit and comfort

To check out our complete inventory of the Specialized Allez or other road bikes stop by the shop. We are open tomorrow (Saturday) from 10-6:30 and even though the weather might not be beautiful out it is still a great time to get some Christmas Gifts out of the way!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2015 Giant Defy Advanced Sl and More | Bicycle World RGV

 Select From 11 Models at All Price Ranges

With the new Defy, especially the top-of-the-line Advanced SL, Jon Swanson (Global Category Manager for Giant) and his team of three engineers and three designers had a soild foundation from which to build. “We felt that the geometry was incredibly solid, the bike just needed some work in other places,” he said. One areas that the team addressed was that ever-important quality of a performance frame: stiffness.

Swanson wasn’t worried about pedalling stiffness, the feature that keeps the bottom bracket from budging when you add power. “Once you get past a certain point, it does not matter because people are only so strong. Once you get above the 65 N/mm, it doesn’t matter anymore. For example, the Giant [Defy Advanced SL] is at 70, and the [Specialized] S-Works [Roubaix SL4 Disc] is at 67. You’ll never be able to tell the difference. This bike could be at 95, that one could be at 150. Again, you’ll never tell.”

The new Defy Advanced SL and Avail Advanced SL flagships blur the lines even further between what many riders might expect from a 'race bike' and a so-called 'endurance bike'. The more sharply engineering-centric frame shapes are still less than 900g – a number many dedicated competition frames struggle to hit – and yet Giant also claims that they're more comfortable than their previous versions.

Key ride-oriented features include seat tubes, and top tubes that are supposedly more apt to flex over bumps than rounder sections; similarly D-shaped seatmasts and seatposts with slim diameters and lots of extension; lowered seat stays that are said to act more like leaf springs than conventional rear-end layouts; and slender fork blades that balance out the ride from front to back.

The feature of an endurance frame that seems to sit at odds to stiffness is compliance. You want some vertical compliance in frame to minimize the transmission of road vibrations to the rider. These high-frequency vibrations can wear you down on long rides. To manage these vibrations, the Defy borrows an innovation from the 2014 TCX, one of Giant’s cyclocross bikes. The D-Fuse seatpost, with its D-shape cross-section, debuted on the TCX. However, it was designed for the Defy. Swanson and his team wanted to see how the D-Fuse would perform in extreme riding conditions before they put it on the endurance machine.

On the Defy Advanced SL, the D-Fuse is used with an integrated seatpost (ISP). Its shape allows for noticeable flex fore and aft, but almost no movement side to side. The seatstays of the Defy have a low angle, so they meet the seat tube below the top tube. This junction helps to dissipate road vibrations, which take the path of least resistance up a frame. On a frame with seatstays that meet the seat tube and top tube higher up, the vibrations are channelled mostly up the seatpost. On the Defy, they are diverted more to the top and seat tubes. Finally, there’s the front fork. Its beefy fork crown works to provide front-end stiffness, while its thinner, curved legs add to compliance.

While all of the Defy and Avail models are brand new, geometry is wholly carried over – a good thing since they were already highly refined with stable manners and modestly raised front end that's just 15mm taller on average. Giant has taken the bold step, however, of exclusively using disc brakes nearly across the board for more consistently predictable all-weather stopping performance.

All carbon models will be disc-equipped for 2015; aluminum bikes will all be rim brake-only. Impressively, Giant looks to have done this without adding any weight – and in fact, says certain complete bikes even end up about 50g lighter than their comparable rim brake-equipped versions. We measured a top-end Defy Advanced SL 0 model at just 7.3kg (16.1lb)

"Our goal was to have a net zero increase," said road product manager Jon Swanson. 

 Giant has not paired those disc brakes with thru-axles, though. According to Swanson, this was done so as to provide disc-equipped Defy and Avail owners with more wheel choices. Swanson also isn't satisfied with current thru-axle standards as they pertain to road bikes, saying they're overbuilt for the application and insufficiently elegant for the genre.

Officially, eliminating the rim brake calipers also yields easy clearance for tires up to 28mm-wide – although we think many 30mm ones will fit, too.

· Defy Advanced SL 0 (US$10,300): Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain; Shimano R785 hydraulic Dual Control levers and brakes; Zipp 202 Disc carbon clincher wheels

· Defy Advanced SL 1 (US$4,950): Shimano Ultegra drivetrain; Shimano RS685 mechanical Dual Control levers and R685 hydraulic disc brakes; Giant P-SLR0 Disc carbon clincher wheels

· Defy Advanced Pro 0 (US$4,900): Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain; Shimano R785 hydraulic Dual Control levers and brakes; Giant P-SL0 Disc aluminum clincher wheels

· Defy Advanced Pro 1 (US$3,500): Shimano Ultegra drivetrain; Shimano RS685 mechanical Dual Control levers and R685 hydraulic disc brakes; Giant P-SL0 Disc aluminum clincher wheels

· Defy Advanced 1 (US$2,600): Shimano Ultegra group; TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes; Giant P-R2 Disc aluminum clincher wheels

· Defy Advanced 2 (US$2,075): Shimano 105/RS500 drivetrain and levers; TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes; Giant P-R3 Disc aluminum clincher wheels

· Defy Advanced 3 (US$1,750): Shimano Tiagra group; TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes; Giant S-R2 Disc aluminum clincher wheels

· Defy 1 (US$1,375): Shimano 105 group; FSA Gossamer Pro cranks; Tektro TK-R540 rim brakes; Giant P-R2 aluminum clincher wheels

· Defy 2 (US$1,075): Shimano Tiagra group; Tektro TK-R312 rim brakes; Giant S-R2 aluminum clincher wheels

· Defy 3 (US$950): Shimano Sora group; Tektro TK-R312 rim brakes; Giant S-R4 aluminum clincher wheels

· Defy 5 (US$620): Shimano Claris group; FSA Tempo cranks; Tektro TK-R312 rim brakes; Giant S-R2 aluminum clincher wheels

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Do You Need A New Helmet?

When Is It Time To Replace Your Old Helmet?

But we should remember why we wear helmets in the first place. Protecting that all-important noggin. Now, obviously, if you have been in a crash, or if the helmet is in two pieces, you will have to get yourself a new one. But maybe you haven't considered one of the reasons on this list. Be informed. Be safe.

1. Helmet manufacturers recommend replacing helmets every five years. 

And it's not so they can sell a bunch of new ones. It's because the materials in a helmet break down over that time causing the helmet to lose some of it's impact-absorbing ability, which means in a crash, you're at risk!

2. Helmets are constantly improving. 

Today's designs are drastically superior to those we were wearing just a few years ago. Helmet manufacturers have engineered features like better cooling vents, feathery weight, and extra protection against concussions, all of which make it worthwhile to upgrade regularly.

3. Significant Accidents or Falls

EPS foam is made to compress upon heavy impact. This disperses the force of the impact sothat the helmet, not your skull, is taking the brunt of the blow. However, EPS foam does not completely regain its shape after a major impact. The bottom line from every source is that, if the helmet has been in an accident, replace it, even if it does not look damaged.

4. The outside is just foam or cloth instead of plastic, or it doesnt have a CPSC, ASTM or Snell sticker inside, or you just can't get it to fit!

Obviously foam and cloth are not protective enough, but there are still some helmets floating around out there that aren't up to the safety code that manufacturers established in the 1990s. And anything that doesn't fit is probably not good for your ride.


5. It's not a cycling helmet

It's a good idea to wear a different helmet for each sport you participate in. If you skateboard, or do some activity where you crash regularly, you may not want to wear that helmet for cycling, as it could be less prepared for the types of falls that can occur when riding.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tips For Making This Cyclocross Season Your Best Ever

Cyclocross Season is Approaching... Are You Ready?

These Five Tips Will Take This Season To The Next Level.





1. Start Fresh

Replace cables and housing at the time of tune-up, even if you don’t think it’s necessary. Dirt works its way inside housing lines, making shifting and braking gritty and slow. If you ride in sloppy conditions, ask your shop if it’s possible to fully enclose cables in one uninterrupted length of housing. 

2. Respect Your Rims

After every race and wet ride, or every 100 miles, clean your rims. For caked-on crud, scrub with soapy water and rinse using a light shower setting. To remove grimy buildup, wipe with a dry rag and rubbing alcohol. If the ride was exceptionally wet, remove wheels and buff brake-pad surfaces with an emery cloth.

3. Tread Lightly: Set Your Tire Pressure

A general inflation rule: With one thumb across the rear tire, and the palm of your other hand on top of it, push down with your body weight. If your thumb hits the rim, add air until it doesn’t touch. For soft conditions, run your front tire 5 to 7 psi less than the rear. On hardpack, increase both tires by 5 to 10 psi. 

4. Pick the Right Bar Tape

How much elbow grease you’ll need to clean your bar tape depends on whether you prefer comfort or convenience. Padded tape reduces vibration but stains easily. Tacky tape gets dingy and is less padded, but it’s grippy when wet and cleans up better. Leather tape is pricey, but looks sharp and is easy to clean.

5. Lube What Moves: Chain and Derailleurs

In addition to your chain, which you should lubricate after every dusty or muddy ride, place a drop of oil on each pivot point on both derailleurs and the contact point between the brake arms and spring (if they’re squeaking or not releasing from the rim). Always apply lube on a clean bike and wipe off excess.

Monday, November 3, 2014

2015 Specialized Crosstrail Disc - Hybrid Bike | Bicycle World RGV

Specialized Crosstrail with Disc Brakes Makes it a Versatile Bike Which is Equipped to Most Day to Day Riding. 

Ideal commuter with the ability to add a pannier rack if required. A comfortable ride provided by a Suntour fork.

The Crosstrail Disc is up for all your after work rides and weekend adventures, regardless of the terrain, with fast rolling but confident 38c tyres and 63mm of front suspension featuring hydraulic lockout and Multi-Circuit Damping.

  • A1 Premium Aluminium disc frame w/ fender/rack braze-ons for lightweight performance
  • SR Suntour NEX coil spring fork w/ lockout, Multi-Circuit Damping, and 63mm of smooth travel
  • Specialized Trigger Sport, 700x38c tyres provide confident traction on all surfaces
  • Body Geometry XCT, lock-on grips for comfort and control
  • Tektro Aries, mechanical disc brakes provide reliable stopping power to maintain control
  • Shimano Altus, 8-speed, direct mount derailleur for clean and crisp shifting
  • Body Geometry Targa Sport saddle w/ steel rails keeps you comfortable all day
Frame: Specialized A1 Premium Aluminium, double-butted w/ mudguard/rack braze-ons, forged dropouts, kickstand mount
Front Fork: Custom SR Suntour NEX, w/ custom SBC Multi-Circuit Damping, alloy lowers, custom coil spring weights, Hi-Ten 28mm stanchions, 1-1/8" steerer, hydraulic lockout w/ preload adjust, disc mount, 63mm travel
Head Set: Ahead, semi-integrated, loose ball, 8mm cone spacer

StemSpecialized, forged alloy, 4-bolt, 10-degree rise
Handlebars: Specialized riser, alloy, 8-degree backsweep, 4-degree upsweep, 25mm rise, 25.4mm
Tape / Grips: Specialized Body Geometry XCT, lock-on
Front Brake: Tektro Aries, mechanical disc, organic pads
Rear Brake: Tektro Aries, mechanical disc, organic pads
Brake Levers: Tektro SPL-01, die-cast alloy, trigger shifter
Front Derailleur:Shimano FD-M191, top swing, dual-pull
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus, 8-speed
Shift Levers: Shimano Acera, 8-speed

Cassette:Shimano, 8-speed, 12-32

ChainKMC X8, 8-speed, reusable Missing Link
Crank Set: Forged alloy, w/ chainguard
Chainrings: 48/38/28
Bottom Bracket: Square taper, cartridge bearings

Pedals: Composite platform, w/ reflectors, 9/16"
Front Rim: 700c disc, alloy double-wall, pin joint, 32h

 Front Hub:Specialized Hi Lo disc, alloy double-sealed, ground race, QR, 32h

 Rear Rim: 700c disc, alloy double-wall, pin joint, 32h

Rear Hub: Specialized Hi Lo disc, alloy, double-sealed, loose ball bearings, QR, 32h
Spokes: Stainless, 14g
Front Tire: Specialized Trigger Sport, 60TPI, wire bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x38c
Rear Tyre: Specialized Trigger Sport, 60TPI, wire bead, BlackBelt protection, 700x38c
Inner Tubes: Standard, Schrader valve

SaddleBody Geometry Targa Sport, steel rails, 155mm
Seat PostAlloy, 2-bolt, micro-adjust, 12.5mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware

 Seat ClampAlloy, 31.8mm
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