BH Ultralight Evo Disc

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It’s getting more and more racebike with discs now. BH Ultralight has always been superlight and it is so even with discs. 790g for the frame, 90g more than the rimbrake frame.

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Flatmount and holes at the same place as on the Specialized Sequoia and Venge ViAS Disc, really clean. 12mm thru axles of course.

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Giant TCR Advanced SL Disc

Specialized Tarmac is getting more competition and the development goes forward, love the that the disc brake options is getting more and more 🙂

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Discs are for racing, not just ”boring” endurancebikes. Formula 1 cars got super brakes, same is should be for for racebikes.

I like the look of TCR too, a nice frame I noticed when I worked for Team Joker.

This bike gets Flat Mount for discbrakes making it tight and nice. 12x100mm axle in front, 12x142mm axle rear but with short chainstays like before. We’ll see how it works with healclearance… Then standard small Pressfit bottom bracket and Giant’s Overdrive 2 stem/steerer tube.

It comes with Tubeless wheels and tires which is supposed to be fastest on road.

Älgö the double

This past weekend I talked with Isabelle about training and about the difference in our lives. We both love cycling but she always ride with a purpose. I don’t, I just ride because I like it. She is faster than me but that’s not what matters for me now.

I love racing, love to be a part of a cycling club that work for racing even though I’m not so active, love to watch and follow races and see people develop.

This week I had a plan with my riding as I’m riding 300km Vätternrundan on Saturday which is the biggest cycling thing in Sweden with over 20000 starters and many Sub groups all from 15h down to under 7h. It’s not a race but the biggest goal in many cyclists life.

My plan was to ride Älgö Deluxe this morning, Le Peloton tomorrow and then rest except just transporting myself to work and home. So started this day with Älgö Deluxe:

Found a great picture of the different clubs. Stockholm CK, CK Valhall, Fredrikshof and SUMO riders all together:

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Felt easy on the way there and felt good sitting on wheel. But when I went in front my heart rate went to the sky without any legpower. Got dropped just before Älgö together with Jürg and we rode the rest together. Seems like the other ones went fast with KOM’s and such things. I had an average of 35km/h so maybe I did have some legpower. Stats: Strava

So after work my plan was just to go home. Then it changed to go to Storkällan GP with Magnus and Simon. Rode there and then I got a tempting message and changed my mind. Instead of watch the race there alone I went for an easy spin to Älgö with the most beautiful riders of Rocket Racing Team:

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Ended with ice cream on Södermalm and a late arrival at home with 69km instead of 10 😉

Stats: Strava

the geometrical advantage (on a roadbike)

There is many parts you can do better on a bike. Improve aerodynamics like a Venge Vias. Improve the weight like my SuperSIX Evo I had:

You can improve the fit of your bike with a BGfit for example:

But a thing you can’t improve on a bike is the geometry. The last thing you can change and then you change bike.

Like the Trek Madone 6.2 I had last year:

It was superstiff and it felt really fast, really fast. The biggest downside with that bike was that I didn’t use it enough 😉 but also the toptube, it shouldn’t make any difference but I felt it was too low.

And yesterday after riding my Specialized Crux cyclocross on road and a bit fast it didn’t feel as good as a roadbike. Because of geometry.

My Crux feels faster than my old Cannondale SuperX but they are pretty similar in geometry except bb height, chainstay length and the fork. Small small changes that makes a difference.

Cannondale have their Synapse, Specialized got their Roubaix as the best example. They are a bit longer, not as racy as a SuperSIX Evo or a Tarmac. People may talk about weight but it doesn’t differ so much if anything. The big thing is geometry and the small changes that makes the complete feel of the bike differ.

I believe that brands that have been on the market for a while with great success makes bikes that handles better than brands that just put their sticker on a cheap frame from China. There isn’t from nothing people talk about the riding feel of riding a nice Colnago for example.

Have you ever thought about geometrical differences between frames before changing roadbike?

2016 Cannondale SuperSIX Evo, Habit, SI and so on

Have been waiting for this since the new Specialized Tarmac came. The new Cannondale Synapse is a huge advantage compared to the old one. After Cannondale made the Evo smaller than the old SuperSIX it was talking about a stiffer frame, BB30A and all of that. The new is said to be lighter, stiffer, more aero. Lighter and stiffer is usually means weaker for crashes, like Merida for example that is both. Wonder about the new Evo when it looks like the old one:

Really interested in a good press release instead of it coming the wrong way too us. A big press release or spy photos is the thing, not good pictures without info!

But I like the grey 🙂 and some other models:

And where is the disc? I would prefer this lovely Synapse if they don’t come up with anything cooler:

Ok, I should stop being negative. Cannondale got a new cool bike in a segment they had a bit of a problem selling bikes in it seems with the Trigger. Now they introduce another AM bike with 120mm of travel called Habit:

And I think it looks good. Clean bike with great spec. Who doesn’t want the new OPI Monoring for example?

the Habit comes in some models of course:

Production models of the cool model Slate:

More pictures from Cannondale sales meeting here: Eliflap

Cannondale is also coming with a new crankset, a cheaper non hollow version of their Hollowgram:

And they are really releasing many new things. A fatbike which I haven’t shared, but of course available with Lefty. And a couple of new wheelsets for road (they got Czero for mtb coming 2016 too):

Is there any other big brand releasing so many news in one time without huge press releases? and there is said to be a Scalpel Si built like the F-Si in the beginning of 2016

Why shave weight of your bike?

If you wonder why to shave weight of your bike, there is a great article about it here: Peloton

A light and stiff bike with great fit will always be fast, like my Cannondale SuperSIX Evo I had at just 5,65kg:

Which light bike is the best you’ve ridden?

Soon it’s time again

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Riding a bike and eating icecream, can it be better? Or riding a hole day with mountains, fjords and great weather:

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Or the first ride on mtb for the season:

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Or doing a small race with friends and end with a super ride on new tracks afterwards:

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Sometimes it can be good suffering up a long climb too with company that got a lot of more power than you:

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Looking forward to the spring and summer 😀