2nd Skoda

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Some moments can be so nice on a picture. But the days 3rd puncture wasn’t so nice.

Rode with Skoda today, only cyclist missing in the picture was Johan so a small group. Was hoping for a big group today but people dropped out of different reasons. The ride got shortened from Nynäs and we just went to Ösmo. Was really nice, specially riding with Fredrik Kessiakoff for real for the first time talking old idols and memories 🙂

As usual with the teamcar behind with all things necessary (floor pump was today best thing)

142km when I got home, doing a detour and meeting a couple of friends at Le Mond 😉 Map and stats: Strava

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13 days left for Vätternrundan. Will I do good? Am a bit nervous but with this people it will be fun and will do my absolute best to make it awesome and an experience for life 😀

Le Peloton #160

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You know this thing with recovery? I didn’t and tried you hang on to Le Peloton today. A lot of fast guys almost making all time records today but I didn’t. My left leg said stop on top of Österviksbacken and I didn’t manage to hold a wheel around Fisksätra. Dropped.

Took the shortcut at Kranglan and rode with Oskar to Älta where we got caught by the 1st group again. Tried to hang on and thought it felt good until Storkällan. Went alright on the climb but when it flattened out and the speed rised I couldn’t keep up. Just to fast which feels like a good reason to drop. Rode the rest alone as fast I could and ended in the sun outside Le Mond for breakfast and which fast happy people 🙂

Like Rille captured:

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Biggest reason I tried to ride fast today was because of the bike I borrowed. Wanted to try it for real and sure it’s superfast. But I wasn’t.

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Specialized Venge Vias Expert Disch with Roval CL64 wheels. The Rocket Red color even makes me like red 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Torö is far away

At one time I thought of riding short today but it was sunny and I got nice friends who wanted to go to Torö. So Christ went to Heaven and we to Torö

It felt good, my bike felt fast so had to wait for the others a couple of times 😉 And I got Ice-cream 😀

Map and stats: Strava

2 years of Le Peloton

Thanks to this guy I started with Le Peloton 2 years ago:

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  • 58 rides 1st year
  • 60 rides 2nd year

Could have been more rides this last year if I didn’t slept so long and rode Le Snooze instead 😉

I’m not a guy that loves to do intervals on a trainer. I can’t push myself really hard riding alone and I found it boring to ride alone. I like to ride with good people. And I like a good breakfast. I don’t have any problems going up early. And I like routines.

So it has been awesome meeting a lot of riders in the mornings for a ride that helps me improve my bike skills in different ways:

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Even when it’s cold and we aren’t so many but sometime happier riders that do the cx loop:

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I like to optimize, I want to go faster and get faster gear. Like speedsuit, aero shoes, helmet and an awesome fast bike:

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And the big city life with a great breakfast with great friends in the city centre at Le Mond:

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I’ve done Le Peloton with 7 different bikes this year but mostly these two:

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Le Peloton is like a race with redlights. Sometimes you make it but if you have a bad day you get dropped and everyone rides in the same class. Some people wants everyone to help, some people just want to make it around, I don’t want to get dropped before Hellas.

On Wednesday I start my 3rd Le Peloton year. I want to improve and I want to ride harder, better and maybe I will get dropped too early. I will never be the best and I will never be in the centre but I will be a hangaround with class.

Le Peloton #114

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I got impressed, so late of the year and still so many people. Kudos to all of you coming to Le Peloton 😀

I had a borrowed bike today, so three Peloton in a row with different bikes 😉 Never had a bike that got so much attention on a single ride as today. Rode an Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS

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You may say what ever you like about the stem and brakes, but it will pass you. Never ridden a faster bike that feels so tight with nothing loose or soft. When I tried the Pinarello F8 I said it was stiff, this is rocket fast.

My legs wheren’t the best after yesterday evening but I was able to pass the group and go up in front any way. Didn’t go around 100% but I never done that before either. With a 53 teeth ring on front in Nickel Boron I didn’t find the limit.

Going up Österviksbacken or up to Hellas felt better than I thought, not as snappy as my Tarmac but the cockpit is so stiff so everything you push down goes out to the wheel.

It was still a super hard ride but I felt the aero advantage. And I saw the power for the first time as it has a Quarq powermeter. Was fun but not awesome to see that my legpower isn’t even 😦

Map and stats: Strava

Ended like this, full house at café Le Mond:

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first and this picture by Magnus

And company with matching Gelatosocks:

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Specialized 2017

It’s the time of the year where Specialized show and changes for 2017. An releasing the ultimate roadbike.

Venge Vias Disc:

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Aero with disc, my dream. And of course with Thur axles to make it stable. Will be interesting to see it built up with the front wheel along the fork and frame, seems tight and nice 🙂

New colours for the Tarmac:

It didn’t got thru axles so the Tarmac Disc frame seems unchanged:

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With rimbrakes with both Shimano’s new Dura-Ace 9100 and Sram Red Etap:

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S-works 6 and Sub6 shoes gets some new colours, like fluo:

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Ending the news so far with a S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie that got an Öhlins fork and rear damper:

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NEWS: Specialized Venge ViAS DISC!!!

Gaviria is the first one out on the new ViAS without rimbrakes:

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And another better picture of the bike:

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Someone wants to buy my Tarmac disc? A Venge ViAS disc with Campagnolo Super Record EPS have to be the ultimate roadbike if you want to go fast 🙂

Cyclingnews and Inside Specialized

Cyclingnews has it’s TVseries called Incycle, here is the first episode of 2016. Where Lizzie Armitstead talks about the style of Sagan, hmm. I thought Armistead was the most stylish World Champ. Yes she looks awesome but that wasn’t the point, she got style and class racing. Watch and enjoy the latest:

And for the first (?) time I will talk about triathlon, I’m not a fan but got many good triathlete friends and it’s a great sport to keep your body look as good as possible. First Inside video from Specialized is about a women I’ve tried to keep up with on Le Peloton and the first (and only) women who has given me a birthdaycake in Stockholm. Worth watching this video about Lisa Norden:

Specialized Allez Sprint

With innovation it will bring us so much more fun. There are some comparing bikes just looking at the components when they aren’t as important as the frame. But there is always a budget, most often at least and that’s why Cannondale has lead the industry of high end aluminium roadbikes with their Caad. They made both Specialized and Trek keeping their alu frames up to date and even Canyon has got on to the train of a good aluminium roadframe, not just cheap.

So what to do when you pushed the limit of a regular roadframe in a material? Like they did with carbon, let’s go aero.

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Specialized spent more time in the Wind Tunnel developing the Allez Sprint than the old Venge. It’s as stiff in the bottom bracket as a Tarmac and the seatpost is straight stolen from the Venge ViAS. A smartweld bottom bracket unit got the stiffness up and the weight down:

1160g in size 56 so when people talk about that aeroframes are heavy they had wrong in this case. Specialized went all the way on the Allez sprint and steepened the seat tube angle, lowered the head tube and got a little higher bottom bracket. All to be good in going fast around Criteriums. So it was perfect to add a Sram 1x drivetrain and skip the front derailleurmount too.

It was launched in the middle of 2015 it’s still cool. And still not available in the Swedish market which is a shame.

But it’s been upgraded. Now also available as a x2 version with front derailleur:

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Can also look like this special for Chris Riekert at Specialized with Campagnolo EPS in the colour that maybe suits Specialized better than Bianchi:

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(did you notice the ViAS handlebar?)

Want to know more, look here: Bikeradar or SBC

Öhlins RXF34 in store in Sweden

Some things are cooler than others. When a company less than 30km from you develops to be best in the world. When they release a fork for mtb, then you know it’s the thing. Even the prototypes have looked good and felt buttersmooth. Öhlins is the company that makes the best suspension in the world and they does it their way. Öhlins RXF34. Through Specialized worldwide:

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We got 5 forks to Specialized Concept Store Stockholm today. 29″ with 160mm of travel. Etched graphics as they want to have it their way and not letting people change colours with stickers.

It was said to weight 2,08kg. And what does it weigh, without cutting the steerer:

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Pretty accurate. The 15mm axle is 36g so pretty light too.

Many hands on and many pictures was taken:

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Next week we will have a Öhlins event with people from Öhlins, sponsored riders and a deal on the forks that not getting bought before ;). Follow: Specialized Concept Store Stockholm on Facebook for more info.