Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FEATURED BIKES: 2015 Felt V Series - Adventure Road Bikes Starting at $569.00 | T3 Cycling and Triathlon

Meet the New Adventure Road Bike Line from Felt

New for 2015 from Felt is the V collection of adventure road bikes, all of which will come with butted and hydroformed aluminum frames, stable handling characteristics and very upright rider positions, clearance for 38mm-wide tires, generously wide gear ranges, front and rear rack mounts, and "approachable" price points.

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To bridge the gap between a commuter/city bike, there’s an all-new alloy V-series line with geometry somewhere between an upright commuter and endurance road bike. It’ll handle up to 38c tires (spec’d with 28c or 30c, though), only uses disc brakes, wide range cassettes and mostly compact cranksets. Modern touches like internal cable routing round it out.

Models vary from getting tall stems with drop bars and secondary brake levers on the flats, to negative rise stems with drop bars to models with flat bars. They ship with two upper headset bearing covers, letting you get a 25mm stack bonus while still looking clean or helping you slam that stem.

The V85 (shown) with Shimano 105 11-speed and blacked out color scheme is $1,399. The V100 comes in at $849 with an 8-speed Shimano Claris drivetrain. All of the V-series bikes get high end Selle Royale Look In Athletic saddles.
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The flat bar V90 (shown) is more about speedy commuting or fitness riders and get ergonomic grips with integrated bar ends to offer multiple hand positions.
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It has a 2×10 Tiagra-level drivetrain with hydraulic brakes. The V95 is similar but with a more upright cockpit and keeps Shimano Sora-level hydraulic disc brakes.

  (317) 257-1117         |          2508 E. 146th St. Carmel, IN           |          T3 Cycling and Triathlon

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 BMC TeamElite TE02 - The Ultimate Balance Between Forgiving and Fast

2015 BMC TeamElite TE02 Cross Country Mountain Bike Delivers Efficiency and Confidence With Every Pedal Stroke

Imagine yourself powering up climbs, effortlessly carving down tricky descents, and then sprinting to the finish line. This is what cross-country racing is all about. Riding hard and riding fast, first up, then down every trail. The TE02 was designed for those looking for the efficiency and confidence of the BMC teamelite, in a more economical package. Think of it as the teamelite TE01's little brother - sharing geometry and design technique to achieve a race-ready capability.


Using their Tuned Compliance Concept, BMC gives this bike a comfortable ride. With specifically engineered tupe shapes, materials, and carbon fiber lay-up, this bike keeps stiffness in all the right places as the seatpost and frame dampen the chatter along the trail. A large, stiff, BB92 pressfit bottom bracket gives you a power platform for accelerating with the oversized chainstays efficiently carrying the power to the rear wheel.

With BMC’s Big Wheel Concept, this bike keeps you flying fast on the trails. It has an extra long top tube, a low bottom bracket and short chainstays. These, combined with a comfortable head angle, short stem and wide handlebars, give you the right geometry to harness acceleration and power while staying light and agile on the bike.

Taking charge of the steering duties are Fox's 100mm travel 32 Float CTD Remote E-S fork with 15mm thru-axle. CTD stands for Climb Trail Descend, and they are settings on the handlebar-mounted remote. Set yourself up before the challenge, change when you realize you made a mistake, switch back, when you realize you were right all along.

This bike comes equipped with components from SRAM's X01 group. This sports a single 30-tooth chain ring paired with an eleven-speed 10-42 cassette, for light and fast shifts. The group is matched with SRAM's Guide R brakes, with 180/160mm rotors. Guides use four pistons to stop effectively with only a single finger controlling the action.

The wheels are DT Swiss' X1700 Splines. Starting with their great hubs and spokes, DT Swiss has laced them to a wide, tough, alloy rim that is tubeless compatible. The rubber is Continental's Race King 2.2 Performance tires. These are hardpack-favoring race tires with small knobs that dig well, rubber that is sticky on rocks, and a folding bead.

The BMC TeamElite TE02 29 XO1 Bike makes its biggest difference on the trail.

  (317) 257-1117         |          2508 E. 146th St. Carmel, IN           |          T3 Cycling and Triathlon

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Climb Hills Better With These Quick Tips

Top-To-Bottom Climbing Tips

Does seeing a big hill in front of you make you stressed out? Though climbing is considered by most to be almost 100% dependent on fitness and natural ability, you CAN improve your climbing with diligent practice and a little help from us. Check out these tips, then come in and talk with us about how to improve all aspects of your riding.

Be as Light as You Can Be

Successful climbing is all about power-to-weight ratio, and weight easily trumps power. In other words, the lighter you are, the faster you will climb. As you get heavier, you must dramatically increase power to overcome the additional weight. If you want to climb better, you will need to approach your ideal performance weight, which is the confluence of your lowest possible weight at your highest level of athletic performance.

Simply stated, you want to be light but don't drop so much weight you start to lose power.


Start the climb near the front. If you start near the back, not only will you have to keep the pace of the lead riders, you will have to make the additional effort of accelerating around dropped riders. A strong climber might be able to bridge one or two gaps, but if it is a long climb and a big pack, eventually they will burn their last match and go off the back, even if their power-to-weight ratio is higher than that of the leaders.

Find Your Power Position

To pull maximum air into your lungs, keep your back straight and your chest open. Position your hands on the brake hoods and relax your arms so your elbows sit wider than your hips. If you're short, slide back on the saddle to generate more force through the top of the pedal stroke and to encourage your heel to drop through the bottom of the stroke. If you're tall, slide forward, positioning your hips so they come close to lining up with the bottom bracket to generate maximum muscle force.

When you have to stand, click into the next larger gear and stand when one foot reaches the top of the pedal stroke (2 o'clock) to minimize momentum loss. "Avoid leaning forward as you stand, which tosses the bike backward in reaction," advises Applegate. "Stand with your butt over the saddle and keep your weight centered over the bottom bracket." You should feel like you're running on the pedals, allowing the bike to rock gently, but not excessively, from side to side.

Pay Attention  

Don't just look at the move in front of you; try to see two or three moves ahead. Pay attention to everything. Listen to the breathing of the riders around you. Notice what gear they are in and if they discretely shift into a bigger one. Watch out for a rider who seems fresh and is looking around sizing up his competition.

Look up the road for switchbacks or changes in pitch that may spark an attack. If you are not paying attention, by the time you shift, get out of the saddle and accelerate, the attacking rider may have opened up a gap that will take considerable effort to close.

If you can predict which rider is about to pounce, stay right on her wheel and then match her acceleration. In this case, all you have to do is keep his pace rather than sprint to catch up with him and then attempt to stay on his wheel.

Similarly, keep your eye out for a rider who is about to be dropped. If you see her start to struggle, shift gears, or rock her body back and forth, don’t sit around waiting to see if she’ll hang on. Immediately accelerate and take the wheel she was on. Closing one bike length might not be that difficult, but if you wait till he has dropped, you might be required to close three or four.

Follow Through

Whatever you do, do not sit up as you crest the hill. It's tempting to think, "Great, we made it to the top, I'm safe." I've seen riders do just that. They lose three bike lengths to the rider in front just as they begin the descent, or they get gapped by the rider in front of them and never catch back on. You've done the hard part. Don't do all that work just to get dropped on the descent.


The best way to improve your climbing is to just get out on your bike as much you can and ride up as many hills as you can. Initially that’s what will see you make the biggest improvements. You have to train your weaknesses, so if you struggle on climbs then don’t be scared of them. Plot a route which takes in a decent amount of climbing, or find a local hill and ride up and down it.

You do start to get used to climbing and will find out what works for you. While it doesn’t get much easier, you do improve and you go quicker.

  (317) 257-1117         |          2508 E. 146th St. Carmel, IN           |          T3 Cycling and Triathlon

Friday, May 8, 2015

2016 Bikes Starting to Appear Already! FELT Cyclocross Bikes!

All New 2016 Cyclocross Bikes revealed at Sea Otter Convention

originally posted by Tyler Benedict at

2016 Felt F1X TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

After a couple years of iterative updates to their FX carbon cyclocross bikes, Felt has wiped the drawing board clean and created all-new, disc brake only bikes ready to go fast and get dirty.

The very top of the line is the F-FRD (Felt Racing Development), whose frame comes in at just 850g and is sold as a frameset only. More on that one in a minute. Immediately below it is the F1X, which continues Felt’s use of TeXtreme carbon fibers to make the bike lighter and stiffer. Its frame tips the scales at just 950g. And for 2016, that same frame is used on the lower level F3X and F4X level bikes, and all four share the same new 400g fork.

On the prior version, they had morphed the bike from their cantilever brake model over the years, which meant there was still a bridge on the seatstays, and the rear brake caliper was on the outside of the seatstay. To boost comfort, they reworked it to be disc specific and put the caliper inside the rear triangle. That let them do away with the bridge and create one long, thin seatstay that has some intentional compliance planned into the layup…

2016 Felt F1X TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

The frames get new tube shapes that make the bike more robust with more tire clearance.

2016 Felt F1X TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

It uses the BB386 standard to give it a little more room at the chainstay yoke, which let them make the chainstays big enough to keep the brake hose inside it as it passed around the BB and headed back toward the caliper. It also meant the stays didn’t need to be ridiculously tall to achieve the desired stiffness.

2016 Felt F1X TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

The headtube on the SL layup is 11% stiffer, and the BB is 5% stiffer, yet the frame is 150g lighter than before. That’s done through continuous improvements in their layup process and better utilization of Textreme’s capabilities. Subtle geometry tweaks were made to balance the stiffer frame, helping it keep the same feel as the last bike and not become too twitchy. It still has a racy feel, but won’t beat you up or amplify any handling mistakes you might make as a race wears on.

There’s an additional port at the headtube, which combines with the ports on either side of the downtube to open up a space for a stealth dropper post.

2016 Felt F1X TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

The fork gets a slight geometry change and it adds subtle ribs on the inside of the legs to gain 10% lateral stiffness without ruining the compliance. It’s a bit wider thanks to the ribs, but a bit narrower front to back for better compliance.

2016 Felt F1X TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

Tire clearance was bumped up to handle up to a 700×36 for normal riding, and a 40 if you aren’t too worried about eating up the clearance.

2016 Felt F1X TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

The disc brake’s hose pops out closer to the rear for a cleaner appearance. Notice the oversized rubber grommet surrounding the hose at the exit port - Felt found ways to seal all the holes on the frame that could let mud and water in. The cover plate under the bottom bracket, all the cable ports and water bottle holes all have plugs that close up any gaps completely.

2016 Felt F1X TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

Thru axles front (15mm) and rear (12×142), and different grommets for either electronic or mechanical groups.

2016 Felt F1X TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

This F1X build is the top complete bike. It’s a Di2/hydro build that uses a Rotor narrow/wide chainring for a 1x bike with Shimano 785 hydraulic shifter levers pushing fluid to the 785 brake calipers and Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur. Don’t worry, it’ll ship with both the round and oval 40T chainrings.

2016 Felt F1X TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

Wheels are an exclusive DT Swiss set using a 19mm internal width 29er carbon rim laced to their 240 hubs. Weight is around 1,300g and are tubeless ready, with Schwalbe Racing Ralph CX tires ready to be converted.

The other F1X build is a Force 1 (CX1) group and the F3X gets a Shimano Ultegra mechanical group with R685 hydraulic brakes, DT Swiss R24 Classic wheelset, 3T cockpit, Prologo saddle and Schwalbe tires while the F4X gets Force 1 with hydraulic disc brakes, Novatec wheels and Felt branded cockpit.

2016 Felt F FRD TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

The F-FRD is sold as a frameset only for $1,999. It’s shown here with a rather boutique build but with one unique feature that will come with it:

2016 Felt F FRD TeXtreme carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

On the thru axles, they worked with DT Swiss to create a removeable lever that holds itself into the axle with an O-ring, but quickly pulls out to work for both front and rear. Or take it off for race day to keep it clean and remove any snag points.

Available July and August. The alloy ‘cross bikes will carry over unchanged from the ones introduced last year, save for spec updates.

2016 Felt Compulsion full suspension mountain bike updated

The 2015 Felt Compulsion got a lot of attention for their colors, so for the alloy models they took it a step further with some wild color palettes for the 10 (shown), 30 and 50.

2016 Felt Compulsion full suspension mountain bike updated

They’ve switched to a stealth dropper for the 10. The port was already there and is there on all of the models, they just upgraded the KS LEV post to an internally routed version for the top model.

The rear shock tune gets updated for all three models. While I really liked the Compulsion I rode last summer, one concern they heard from customers on the ’15 model was that it lacked a little something in the mid stroke. So they went out with RS for a few rides and refined the tune to add more mid stroke support.

  (317) 257-1117         |          2508 E. 146th St. Carmel, IN           |          T3 Cycling and Triathlon

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TIME CHANGE: Enter To Win 30% Off A BMC Bike at BMC Demo Days

Don't Miss Your Chance To Ride A Brand New 2015 BMC Bike

Saturday May 9th 11-5PM   
@T3 Cycling and Triathlon             
     Sunday May 10th 10AM-2PM 
@Town Run Trail Park

Join us on Saturday May 9th from 11-5 at T3 Cycling and Triathlon for:

  • BMC Road Bike Demos
  • Chicken Wings Prepared by In-House Chef/Mechanic Doug Friedenson
  • Other Snacks and Beverages
  • Great Giveaways!

Then, join us on Sunday, May 10th from 12-4 at Town Run Trail Park for:

  • BMC Mountain Bike and Road bike Demos
  • Snacks and Beverages
  • An awesome time at the Trail Park!
  • Great Giveaways!

Don't miss your opportunity to ride the newest bikes from one of the best bike companies in the world!

  (317) 257-1117         |          2508 E. 146th St. Carmel, IN           |          T3 Cycling and Triathlon

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Perfect All-Around Mountain Bike - 2015 BMC SpeedFox SF01 | T3 Cycling and Triathlon

Bible of Bike Tests: 2015 BMC SpeedFox SF01 Review

"Snappy, snappy, snappy little bike" 

"Enter the BMC Speedfox - a cunning new mountain bike that packs all the vital features required by those seeking high quality, the latest technology, and most important of all, pure enjoyment. For nimble mountain goats and downhill junkies alike, the new Speedfox does it all, guaranteeing that the adventurous element to mountain biking remains the focus of every ride." -

The senior editor of Bike Magazine interviewed riders after they had a chance to take out the 2015 BMC Speedfox 1 during the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests.

While personal preferences may come in to play while reviewing a new bike, all three of the riders were amazed by the bike's ability to climb hills and it's razor sharp cornering.

Other points that they were ecstatic about were the DT wheelset, Continental Mountain King Tires and the 150mm Reverb dropper seatpost.

"It actually has all the numbers required to be a trail bike. They are all there. Everything is present that you would need. [The] Top tube, chainstays, [and] head angle."

Efficient and light, this mountain bike is capable of handling the most demanding trails. It is uncomplicated to maintain and ideal for riders who want to make the most of the time available to simply enjoy the ride. BMC's Big Wheel Concept (BWC) has been applied to accommodate 29-inch wheels with a geometry that employs classic BMC features such as short chainstays, a slack head angle, generous top tube lengths, short stems, and minimal stack height. Making it easier for riders to enjoy increased stability at high speeds and gain confidence on technical terrain – without compromising on agility.

Frame: APS (Rear Travel 130mm)
Tubing: Carbon
Size: XS / S / M / L / XL
Fork: Fox 32 Float CTD FIT Factory Kashima 130mm
Rear Shock: Fox Float CTD Factory Kashima
Gears: 2x11
Chainwheel: Shimano XTR FC-M9020 36-26T
Cassette: Shimano XTR CS-M9000 11-40
Chain: Shimano XTR CN-HG900
Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR FD-M9020-D
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR RD-M9000-GS
Shifter: Shimano XTR Sl-9000I
Brakes: Shimano XTR BR-M9000 180/180
Handlebar: BMC MFB01 Carbon
Stem: BMC MSM02
Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seat: Fizik Tundra M5
Hubs: DT Swiss XM 1501 Spline ONE
Rims: DT Swiss XM 1501 Spline ONE
Tires: Continental MountainKing/X-King 2.2 Protection
Weight: 11.7 kg

  (317) 257-1117         |          2508 E. 146th St. Carmel, IN           |          T3 Cycling and Triathlon

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Look 795 Aerolight Mentioned in VeloNews Buyer's Guide

Look 795 Aerolight Named Among Best Bikes to Lust After

"Using a digital wind tunnel to design the 795, Look utilized a new manufacturing technique to create optimum aerodynamic shapes without adding weight. As a result, the 795 is an incredible bike over any terrain, as effective climbing mountain passes as it is on descents or on flat roads into the wind. The integration is ahead of its time, too, lending a unique look that we’ve grown to love." - VeloNews

The engineering team took their experience with the 695 and improved an already aero and advanced machine to make something that’s even more aero and advanced – an impressive effort indeed.

look795stemLook Aerostem

The stem can be combined with a standard handlebar or for maximum aero effect (and maximum $) combined with LOOK’s new ADH handlebar which is a carbon bar that’s been developed with their experience with track riders. The tops are flat, it has an ergonomic and wind tunnel tested aero shape that is extremely stiff with a 120mm drop and 75mm reach.

Frame: Carbon fiber; NACA-inspired tubes
Fork: Carbon fiber; integrated brake

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Dura-Ace Direct- Mount rear brake






Zed 2 one-piece carbon crankset

The Zed 2 is one solid piece of carbon that quite frankly blows other cranksets out of the water with its stiffness to weight ratio. The crank length is also variable (170, 172.5 and 175) thanks to its three-lobe insert.


There is so much more to this bike, but the best way to experience it is to see one for yourself. 

Come in today so we can help you find the bike of your dreams.

Or maybe you would be more interested in a road bike like this one from BMC.

The 2015 BMC Granfondo GFO2 Disc Ultegra

You can ride one of these amazing 2015 BMCs at our BMC RIDE EVENT on May 9th and 10th.


  (317) 257-1117         |          2508 E. 146th St. Carmel, IN           |          T3 Cycling and Triathlon