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Monday, March 2, 2015

2015 BMC GranFondo GF02 Disc Ultegra

The GF02 Disc Works Best On Every Road, Even If It Isn't A Road At All

 

 

 

The granfondo is built by BMC for the Spring Classics, but the same features that make it perfect on those races smooth out the road ahead of you, no matter where or how long you’re riding. Vertical compliance, stable handling, immediate power transfer and reliability are factors necessary to succeed in the northern races but they’re also on top of the wish list of any recreational rider. Sure, the granfondo reduces the suffering of the pros in Paris Roubaix, the “Hell of the North”, but it also enhances the riding experience for us mere mortals.



 Frame:
TCC and angle compliance, triple butted aluminium – DTi cable routing, compatible with mechanical and electronic groupsets
Fork:
Compliance fork, TCC and angle compliance full carbon construction – 1-1/8" to 1-1/2") tapered steerer tube – Disc brakes only, postmount, 160 mm rotor diameter
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra FD-6800
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra RD-6800 GS
Number of Gears:
22
Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra ST-6800
Chainset:
Shimano Ultegra FC-6800
Chainrings:
50/34T
Bottom Bracket:
BB86 Shimano press fit
Cassette:
Shimano Ultegra CS-6800
Brakeset:
Shimano R-515 disc, w/ SM-RT54-S 160mm
Brake Levers:
Shimano Ultegra ST-6800
Handlebars:
BMC RDB 3
Stem:
BMC RST 3
Wheelset:
DT Swiss X-1900 Spline, Centerlock
Front Tire:
Continental Cyclocross Speed 700 × 35C Folding
Rear Tire:
Continental Cyclocross Speed 700 × 35C Folding
Saddle:
Selle Royal Saba
Seatpost:
Compliancepost, pure carbon, with TCC, 18mm offset
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Friday, February 27, 2015

2015 Felt Bikes : Z4 Disc Review

2015 Felt Z4 Disc - Blazing Fast. Comfort Above All Else.


The Z4 is made in the same mold as our top-of-the-line Z1 to offer the same stiffness and performance, even for a rider who is cost-conscious. 

The SRAM Rival 22 and hydraulic brakes includes a compact crank and wide-spaced cassette to give you gears for any road, no matter if it’s steep or flat, while preserving snappy shifting and responsive braking. Whether your goal is your fastest time at a gran fondo or your first podium finish at a race, the Z4 Disc will take you there.



This thoroughbred boasts Felt's feathery ultra-high-modulus carbon frameset that's super stiff for sprinting and climbing. It's got some tricks up its carbon sleeve, though, and you'll revel in the plush, compliant ride. To complement the sweet-riding frame you get an outstanding set of Mavic Aksium ONE Disc wheels and SRAM's precision Rival 22 components with a compact SRAM crank that makes easy work of hills. You'll also love the quality Felt stem, bars, seatpost and the supportive Prologo saddle.


Frame:
Felt Endurance Road Disc UHC Performance carbon fiber, MMC w/ InsideOut construction, BB30, carbon fiber dropouts, replaceable rear derailleur hanger, IS disc mount, electronic compatible internal cable routing

Fork:
Felt Endurance Road Disc UHC Performance carbon fiber monocoque construction, ControlTaper 1.125" - 1.5" carbon fiber steer tube w/ integrated crown race, crown, blades w/ 140mm post mount disc tabs & dropouts

Drivetrain:
SRAM Rival 22 Hydraulic DoubleTap shifters, SRAM Rival 22 derailleurs, SRAM Rival 22 BB30 YAW crankset, SRAM 11-speed chain & cassette

Components:
Felt SuperLite Road VariableShape, 71mm reach, handlebar,
Felt VariableAngle stem, 
Felt Endurance Road UHC Performance carbon fiber seatpost, 
Prologo Scratch 2 T2.0 saddle

Wheelset:
MAVIC Aksium ONE Disc wheels w/ MAVIC Aksium, 700 x 25c tires

Finish:
Gloss Pewter (Carbon, Red)

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

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Triathlon Business International Names T3 Cycling & Triathlon Top Ten Retailer for 2015

 

Dan Empfield of Slowtwitch.com builds top 10 list of Triathlon Retailers

Top 10 Retailers for 2014 -- The Top 10/Top 50 triathlon retailer list was compiled by Slowtwitch.com publisher Dan Empfield through a voting process that is weighted 80 percent on suppliers’ votes (run, bike, component/accessory, wetsuit and apparel manufacturers and/or distributors) and 20 percent on consumer votes, specifically the Slowtwitch.com readers. To be considered, the retailer must have a brick and mortar presence. 
  1. Trisports.com, Tucson, AZ
  2. Gear West Bike and Triathlon, Long Lake, MN
  3. All3Sports, Atlanta, GA
  4. Nytro Multisport, Encinitas, CA
  5. Austin Tri Cyclist, Austin, TX
  6. R&A Cycles, Brooklyn, NY
  7. T3 Multisport, Indianapolis, IN
  8. Moment Cycle Sport, San Diego, CA
  9. Athletes Lounge, Portland, OR
  10. Speedy Reedy, Seattle, WA
We are both pleased and humbled to be placed among such a fantastic list of outstanding shops. We are thankful to our loyal customers and clients for helping us to get to this spot on the list.  Our new goal will be to improve in every department so that we can rise to #1 on the list in future years.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

T3s Top New Bikes: 2015 BMC TimeMachine TM02 Ultegra Tri Bike

2015 BMC TM02 Ultegra — The Fastest Bike On Earth


The story of the timemachine is one of success: In 2011 Cadel Evans rode into yellow on the penultimate day of racing and won the Tour de France thanks to maximum aerodynamics and a perfect position on his TM01. Shortly thereafter, Andreas Raelert used the same advantages to establish a new worldrecord over the Ironman distance. The BMC timemachine delivered arguably the two most important results in against-the-clock racing. That speaks volumes. The TM02 borrows from the TM01’s design principles and geometry, and was designed for those looking for the TM01 timemachine’s incredible performance, but in a more economical build package.



The TM02's frame comes out of the same mold at the Tour- and IronMan-winning TM01, so it has the same aerodynamics and the same ride. The difference is less high-modulus carbon in the lay-up; the result is more bang for your buck and a slight weight penalty. The front end is also different, eschewing the complicated stem and braking systems for a more traditional fork and stem. Easier to work on, easier to adjust. The fork also has some nifty rubber bumpers built into the back side of the crown to protect the frame and fork in case of a crash. The sum total is you get a very fast bike that is easier on the bank account, getting you into the game on a fast steed for much less.

The TM02 has the same subA and P2P technologies as the TM01. SubA is about minimizing frontal area. Notice how the tubes are flattened and lengthened to minimize what the wind can find. The dimensions still fit within the UCI's mandated 3-to-1 aspect ration, but act as much longer foils, thanks to the tripwires built into the leading edges. P2P, position 2 perform, is about the adjustability afforded to the rider. The aero BMC seat post has an adjustable clamp that can be set as far back as 21mm behind the bottom bracket and as far forward as 21mm forward. Wherever you position falls on the spectrum, you can make that form happen on this frame. The front end, thanks to the traditional steerer tube, is quite adjustable, giving you the option to run 1 1/8" steerer clamp diameter stem on it.
 


Thanks to coming out of the same mold at the TM01, the TM02 has an aero brake hidden under the bottom bracket, where the cable follows an internal path to actuate the caliper arms.  The front brake is Shimano's new 6800 caliper. The Ultegra derailleurs are shifted by 11-speed bar-end shifters on the Profile T2 S-bend extensions. Those extensions sit on the Profile 0zero base bar that is topped off with Profile brake levers. The saddle is Fizik's Ardea Tri saddle. BMC has equipped this bike with Shimano's WH-RS11 wheelset. The low-spoke count makes it aero and the 24mm deep profile is deep enough to make a difference while still being light enough to go uphill well. 25mm wide tires help the wheel's aero profile and cushion the ride.


Frame P2pxSubA full carbon construction – Integrated rear brake
Forks Aero fork, SubA full carbon construction- 1-1/8" steerer tube
Stem BMC RST 3
Handlebars Profile Svet Zero w/ T2+ extensions
Seat Post Aero post, carbon, with p2p and subA
Saddle Fizik Ardea Tri manganese
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra FD-6800
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra RD-6800
Cranks Shimano Ultegra FC-6800, 53/39T
Cassette Shimano Ultegra, 11-25T
Chain Shimano Ultegra CN-6800
Shifters Shimano Dura Ace Barend SL-BSR1




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

Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Felt Racing Bike - AR2 with TeXtreme Carbon Fiber

2015 Felt AR2 Review



In the battle against the wind the 2015 AR Series continues to be a winner. Designed in the wind tunnel and shaped to slice through the elements, the AR is the new benchmark for what is fast. The AR2 is constructed from UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme® carbon fiber the most advanced materials Felt uses.





When it comes to carbon fiber innovation, Felt is committed to never-ending improvement. This is the driving force behind our newest carbon fiber blend. Coupled with our proprietary Nano resin, UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme® sets a new standard in carbon fiber frame construction.

 
The Felt Aero series has been designed and developed in the wind tunnel so each bike can offer the best possible aerodynamics, weight and stiffness. In many races the difference between winning and losing can come down to seconds so having the most aerodynamic bike possible is one of the best advantages you can have. To keep the weight low and the profile as aero as possible Felt have constructed each model from carbon and equipped them with some of the best possible components on the market. Whether you want the bike for racing or for riding sportives you will find a model in the Felt Aero range to suit your needs and budget.




Designed and tested in the wind tunnel the Felt AR3 is constructed from UHC Performance carbon fiber, MMC with InsideOut construction to provide a super light and stiff frameset whilst also maintaining a comfortable ride. Felt have made many changes to the 2015 Aero range to further increase performance including a new aero seatpost with internal clamping mechanism and the rear brake has been moved behind the bottom braker to improve aerodynamics even further. As a result this has allowed the seatstays to be re-engineered to improve rider comfort. The sleek and clean looking frame is finished with internal cable routing with the rear brake entering the frame behind the stem to keep things looking tidy. As one of the top model in the Aero range Felt have equipped it with components to match including Shimano's 11-speed Ultegra groupset.

With the same electronic shifting technology used on Shimano’s top of the line Dura Ace groupset and only a minor weight penalty over its more expensive sibling, it is no wonder the 11 speed 6870 Di2 Ultegra groupset has been so highly rated in the cycling press.

Shimano’s Di2 electronic shifting is as precise and responsive as it gets, giving you the gear you want, when you want it, every time, with the minimum of effort.

The Di2 system is fully programable with features such as multishift, allowing you to hold a shift button down for a full sweep through the cassette. The AR2 also comes with secondary sprint shifters to allow super fast responsive shifts even when you're in an all out sprint.

The bike rolls on Shimano RS31 wheels which are light and stiff with a 30mm high profile rim for improved aerodynamic efficiency. These are wrapped in Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick tyres for great rolling resistance and puncture protection. Completing this great bike is a 3T handlebar and stem, Felt aero road seatpost and Prologo Zero II saddle. If you want to gain valuable seconds in a race then the Felt AR3 is the bike to help you do it.



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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 BMC Teammachine SLR01 Ultegra Review | T3 Cycling and Triathlon

Bike Review:

2015 BMC Teammachine SLR01 Ultegra




With a revolutionary advance in design technology, BMC rapidly accelerates traditional R&D and engineering processes, enabling 34'000 computer-generated prototypes before the breath-taking final result. Whoever rides the new teammachine SLR01 will at once understand why it redefines the concept of acceleration.












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


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Notch Bikes Coming Out of the Felt Lab

Consumers May Be Surprised At How Light, Fast, Snappy, and Tough A Bike They’ve Barely Heard Of Can Be


Written by Lennard Zinn of Velonews

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been told, “We’re a small company, and the only way we can compete with the big companies is to make a better product,” I’d be a very rich man. Given the engineering budgets of companies like Trek, Specialized, Giant, and Cannondale, it’s hard to make a bike better than they make. But Felt Bicycles is a small company that surpasses them in some areas.

Just the fact that you most likely hear very little about Felt, especially now that its bikes are no longer being ridden by UCI WorldTour teams, may indicate that it’s not a marketing-driven company. Rather, it is a product-driven company, and has been ever since Jim Felt started making custom aluminum bikes with his name on them decades ago. Felt employs a small team of talented engineers, and the company and its product line are too small for them to be dedicated to single categories. Instead, ideas that work on road bikes rapidly cross-pollinate to mountain, cyclocross, and track bikes, and vice versa.

Some of these ideas can make a big difference. Here are a number of innovative details of Felt bikes that could easily escape notice, yet I believe they are rare enough and important enough to make Felt bikes stand out as superior in these areas.

 

1. Seatpost clamping

You may think that how a seatpost is clamped to the bike is a yawner. However, with a material like carbon that only works well in tension and not in compression, it’s a significant issue. A seat binder generally works by compressing both the top of the seat tube and the seatpost. But to optimize stiffness of both the frame and the post, both are built with stiff fibers that can’t tolerate being pinched; the fibers will crack if deflected very far over a short distance by the seat binder clamp.

Felt’s solution for clamping aero seatposts is unique and game-changing, and its solution for clamping round posts puts reliability above weight and style considerations.

Because it isn’t round, an aero seatpost cannot be clamped inside an aero-shaped seat tube with a constricting band clamp. Instead, the clamp has to push on the trailing or leading edge of the post to wedge the opposite edge tightly against the inner wall of the seat tube or clamp. Felt uses a completely different seatpost-clamping system that also cuts the weight and the vertical rigidity of its aero posts. (And its aero posts can be huge, from the UCI-legal (3-to-1 depth-to-width ratio) aero seatposts on its AR-series aero road bikes and DA-series time trial bikes, to the extremely huge UCI-illegal (more like 8-to-1) aero seatposts on its IA triathlon bikes.)

Instead of clamping around the post or wedging it from the front or back, Felt clamps each wall of the aero seatpost against each inner wall of the seat tube by means of a vertical slot running down each side of the post. On each side, a bolt extending out of a thickened area at the top edge of the seat tube passes through the seatpost slot and threads into a separate aluminum plate conforming to the inner shape of the seatpost wall. Tightening each bolt simply clamps each wall of the seatpost flat between each aluminum plate and the wall of the seat tube.

To illustrate the concept, consider driving over a flat carbon-fiber sheet on a smooth concrete floor versus driving over a carbon seatpost. Obviously, the car tire will not crush the sheet of carbon, because there is no air space to compress it into, but it will crush both a round and an aero carbon seatpost.

The benefit to Felt’s clamping system is not just reliable clamping; it is also reduced weight, increased comfort, and increased frame durability. Since it does not have to withstand crushing forces to hold it in place, the seatpost walls can be very thin (you can easily flex the side walls of Felt AR, DA, and IA seatposts with your fingers) and hence lightweight. This also provides a slight amount of vertical compliance to a seatpost shape with which comfort is hard to come by. Finally, it prevents tearing the frame apart by tightening the seatpost, which is what wedge clamps are doing.

Clamps that wedge the seatpost from the back are effectively trying to tear the back of the seat tube off (so it has to be overbuilt and heavier to withstand it), and systems that wedge the seatpost from the front are effectively working to tear the top tube away from the seat tube. This may be part of the reason that you sometimes see bikes of pro riders tear apart in a crash at the wedge clamp inside the top tube that pushes against the seatpost; the rider standing out of the saddle is twisting at this area stuffed with carbon in a much less effective layup than throughout the rest of the frame.

Beyond a great clamping system, Felt builds a little suspension into its big “Vibration Reducing Aero” seatposts by encasing 3T’s “Difflock Comfort Module” saddle clamp in them. This 3T system fits into the large cross-hole in the top of the post. It surrounds the rail-clamping core with an elastic polymer allowing the cylindrical clamping module to twist and return when the rider hits a bump. The clamp also will accept all of the different available shapes of saddle rails without interchanging clamp parts. Finally, the seatposts are flip-position with different offsets available.

Even Felt’s round seatpost-clamping systems are different from the run of the mill. In its carbon F-series road racing, Z-series endurance road, and ZW-series women’s road bikes, Felt doesn’t chop weight by using a thin, single-bolt clamp. Instead, F, Z, and ZW frames all have taller two-bolt aluminum seat binder clamps, despite the battle to get frames below target weights, like the magical sub-700-gram weight. The 700-gram Felt F FRD frame does have a pair of titanium bolts threading into a scandium nut bar in the tall clamp; do does the F1. And rather than using a single slot, Felt has two slots on opposite sides of the seat tube, to reduce the amount that any individual fiber is forced to bend.



2. Materials

Carbon frames and forks used to have a woven top layer for aesthetic purposes that provided little additional strength or stiffness, while adding weight. Perhaps you assumed, as I did, that the checkerboard-weave top layer of Felt’s top frames is like this, but it isn’t. Instead, that layer of TeXtreme fabric actually saves weight and adds toughness to Felt frames, but it costs around 10 times as much as the unidirectional fabric it replaces.

TeXtreme Spread Tow Fabric offers the strength and toughness of two layers of unidirectional carbon in a single layer of the same weight as one of those unidirectional layers. Unidirectional carbon layers cannot stand alone for the same reason that a bulletproof vest made out of fibers all running the same direction could not stop a bullet; an impact can split the fibers if crossing ones are not there to hold them together.

Since the broad packets (“tows”) of TeXtreme fibers cross at 90 degrees, forming the checkerboard pattern, they provide the toughness of two crossing layers of unidirectional fabric with a single layer. Furthermore, the weaving allows thinner fibers to be used in the fabric without it being too delicate for human hands to wrap around a frame shape.

For added security, Felt uses a TeXtreme layer on the inside of the frame as well — the first layer workers put down. This can prevent “mystery” carbon frame failures by preventing fibers from imploding inward on impact. If a carbon frame takes an impact, it is often difficult to tell that there has been damage on the surface. But the sharp application of force can break internal fiber layers, which can splay out inside of the frame. Cracks can then propagate from there, and a rider’s frame may suddenly fail while JRA (“just riding along”), but the failure was actually due to a prior crash. Felt’s layer of woven TeXtreme inside can prevent severed unidirectional fabric fibers from splaying into the interior of the frame tube on impact, and can therefore stop the propagation of a crack.

TeXtreme fabric is made in Sweden, and due to laws intended to prevent strategic materials from falling into the hands of the Chinese military, Felt had to import it to the United States, have it impregnated with resin certified as being non-weapons-grade, and then send the pre-preg fabric, refrigerated, to China for use in its frames. You can imagine the added costs. Once Felt bought enough of it, TeXtreme went through a certification process with the U.S. government so that it sends the fabric to China directly, and it is pre-pregged there; this cost savings has made it possible for Felt to now use TeXtreme in a second model from the top in each frame series


Read more at Velonews


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