Tech Roundup: Rapha, Enigma, Thule, Orro, Fizik, Kali, SiS, Prendas, Peter Sagan t-shirts and more

Enigma Etape, personalised Sky Rapha kit, new Thule rack, Orro sneak peek, David Millar Fizik shoes, Prendas caps, Peter Sagan t-shirts and more

by David Arthur   March 15, 2014  

 

Thule RaceWay 991 car rack launched

Thule are a well regarded company for bike racks and with their brand new RaceWay, they’re claiming it’s the “strongest, simplest and most secure rear-mounted bike rack.” You certainly don’t want your bike falling off your rack now do you?

It looks similar to the Saris Bones, with curved arms mounted to the vehicle. Thule reckons it will fit most vehicles, with the FitDial ensuring it is compatible with a wide range of models. The Sure-Tight ratcheting cables are claimed not to stretch like regular straps. The arms are narrower so most bikes should fit, even small size frames. A cable lock gives some security when you leave the bike and car unattended.

It’s available in two and three bike versions and costs £235 and £260 respectively. More at www.thule.com

 

2014 Rapha Team Sky Personalised Replica Jersey now available

Rapha are once again offering personalised Team Sky Replica kit, with your name printed on the sleeve and rear pocket. They’ve done this before, but the new 2014 kit has seen a subtle change, with a new sponsor now going on the side panel, requiring a relocation of the athletes name.

As well as your own name, you can choose your national flag. There is a  maximum of 16 characters for your chosen name. More at www.rapha.cc

 

New bike brand ORRO soon to launch

Looks like there’s a new bike brand on the way, and it goes by the name of ORRO. We’ve just had the most teasing email newsletter from ORRO with a small cropped photo of what clearly looks like a carbon fibre frame, with close ups of the internal cable routing and seat tube junction.

And that's about all at the moment. The email says the brand is launching mid-April. You can sign up to the newsletter to keep in the loop at www.orrobikes.com

 

David Millar’s latest Tirreno-Adriatico custom Fizik shoes

David Millar, currently in his 18th and final season as a cycling professional, is now racing the  Tirreno-Adriatico. And he’s wearing this swish custom shoes courtesy of sponsor Fizik. If you don’t know, Millar is wearing custom Fizik shoes in every race he’s taking part in, and they’ll then be auctioned for the  Small Steps Project charity. The first pair in this project, dubbed ‘An Eloquence Of Movement', sold recently for £460.  

 

Merlin Cycles launch Interactive Cycling Events Map

Online retailer Merlin Cycles have just launched their Interactive Cycling Events Map that currently lists over 50 cycling events right across the globe, so if you’re looking for a challenge this summer, it seems like a good place to start. The team are busy adding more events to it all the time. You can take a look at it here 

 

Kali helmets coming to UK in April

Helmet manufacturer Kali will soon be coming to the UK with new distributor nrg4, starting with two road lids, the Phenom and Loka. The Phenom tops the range at £149.99 with a claimed 260g weight with  a layer pyramidal EPS cones placed in the cross-section of the EPS liner. It’s available in a wide range of colours.

The Loka is more affordable at £89.99 is made using the same Fusion Plus technology as the Phenom but has fewer vents so we imagine it’ll be a bit heavier, but they don’t quote a weight for this one on their website. Anyway, it looks smart and is available in a range of colours. www.nrg4.co.uk

 

Enigma Cycles disc-equipped titanium Etape

Enigma Cycles just posted this photo of a very nice Etape build on their Facebook page, and we thought we had to share it with you. As you know, we think disc brakes are well suited to all-rounder everyday road bikes, and this Etape is a perfect example.

The model is their touring bike but it’s been built with Hope’s V-Twin hydraulic disc brakes with their floating rotors and a Shimano 105 mechanical groupset. There’s mudguards and rack, naturally, and a Brooks saddle with matching leather bar tape. A tasty build that, someone is a lucky chap.

www.enigmabikes.com

 

Peter Sagan t-shirt launched

Peter Sagan fan? Who isn’t, and you can show your admiration for the young rider with this new ‘Hulk’ t-shirt that has just been launched by G4, a French sporting garments company. The ‘Hulk’ graphic is to commemorate the victory salute made by Sagan on his second stage victory during the 2012 Tour de France. It was also marked with a special edition bike by Cannondale, with a pair of ‘Hulk’ eyes on the top tube. The paint finish was said to glow in the dark, so a good one for the evening commute.

G4 have also designed a t-shirt for the classics and an Australian t-shirt, with more in the pipeline. No word on pricing yet. 

SiS add Elderberry and Raspberry flavours to range

A couple of new flavours from SiS,  SiS GO Energy in Elderberry and SiS GO Electrolyte in Raspberry - both in a new style 500g wide neck tub. They cost £9.99 a tub, which is good for about 10-11 servings.

Prendas release two new cap styles

Just in time for the spring, Dorset-based clothing company Prendas have added two new cotton cycling caps to their range. There’s a blue Belgian champion edition, a cracking cap for heading over to the spring classics or just showing your worship to the Belgian gods of cycling, or one inspired by the stunning San Pellegrino jersey of the 1960's. Take your pick at www.prendas.co.uk

More from Tech Roundup next week, have a good weekend.

22 user comments

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No chance of a link thingy to the g4 site if they have one?

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [594 posts]
15th March 2014 - 15:47

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posted by Hooch1987 [4 posts]
15th March 2014 - 16:11

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Rather liking the look of that Enigma bike. £2700 for the 105 build, mind...

posted by parksey [263 posts]
15th March 2014 - 19:01

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Why do they make these retro bikes with sloping downtubes? It's like bringing back the Morris MInor and sticking an aerofoil on the roof.

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posted by Northernbike [148 posts]
16th March 2014 - 8:44

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' personalised Team Sky Replica kit'

just...why????

posted by andyp [966 posts]
16th March 2014 - 13:39

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To match your hairy legs and Pinarello on the next hilly sportive, which you can tell "your mates" at the office all about, or when your down the pub with "your mates".

posted by dreamlx10 [138 posts]
16th March 2014 - 14:22

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Northernbike wrote:
Why do they make these retro bikes with sloping downtubes? It's like bringing back the Morris MInor and sticking an aerofoil on the roof.

It's not supposed to be a retro bike + sloping down tubes are just as retro as straight one - everything has been tried in terms of frame layouts before.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4147 posts]
16th March 2014 - 14:32

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dreamlx10 wrote:
To match your hairy legs and Pinarello on the next hilly sportive, which you can tell "your mates" at the office all about, or when your down the pub with "your mates".

So shaving your legs when you're not a pro means you are a 'proper' rider but wearing replica team kit when you're not a pro means you're not?

Interesting logic.

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posted by Denzil Dexter [140 posts]
16th March 2014 - 18:49

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Denzil Dexter wrote:

So shaving your legs when you're not a pro means you are a 'proper' rider but wearing replica team kit when you're not a pro means you're not?

Interesting logic.

I refer you to rules 17 and 33.

http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/

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posted by felixcat [250 posts]
16th March 2014 - 21:37

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Do remember though:
giving a mate stick for being the sort of tit that has bought personalised team Sky kit: all good.
shouting abuse at strangers for doing likewise: flagrant breach of Rule 43.

Hell, giving strangers stick, yelling "obey the rules" as you pass someone- all breach 43.

posted by Al__S [591 posts]
16th March 2014 - 22:29

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felixcat wrote:

I refer you to rules 17 and 33.

http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/

I refer you to my big hairy anus!

posted by drfabulous0 [380 posts]
16th March 2014 - 22:42

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felixcat wrote:
Denzil Dexter wrote:

So shaving your legs when you're not a pro means you are a 'proper' rider but wearing replica team kit when you're not a pro means you're not?

Interesting logic.

I refer you to rules 17 and 33.

http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/

Quoting any rules makes you a bigger knob than anyone who buys personalised sky kit. If people want it let them wear it, it's all good for cycling. What the Fcuk is going on with this sky/Rapha kit bashing.... What's the the difference to wearing a prendas molteni Merckx jersey or is that just old skool retro... Think I will get the sky personalised top, wonder if they will let me have Fcuku as my name.

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

― George Carlin

“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”

― Euripides, Bacchae

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posted by Cyclist [178 posts]
16th March 2014 - 23:58

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FFS the 'rules' are meant to be a tongue in cheek thing yet once again self righteous 'tards try to quote them as if they actually matter.
If I want to wear team sky kit personalised or otherwise or any other pro team kit for that matter that is my business and only mine , to those who shout 'obey the rules' the response will start with f and end in uck off you tard.
I couldn't give a rats ass what others think I ride for myself and not for anybody else.
I wear club kit when it's warranted if on a club ride. Otherwise I will wear other kit.
Just one question to all those who keep this crap going does any of the kit you wear have a logo ie Castelli, Are you sponsored by them? Didn't think so.

posted by cavmem1 [44 posts]
17th March 2014 - 0:41

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Anyone know what fork that is on the Enigma?

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posted by Bez [417 posts]
17th March 2014 - 9:45

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In reply to Bez:

Looks a bit like a de-branded Kinesis DC37...? They seem to be Enigma's go-to fork when the customer wants discs brakes.

posted by velovoice [16 posts]
17th March 2014 - 11:15

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Northernbike wrote:
Why do they make these retro bikes with sloping downtubes? It's like bringing back the Morris MInor and sticking an aerofoil on the roof.

As already pointed out, the Etape is not a "retro bike".

More on point -- Enigma is a custom frame builder. Their expertise attracts a lot of people with fit issues. For some of these customers, a sloping top tube is a godsend. (I'm assuming you mean "top tube" not "downtube", since all down tubes slope?!)

[mild rant mode]
I am getting a bit tired of comments about the steep top tube slope and/or tall headtube on many custom road bikes. Oddly enough, in my experience to date, all these comments come from people who never seen the bike's rider in person. What's that about?!

So for all you armchair critics out there -- and by that, I mean those who are NOT trained and qualified bike fitters and/or frame designers -- I'd like to pose a little puzzle you can try solving at home:

Your customer wants a light touring bike. He/she is long-legged and short bodied. You start with a stock geometry frame but the reach is too long (and that's just the glaringly obvious problem).

Have you got access to special Bike CAD software that lets you key in all of your customer's physical measurements and strength and flexibility parameters, plus desired ride characteristics? And then lets you experiment with all the tube lengths, diameters and angles?

Oh, you don't have Bike CAD? No matter... try reverse engineering from the experts. If you like, take the Etape shown in this article (or my own link below) and try making it more "normal". Level out the top tube... shorten the head tube... obsess about rake and trail, or standover and toe overlap...

How many problems emerge, not just in terms of fit but frame strength and handling?

http://velovoice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/custom-enigma-etape-update-final...

Yes, the result may look odd to the eyes. It may offend a certain aesthetic. But a great deal of consideration and thought has gone into the design. Every decision has a good reason behind it.

And the result is a bike that enables someone who wants to cycle to do so without pain.
[/mild rant mode]

I never get questions or comments from people who've actually seen me riding my bike. Just sayin'.

posted by velovoice [16 posts]
17th March 2014 - 11:20

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I want a top tube that slopes the other way 'cos then when I go uphill it'll feel like I'm cycling on the flat Big Grin

posted by allez neg [4 posts]
17th March 2014 - 12:19

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allez neg wrote:
I want a top tube that slopes the other way 'cos then when I go uphill it'll feel like I'm cycling on the flat Big Grin

The 80s beat you to it Smile

http://velostage.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Picture-2.jpg

Boardman CX Team '14 | Cannondale CAAD8 '12 (written off, SMIDSY) | Scott Sportster '08

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posted by Gizmo_ [897 posts]
17th March 2014 - 13:26

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Cyclist wrote:

Quoting any rules makes you a bigger knob than anyone who buys personalised

I don't like using those little icons to get through to the unsubtle. Maybe I should click on the tongue in cheek one for you and drfabulous.
Or is your problem the lack of a sense of humour?

Edited to add cavmem to the list of the thinskinned. Though he at least has noticed that "The Rules" are meant to be amusing.
Why do these touchy people need to use foul language to express themselves?

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posted by felixcat [250 posts]
17th March 2014 - 13:58

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Gizmo_ wrote:
allez neg wrote:
I want a top tube that slopes the other way 'cos then when I go uphill it'll feel like I'm cycling on the flat Big Grin

The 80s beat you to it Smile

http://velostage.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Picture-2.jpg

Fk me that's the wrongest looking bike I've ever seen! Maybe some Shoreditch hipster will fixie it it and fit a brightly coloured trispoke wheel for no apparent reason. Then it'll still look shit.

posted by allez neg [4 posts]
17th March 2014 - 14:21

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velovoice wrote:
Looks a bit like a de-branded Kinesis DC37...?

Mm, I thought the same. Hard to be sure from the small pic, though. Ta.

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posted by Bez [417 posts]
17th March 2014 - 16:27

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velovoice wrote:

Have you got access to special Bike CAD software that lets you key in all of your customer's physical measurements and strength and flexibility parameters, plus desired ride characteristics? And then lets you experiment with all the tube lengths, diameters and angles?

Oh, you don't have Bike CAD?

It's free, so no excuses - http://www.bikecad.ca/ Smile
(Though that full list probably does need the Pro version.)

posted by armb [33 posts]
17th March 2014 - 18:59

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