April 28, 2017
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Diamondback advocates strongly for more riders on American roads, especially commuters, and its Haanjo bike line offers riders with a wide range of budgets the opportunity to get outside more. With dependable components and comfort-minded geometry, the Haanjo Complete Bike is a wallet-friendly way to log more miles on the bike and less in the car.Diamondback starts with a reliable 6061-T6 aluminum frame, which is a treated version of aluminum that provides an ideal blend of low weight and strength. A larger head tube angle than traditional road bikes allows you to stay more upright as you navigate bike lanes and traffic lights, and the endurance geometry hopes to create less tension in your neck and shoulders, especially as you ride to work with a full commuting backpack. Flat bar handlebars will keep the Haanjo feeling more stable than it would with road drop bars, and together with the Gravel Disc alloy fork, allow for smooth and consistent steering over a variety of road and off-road surfaces. Shimano’s 9-speed drivetrain and compact Tiagra cassette offer a wide range of gear ratios and promise straightforward, consistent functionality whether you’re commuting to work or heading out on a weekend bike path ride. The Haanjo is well-equipped to handle gravel and smooth dirt tracks in addition to rough roads with its aptly-named 40c Kenda Happy Medium tires, and for the days when the weather decides to wait until after your commute starts to turn nasty, you’ll have Avid disc brakes to provide reliable stopping power in a pinch.
Storck’s Visioner C Road Bike Frameset is the entry ticket to the carbon fiber world of company founder Markus Storck. This ticket affords you access to one of the Old World’s few remaining secrets: the unrivaled design philosophy that informs every frameset bearing the Storck name. Key to this philosophy is the idea that every cyclist, regardless of material, model, and size, enjoys the same stiffness-to-weight ratio. So the Visioner C shares numbers with the superlative Aernario, but with a little more weight. The secret to this ratio lies in the proportional tubing of the unidirectional carbon fiber layup, which puts a premium on front end and bottom bracket stiffness by varying the wall thickness in the top and down tubes depending on the frame size. This focus carries through on the seat tube and chainstays, whose girth minimizes lost watts due to flex in the rear triangle. The frame’s geometry features the same 73. 5-degree head and seat tube angles that are found in most sizes of the Aernario, which combine with the Stilleto fork for confident tracking on descents and punchy power on rolling hills or during sprints. Power doesn’t come at the cost of comfort, though, as the thick chainstays are paired with thin, cushy seatstays, so watts go into the road but the road doesn’t travel up the seatpost to your body. The Visioner is built for internal routing that accommodates mechanical and electronic drivetrains, so the frame’s clean lines aren’t interrupted with cables, housing, and the like. It also means that wiring to an electronic system’s battery and front derailleur is tidy and easy to route, and the battery itself has a dedicated position on the frame.
There’s no better means to take the plunge into the wonderful world of disc brake road bikes than the Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike. It’s quite a package deal replete with an aluminum frame, carbon fiber fork, Shimano 105 11-speed components, Mavic Aksium One wheels, plus, of course, a set of mechanical disc brakes to keep your speed properly in check. The Cavalo Gara disc road bike sports a custom-butted aluminum frame with sculpted tubes and a tapered 1 & x215B;” to 1 ” headtube that’s light, stiff, and rides like a dream. There’s a full carbon fork with the corresponding tapered steerer tube fork that inspires confidence courtesy of its rock solid and utterly predictable handling. Shimano’s superb 105 5800 groupset delivers a perfect 10 for value, craftsmanship, and performance as it makes the leap to 11-speed. You’ll be blown away by how well this stuff works as so much functionality, precision, and reliability has trickled down from big brothers Dura-Ace and Ultegra. The shifter/brake levers, front derailleur, rear derailleur, crankset, and cassette all fly the 105 11-speed flag and if these parts were logo-free you’d be hard pressed to distinguish their performance from its much higher-priced Shimano siblings. If you’ve ever had issues with the functionality of caliper rim brakes, you’ll certainly be impressed by how well the Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes perform. Once you try out disc brakes, no matter if it’s wet or dry out, you’ll be a convert for life. Weather won’t be an issue for reliable, consistent stopping power and even in dry, pristine conditions they’re truly a game-changer. The perfect complement to the Cavalo Gara’s Aries disc brakes is a set of Mavic Aksium One wheels. These disc brake-specific road wheels feature a litany of Mavic’s technical know-how applied to disc brake-equipped bikes. The S6000 aluminum rim features a profile optimized for disc brakes while the spoke geometry and lacing pattern is also configured to best accommoda