April 28, 2017
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If you spend a few minutes browsing through our copy, then you probably know that we’re not exactly purists when it comes to cycling kit. Sure, we occasionally privilege traditional designs and styles over the latest trends in tube shapes and colorways, but we’re open-minded about adopting new technologies when they suit our purposes – especially when a manufacturer applies the latest fancy technology to the basics of cycling. More than almost any other bike we stock, the Aernario Basic Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike is one of the best blends of tradition, innovation, and solid build kit that we’ve rolled through our shop doors. For the frameset, Storck used Computer Flow Dynamics to tease aerodynamic tube shapes out of a geometry that balances the low-weight aggression of compact frames with a nod to the more cantankerous, classic-geometry purists among us. Though it’s subtle, the wind-dodging design is inherited from Storck’s time trial frames, so it’s both invisible to the eye and the wind. And since the module’s overall shape and design borrows heavily from the Fascenario 0. 7, the aerodynamic benefits don’t come with the usual tradeoff of poor handling and unforgiving road feel. When viewing the frame from the side, it looks like a traditional road frame. However, if you were to take a cross section, its aero shape would become strikingly evident. These shapes are laid-up with Storck’s own CFR/UD unidirectional carbon fiber. This curated material is the main reason why Storck has so many BOTY awards from the German cycling industry, as the unidirection orientation of the fibers mean that the sheets can be situated for targeted load-bearing properties. This lets Storck stiffen the frame without sacrificing damping qualities and – paradoxically – while using less material for a lower overall weight. The Aernario features a massive, oversized PressFit BB86 bottom bracket juncture in order to boost power transfer even further, and the seatstays connect.
Ride it like you stole it is how the latest Nashbar 105 road bike rolls. Why? Because when you tell your friends and bike buds the price you paid for this sweet ride – replete with an awesome aluminum frame, full carbon fork, and 11-speed Shimano 105 components – the consensus will be that the hit to your bank account was criminally low. Sure, carbon fiber may win the weight weenie wars, but a well-built aluminum frame is nearly as light, plenty stiff, built to last, and is much kinder on the wallet. The Nashbar 105 road bike sports a custom-butted aluminum frame with sculpted tubes and a tapered 1 ” to 1 ” headtube that rides and performs like your very own pocket rocket. 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. Aesthetic-wise, too, the 105 road bike hits it out of the park as its black paint job with white accents flat out looks super-sharp. Shimano’s new 105 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, 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. The FSA Omega compact crankset is a perfect complement to the Nashbar 105 bike’s ethos as it’s where fashion meets function, combining sleek styling with robust industrial design elements in a robust, aluminum package. Shimano’s engineering excellence extends into the world of wheels as well and with the jump to 11-speed they’ve introduced the new RS010 wheelset. Their 24mm-deep aluminum rims reduce rotating mass while at the same time maintain plenty of stiffness for sprinting
The value-conscious road cyclist never had it so good when one considers what’s on offer with the Mekk Pinerolo AL 2.0. Featuring classic road geometry and eye-catching graphics, it’s a true all-arounder with a triple-butted aluminum frame and carbon fiber-bladed fork providing a superb, high-performance platform. Shimano Tiagra 10-speed shifters, derailleurs, and cranks are precise and reliable while the Shimano Sora brakes and HG50 cassette are rock solid performers. Shimano makes remarkable wheels as well and their R501 aluminum wheelset coupled with Continental Ultra Sport II tires ensures you’re equipped for all-around riding. Capped off with an Italian-made Selle San Marco ERA Start Power saddle, this aluminum steed is ready to fly over hill and dale or anywhere the road takes you. Mekk is the brainchild of Mark Edwards ME and Ken Knight KK , a pair of Brits with extensive experience in high-performance cycling at both the racing and production end of the spectrum.