April 28, 2017
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Good things come to those that wait. And if you’ve been putting off making the leap to carbon fiber as well as 11-speed drivetrains then your virtuous patience can be rewarded with the Nashbar Carbon 105 road bike. At its heart is a sweet monocoque carbon frame that rivals those of much more expensive brand name peers in stiffness, lightness, and ride quality. At the cockpit end is a tapered headtube and full carbon fork that inspires confidence courtesy of its rock solid and utterly predictable handling. The drivetrain is anchored at a massive BB86 bottom bracket that ensures not one iota of your strength will go to waste. With so much more surface area up for grabs to attach the down tube, seat tube and chainstays deflection from all those watts you’re producing is just not a worry. But don’t let all this talk about stiffness worry you about comfort, because the wonders of carbon are evident in the stays which are shaped to further reduce road vibration. Aesthetically, this bike just screams stealth speed. It sports Henry Ford’s favorite paint scheme – any color you like as long as it’s black – plus the internal cable routing keeps it super clean and clutter-free. 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 Gossamer compact crankset fits perfectly into the components mix. Its cold forged aluminum crank arms are racing stiff, and the precision CNC-machined 7075 chainrings are angled and pinned for flawless shifting. Shimano’s engineering excellence extends into the world of wheels as
This is the Kestrel Legend Ultegra Road Bike. At a mere 780 grams, the brand-new Kestrel Legend is the lightest frame The First Name in Carbon Fiber has ever produced. Made of ultra high-modulus carbon fiber with a remarkable weight-to-stiffness ratio, the Legend’s Kestrel EMS fork and H-stays provide compliance, comfort, and improve lateral stiffness; the proprietary tapered head tube enhances steering precision and front-end stiffness; and asymmetrical chainstays offset drivetrain-induced torque on the rear triangle. Features: Featherweight 780 grams – lightest frame Kestrel has ever produced Ultra high-modulus and high-strength carbon fiber with ground-breaking weight-to-stiffness ratio PU inner molds supply smoother inner walls, an increase in stiffness, better compaction, minimized wrinkles, and optimized resin content EPS foam forming used in the manufacturing of the fork provides better layup in the crown area for improved compaction and resin content Kestrel EMS fork and H-stays provide compliance, comfort, and improve lateral stiffness Proprietary tapered head tube enhances steering precision and front-end stiffness Asymmetrical chainstays offset drivetrain-induced torque on the rear triangle Size-specific frame for each frame size. Larger frames use slightly larger diameter tubing for increased stiffness for larger riders. Downtube and top tube wrap around the head tube for increased front-end stiffness, which aids in steering precision.
For those seeking a remarkable value in a road bike look no further than the Mekk Pinerolo 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 and derailleurs plus Shimano R565 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.