Interbike Parlee FWB
This was one of the most special bike displayed at the Interbike Expo in the United States: a Parlee frame and very high end components coming from the most prestigious manufacturers such as Ax-Lightness, Extralite, DT Swiss, Sram Red, PowerArms, etc. The machine was assembled in Tucson by Fair Wheel Bikes. Until this point, there is nothing really exciting. Now, if add a huge amount of custom hand paint on almost every single component, you get something a far more spectacular bike.
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Lightweight, clincher version in test...
The very first clincher Lightweight wheels are under production. With only a couple of wheelset per week, they are sparingly delivered. Our german colleague Light-bikes.de is currently testing a set of these hoops weighting exactly 1205g on the scale. The pressure limit is 8 bars and the price is 3400 euros. Carbon-Sports also made the rear rim asymetric to compensate the stiffness drop due to the clincher construction.
The Di2 electronic groupset caused a stir at the Eurobike Expo, then at the Interbike fair trade too. Nevertheless, we are not really convinced an electric groupset can be useful for a road bike... It should be more appropriated to time-trial use.
Shimano just did them: the brake levers and the bars' extensions shifters receive the commands to switch cogs quickly. It will probably save some time during the time-trials!
127g the set of brake lever, and 103g the set of time trial bar extensions.
Shimano is having punctures issues with the 7850 C24CL and C50CL wheels. Indeed they are coming with plugs instead of a standard rim tape to save weight, but those small components are causing punctures of some models.
The only solution Shimano proposes, is to remove the plugs, then install a rim tape.
File to be downloaded here: Shimano rappel