Welcome to the March 4th, Mid-Week Report!
BIKE OF THE WEEK: ORBEA ORCA
The Orca Aero is a refined version of the long-standing Orca. Now with aero optimized shapes and geometry, the Orbea is ready for riders of all levels. Orbea also offers their MyO program that allows you to make the bike your own. From build to color all the way down to the smallest details like your name painted onto the frame.
Head to www.orbea.com to build your dream bike.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: UP CLOSE WITH FIZIK’S ADAPTIVE SADDLE
Fizik launched the Adaptive saddle in September 2019, and now it’s available to buy. Currently, there is only one model available and it’s based on Fizik’s Antares Versus Evo 00 platform. This is a high module carbon fiber, performance racing saddle with the new 3D printed Adaptive material on top.
The Adaptive saddle padding is crafted by Carbon (a Silicon Valley based digital manufacturing company) using its Digital Light Synthesis technology. DLS is an additive manufacturing process which employs digital ultraviolet light projection, oxygen permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish.
This production method means Fizik was able to develop the first Adaptive saddle five times faster than traditional industrial methods, creating and field-testing hundreds of iterations. Being suitable for mass production, this technology completely remaps the traditional manufacturing process, accelerating and bypassing all intermediate phases.
• Dimensions: 274x139mm
• Weight: 147g (claimed) ours 156g
• Height at 75mm width: 54mm
• Length from nose to 75mm width: 151mm
• Dimensions: 274x146mm
• Weight: 154g (claimed)
• Height at 75mm width: 54mm
• Length from nose to 75mm width: 151mm
PRICE: Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive $399
GEAR OF THE WEEK: PREMIUM BOTTLE CAGES
CAGE MATCH: CALFEE VERSUS ELITE
There are very few items in the Elite and Calfee catalogs that warrant a head-to-head shootout, but after 75 years of combined experience in the cycling industry, they both released their own updated take on the perfect bottle cage.
When shopping for a bottle cage, we take into consideration style, durability and price. For those only focused on the first two, Calfee’s and Elite’s premium cages offer their own take on performance and style using two materials synonymous with cycling—carbon and steel.
Calfee: Calfee’s years of custom frame building and pioneering carbon designs lend themselves to the framework of the handmade carbon cages. Drawing inspiration from the classic titanium King cage profile, the Calfee uses a single carbon tube molded by hand and joined to three carbon brackets. The tube-shaped design is unlike common molded-carbon cages; its minimal 39-gram design complements almost any bike. Handmade at the NorCal factory, Calfee charges a premium for the unique cage, ranging from $60 to $75 depending on the finish.
Elite: The Elite factory is located just outside of Treviso, Italy, and, in addition to their bottle cages, has been a long-time component manufacturer that recently gained notoriety stateside for their range of smart trainers. Although Elite also offers a full range of carbon cages, too, we wanted to see how the old-school steel-wire variety compared. The 54-gram stainless steel Ciussi Inox is their latest cage design, weighing over 20 grams less than the previous iteration of the Ciussi. At $35, the Ciussi seems reasonably priced compared to the Calfee, but cheaper alloy cages are available as well. What sets it apart? For one thing, the history of Elite was that it was the cage of Euro pro cycling for years back in the day. The cage features two anti-slip plastic buttons, which do most of the retention work. The golden-capped buttons are stamped with the Elite logo and work in tandem with the silver gloss finish for an eye-catching look. A single stainless steel bracket is used for mounting.
RACE RESULTS: OMPLOOP HET NIEUWSBLAD
Belgium’s Jasper Stuyven edged cycling’s first cobbled classic of the season, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, on
Saturday after a cat-and-mouse finale.
Taking front spot in a tense final kilometre, the 27-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider had too much speed in the final dash for his compatriot Yves Lampaert after a 200km run from Merelbeke to Ninove.
The new CCC Team partnership of Greg Van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin had been in the running as part of a long-range 12-man break before Stuyven and Lampaert broke away on the steep Muur climb.
Earlier, Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten of Mitchelton-Scott soloed to victory in the women’s 126.1km race.
HANDMADE BIKE SHOW POSTPONED
To the NAHBS community
As I sit here watching the news, there is nothing positive about the state of the world in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Its grasp on the planet is ever strengthening as it continues to spread globally, including Europe, Asia, and now here in the USA.
Based on current news reports and travel restrictions, and in talking to many NAHBS exhibitors, media, and partners over the past week, I’ve made the difficult decision to postpone NAHBS and reschedule this year’s show. As a global show that attracts people from all parts of the world, and in evaluating the current variables and public health risks, I feel this is in everyone’s best interest.
The new dates for NAHBS 2020 are Friday August 21st – Sunday August 23rd at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Move in date for exhibitors will be Thursday August 20th.
Exhibitor booth space purchased for the March 20 – 22 show dates will be carried over to the August 21 – 23 dates. We’ll provide each exhibitor a new contract reflecting new show dates in the coming days. For any one that has any questions or concerns, or that is unable to attend NAHBS 2020 in August, please contact me at [email protected] or by phone at 502-424-2225.
This was an extremely hard decision to make, as I know we’ve all been preparing throughout the winter and early spring for this gathering of our industry. I understand all of the sacrifices and expenses that have been incurred and understand the inconvenience of this situation for everyone. But my primary priority is to protect the health and safety of our amazing community and feel postponing the show is in our best interest.
I’m praying diligently that everyone in our industry remains safe and healthy, and I look forward to seeing everyone in August. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
WIN FREE EROICA CALIFORNIA ENTRIES
With Eroica California (April 3-5) just over a month way, German security and helmet brand Abus is offering up three free entries that can be used for either Saturday’s Nova (modern bike) or Sunday’s Classic (old bikes) event. The ride starts in Cambria California and covers some of the most scenic roads in central California.
What’s required for your chance to win? Just send us an email telling us why you should win and we’ll pick a random winner on March 1. Send that in to: [email protected]
MAMMOTH TUFF – SEPTEMBER 19th
There’s more to explore in Mammoth! The first official gravel ride on the mountain is set to take place September 19, 2020. A 45 mile “Tuff” course with 2000 feet of climbing and a 100 “Tuffer” course with 8000 feet of elevation gain are planned but no official course maps have been released. Mammoth Mountain is a favorite locale of ours and over the years we have continued to return to the annual Gran Fondo. With Mammoth Tuff now the following weekend we are planning to extend our stay to get in all of the best riding that Mammoth has to offer.
NOVA EROICA CALIFORNIA – APRIL 4th
Want to experience the most challenging and spectacular gravel roads of the Central Coast of California? Join NOVA Eroica California! A group ride event with fun, timed segments open only to ROAD and GRAVEL bicycles. Starting separately from the Eroica classic event, NOVA Eroica take a step beyond vintage to celebrate the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest also on modern bikes.
GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE 2020 – MARCH 28 AND MAY 2
After two successful fondos earlier this year in Greenville South Carolina and Boise, Idaho Gran Fondo Hicapie has two more events lined up for 2020. Join a host of current and former pro riders on the roads of Fort Worth, Texas and Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 28 and May 2 2020.
2020 DIRTY KANZA REGISTRATION OVER
2020, is here! Mark you calendars for the 15th annual Garmin Dirty Kanza on May 30, 2020. Lottery selection have been made and the lucky few that were chosen will have a chance to prove themselves on Kanza’s flint roads.
THE RIFT ICELAND – JULY 25, 2020
The Rift is a gravel race through the dark lava fields in the highlands of Iceland – taking place on the tectonic split between North America and Eurasia. An ever-growing battlefield that grows an inch every year.
The battlefield sculpted by volcanic eruptions is vast, rugged and unpredictable – making the Rift a challenge of endurance, mental fortitude and most likely the bare elements. And in the end – a gravel battle between the continents!
The course starts out of a small town along the southern coast called Hvolsvöllur. This incredible shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area in the west to the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the east. It is lined with countless natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and volcanos – circumnavigating one of the most active volcanos on the island, Hekla.