Mid-Week Report: The Latest News, Products and Events

Remember Ekimov & the Trek SPA? 2018 Kona gravel bikes, Cannondale System Six arrives; Wolf Tooth & King Cage, Dirty Kanza for the ladies

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Welcome to the Wednesday, August 15 Mid-Week Report…here’s what we have in store for you today…

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Remember When

This is a custom Trek SPA bike ridden by renowned Russian hardman Viatcheslav Ekimov at Paris Roubaix in 2004 and it featured a small elastomer shock (borrowed from Klein Bicycles which Trek owned) in the seatstay along with a Project One flame paint job.

THE REAL DEAL – EKI BIDS FAREWELL

 

TWO NEW FROM KONA: LIBRE DL

Frame: Kona Race Light Carbon
Fork: Kona Verso Carbon Touring
Wheels: Easton EA 70AX 700c
Crankset: SRAM Force 1
Drivetrain: SRAM Force 1 11spd
Brakes: SRAM Force 1 Flat Mount 160mm rotors
Seat Post: Kona Thumb w/Offset
Cockpit: Kona Road Bar/Kona Road Stem
Tires: WTB Riddler TCS 700x45c
Saddle: WTB SL8 Pro
Price: $3999 ($1999 frame & fork)

THE LIBRE


Frame: Kona Race Light Carbon
Fork: Kona Verso Carbon Touring
Wheels: WTB KOM i25 TCS 650b
Crankset: Shimano 105
Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra/105 11spd
Brakes: Shimano 105 Flat Mount 160mm rotor
Seat Post: Kona Thumb w/Offset
Cockpit: Kona Road Bar/Kona Road Deluxe Stem
Tires: WTB Byway TCS 650x47c
Saddle: WTB SL8 Pro
Price: $2999

Website: http://www.konaworld.com/

 

NEW PRODUCT: Wolf Tooth Morse Cage

Ever since the release of our Bottle Relocation and Accessory Devices, riders have been asking for a lighter, lower-profile way to re-position bottle cages. And, like you, when we think about bottle cages we think of King Cage built by Ron Andrews. Legendary for their strength, tenacious hold, and durability, King’s US-made stainless steel and titanium cages are bought once and for ridden decades. So we made the call to do a collaboration.

The result is the Wolf Tooth Morse Cage. Named for its dot-dash-dot-dash mounting pattern, the Morse Cage base plate offers four positions across 32mm of vertical adjustment, capturing one mounting bolt in every position to lock in the perfect position. Handcrafted by King Cage in Durango, Colorado, the Morse Cage will never mar your bottles, can be bent back into shape if damaged, and are available now in both titanium and stainless steel. The Morse cage has precision-cut four-position bases with 32mm of total adjustment.
Weight: Titanium: 32g, $70
Stainless Steel: 58g, $25.
Wolf Tooth Components

 

DIRTY KANZA WOMEN’S CAMP

Dirty Kanza 200 is thrilled to announce that because of Quality Bicycle Products, DK Promotions, and one very generous benefactor, we can offer 3 – $500 scholarships to women who would like to attend the camp but are finding it difficult to spend a little extra on themselves. Cycling is a beautiful escape and we are all deserving of that. Join us for an unforgettable extended weekend of great lodging, food, laughs, riding and so much more! Applications must be submitted prior to Friday, August 17th, 2018. Dirty Kanza Women’s Camp

JUST ARRIVED: CANNONDALE SYSTEM SIX


Moments before we pushed the “publish” button for this week’s MWR the UPS truck delivered our long-awaited Cannondale System Six aero road test bike. The first things we noticed? The stock Power2Max power meter is cool, but the skimpy 23mm tires and narrow (38cm top) handlebars not so much. Cannondale.

Photo Gallery: Inside Zwift HQ

We were invited to Zwift headquarters in Long Beach, Ca for a tour of their new offices and a sneak peak of what the company is rolling out next. The developers were hard at work designing new routes and fixing bugs to meet the needs of the user increase come trainer season. We got an up-close view of the Innsbruck world championship course and the chance to experience the new workout mode.

Check out the full gallery here: Photo Gallery: Inside Zwift-HQ

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Well, that’s all for this weeks Mid-Week Report. Be sure to check back every Wednesday to see the latest news, views and products that have come our way. If you have any questions, comments or requests, let us know: [email protected]

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