Product, News, & Views You Should Know About

By @JonHornbeck

BEING THERE: WAHOO FITNESS LAUNCH

We’re out here at the Wahoo Fitness Launch in San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s great to meet a lot of the team behind the Wahoo brand including the founder himself; Chip Hawkins. I personally like the Wahoo computer the best for its simplicity and functionality. We have a more in depth review on the computer in an upcoming issue. I was fortunate enough last year to be one of the first to use the product as we raced with them on the Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie team and I have been using it ever since.

With Chip out riding with us, I thought who better to ask of what he believes to be the top three functions of the Wahoo ELEMNT.

Chip Hawkins Top 3 Favorite Functions:

  1. Best Bike Split
  2. Strava Live Segments
  3. Live Tracking

 

PAYING TO BE A SPECTATOR?

The recent talk in how to fix the business structure of pro cycling is to possibly charge spectators a fee to start viewing the races. Cycling is one of the only sports where you can go to a race and walk up and see your favorite stars right there in person as they come by, for free. As this is a very great aspect of cycling it is also a burden as well. Many race promoters are looking for ways to generate additional levels of income to keep their races from folding which is being very common in today’s world.

A recent survey by Belgian Newspaper; Het Nieuwsblad, asked 22 race organizers if this could be a possibility and surprisingly many of them agreed it’s just a matter of time. Now this might not make the spectators too happy to find out but I would rather pay a small fee to watch a race and know that they will be around in the future and not disappear like so many of them currently are. Something needs to be done to help fix this problem.

BEING THERE: Elevate-KHS Team Camp Gallery

After spending some time with the newly merged continental team Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling at their recent training camp we have our gallery posted. The team is put together from the Texas based continental Elevate team with the Southern California amateur team KHS-Maxxis. The team had it’s first race together in Arizona; Valley of the Sun, where Innokenty Zavyalov took a solo stage win on stage 2 while raining and that win resulted into him winning the GC for the three day race. Though the race is on the smaller side it’s very cool to spend sometime with the team and to see them have success already.

These guys are more of the underdogs for American Continental teams, but they already seem to be punching above their weight and working well together. I’m curious how they will stack up against the more dominant continental teams once the larger domestic races begin. Take a look at the ins & outs of their team camp here.

 

BEING PRO: LOGAN OWEN

In our latest “Being Pro” interview which is featured in the pages of RBA,  I caught up with a former teammate of mine Logan Owen. Logan and I raced together on the Hagens Berman Elite team back in 2012. Since then he has continued to move up the ranks on the road and off the road in cyclocross as he is a ten-time CX champion. This is the first off-season which Logan has taken away from cyclocross as he is putting everything he can into having a successful last year as a U23.

Many of us thought that Logan had already punched his ticket to the big time World Tour teams after his big win in the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case though as he said, “I believe it was a mixture of things. I had a solid year with one big win, I didn’t suck. There were a lot of guys that needed jobs after the bigger teams folding with Tinkoff and IAM. The larger World Tour teams were gonna take those proven guys over a young kid that won only one race.”

I’m pretty excited to see how Logan will do this year with a bit of rest for the first time in the off-season as he looks to come out swinging in the Spring.

Photo: Davey Wilson

 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Andre Greipel and friend

NEW FROM DIAMOND BACK

The $3700 Podium Vitesse is Diamond Back’s entry into the aero road world and comes equipped with HED Ardennes Plus wheels and a full Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic component group. Later this year DiamondBack will release the upscale Podium Disc Equipe with SRAM Red Etap that will sell for $5500. DiamondBack Bicycles

NEW TOOL  FROM ABBEY TOOLS

New to the Abbey Tool catalog is the Thru Axle Dual Sided Crombie tool for removing cassettes. The Crombie TA features a dual sided tool with two S group ends, one for thru axle wheels and the other for regular hubs. The Crombie features two different versions; the Standard which comes with a solid handle, while the Super Light has a hollow handle in order to save weight for traveling mechanics.
Features:
Dimensions: 9.625in handle and 10.625 including the head.
Two Versions: Standard & Super Light
Thru axle wheels and the other for regular hubs (Not compatible with Campagnolo wheels)
Stainless steel construction with precision machined spline
Price: $50 Standard / $55 Super Light

THE GORILLA GETS HIS OWN

Six years after he started riding with Look pedals, German superstar Andre Greipel has finally got his own signature Keo Carbon Blade pedal featuring his popular Rostock Gorilla motif. The 110 gram pedal is made in France and has a carbon body with a large stainless steel contact surface area and a chromoly spindle.  Look Cycles.
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: letters@RoadBikeAction.com
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