Dura-Ace 9000

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Ladies & Gentlemen, behold: DA9000(1) That's sitting on the bench in our ski zone. Well, now they're in a display case, but you know. The point is, if you've been patiently biding your time until we received our DA9000 gruppo, wait no more! We have all the bits in stock & ready to install to a frame of your choosing, all the info we'd need is your preferred cassette range & what wheel you're currently running (in order to replace the freehub body). While I haven't been able to enjoy the pleasure of riding this group, I can tell you that it's rad; pretty head & shoulders better than 7900. It's cool & all that it's 11spd, but I think the main feature & biggest draw of the group is the retooled crankset/chainring. It's light as all get-out, not only because of the erased fifth spider arm, but also because of the hollow chainring & crankarm. Beyond that, we can now run any chainring combination possible on one crankset - from compact 50-34 to mid-compact 52-36 on up to standard 53-39. No sacrifice of stiffness, as you would find if you were to run a 53-39 setup on a 110 bcd crankset. I'm done writing down numbers now, hope you're still with me! The front derailleur is super pared down & minimal, as are the new calipers. All told, it comes in at a claimed weight of 1965g, which is significantly lighter than the DA7900 group, and even a few grams lighter than the SRAM Red 2012 group. The shifting, by all accounts, is crisp and the levers are comfy; Shimano has spent much energy on improved shift lever engagement & ergonomics. I would absolutely love to help you build this up, so come on in or drop us a line to get it all sorted away! stephen9000 ....And it's delicious.

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Mavic Road Pedals

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A delta-style road pedal is a delta-style road pedal, right? I'd have a hard time arguing against that statement if I were talking to a first-time buyer; To someone just getting on board with road pedals, they're going to feel revolutionary regardless of whether they're made by Shimano, Look, or Mavic. What differentiates the offerings from each brand really comes down to nuance: Platform size, cleat durability, bearing durability, weight, material, spring adjustability, etc. I can't sell you on these any differently than I would sell you on Look Keos or Shimano Ultegra pedals, but I can speak from experience:

I have been racing & training on Mavic pedals for the past two years, more or less since they were made available. I had previously been on Speedplay Zero pedals. They were fine, but had reached the end of their life and I was ready to try something new. Through my team, I had the option of picking up a pair of the Mavic Race pedals, so I did & was duly pleased. 

Here's what I love the most about them: The mega-spring that controls the release tension is hyper-adjustable and burly as all get-out; If I were to tighten the set bolt down as far as it would go, upping the spring tension all the way, I may end up trapped in these pedals for the rest of my life. That makes them great for short, super-hard efforts. It also makes for very positive engagement. Check out this monster: 

As far as durability goes, the cleat is called the "Dura-Cleat" - I've seen suggestion that the cleats aren't as durable as their name would suggest, but again, I can only really speak from my experience: I've replaced them once. I ride for at least 2hrs every day. I guess I'm not really walking around on them at all, but I can't imagine many riders spend much of their time strolling around all duck-footed in their road shoes.

Those grey pads on all the contact points are a more supple, pliant compound than the business end of the cleat, allowing for a less-slippery walk across mini-mart linoleum. Or, you know, whatever other surfaces you might drag these things across. These pictured give you 7 degrees of float - that's what comes stock with the pedals & what most people will need. That said, if you're a zero-float sort of rider, those are also available in red. 

There are three pedals in the Mavic line: Sprint, Race, and Race SL. The Race SL is the flagship, with an alloy body & titanium pedal spindle. They come in at a feathery 110g per pedal. That's a good bit lighter than Dura-Ace pedals, at a fraction of the price: $250 for the pair. I use the Race pedals. The difference is that the spindle is chromoly, the weight goes up a touch, and the price comes down to $150. For what it's worth, I value the durability of a chomoly spindle more than I'd value saving a little weight. For fifty fewer monies, you get the Sprint, which is also alloy & chromoly with some added weight. They're a great entry-level part for those new to road pedals, given the ease of clipping in & value. 

Road season is nearly upon us, come on in & we'd be happy to help you get your pedal game sorted out!

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SKS Raceblade Long

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Putting in some long winter base miles? If you're at all like me, you've been taking advantage of the relatively dry weather we've been having, in the process scuffing up the paint on your seatstays and fork blades with your clip-on fenders. Maybe you're even having to stop every now and again (perhaps after a sneaky pothole) to adjust how they sit in relation to your wheels. SKS, the company behind the ever-popular Raceblade fenders, is clued in to the flaws of the rubber-affixed system that we've all become used to. New for this winter are the SKS Raceblade Long fenders. Behold: 

Rather than attaching to your frame directly, these have removeable tabs that sandwich underneath your QR skewers and brake calipers. First-time installation takes a few minutes, but after that they go on and come off as easy as the original Raceblades. 

Here is how they interface with your brake caliper:

The metal tab stays, the rest clips on and off in an instant, with minimal effort or adjustment.

They offer a substantial amount more coverage than the original Raceblades, too, extending well beyond the caliper, both front and rear. So not only will you keep your butt & feet dry, your riding buddies will also be pleased to not be eating grit and grime while fighting to hold your wheel! 

We have a pair in stock right now, come get 'em installed and add a little comfort and convenience to the many miles ahead!

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