Posts written by Madcow

2013

04

Jan

Hub Review

Hub Conversions for Shimano 11 Speed

Last year Shimano announced that the new Dura Ace 9000 and 9070 groupos would be moving to 11 speed.  Since that time there have been lots of questions about what hubs are compatible, which can be converted and what is required to do so and what effects those conversions will have on wheels.  A lot … Read More

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2012

19

Dec

Skewer Review

12 High End Skewers Reviewed

It’s been over 4 years since I wrote the last skewer shootout and many of them have since changed.  I’ve decided to do an updated review featuring the latest and greatest.   Writing this review has made me realize that things have changed over the years and the gaps between brands have definitely shrunk.  They do … Read More

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01

Aug

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AICAN Bungarus Superlight.

We often get sent lots of samples of new, upcoming products in the hopes that we’ll give it our endorsement and add it to our catalog. Many items get rejected before we even test them, others after we test them. Some do get a thumbs up from us and get added to our product list. … Read More

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19

Jul

Hub Review

2012 Hub Review: Information overload?

A couple of years ago we introduced our first full blown hub review which was an experimental joint review.  We’ve realized that the review is now old and out of date so have decided to update it.  In the previous review we brought Ron Ruff from White Mountain Wheels on board to give his thoughts … Read More

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31

May

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Shimano 2013, Part 1. Dura Ace 9000

The new Shimano Dura Ace groups are official now, and you’ve likely had a chance to see and read a little bit about them.  Having already had the chance to play with the pieces and ride them, this seems like a good chance to to talk about them.   It’s a massive amount of information … Read More

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31

May

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Shimano 2013, Part 2, 9070 Di2 Dura-Ace

Welcome to part 2 of my 2013 Shimano introduction.  Unlike part 1 for the mechanical Dura-Ace 9000 group, I did not get the chance to ride 9070 Di2 for this review.  However I don’t feel bad since there aren’t even any prototypes in the U.S. that I know of, so I’d be surprised if more … Read More

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31

May

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Shimano 2013, Part 3, Wheels

This will be the last segment for now on the new 2013 Dura Ace and we’ll cover the new wheels. There are 4 models of rim each one coming in a couple different versions.  There is a 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 75mm.  The models are split into two groups. Group 1 has its focus as … Read More

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03

May

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Smart Enve System Clincher Rims

For the last several months there has been lots of anticipation about the Smart Enve System (SES) clincher rims.  Now that we have them in stock we have had a chance to play with them and form an opinion.  In short they’ve surpassed my expectations, which honestly were quite high. Since the tubular versions of … Read More

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17

Jan

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Custom Project: Right Part 6

*** The Final Update of Project Right has been posted. Working with Rob English is always a tremendous pleasure, not only is he a talented builder but delivers what he says he will, when he says he will.  That’s a true rarity among custom frame builders.  So now I get to present the completed, though certainly … Read More

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