I often struggle to know what kinds of content is worth making a post about. Almost everyday I find a piece of news that I find interesting, but I don't think it is necessary to write or tweet every little thing that I think is worth reading.
I always tend to assume that an interested reader will likely come across the information on their own time, posting a bunch of links is not really contributing much. We generally strive to produce original content. However, it has been pointed out to me that not everyone spends (wastes?) as much time reading and researching gear as I do, so a few interesting links and articles can be good from time to time. So here are a few things that I have been reading this week.
SRAM getting closer to wireless, and a new player on the drivetrain scene.
We talked about SRAMs upcoming wireless groupset a little while back, but the talk is that it is getting closer to making its official announcement and debut on the Pro Tour. This group is very important to SRAM, who has seemingly lost much of its market share in recent years. In 2011, SRAM was the component supplier for 8 teams, the most of any company. This upcoming year, there are only on one team.
The SRAM team will be under a lot of pressure to make sure that their new wireless technology runs smoothly under the big, bright lights of top end competitive racing. After the (relatively) recent recall of their hydraulic systems, they can't afford another major public relations hit. On the plus side, they are killing it in the mountain bike market, so not all is gloomy at SRAM.
Perhaps more interestingly, is the long rumored arrival of a FSA groupset. Not much in terms of details out yet, other than it will be electronic, but they do seem to have hit some delays. Word is that it should be ready in time for TdF.
Check out Ride Cycling Review for the full write up.
Fairwheel bikes does it again.
One of our absolute favorite shops, FairWheel bikes out of Arizona have done it again with the Crank Test 2.2.
FairWheel is probably best know for their incredible boutique builds and exotic parts, but their testing and comparison articles are second to none. Over the past few years they have done actual scientific testing and analysis to a whole range of parts (hubs, rims, bars, etc.) to try to get past the marketing and see how products actually perform. They are always great reads and resources to refer back to, and the latest crank test is no exception.
For those looking to absolutely nerd out on the physics of cranks and the forces involved, they open the article with a lengthy review. But is you just want to know which crank is the absolute stiffest, lightest, whatever, scroll down and check out the charts
Full post is here, and their other articles can be found in their blog archive.
Also, notice the impressive results of the Turn (Praxis Works) crank. We covered this crank a little our Interbike coverage, and we are not surprised to see that the good guys and gals at Praxis are putting out solid products.
November talks wheels and other things
November Cycles is a small company that has been quietly building a following over the past few years for offering quality components for working class racers and enthusiast alike. As they have grown, their projects have become more ambitious, such as designing and testing their own carbon clincher, The Rail.
Their blog features many interesting posts covering a while range of topics: wheel design, wind tunnels, spoke counts, disc brakes, and Chinese manufactures, to name a few. While their content is generally less empirical than FairWheel's thorough analysis, they have recently undergone some interesting wind tunnel testing. They very much strive to simply provide the best information available given their resources, and their excitement and curiosity about cycling comes through in the writing.
We recommend checking them out for good technical discussions and food for thought.