Almost Tour Time


If I had no other means to know the Tour was departing soon, the amount of odd things people send us would be enough, like this video. Sharing it with Mark V, he commented,

Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” was crossbred to rejected Kraftwerk outtakes and the result was well, awful.

My take was this is like a TomoNews version of the Tour.

PressCamp 14: Synapse Alum

Synapse Hotness

Synapse Alum

After a week of meetings and rides with product managers, so much to share from PressCamp 14 and for a Sunday afternoon, I’ll start with the Synapse Alum. At launches from big brands, you’ll occasionally find a personal project that made it into production like this and it’s lovely with metallic paint, color-matched fenders, and Rival Hydro at $2k. Rack mounts too. That’d make a very Pacific-Northwest style fender bike and if you’re into this, I’d start asking your dealer for it now. When I tweeted a photo of the Synapse last week, cropped it tight because the Rival 22 was under embargo. With the embargo lifted, here’s what that group is about too, value-priced and a hydraulic disc brake road bike at $2K.

JRA Gator


Just riding along a swamp with a GoPro, taking a selfie, and then alligator!

Zipp 404 Firestrike Launched at PressCamp 14

Felt with Zipps

My first ride at PressCamp ‘14 was in a freak summer mountain snowstorm on a Felt with the all-new, Zipp Firestrikes. I couldn’t tell you at the time what the model was and how they performed in the howling wind, sleet, hail, and snow because Zipp hadn’t officially announced the wheelset yet.

Now, with the embargo over, here are the photos and initial review.

Developed four years after the first Firecrest, these are Zipp’s next-level, aero racing wheel. On the second day in sunny conditions with a strong headwind against my chest, I titled them with confidence along the yellow center line, as it curved into the next turn on the descent. Like a S model iPhone, it’s similar to the phone before it, with a snappier, faster feel.

Zipp science

Basics of bicycle science

Here’s the science Zipp used to focus their development efforts on making a rim deeper than the 303 that handles better thanks to

optimized edges that move the center of pressure nearest the steering axis

and the complex wheel shape that imparts a shedding pattern which achieves a thirty four percent reduction in side force. That means these wheels are exceptionally stable and steerable including when ridden in an unexpected, windy snowstorm. Before the pads froze on that ride, they gripped the new molded-in, textured brake track and provided certainty that the bike was going to stop when I wanted it to. In normal Park City summer temperatures, I grabbed the brakes hard and power slid the bike. I don’t remember ever doing that on 303 Firecrests…

dimples and a scrim

New dimple pattern and an embedded braking surface

I’ll have more observations about the 404 Firestrikes in the 14th issue of our magazine. After the snow and mountain sun, I’ll take them out in the Pacific Northwest rain.

that was cold

That was cold

The Zipp 404 Firestrike Carbon Clincher is available now for $3,600 USD and ships with

  • TI QRs
  • Zipp rim tape
  • Tangente Tubes
  • Tangente Valve Extensions
  • Tangente Platinum Pro Evo Brake Pads
  • Wheel bags.

PressCamp 14: Pivot Mach 4c


After riding the Grade yesterday with a post and feature to follow, I’m on the new Pivot Mach 4 Carbon today. I met with Pivot’s President/CEO and he shared this video produced for the Mach 4 Carbon launch during PressCamp 14.

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