As the Cross season concludes and we’re mostly done riding in the mud and dirt for the season, it’s time for road with Hydro-R Disc and gravel. 11-speed wheels were not easy to find this Fall, especially for training and daily riding, but
availability has improved and for the past few weeks, I’ve ridden the Reynolds Assault discs with Hutchinson Intensives. The Reynolds has an appealing price point at $1850 for an everyday wheel, at about a grand less than the Zipps we’re racing on. You can certainly race these — they have all the characteristics of a modern, fast wheel — but in Cross, we prefer tubulars to avoid pinch flats when running tires at very low pressure for grip and suspension effect.
On the road, I noticed this iteration of Reynolds addresses excessive hub play, with tighter tolerances, and they roll well. The tighter hubs and stiff build of the wheels avoids the “ting, ting” from rotors striking the pads when you stand up to accelerate. In crosswinds, the Assaults felt a bit more blowy than Zipps or Heds, but nothing intolerable or sketchy. On a long descent I realized, “hey no worries about a carbon clincher rim overheating with discs!” I also wondered if the rotor created dirty air negating the aero features, so I asked asked Reynolds about rotors and aero wheels…
No visible brake track, 24h front and rear drilling. MSRP $1850. A very versatile wheelset
We’ve been making a disc brake road/CX wheel for 3 years. This is the first disc specific road rim we’ve designed. Meaning no visible brake track and a different layup for the rigors of disc brakes with a 41mm deep rim and 25mm wide made specifically for a disc brake equipped bicycles.
Reynolds hasn’t put this wheel into a tunnel, but said,
The surface area increases at the hub, which can have a direct effect on aerodynamics and create a higher drag coefficient. The rotor slots should have little affect at speed. SLG—Swirl lip generator does work at the rim on the disc brake version just as the rim brake version. It actually helps offset some of the drag you get from the rotor. This is minimal since the SLG and the rotor are a good distance apart.
Expect that Paul Lew and his counterparts in the wheel business are in meetings about disc wheels now, towards the 15 model year. As Mark V observed when I attended the Hydro launch
Individually the changes to design that disc brakes allow will be fairly subtle, but in the long run the sum effect of all these changes will have a huge impact on bicycle design. What we’re seeing now is just the beginning.
That’s right and I’ve heard from an industry insider to expect calipers molded into fork legs.
Into the sunset and anywhere else you want to take these wheels
Complimenting the Reynolds ride, are the Intensives, a very tough tire for all sorts of conditions, like this abandoned road I found. The adventure I found there will have to wait for another post. Time for vacation.
Celebrating our arrival on Google Play Newsstand, a first look at Sarto’s Custom Hydro Disc. Written for us by Charles Manantan, read it now with your Android device, next month in our iOS magazine, and watch for the full review in Pez Cycling.
There still seems to be loads of chat room conversation talking about the merits (or lack of) regarding disc brakes on the road… The funny thing is, virtually nobody slating the product has used it in it’s proper form. Half (or less) Hydraulic systems where any cable is involved are not the same thing…
Charles is right and the most fun I’ve had on a road ride recently was a hydro-equipped bike. After racing a season of Cross in the mud and dirt, it’s miles on gravel and pavement.
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Artist Sollars created a waterfront studio in the Bayview and repurposed a series of barnacle-encrusted objects pulled in from the bay for use back in town, including this bike. A bike from Davey Jones locker with a crusty, patinaed finish has us wondering what bikes are at the bottom of Elliott Bay in Seattle or the canals in Amsterdam.
The Transition is available later this month for $599.00
First saw this new travel case from Thule at Interbike and was very impressed then. This is the second unit to ship out of Thule’s Chicago factory and I’ll leave it in the dining room as long as the family allows. It’s a travel case sculpted so well, it looks like art. It also combines, style, protection, and convenience with its integrated work stand. So what the industrial designers at Thule did is take their roof rack tech, put it into a bike case, and then attached a bike stand to it.
Brilliant and we’ll try it next month on our next trip. We normally travel with S&S bikes, but for this case, we’re making an exception.
With some exotic thermo engineering, using hydrogen peroxide as fuel, a new world speed record was set for a rocket-propelled bicycle. Watchmaker Hublot sponsored the effort. While not as dramatic as Van Damme’s epic split, the rocket bicycle does spew out a massive plume like a dungeon dragon AND, as the exotic thermo engineer tells us,
If you were to pour it (the fuel) on your hair, it’d catch fire.
Lance is spending the only currency he has left and that’s to tell all. The bomb he dropped in the Daily Mail isn’t surprising for those that follow doping in the sport. What the explosiveness also reveals is how bike industry media still doesn’t tell the story. 2 weeks ago, and what prompted an editorial in our Magazine and a post on Medium, is Lance’s interview with Bike Radar. In a 2 part exclusive, he said he was ready to talk and didn’t say anything substantially more than what he told Oprah.
As the conspiracy blows apart, it’s time for a what did you know and when did you know it moment in the sport and to follow the money. Meanwhile, the old-schoolers in the sport still marvel and sell Horner’s “amazing win.” We hope he’s present too at the UCI’s impending Truth and Reconciliation committee meetings.
Those meetings may play out with the same irony as this interview being done in Celebration, Florida, developed by Disney and where The Truman Show was filmed.