Domane SLR: Isospeed Decouple What?

Trek Boone

Trek Boone with Jump Off Joe in the Background

Perhaps you have no idea what a decoupler on a bike is, and if so, that’s ok. Because earlier today, I shared a story on Medium Bicycles about the Boone and just-announced Domane SLR. The Boone is decoupled in the rear and the Domane SLR has decouplers on both ends. An IsoSpeed decoupler is Trek’s technology to suspend a road or cross bike by decoupling the seat stay from the top tube—those two tubes are traditionally welded or molded together and that’s where the seat post attaches. Separating the seat/top tube junction allows a pivot with just enough movement to absorb the hits and smooth out the ride. The system does not bob o r sag like a fully-suspended mountain bike pivoting at the bottom bracket. As fun as riding off road on a road bike is, the vibrations and bumps will eventually fatigue the rider—that’s why Trek introduced the Domane with Cancellara in the most brutal races of the season, so he could float across the cobbles to a win. 

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Rear IsoSpeed Decoupler

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Front IsoSpeed Decoupler

Anyone that’s spent a few appendage-numbing hours on farm or forest-service roads riding a road bike, has probably wondered when they could get some relief from suspension. The SLR extends Trek’s decoupling tech to the front triangle and I expect it’ll work just as well as the rear does now. There’s nothing else like it in shops or races today. 4 years after Trek first released IsoSpeed, other manufactures have yet to respond. With tech that good, the market won’t wait much longer from them to compete. Read more about the Boone I’ve been riding this spring on Medium too and in Issue 31 of our magazine.



Google’s Self-Driving Bicycle


After a busy week and getting Issue 34 Truth out, a light-hearted new product from Google, on April 1st, and congrats to Vanmoof for being in the video.



Clement goes tubeless with latest X’PLOR series adventure tread, the 36mm MSO

Clement Pneumatici debuts the 700Cx36mm X’PLOR MSO Tubeless tyre. Named after the 3-letter code for the Missoula airport, the MSO is the latest addition to the X’PLOR series of adventure and commuter tyres. Slotting between the existing 32mm and 40mm , the new 36mm MSO is the first tubeless-ready offering from Clement, with the promise of more to come.

The X’PLOR MSO tread was designed from the ground-up for multiple conditions and is a distinct Clement tread pattern of both polygonal and hexagonal shapes, smooth-rolling center knobs and aggressive shoulder lugs for cornering control. The soft rubber compound for extra grip and shock absorption combined with the tightly packed center knobs and aggressive shoulder lugs provides great traction and durability. Though it has been a go-to tire for serious endurance racers it is also the perfect tread over pavement, through urban travails, across dirt trails, and of course, on gravel roads.

The 36mm size (438gr average based on two tyre sample) is a smart marketing choice for the adventure bike theme, voluminous to compliment the newer generation of purpose-built gravel bikes but not so wide as to exclude their use on CX bikes designed for 33mm UCI regulation tyres. And speaking of cyclocross tyres, Clement will continue to expand their selection of tubeless tyres in the coming months with both tubeless versions of the existing PDX and MXP 33mm cyclocross treads, as well as debuting the all-new BOS. Named after Boston’s Logan International Airport, the BOS is deep mud pattern with great honking paddle blocks staggered in the middle and buttressed side blocks aggressively jutting from the shoulders. For traditionalists, the BOS will also be available in a 33mm tubular version.

The MSO 36mm is shipping now; the BOS will be available later this spring.



Groningen: The Worlds Cycling City

Groningen: The World's Cycling City from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.


If watching drone videos from the Oregon outback, wasn’t enough to take you away from the craziness in the world today, how ‘bout a look at Groningen: The World’s Cycling City

It’s no secret that just about anywhere you go in the Netherlands is an incredible place to bicycle. And in Groningen, a northern city with a population of 190,000 and a bike mode share of 50 percent, the cycling is as comfortable as in any city on Earth. The sheer number of people riding at any one time will astound you, as will the absence of automobiles in the city center, where cars seem extinct. It is remarkable just how quiet the city is. People go about their business running errands by bike, going to work by bike, and even holding hands by bike.

Holding hands by bike and a bike mode share of 50 percent—that’s the stuff dreams are made of.



Brooks Dashing Bikes

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Canyons Commuter

Brooks enlists some of the world’s best bike makers for new 150th Anniversary “Dashing Bikes,” and they’re shared here as they were presented to us.

Brooks have stipulated a single theme that will unite them all. The theme is ‘copper’. The simple rationale is that copper is a versatile and elegant material with which to work, and has long played an integral role in Brooks products. The copper rivet on a Brooks England saddle, for instance, is as iconic as any other single element of its, or any design. It remains to be seen how each of the builders will interpret this theme, but Brooks is busy preparing special saddles and accessories to complement the special paint schemes, head badges, and other details on the finishing kit of each bike.

The program is called Dashing Bikes and the list of collaborators is impressive. From the veritable Condor, itself a firm fixture in the history of British cycling, as well as that of Brooks’ own history, to Brompton, the brand synonymous with the words “folding bicycle”. Stalwart collaborators Pashley and Moulton as well as Canyon Bicycles who prepared a very special edition of their futuristic Commuter are also along for the ride.

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Brompton

But the program is by no means limited to builders from the UK. From Europe and elsewhere we will see editions from iconic greats like Dario Pegoretti, the great Italian exponent of steel frames, to belt drive innovators Schindelhauer, touring aficionados Tout Terrain. One will also find special creations from Achielle of Belgium, Skeppshult of Sweden, Pelago of Finland, Toykobike of Japan, the highly-stylish Moustache e-bike from France, and a top-level gravel grinder from Salsa of USA.

To be able to enlist the support of such eminent builders and brands is a testament to the brand’s appeal throughout the cycling world and a fascinating insight into the way Brooks is perceived worldwide. Each model will be featured in a rotating monthly display at the flagship B1866 store in Covent Garden throughout the remainder of 2016.

One of the first collaborations to be released are from Brompton Bicycle, featuring copper elements, a moss grey frame with beige details, a unique colourway and decals exclusive to the 150th anniversary. The next is from Skeppshult of Sweden, dressed with tasteful Cambium components in brown. These and subsequent model releases will be on display at B1866 at 36 Earlham St. London through the year. The Canyon Commuter Brooks 150 is outfitted with Brooks’ new Cambium C15 saddle, GP1 150 grips and Land’s End rear pannier, the Commuter Brooks 150 has a timeless look to last a lifetime.

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Skeppshult



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