Tubeless road wheels are gradually gaining traction in the road market and American Classic have just released a new line. The Argent wheels are an aluminium rim that is 22mm wide and 30mm deep. The front wheel is an 18 hole radial while the rear is 24 hole. Both wheels have AC bladed spokes and alloy nipples and include A/C tubeless valves and rim tape. Available to suit Shimano/SRAM in 8, 9 and 10-speed they weigh 1,372g per pair.
Simple clipless pedal designs (suchas those from Crank Brothers,Time and Look) have gaineda real following but some still prefer Shimano’s SPD retention mechanism. In 1990 Shimano kicked off the clipless pedal revolution for mountain bikers and their design follows similar lines to this day. SPD pedals use dedicated cleat retention plates with separate adjustable springs that allow you to vary the release effort.
Think of the Czech Republic and your mind may well drift to postcard-perfect images of Prague, the smell of warm soup with dumplings, or the moreish bitter taste of Pilsner beer on a warm afternoon. Mmmm, beer… Anyway, I digress; it’s also the home of rubber and tyre manufacturer Rubena, who are well established and highly regarded in central Europe despite being a newcomer to our shores.
Looking to bling up your ride? Then you could do worse than the Fluidity S frame from Time. The Fluidity S is designed to be raced on, yet still be comfortable. The frame uses integral RTM technology with ‘Vibraser Max’ structure mated with an RTM fork with CMT carbon dropouts. The stays are asymmetrical with lightened rear dropouts and internal rear brake cabling.
Not to be confused with Formula Hubs (the big-time OEM supplier in Taiwan that just happens to have a similar logo), these wheels come from Formula in Italy—the long-standing disc brake specialist. Since 1993, Formula has focused their attention primarily on disc brakes, which are made in their Italian factory. Within the last year or so they’ve branched out and turned their attention to front suspension and wheels.
The Integra LTD is a great way of protecting your Garmin Edge as well as staying aero and having a fantastic stem into the bargain. In its standard form, this stem has a sharply aerodynamic cap, which hides the bolts and slices through the wind. You can remove this cap and replace it with a Garmin Integra Mount that allows you to twist-click your Garmin Edge inside.
Hand made in Italy, the Carbon G Platinum from Gaerne is a new model for 2013. Interestingly, it is available with either a full EPS carbon sole or a carbon composite sole. It features a 2D aluminium buckle, adjustable instep closure system, Gaerne’s Safety Lock Strap System, comfort fit tongue, heel cup and insole.