All posts tagged carbon road bikes

  • Pinarello Dogma K8S

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    The Pinarello Dogma K8S certainly caught my eye while surfing my usual big wave internet breaks the other day; but it wasn’t just the black & red carbon frame with Campy Record that drew me in. If you’re like me, the first thing you noticed on this bike is the soft tail style suspension unit at the top of the seat stays.

    When seeing this, I immediately thought of the Castellano Fango – one of the first hardtails I’d ever seen back in 2001 or 2002. The idea behind this is simple: dampening vibrations and isolating the rider from rough terrain will save energy. Energy saved means you can ride faster…at least in theory. Plus, this added suspension only increases the frames overall weight by 95 grams – not bad if you ask me.

    More photos (via Above Category) below as always. Enjoy.

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  • Parlee Z1Road Bike

     

    photos: Above Category

    Carbon bikes these days are a dime-a-dozen, but recently I’ve been seeing some really awe some innovations in carbon bike framebuilding. While working for Van Dessel, I learned about the difference between a monocoque frame and a tube to tube carbon wrapped frame; the latter being stiffer and lighter (technology used in the Rivet). Tube to tube is similar to a lugged steel frame in that you start with carbon tubes and join them using carbon wrap/tape. What Parlee did is create carbon lugs to join tubes; a similar and just as effective approach.

    This Parlee features some next-level carbon technology featuring carbon fiber lugs for increased stiffness. Check out Above Category for some more photos and their initial reaction to it here.

    A few of my favorites below:

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