New 2011 Shimano 5700 Compact Crankset

New 2011 Shimano 5700 C...

105, the classic workhorse of the Shimano lineup, has been updated for 2011. The new 5700 compact crankset benefits from technologies originally introduced in Dura Ace 7900 and Ultegra 6700. It borrows heavily from the aesthetics of DA and Ultegra but is available in black or...
FSA Gossamer Crankset Recall

FSA Gossamer Crankset R...

Some FSA Gossamer BB30 double cranksets sold on new bikes in 2010 are being recalled due to an issue with the fixing bold on the non-drive crank-arm. There is a possibility of the crank-arm cracking or breaking off completely if the bolt is tightened too much. FSA is asking owners of...
Does Your Chainring Need Replacement?

Does Your Chainring Nee...

Chainrings are fairly durable pieces of equipment. When a chain is properly cleaned, lubed, and swapped out on a regular basis, chainrings can last for 10,000 – 20,000 miles. However, if you don’t maintain your chain and you ride regularly on dirty, wet roads, your chainrings may...
SRAM Introduces New Apex Road Group

SRAM Introduces New Ape...

SRAM has been doing very well in the road category for the past few years. With three strong road groups and a total of seven Pro-Tour sponsorships in 2010, SRAM has been hot on the heels Shimano. A new road group called Apex is set to target entry level riders and attempts to put...
Compact 50/34 Crankset for Cyclocross?

Compact 50/34 Crankset ...

Compact 50/34 cranksets are widely available these days and make sense if you’re looking to do a combination of road and off-road riding. Many people who use their cross bikes for both road and off-road riding use a standard 48/36 or 46/38 cyclocross crankset. This would probably work...
Compact Crankset Used in Schleck vs. Stander Showdown

Compact Crankset Used i...

In October 2009 Specialized Bicycles sponsored a mountain vs. road showdown in Madrid, Spain. The contest was held on a local 12k climb that features both a road and trail route. Saxo Bank rider Andy Schleck would take the road route while World Under 23 Mountain Bike Champion Burry...
Compact Cranksets in the Pro Peloton

Compact Cranksets in th...

While most pro racers are not jumping completely to a compact setup, many domestiques are taking advantage of higher cadences and smaller gears to stay fresh after long pulls up hard mountain stages. The use of the compact crankset among high-profile riders can be traced back to American...
Carbon Compact Cranksets

Carbon Compact Crankset...

In recent years, many component makers have introduced carbon compact cranksets to their lineups. Campagnolo, SRAM, FSA and Easton all feature carbon crank-arms on their top of the line cranks. Conspicuously absent from the carbon bandwagon is Shimano which still makes it's top of the...
New Front Derailleur for a Triple to Compact Double Switch?

New Front Derailleur fo...

Depending on the group, a drive-train with a triple crankset may include a different set of components than the same group in a double configuration. Some groups include special shifters and most, if not all, use a special long-cage rear derailleur and a triple specific front derailleur....