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Shimano has today announced a whole range of gravel components under its new GRX name. Sitting alongside its existing road groupsets, GRX adds new hydraulic disc STI levers, cyclocross-style in-line levers, clutch-equipped derailleurs and cranks, including — for the very first time from Shimano — dedicated 1x components for drop-bar bikes. There’s also a new ‘gravel-tuned’ wheelset available in both 650b and 700c versions. Last year’s launch of the MTB-style clutch-equipped Ultegra RX derailleur was a hint that Shimano might be waking up to the fact that people like riding drop-bar bikes off-road. As it turns out, it was a teaser for so much more. Read on for full details of GRX including, where we know them, claimed weights for the new components. Shimano launches Ultegra RX rear derailleurs This prototype drop bar dropper remote could be coming to your next gravel bike Shimano GRX: Three levels of gravel goodness Shimano is keen for a slice of the gravel, adventure and bikepacking segment Shimano GRX components will be available at Ultegra Di2, Ultegra, 105 and Tiagra levels, but there aren’t groupset-specific versions of every component. The corresponding product code for each groupset is as follows: Ultegra: RX800 (Ultegra mechanical shifters are ST-RX810, Ultegra Di2 shifters are ST-RX815) 105: RX600 Tiagra: RX400 RX400 components are 10-speed, while the rest are 11-speed (except for the 2×10 RX600 cranks) to fit in with the existing groupset hierarchy. Curiously, while 11-speed riders will have the choice of 1x or 2x cranks, the 10-speed cranks are 2x-only, although doubtless some riders will throw caution to the wind and mix and match components. RX800 Di2 offers two derailleur options and both 1x and 2x cranks Shimano The mechanical 11-speed option gives you similar choices Shimano 10-speed GRX is designed to be 2x-only Shimano Shimano GRX STI levers: new shape, Servo Wave, dropper control The GRX range includes levers restyled for off-road riding Shimano The GRX range includes completely new mechanical and Di2 levers with a profile that’s said to be sculpted for off-tarmac comfort. The brake lever’s pivot point has moved upwards by 18mm, creating a more pronounced hood hump, which should make sitting on the hoods more secure on rough terrain. The levers themselves have more of a curve against which to hook your fingers, and both hood and levers have a textured finish for grip. GRX Di2 levers (RX815) will also benefit from Servo Wave, a design borrowed from the company’s MTB brakes. Servo Wave makes the relationship between lever and brake pad movement non-linear. In the first part of the lever stroke, the pads move together quickly to meet the rotor. Part way through the stroke, the rate of closure slows, trading speed for power and modulation. As a bonus, Shimano says that riders running 1x GRX mechanical setups will be able to use the left shifter to control a dropper post. For riders who want 1x only with no dropper, a brake-only lever with no shifting internals will be available. Shimano GRX levers claimed weights RX815 Di2 levers (pair): 565g RX600 levers (pair): 611g RX400 levers (pair): 613g Shimano GRX ‘sub brake levers’ We reckon Shimano is the first to bring a hydraulic inline brake lever to market Shimano GRX offers cyclocross-style in-line hydraulic levers — Shimano calls them ‘sub brake levers’ — which mount on the bar tops and get the product code BL-RX812L/R. We think these are the first production levers of this type; Hope showed off a similar setup (in conjunction with SRAM levers) back in 2016, but it was never made available to the public. In-line hydraulics require some clever engineering Shimano We don’t yet have precise details of how the new GRX ’cross levers work nor claimed weights, but we’re intrigued to find out more. Shimano GRX brakes The branding is new, but the GRX disc calipers look just like existing road ones Shimano GRX disc brake calipers come in RX800 and RX400 flavours and are, branding aside, virtually identical to Shimano’s current road calipers. They’re fitted with Ice Tech finned brake pads as standard and use the now nearly-universal flat mount standard. Shimano GRX brakes claimed weight RX400 (per caliper): 143g Shimano GRX rear derailleurs The Ultegra-equivalent RX810 takes over from the existing Ultegra RX derailleur Shimano The Di2 option isn’t significantly chunkier than its mechanical counterpart Shimano Building on the existing Ultegra RX option, GRX rear derailleurs make use of the same Shadow RD+ design borrowed from mountain bikes, which entails a switchable “chain stabilizer system”, i.e. a clutch to keep your chain in check over rough ground. The new line-up includes mechanical RX400 and RX800 options, plus RX800 Di2 versions. The Tiagra-level 10-speed RX400 rear derailleur is intended for cassettes ranging from 11-30t to 11-36t. The mountain bike DNA of the GRX derailleurs is obvious. This is the 10-speed RX400 option Shimano For 11-speed, riders running 11-30t or 11-34t cassettes should choose the RX810/815 (mechanical/Di2) option, while those running 11-40t or 11-42t cassettes will need the longer cage RX812/817 (mechanical/Di2) version. Shimano GRX rear derailleur claimed weights RX815 Di2: 288g RX817 longer cage Di2: 322g RX810: 251g RX812 longer cage: 264g Shimano GRX front derailleurs GRX front derailleurs are designed for a chainline that’s 2.5mm wider than that of the road groupsets Shimano It might not seem very edgy to keep making front derailleurs, but it’s safe to say they aren’t going anywhere for a while. Shimano is offering three options for GRX: RX400, RX810 and RX815 (Di2). The design isn’t radically different to existing products but, critically, the chainline has been shifted outwards by 2.5mm to increase tyre clearance and be better optimised for wider rear spacing. The mechanical derailleurs share the same compact design that’s been steadily trickling down since the launch of Dura-Ace R9100. Officially, the front derailleurs will clear 42mm-wide tyres and we’re assuming that’s for 700c rubber — wider should be feasible with 650b. Shimano GRX front derailleur claimed weights RX815 Di2: 131g RX810: 94g RX400: 95g Shimano GRX cranksets Shimano has finally, FINALLY made a dedicated 1x crank for drop bar bikes Shimano GRX cranks use a four-arm spider to match existing options. 1×11 riders will have the choice of 40t (RX800/RX600 level) or 42t (RX800 only) cranks. The 1x options make use of Shimano’s Dynamic Chain Engagement tooth profile, which has been used on the brand’s MTB groupsets for at least the last five years to provide better chain retention over rough ground. The 2×11 RX810 crank is a 48/31t, which Shimano notes has the widest range it has ever offered in a double crankset. Shimano isn’t going to stop making 2x cranks any time soon Shimano Meanwhile, the 2×10 version of the RX600 crank is 46/30t-only. Shimano nerds may raise an eyebrow at a nominally Ultegra-level crank being 10-speed, but there you have it. To match the front derailleurs, GRX cranks share that 2.5mm wider chainline, meaning they likely won’t work optimally with existing setups if you were thinking of retro-fitting parts. Shimano GRX cranks claimed weights RX810 1×11: 655g RX600 1×11: 753g RX810 2×11: 722g RX600 2×11: 816g RX600 2×10: 819g Shimano gravel-tuned WH-RX570 wheels The RX570 wheels aren’t exactly groundbreaking, but they look to offer a useful all-round spec Shimano Alongside the groupset components, Shimano is launching a ‘gravel-tuned’ alloy wheelset called the WH-RX570. This will be available in both 650b (non-boost) and 700c versions weighing a claimed 1,600g and 1,650g respectively. These will be tubeless-only, featuring a rim that measures a healthy (if not radical) 21.6mm internally and which is 22mm deep. Shimano GRX compatibility GRX components are designed to work with existing Shimano components, so as long as you stick to the same number of gears (11 with 11, 10 with 10), you have the choice of any of Shimano’s current cassettes and chains. The 2.5mm wider chainline means that you’ll be best off matching GRX cranks to GRX front derailleurs. Shimano GRX pricing and availability Pricing on all components is to be confirmed, but we’re confident that it will be within shouting distance of the equivalent components at a given groupset level. Full availability is also to be confirmed, but we’re told that mechanical 1×11 and 2×11 components will be available from June, while 1×11 and 2×11 Di2 will arrive in August. The sub-brake levers and dropper compatible shifter will emerge around September. In any case, we’re expecting to see GRX on some 2020 model year bikes. Shimano GRX — BikeRadar’s take GRX will be welcome news to Shimano fans who’ve yearned for an offical 1x option for drop bars Shimano GRX has been a long time coming. Shimano isn’t really known for its risk-taking, preferring to let a market segment develop and evolve before diving in. SRAM has been making 1x groupsets for drop-bar bikes for around four years and, in the meantime, gravel riders who preferred Shimano had to make do with mix-and-match setups. As an announcement, it may lack the pizazz of SRAM’s Force AXS launch, but GRX is a very logical step that will delight Shimano fans as well as bike brands looking to spec Shimano-only gravel and adventure bikes. We’re looking forward to seeing the new components on next year’s bikes and we’ll bring you more as soon as we can lay hands on them.
GoPro Hero7 Black vs. Rylo 360 Have you ever wondered what it’s like to blast down a World Cup downhill course or navigate the massive drops that surround Red Bull Rampage? Well, thanks to action cameras, we can put ourselves in the driver’s seat all while watching these amazing feats from the safety of our living room couch. Point-of-view (POV) cameras have literally changed the way we view action sports, and they get more advanced every year. Cameras such as the GoPro Hero7 or Rylo’s 360 action cam allow riders of all levels to produce professional-level footage and send it directly to their favorite social media platforms. This month we tested two cameras to see which would come out on top—the camera synonymous with action sports cinematography or the newcomer battling back with a 360-degree field of view and a user-friendly smartphone app. GOPRO HERO7 BLACK Tech Price: $400 Storage: 32GB microSD card (included) up to 256GB Video: 4K@60fps Aperture: f/2.8 Stabilization: HyperSmooth Battery life: Up to 60 minutes (removable only on Hero7 Black) Waterproof: Yes, 33 ft. without a housing shop.gopro.com Field test results: GoPro was founded in 2002 by Nick Woodman, a passionate surfer and action sports enthusiast. Heading out on a surfing trip to Australia, Woodman knew he wanted to capture stunning up-close-and-personal photos of himself and his buddies surfing, so he rigged up a waterproof 35mm camera with a wrist strap. His creation soon grew into an international company that has sold over 26 million GoPro cameras in more than 100 countries. The Hero7 is the newest addition to GoPro’s lineup, with the Black Edition being the top-of-the-line model. The Silver and White Editions are available for $300 and $200 respectively. The EBA crew used a variety of mounts—from a chest strap to a helmet mount—and even mounted the Hero7 to our bikes. An LCD touchscreen located on the back of the camera, similar to the ones used on previous Hero models, makes lining up shots a bit easier; however, the camera can also be linked to your smartphone to show a live view when the back of the camera is not visible. Additionally, the Hero7 Black can be operated with voice commands. Switching through settings is quick and easy. The camera uses a small speaker ans a small light to notify you that the camera is running, or you can look at either screen located on the front or back of the camera. The GoPro offers a more rugged design than the Rylo and has less chance of being damaged due to only having one lens. That said, the single lens is limiting, as the shot has to be lined up perfectly or you run the risk of missing the best action. Overall, the Hero7 Black offers great video quality with superior image color and the ability to more easily handle sun flares. HyperSmooth is a new technology from GoPro that’s designed to offer gimbal-like stabilization; however, it’s only offered in Hero7 Black models. On the trails, you notice the HyperSmooth feature immediately. It provides a pleasing video free of shakes and rattles. Sound quality seems to be superior on the Hero7 Black over the Rylo, but don’t count out the Rylo just yet, as the little 360 camera has a lot to offer. RYLO 360 Tech Price: $500 Storage: 16GB microSD card (included) up to 256GB Video: 4K @ 30fps Aperture: f/2.8 Stabilization: Built-in stabilization and horizon correction Battery Life: Up to 60 minutes (removable) Waterproof: Yes, down to 10m (33 feet) without a housing www.rylo.com Field test results: The founders of Rylo include engineers and developers from Apple and Instagram who helped create photo and video apps like iPhoto and iMovie, as well as technology for video stabilization and other advances we take for granted on a daily basis. Rylo’s 360 camera was designed to shoot first and ask questions later. Filming a full 360-degree field of view, it’s almost impossible to miss your shot with the Rylo. We tested this camera using the same mounting systems we used with the GoPro and quickly noticed the Rylo’s stabilization was superior to the GoPro’s HyperSmooth technology. This was mostly a feature of the Rylo’s ability to auto-level the horizon. The Rylo also offers a cool feature that edits out the pole it’s mounted to, making it look like the camera is floating in midair. Our testers, however, noticed the camera’s software would often try to edit out our handlebars, giving them a blurry look. As far as editing video content, Rylo by far has the better app of the two. Simply plug the Rylo into your phone using the provided cable and free app. Once in the app, the 360 video can be seen and exported in a large 360 file or an easier-to-share and view-flat HD file. The editing software is user-friendly and allows you to tell the camera where to look or what to follow, such as another rider. Not only does this allow you to re-frame your shot for the perfect view, it also gives a neat perspective when going around turns or catching a buddy’s crash that happened behind you. EBA’S VERDICT As far as being a user-friendly camera that never misses a shot, the Rylo takes the gold. That said, the Hero7 Black offers unmatched video quality and sound, providing professional video producers and athletes with top-notch content. Rylo’s 360 camera offers more user-friendly software and the ability to directly plug the camera into your phone for quick and easy data transfers. The Rylo never misses a shot and even adds unique angles, all while shooting the same run. Since the Rylo is $100 more, riders may want to save money and reap the benefits of higher image quality from GoPro’s Hero7. A rider who is less concerned about big-screen quality will find the Rylo is the perfect tool for filming fun rides and adventures with family or friends. If we could only have one camera, we would lean towards the Rylo for its 360-degree capability, but we had zero complaints with the Hero7 other than the times we pointed it too high or too low and missed the best action. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with either camera and will find these new and advanced action cameras are better in every way than any POV camera from just a few years ago. Now, choose your weapon and get out and film some rad content. Oh, and don’t forget to tag #ebaction in all of your favorite shots. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Product Test: GoPro Hero7 Black vs. Rylo 360 appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
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Welcome to Mars. Population: Andreu Lacondeguy Utah is basically an alien planet, isn’t it? I mean, just look at it. It’s a straight up, no messing, sci-fi setting; the perfect place for Andreu Lacondeuy, a man with skills not of this world, to do his thing. At multiple points during The Utah Madre’s four and half minute running time, we had to pause the edit and take a screenshot. Arguably, got way too many screenshots of the film now but let these words be testament to just how goddamn cool it all looks. Great scenery, great riding, backed up by a couple of great tunes. Sit back, and enjoy. You’re in for a treat. Oh, and here’s some of the many, many, screenshots we took. Screenshot via ‘The Utah Madre’ Screenshot via ‘The Utah Madre’ Screenshot via ‘The Utah Madre’ Screenshot via ‘The Utah Madre’ Screenshot via ‘The Utah Madre’ Screenshot via ‘The Utah Madre’ The post The Utah Madre | Andreu Lacondeguy Serves Up Big Mountain Lines On Planet Mars appeared first on Mpora.