I tastelessly celebrated the demise of Shimano’s hideous 105-level RS505 hydraulic levers when they left the building for good about a year ago. Now, alongside the launch of its GRX gravel components, Shimano has replaced the 10-speed Tiagra-level RS405 with an updated — and much nicer looking — design that’s very similar to the 105 R7020 model and which comes with a matching flat-mount brake caliper. Shimano has killed off its horrible non-series levers once and for all Shimano The new ST-4720 promises improved comfort and ergonomics and has redesigned internals. Like Ultegra and 105, it will be available in an alternative version for smaller hands, called the ST-4725. Its launch is accompanied by a new 48/34t crank option, plus 12mm thru-axle Tiagra hubs coded HB-RS470 and FH-RS470 for front and rear respectively. Although Tiagra remains 10-speed, the hubs are 11-speed compatible. Shimano has added a 48/34t crank option for Tiagra Shimano Shimano has added 12mm thru-axle Tiagra hubs Shimano Original article continues below. Lumpy and unloved, RS505 levers die on R7000’s altar I’m bidding a tearless farewell to the RS505 The RS505s were “non-series”, which means no groupset branding The 10-speed RS405 isn’t any prettier Lovely bike, not-so-lovely levers Shimano’s new R7020 lever, shown on the right next to a non-hydraulic R7000, looks great With the very exciting and totally predictable appearance of the new 105 R7000 groupset, which includes its own R7020/7025 hydraulic levers and brakes, we can finally bid farewell to one of Shimano’s least aesthetically pleasing products, the RS505 STI lever. Shimano unveils 105 R7000 group Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know The lumpen RS505 appeared on the scene way back in 2015, fulfilling the need for a 105-equivalent hydraulic lever at a time when your only other mechanical shifting option was the pricier RS685. Until the advent of Dura-Ace R9100 (or rather, R9120 and R9170 if we’re being pedantic, and we are), Shimano kept its road disc brake options at arm’s length, declining to grant them full groupset status. The RS505s were non-series, which means no groupset branding Nevertheless, every bike manufacturer on the planet wanted to put discs on their latest road bikes and they needed an affordable option for entry-level and mid-range models, hence the RS505 (and its 10-speed counterpart the RS405). Don’t get me wrong, the RS505s work absolutely fine. The shifting is hard to fault and the braking is indistinguishable from that of Shimano’s other road hydraulics. The ergonomics were always slightly more divisive. I never had a problem with them and found the big lumpy hoods at least gave me plenty to rest my hands on. Read our full review of the RS505s here Some of our testers however didn’t get on well with the square-edged bump created by the bleed port, which can create a pressure point depending on exactly how you grip the lever body. Lovely bike, not-so-lovely looking levers My real beef with the RS505s is their looks — they’re hideous. They make dainty, racy road bikes look oddly front-heavy, and they’re totally out of keeping with the svelte roadie aesthetic I’m desperately trying to cultivate. We take a look at Shimano’s new 105 R7000 groupset Rest in peace, big guy Shimano’s new R7020 lever, shown on the right next to a non-hydraulic R7000, looks great With the handsome new R7020 hydraulic groupset likely to feature on many 2019 bikes, the 2018 models with RS505s are suddenly looking rather frumpy. This is bad news if you run a bike shop and have stock sitting around but it could work in your favour if you’re a customer shopping around for an end of season bargain in a few months, and you can forgive the RS505s their shortcomings. The 10-speed RS405 isn’t any prettier Given Shimano’s usual pattern of trickling tech down, it seems all but certain that a similar fate will befall the Tiagra-equivalent RS405s in a year or two — Tiagra R5000 (or R6000) anyone? Will you be pouring one out for the unlovely RS505? Do you like brake levers you can find in the dark? Let us know in the comments.
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Push's latest suspension solution is designed increase the level of adjustability and improve the big hit performance of RockShox's Charger dampers.( Photos: 4 )
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SDG has a released new RADAR Mountain saddle. Check out the details inside from SDG on their newest railed saddle starting at $49.99. SDG Announces New RADAR Platform and RADAR Mountain Saddle With many innovations including the industry’s first Kevlar saddle cover, the Bel-Air, and the winning-est World Cup DH combo – the I-Beam Technology saddle and post, SDG has been at the forefront of the MTB saddle game for over 25 years. The new RADAR platform is the culmination of all of those years of saddle technology. We understand that everyone has different needs, different riding styles, and different shape and material preferences when it comes to saddles, but we did our best to cater to all when developing this new base platform – starting off with RADAR Mountain model. SDG unveils the new RADAR Saddle Platform and their first model in the line, the RADAR Mountain. Built on rider feedback and blending key technology features from the Duster P Mtn, Circuit Mtn and Fly Mtn, the RADAR Mountain has an optimized shape to fit the majority of aggressive trail riders, with performance and all day comfort in mind. Free Float Comfort Flex – Adjusted position of the rails inserts to increase wing flex and rider comfort, while enhancing pedaling efficiency. Flat Forward Design – Allows for free movement on the saddle in aggressive riding positions. Rear Buzz Cutout – Extra tire clearance for modern 29’ers at full compression. Nose Platform – Provides extra support while shifting to front of saddle when climbing. Hidden Undercut Relief – Cutout in base of saddle to provide extra perineum comfort. Nylon Glass Base Bridge – Provides extra support for optimal power transfer. Peri Canal Groove – Pronounced center channel from tip to tail to ensure additional pressure relief. Optimal Pressure Distribution – Platform designed to minimize pressure on perineum and sit bones. Kevlar and Cordura Protective Sides – Helps eliminate saddle damage with protective sides. Available in Ti-Alloy, Cro-Mo and Steel Railed Options: 270mm x 138mm. Price Points that actual riders can afford: $49.99, $69.99 and $99.99 The new SDG RADAR Mountain Saddle is available in a range of colors: including turquoise, gold, and olive green to match any setup. Paired with new Tellis Dropper, the RADAR Mountain is the ultimate combo for any trail rider. The SDG RADAR Mountain is currently being used by top Enduro riders, including the Unior Devinci Racing Team. The RADAR Mountain is available now, worldwide. If you’re buying a new bike, keep your eyes peeled for the RADAR on bikes from: Canyon, Cube, Devinci, Guerrilla Gravity, Mondraker, Norco, Orange, Radon, YT and other selective leading brands.??Also stay tuned for future RADAR developments, as we’re working on models with our friends at Deity, along with Cam Zink and Sensus. And later this summer, a Rear Rise platform model and a minimalist RADAR will be rolling out. Sdgcomponents.com IG: @sdgcomponents
Automaker General Motors announced that it is launching its first electric bicycles in Europe, beginning in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. GM designed the bikes in their new Urban Mobility Division in Oshawa, Ontario. They’ve been working on the bikes since 2015 when GM’s CEO Mary Barra said in a press conference that a concept e-bike would be “designed to help people stay mobile in an increasingly difficult-to-navigate urban landscape.” They designed the bikes and the motors in-house. The two bikes, under the ARĪV brand, include the Meld, a compact e-bike and the Merge, a folding e-bike. The cringeworthy names came about via a crowdfunding campaign the company ran last year. They will be available for preorder in the Spring of 2019, via online retailer Bike Exchange. Delivery is expected in the 2nd quarter of 2019. The Merge will retail for €3,400 and the Meld will run €2,800. The post GM Unveils Their New ARIV Electric Bikes appeared first on Electric Bike Action.