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This past week at the Peloton Service Course was spent catching up after being on the road at the Tour of California and a quick trip to the Arizona desert for Magura Press Camp – We brought you a look at the Rotor’s new hydraulic groupset, a new design from the winningest saddle manufacturer in history, a virtual 3T cockpit tour of some of the BMC Racing Team’s top racers, more products that caught our eye in Sedona as well as news on Canyon’s future in the North American market.
Hydraulic Shifting from Rotor Components
The drivetrain market is not easy to break into with the groupset juggernauts technology and innovation resources swinging at each other, one product release cycle after another. Even for a company that’s been in the cycling component business for 21 years, it’s still an uphill battle. However, after six years of prototyping, testing and tweaking, Rotor, the longtime lightweight crank manufacturer, has blossomed from the bottom bracket spindle arena and into the gruppo market.
Learn About Brooks’ New Ambitions
What’s the winningest saddle in cycling history? There are no stats tracing which saddle won where, but we think we know the answer: Brooks England Ltd. It’s true, no rider in the pro peloton has raced Brooks for many years. Leather saddles are heavy and thought of as vintage, comfort saddles, yet the phrase “on the rivet” was coined by racers sliding forward over the iconic rivet on their Brooks saddles. This was in the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, when almost the entire pro peloton rode a Brooks (or an Idéale of France) leather saddle.
Taylor Phinney and Company’s 3T Bar and Stem Combos
The Peloton Service Course hits the road to visit with the BMC Racing Team at the Tour of California and check out the 3T bar and stem combos of four of the team’s biggest stars – Taylor Phinney, Sammy Sanchez, Rohan Dennis and Greg Van Avermaet. We find 150mm stems, -17degree drops and plenty of low and pro positions. These are set ups that helped the BMC team win a stage and put two riders on the 2016 Tour of California final podium.
Magura Press Camp in Sedona, Arizona
This year, Magura has brought under its wing another German brand in Lightweight, as well as built a stronger relationship with crank (and now gruppo) manufacturer Rotor Components, from Madrid. This week we present to you four products from our paddock; one premium set of wheels, a convenient tool, some head protection and hydraulic stopping power developed in the dirt and transferred to the road.
News from German Frame Manufacturer Canyon
It’s official, Canyon CEO and Founder Roman Arnold said in a Canyon press release yesterday that the German direct-to-consumer brand will begin distribution in the US in the Spring of 2017. They have partnered with an investment firm called TSG Consumer Partners – worth in excess of $5billion – to facilitate the move.
Next week we’re sticking local for an event with a chocolate chip cookie theme as well as some fresh new tech from the Peloton Service Course – it’s sure to be an interesting one so stay connected with us @pelotonmagazine on Instagram and Twitter for all of the mid-week updates.