We dissect the five biggest trends to emerge from the top bike trade shows to give you a peek at the way we’ll ride in 2013 and beyond.
While integrated frame design slowed in 2012, hidden external brakes continued to progress. Instead of stashing the front brake behind the fork, many frame builders are now using V-brakes with arms that hide completely in the shadow of the fork. Cannondale, Parlee and Argon 18 are just three of the companies using TRP’s well-concealed TTV brakes.
V-brakes are only compatible with certain bikes because they require a specially designed fork, but an upstart triathlon business created an aero caliper that’s compatible with standard brake mounts. TriRig borrowed design elements from Trek’s Speed Concept 9-series integrated front brake and Campagnolo’s Delta stoppers to create the Omega brake ($350 for the pair, Tririg.com). It mounts in front of the fork without sticking into the wind and offers solid stopping power and modulation.
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