Here at AeroGeeks headquarters we do our best to answer every comment or question that comes our way. And while most are about the specific products we are testing, one of the biggest questions we get most often is why we tend to be so positive about the products we write about. Or as best said by one reader “is there anything you guys review that you don’t like?” And the honest answer is yes – we just don’t write about it. And for good reason. Here’s why…
If we don’t like a product enough to actually use it ourselves, we just send it back. Going through the complete review process is a very time-intensive affair. It’s not just the testing, but also the photography, background research, writing (including the actual article as well as any mentions in the “current reviews” section of WiR), and finally proofreading (and error checking). With that in mind, we only share the products we would actually recommend and use ourselves. As we say in our About Us section on our site: “All of the products you’ll see reviewed on our site are items that we want to use ourselves, so we work hard to provide as much detail as possible from our experiences with each product.” So yes, we do experience plenty of products we don’t like. And when that happens, we don’t think they’re good enough for you to spend your time reading about or considering, either.
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The Cervelo T5GB
Great Britain is hoping that a new track bike from Cervélo (in collaboration with British Cycling) will bring them Gold in Rio in just a few months. The Cervélo T5GB – developed over the course of hundreds of hours of wind-tunnel analysis, stress testing and computer simulation – will be the most aerodynamic model the Great Britain Cycling Team has ever ridden, and despite being extremely light, is built to withstand the power and force produced by some of the world’s best track riders.
The T5GB has been developed using expertise from Formula 1, with work on the bike’s development taking place at sites in Oxford, Leicestershire, Nottingham and California, as well as British Cycling’s Manchester base, the National Cycling Centre. Its development has also been supported by the Research and Innovation (R&I) team at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) which aims to ensure British athletes are among the best equipped in the world.
“The challenge of developing the T5GB was significant,” said Cervélo engineering director Sean McDermott. “British Cycling’s track team is at the top of its sport, and its innovative approach has certainly contributed to that success.”
Quarq Race Intelligence – Update
At Interbike last year we had our first chance to see the Quarq Qollector that was used to track the pros at the Ironman World Championships. Since then Quarq has been hard at work on updates. The leaderboard and map have been refined. They still include time gaps, ETAs, distance, pace and ANT+ sensor biometrics, but Quarq has added three new features. You can favorite athletes to follow, identify your own location on the map (to make it even easier to cheer someone on or take photos), and you can automatically center the map on a selected athlete.
In 2016, REV3 Triathlon are using Quarq Race Intelligence to deliver live GPS tracking for their professional fields and renting Qollectors to age-group racers. You can watch every race live at www.quarqrace.com.
KÜAT NV 2.0
We have been fans of the KÜAT NV ever since we first tested it. It holds our bikes securely and with the trail dock allows us to make quick fixes and repairs in the parking lot outside of T1. But the NV has been around for a while, and it’s time for an update. Meet the NV 2.0.
With an eye to quickly widening tire sizes, the NV 2.0 now accommodates tire sizes up to 4.5 inches, while the redesigned wheel trays also allow for quick angle adjustments that enable users to stagger handlebar height to ensure that there’s no interference between bikes when mounted together on the rack.
A move to new co-molded wheel straps, which now feature a softer material on the inside of the strap, ensures that expensive carbon wheels are no longer at risk of being scratched or marred by an over-tightened or loose strap.
The NV’s novel Trail Dock, a mobile repair stand that integrates into the rack has also received major updates, making it even more versatile. An aftermarket base is also available, and turns the Trail Dock into a fully capable standalone repair stand.
Available now through authorized Küat dealers, as well as direct from Küat, the NV 2.0 retails for $629.
Catlike Rapid TRI
After spending last week in the Chrono WT we went back to the Rapid. You immediately notice how much more air is flowing over your head in the Rapid – both over the top and around your face and ears.
The FeedZone Cookbook
Fueling is a huge part about being a successful triathlete, and so far the FeedZone cookbook hasn’t let us down. This coming week we have two entrees on the menu for AG taste testing.
SRAM Red eTap
Fortunately for us it seems that every time we have a complaint with eTap, SRAM has a fix in the works. The blipgrips are a tad on the large side. But the new Clics from SRAM should solve that as soon as we can get our hands on a set.
We had our first ride with the new Versa and its telescoping, multi-position Garmin mount. The mount works exactly as advertised – you can position it exactly where you want it in front of the bottle. The only issue we noticed so far is that we really had to torque down the bolt used on the swivel to prevent it from moving with every bump.