True story... before I worked for Trek, I owned another brand's popular tri bike which sold for over $5000. The crazy thing is that the bottom bracket virtually stopped spinning with just 500 miles of use. It had a $25 press fit (PF30) bottom bracket with plastic cups and the plastic race that held the bearings disintegrated. I ended up upgrading to a $100 Praxis Bottom Bracket with metal cups. Problem solved.
The point is that the even though a bottom bracket is a key component to your drivetrain it is often skimped on by manufacturers and or not replaced as needed. The end result is added drag with every pedal stroke.
We have had great success upgrading customers to ceramic bottom bracket bearings from Kogel High Quality Bearings. With current Trek models this upgrade cost only $100 for the bearings plus $25 labor. Kogel offers a wide range of high quality bearings including ceramic bottom brackets to fit all bikes with prices ranging from $100 - $190.
Joaquín Herrera, our Estero Service Manager, has taking the lead in this area and introduced our stores to Kogel. He got to know the owner Ard when he worked in a bike shop in El Paso Texas in 2014. Ard went on to form Kogel.
3 Main Advantages of Ceramic Bearings (From Kogel's Website)
Take this Simple Test: Lift your chain off your chainrings and spin your bottom bracket. If it doesn't spin a few revolutions easily (see video below) think of the power and speed you are wasting. It is time to get that bottom bracket replaced and perhaps upgrade to ceramic bearings!
Email if you want to learn more or schedule an appointment!
Check out the cool time lapse video of a Kogel BB Upgrade made by John Halstead a tech in our Estero shop.
Sue Fleming, our Naples store Manager, and myself were recently in the French Alps running a cycling camp where we were acutely reminded how different summer in the Alps can be than summer in Florida.
The weather changed dramatically from temps close to 100F to a cold rain with temps in the 40's. It even snowed on the Col de L'Iseran the day after we climbed it!
This was my eighth trip to the Alps, and I've had my share of harsh New England weather, so my travel bag was full of cooler weather cycling gear. Sue and I made this little video before climbing the highest mountain pass in Europe.
It shows some of the key clothing and gear you should take when going on a cycling trip or vacation where there is the potential for rain and cool temperatures.
Visit any of our stores and our knowledgeable sales staff would be happy to help you get these items.
Enjoy the ride!
Trek's new Emonda SLR had it's debut performance at the Tour de France. It was the perfect match for Alberto Contador's beautiful fluid climbing style.
The Emonda SLR introduced in 2015 set the bar as of the lightest production frame in the world, but Trek is constantly striving to push the boundaries of technology further.
Trek's shaved 5% off the weight of the new 2018 Emonda SLR bringing the frame weight down to an incredible 640 grams! But that's not all!
Trek totally redesigned the frame not only to be lighter but to also improve the ride quality. Trek Increased the bottom bracket and frame stiffness resulting in better sprinting and descending performance. And now disk brakes are an option throughout the Emonda Line.
For 2018 Trek has two frame choices. The SLR version with super light high modulus 700 Series carbon fiber, made in the USA Waterloo facility and is available in stock configurations and custom ProjectONE offerings. The second frame option is the excellent SL version made of 500 Series carbon fiber.
The new Emonda's are also a better value! Last year's entry level S model with a 300 Series frame has been replaced with the upgraded 500 Series SL frame for the same price! And the price has decreased on the SLR frames and models as well. Check out the Emonda SL 6 which features a 500 Series Carbon Fiber Frame and Ultegra Drivetrain for only $2499.
Check out the two videos below. The first features the changes and technology used in the Emonda SLR, and the second highlights the excellent Emonda SL.
Come in to one of our eight Florida locations to test ride a new Emonda today!
I had fun with this project...
The goal was to take a fantastic workhorse racing bike frame, Trek's Emonda SL and trick it out with a custom build with the focus on things that add speed but are also a good value.
The feel of any good bike comes from the frame and it's design. And the Emonda SL is not only an excellent value but is flawless as a great all around racing bike. In fact this is the exact frame that is raced to countless wins by my friends on the Papa John's p/b Trek Racing Team. The elite women have won crits, road races, stage races and national championships on our Trek Emonda SL.
The SL frame which sits in the middle of the Trek Emonda lineup between the S model and the SLR version. Compared to the S model, the SL features upgraded 500 Series grade carbon fiber, internal cable routing and a ride tuned seat mast. The SLR frame is made from even higher modulus 700 series carbon fiber and saves 6 ounces but cost $2100 more. It got me thinking why not get some Zipp wheels for that money as in almost all situations aero wheels are faster than saving 6 ounces.
In keeping with the value and speed equation I selected the popular Zipp Firecrest Series. I have an 808 in the rear for maximum aerodynamics, and a 404 in the front to make it easier to steer when the Florida winds kick in. For Bars and Stem I picked the light, strong and great valued Zipp Service Course SL in beyond black to match the BOB "black on black" theme of the frame.
To my taste there is no groupset that is as intuitive and easy to shift as Sram's eTAP. I actually had this on another bike, and loved it so much I transferred it over to this bike. I have had bikes that had everything from Campy Super Record to Shimano Di2 drivetrains, and after eTAP every other shifting method seems obsolete. Try it you will like it!
eTAP has been bomb proof over the 2000 miles I used it on my other bike. And I love how easy it is to charge and swap the batteries. The lack of cables is not only a plus when building, but makes for a cleaner looking frame with no little wires running around.
And I absolutely love the Sram Red Quarq powermeter. It doesn't look like an afterthought, and the output is steady and accurate. The all black chain rings look great too!
Big thanks to Andrew Roberts, our Naples Store Service Manager, for a PRO build!
After a few sweet rides, I can honestly say that this bike rocks! Way fast, smooth, light (our digital scale read 15.1 pounds with pedals), and handles great! Fun to ride, yet it would be at home in any flat out racing situation.
I highly recommend the Emonda SL. Choose from the many stock versions starting at $2359 or let us build you up a custom bike of your own! Happy riding...