Italian component firm Tiso debuted its most ambitious offering yesterday - a wireless 12-speed electronic road group designed and built in-house. Needless to say, it's an awfully intriguing development.
Tiso's brake/shift levers are laid out similar to Shimano's Di2 models with a pair of buttons situated around the bottom third of what looks to be an aluminum brake lever blade. Instead of two discrete buttons, though, Tiso is using a rocker-type switch.
From there, signals are sent via either "radio" signal (we assume some sort of coded 2.4gHz protocol) or Bluetooth to the derailleurs, both of which are connected – with wires – to a large down tube-mounted box housing the receiver, system 'brain', and a battery. Tiso says the derailleurs will be powered by conventional AAA batteries. On the plus side, this will make for easy replacements but that also likely explains the control box's bigger form factor since the company isn't using Li-ion batteries with higher power densities. Speaking of which, Tiso also says the production control box will be smaller than what's currently pictured.
Tiso's teaser video also shows the use of a remote control, the purpose of which can only be speculated. However, its existence also suggests that it may be possible to mount satellite shifters at different locations on the bar, similar to what Shimano has done with Di2.
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Just three months after opening South-East Asia’s first dedicated multi-rider virtual reality cycling studio, Athlete Lab are now launching Singapore’s first indoor cycling race series – CycleSlam.
Cycleslam promises to be an exciting stage racing event, coinciding with the famous Tour de France. Taking place over four weeks, each stage will feature two separate time slots for athletes to participate. Stage and overall winners will be rewarded with prizes including cycling kit and memberships and cash.
Valuable prizes will be given to each individual stage winner in both male and female categories. Overall winners will leave with membership packages worth over $1200.
For more info on Athlete Lab and Cycleslam, check out the full article in issue 25 of SPIN Asia, or visit www.athlete-lab.com
04 June, 2012, Singapore – Spectrum Worldwide and the Singapore Cycling Federation today announced that the Singapore National Road Cycling Championships will be held at Changi Exhibition Centre, Aviation Park, over two days on 23 and 24 June 2012. Cyclists will have the chance to compete against each other in 18 different categories. The event is now open for registration: www.spectrumcyclingseries.com
The Singapore National Road Cycling Championships is an annual event that is held in the 26th week of the UCI calendar week. It incorporates both the National Time Trial Championships on Saturday and the National Road Race Championships on Sunday, with 18 different categories depending on the gender, preferred distance and the age group of the participants. The event tries to cater for every male and female rider's needs, as cyclists will be able to compete against fellow peers in the same age group, from 13 years to 45 years and above.
The top three riders in each category at the Singapore National Road Cycling Championships will get a medal while the top rider of every championship category will also receive a trophy. Aside from earning bragging rights, each category’s champions will get an exclusive cycling jersey in the national colours.
Mr Chris Robb, Managing Director of event organiser, Spectrum Worldwide, said, “Spectrum Worldwide is delighted to have the opportunity of working together with the Singapore Cycling Federation to create this two-day event. We specialise in organising memorable experiences and the expertise we have acquired over the years of organizing cycling events will help us to make the Singapore National Road Cycling Championships a great event for everyone involved.”
Spectrum Worldwide and the Singapore Cycling Federation are also delighted to announce that OCBC Bank have confirmed that they will be an official sponsor for the Singapore National Road Cycling Championships, and that Shimano has also agreed to come on board as an event sponsor.
For full event details, go to: www.spectrumcyclingseries.com
2011 female champion Mary Beth Ellis defends her title while top ITU short course champion Josh Amberger takes home first Ironman 70.3 title in his debut
The sixth edition of the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore saw triathletes from 62 countries and over 400 local participants conquer the grueling race's new route at East Coast Park.
The race continues to be a popular international race, with close to 1,200 international participants racing along the scenic east coast of Singapore. 32 professional triathletes have also made their mark here as they race towards world success, and earn points for the World Ironman 70.3 Championship in Las Vegas, USA, in September.
The race saw Australia's up and coming triathlete Josh Amberger and Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore Triathlon female defending champion Mary Beth Ellis take home the titles.
View pictures here.
Freeride athlete Sam Reynolds joins the Polygon team as their first European rider after signing the contract with the rising bike manufacturer.
Polygon is already the leading bike manufacturer on the Asian market and is now expanding to Europe and their bikes are expected to hit bicycle shops this year. With one of the most progressive European riders on board, Polygon is looking forward to a bright future.
Polygon can look back on two decades of experience and in that time were able to prove their technological know-how and passion for gravity sports. It is for a good reason that their DH racing team, the “Polygon Factory Team”, takes home one victory after another in the Asian series.
For 2012, Polygon is getting ready to bring their quality craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology to Europe in form of their own range of bikes. As a next step along the way, the bike manufacturer is excited to have the young and talented British rider on the team.
“With his direct input, Sam will help us develop our bikes even further in order to provide the best riding experience to all Polygon riders. His will to always push forward and always give his best makes him a great ambassador for the Polygon company”, says Yustian Nimara, Marketing Manager of Polygon bikes.
With Polygon’s wide gravity range, Sam Reynolds will be perfectly equipped for upcoming competitions, such as the different stops of the FMB World Tour. Sam being such a versatile rider, Polygon made sure he has a bike for every occasion.
“It’s awesome to be part of something fresh and new and I am really stoked to be the first rider in Europe to sign for the Polygon team. Straight away Polygon has felt like the perfect match and I can’t wait to test my frames, especially the Cozmic DX Alloy & Cromo bike, and to develop them into the most fun bikes money can buy!”
The 20-year-old British rider ranks among the top riders worldwide and has achieved great success in numerous competitions, like the 4th place at Red Bull District Ride, 2nd at Monster Energy White Style and overall winner of the UK King of Dirt Tour.
For more info, visit sg.rodalink.com
COMPATIBLE INTEGRATED DESIGN (CID) AND 4D TECHNOLOGY PROVIDE HIGH-PERFORMANCE, LIGHTWEIGHT OPTIONS TO STANDARD WHEEL-BUILDING FACTORIES
WTB is revolutionizing the OEM wheel building market with its new Tubeless Compatible System (TCS) rim designs. "FREQUENCY" Team, Race and "ST" rims introduce new market-leading technologies that allow wheel-builders to produce reasonably priced high performance tubeless wheels in 26" and 29" for OEM Specification.
Some of the advantages of TCS technology as pointed out by WTB include compliance with a majority of tyres in the market, easy and secure tyre mounting via WTB’s “On-Ramp” and “Bead Lock” features. Ultimately WTB emphasizes that TCS technology enables the end user to maximize the ride experience on the trail. Improved wheel stiffness and reduced weight improves suspension performance while reduced tire pressure improves traction and control.
Features of Frequency TCS Rims:
CID - Compatible Integrated Design is a WTB design philosophy that allows ANY bicycle wheel builder, dealer or qualified mechanic to be able to build and service the components of a Frequency equipped wheelset without the need for special tools or techniques.
4D DRILLING - Directional drilling on FREQUENCY rims provides stress-free, straight to the source angling for spokes towards the hub, resulting in a stronger, lighter wheel build.
I-BEAM - Pioneered by WTB in 1994, the I-BEAM provides vertical support and torsional rigidity for the rim and wheel, while counter-acting spoke loads and stress on the wheel.
7000 SERIES ALUMINUM - FREQUENCY rims provide super-light and stiff performance in both 26" and 29", and 19 and 23mm width designs weighing in from 390 to 530 grams.
ON-RAMP - WTB's On-Ramp helps the bead of your tire slide up and into the "groove", providing a consistent fit between your tire and rim, resulting in easy installation and inflation.
UNBENDIUM BULGE - Additional material is added to the outer sidewall, improving torsional, radial and lateral strength.
Press Release from WTB