Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2014 Trek 3500 Disc: Bike to Work, or On The Trails

Excellent "Trail Ready" Bike From Trek: The 2014 3500 Disc

When it comes to functionality, Trek knows both what you want and what you need. What you need is a bike that will take you back and forth from work, allow you to carry some groceries home from the market, and to help you stay in shape.

What you want is a mean-looking, trail-ready, durable machine with quality components and a nice paint job. Right? That's exactly what you'll find in the 2014 Trek 3500 Disc.

The frame is made of Trek's Alpha Silver aluminum, which is lightweight and features smooth-welds at the joints. The front fork is an SR Suntour M-3030 w/ coil spring, and 75mm of travel. This little bit of suspension will help take you over some otherwise undesirable patches of road and trail without killing your hands.

The all-Shimano drivetrain is a plus, allowing you to easily use the Altus EZ-Fire 51 7-Speed shifters to send the chain through the Shimano Tourney Front and Rear (TX35) Derailleurs, on a Shimano M131 48/38/28 Crank and over the SRAM PG-730 12-32 cassette. If for some awful reason you have to slow down on your ride, you can do so using the HL 280 mechanical disc brakes (Shimano Altus levers). The 3500 Disc is outfitted with Bontrager's standard (which is a pretty high standard!) Saddle, Handlebar, and grips — from it's SSR family of products.

We can only talk about this bike so much — we'd love to let you take one on a test ride! Come by the store and see if this is the bike for you. If not, we've got a large selection of bikes for you to choose from. We look forward to seeing you soon at The Bike Zone. 

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2100 Ridge Rd. W., Rochester, NY
(585) 225-7960

Monday, August 19, 2013


2014 Felt Bikes Are Coming Out, But Don't Forget About Their Incredible 2013 Models Like the 2013 Felt Compulsion

Yes, the 2014 bikes are still great. Check out our previous post on one of the new lines: Here.

The Compulsion is Felt's do-it-all trail machine. It has patented Equilink suspension and adjustable 150mm or 160mm of fully active travel. That means you can get up the hill faster, yet also have a lot of fun on even the most technical descents. With Equilink, the Compulsion produces the efficiency and as compliant pedaling as a true trail bike.

The weight of all the models of the Compulsion was reduced to be more able on the trail. Felt also changed the head angles of this years bike to improve the handling. For 2013, Felt used all new links and hardware to beef up the stiffness and strength of this trail bike. 

Shimano Handles the entire drivetrain, ensuring quality and compatibility through the whole bike. It's shifters, front and rear derailleur, crankset, brakes and wheelset are all Shimano Deore XT.

Having parts that are all made from the same manufacturer and are the same model make this bike unbeatable when it comes to compatibility.

You should come to The Bike Zone to check out this awesome bike as well as all the other  great products we have.

THE BIKE ZONE is located at 2100 Ridge Rd. W., Rochester, NY. 
You can also reach us by phone if you'd like to talk about what we can do for you at (585) 225-7960

Friday, August 16, 2013

2014 Trek Domane 6.9 in Men's Fitness Top Ten Road Bikes For Serious Cyclists

Mens Fitness Magazine listed the 2014 Trek Domane 6.9 as one of it's top 10 Serious Cyclist Road Bikes.

Here's what the magazine had to say about the bike:

"Road bikes designed with race geometry are great for competition, but they’re typically uncomfortable on longer rides. No need to suffer, or to lose your edge—Trek’s Domane 6.9 sports an IsoSpeed decoupler that isolates the seat tube from the rest of the frameset for a more comfortable riding position that doesn’t compromise power transfer to the road. And it’s smooth and stable enough to power comfortably over centuries-old European cobbles, or your nearest potholed country road. "

The 2014 Trek Domane is claimed by Trek to be the World's best endurance bike.

Here are just a few of the reasons that the 2014 Domane 6.9 takes the cake.

Isospeed DeCoupler: The IsoSpeed decoupler isolates the seat tube from the rest of the frameset, doubling compliance and smoothness with zero performance drawbacks
600 Series OCLV: Over two decades ago, Trek engineers developed Optimum Compaction, Low Void carbon manufacturing process, enabling them to produce carbon bikes with consistency and quality previously thought impossible. To this day, Trek OCLV carbon frames are the best, most consistent you can buy.

Endurance Fit: As befits Domane, the world's most advanced endurance racing bike, we've developed the world's most comfortable racing geometry. Still racy, but with a slightly higher head tube. You're more balanced over the bike for stability, and your back stays more comfortable through the entire ride.

IsoSpeed Fork: It's a one-two punch: generous ride-tuned sweep and shape increases compliance for a smoother ride, and unique dropout placement optimized the wheelbase.

Power Transfer Construction: Get more out of every pedal stroke with Power Transfer Construction. This Trek innovation applies more of your pedaling power to the road by optimizing the head tube/down tube/bottom bracket/rear wheel connection.


StepJoint Technology: After molding each specific piece for a frame, Trek joins the "lugs" into a complete frame using StepJoint Technology, or proprietary method of bonding two carbon structures together perfectly, with no overlap, no excess carbon, and consistent tube wall thickness throughout.

Performance Cable Routing:  Trek's performance cable routing is highly engineered for unshakable precision and the real-world performance that comes from better compatibility with current drivetrains. Optimal routing through the frame provides flawless shifting, better braking, sleeker aerodynamics, and easier assembly and maintenance.

BB90: BB90 is the widest bottom bracket available on a road bike. This Trek-exclusive carbon BB makes the frame lighter, stiffer, and quicker to accelerate. BB90 also eliminates the need for extra inserts and parts in the bottom bracket/frame junction. Fewer parts mean a lighter frame — and a lighter frame means a faster ride. 

Bontrager RXL IsoZone bar: Turns cobbles into concrete. Vibration from rough roads can cause numbness, fatigue, even loss of control. Trek's exclusive solution: integrated IsoZone handlebar pads that reduce vibration displacement by 20% while keeping the same ergonomic profile. You get comfort and confident control, with less additional weight than add on solutions like gel padding or double wrapped tape.


Component List:

Frame: 600 Series OCLV Carbon, E2, BB90, performance cable routing, DuoTrap compatible, Ride Tuned seatmast, IsoSpeed
Fork: Domane Isospeed full carbon. E2 asymmetric steerer
Wheels: Bontrager Race X Lite tubeless Ready
Tires: Bontrager R3 Hard-Case lite, 700x25c
Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace STI, 11 speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace, braze-on
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
Crank: Shimano Dura-Ace 50/34 (compact)
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28, 11 speed
Saddle: Bontrager Affinity Race X Lite, carbon rails
Seatpost: Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offset
Handlebar: Bontrager Race X Lite IsoZone, OCLV carbon, VR-CF, 31.8mm
Stem: Bontrager Race X Lite, 31.8, 7 degree
Headset: Cane Creek IS-8 integrated, stainless cartridge bearings, sealed, alloy, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom
Brakeset: Shimano Dura-Ace
Grips: Bontrager Gel Cork Tape
Extras:  Vanishing Fender Mounts

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

2014 Trek Crockett: NEW CX Race Bike

Trek Introduces Crockett, the CX Race Rocket

Crockett is for racing. Developed with direct input from Katie Freakin Compton, the Crockett is all about earning your cowbells and handups all while crossing the line first. Already raced to an overall World Cup Championship under KFC, the Crockett will be offered in aluminum only along side of the carbon Cronus CX which returns for 2014 in two models.

Available now, the Crockett might just show up on some cross courses near you this Fall.

Since the Crockett is race bred, there is still the disc or canti debate to contend with – though Crockett will be available in both so you can take your pick. The frames do appear to be one or the other though, so you won’t be able to change your mind down the road.

Each frame is constructed from Trek’s 200 series Alpha Aluminum which is their premium alloy, heavily shaped into the smooth lines of the Crockett. The geometry was chosen based on Katie’s input for race specific handling.
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The frame features a built in 3S chainkeeper to prevent derailments in the worst conditions, and post mount disc brakes on both front and rear for the non canti frame. The frame also includes improved internal cable routing to keep things operating smoother, longer in cross conditions.
At the front of the bike is Trek’s IsoSpeed full carbon fork borrowed from the Domane and tuned for CX, smoothing the ride while still remaining laterally stiff.

Complete bikes will be offered in the Crockett 9 Canti shown above, the Crockett 7 Canti and Disc, and the Crockett 5 Canti and Disc, as well as framesets for both Canti and Disc models.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Trek Sale HUGE Savings

Huge Trek Bike Sale 20% Savings on Some of Trek's Top Models!

Cali S - Only $899.99

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8.3 DS - Only $579.99

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Lexa SL - Only $999.99

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Cali SL - Only $1399.99

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Superfly AL: Only $1699.99

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Domane 4.5: Only $2199.99

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Domane 4.5 WSD: Only $2199.99

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Lush 29: Only $2199.99

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Lush S: Only $2249.99

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Fuel EX 8: Only $2499.99

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Madone 5.2: Only 2799.99

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Superfly Comp: Only $2999.99

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Superfly 100 AL Pro: Only $3299.99

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[Photos & Review] 2014 Felt Virtue Nine Carbon and Aluminum Mountain Bikes

Felt Releases 2014 Virtue Nine Line-Up. 2 Carbon Models and 3 Aluminum

While most are aware of Felt's proclivity towards high-end road and triathlon bikes, but they also have an extensive line of short to mid travel mountain bikes. The same quality frame design and construction exist in this realm of Felt's kingdom - and these new 2014 models are showing that Felt is keeping up with the MTB crowd as well.

The Felt Virtue Nine platform has been gifted 29in wheels and boasts 130mm of rear suspension by way of Felt's proprietary Equilink suspension system. The bikes come with 140mm travel forks (except the Virtue Nine 60 — 130mm Suntour).

RockShox delivers Felt suspension needs throughout the Virtue line-up. The drivetrain for the flagship Virtue Nine 1 is SRAM's X0 11-speed with a 30 tooth chainring. Post style disc brakes are a feature of the Virtue Nine model and eliminates an additional bracket or adapter for 160mm brake rotors. Avid X0 Trail brakes with 180mm rotors make sure you can stop quickly and confidently.

Even the seatpost is awesome, a Reverb Stealth allows for easy seat height adjustment on the fly.

Constructed from UHC Advanced carbon fiber, the Nine 1 tips the scales at five pounds, including the shock. In addition to the Nine 1, Felt also offers a carbon Nine 3. The Virtue Nine also has three aluminum offerings (Nine 20, Nine 50, Nine 60).

Bike Zone is located at 
2100 Ridge Road W. 
Rochester, NY.  We've got Felt bikes as well as great bikes from Trek and Raleigh!

(585) 225-7960

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Polar Bottle Ergo Insulated Water Bottles at The Bike Zone, Rochester NY


Polar Bottle Ergo Insulated Water Bottles

Polar Bottle® is excited to introduce our new 22-ounce lifestyle insulated bottle, the Polar Bottle Ergo. This new product from Polar Bottle is the premier lifestyle insulated plastic water bottle and is BPA-FREE & PHTHALATE-FREE. Taking advantage of the same reflective insulation technology as the original Polar Bottle Sport, the Polar Bottle Ergo keeps water cold more than twice as long as a conventional water bottle. As with all Polar Bottle water bottles, the Polar Bottle Ergo comes in a variety of graphic design options to compliment your personality. With its functional and aesthetically pleasing design, the Polar Bottle Ergo is the perfect bottle to carry with you 24/7.

The Ergo features our newest no spill cap, the Half Twist™, which makes drinking easy and spills a thing of the past. Give the cap a Half Twist and you’re ready to drink. Give the cap a Half Twist in the other direction and it’s completely sealed. The Half-Twist cap features a medical-grade silicone gasket and seals the bottle for a no-spill, no-leak drinking experience.

Park Tool PCS-4 workstand on Sale at The Bike Zone in Rochester NY

Park Tool PCS-4 Workstand

Expect many years of solid performance from Park's PCS-4 deluxe work stand. The PCS-4 is packed with professional features typically found only on the shop-quality stands, including the 100-5C cast aluminum 360 degree clamping system. Features three different height positions to fit any bike and any mechanic, heavy-duty powder coated steel construction, a stable base and adjustable rubber feet for uneven floors.

Monday, August 5, 2013

PART 2: 2014 Bontrager Updates: Saddle, Lights, Pumps, Clothing Line

Bontrager Introduces 2014 Serano Saddle, New Ion 700 USB Light, Travel Charger Pump and Updated Clothing Line

See Part One Here: 2014 Bontrager Velocis Helmet and Team Sky Shoes

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New Serano saddle

Another 2014 product which debuted at the Tour de France but which has now officially broken cover is the new Serano saddle.

Bontrager says the shape of the saddle is based on the Fizik Arione, a popular choice in the peloton, but uses two of the key technologies found on other Bontrager saddles: Zone Density Foam and an inForm BioDynamic design, giving the saddle a high tail to provide a power-friendly profile for riders who adopt an aggressive position. There are two versions of the saddle: the carbon-railed RXL, which has a claimed weight of 185g, and the RL, which has titanium rails and a marginally heavier claimed weight.

Updated clothing line

Bontrager’s clothing line has been updated with new colors across the range. They’re also now using their own proprietary fabric called Profila. They say it does everything you’d expect a premium fabric to do – it’s lightweight, breathable and fast-wicking – but by using their own fabric Bontrager say they’re able to tweak its properties according to the type of garment.

So, for the 2014 spring/summer range, there’s Profila Cool, for maximum breathability, Profila UV, for block out UV rays, Profila Power, a compressive fabric designed to offer support and Profila Dry, designed to wick moisture rapidly and dry quickly.

The RXXXL jersey, for example, uses Profila Dry, while the corresponding bib shorts are made from Profila Power. The RXL Summer jersey, meanwhile, is designed for the hottest of days and is therefore made from Profila Cool with Profila Dry inserts.  

 New ‘see by’ light

The Ion 700 USB is Bontrager’s first ‘see by’ light. As the name suggests, it has a claimed output of 700 Lumens, which is venturing into serious light territory and should be plenty in principle for serious commuting and some training on unlit roads. The light, which is USB rechargeable, has five modes (three solid and two flashing) and can be rotated 360 degrees on the quick-release mount. It’s a compact unit, which also has side illumination by way or two small, yellow windows.

Finally, this Travel Charger pump is also new from Bontrager. It’s a travel version of the existing Charger track pump, designed as a high-volume pump for when space is at a premium, so to chuck in the back of your car ahead of a sportive, or in a bike bag if taking your bike abroad. It folds down into a neat package which is far less obtrusive than a traditional track pump and has a folding foot platform to help get your tires pumped up in double-quick time.

Love Bontrager Componentry? 
We've got it all here at Bike Zone. We are located at:
2100 Ridge Rd. W. in Rochester, NY. - (585) 225-7960

Thursday, August 1, 2013

2014 Bontrager Velocis Helmet and Team Sky Shoes (RXL and RL Too)

The 2014 Bontrager range includes a new top-of-the-range helmet, an updated shoe line, a new saddle modeled on the Fizik Arione and Bontrager’s first ‘see by’ light.

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The Velocis is Bontrager’s new top-of-the-range helmet – the eagle-eyed among you may have spotted it on the heads of some Radioshack-Leopard riders at the Tour de France. The Velocis supersedes the Oracle (which itself remains in the range) as Bontrager’s flagship road lid and they say it’s  their “fastest, lightest and most innovative helmet ever”.

The key change is the use of a composite inner skeleton which Bontrager say allows them to use larger vents without compromising the structural integrity of the helmet. It also helps keep the helmet’s weight down at a claimed 228g.

The Velocis uses Bontrager’s existing Headmaster II fit system, which uses an adjustment dial at the rear of the helmet, and a cradle which can be set to three different height, in order to fine-tune the fit.
 Inside the helmet, the FormFit brow band is designed to form to the shape of the forehead. It also runs the length of the entire brow to help stop sweat running down to your eyes. One particularly interesting feature is the optional NeoVisor; a removable visor which slots in front of the brow band and attaches with a handful of small velcro patches. As a result, it’s said to have no impact on fit and will keep the sun or rain out of your eyes, much like a traditional cotton cap.

The Velocis is available in four colors, including the matte black/charcoal option photographed at Trek World.

One of Bontrager’s key strategic goals is to be recognized as a standalone brand, rather than purely as a subsidiary Trek. One of the ways they want to achieve that is through the sponsorship of professional riders who may not necessarily be associated with either Trek (as they ride for a team with a different bike sponsor).

One of those riders is Kanstantsin Siutsou, who uses the Bontrager RXL shoe in this limited edition Team Sky colorway. Now it’s available to the public, too, but only in limited sizes (41-45) and limited numbers.

The RXL is, of course, available in a range of regular colors. The sole has a rating of 12 (the highest possible) on Bontrager’s stiffness index and claimed weight is 276g per shoe. Both the RXL and the RL (which is available in the new-for-2014 high-viz yellow pictured above) have a new low-profile buckle, originally designed for Bontrager’s mountain bike shoes in order to prevent the buckle hitting rocks and roots.