TPE15: Pro-Lite lightens up w/ new Antero Carbon XC/Cyclocross wheels, road disc coming

first_imgA small shelf supports the tire bead for tubeless setup. Wheelset weights come in at about 1,495g (27.5”) and 1,595g (29er).The hub uses an 11-speed ready freehub body, which comes in handy since the same internal setup will be used for their upcoming wider, tubeless ready Cicilia road wheels. Those will have an inside width of 19mm, 23.8mm external and be 21mm tall. A Disc brake version of that will follow this month.Not shown, the new alloy VLR Triathlon frame, which they say is popular in Europe and Australia, gets a slightly slacker headtube than the carbon version to make it a little more accessible for beginners not ready for the super sharp handling of a race-specific carbon triathlon frame. But the rear end is slightly stiffer, so it’s still a performance bike that could tackle an Ironman. $599 for the frame, fork, headset and seatpost. The fork is their Atmos model, which has carbon legs and alloy steerer. Starts as small as a 46, running up to a 60. The new Pro-Lite Antero Carbon mountain bike wheels will come in 27.5 and 29, with the latter working just fine for cyclocross, too.They use their oversized pawl mechanism to get 84 points of engagement using six 2-step pawls. That’s clicking along next to an oversize Japanese EZO bearing to handle the higher loads caused by modern oversize cogs. The carbon rim has a width of 26mm ext/21mm int and measures 23mm tall. Check the internals and rim profiles, plus more new stuff, below… Note the massive diameter of the sealed cartridge bearing just behind the pawls. With two engagement points per pawl, they provide about 4.2º of rotation before engaging.last_img read more

Bookies cheer as first 10 NCAA games covered by underdog

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — Bookmakers had something to cheer about Thursday, even if the underdogs didn’t always prevail in the NCAA Tournament.Favored teams took a beating to open the tournament, with underdogs covering the spread in the first 10 games, beginning with the play-in games earlier in the week. In seven of those games, the team oddsmakers figured would lose ended up winning outright.“The dogs got out of the chute fast,” said Nick Bogdanovich, the oddsmaker for the William Hill betting chain. “It was very, very rare, just one of those things where the streak just kept going.”That was good news for this city’s legal sports books, most of which were packed with hundreds or even thousands of fans who came to town to celebrate — and bet — on March Madness. Since the general public tends to bet favorites more than underdogs in the tournament, the bookies were ahead early.“We don’t talk about the weekend until it’s Monday morning,” said Jimmy Vaccaro of the South Point hotel. “But so far obviously the mainstream guys are not doing too good.”The biggest outright win against the spread was UAB’s 60-59 victory over Iowa State. The Blazers were 13.5-point underdogs going into the game.It wasn’t until Xavier beat Mississippi 76-57 as a two-point pick that a favorite finally covered the spread.Bogdanovich said bettors for the most part didn’t pay attention to the streak of underdogs covering. But he said some bets shifted against Oklahoma after three Big 12 teams lost early.last_img read more