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Trek announcing "something that will change cycling forever"

Old 03-04-19, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Thanks. I'll be here all week.
I was actually going to post something smug about how I'm not falling for it or buying it. Damn.
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Old 03-04-19, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by kromozome View Post
So my Trek dealer texts me at 9 o'clock tonight to say that I may wish to cancel / hold my Project One Madone SLR order because of Trek's announcement that "A change like this comes along once every 30 years" and this will "change cycling forever".
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Or maybe once every 12 years. Trek used the same "Everything else is history" line in 2007.
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Old 03-04-19, 03:41 PM
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Maybe something truly innovative . . . like riderless bikes!
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Old 03-04-19, 04:01 PM
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Maybe something truly innovative . . . like riderless bikes!
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Just imagine the climbing KoMs that my bike could nab without my heavy ass in the saddle.
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Old 03-04-19, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Thanks. I'll be here all week.
But will you be here on 3-19-19??
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Old 03-04-19, 05:16 PM
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I say Graphene or 3-D printed. Or both. I read something about a 3-D printed frame somewhere. It was presented as a good way to make custom frames.

I remember hearing about something that will change transportation for ever...………...it was the Segway.
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Old 03-04-19, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
But will you be here on 3-19-19??
I have a dentist appointment.
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Old 03-04-19, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I have a dentist appointment.

and a haircut! Lmao
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Old 03-04-19, 09:10 PM
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I actually do. Coincidently, she is a bike geek.
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Old 03-04-19, 11:22 PM
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They are going to start selling their bikes @ REI

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/reta...-bontrager-all
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They are going to start selling their bikes @ REI

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/reta...-bontrager-all
If REI was smart, they would strike up a deal with Canyon.
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Old 03-04-19, 11:39 PM
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The tubes will be full of helium.
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Maybe a new bottom bracket standard.
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Old 03-04-19, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by FlashBazbo View Post
Maybe something truly innovative . . . like riderless bikes!
You can plan your route at home on the PC and buy a new Garmin that doesn't even have a screen to drive robobike on your training route. For an extra $29.99 you can live stream the cameras to the cloud host of your choice.
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Old 03-05-19, 12:00 AM
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Brilliant.
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The tubes will be full of helium.
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Old 03-05-19, 12:16 AM
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Maybe they're announcing their sale to Giant. That'd fit the size of the rhetoric.

But here are my other guesses:

1. The road dropper seat post
2. dual sided road clipless pedals
3. heartrate monitor handlebar tape
4. bib skorts
5. Cranksets that say Bontrager on them
6. A Blendr compatible phone case
7. Sock based powermeter
8. Top tube water bottle mounts
9. Project One now available as a sticker
10. Y-Foil 2.0
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Old 03-05-19, 12:52 AM
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For a more serious guess, after looking at their Insta, I'd say they're going to layer in cellulose nanocrystals. They're the tiny tubes that lend a tree its strength. It turns out this stuff has some significant advantages over carbon. At least according to articles like this: https://newatlas.com/cellulose-nanoc...-kevlar/23959/

A lot of people are guessing kevlar or graphene, but graphene seems way too expensive and kevlar has been around forever. Unless you drag your bike ashore on the gravel beach, like a kayak, you're probably not going to get more out of kevlar than you do carbon fiber.
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Old 03-05-19, 12:54 AM
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Old 03-05-19, 01:09 AM
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Some people in Finland say they built the first nanocellulose bicycle early last year. Here it is: Nanocellulose Bicycle | ideas2cycles

It's worth noting, too, that Forest Products Laboratory, which has a big presence here in Madison, Wisconsin -- not far from Trek -- announced not too long ago that they've opened a big nanocellulose ... uh... plant.

Trek took to carbon right away, and they also made a 2006ish Madone with Boron in the weave. I could see them plunge into this technology. Can't say what its performance will be as a material, but if it works, sure makes a nice story. Good green material.
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Old 03-05-19, 01:33 AM
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My guess - New material : Carbon nano-tubes (CNT).

Same strength as CF, at less than 1/20th of the weight. Google it.
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Can't believe they haven't already done the DAEMON
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Old 03-05-19, 09:39 AM
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Are the jokes still in full effect? Anything substantive yet?
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Maybe they purchased another great bike company(to later kill off).
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post
So what could they have developed and not haves to have tested? All there other bikes were seen somewhere being ridden by somebody.
If it's a new material, which seems to be the general consensus, then they could be testing it in the guise of production bikes and no one would know the difference (unless they picked one up and felt how much lighter it is).
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Maybe they purchased another great bike company(to later kill off).
Of course, they'll have to torture it and discredit it first. That could take a few years.
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