2013 Shimano Road Wheels – New Aero Clincher, Tubeless & Tubular Options

first_imgThe C24’s hubs are on the left, and the other wheels shown below all use the OptBal 2:1 lacing with the hubs on the right. All wheels use a new full titanium freehub body. Previously, Shimano’s freehub mechanism had a ti outer section where the cassette sits, but the internal bits were steel. Now it’s all ti, baby!The C35 has 35mm deep rim and comes in tubeless clincher (shown) and a full carbon tubular.  Full specs are:WH-9000-C35-CL 35mm Carbon/Alloy Laminate ClincherOpt-Bal 2:1 lacingCarbon laminate construction rim (~439g)Extra wide flange hub (+7mm)100% Ti FH body1488gMSRP $2199.99WH-9000-C35-TU 35mm Carbon TubularOpt-Bal 2:1 lacing100% Carbon construction rim (~362g)Off-set rim with extra wide flange hub (+7mm)100% Ti FH body1362gMSRP $2999.99 The C50 gets a deeper 50mm rim and comes as a carbon alloy clincher (left) or full carbon tubular (right). Features are:WH-9000-C50-CL 50mm Carbon/Alloy Composite Clincher23mm D2 rim profileOpt-Bal 2:1 lacingCarbon/Alloy constructionExtra wide flange hub (+7mm)Hidden nipples100% Ti FH body1672gMSRP $2399.99WH-9000-C50-TU 50mm Carbon Tubular24mm D2 rim profileOpt-Bal 2:1 lacing100% High modulus carbon constructionExtra wide flange hub (+7mm)Hidden nipples100% Ti FH body1449gMSRP $3199.99 The 9000-series Dura-Ace hubs, like all of the complete wheels, continue to use Shimano’s cup-and-cone angular contact bearing system. It’s reliable, easy to service and Shimano says it’s strong and rolls smooth. We’d agree based on our use of them. The big changes are the move to 11-speed and a full titanium freehub assembly like on the wheels. They lose 12g from the 7900-series hubs.They’ll be available in 24, 28, 32 and 36 spoke hole options, front and rear. Lastly, the tallest wheels are the C75 and only come as a full carbon fiber tubular. Features are:WH-9000-C75-TU 75mm Carbon Tubular24mm D2 rim profileOpt-Bal 2:1 lacing100% High modulus carbon constructionExtra wide flange hub (+7mm)Hidden nipples100% Ti FH body1545gMSRP $3499.99And the wheels come with these nifty skewers: In addition to the completely revamped Dura-Ace DA9000 and 9070 Di2 groups just unveiled, Shimano has introduced a refreshed road bike wheel lineup and Dura-Ace hubs, too.Across the range, they’ve made the rims wider for better comfort and performance. The deeper wheels get a new aero profile to negate the effects of crosswinds, and most receive a new lacing and hub design to improve response and speed. Dubbed, OptBal 2:1, the rear wheels get 3x lacing for 14 spokes on the drive side and seven straight pull spokes on the non drive side. They’re perfectly tangential to the spoke flange to eliminate unnecessary stress and bending.All wheels are 11-speed ready to go with the new components. The non-drive flange has been pushed out 7mm to maintain proper triangulation, and the freehub body is 1.85mm wider. Shimano’s NA road product manager Dave Lawrence says the wheels and the hubs will require both a 1.85mm spacer (included with wheels) and the standard 1mm spacer (comes with cassette) to run a 10-speed cassette on them.Lawrence says there was already space on the hubs to move the non-drive flange out, they just hadn’t taken advantage of it.  They also used offset spoke holes on the rims, so spoke triangulation actually improves without any frame clearance issues. The OptBal 2:1 lacing uses this to give balanced overall tension between the two sides of the wheel – non-drive spokes are pulling twice as hard, but there’s half as many of them.The new rims are called D2 and are 23mm or 24mm wide depending on the wheel model. They also gave them a deeper tire bed so the tire sits more flush with the sidewall and there’s no gap on the clinchers. According to their PR, these combined features balance frontal and side aerodynamics.Above, the new C24 wheels are the only ones that don’t get the OptBal lacing. They’re available in both clincher and Road Tubeless clincher. The clincher rim weight comes in around 383g while the tubeless one is about 420g. Lawrence says the weight difference is mainly because the rim bed is closed on the tubeless models, so you don’t need rim tape. Saving a tube should yield a net lower weight wheelset once tires are installed. Features are:WH-9000-C24-CL 24mm Carbon/Alloy Laminate ClincherCarbon laminate construction rim (~383g)Clincher onlyOff-set rim with wide flange hub100% Ti FH body1364gMSRP$1399.99WH-9000-C24-TL 24mm Carbon/Alloy Laminate Tubeless ClincherShimano Road Tubeless and tube compatible rimCarbon laminate construction rim (~420g)Off-set rim with wide flange hub100% Ti FH body1454gMSRP $1499.99last_img read more

Seniors bond as doubles partners

first_imgSeniors bond as doubles partnersDaily File Photo, Lisa PerssonMinnesota doubles partners Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg celebrate after a victory against Tulsa at the Baseline Tennis Center. Danny ChenApril 8, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg were randomly paired together for doubles during their sophomore year. âÄúWe won both matches, and weâÄôve been playing [together] ever since,âÄù Hamburg said. And itâÄôs worked out for the Gophers, as the two seniors have honed their game and built chemistry together. Winning the doubles point gives a team the advantage heading into the singles competition, and the duo has helped the Gophers do that for the past three seasons. Out of 21 meets this season, Minnesota has won the doubles point 17 times. And of those 17 times, theyâÄôve won a total of 15 meets. This year, though things havenâÄôt been smooth at all times, Hamburg and Froment have won 10 matches together. âÄúItâÄôs really important to win the doubles point, especially against a really good team,âÄù head coach Geoff Young said. âÄúIf you go into singles only needing to win three, instead of four, thatâÄôs a big lift. Plus, after you win the doubles point, it gets the guys really pumped up going into singles [play].âÄù In their first season together, Froment and Hamburg played well enough to be ranked 79th for one week of competition. In 17 matches together, the duo won seven. But despite the single-digit victories, the first year was just a stepping stone. In their junior year, Froment and Hamburg won nine of 12 matches to start the spring season, with two being unfinished matches and only one real loss. The success they had last season led to them ranking as high as 16th in the nation and consistently in the top 25. âÄúWe played some good doubles and had a couple good wins,âÄù Hamburg said. âÄúI think we just knew each otherâÄôs game really well, and it meshed really well. I had a pretty good serve, and he had a good return. We had a really good season last year.âÄù However, this year the duo had a slow start to their spring season. In their first seven meets, Froment and Hamburg only won three matches. Following that, they lost four of the next five contests. âÄúWe were not playing the best and just need a few wins to get it going,âÄù Froment said. âÄúWe just [had] to get back to how we played in the beginning of the [fall] season.âÄù Young said the losses donâÄôt necessarily represent a slump. âÄúWe had a really tough schedule, and I think it was a product of them playing tough teams that made it look like they were in a slump,âÄù Young said. âÄú[But] when you are playing top teams, itâÄôs tough to get the win. Sometimes, you play well and not get the win.âÄù Whatever the issue was, it started to disappear for the duo. They have now won six of the last eight matches and are currently ranked 49th in the nation. Froment said after they lost three in a row, he knew they had to get their momentum back. âÄúWe came back with two wins,âÄù he said. âÄú[And] we [have] to keep it going and play better.âÄù Hamburg said they are returning more now, which is a huge key to winning in doubles. âÄúWe started to make more balls, and IâÄôm starting to serve a little bit better,âÄù Hamburg said. âÄúI think playing more matches got us back into rhythm.âÄù The No. 1 doubles team has helped the team win five of the seven recent doubles points. âÄúTheyâÄôre seniors, and they know what theyâÄôre doing,âÄù Young said. âÄúThey know what it takes to give them a chance to win. âĦ Sometimes they will win, and sometimes they wonâÄôt. And thatâÄôs going to happen for the rest of the season. All we could ask is for them to put themselves in critical positions where they have a chance to win.âÄùlast_img read more

Epic Games lands $1.25 billion investment in funding round

first_imgEpic Games, the developer behind Battle Royale title Fortnite, has reportedly received $1.25 billion (£976 million) in a funding round.The American video game developer already owns Unreal Engine, development software used by game developers of all sizes.It’s said that investors from the funding round include KKR, ICONIQ Capital, Smash Ventures, aXiomatic (which just received investment by Michael Jordan), Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. These companies join the likes of Disney, Endeavor, and Tencent and minority stakeholders in Epic Games.Tim Sweeney, Founder and CEO of Epic Games said the following in a statement: “We’re excited to partner with the finest minds in the financial, sports, and entertainment communities. This reinforces Epic’s position of leadership in real-time 3D technology, and accelerates our ability to improve the way people play, work, and interact with the world.”Fortnite has had a rocky road in esports so far, despite Epic Games pledging to put up $100 million in cash prizes for the 2018-2019 season. Tournaments have received criticisms for invite-only competition, in-game lag during high-stakes matches, forcing players to use specified peripherals and settings, and the format leaving up to 50 players in the latter stage of a match.Epic Games’ title is free to play and is available on a wide variety of platforms, but it earns a lot of revenue through in-game micro transactions. In May 2018, it was reported that the developer earned $318 million (£248.2 million) in revenue.Esports Insider says: Epic Games is having a dream year with Fortnite becoming the biggest game in the industry, earning unreal revenue and achieving high numbers in terms of viewership. This investment is ridiculous, though some people may question how much bigger the game can grow since it’s already dominated the market and earned mainstream exposure.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

Antonio Brown accused by second woman of sexual misconduct

first_imgAnother woman has come forward and accused Antonio Brown of sexual misconduct.The woman, who spoke to Sports Illustrated on the condition of anonymity for an expose on Brown, said she was working on a mural for Brown in 2017 after they met at a charity softball game in Pittsburgh. The woman had painted a portrait of Brown and was selling it to benefit the National Youth Foundation, which is run by a volunteer group of women that promotes inclusion and gender equality.Brown reportedly loved the portrait and offered the woman $700, far more than the $450 winning bid price.  Related News NFL Week 2 Sunday Huddle: Patrick Mahomes erupts while Patriots, 49ers win big Antonio Brown scores first touchdown with Patriots off Tom Brady pass Brown loved the painting so much he asked the artist to come to his house to paint the mural. After two days of working on it, which the woman said she saw numerous other women coming in and out of the home, Brown appeared behind her completely nude except for a washcloth covering his genitals.“He was flirty with me but I paid him no mind because I was there on business, plus, I had already seen him with multiple girls in the short time I was with him,” the woman said. “I was about 40 percent done on the second day, and I’m on my knees painting the bottom, and he walks up to me butt-a— naked, with a hand cloth covering his (penis) and starts having a conversation with me.”The woman said she took this as him coming on to her.“Unfortunately, I’ve been tried (by men) a lot of times, so I just kept my cool and kept painting,” she said. “After that, it all ended abruptly.”The artist said Brown told her the next day that he was going to Miami, but she was led to believe once Brown returned, she would be able to finish the mural. Not only did Brown not contact her again, but all of her calls and messages to him and his assistants went unanswered.She was paid $2,000 for the parts of the mural she did, but that was it. The foundation also wasn’t paid the $700 for the painting.While the woman said she was bothered by the encounter with Brown, she opted not to press charges at the time. She decided to come forward with her story after Sports Illustrated contacted her through the foundation and after Britney Taylor’s accusations in a civil suit filed last week became public. Antonio Brown rejected $2M settlement with sexual assault accuser, report says Brown’s attorney Darren Heitner released a statement after the Sports Illustrated article became public and said Brown has denied “that he ever engaged in such activities.”Antonio Brown has reviewed the sexual misconduct allegations made by an unnamed artist included in a recently published Sports Illustrated article and denies that he ever engaged in such activities. There will be no further comment at this time.— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) September 16, 2019The piece also highlights other alleged instances of troubling behavior by Brown, including not paying chefs, assistants and health and wellness instructors, along with tantrums. One person also claims Brown had a party where people were openly smoking marijuana in front of Browns’ children.During Week 2’s blowout win against the Dolphins, Brown scored his first touchdown as a Patriots and finished the day with four receptions for 56 yards.last_img read more