Bike news round-up: Renthal's 30mm Fatbar riser

Plus 3T aerobar updates, Trois Etapes pro-am & Menorca's off-road bike centre

From the latest product news to details of routes and events, our news round-up is a collection of short snippets of information in one handy article.

Today we bring you the the new 30mm Fatbar riser from Renthal, time trial bars from 3T, the launch of Bamboo Bikes cross-country team, a multi-day Alpine pro-am sportive and a multi million pound off-road centre in Menorca.

Product and team news

Renthal plug Fatbar range with 30mm riser bar

Renthal have bolstered their Fatbar handlebar range with the addition of a 30mm rise option. They say a combination of steeper courses, frames with shorter head tubes and lower stack headsets has led a swing back towards higher rise bars on the Downhill World Cup circuit. The new bar plugs the hole between their low (10/20mm) and high rise (38mm) bars, and is available now for £59.99/$79.

3T overhaul Ventus and Brezza aerobars

3T have overhauled their Ventus and Brezza aerobar range for 2012. At 730g, the Ventus II is 15 percent lighter than the original that helped Fabian Cancellara win TT gold at the 2008 Olympic Games. It has a new, lighter aerofoil-section basebar and several detailed changes for greater security and robustness. The Brezza Nano is said to be lighter and more aerodynamic than the Brezza II and along with the new Ventus, is Shimano Di2 compatible. 

3T Ventus II

Bamboo Bikes unveil XC race team

UK bike maker Bamboo Bikes launched their own mountain bike race team at the first round of the cross-country national series at Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire yesterday. On top of the XC nationals, the five rider squad will compete in the Nutcracker series, Mountain Mayhem, Stilletos on Wheels and Cycletta, as well as several marathon events. Will Kearse, Jordan Bateman, Dee Fry, James Hards and Carly Portlock will ride the Oxford Brookes University designed Bamboo Bikes XC MTB, which is built using a bamboo/flax frame, Shimano XT and Fox forks. You can learn more about the team over on their Facebook page.

Bamboo Bikes XC MTB is now in full production with a waiting list of eight weeks

Routes, racing & rides

Mix it with the pros at Alpine multi-stage charity cycle challenge

An Alpine pro-am cycling challenge which hopes to raise £1m for charity has been launched. Trois Etapes, a three-stage event which sees riders scale Cols du Galibier and Madeleine, also sees former Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre return for the first time to the scene of his greatest triumph on Alpe d’Huez. Running from Sunday 29 July to Tuesday 31 July, it will see teams of six (one pro, five amateurs) race across a mix of timed and rolling peloton sections. They will battle it out on a daily team time trial and an Hors category climb.

The televised event (Eurosport, 19 August) is open to anyone; as the goal is to raise money for charity, entrants are asked to make a £1,000 donation to charity as well as committing to raising £4,000 in sponsorship. Those set to benefit include Right to Play and the Prostate Cancer Charity. The event is also supported by a full compliment of support crew, including mechanics, masseurs, physios, team radios and catering. Visit the Trois Etapes website for further info.

€3m off-road biking centre opens in Menorca

A new purpose built off road biking and fitness centre in Menorca has opened its doors to the public. The €3m Sport Bike Fitness Center in the town of Ciutadella is the first of its kind on the island. Designed by former pro downhiller Oscar Saiz, it features a 1.1km off-road circuit which starts from the centre’s roof and fires you straight onto the course.

Alongside the circuit is a trials area, fitness suites, treatment rooms, bike storage facilities and a workshop, as well as a peak season bike hire service. It acts as an ideal base for exploring the island’s expansive off-road trails, including the Cami de Cavalls, a 200km loop of the entire island. Visit www.sportbikemenorca.com for more information.

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