New gravel options, the Canyon effect, and more
Seven offers enormous gravel upgrade
Seven Cycles is offering an upgrade to its thru-axle, disc, SL, and SLX frames that can reduce the weight by up to 20 percent. The XX upgrade is based on 11 design features that Seven claims will have no negative impact on performance. Upgrades include asymmetric dropouts and chainstays, an internal seat post binder, and more aggressive bottom bracket machining. The XX upgrade is available as a $995 add-on to any of Seven’s SL or SLX disc brake, titanium frames.
Lightweight gets in the disc game
The Meilenstein Disc is Lightweight’s first disc wheelset and it’s crazy light — with a corresponding crazy price tag. The 48-millimeter deep carbon wheels weigh 1,380 grams for a pair of clinchers or 1,245 grams for a pair of tubulars. The rim width of the Meilenstein Discs has increased from 20mm to 24mm compared with other Meilenstein wheels. The increased rim width accommodates 25-32mm tires. Lightweight’s specially designed pentagon-shaped hub is laced to the rim using just 20 spokes. The company claims the disc wheels are 10 percent stiffer than the previous generation. The clincher wheelset costs about $5,400, while the tubular wheelset is about $4,600.