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Week in Tech: Specialized Allez, Liv Ambassadors, and more

Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Specialized gives Allez Sprint a front derailleur

Aluminum is not dead. Specialized is doing its part to keep the metal alive, and the newest edition of the Allez Sprint has a front derailleur braze-on (revolutionary, right?). Previously, the Allez Sprint was committed to SRAM’s 1x road group. Now you’ve got some options, and it’s the same frame construction as before, which Specialized says is as stiff as a Tarmac thanks to a three-piece brazed BB assembly. This adds up to create a bike that’s very frisky — the Allez felt great under power, sprinting up short rises, or closing the gap in a bunch. We’ve ridden plenty of carbon race bikes that are harsher than this, although the Allez isn’t butter-smooth over rough roads. It communicates a noticeable amount of road feel, but not in an uncomfortable manner. Currently, it’s only available as an 1,150-gram frame for $1,100 (including an S-Works Tarmac fork, Venge seatpost, and headset).


Alchemy unveils Atlas carbon road bike

Alchemy Bicycles revealed its sub-900-gram Atlas carbon road frame that borrows technology from Alchemy’s flagship Helios carbon road bike. Engineered for diverse riding demands, the Atlas is designed for long flats, technical descents, and steep climbs. Available in stock sizes and colors, the Atlas is priced at $3,999 for the frameset, an Enve 2.0 fork, and a Cane Creek headset. A complete Atlas with Shimano Ultegra retails for $6,699.


Liv launches 125-member ambassador program for women

Liv added 45 new members to its U.S. women’s ambassador program, which now totals 125 members located across the country. The goal of the Liv ambassador program is to grow the women’s cycling community regionally through local events that educate women about the sport and make cycling more approachable and welcoming. The program officially launched on February 8 at the annual Liv ambassador camp in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the camp, Liv provided hands-on training about the brand as well as leading clinics and group rides. SRAM, which is also working with this program, was on hand to train ambassadors on drivetrain, brakes, suspension, maintenance, and technology.


SRAM Red gets a makeover

New for 2016, SRAM introduced a complete graphics rework inspired by and designed to complement the look of SRAM’s new wireless eTap groupset. The graphics feature overlapping textures and design elements in a matte and gloss black finish. Additional changes include more subtle logo placement, layering, tone on tone texture differences, and a refined Red logo.


Factor Bikes launches new line of bikes

Factor Bikes, the bike brand responsible for Vis Vires bikes, announced details of its new bike collection. The new range was presented by Factor Bikes co-owner and former Tour de France green jersey winner Baden Cooke at the Santos Tour Down Under. Guests included Jack Bobridge of Trek – Segafredo, Koen de Kort of Giant – Alpecin, and former professional racers Bradley McGee and Stuart O’Grady. The new bikes — the Factor ONE and the Factor O2 — will be available in March from select dealers and direct from the Factor website.


Kitsbow releases first road collection

The Kitsbow cycling apparel company announced the addition of a road line that includes the Geyser’s jersey, Coleman Valley bib short, King Ridge windbreaker, Road arm warmer, and Road knee warmer. “Mountain biking was our starting point, our core and our passion at Kitsbow,” Kitsbow founder Charlie Cronk said. “Most of us ride, whether it’s mountain, urban commuting, or road, so each addition to the line has been a natural progression. Now we’re excited to expand into road apparel, remaining true to Kitsbow’s design philosophy.”


The Sufferfest debuts two new cycling videos

The Sufferfest, creators of virtual indoor cycling training videos, announced the release of the new Power Station and The Way Out videos. Adding to its library of more than 20 videos, The Sufferfest’s newest workouts feature officially licensed footage from Milano-Sanremo and Tirreno-Adriatico, on-bike camera footage from the Giro d’Italia, and scenic routes from The Col Collective across the French and Italian Alps. The workouts were designed by elite coach Neal Henderson of Apex Coaching and BMC Racing, and are available via download from the Sufferest’s website and its streaming app.


New Endura windproof jacket available

The Endura cycling apparel company released its latest windproof offering, the FS260-Pro SL Thermal Windproof Jacket. Inspired by the jacket Endura produced for the Movistar team, the FS260-Pro SL is constructed from a 4-way stretch windproof fabric with a thermal grid lining on the front and sleeves. This acts as a barrier against both the wind and cold. High-stretch, thermal rear panels are breathable and quickly wick sweat away, while the high-cut, double-layer collar and seamless, extended cuffs keep the cold air out. MSRP: $225


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