Gear Break: Zwift Hub One PEZ Hands-On, Cycology Cargo Bib Shorts, Doc’s Chamois Cream, Mohorič Brings a Rainbow Jersey to Northwave, Studio 51 Cycling-Inspired Jewelry, & VeloPro Proactive HRV Technology
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Gear Break: PEZ gets their hands on the new Zwift Hub One trainer with virtual gearing, Cycology cargo bib shorts, Doc’s all natural chamois cream, Matej Mohorič brings another rainbow jersey to Northwave, introducing Studio 51 cycling-inspired jewellery made to be worn for good luck and good looks and VeloPro unveils proactive HRV technology.
PEZ Gets their Hands On the New Zwift Hub One Trainer with Virtual Gearing
Look, no cassette!
Alastair Hamilton PEZ sez: When the Zwift Hub One arrived, I didn’t think there could be anything new, especially from one that was so much cheaper that the competition. I was pleasantly surprised.
The Zwift Hub One is very similar to the original Zwift Hub and as easy to assemble. You can see how easy in our previous article and video HERE, when Richard set his up last year. They even give you a spanner to make it even easier and it’s not like an Ikea allen/hex key, you will be able to use it more than once. Connecting to your Zwift via phone, computer, laptop or Apple TV is simple, but if you are running everything, including HRM, cadence and controllers on your Apple TV, you need to connect using the Zwift Companion app on your phone. Very simple.
They give you a spanner
The Hub One has only one cog, no cassette. You can still buy the Zwift Hub Classic, with your choice of cassette (8 to 12 speed), but the advantage of the Hub One is that it will fit just about any gear set up and frame rear end. Talking of the frame; Zwift supply axle spacers for different widths and axles and a quick-release, everything is covered. You use the cardboard measurers to set up the trainer.
Just one cog
One cog, so how do you change gear? This is where the Hub One (and the Classic) are different from all other home trainers, the gearing is ‘virtual’. You change gear using either the ‘Click’, which is included, or the ‘Play’ controllers, which you have to buy separately.
The ‘Play’ controllers
I’ve had a set of controllers for a while and, to be honest, I didn’t see the point of them. Yes, you could steer and do all the things you could already do on the Companion app and your phone was on your handlebars anyway. Now when using the controllers with the Hub One, it all makes sense; You change gear with the black pad next to the orange pad on the controllers. Right to make it harder, left easier.
The black strip is the gear change, the orange for steering
The Hub One comes with the ‘Click’, obviously it only changes gear up and down, but if that is all you want, then great. It also fits better on tri and straight bars.
The ‘Click’ if you prefer
So how does it work? The gear is controlled by the app in your phone/computer/Apple TV. So the controller tells the app to change gear (resistance) and it tells the trainer. In this way you are tied to using Zwift, it won’t work with other platforms. If you only use Zwift, then no problem, but if you do use one of the others, then you need the Classic for those occasions. When you first turn the pedals, the Hub One works out your front chainwheel size (must be magic) and sets the gear ratios. It does this every time you get on the bike, in case you change bike. I have used the small ring, but I guess you can use the big one, but once you are riding, I think you have to stay in which ever one you start with.
The Zwift Hub One is well made and tidy
How does it ride? As I said, getting set it up and connected doesn’t take long, especially if you already have a Zwift account. I don’t think it took me more than about 15 minutes from opening the box to starting a ride, probably took longer to get my kit on.
Gear 15, steady
I’ve been using the Zwift Hub One for over a week now, so have managed a few different rides. Scotland, Makuri Island and for the first time, the Crow Road portal. A steady pace on the flat and I was in the 15th gear and it felt comfortable. Climbing in Scotland I changed down through the gears to the 8th gear and it felt like a real world gear change, no clunk like a mechanical change or zzit, like Di2, but the controllers give a small vibration. You do feel the change and it is sharp, no waiting around, it is as fast as the real thing.
A bit of climbing
On a descent I put it in the biggest gear (24), it is harder than anything I’ll ever need, as yet I’ve not had to use gear 1, but I’m sure it will be very easy. The gearing has a great spread, everything you will need from high to low and in between, with just the right spacing.
Gear 24 is bigger than I’ll ever need
For me the virtual gears are a winner. Great if you have different bikes or more than one person is using the trainer. I found I did have to adjust the cable on my mechanical gears for the best chain alignment, but with the Di2, I just put the bike on and it all worked well.
73kph on a descent in gear 17
The trainer is maybe slightly noisier than my Wahoo KICKR, but the KICKR has the rubber adjustable feet, which help with noise, uneven floors and also comfort. This I would say is the only draw-back with the Hub One, the ride seems a little more harsher, great for sprinting as it is solid, but there is less give. Maybe a thicker mat under the feet would make a difference, no big deal as the rest of the experience can’t be faulted.
There are many reasons to buy a Zwift Hub One and I can’t think of any draw-backs. You won’t be disappointed with virtual gears, a bit like the first time you try Di2. A pleasure to train on.
- Works with nearly every bike
- 24 virtual gears
- Easy to assemble
- Easy to fit any bike
- A free year of Zwift
- Costs less than most other trainers
- Tied to Zwift (unless you buy the Classic with cassette)
- Less comfort
- Not compatible with WAHOO KICKRClimb (but does work with the KICKRHeadwind)
Zwift Hub One Tech:
Size and Weight
- Length: 49.7 cm / 19.5 in
- Width: 61.2 cm / 24 in
- Height: 46.1 cm / 18.1 in
- Weight: 15 kg / 33 lb
Performance and Data
- Power accuracy: +/- 2.5%
- Max wattage: 1800
- Max gradient simulation: 16%
- Flywheel weight: 4.7 kg / 10.3lbs
- Metrics: Power, cadence, speed, & distance
- Transmits measured data using both Bluetooth and ANT+ FE-C
- Accepts control data using either of Bluetooth and ANT+ FE-C
- Can connect to a ANT+ heart rate monitor and relay data via Bluetooth
- LED status light shows ANT+ and Bluetooth connection status
- Over the air Firmware updates via Bluetooth using Zwift Companion App
- Wheel Sizes: Compatible with 650c, 700c, 24″, 26″, 27.5″, 29″, Road and MTB wheels
- Axles: Compatible with 130 mm and 135 mm quick release, 12×142 mm and 12×148 mm thru axles
- Freehub body: Hyperglide
- Operating temperatures: -10 C to +25 C (14 F to 77 F)
- Sound 52 db at 250 watts
- Maximum rider weight: 120 kg / 264.5 lb
- Power requirements: 100-240 V, 1.5 A, 50 Hz-60 Hz
Preinstalled Zwift Cog
- 14 tooth single sprocket
Size and Weight
- Length: 47 mm / 2 in
- Width: 47 mm / 2 in
- Height: 13 mm / 0.5 in
- Weight: 47 grams / 0.1 lbs
- Power: Battery, coin cell CR2032
- Battery life: >100 hours
- For more info: zwift.com.
Cycology Cargo Bib Shorts – $139.95
Cargo Bib Shorts are ideally suited for all-day rides and feature extra carrying capacity for your adventures. Constructed using recycled materials, and made to an OEKO-TEX® standard, the distinctive features are the two side leg pockets and the two pockets at the rear. The pockets are easily accessible and ideal for phone, food, tools and extra necessities.
Four-way stretch fabric provides outstanding compression and support, and flatlock seams ensure a smooth finish and long-lasting durability. The bib section is lightweight and stretchy, with soft seamless elastic bib brace straps with mesh panel on the rear for maximum breathability. Featuring a longer leg length, additional comfort is provided with laser-cut leg grippers with silicone-infused fabric cuffs to ensure a firm grip on the legs.
Chuck Peña PEZ sez: Cargo bib shorts are the rage with gravel riders, but can also be a practical alternative for roadies. How many times have you not been able to stuff everything you need to stow into the standard three rear jersey pockets? How often can reaching back and rummaging around to find something in a jersey pocket be a PITA? And none of us have ever accidentally had something spill out of a jersey pocket when pulling something else out, right?
For those who are wondering how much cargo bib shorts weigh
They may not be totally #aero, but cargo bib shorts provide extra pockets for stashing stuff. So depending on your needs … #marginalgains
Rear pockets (green dashed line is left pocket top) are better suited for stuff you don’t need easy/quick access to
Side pockets have plenty roomy for a phone or snacks
Of course, the extra pockets don’t mean much if the bib shorts themselves aren’t up to snuff. In that department, Cycology delivers the goods. Construction consists of 8 panels plus leg gripper sections and the bib section.
Tried and true Y-back design with mesh panel for wicking/ventilation
Wide, raw cut straps that lay flat and don’t dig into your shoulders
Silicon dots on the inside of the leg gripper sections for no slip/creep
The pad is new/different than the pad Cycology uses in their other bib shorts. Cycology calls it their Ultra Pad that “features 3 layer high-density Belgian plasma sponge that provides all day riding comfort while optimizing saddle position.” Their “regular” pad has been comfortable enough for me, but the new Ultra Pad is even more comfortable and rivals some of the “name brand” pads in other bib shorts I ride in regularly.
Of course, what matters most in any pair of bib shorts is the pad
Fit-wise, size small fit me (5’8″, 130 pounds, ectomorph) comfortably with firm but not tight compression
Doc’s All Natural Chamois Cream – $22.00
Every dedicated cyclist knows the risk of saddle soreness and chafing – those unwanted companions that can turn your ride into a painful ordeal. Doc’s Chamois Cream is meticulously designed to enhance your cycling journey by addressing two of the most common adversaries cyclists face – saddle soreness and chafing.
At the heart of Doc’s Chamois Cream lies a powerful synergy of nature’s miracles. With a high concentration of Tea Tree Oil and the soothing touch of Witch Hazel, your skin is in for a treat like never before. These potent ingredients work harmoniously to combat bacteria, promote skin health, and nurture a comfortable cycling experience. Embrace the luxurious touch of Coconut Oil as it works harmoniously with Aloe to create a lasting friction barrier.
Crafted with a perfect blend of nature’s goodness, this cream forms a barrier that shields your skin from friction and irritation.
As the PEZ himself has previously said, “the real problems in our nether region almost always result from friction between our skin and the pad itself – not how much ‘padding’ is there.” Although I’m not prone to saddle sores, I’ve gotten them very occasionally over the years and have become a regular user of various chamois creams (including old school Noxema in a pinch).
Doc’s Chamois Cream is a lighter weight cream than some others. In that respect, it goes on easier than thicker creams/butters (personally, I like that it’s not so thick/messy). Because it’s a little lighter, you might want to be a little more liberal in those “special” places, but there’s no need to “glop” it on.
And Doc’s is a lot like skin lotion in that it starts out as a cream but essentially “disappears” as you rub it into your skin. You may not see it, but what’s left is a friction resistant layer on your skin. It’s also a relatively “clean” application in that like skin lotion you don’t really have to worry about washing it off your hands after applying (another thing I like about Doc’s) — just rub whatever is left (probably every little) on your hands and fingers (it can essentially do double duty as hand lotion).
Like saddles, chamois cream is a very personal decision. Everyone’s “undercarriage” is different and will have different sensitivities to different chamois creams/butters. All I can say is that Doc’s Chamois Cream works for me. But YMMV. I’ve only been able to get out for medium-ish distance rides (35-40 miles) using Doc’s but it’s done what I expect a chamois cream to do: prevent the friction that causes saddle sores/chafing. My longest rides these days are metric century-ish and I have no reason to believe that Doc’s won’t hold up to more miles in the saddle.
And the all-natural ingredients Doc’s uses have the side benefit of my chamois not being quite so “funky” after a ride. Bonus!
• Get Doc’s Chamois Cream at R&A Cycles here
Matej Mohorič Brings Another Rainbow Jersey to Northwave
The Slovenian, new UCI Gravel World champion, paid a visit to the headquarters of the Italian cycling company to celebrate two years of partnership and discuss future goals, in races and in the development of his MM Foundation, aimed at introducing young people to the world of cycling
Matej Mohoric at Northwave’s headquarters, holding the Extreme Pro 3 shoes he used to become Gravel World champion
Just a few kilometers separate Northwave‘s headquarters from the hilly gravel roads where Matej Mohorič secured the Gravel World Championships victory on October 8th.
Mohorič, who has been sporting Northwave shoes since 2022, was thus able to celebrate his victory together with the Italian brand, which in turn added a new title to a history full of success on every terrain and in every cycling discipline. Northwave also added a new rainbow jersey to its increasingly rich collection – as well as a pair of dustier shoes than usual. This achievement holds special significance for Northwave, as it was accomplished on their home turf.
Mohoric during the Gravel World Championships on October 8th
For Mohorič, the Gravel World Championships victory marks the pinnacle of an outstanding season. Throughout the year, the Slovenian talent claimed the general classification of the Tour de Pologne and secured his third stage win at the Tour de France. Similar to the previous season, which he commenced with a victory at the Milano-Sanremo, Mohorič competes in both road and gravel disciplines donning Northwave’s Extreme Pro 3 shoes. These top-of-the-line shoes, primarily designed for road purpose, helped the Slovenian to excel even on gravel surfaces due to their exceptional power transfer.
The connection between Mohoric and Northwave extends beyond racing. The Italian company, headquartered in Onigo di Pederobba, Treviso, Northern Italy, is actively supporting Mohoric’s MM foundation, established in 2021. “The foundation’s mission is to promote cycling as a sport, bicycles as a mode of transportation, and cycling as a healthy lifestyle. Northwave plays an integral role in this endeavor, helping in providing shoes to boys and girls who cannot afford them, enabling them to engage with cycling,” Mohorič said.
Gianni Piva, the founder and President of Northwave, expressed his satisfaction with this fruitful collaboration, stating, “Mohoric is one of the most interesting cyclists on the global stage, both an accomplished athlete and an outstanding individual. We take immense pride in his Gravel World Championships victory, a discipline with a promising future, right in our home territory.” During this visit, Mohoric and Northwave also took the opportunity to extend their collaboration.
Mohorič wearing his rainbow jersey
Mohorić’s Shoes and Northwave’s Options for Gravel
Matej Mohoric rode the Gravel World Championship with a road setup, relying on Northwave’s Extreme Pro 3, top-of-the-line shoes featuring the ergonomic Powershape 15 sole made of unidirectional carbon fiber and ARS (Anatomic Reticular Support) technology, which envelops the feet for a perfect and extremely effective fit.
However, the appeal of Gravel lies in its diverse interpretations, extending from those who seek peak performance to those who simply wish to enjoy off-road adventures. Northwave has the right option for every type of gravel.
The Rockster shoes are designed for those who relish fast gravel rides. They feature a lace closure and a stiff sole that efficiently transfers power, even when away from asphalt. For the adventurers, Northwave offers the Rockit Plus, a shoe with a Vibram rubber sole that ensures comfort during both pedaling and walking. It includes a ripstop upper for enhanced durability and Northwave’s SLW3 rotor closure. This versatile shoe is suitable for activities ranging from bikepacking to light enduro.
Looking ahead to the upcoming summer season, Northwave’s extensive range of gravel products expands further with the introduction of the new Hammer shoes, previewed at the Italian Bike Festival. These shoes feature Northwave’s new Jaws Evo sole, which offers pedal responsiveness and unprecedented flexibility during walking. Large rubber inserts ensure safety and stability, particularly off the bike.
- More info at: www.northwave.com
Introducing Studio 51, Cycling-Inspired Jewelry Made to be Worn for Good Luck and Good Looks.
Brand on a mission to help riders express their love and passion for cycling with unique designs, responsibly handmade in the USA.
Original and premium jewelry for cyclists that captures the spirit of the sport has been rare—until now. Studio 51, a small startup run by passionate cyclists, is crafting inspirational, upscale charms, talismans, and pendants from recycled materials to add magic to every ride.
The brainchild of founder Oliver Bootmann, who spent over 15 years as a creative director and brand executive in the jewelry and accessories industry in Europe and the USA, Studio 51 items are handcrafted in Rhode Island, USA in brass, stainless steel, gold, and recycled, biodegradable acetate, a lightweight material commonly used in eyeglasses production. All Studio 51 items are nickel-free, hypoallergenic, and made to be worn on and off the bike.
The perfect gift for any cyclist, Studio 51 launches with several collections named after famous rider types—Puncheur, Rouleur, Flahute, Souplesse, and Grimpeur—covering a spectrum of different pendant and bracelet designs, finishes, and price points. The brand name makes reference to legendary dossard number 51 which brought many riders Tour victories and built a reputation as a lucky charm.
“I was playing with the idea of cycling-inspired jewelry when I observed that the jewelry many riders were wearing had nothing to do with the lifestyle we love so much. After my last consulting gig in Copenhagen, I finally decided to start the business with fellow riders and creative minds based in the USA, Denmark, and Germany.”
He goes on to say, “We bridge the gap between fashion and cycling in a truly novel and unique way that speaks to all cycling aficionados, seeking good luck and good looks on and off the bike, and those who want to express their passion for a cycling lifestyle.”
All items are available via the Studio 51 online shop, and offline distribution through high-end cycling retailers in key US and European cities is planned for the upcoming months. Additionally, 5.1% of Studio 51 profits are donated to nonprofit cycling organizations to bring opportunities and happiness to communities on two wheels.
- Visit Studio51.cc for more info.
VeloPro Unveils Proactive HRV Technology
HRV data takes VeloPro from Reactive to Proactive
VeloPro, the world’s first adaptive and dynamic training system for endurance athletes, is pleased to announce the launch of their Proactive HRV technology (patent-pending). This cutting-edge innovation leverages heart rate variability (HRV) data to enhance training outcomes and maximize athletic potential.
HRV is a powerful metric that provides valuable insights into an individual’s autonomic nervous system function. By using this data, athletes can gain deeper insights into their recovery levels and overall stress adaptation. VeloPro’s Proactive HRV technology takes this analysis to the next level, using HRV metrics to adjust athlete’s training prescriptions before the workouts even take place.
According to VeloPro founder Adnan Kadir, “Our Proactive HRV technology marks a significant milestone in our development. Now, instead of simply adjusting an athlete’s training plan after every workout, the system can see whether or not the athlete has recovered from the previous workout and, if needed, adjusts that day’s workout before the athlete even finishes breakfast.”
VeloPro’s Proactive HRV technology is set to transform the way athletes approach training and recovery. By leveraging the power of HRV analysis, VeloPro proactively manages training and helps athletes achieve their full potential.
- For more information about VeloPro and Proactive HRV technology, please visit: www.velopro.bike.
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