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IB17: Cobb Cycling adds 145-165mm carbon cranks, plus new road bike saddles & prototype trainer

Cobb Cycling carbon fiber cranksets in short 145mm 155mm 160mm and 165mm lengths
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One of the things Cobb Cycling is known for are their alloy cranks specializing in shorter lengths. Now they have a carbon version, which comes in at a claimed 690g with chainrings. Look for the lighter, stiffer hollow carbon construction to come in 145mm, 155mm, 160mm and 165mm lengths. Retail will be $699 versus the alloy’s $319. It only comes with a GXP spindle, so they’ve also partnered with BBinfinite to offer package deals with that brand’s bottom brackets so you’ll get a creak-free fit regardless of frame type.

Cobb Cycling Carbon One lightweight road bike saddle

Cobb’s also known for their triathlon specific saddles, using a narrow shape with long, cutout noses. Now, they’ve got a new full road saddle line, top ended by this 120g Carbon One.

Cobb Cycling Carbon One lightweight road bike saddle

Measurements are 151mm wide x 275mm, and retail will be $350.

Cobb Cycling Carbon One lightweight road bike saddle

Not shown, the One Fifty One adds 4mm of padding to this same shell-and-rail combo and comes in at 180g with a retail of $330. Yes, that’s less than the one with no padding, and they say that’s because it takes more work to do the cosmetic finishing on the top carbon layer for the bare model. It’ll also availalbe in a ‘Merica cover.

2018 cobb cycling padded road bike saddles

the San Remo had the same shape with chromoly rails and a more flexible nylon shell.

2018 cobb cycling padded road bike saddles

The Tenace $200 265g could work for road and Tri, male and female. They say it’s been popular for gravel bikes. All models have a central cutout. Not shown, there’ll also be an officially licensed Ironman branded version of their Fifty Five saddle.

prototype cobb cycling trainer with motorized incline

Completely unrelated, they had this semi-working prototype of a new indoor trainer. The front houses a motor unit to lift the fork to simulate inclines.

prototype cobb cycling trainer with motorized incline

prototype cobb cycling trainer with motorized incline

The rear has an electronic resistance unit with two rollers, aligned to keep your rear wheel in contact regardless of how the front end is moving. There’s no timeline for production, still a work in progress, but it was shown working with their own training app. Presumably, they’ll build in compatibility for other popular training programs, too.

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ed
ed
5 years ago

I think it would be nice if someday somebody offered longer cranks in carbon, 180+

Seth
Seth
5 years ago
Reply to  ed

I’m average height (5’8″), and use 165’s. I find that they work better than the industry standard 175. I can spin better, and more consistently.

PeteM
PeteM
5 years ago
Reply to  Seth

And at 5’8″ you should be on 165 to 170… 175 has always been for taller people or those who prefer to grind vs spin.

Morgan
Morgan
5 years ago

The price point on those cranks doesn’t make any sense, they are heavier and more expensive than Rotor (the only other company with a decent range of short cranks) while being less modular and lacking the ability to put a power meter on them.

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