Paris-Nice 2016 Tech: Dimension Data puts Rotor UNO on backup bikes, CeramicSpeed on anything…

first_imgThe latest cranks from Rotor are the 2INpower dual sided power meter crankset. It uses the spindle-mounted strain gauge of the original, single-sided INpower cranks with a second strain gauge inside the right crank arm: The Dimension Data pro cycling team had two sets of Cervelo S5 bikes on hand. The majority were equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 handling the shifting, but a few were sitting atop team cars with the new Rotor UNO hydraulic shifting group. Starting with the former, the spec mostly carries over from what we saw at the Tour de France last year when they were called MTN-Qhubeka. That means ENVE wheels, bar and stem, Continental tires and Rotor cranks.This time around, we took a closer look at the CeramicSpeed upgrades and photo’d the all-hydraulic backup bikes… After giving the crankset a back spin, we inquired about the setup because it moves effortlessly. Even brand new bikes sitting on the showroom floor don’t spin this freely. The reason? They’ve replaced every moving part except the pedal’s bearings with CeramicSpeed components. That includes the headset, hub bearings, bottom bracket and derailleur pulley wheels. They also use CeramicSpeed’s lube oil on the chain, which is outside the intended use parameters, but when your bikes are cleaned and maintained daily, you can get away with stuff like that.Interestingly, they’re not running the massively oversized CS pulley wheels introduced last fall. We didn’t get a chance to ask why, but it’s likely because a sponsor like Shimano wouldn’t take too kindly to such modifications (though it doesn’t seem to stop Cannondale)center_img This bike shows what a full hydraulic component group will look like (it’s still chain driven, of course).The lever body contains the master cylinder for the brakes, but none is required for the shifting system because it’s completely closed. Check our tech breakdown of the entire group for more the deep dive. These hoods look big, but Rotor’s said they could probably offer a smaller size option for those with smaller hands.We’ll be riding UNO in early April with the engineers at Rotor, stay tuned for a first ride report.If you’ve seen Acros’ hydraulic shifters and derailleurs, you’ll notice UNO uses just one single hose rather than two. That’s possible thanks to a clever ratcheting system that either catches and holds, or releases, depending on how far it’s pushed.These rather large connectors in the brake lines allow bleed-free disconnects between the levers and the Magura RT8 hydraulic rim brake calipers. These don’t look quite like the stock offerings from Magura.They have an external dial sticking out and up from the center mounting bolt, which looks like it could simply be a pad contact adjustment / release mechanism to speed wheel changes.last_img read more

Cost of owning a car in Vermont about US average, NH is cheapest

first_imgState Mississippi Vermont Business Magazine There’s a $7,216 cost difference between owning a car in Michigan ($15,314.53) and New Hampshire ($8,098), finds a new study from personal finance website Vermont ($10,739.32) is also much cheaper than Michigan, but in the middle of the pack nationally. The study considered the costs of six key factors affecting the expenses of owning a vehicle in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.1. New Hampshire: $8,098One-time purchase costs: $25Annual ownership and usage costs: $2,691″New Hampshire,” the study says (see table of all states below), “is the cheapest state to own a car by far, with the total costs of buying and owning a car for three years coming in at $1,182 less than the next-cheapest state (Missouri at $9,280). New Hampshire is one of just four states that levies no sales tax on vehicle purchases. It also has low insurance premiums ($941 annually) and low maintenance and repair costs ($337 a year).”21. Vermont: $10,739One-time purchase costs: $2,046Annual ownership and usage costs: $2,898″Vermont residents pay some of the lowest prices for car insurance. The average $942 Vermont car insurance premium is $383 less than average insurance costs of $1,325, providing enough savings to make up for more expensive gas, car maintenance, registration fees and vehicle sales tax.”As of today, Vermont’s average gasoline price is $1.97, the US average is $1.99, New Hampshire is $1.87, New York is $2.08, and Massachusetts is $1.89. And it doesn’t matter if you are a Vermont or New Hampshire resident when buying a car in either state, because there is no sales tax applied at the time of the purchase, but it is when you register it in Vermont.Outside of the sticker price of purchasing or financing a new set of wheels, evaluated the following expenses to generate a national ranking:Car sales taxTitle feesRegistration feesAverage annual car insurance premiumsAnnual gas expensesAverage car maintenance and repair costs”The common costs of owning a car outside of the car payment quickly add up — our survey found that the average costs of owning a car for three years is $11,227,” said Elyssa Kirkham, lead reporter on the study for GOBankingRates. “Typically, car owners should keep their costs low — around 15 percent of their income for the car payment, insurance, gas, and so on — which is trickier in states with higher car costs.”From most to least expensive, here is the complete state ranking: 28 Rank State $10,214.40 $10,984.00 Michigan $15,314.53 Alabama Vermont 39 $9,923.26 Indiana Total Cost for 3 Years of Ownership Colorado $10,409.89 49 Tennessee Nevada $9,280.24 25 $12,763.74 $10,681.65 Total Cost for 3 Years of Ownership New Jersey $13,484.11 $10,689.67 Wyoming $12,060.55 Oregon 12 48 18 New Hampshire Minnesota 11 21 $9,595.07 North Dakota Massachusetts Arkansas 7 $11,041.66 $12,895.61 Connecticut $10,972.11 $11,822.62 8 $13,561.06 $10,476.13 34 43 41 17 $12,695.68 Missouri 20 $10,739.32 $10,627.63 Washington $9,866.27 $12,612.92 36 Additional Insights:New Hampshire, Oregon, Alaska and Montana are the only states that don’t levy sales tax on vehicle purchasesMissouri’s average gas price of $1.59 per gallon is the lowest in the nationThese western states claim the highest gas prices in the country: Hawaii, California, Alaska, Nevada, andWashington.8 of the 10 least expensive states to own a car are coastal states.Methodology: To generate these rankings, GOBankingRates surveyed and totaled the cost of buying and owning a car for three years in all 50 states and D.C. This total included six key car expenses:Car sales tax, based on rates provided by is external) and calculated on the average car transaction amount of $33,543 in August 2015 as reported by the Kelley Blue Book(link is external).Title fees, as reported by the National Conference of State Legislatures(link is external).Registration fees, as reported by the National Conference of State Legislatures(link is external), calculated annually.Average annual car insurance premiums, sourced from’s 2016 report on car insurance rates by state(link is external).Annual gas expenses, based on an average of historical regular gas prices in each state sourced from AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. The expense was calculated based on the assumption of a driver filling up a 14-gallon tank once a week.Average car maintenance and repair costs in each state, sourced from CarMD’s 2014 State Repair Cost Rankings(link is external).For title and registration fees are based on car statistics, GOBankingRates assumed a car value of $33,543, an average weight of 4,000 lbs and a model year of 2014. Car sales tax and title fee were counted once each, while recurring annual costs of registration fees, insurance premiums, gas expenses and car maintenance were each counted three times for three years. This generated the total costs of buying and owning a car in each state, and states were ranked according to this total to find the least and most is a leading portal for personal finance and consumer banking information, offering visitors the latest on everything from finding a good interest rate to strategies for saving money, investing for retirement and getting a loan. Its editors are regularly featured on top-tier media outlets, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Business Insider, Daily Finance, Huffington Post and more. It specializes in connecting consumers with the best financial institutions and banking products nationwide.LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — GOBankingRates 9 Louisiana 26 Hawaii $11,290.70 District of Columbia 13 Ohio Pennsylvania Iowa 38 $13,210.64 Utah $10,625.40 $10,878.60 27 $12,078.40 Rank $10,392.23 Texas 35 23 Montana $11,781.63 $10,303.56 $11,882.37 Oklahoma Alaska 29 $9,696.00 32 16 45 South Carolina 42 Nebraska Idaho 3 Virginia $9,602.97 1 44 California 5 $11,081.83 Kansas 31 47 $11,124.29 46 $14,451.58 $11,470.38 Delaware 24 33 6 West Virginia $11,340.77 $11,745.74 51 $11,318.43 4 New Mexico $9,813.85 North Carolina 30 10 22 19 37 Rhode Island Wisconsin $9,570.90 $8,098.00 2 $10,859.14 14 Maine $9,447.94 South Dakota Illinois New York 50 $11,672.91 $10,638.45 Kentucky Florida $12,925.76 15 40 $11,540.36 Maryland $11,003.15 Arizona Georgialast_img read more