Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review

Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review

Santa Cruz's Megatower is an aggressive-sounding name for an aggressive-riding bike. It’s clearly a reference to the brand’s Hightower platform, which also sports 29-inch wheels and has thus far been the race bike of choice for Santa Cruz’s EWS racers, Iago Garay and Mark Scott. But really, the new bike is better thought of as a 29er version of the Nomad. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01+ Reserve review When Santa Cruz launched the Nomad version 4 back in 2017 , many of us were wondering why, with the Santa Cruz Syndicate already racing 29er downhill bikes, the Nomad wasn’t available as a 29er. EWS racers underlined our point by largely choosing to race on an over-shocked version of the Hightower. These bikes then evolved into the Hightower LT, which uses a longer stroke shock and a different swing arm ...

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Yamaha Wabash Gravel Adventure E-Bike Launch and First Ride Review

Yamaha Wabash Gravel Adventure E-Bike Launch and First Ride Review

We got a sneak peak ride in on Yamaha's all-new Wabash gravel adventure electric bicycle. Here's our first-ride impressions and all the launch specs and info you need to know.

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The weekly spin: Trends collide as Yamaha launches Wabash, a gravel e-bike

How the hell do I record an e-bike ride on Strava? Will these miles count toward my annual total? How do I figure out what my power output was during the ride? What happens if I get a KOM? These were the primary concerns swirling around in my mind while riding the Wabash, Yamaha’s new … The post The weekly spin: Trends collide as Yamaha launches Wabash, a gravel e-bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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NAHBS draws record exhibitor count, announces 2020 show in Dallas

No. 22 Bicycle Co. wins Best in Show award. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BRAIN) — The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, which closed Sunday, notched a record number of exhibitors for the 15-year-old event: about 210. Organizers said the Sacramento show drew "huge, highly enthusiastic crowds." They also announced that next year's show will be held in Dallas, Texas, Organizers also said the show "attracted a strong contingent of retail buyers from with its new 'early-access' program, which gave qualified buyers from bicycle retailers free admission to the show and access to the hall one hour prior to consumer show hours each day." "This year’s show confirmed why Sacramento has always been one of our top venues," said Don Walker, the founder and president of NAHBS, which has been held in Sacramento three times in its history. "The hall was packed full of exhibitors, we drew an amazing crowd, and the weather ...

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11spd: This week's best new bikes and gear

11spd: This week's best new bikes and gear

It’s Friday and that means imminent weekend-ing and eleven more road and mountain bike products to ogle over. This week we shared 25 pieces of advice we wish we'd been given when we started cycling, Jack and Joe endured a VO 2 max test at the University of Bath, and we ran through our favourite road pedals , all alongside our bread-and-butter of honest, independent product reviews. Bold Unplugged This Swiss enduro bike has two very interesting features. First off, the shock is hidden inside the seat tube. This is apparently done to protect it from the elements while allowing for straighter, lighter tubes. But it’s surely going to make adjusting suspension harder. Second, the geometry is hugely adjustable. Flip chips alter the location of the chainstay (horst-link) pivot, which has three effects. The longest setting increases the rear-centre by 11mm, drops the bottom bracket by 20mm and increases the ...

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Rapha Custom + CyclingTips: A revolution, not an evolution

What if you didn’t need a designer to get a kit design looking great, and the process was so smooth that you could be confident that what you designed is what you’ll receive? And what if the whole process only took 8 weeks? That's what Rapha set out to do with their new Custom program. The post Rapha Custom + CyclingTips: A revolution, not an evolution appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Follow your heart to better recovery

Analyzing power files doesn’t make you faster. Training Stress Score (TSS) and Training Stress Balance (TSB) charts cannot say for certain whether you should go hard tomorrow or not. And a simple heart rate monitor won’t tell you when you are sick until it’s too late. But heart rate variability, or HRV for short — … The post Follow your heart to better recovery appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Data diet: How unplugging can actually improve your cycling (and your life)

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott In our always-on and connected world, it has become far too easy to catch ourselves constantly staring at screens, at work, at home, and on the bike. We have become so connected and yet, at the same … The post Data diet: How unplugging can actually improve your cycling (and your life) appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shimano bike components: the latest reviews, news and buying advice

Shimano bike components: the latest reviews, news and buying advice

Shimano is one of the world's biggest component manufacturers and has been producing bike components for almost a century. As one of the ‘big three’ drivetrain component manufacturers (the other two being SRAM and Campagnolo ), Shimano groupsets and parts are always well-made, usually well-regarded and often well-priced. If you’re looking for the latest news and reviews of Shimano products, this is where you need to look. A brief history of Shimano Shimano was founded in Japan in 1921. The brand began life as Shimano Iron Works, producing innovative components that helped shape bikes into the machines that we know and love today. It’s directly contributed to some of cycling’s biggest innovations, including indexed shifting, dual-pivot brakes and integrated shifting, among many others. Shimano 2019 component range While Shimano also manufactures a multitude of other components, including handlebars, stems and seatposts (primarily under its PRO sub-brand), as well as clothing, ...

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19-year-old dies in Redlands training crash while previewing TT course

Tate Meintjes

Tragedy struck the Redlands Bicycle Classic on Monday morning when a rider who was previewing the stage 1 time trial course died after colliding with a vehicle that turned in front of him. Tate Meintjes, 19, was pronounced dead at Loma Linda University Hospital, according to a statement the race released late on Tuesday evening. Meintjes, who rode for Team California, was with a group of riders who were previewing a downhill section of the out-and-back course the day before the race, starting with a descent on Sand Canyon Road outside of Redlands in southern California. Meintjes collided with an automobile when the vehicle's driver turned suddenly into his path. Meintjes suffered major injuries when he crashed through the vehicle's window. An emergency room doctor who was riding her bicycle nearby was quickly on the scene and administered CPR before Meintjes was transported to the hospital. The California Highway Patrol ...

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Beginner's cycling tips: 25 essential pieces of advice for new cyclists

Beginner's cycling tips: 25 essential pieces of advice for new cyclists

These cycling tips, covering kit, clothing, nutrition, technique and more are aimed at beginners, the new riders who’ve just started out on their great two-wheeled adventure. Think of us as your riding buddy who wants to help you get the most out of you and your bike! Below we’ve tried to cover the common pitfalls of getting into riding, but not forgotten that the best thing about cycling is that it’s fun. Whether you’re a road cyclist, mountain biker or city commuter, there’s bound to be something here for you (spoiler alert: the most important one is at the bottom). In the words of the great Eddy Merckx — the legendary Belgian ex-pro cyclist who won 11 Grand Tours, including five Tour de France: "Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride." Cycling for beginners: start here 30 reasons to take up ...

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Investor buys Fly Pedals, seeks other brands to acquire

DENVER (BRAIN) — Denver-based Fly Pedals, which makes a platform conversion for clipless pedals, has been purchased by an investor who is looking to acquire other cycling accessory brands. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. New owner Damon MIller has a background in consumer product marketing, including a stint at fitness wearables brand Basis. The Fly Pedals acquisition is a first step in assembling a portfolio of cycling brands under his new company Spin Ventures. "I was looking for acquisition opportunities in the bike space. While I don't have a professional cycling background, I am a cyclist and commuter. I came across Fly Pedals looking for more niche opportunities where I felt there was some good traction for the product at some point and the brand, in this case, sort of plateaued and hit their ceiling," he said. "I'm continuing to look for additional opportunities to achieve some economies ...

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The Art of Racing Over 7 Days

What does it mean to be a one-week specialist? From 2014 to 2017, Alberto Contador was the undaunted master of week-long stage races. Having finished on the podium of WT one-week stage races (see the races I used for this analysis below) a whopping 10 times, including 3 wins. It would be easy for you to rush to interpret that this means that Grand Tour excellence translates to week-long results, until I tell you that over that time frame, Alberto Contador finished on a Grand Tour podium just once. In the twilight of his career, Contador was a shell of himself when it came to the big 3 week races, but was simply unparalleled when it came to the week-longs. [Full disclosure: Contador was also a week-long asskicker when he was a great GT rider as well… but we’ll get to that later.] You often hear the adage: “Rider X ...

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Kelly Catlin, Olympic silver medalist and pro road cyclist, dies at 23

Supported by Kelly Catlin, a silver medalist at the Rio Olympics, graduate student at Stanford, classical violinist, and cyclist for Rally Pro Cycling, has died. She was 23. Catlin was discovered by a roommate in an on-campus residence at Stanford. There was no indication of foul play, according to a statement from the university. Catlin was part … The post Kelly Catlin, Olympic silver medalist and pro road cyclist, dies at 23 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kelly Catlin dies at age 23

Kelly Catlin won bronze in the Individual Pursuit during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships i

Three-time world champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Kelly Catlin died Thursday night of an apparent suicide, according to a report today on VeloNews . “There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” Mark Catlin wrote in an email to VeloNews Sunday morning, confirming the circumstances of his daughter's death. “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.” Catlin's roommate reportedly discovered her body Thursday night in the dorm room they shared on the Stanford University campus, where Catlin was enrolled as a graduate student. She was 23 years old. Catlin won a silver medal in the Team Pursuit at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. She won gold with the US Team Pursuit squad at the world championships in 2016, 2017 and ...

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The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche

A pair of first-time champions emerged at Strade Bianche Saturday, though neither could be considered a surprise winner. After 184km of racing, including 63km across white gravel roads, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) got the better of Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to take the victory in the historic Piazza del Campo in Siena. Former world cyclocross … The post The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Porte could make Tour of California debut as preparation for Tour de France

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) rode a good race to finish second on stage 2 of the 2019 Herald Sun To

Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) could ride the Tour of California for the first time in his career as part of his preparation for the Tour de France . Porte is riding a slimmer race programme this season with the hope of having fresher legs for the Grand Boucle. Porte told Cyclingnews that he might head stateside this May and hang around for a training camp before returning to Europe. "We'll see it how it all goes, but I'll probably race California and then stay there for a bit of altitude and then the next big goal is the Dauphine," Porte told Cyclingnews . "That's the race where I need to be going and then the Tour. It's a bit of an unprecedented run. Normally, I hit the Tour with more race days in the legs." Porte said that he is a bit behind where he'd like to be at ...

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Bianchi launches new Specialissima to mark 20th anniversary of Pantani's Oropa win

The Bianchi Specialissima livery marks the 20th anniversary of the late Marco Pantani's win at Oropa

Bianchi has launched a new edition of its Specialissima frameset to mark the 20th anniversary of Marco Pantani’s victory at Oropa on the 1999 Giro d’Italia. The frameset featured the same black and yellow livery used by Pantani on the stage, with celeste flourishes provided by the Bianchi decals and handlebar tape. The paintjob on the 2019 Specialissima thus mirrors that on Pantani’s 1999 Mega Pro Concept bike. The frameset also includes a special graphic on the shoulder of the fork blade to commemorate Pantani’s win. Pantani famously won at Oropa in the maglia rosa despite dropping his chain at the base of the climb . By the time he adjusted his machine and remounted, he was some 30 seconds off the pace, but he proceeded to pick his way through the field to claim the stage honours. Pantani passed Laurent Jalabert in the final 3km to win the stage ...

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Strade Bianche: Tuscan delicacy

Is it possible that Strade Bianche is the most anticipated race of all on the calendar save for one or two that the Flemish hype machine have managed to elevate to almost God-like status? I think it probably is. Last year we engaged in a debate over whether it is in fact the sixth monument already and the opposition to such an outrageous claim was surprisingly mellow. It may not be but it’s probably not far off in many people’s minds. That said, it’s still pretty early days and Strade is really just the opening salvo in perhaps the most intense period of the year, Paris-Nice, Tirreno, Sanremo all follow like a string of pearls and the coming weeks promise to be a blur of high caliber World Tour racing. The race also suffers from rubbing up against Paris-Nice this weekend. Like always some riders you’d desperately want to see ...

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The best cycling books - by women

The best cycling books - by women

Emily Chappell 8 Mar 2019 Redressing the balance, here are our top picks of the best cycling books by women I’ll read anything if it’s got a bicycle on the cover, but I have to admit, pro cyclist memoirs (even the juicy confessional ones) all blur into one when you’ve read a few, and books about cycling across continents mostly just tell the same story again and again. Still, cycling channels so much of what’s important in life – triumph and failure; suffering and humour; rivalry, camaraderie and redemption – that it’s no wonder it’s accompanied by a rich and original seam of literature. Tim Krabbé’s The Rider is widely agreed to be a perfect rendition of the inner world of the racing cyclist, Max Leonard’s Lanterne Rouge recounts the Tour de France from the novel perspective of the last rider in, and Rob Penn’s It’s All About The Bike ...

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