Bontrager launches new safety technology WaveCel into helmet range

Sam Challis 19 Mar 2019 The unique structure replaces part of the EPS shell and claims to protect against rotational impact forces better than MIPS Today Bontrager, the apparel and components arm of bike manufacturer Trek, has announced an exclusive partnership with WaveCel, the makers of a unique polymer structure the claims to protect against the forces experienced in a crash better than any other safety technology currently on the cycling market. Bontrager claims the new technology is 48-times more effective at preventing concussion in common cycling accidents than standard EPS foam, and even outperforms the well-regarded MIPS slip-plane technology in direct comparative testing. The material was developed by Dr Steve Madey and Dr Michael Bottlang, who have collaborated for the past 25 years and pioneered advances in fracture care, thoracic and pelvic trauma, and head injury prevention. Image 4 of 8 Image 4 of 8 The creation of Bontrager ...

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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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Cafe bike security and the best pocket locks reviewed

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You’re riding somewhere new and far from home. You know you’ll be stopping for a coffee, lunch or afternoon beverage, but not sure whether you’ll be able to keep eyes on your bike. What do you do? Traditional bike locks are simply too bulky and awkward to carry, and there’s no space on your frame … The post Cafe bike security and the best pocket locks reviewed appeared first on CyclingTips .

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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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Five cool things coming soon from Loffi, Chrome Industries, Parcours, Giant and Maxxis

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Some more of the hottest bikes, gear and tech we're testing at the moment, with reviews coming soon...

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Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset review

Sam Challis Monday, March 18, 2019 - 15:38 Fulcrum has broken new ground with its Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset, with great effect 4.5 / 5 £1,899.99 Fulcrum has a vast offering of wheelsets to suit many budgets and riding applications, but its new Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset is ostensibly the most intriguing design it currently offers. For starters, the Racing Zero Carbon DB is Fulcrum’s first tubeless-compatible carbon rim. The Italian brand has long sold its carbon rims with undrilled rim beds, citing the increased stiffness and structural integrity this imbues the rim with, but this is the first time the rim bed and sidewalls have been specifically designed to seat tubeless tyres. The Racing Zero Carbon DB’s rim is also wider internally, with Fulcrum suggesting the 19mm diameter will pair well with 25mm and 28mm tyres. The wheelset is the only disc-brake design on the market to ...

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Roval CLX 32 Disc 650b wheelset review

Roval CLX 32 Disc 650b wheelset review

We were massively impressed with the 700c versions of Specialized’s Roval CLX 32 Disc wheels. According to the engineers who developed them in Specialized’s wind tunnel, those 32mm-deep wheels have a more aerodynamic profile than their 400mm-deep forebears. That same profile is present on this 650b wheelset. Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know Roval SLX 24 wheelset review The wheels are tubeless compatible (or ‘2 Bliss Ready’ in Specialized speak) and can be set-up with either standard tubeless rim tape or Specialized’s rim plugs, which are included along with 12mm thru-axle end caps, quick-release levers, fittings for quick-release frames and a pair of wheel bags. The rims’ wide internal width (20.7mm) means they’re perfectly suited to big-volume gravel tyres (I ran mine with 42mm Specialized Sawtooth tyres). I set them up tubeless using Specialized’s plugs, which was pretty easy and didn’t require too much fettling. The rest of ...

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Ribble Cycles bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice

Ribble Cycles bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice

Ribble Cycles is a British bike company originally established in 1897. Now one of the UK's biggest online bike dealers and selling bikes all over the world, Ribble specialises in using thoroughly road-tested frames from the Far East as the basis of customer-specced bike packages that offer exceptional value for money. Ribble bikes Ribbles 2019 range includes road, cyclocross, gravel, touring, time-trial, triathlon, track, urban, and electric bikes. Here’s a breakdown of what they offer so you can find the right bike for your needs. Ribble 2019 road bikes For road cyclists, there are a number of collections to choose from. Long-distance cyclists will want to look at the Endurance collection, which includes the aluminium AL, the carbon SL, and the steel 725. If sportive is more your thing, the R872 is a great value carbon option as well. Racers will want to check out the Endurance SL R series, ...

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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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Campagnolo launches latest Bora WTO wheels

Pete Muir 15 Mar 2019 ‘Wind Tunnel Optimised’ wheels get a versatile 45mm version Campagnolo has welcomed the latest addition to its Bora wheel line-up: the WTO 45. The Bora wheel has been around for decades – indeed, Campagnolo claims it has won more races than any other wheel – but it was only in 2018 that the Italian company introduced the WTO version. WTO stands for ‘Wind-Tunnel Optimised’ and, as the name suggests, it is the most aerodynamically advanced of the Bora wheel options. These won’t be replacing the traditional Boras, so fans of the Bora One and Bora Ultra need not panic. When the first WTO wheels appeared in 2018, there were only two rim depths to choose from. The WTO 77 is a super-deep rimmed wheel that only comes as a front wheel, as it is designed to be paired with a disc wheel at the rear. ...

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Columbia Powder Lite hooded jacket review

Sam Challis Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:28 The Columbia Powder Lite Hooded jacket uses some neat tech to pack in a lot of warmth for its weight and bulk 4.0 / 5 The consistent development of synthetic insulation over the last few years has given rise to myriad types of down jackets that are lighter and slimmer, yet more insulative than their traditional feather-down counterparts. As Rapha recently showed with its Explore Down jacket, a take on the insulated jacket design can be successfully applied in cycling. Columbia’s Powder Lite design shows that a contemporary insulated jacket doesn’t necessarily have to be cycling-specific in order to function in a variety of applications both on and off the bike. Done well, the insulated jacket is a versatile garment that is as useful in daily life as it is for casual cycling. The Powder Lite Hooded jacket uses Columbia’s Storm-Lite DP ...

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Team Sky expected to be saved by Britain's richest person

Team Sky expected to be saved by Britain's richest person

Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2019 Sir Jim Ratcliffe's chemical company Ineos expected to take over Team Sky sponsorship Britain's richest person and keen cyclist Sir Jim Ratcliffe looks set to save Team Sky through his chemical company Ineos, which is expected to take control of the British WorldTour team in 2020. The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that Ratcliffe was in talks with Sir Dave Brailsford about the possibilty of a potential takeover – one of several buyers reported as being interested in purchasing the team. This was seemingly backed up by Team Sky sport director Matteo Tossato who told Spanish newspaper Marca at the UAE Tour that a new sponsor had been secured and would be announced before the Giro d'Italia. The Italian also confirmed that the replacement for Team Sky would be from Europe. This after Brailsford denied that meetings with Colombian president Ivan Duque were in ...

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Campagnolo's Bora WTO 45 claims best real world aero EVER

Campagnolo's Bora WTO 45 claims best real world aero EVER

As well as announcing its all new Super Record EPS 12 groupset, Campagnolo has also released its latest all-round wheelset, the Bora WTO 45, which it claims to be among the most aerodynamically optimised for real world conditions on the market. Sharing the Wind Tunnel Optimised (WTO) name of the delayed Campagnolo WTO 60 wheelset and WTO 77 front time-trial wheels that were announced last year, the new Bora WTO 45 comes in both rim and disc brake versions. Its versatile design is claimed to be designed around real world riding conditions, rather than simply wind tunnel induced conditions, and the result is claimed to be the most efficient drag-reducing shape on the market. In certain conditions it generates negative drag, or the sailing effect too. Campagnolo Centaur groupset review Campagnolo Bora One 35 DB review The rims are built with an outer UD carbon layer, with moulded spoke holes, ...

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Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed: Details and first-ride review

It was hardly a secret that Campagnolo would upgrade its Super Record EPS electronic groupset to 12-speed; the company even told us that outright a few months ago, and sponsored riders have already been using it since the start of the season. But now it’s finally here, and we have all the details. Updated Ergopower … The post Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed: Details and first-ride review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Campagnolo launches 12-speed Super Record EPS

Pete Muir Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:48 Electronic shifting comes to the Italian brand’s top-tier groupset TBC In 2018 Campagnolo surprised the world by being the first of the big three groupset manufacturers to produce a 12-speed groupset for the road. Now in 2019, it has taken the next step by launching the electronic EPS version of Super Record. Super Record EPS will be available in both rim brake and disc brake formats and, for now, only the top-tier groupset is getting the electronic treatment, with next-level-down Record remaining as mechanical 12-speed only. As expected, the new EPS groupset maintains all the same features as the mechanical version of Super Record, combined with the electro-gizmology of the established 11-speed EPS set-up. That, however, doesn’t mean that the old electronic derailleurs and shifters have simply been bolted on to the new crankset and cassette. The move to 12-speed has required ...

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Are the '90s back?! Moots' amazingly-anodised soft-tail-equipped gravel bike

Are the '90s back?! Moots' amazingly-anodised soft-tail-equipped gravel bike

The Routt is Moots’ do-it-all gravel-racing shred-venturing bike that is available in a number of different build options, including the Routt YBB. The Routt YBB is a cushy soft tail-equipped model and we have one in for testing right now, and it's already won over the hearts of much of BikeRadar . Best gravel and all-road bikes of 2018 Best gravel tyres of 2018 Moots Routt YBB full specs Fork: Moots flat-mount disc cross carbon Stem: Moots Ti Seatpost : Moots 27.2 cinch post Headset: Chris King I7 Groupset: Shimano Ultegra 8070 Handlebar: Fizik Cyrano R3 Aluminum Tape: Moots bar tape Saddle : Fizik Aliante R3 K:Ium Wheels : Mavic Ksyrium Allroad Elite Tyres : WTB Riddler $8,670 A soft-what-now? The YBB system is Moots’ signature soft tail suspension system. This elastomer-spring hybrid system is located in the wishbone-style seatstay and offers around 20mm of undamped travel. There are no ...

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Huge savings to be had on components at ProBikeKit this week

Huge savings to be had on components at ProBikeKit this week

ProBikeKit is having a week-long sale on many of its components this week, with many items marked up with up to 75 percent off. There are some serious deals to be had if you’re currently looking to make some upgrades or are in the process of building your dream bike. Head over to the website to browse all the deals, but if you’re short on time, here are a few we’ve picked out to whet your appetite. Powertap P1 dual-sided power meter pedals PowerRap P1 V2 pedal review The Powertap P1 dual-sided power meter installs like any other pedal, so you can easily pop it on and off your bike. This makes it a great training tool to travel with and switch between multiple bikes with its ‘plug and play’ capabilities. It’s both Bluetooth SMART and ANT+ compatible, has an estimated battery life of 60 hours and a claimed weight ...

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Tech we can't live without — Jack's all-time (controversial) favourites

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I find it hard to believe myself, but it’s been almost two and a half fun- and nonsense-packed years since I started working for BikeRadar . In that time, I’ve had the pleasure of using, testing and abusing a tonne of cycling kit — some of it great, some of it not so great. With this in mind, and as my shockingly handsome colleagues Joe , Tom and the recently-departed Reuben have just done, I plonked myself down in the studio to look back at my top five bits of kit since I started at the good ship BikeRadar . Five things for five years: Joe’s all-time tech Tom's top 5 bike tech and kit he can’t live without Reuben’s 5 favourite bits of kit from 5 years at BikeRadar 1. My beloved tandem, Cecil I’m really beginning to sound like a broken record on this one, but there’s no ...

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Cycling's worst-kept secret: Campagnolo's Super Record 12-speed EPS groupset launches

Cycling's worst-kept secret: Campagnolo's Super Record 12-speed EPS groupset launches

Less than a year after Campagnolo launched its Super Record 12-speed mechanical groupset, the inevitable EPS electronic version has landed. The groupset's arrival came as no surprise, having already been spotted on World Road Champion Alejandro Valverde’s bike in 2019’s early season races. All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed hydraulic brakes first ride review Improve ergonomics The new groupset shares a number of components with the mechanical version, but adds in EPS parts, which have been re-engineered for 12-speed, and some all-new or improved ones too. Externally similar, the Ergopower controls come in rim and hydraulic disc brake versions, and maintain the superb ergonomics of the mechanical system, but with, in my opinion, a superior thumb lever shape. Unlike the mechanical one, the downward sweep of the EPS inner lever requires little thumb or hand movement to operate from the hoods or drops, further accelerating ...

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Whyte Wessex review

Whyte Wessex review

Whyte’s Wessex is designed for typical British conditions, and we all know that means everything from billiard table-smooth tarmac to unmade roads, and rain. On paper, tubeless 30mm tyres, thru-axles, hydraulic disc brakes and neat mudguards, plus an all-carbon frameset, make the Wessex a serious contender for anyone looking for a year-round ride. Ribble CGR SL 105 review Best road bike pedals 2019 It’s certainly a nice-looking machine. The bow-legged fork blends smoothly into the tapered head-tube, with plenty of room for the 42mm-wide mudguard, which is fixed to the wide fork crown. An internal seatpost clamp creates a clean-looking top tube and gets a rubber cover to seal it from the weather. Seemingly de rigueur slim, dropped seatstays, deep boxy chainstays and a seat-tube shape that follows the rear mudguard’s curve the closer it gets to the bottom bracket, plus well-sealed internal cable routing ports, show that both practical ...

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