Just In: Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc - £10,000 aero superbike arrives for review
Trek's supersonic looking aero race bike with disc brakes and Dura-Ace Di2
SRAM launches Troy Lee Designs collaboration and updated downhill groupsets
Launch Gallery SRAM ‘s X01 DH crankset now features the company’s DUB bottom bracket standard, as well as new graphics for 2019 SRAM This is what SRAM X01 DH and GX DH is made for. Flat out gravity riding and competition SRAM Truvativ Descendent Troy Lee Designs collaboration handlebars are available in aluminium (pictured) or carbon SRAM The Troy Lee Designs collaboration handlebars have 20 or 25mm rise options and 31.8 or 35mm clamping SRAM Two colourways are available on the TLD Truvativ collaboration crankset SRAM Troy Lee Designs and Truvativ got together to produce some unique crankset patterns SRAM SRAM is adding emphasis to its downhill components ranges with updates to the top-end X01 DH groupset and the affordable GX DH groupset. Meanwhile, a new collaboration with Troy Lee Designs brings extra bling to SRAM’s Descendant cranks and handlebars. Mountain bike groupsets: everything you need to know SRAM’s new ...
Uber launches Jump dockless e-bikes in London
Joe Robinson 24 May 2019 Brand best known for car-hiring app expands UK horizons with trial of electric bikes in Islington Uber is set to expand beyond its vast fleet of private hire vehicles in the UK as it announced a trial of its Jump electric bikes hire scheme in London. Over the coming month, Uber will place 350 of its distinctive red e-bikes in the borough of Islington with plans to expand the dockless scheme to further parts of the capital. The company, best known for its app-based taxi service, has already introduced its e-bikes to various cities across the United States and Canada as well as five cities in Europe. Much like the car hiring arm of the business, rent of the e-bikes will be controlled via an app that will use a smart device's GPS to track free bikes that can be ridden. Like other dockless vehicles, ...
Marin’s 2019 range spans hardcore commuter to gnarly enduro racer
Marin launches new bikes with old names: Team Marin hardtail, an updated Nicasio gravel bike and the Alpine Trail 8, a hardcore all-mountain shredder
Lost Lanes West, by Jack Thurston
Title : Lost Lanes West - 36 Glorious Bike Rides in the West Country Author : Jack Thurston Publisher : Wild Things Publishing Year : 2018 Pages : 255 Order : Wild Things What it is : 36 suggested bike rides in the West Country in England’s south-west corner, down Devon and Dorset way Strengths : Three books in and the ‘Lost Lanes’ series has established itself as serving up the best cycling guidebooks for British-based riders looking to get off the beaten track Weaknesses : Someone will always quibble about what was left out, that’s half the fun of books like these Where does the time go? Slipped away without me knowing. It’s already getting on for six years since the first in the ‘Lost Lanes’ series of cycling guidebooks came out, and a year since this third volume was published. Having done the south west of England in ...
The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #12: Test your wits
As the popular saying goes, there are three inevitabilities in life: death, taxes and the CyclingTips Weekly Quiz. While you can’t do much about the first two, you can absolutely crush the last one with this background reading… Neal Rogers, in his latest ‘Weekly Spin’ column, sat down with one of the greatest talents of … The post The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #12: Test your wits appeared first on CyclingTips .
Silca Viaggio travel pump review: Works well, but too big and too heavy
I spend a lot of time traveling with a bike, and I’ve grown pretty adept at paring down my assortment of tools, spares, and accessories to the bare essentials. After all, many airlines charge a small fortune if your travel case is even a smidgeon overweight, and a failure to keep your grams in check … The post Silca Viaggio travel pump review: Works well, but too big and too heavy appeared first on CyclingTips .
Video: Trailer for cycling-themed black comedy The Climb + the original short film
Film has been getting positive reviews at Cannes Film Festival
Bontrager WaveCel XXX helmet review
Pete Muir Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 14:00 A comfortable – if overbuilt – helmet that promises enhanced protection from concussion 3.5 / 5 £199.99 Safety has become a big issue in the helmet world recently. That may seem like an obvious statement – after all, the singular purpose of a bicycle helmet is safety – but it is an aspect that has occasionally taken a back seat while manufacturers have focussed on performance elements such as weight, ventilation and aerodynamics. Now all the big brands are looking to find innovations that do a better job of protecting riders in the event of a crash. Several companies have included Mips in their helmets – a slip liner that helps absorb rotational forces. Giro has launched its Aether, which has a sliding inner shell that works like Mips; while Specialized uses Mips but has also come up with ANGi, a sensor ...
The best bike rollers of 2019
Joseph Delves 22 May 2019 A breakdown of the best bike rollers of 2019 along with what to look for before you buy Training on rollers makes you both super-cool and will help develop a better pedalling style. Without any resistance and requiring you to balance as if actually riding, they offer a different set of benefits compared to a static trainer. Composed of three drums, two at the back and one at the front, these are connected by an elastic drive-band. With most models housed in a folding frame, once set up the effect is like a rolling road for your bicycle. More engaging but potentially less versatile than a turbo, they’re good for building technique and cadence but less suited to strength work. A second key use is warming up before events. Ahead of any criterium or cyclocross race, the nearest carpark will be full of people spinning ...
Pivot Cycles Mach 4 SL first-ride review: Full XC race machine
Pivot Cycles has been on a bit of a roll lately, what with the Trail 429, Switchblade, Firebird 29, and Phoenix all receiving healthy doses of positive media and user reviews, plus healthy sales to match. But there’s been one category where the brand has been feeling a little off-the-back in recent years: cross-country. Pivot … The post Pivot Cycles Mach 4 SL first-ride review: Full XC race machine appeared first on CyclingTips .
Pivot’s 2019 Mach 4 SL is an Olympic-level XC beast
A flat-out cross-country racer and singletrack blasting weapon
Shimano S-Phyre XC9 vs Specialized S-Works Recon off-road shoe review
A battle of the Big S’. While these two mega-companies typically work closely together, they’re direct competitors when it comes to footwear. And with both companies recently launching new premium performance off-road shoes pitched at cross country, cyclocross and gravel racers, it was time to pit the two against one another. Both Shimano’s S-Phyre XC901 … The post Shimano S-Phyre XC9 vs Specialized S-Works Recon off-road shoe review appeared first on CyclingTips .
Pantani Was a God, by Marco Pastonesi
Title: Pantani Was a God Author: Marco Pastonesi (translated by Colin O’Brien) Publisher: Rapha Editions, in association with Bluetrain Publishing Year: 2018 (originally published in Italian in 2014) Pages: 234 Order: Rapha What it is: A book about Marco Pantani, but also about Italian cycling and some of the great and tragic heroes of the mountains Strengths: Pastonesi is an elegant writer and comes at his subject from interesting angles Weaknesses: No critical distance, very little criticism Pantani Was a God . There’s a title that’ll divide opinion. On the one side, the fans, nodding along, yes, yes, yes, on the other, the critics, shaking their fillings loose, no, no, no. From the outset, there’s a bit of defensiveness about it, from both the author and the translator. Here’s Colin O’Brien , in his translator’s introduction: “Whatever the title might suggest at first glance, it isn’t some silly psalm to ...
Peloton indoor bike and workout subscription review
Laura Laker Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:27 Popular indoor bike trainer that's worth the money if you use it regularly, but there's a real risk of ignoring it at home. Photos: Peloton 3.0 / 5 £1,990 plus subscription There are a hundred different reasons why an indoor bike, complete with an on-screen instructor could come in handy. There’s busy family (or indeed work) life, where a workout you can fit in with the little one(s) asleep, or otherwise engaged, would appeal. There’s night shifts, long shifts, unpredictable shifts, and living far from a gym. Sport England’s recent Active Lives survey shows indoor cycling is increasingly popular, while road and racing cycling numbers are down. You may not want to battle traffic on the road, you may want the encouragement of an instructor but perhaps don’t feel comfortable in a gym. Or you just prefer to work out at home. ...
A Review of Stage 10 of the Giro that’s also a Preview of Stage 11 because why not, they’re the Same Stage
This article is exactly what it says on the tin but first I’m going to clarify the exact differences between stage ten and stage eleven in bullet point format and then point out why they don’t matter: Stage eleven is eighty kilometres longer than stage ten. This doesn’t matter when you’re ensconced in a peloton and riding slower than the roadbook’s slowest option on the timetable to the extent that my television thought the stage had ended by the time there was fourteen kilometres to go. The only thing which piano is a more descriptive way of talking about is a Tim Minchin show. It does matter in the sense that it sends me into a fit of unimaginable rage that one of the pointless flat stages is forty kilometres too short and the other one is forty kilometres too long. Obviously this is because Modena and Novi Ligure were ...
Five cool things coming soon from Sigma, Knog, Schmolke, Look and Rapha
Some more picks of the test pile before our reviewers give their full verdicts...
Interview: Gareth Cartman
Gareth Cartman’s novel We Rode All Day tells a story of the 1919 Tour de France, how it was lost by Eugène Christophe and won by Firmin Lambot, using the imagined voices of some of the race’s key protagonists to tell the tale. Here he talks to us about the race and the book. Podium Café: I’d like, if we could, to quickly tell the story of the 1919 Tour, for those unfamiliar with it. Let’s start with Henri Pélissier: he had been a close second in the Tour, in 1914, beaten by Philippe Thys. He came into the 1919 Tour on the back of victory in Paris-Roubaix – where, I think, L’Auto ’s headline compared him to a well-bred greyhound – and he gets off to a good start, especially when Thys abandons. Then...? Gareth Cartman: Pélissier really should have won this Tour. As other riders point out in ...
Could your ride data be making the roads safer?
Michael Donlevy 20 May 2019 Transport authorities are increasingly interested in knowing where you’re going when you ride – but Big Brother isn't all bad… Do you use Strava ? If so, do you ever wonder what – beyond sitting somewhere below the leaderboard – is happening to your ride data? And do you ever use a bike-sharing scheme, such as Transport for London’s Santander Bikes or one of the dockless e-bikes springing up around the UK’s cities? If so, did you know that they are recording your journeys, too? It sounds like a Big Brother scenario in which the government and local authorities can track your movements and can tell where you are whenever you’re on your bike. Because even Strava – which is used voluntarily – is working with local councils to show who is riding and where, right now. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This ...