Trek releases new “down-country” Top Fuel for 2020

Originally intended as a pure-bred racing steed, Trek’s Top Fuel has been a cross-country racer’s bike since its inception. For 2020, though, the Top Fuel is perhaps best described as the love child between Trek’s Fuel EX trail bike and the company’s Procaliber hardtail, offering the typical XC rider a little more capability. With a … The post Trek releases new “down-country” Top Fuel for 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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CrankTank Offers One More Brand Position at Impact Sun Valley Media Summit

SUN VALLEY, Idaho—CrankTank will be hosting their second annual Impact Sun Valley media camp June 20-23 in Idaho. Impact is a series of events providing brands and media the opportunity to interact one-on-one to introduce new products and technology as well as build relationships. With top media like GCN, Bicycling, Teton Gravity Research, Dirt Rag, Singletrack World, Pinkbike and more, it's an excellent event to showcase new products on the amazing trail network of Sun Valley. CrankTank reports they still have one brand slot open for the event. Brands who sign up have the opportunity to lead rides with licensed guides from Western Spirit or choose a lift-served mountain bike experience on Sun Valley's flow trails as well as host presentations, and photo and video shoots with attending media. This year, Impact Sun Valley aligns with Outerbike Sun Valley as well as NICA's annual Conference and People for Bike's Draft ...

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Smart Helmets Getting Smarter: the 318 SH50

318 SH50

318 brings function and sound to a better place Cycling for me nowadays is mostly about medium-to-long rides by myself, squeezed in between various obligations as I continue to chase some sort of physical fitness before the idea of it is gone. It’s not hopeless, nor is it dull; if anything, cycling is both exerting and relaxing at the same time. This makes me the target audience for smart helmets. These are helmets with electronic features, particularly bluetooth connectivity and speakers to play whatever is on your phone. I need a soundtrack, or want one at least, to knock out a couple podcasts while I ride, or to set my tempo to some inspiring beats. Add children to that, and their propensity to steal and/or misplace my earbuds, and the need becomes all the more acute. Getty Images for China File The G318 Highway The makers of the 318 SH50 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 .

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United City Bikes attracts deluge of pledges for folding e-bikes

The One weighs 27.5 pounds and folds in seconds.

At 27.5 pounds, The One's three models have raised more than $770,000 through Indiegogo. ZURICH (BRAIN) — United City Bikes saw the need for a lightweight folding e-bike in the ever-growing electric urban universe, but the response to its solution, The One, even caught the company by surprise. After a year-and-half of research and development, the Swiss startup launched its three 16-inch wheel models, each weighing 27.5 pounds, on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo in April. According to United City Bikes, more than $100,000 was collected in less than an hour. As of Tuesday, 10 days from the end of the campaign, more than 800 backers have contributed nearly $770,000. United City Bikes’ goal was $50,000. “We knew there was a big interest in a real lightweight urban mobility folding bike,” said Ralf Miller, United City Bikes customer relationship manager for sales. “But, finally, it was still overwhelming to see the great ...

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Riders' union asks TV motos to keep their distance

The TV moto follows Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale)

Gianni Bugno, president of the Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA), this week issued an open letter denouncing "the excessive proximity of the motorbikes to the athletes during the competitions", which is a problem he says is occurring more frequently in races around the world. Currently attending the Giro d'Italia, where Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) leads all comers after dominating the stage 9 time trial, Bugno said the CPA will formally address the issue at the UCI Security Commission meeting in June. For the time being, however, he is asking on behalf of the riders that race vehicles "demonstrate a greater sensitivity toward safe and fair competitions". "The safety of our women and our men is fundamental, same as the correct execution of the race," Bugno said in a statement sent to media. "The competitive result must be as fair as possible," he continued. "It cannot be compromised by encounters, which, ...

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Could your ride data be making the roads safer?

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 ...

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BikeRadar Podcast Ep 3: How do £10k bikes even exist, helmet tech and e-road

Rider on a Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc

BikeRadar's tech writers Warren, Matthew and Tom discuss developments in electric bikes, helmet technology and the rise of the £10,000 bike

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DJI gunning for GoPro with the Osmo Action camera

DJI Osmo Action

Shots fired at the leading brand in action cameras by the leading brand in gimbals and drones

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Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance

Fabio Jakobsen’s (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) Stage four win on tubeless

It was just a couple of months ago that Josh Poertner, owner of Silca, made the bold prediction that tubeless tires will be the norm in professional racing within five years. And now, in the wake of Fabio Jakobsen’s win on Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California, Specialized has announced that it holds … The post Less resistance: With each WorldTour win, tubeless tires gain acceptance appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Jakobsen wins Tour of California stage on tubeless tyres

Deceuninck-QuickStep's Fabio Jakobsen wins stage 4 of the 2019 Tour of California, while third-place

Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) took the second WorldTour race victory of the season on tubeless tyres at the Tour of California on Wednesday, as teams and brands continue to test the technology in the professional peloton. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was the first WorldTour race winner on tubeless wheels and tyres when he won Gent-Wevelgem in March. Deceuninck-QuickStep’s technical partner and tyre provider Specialized revealed that Jakobsen's win followed an earlier puncture, which was subsequently sealed using latex sealant inside the tyre. Tubeless tyres are used in conjunction with a tubeless-ready wheelset, where the bead of the tyre locks into the rim, removing the need for an inner tube and offering a simpler setup and similar weight to tubular tyres. Tubular tyres have been used in cycling for around 100 years and see the tube glued to the rim of the wheel. The setup can be time consuming ...

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A $75 MIPS helmet beats WaveCel in Virginia Tech rankings

Last week, Virginia Tech released the latest update to its list of independently tested helmets, adding a dozen or so models. That’s not the biggest news. This is: a US$75 MIPS-equipped Lazer is now the safest helmet Virginia Tech has tested, knocking Bontrager’s WaveCel-equipped Specter helmet off the top spot. Helmet test standards are a … The post A $75 MIPS helmet beats WaveCel in Virginia Tech rankings appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Spotted – super cheap SRAM SX Eagle?

a picture of a sram sx eagle groupset

Following a Bird Cycleworks blogpost, could an even cheaper Eagle groupset be on the way?

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Spotted — super cheap SRAM SX Eagle groupset?

A picture of a SRAM SX Eagle groupset

Following a Bird Cycleworks blog post, could an even cheaper Eagle groupset be on the way?

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Light weight brain buckets, Atherton approved knee protection and more from Endura

Endura-MT500

Endura is aiming to keep your body bruise-free

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Shimano GRX: World’s first dedicated gravel groupsets

Shimano GRX RX810 rear derailleur

The new group offers three tiers, lower gears, better braking from the hoods, clutched rear derailleurs, and mechanical or Di2 versions The post Shimano GRX: World’s first dedicated gravel groupsets appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shimano introduces Tiagra-level hydraulic disc brakes

Sam Challis Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 14:59 Tiagra is Shimano’s fourth road groupset to get a full hydraulic disc brake upgrade The top four tiers of Shimano’s road groupsets now offer a series-specific hydraulic disc option as technology previously only available at Dura-Ace, Ultegra and 105 trickles down to the Tiagra tier. Previous non-series components have been replaced with Tiagra-series components, which feature many attributes of models at the more premium end of Shimano’s catalogue. ‘The new Tiagra levers replace the previous non-series ST-RS405 units and now follow the pattern set by the Dura-Ace, Ultegra and 105 groupsets, with a slim body to house the hydraulic disc brake controls and increased adjustability for optimum bike control,’ says Shimano. The brakes are not the only components in the tier to receive an overhaul as Shimano took the opportunity to refine the shift mechanism too. ‘The Tiagra 10-speed shifting mechanism within ...

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Shimano launches GRX gravel groupset

Sam Challis Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 15:00 Shimano says GRX is the first component series on the market designed specifically for gravel riding Thanks to Shimano’s conservative attitude towards new trends and its penchant for clinically thorough research, development and testing phases, major innovations from the Japanese components brand are few and far between. This means that the Shimano GRX gravel groupset release, a versatile groupset that caters specifically for gravel and adventure riding, can be seen as an affirmation that gravel riding as a trend has shifted into the canon of conventional cycling. GRX has a mix-and-match theme to mirror to the diverse requirements of riding gravel - there are options for 1x and 2x chainsets, 10- or 11-speed cassettes, mechanical or electronic transmissions, dropper post integration and expansive gear ratio combinations, plus supplemental and specialist components. Image 3 of 9 Image 3 of 9 The cranksets blend ...

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