Long-term review: FSA Powerbox Carbon power cranks
Stu Bowers Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 10:23 A lightweight and attractive power meter fit to adorn any high-end road bike 4.5 / 5 £1099.95 FSA has worked with German manufacturer, Power2Max, for this spider based system, the FSA Powerbox Carbon power cranks. That’s no bad thing at all. Power2Max has an excellent reputation for high quality products, so much so Cannondale has recently selected P2M power meters for OE spec on many of its top end bikes. To avoid confusion here this is a single sided power meter, as there are only strain gauges in the right hand spider, but it can still effectively provide many of the same metrics as a 'true' dual-sided system, just arguably ever-so slightly less accurate as it’s algorithm is not true-data based. FSA Powerbox is capable of providing left and right leg balance data as well as more sophisticated pedalling efficiency analysis (requires ...
Tour de France bikes 2019: who’s riding what?
Frames, groupsets, wheels and finishing kit
Wilier Zero SLR 2020 first-ride review: integrated, but not aero
Italian brands evoke a sense of history, sometimes at the expense of jumping on the latest trends. But Wilier’s new Zero SLR mixes that trope up. The new bike ticks all the boxes, throwing in all the tech riders want from a bike now: fully integrated cable routing from the bars onwards, disc brakes, and … The post Wilier Zero SLR 2020 first-ride review: integrated, but not aero appeared first on CyclingTips .
Shimano adds Deore XT, SLX to 12-speed MTB groupset line-up
Shimano has added new 12-speed mountain bike groupsets – Deore XT and SLX – to the range-topping XTR 12-speed, which was launched last year. Shimano joined SRAM – which has 12-speed road and mountain bike groupsets – and Campagnolo's road groupsets, in adding an additional sprocket to their MTB drivetrains but have yet to launch a 12-speed groupset for the road. Shimano's Deore XT and SLX groupsets have been completely overhauled with new drivetrain components, brakes, pedals and wheels, with availability for the new components expected mid-June of this year. Both new groupsets can be configured in 1X or 2X setups, and while there is no suggestion of an impending 12-speed road groupset from the brand, the direction of travel towards 12-speed in the off-road discipline speaks volumes. The new 12-speed chain for the groupsets has been redesigned and features an ‘extended inner plate to improve chain engagement and retention’. ...
CeramicSpeed OSPW pulley wheel system review: Oversized, overpriced
The bike industry is full of products that claim to make you faster. Some focus on reducing your aero drag, others trim weight, and some attempt to efficiently transfer the watts from your legs to the road. Many can indeed make you faster, while others perhaps exist because there is profit to be had. Drivetrain … The post CeramicSpeed OSPW pulley wheel system review: Oversized, overpriced appeared first on CyclingTips .
Shimano GRX: World’s first dedicated gravel groupsets
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 .
Photo gallery: 2019 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia – The rebels and the new guard
The Handmade Bicycle Show Australia isn’t just an expo for established builders, it also serves as a soapbox for up-and-coming makers. In this final gallery, we take a look at the apprentices, rebels, and keepers of the craft. Some are picking up the torch, and helping to ensure classic handmade bikes don’t disappear anytime soon … The post Photo gallery: 2019 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia – The rebels and the new guard appeared first on CyclingTips .
Sarto Lampo Plus frameset review
Sarto is an Italian frame manufacturer with a massive 60 years of experience, but it wasn’t until 2010 that the company started putting its own name on its frames. This was well after Sarto had made the transition from working with steel to carbon composites, however the company has retained its traditional approach to the … The post Sarto Lampo Plus frameset review appeared first on CyclingTips .
Amstel amazes, defending champs triumph on the Mur: Weekly News Digest
Supported by It’s okay to admit it – sometimes you’re just too busy to stay up to date on every bit of news from the world of cycling. Need a recap of the week’s biggest happenings? No problem. The final Daily News Digest of the week will be a Weekly News Digest, with highlights from the headlines … The post Amstel amazes, defending champs triumph on the Mur: Weekly News Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .
New Campagnolo Chorus 12-speed groupset embraces modernity
Supported by Campagnolo has just announced a redesign of its popular Chorus groupset, which, as expected, incorporates most of the functional advancements of its more premium Record and Super Record stablemates – including a move to a 12-speed cassette. However, it also includes a new wider-range 11-34T cassette size, plus a 48/32T chainring option that isn’t available … The post New Campagnolo Chorus 12-speed groupset embraces modernity appeared first on CyclingTips .
Campagnolo launches Chorus 12-speed
Campagnolo has launched a new 12-speed Chorus groupset, which sits below the more superior Record and Super Record groupsets but features plenty of trickle-down tech from its bigger siblings. Campagnolo was the first of the big three groupset manufacturers – Campagnolo, Shimano and SRAM – to launch a 12-speed groupset last year, updating the groupsets earlier this year with an electronic version of the Super Record groupset. The new Chorus groupset features similar ergonomics, mechanicals and aesthetics as the more expensive versions of the groupsets but uses different materials to attain a lower price point for consumers. Campagnolo says that aside from a new aluminium brake lever – instead of the carbon Record and Super Record levers – the new Campagnolo Chorus Ergopower levers are nearly identical to the higher-tier components. The brake lever reach is adjustable via a small hex bolt to enable a comfortable fit for multiple hand ...
Video: Do you need 12-speed?
A look at the pros and cons with Campagnolo's Record 12-speed groupset
Campagnolo Chorus 12 speed groupset launched, with lower price points and smaller chainring and cassette options
Campag are trying to bring 12 speed to the masses by trickling it down to Chorus level, and they now appear to have embraced gravel and adventure riding with a 48/32 chainset and 11-34t cassette option
Campagnolo launches new Chorus 12-speed groupset
Rim and disc brake options, plus gravel-friendly gearing
Campagnolo launches 12-speed Chorus groupset
Pete Muir Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:10 The Italian brand’s third tier groupset gets an update and extra sprocket Campagnolo has unveiled a Chorus version of its new 12-speed groupset. Chorus is the third tier in Campagnolo’s line-up, and the new groupset aims to offer virtually all the same functionality as its forebears, but at just a bit more weight and for a chunk less money. As such, the new arrival means that Campagnolo now has eight versions of its 12-speed groupset: Super Record mechanical in rim and disc brake variants, Super Record EPS in rim and disc, Record mechanical in rim and disc, and now Chorus mechanical in rim and disc. The main differences between Chorus and its more expensive Record and Super Record siblings are in the materials used. Where Super Record is dripping with carbon and titanium throughout, Chorus relies on more alloy components to keep ...
Industry predictions: What will WorldTour tech look like five years from now?
Predictions are notoriously tricky to get right, as evident by my last attempt. However, when it comes to the WorldTour, with its often old-school mentality, we know that trends or even emerging technologies we see today are likely to become commonplace in pro racing in years to come. Inspired by predictions from the likes of … The post Industry predictions: What will WorldTour tech look like five years from now? appeared first on CyclingTips .
SRAM Force eTap wireless electronic groupset arrives at last
Almost since the release of Red eTap in 2015, fans of SRAM’s innovative wireless electronic road groupset have been clamoring for a less-expensive Force edition. That day has finally come. As we expected, Force eTap AXS is virtually identical to Red eTap AXS in terms of function, with the same 12-speed gearing format, downsized chainrings, … The post SRAM Force eTap wireless electronic groupset arrives at last appeared first on CyclingTips .
Sram launches Force eTap AXS 12-speed
Stu Bowers Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 13:59 Sram now offers its latest wireless eTap AXS 12-speed shifting at the Force level. £2,274 It seems like only a matter of a few weeks ago we were bringing you news of Sram launching its all-new flagship Red eTap AXS 12-speed wireless shifting groupset. Sram had, at that time, alluded to the possibility that a Force level version of eTap AXS might also be the pipeline, and now here it is. And the good news, by the time you read this it will already be available to buy. The key message is it’s bringing its very latest, cutting edge, eTap AXS wireless, 12-speed shifting technology down to a considerably more attainable price point. At the premium Red level, the cost for this eTap AXS kit is indeed pretty steep, at £3,349 for a 2x hydraulic disc brake set-up, but Force knocks over ...
Photo gallery: The best of the 2019 Taipei Cycle Show, final day
The final day of the Taipei Cycle Show saw me wandering the distant corners of the final hall, and then returning to the first hall for a final look for things I may have missed. As it turns out, I unintentionally saved some of the best stuff for last, including a new, incredibly well-priced and … The post Photo gallery: The best of the 2019 Taipei Cycle Show, final day appeared first on CyclingTips .
Photo gallery: The best of the 2019 Taipei Cycle Show, day three
I spent my third day of the Taipei Cycle Show in the second exhibition area, strolling the parts and accessory hall – which is somewhat confusing given I spent the first two days also perusing parts and accessories. I digress. The gates are open to consumers on the third day, and the booths are busier … The post Photo gallery: The best of the 2019 Taipei Cycle Show, day three appeared first on CyclingTips .