Shimano Dura-Ace R9200: what we’re hoping for and what we expect from the next generation flagship race groupset

Close-up of Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 cranks on Specialized Venge bike

Will Shimano go 12-speed on the road? Will Di2 go wireless?

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The chain game: Connex, KMC gear up to join the 12-speed revolution

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — When Shimano released details of its 12-speed drivetrain last year, Connex and KMC went to work in earnest. While Sram got the jump on Shimano in the 12-speed evolution, the two chain companies were at a disadvantage because Sram does not allow group component substitutions at the OEM level. That delayed KMC, which does a lot of OEM business. Connex, on the other hand, doesn't cater much to the OEM level, so it waited on Shimano to ensure it could deliver a compatible option, which Connex said is more durable. At Eurobike this week, both companies unveiled plans to enter the 12-speed market in January 2020. Connex's 12SO and KMC's X12 and e12 chains are compatible with Sram 12-speed mountain bike and Shimano 12-speed drivetrains. "We've been waiting for this for a while now," said Adrian Bleiler, international sales manager of KMC. Connex's 12-speed silver chain ...

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Eurobike 2019 gallery, part one: Bianchi, Token, Unior and more

The world’s largest cycling tradeshow, Eurobike, is back to its usual time slot and abuzz with new shiny things. While the very biggest bike brands tend to skip Eurobike, its sprawling halls remain filled with an endless number of component and accessory brands eager for interest. The lead-up to this year’s Eurobike was busier than … The post Eurobike 2019 gallery, part one: Bianchi, Token, Unior and more appeared first on CyclingTips .

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FSA WE Wireless groupset nabs its first Grand Tour win

There were many firsts as Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) crested the final climb to win stage 5 of the Vuelta a España. It was the first Grand Tour win for the Spanish rider, the first Grand Tour stage win for the Pro-Continental squad – a stage in which they also took second place – and there … The post FSA WE Wireless groupset nabs its first Grand Tour win appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to check for chain wear: The easy way, the best way, and why

Checking for chain wear

Your bicycle’s chain is put through hell every time you ride. For every minute of pedaling, approximately 44,000 chain pieces are in motion, creating 320,000 separate instances of sliding surface friction. And all of this is on a component that sits near to the ground and is exposed to the elements. Just like your tyres … The post How to check for chain wear: The easy way, the best way, and why appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bikes of the Bunch: Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro Gran Fondo Racer

Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro custom

In this Bikes of the Bunch, reader Lachlan Brown shares his custom painted and custom equipped Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro. It’s a bike that Brown rides in competitive Grand Fondos and on his local roads of Batemans Bay of New South Wales’ South Coast, Australia. It was thirteen years ago when I found cycling. I … The post Bikes of the Bunch: Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro Gran Fondo Racer appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The ultimate dream build? Basso Diamante SV with Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 speed

Basso Diamante SV frameset.jpg

We needed a vessel to test Campagnolo's new electronic version of their 12 speed groupset, and ended up getting a bit carried away...

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First Look Friday: Canyon’s lightest disc road bike, one very powerful light and Campagnolo’s ridiculous corkscrew

First Look Friday: this week's best new bike gear

The shiniest swag to land at BikeRadar this week

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Tour de France tech super gallery – the bikes, trends and kit behind the scenes

Peter Stuart 24 Jul 2019 The trends, the winning bikes, the DS' bikes, and a peek at the world of the team mechanic This year has been a special one at the Tour de France, with some of the most dramatic stages and general classification battles in recent history. The bikes that have been ridden by some of the biggest names have also been some of the most exciting we've seen in years. The main attraction, as per usual, is Peter Sagan – and more specifically his custom-painted Specialized Venge , complete with a supremely sprinty 140mm stem, and a set of concealed sprint shifters on the handlebar drops. Image 1 of 222 Image 1 of 222 We only managed a passing look at Geraint Thomas' Pinarello Dogma F12, but with the Welsh dragon emblazoned on the top tube, it screamed of national pride and a fighting spirit. Image 11 ...

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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 ...

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Tour de France bikes 2019: who’s riding what?

Katusha Alpecin Canyon Aeroad

Frames, groupsets, wheels and finishing kit

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Wilier Zero SLR 2020 first-ride review: integrated, but not aero

Wilier Zero SLR 2020 bike

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 .

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Shimano adds Deore XT, SLX to 12-speed MTB groupset line-up

Shimano launch new 12-speed MTB groupsets

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’. ...

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CeramicSpeed OSPW pulley wheel system review: Oversized, overpriced

CeramicSpeed Oversized Pulley Wheel System review cyclingtips

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 .

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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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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 .

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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 .

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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 .

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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 .

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Campagnolo launches Chorus 12-speed

The new crankset features a similar carbon aesthetic as the Record and Super Record versions

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 ...

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