Cannondale Topstone Apex review
Cannondale’s latest entry to the gravel party follows the lead of its Synapse, Slate, SuperX and CAADX SE models, each built with larger volume tyres and more appropriate gearing for riders looking to find their way beyond tarmac. The Cannondale Topstone Apex is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2019. To read reviews of the other contenders and the categories tested across road, mountain and women's bikes, visit our Bike of the Year hub page . Cannondale launches all-new and surprisingly affordable gravel bike Top 5 gravel bikes The new Topstone range consists of three aluminium-framed bikes, ranging from £899.99 to this £1,800 Apex 1 model, which looks to offer workhorse sensibilities and good value. Cannondale Topstone Apex frame and kit The Smartform C2 alloy frame has smooth welds and hydroformed tubes. The flattened top tube expands to a large square shape at the head tube, and ...
The Cannondale CAAD13 is coming … so what might it look like?
The UCI’s approved frames and forks list has once again given us a sneak-peek of the bike launches we can expect soon. The latest version of the list includes a Cannondale CAAD13, an update to the hugely popular series of aluminium road bikes. So far, all we have is the model name and the knowledge … The post The Cannondale CAAD13 is coming … so what might it look like? appeared first on CyclingTips .
11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear
Let's get something out of the way first… no, we are not going to upgrade this feature to 12spd just yet. While SRAM may be making (tsunami) waves this week with the release of its all-new wireless 12-speed road and mountain bike groupsets , we here at BikeRadar aren’t quite ready to make the jump. Something about our website not having a compatible freehub? Japes aside, you’d have to be living underneath a (mechanically actuated) rock to have not caught wind of the news that SRAM has totally revamped its top-end road and mountain bike groupsets alongside releasing a wireless version of its Reverb dropper . This week, we’ve also seen the BikeRadar team weigh in on its very favourite kit for riding in the rain alongside , controversially, hearing why Benedict Pfender thinks waterproof jackets actually suck . Lastly, with that January pay packet now tucked away snugly in ...
Cannondale Synapse Disc Sora
A quick and versatile bike based around a great frameset, though the brakes aren't the best 8/10
Week in Tech: Aluminum gravel, Amy D. Foundation Donnelly, new Enve wheels, CeramicSpeed’s high-zoot pulleys
Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t. Read the full article at Week in Tech: Aluminum gravel, Amy D. Foundation Donnelly, new Enve wheels, CeramicSpeed’s high-zoot pulleys on VeloNews.com .
Cannondale launches all-new and surprisingly affordable gravel bike
Cannondale has just launched the Topstone, an all-new highly adaptable alloy gravel adventure bike that is available in three affordable builds. Best gravel and all-road bikes of 2018 Best gravel tyres of 2018 Named after a favourite gravel road near Cannondale’s main office, the geometry of the Topstone is based closely on the Synapse — its endurance road platform — and is being pitched as “an ideal weekend tourer, an all-weather commuter, or simply a supremely comfortable all-around road bike”. Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Dura-Ace review Officially, the bike has clearances for 700x42mm tyres, but we suspect you’ll be able to fit 45s into the cavernous fork crown and chainstays. There is no word on whether the bike will play nicely with 650b wheels. As has become Cannondale’s signature, the bike is built around its ‘Out Front’ geometry, which pairs a slacker-than-average head angle (71 degrees in most sizes) with ...
Cannondale’s new SystemSix claims to be the fastest UCI approved road bike in the world*
This article first appeared on BikeRadar . Cannondale revives the SystemSix marque as its fastest bike ever. The Pennsylvanian brand's reputation for innovation was built on bikes like the original SystemSix , itself an innovation. Based on Cannondale's ground-breaking CAAD aluminium bikes and the legendary Six13, while the original SystemSix co-moulded a carbon monocoque front end with CAAD8 level hindquarters, the new SystemSix takes its cues from lessons learned in the all-conquering Evo, and the sublime smoothness of the Synapse, and creates an aero-optimised package claimed to be the fastest currently available. Nathan Barry, one of Cannondale's team of design engineers, is an aero specialist and has a background in aerodynamics, specializing in bicycles — he's published papers and his PhD on how to analyse real world aero for bicycling — and he explains: "SystemSix is the result of a ground up design where each element is optimized in pursuit ...
Cannondale 2019 SystemSix first-ride review: ‘Don’t call it an aero bike!’
I’ve long been a fan of Cannondale bikes. I admired them for many years and finally acquired my very first back in the mid-2000s: a CAAD7 in what is possibly the most magnificent paint job they’ve ever done. A clear coat of toffee apple red lacquer with Saeco decals. I still regret selling that bike. … The post Cannondale 2019 SystemSix first-ride review: ‘Don’t call it an aero bike!’ appeared first on CyclingTips .
Cannondale’s new SystemSix claims to be the fastest UCI approved road bike in the world*
Cannondale revives the SystemSix marque as its fastest bike ever. The Pennsylvanian brand's reputation for innovation was built on bikes like the original SystemSix , itself an innovation. Cannondale CAAD12 Ultegra review Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Dura-Ace review Cannondale SuperSix Evo Dura-Ace review Based on Cannondale's ground-breaking CAAD aluminium bikes and the legendary Six13, while the original SystemSix co-moulded a carbon monocoque front end with CAAD8 level hindquarters, the new SystemSix takes its cues from lessons learned in the all-conquering Evo, and the sublime smoothness of the Synapse, and creates an aero-optimised package claimed to be the fastest currently available. Nathan Barry, one of Cannondale’s team of design engineers, is an aero specialist and has a background in aerodynamics, specializing in bicycles — he’s published papers and his PhD on how to analyse real world aero for bicycling — and he explains: “SystemSix is the result of a ground up ...
Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Dura-Ace Di2
Fast, smooth and fun, the new Synapse is an exceedingly good endurance bike 9/10
Road bikes to expect in 2019: Speculation on the updated UCI approved list
It’s that time of year again: The world’s biggest bike race is just around the corner, as is Eurobike, the world’s largest bicycle trade show. Bike launch season is upon us, too, but the UCI have provided a bit of a sneak preview of what’s to come, courtesy of their updated list of approved frames. … The post Road bikes to expect in 2019: Speculation on the updated UCI approved list appeared first on CyclingTips .
Trek 2018 Émonda SL 6 Disc review
Trek recently updated its lightweight racing chassis, the Émonda, with a variety of refinements for 2018, including the addition of a disc-brake version. We had a look at the Émonda SLR Disc when it was launched last year, so for this review, we follow that up with a closer look at the more affordable mid-range … The post Trek 2018 Émonda SL 6 Disc review appeared first on CyclingTips .
Canyon Ultimate CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2 review
Canyon’s Ultimate SL sits below its ultra-light EVO and pro-grade SLX in the race-bike hierarchy. That doesn’t mean the SL’s a porker, though — a frame weight of around a kilo and a complete weight of 7.5kg for an XL bike is still impressive stuff. Canyon bases the Ultimate SL around its Sport Pro geometry, which is lower and longer than its Endurance platform, but shares the racy geometry of its more expensive Ultimate brothers. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Canyon Ultimate CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2018. To read reviews of the other contenders and the categories tested across road, mountain and women's bikes, visit our Bike of the Year hub . Canyon Ultimate CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2 ride experience The geometry isn’t ...
STOLEN BIKE ALERT! Cannondale Synapse Sora AL Disc stolen from Green Park Station, Bath
A brand new Cannondale Synapse Sora AL Disc without pedals was stolen from outside our office today, and we'd appreciate your help in getting it back
Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Dura-Ace review
The first few times I rode this Cannondale Synapse, I pulled over to check if my tires were going soft. Even after topping them up immediately before the ride. That's how smooth this bike is. Cannondale CAAD12 Ultegra review Best bike: what type of bike you should buy in 2018 This particular build, the Synapse Carbon Disc Dura-Ace, is also great value. How many other bikes with Dura-Ace 9120 can you name for under £4,000 / $5,000? But there is always a catch, right? Following Keith Bontrager's enduring maxim — "light, strong, cheap; pick two" — the Synapse Carbon Disc Dura-Ace achieves an excellent ride, a Dura-Ace group and a great price by using some tanker wheels and a few substitute parts, such as an Ultegra cassette and XT rotors. That silky ride, though I'll save you the full spiel on Cannondale's SAVE micro-suspension concept, but I will say that ...
Cérvelo R3D Ultegra review
The R3 was always Cérvelo’s classic race machine. Its list of wins extends from the Paris-Roubaix to the Tour with many victories besides. Though the advent of the R5 meant the R3 became the choice for the privateer and less affluent teams when it came to racing. This new generation R3 has stepped away from racing a little further for 2018, it's not that it's become any less racy, it's just that Cérvelo has changed the R5 into a more aggressively positioned racer giving the R5 what they're calling ‘Pro’ geometry. The R3, on the other hand, gets classic Cérvelo geometry (which was always a few millimetres taller than the competition) this is now termed ‘Race fit’. That means a stack of 605mm and a reach of 396mm; compared to a classic yet racy endurance bike like the Cannondale Synapse (610mm/393mm) you can see it’s a little lower and a ...
JRA with the Angry Asian: Does frame compliance still matter?
I’ve long thought that carbon-fiber road frames have been on an asymptotic development path; even mid-range models these days are exceedingly good for the most part, and whatever gains engineers do make at the high end seem to require disproportionate amounts of work to get there. But nevertheless, manufacturers continue to insist that new bikes … The post JRA with the Angry Asian: Does frame compliance still matter? appeared first on CyclingTips .
Paris-Roubaix tech gallery: The bikes that took on the 2018 cobbles
The race is over, the bodies are battered and bruised, and the machines that carried the riders to the finish will now be cleaned, repaired (if needed), and stored away for another year. Paris-Roubaix is uniquely demanding, and not just on the riders; the bikes that they use receive a beating, too. Most of the … The post Paris-Roubaix tech gallery: The bikes that took on the 2018 cobbles appeared first on CyclingTips .
Norco 2018 Search XR gravel bike review: carbon versus steel
Norco has been in the bike business for over fifty years, however there are some markets that are still unfamiliar with the brand despite the extensive catalogue of offerings and wide range of appeal. But if Norco has a strength, then it surely lies with its off-road bikes. The Search XR is Norco’s new gravel … The post Norco 2018 Search XR gravel bike review: carbon versus steel appeared first on CyclingTips .
Horse for the Course: Trek Madone for Flanders sportive
I love the Tour of Flanders sportive. Riding the same slippery cobbled climbs as the pros fly up the day after in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, some 16,000 riders tackle the Belgian gran fondo. I am always eager to join the throngs winding through the tiny paved, stone roads, and this year I borrowed a Madone aero bike that Trek set up with its new Aeolus XXX 6 carbon clinchers. An aero horse for the cobbled course The course: Tour of Flanders cyclo sportive, 144km / 90mi, 1,500m / 5,000ft elevation, 16 climbs, mostly cobbled, plus 4 cobbled flat sections ( my Strava from the day ) The horse: Trek Madone 9.5 with Shimano Ultegra Di2, 50/34 & 11-28, Bontrager Aeolus XXX 6 wheels, Bontrager R4 25mm clinchers, Garmin Vector 3 power-meter pedals and Edge 1030 computer The goal: Have fun, stay upright, ride all the climbs From monstercross to ...