Genesis Mantle 30 first ride review

Genesis Mantle 30 first ride review

A sweet-riding frame with premium kit where it matters makes the Mantle a blisteringly quick distance-shrinker that’s a lot of fun to ride. Canyon Grail first ride review SRAM NX Eagle first ride review Genesis Mantle 30 frame With no rear suspension and not much front travel (100mm) or tyre volume (2.2in) to hide how the chassis itself rides, frame quality is crucial in a cross-country race hardtail. The Genesis is stiff enough to please carbon-shoe wearers but not so punishing that every rough section will rattle the muscles off your bones. It’s equally well rounded in upgrade/compatibility terms too, with the latest Boost 148mm rear hub spacing for generous tyre clearance, semi-internal routing for a dropper post (although none is included) and Shimano Di2 fixtures in case you fancy trying out electronic shifting. The rear mech is direct-mounted for stiffness and the frame will take a front mech or ...

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Norco Range C2 650b first ride review

Norco Range C2 650b first ride review

When it redesigned the carbon Range in 2017, Norco aimed to create “the ideal enduro bike”. With a low-slung frame, 160mm of travel and 29in or 650b wheels (with geometry adjusted to suit), it certainly looks the part. I hit the trails to see if it lives up to the brand’s claims. Canyon Grail first ride review SRAM NX Eagle first ride review Norco Range C2 650b specifications Frame: ‘SmoothCore’ carbon fibre, 160mm (6.3in) travel Fork: RockShox Lyrik RCT3, 170mm (6.3in) travel Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle (1x12) Wheelset: e*thirteen TRS rims on DT Swiss 350 hubs Tyres: e*thirteen TRS Race Sticky Triple (f) and TRS Plus Durable Dual (r) 27.5x2.35in Brakes: SRAM Code R 200/180mm Bar: Race Face Turbine R 35, 800mm Stem: Race Face Æffect R, 50mm Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm dropper Saddle: SDG Duster RL Weight (Large without pedals): 14.38kg (31.7lb) Norco Range ...

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Canyon Grail CF SL 8.0 SL

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The fastest and most fun gravel bike I've ridden by far with an adrenaline grin factor of 10/10! 9/10

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Merida Silex 9000 first ride review

Merida Silex 9000 first ride review

Merida’s approach to the adventure/gravel genre stands out among the competition. The geometry steps away from the road-derived shapes we’ve become used to, opting for something more progressive. A short 80mm stem, a slack 71-degree head and steep 74-degree seat angles are shapes from the world of mountain bikes where the trend has been towards combining slacker head angles, longer frames and shorter stems. Canyon Grail first ride review Merida One-Forty 800 first ride Merida Silex 9000 spec overview Weight: 8.15kg (XL) Frame: Carbon Fork: Carbon Gears: SRAM Force 1 44, 10-42 Brakes: SRAM Force hydraulic disc Wheels: Fulcrum Red Passion 3 Tyres: Maxxis Razzo semi-slick 35mm Stem: Merida Bar: Alu compact drop bar Seatpost: Merida Carbon Team S-Flex Saddle: Prologo Scratch 2 Merida Silex 9000 frame and equipment The frame is designed to take up to 42mm tyres on 700c wheels or 2.2in tyres when combined with smaller 650b ...

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The Trek Domane wins women’s road bike of the year 2018

The Trek Domane wins women’s road bike of the year 2018

After months of testing, many miles in various saddles, and back-to-back riding of the best women’s road bikes available on the market today, the results of the 2018 women’s road bike of the year are finally in! BikeRadar's Bike of the Year Awards Women's cycling news, reviews, interviews and more on BikeRadar Women Eight bikes were tested and three made it to the final shortlist, the Trek Domane SL 6 , Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Women's and Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 8.0 SL . Competition was extremely close among the finalists, and the BikeRadar test team would be happy riding any of the shortlisted bikes. But there can be only one winner, and the Trek Domane SL6 Women’s bike stole the show by providing the perfect blend of comfort, performance and versatility. The Trek Domane SL 6 Disc Women’s road bike This hydraulic-disc-brake-equipped bike may be built towards ...

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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 .

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🚲 Friday Roundup: Win a gravel trip, ride Yeti Beti Bash & Mekong, Hot Deals & more!

Win a new Spanish gravel tour on the new Canyon Grail with Thomson – Thomson Bike Tours is branching out into gravel with a new Barcelona to Girona trip this autumn, and newly partnering with Canyon for a fleet of unique Grails. To celebrate they are giving away one all-expenses paid trip for this coming Sep 30-Oct […] The post 🚲 Friday Roundup: Win a gravel trip, ride Yeti Beti Bash & Mekong, Hot Deals & more! appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Ride the 'revolutionary' Canyon Grail with double handlebar at the Cyclist Track Days

Joe Robinson 11 Apr 2018 The Canyon bike with 'those' handlebars will be on offer for you to ride at the Cyclist Track Day events: buy your tickets now The Canyon Grail certainly caught your attention last month, dear reader. Until the release of Campagnolo 12-speed earlier this week, it was the most viewed gallery in the history of the Cyclist website. While the gravel scene is undoubtedly going through the roof, you weren't reading about this bike because Canyon had finally released a gravel-specific bike. No, you were all busy trying to work out the revolutionary handlebar set-up mounted to the bike, the Hover Bar. With its double decker approach, the German direct-to-market giant has attempted to reinvent the handlebar in an effort to combine the needs of those who love riding the road and the off-road. The jury is still out, and will remain to be for quite ...

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Brompton S2L Superlight folding bike review

David Kenning Monday, March 26, 2018 - 15:09 Combines the traditional Brompton appeal with a touch of performance thanks to the part-aluminium frame 4.3 / 5 £1,550 Invented by Cambridge University engineering graduate Andrew Ritchie in the mid-1970s and still built by hand in West London, the Brompton remains a true cycling icon. With over 100,000 bikes sold around the world, the classic design has been much refined over the years and is now available in a wide range of different set-ups, though always with the same super-compact, folded size that is the bike’s USP. This ‘Superlight’ model replaces parts of the standard steel frame with titanium to reduce weight, and uses lighter wheels, while the low, flat bar offers a sporty riding position. Lights and mudguards add to its practicality. See related First Look: Brompton releases new electric folding bike The Canyon Grail: Reinventing the handlebar Cyclist Track Days ...

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The Bombtrack Gran Fonduro: the latest gravel event on the scene

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2018 A new gravel 'Gran Fonduro' that tackled the beautiful trails of the Scottish Borders Another week passes and another gravel event is announced further proving that the riding world is moving off the tarmac and on to the dirt. Brought to you by the team behind the TweedLove Festival and Tour O the Borders, the newest event to hit the calendar is the Bombtrack Gran Fonduro, an off-road sportive that will tackle the the forest roads, natural trails and footpaths of the scenic Scottish Borders. Taking place on 29th September, the 'Fonduro' will run two distances, the 60km short version and 100km long version. The event will centre itself around the grounds of Traquair House in Peebles, Scotland. While the riders tackle the trails of the Tweed Valley, certain sections will be timed 'enduro' style including singletrack, forest climbs and gravel roads to help add ...

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Rapha Core winter jacket review

Jack Elton-Walters Monday, March 26, 2018 - 15:16 Very good in a range of temperatures, reasonably priced & very comfortable: it might mean trouble for the brand's higher priced kit 5.0 / 5 £125 Photography Rob Milton / Mike Massaro Known for its high quality and often equivalently high priced kit, Rapha launched its Core range to widen its market and shift some of the preconceptions of those who've never worn Rapha cycling kit. Leading the way in the range over the colder months is the Rapha Core winter jacket, which I've been using since getting hold of one ahead of November's Rapha Prestige event on a cold day in Manchester. Despite feeling quite thin to the touch, this jacket has proved to be adaquate at lower temperatures while also not leading to overheating when the mercury does start to rise on sunnier days. This is thanks to the jacket's ...

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Check out Vincenzo Nibali's Milan-San Remo winning ride on Strava

Joe Robinson 19 Mar 2018 Despite the impressive win, Nibali couldn't nab the Poggio KOM Defying all the odds, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) managed to solo his way to a historic victory at Milan-San Remo and has shared his ride with us on Strava . The file named simply 'La Milano Sanremo' showed that the Italian covered the mammoth 289km distance in 7:14:39 giving him an average speed of 39.9km/h. Nibali also maxed his cadence out at 149rpm, hitting 75.6km/h as his highest speed. Although thanks to a cruel headwind that whipped along the coastal road, Nibali failed in setting many personal bests or any King of the Mountains en route. Take the Poggio di Sanremo, the climb in which Nibali made his race-winning attack. On the official 3.6km segment, the Shark of Messina fell 18 seconds short of the KoM time set by Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky ) on his ...

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Fast on gravel - Vittoria's Corsa-inspired Terreno Zero

Fast on gravel - Vittoria's Corsa-inspired Terreno Zero

On the heels of three Terreno cyclocross/gravel tires last year, Vittoria now has a dedicated slick gravel tire in the forthcoming 37mm Terreno Zero. The tubeless tire with reinforced sidewalls has a center tread similar to the Italian brand's Corsa road tires but with short, hexagonal shoulders knobs. Canyon Grail gravel bike first ride review 4 types of gravel, 2 types of fun BikeRadar’ s Josh Patterson and I raced these tires at the Land Run 100 gravel event in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Vittoria’s new Elusion Carbon Disc wheels, which will come in a choice of 30mm and 42mm depth rims and rim- or disc-brake models. We will publish a feature and video on this fantastic event and the variety of gear used soon. Vittoria’s Terreno line previously included three models: the file-tread Dry, the toothy Wet, and the middle-ground Mix. “The Zero is one click down from even a ...

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A new app has launched and it can tell you when to service your bike

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Joe Robinson 16 Mar 2018 Pro Bike Garage aims to make rusty, old parts and roadside maintenance issues a thing of the past It's an art knwoing when to change parts on your bike. We rely on sound, sight and feel to judge when a part is about to give up and swiftly change it before it does. Quite often we miss the signs and end up in quite the predicament, roadside with a busted bike. In an attempt to make this a thing of the past, new phone app Pro Bike Garage looks to track your bike's components, analyse their wear and alert you when they need changing. It works quite simply. First, you input your bike's components into the app with everything fron cassettes and chains to stems and seat posts an option. Secondly, you sync the Pro Bike Garage app to your Strava account in order for ...

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11spd: This week's best new bike gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

Greetings, dear readers. It’s been another exciting week at BikeRadar 's Colorado offices. We’ve raved about the new Specialized S-Works Tarmac S-Works Disc and ranted about the cycling industry’s obsession with making products lighter (sometimes at the expense of durability). We also asked SRAM some questions about products we would like to see and were met with the sound of crickets chirping. Does this mean they're on their way? Your guess is as good as ours. In addition to these happenings, we have a host of new bikes and accessories to check out. Canyon Grail first ride review So what's the deal with Canyon's unique new Hover Bar? Douchebags Carryall Duffel 65L Other than being known for its interesting name, this luggage brand is gaining a following for its stylish and durable luggage. £145 / $199 / €165 / AU$250 Buy the Douchebags Carryall Duffel from Backcountry Feedback Sports Ride ...

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Discovering Switzerland: Valais

In Switzerland's southwestern corner, bordering Italy and France, lies the sparsely-populated canton of Valais. With 50 peaks over 4,000m and an enormous diversity of riding, we discovered a treasure-trove of incredible road cycling. The post Discovering Switzerland: Valais appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Canyon rides off the road w/ carbon holy Grail CF gravel bike & unique Hover bar

Canyon has jumped into the premium gravel bike market with a new pair of Grail carbon adventure road bikes. The most striking element of the Grail CF is without a doubt the double-decker Hover bar, but the bikes’ off-road endurance and comfort tech goes much deeper. Canyon holy Grail CF comfortable carbon gravel bikes Canyon […] The post Canyon rides off the road w/ carbon holy Grail CF gravel bike & unique Hover bar appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Gritfest: Your chance to tackle a gravel stage race

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Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2018 Set over two days, Gritfest pits you against some of Wales' best off-road trails Gravel riding is the unstoppable beast that keeps growing and it is here to stay. Canyon launced its Grail and Trek released the Checkpoint . The Tour de France is tackling a gravel climb this year and none of us can get enough of Strade Bianche. Joing the trend, Gritfest is a two-day timed off-road ride that pits riders against some of the gnarliest yet most beautiful trails Wales has to offer, based in the quiet Cambrian Mountain village of Cilycw. Taking place on 23rd and 24th June, the race will cover 125km mixing timed and nuetralised sections with around 40 per cent of the course against the clock. Day one will tackle 80km with a gruelling 1,600m of elevation. Three sections will be timed with the first being an undulating ...

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Velon expands to 17 teams for 2018 season

Velon expands to 17 teams for 2018 season

Joe Robinson 16 Mar 2018 More teams agree to partner with Velon bringing the viewer closer to the racing Velon has partnered with seven new teams for the 2018 season helping bring the viewer closer to the action with more riders than ever. The content sharing platform has joined forces with Dimension Data, Bardiani-CSF, Caja-Rural, Gazprom-Rusvelo, Israel Cycling Academy, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Cofidis to share data from these teams' riders live to the viewer. This means that we will be treated to the likes of Mark Cavendish and Nacer Bouhanni's stats as they ride the biggest races in the world. Velon currently broadcasts data such as power and speed live to its website with users able to track how hard the pros are going while watching them on television. It also uses GoPro footage to immerse viewers into the peloton after the race. This was impressively done at last month's ...

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Pro Vibe finishing kit review

Sam Challis Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 15:56 The Pro Vibe finishing kit ticks all the performance boxes, it just comes with a couple ergonomic quirks 4.5 / 5 £100-300 Pro is the components arm of Shimano, and is so named to dispel any connotations to the groupsets of the Japanese manufacturer. Were Pro’s products labelled as Shimano it would make consumers far less likely to buy its products to put on bikes adorned with groupsets from other manufacturers. It means that pedants like myself can spec Pro components on bikes with Campagnolo and Sram groupsets without ‘clashing’. Indeed, I’ve been testing the Pro Vibe Aero finishing kit on a Ridley Helium SLX outfitted with a Campagnolo Record groupset and it all integrates rather well, not least because I think that to look at the components are understated and classy. Shimano-related products haven’t historically been known for their finesse and ...

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