Check out Wout van Aert's custom Paris-Roubaix bike

Joe Robinson 4 Apr 2018 A cobbled-inspired paint-job and a few personal touches make this a special bike for the young Belgian Chris Froome has his rhino-inspired Pinarello Dogma F8. Vincenzo Nibali went for a shark-emblazoned Specialized S-Works Tarmac and Alberto Contador had his 'Grand Tour celebrating' Trek Emonda SLR. Custom-painted bikes have very much become the en vogue thing for cycling's very best and the latest rider to receive this luxury is Wout van Aert. Posting on twitter ahead of his Paris-Roubaix debut this Sunday, the young Belgian showcased his special Stevens Xenon road bike covered in a custom paint job with a strong Roubaix theme. The glossy black paintjob may seem a little understated but when you have a closer look you will notice some pretty extravagant details most notably on the headtube. See related Paris-Roubaix 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing? Paris-Roubaix ...

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Tire Tech: Tom Ritchey explains how he designs tire tread patterns

Tom Ritchey talks to Bike Rumor about tire tread designs.

Welcome to Tire Tech, Bikerumor’s mostly-weekly series on bicycle tires. Like our Suspension Tech and AASQ series, we take your questions about tires, whether it’s road, cyclocross, fat, plus, gravel, or mountain bike, and get answers from the brands and people behind them. Last week we took a break from the academic side of our […] The post Tire Tech: Tom Ritchey explains how he designs tire tread patterns appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Shimano 105 R7000 groupset announced: What to know

Shimano announce 105 R7000 groupset for 2019

Just like clockwork, Shimano has announced an overhaul of the workhorse 105 groupset. The consistent trickle-down routine continues, and 105 will more closely match Dura-Ace R9100 and Ultegra R8000 in both appearance and features. With both rim- and disc-brake options, wider gearing, and a choice of black or silver finishes, the new 11-speed Shimano 105 … The post Shimano 105 R7000 groupset announced: What to know appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shimano reveals Ultegra RX chain stabilising rear derailleur

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New clutch-type design – aimed at adventure, gravel and cyclocross as well as road – controls drivetrain over rough surfaces

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Paris-Roubaix 2018: Who are the favourites and who should you be backing?

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2018 We run down on the decisive points of the 'Queen of the Classics' and who you should back for victory Paris-Roubaix is simply the 'Queen of the Classics' . At 257km in length, it passes through the fairly inconspicuous and flat landscape of northern France from Compiegne, just north of Paris, to the industrial town of Roubaix with a twist. The twist being the race tackles 52.8km of cobbled roads from the Napoleonic era that turn this race in to arguably the toughest single day of racing in the cycling calendar. The cobbled roads are broken down into 29 secteurs, with all being ranked on difficulty out of five stars. The toughest, hence earning a five star rating, are the Trouee d'Arenberg, Mons-en-Pevele and the Carrefour de l'Arbe. It's a much-used saying that 'you cannot win Roubaix on the Arenberg but you can certainly lose ...

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Shimano launches new Ultegra RX 'clutch' rear derailleur

Shimano launches new Ultegra RX 'clutch' rear derailleur

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2018 Straight from the world of mountain biking, this new technology for the road bike is bang on-trend Shimano has officially launched its Ultegra RX clutch rear derailleur, the chain stabilising rear mech that follows the growing trend of road bikes going off-road. The mechanism was spotted last weekend at the Tour of Flanders and now the Japanese component giant has officially released this new technology which will also be targeted at adventure, gravel and cyclocross. The technology has been transferred across from the world of mountain biking, in which clutch rear derailleurs have been vital in the growth of 1x groupsets and the trend of riding cassettes with bigger ratios. However this latest design from Shimano has been designed to work with a traditional double chainring. The reason being that Shimano wanted to prevent 'chain chatter'. So with the development of its Shimano Shadow RD+ ...

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Photo gallery: Terpstra’s super solo at the 2018 men’s Tour of Flanders

QuickStep Floors started the Tour of Flanders with a bunch of riders that could win the race, namely defending champion Philippe Gilbert, Dwars door Vlaanderen winner Yves Lampaert, E3 Harelbeke winner Niki Terpstra, three-time cyclocross world champion Zdenek Stybar. The Belgian squad was present in every attack that mattered, and it was Terpstra that eventually … The post Photo gallery: Terpstra’s super solo at the 2018 men’s Tour of Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour of Flanders

We’re deep into cobbled classics season and it’s now time for the second Monument of the year: The Tour of Flanders, or De Ronde, as it is lovingly known. This Sunday’s race will be the 102nd edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, the biggest bike race in Belgium and one of the biggest one-day races … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour of Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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All-new Trek Boone 5 Disc first look

All-new Trek Boone 5 Disc first look

Trek’s recently launched Boone introduces new frame shapes, new cable management and thru-axles, but most importantly its proprietary IsoSpeed decoupling system is now found on the front end. The best cyclocross bikes we've tested this year Cyclocross: what it is and how to get into it The new Trek Crockett looks perfect for privateer cyclocross racers 2018 Trek Boone 5 Disc specifications Frame: 600 Series OCLV carbon w/ IsoSpeed (flatmount; 12x142) Fork: Trek IsoSpeed Cross (flatmount; 12x100) Drivetrain: SRAM Rival 1 Bottom bracket: BB90 Wheels: Bontrager TLR Tyres: Bontrager CX3 Team Issue 32mm (120tpi) Saddle: Bontrager Montrose Comp Size options: 49/50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61 Weight (size 56): 18.05 lbs / 8.39 kg Price: £2,800 / $3,299 In search of speed Despite seeing professional racers riding the Boone last season, Trek delayed the Boone’s release until the product satisfied its own standards, which included the watchful eyes of Sven ...

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Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour of Flanders

We’re deep into cobbled classics season and it’s now time for the second Monument of the year: The Tour of Flanders, or De Ronde, as it is lovingly known. This Sunday’s race will be the 102nd edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, the biggest bike race in Belgium and one of the biggest one-day races … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2018 Tour of Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tire Tech: We talk 30+ years of tire design with Tom Ritchey

Tom Ritchey talks tire development with Bike Rumor for out Tire Tech series.

Welcome to Tire Tech, Bikerumor’s mostly-weekly series on bicycle tires. Like our Suspension Tech and AASQ series, we take your questions about tires, whether it’s road, cyclocross, fat, plus, gravel, or mountain bike, and get answers from the brands and people behind them. If you have been following our Tire Tech series, you know creating […] The post Tire Tech: We talk 30+ years of tire design with Tom Ritchey appeared first on Bikerumor .

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World champ van Aert’s road debut ‘beyond expectations’

World champ van Aert’s road debut ‘beyond expectations’

Three-time cyclocross world champion Wout Van Aert is having a dream debut on the road this 2018 season. Read the full article at World champ van Aert’s road debut ‘beyond expectations’ on VeloNews.com .

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Where should your money be for the 2018 Tour of Flanders?

Joe Robinson 26 Mar 2018 Which riders should you back ahead of the Tour of Flanders this weekend? The Tour of Flanders is the second Monument of the year and tackles 266.5km of the toughest roads in the Flemish region of Belgium. The race is synonymous with the cobbled 'bergs' that pose the most challenging obstacle for the peloton. Among those are the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg which constitute the final two climbs of the day. While not the steepest climb within the parcour, the Oude Kwaremont is one of the longest at 2.2km long. This extended time climbing the cobbles often sees the peloton fragment as the strongest in the race begin to stretch their legs. What makes this climb even more dangerous is the kilometre or so of false flat cobbles that lie at the top of the hill, allowing riders no time to recover. The Paterberg is ...

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Scott Addict 20 disc review

Scott Addict 20 disc review

The MF carbon construction might be new for Scott but the Addict Disc clearly draws from a wide range of disc race and cyclocross experience to mix large tyre clearance with comfortable speed. Scott Addict 30 review Scott Addict Gravel 10 review As well as a new mid-modulus composite material, the Addict 20 gets a lot of external sculpting. The relatively tall head tube has internal cable port routing on the face to prevent paint rub, plus oblong headset spacers to match the rectangular stem profile. The down tube spreads from a mid-sized U-section into a very broad, flat lower segment that spreads the full width of the wide press-fit bottom bracket. The top-tube tapers from deep to wide, forming a shelf around the narrow diameter seat tube before continuing into a short flat section that splits into the two, thin inward curved seatstays. The chainstays are curved and tapered ...

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FastHouse & Squid Bikes get limited edition Bell helmets for road, MTB, cyclocross

FastHouse x Bell Helmets custom full face and trail mountain bike helmets with limited edition graph

For road (and gravel, and cyclocross…and probably even XC), Bell’s Spring 2018 collaboration is with Squid Bikes. The signature option is inspired by Squid’s rattle-can paint schemes, but in a much more subdued grayscale to match almost any kit. You’ll find this graphic set on the Bell Z20 MIPS road helmet with a retail of […] The post FastHouse & Squid Bikes get limited edition Bell helmets for road, MTB, cyclocross appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Bioracer Speedwear: One of cycling's best kept secrets

Bioracer Speedwear: One of cycling's best kept secrets

In the past twelve months, Rigoberto Uran has finished second at the Tour de France, Sebastian Langeveld finished third at Paris-Roubaix, and 38 medals have been won at the road, cyclocross and track world championships, all while wearing Bioracer clothing. Despite this race-winning pedigree, Bioracer hasn't quite got the same race-proven reputation as the likes of Castelli, Sportful, Endura, Santini or even Rapha, but why? As the Classics season kicked off, I headed over to Belgium for 'opening weekend' and to learn more about why Bioracer in Belgium is one of cycling's hidden gems. Do the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs with BioRacer's Star Wars Collection Iris Slappendel talks clothing, collaboration and equality Belgian roots Located in the industrial area of Tessenderlo in eastern Belgium, Bioracer was founded in 1986 and has grown into a company that is deeply rooted in one of the true cycling heartlands of Belgium ...

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'We deserve to be there' says Pidcock after Team Wiggins left out of Tour de Yorkshire

'We deserve to be there' says Pidcock after Team Wiggins left out of Tour de Yorkshire

Jack Elton-Walters 22 Mar 2018 British rider left disappointed after his new team will not race on the roads of his home county. Photo: Alex Wright/Teneight When the teams that will line-up for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire were announced, many were surprised to see the omission of Team Wiggins. Led by rising star Tom Pidcock - who hails from Leeds where Stage 4 will finish - the development squad had looked like a fairly safe bet for inclusion. Upon joining the team, Pidcock had expressed his hope to compete in the race that takes in some of the best roads in his home county. Speaking to Cyclist on the evening after the Yorkshire team selection news broke, the 18-year-old was careful about what he said but was clear in his disappointment. 'The team are being careful about how everyone responds,' he said. 'After all, it’s a team for development ...

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It’s time to finally ban tramadol in cycling: A pharmacist’s view

For years now there have been loud calls from within cycling to ban tramadol from competition. This strong painkiller has reportedly been used by many riders to dampen feelings of pain, allowing them to push harder than they might have otherwise. But despite widespread concern about the drug — including from the UCI — the … The post It’s time to finally ban tramadol in cycling: A pharmacist’s view appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Nasty Gunk Nasty Gunk Nasty Gunk MUC-OFF!

Muc-Off brush and cleaner in action

Lube and Cleaning Company explodes on the scene I can’t remember thinking I needed a revolution in lube and cleaning products for my bike. You’d think that this would be a huge priority for any Seattle cyclist and occasional cyclocrosser, and you wouldn’t be entirely wrong, but sometimes the finer points of life (cleaning my bike) get lost in the flood of daily whatever. For a while, I’d load up on citrus degreasers and the plastic contraption you clamp over your chain, and it was what it was. So when Muc Off contacted me last summer offering the Team Sky clean and lube kit for trial, I had two reactions. One was, I had nothing to lose. And two was, if it’s good enough for Team Sky, it was worth a look. I struggle to root for Sky as much as most of us, but their brand is undeniably linked ...

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UCI introduces tougher laws against motor doping

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Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2018 New X-ray method to be introduced alongside tougher sanctions against guilty riders The UCI announced today a new blueprint for detecting motorised doping in professional cycling. Among several new methods cycling's governing body will employ for detecting mechanical fraud are the use of thermal imaging cameras, magnometer tagging and a state-of-the-art X-ray machine. Revealed in a presentation by UCI president David Lappartient and UCI equipment manager Jean-Christophe Peraud in Geneva, these latest protocols for mechanical doping seem to add substance to Lappartient's promise to clamp down on supposed motor doping in the professional peloton. Key to the UCI's new approach to detecting mechanical fraud will be a state-of-the-art X-ray machine that will be big enough to contain bikes directly after the finish of a race, scanning the entire machine for prohibited components. The UCI also confirmed that the unit would be lined with lead in ...

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