Trend watch: At Eurobike 2018, batteries are included

Five key trends from Eurobike explained, evaluated, and critiqued. Which will last and which will fade away? Read the full article at Trend watch: At Eurobike 2018, batteries are included on VeloNews.com .

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Tour Stage 10: Hope you’re well rested

Annecy - Le Grand Bornand (159km) The Boomtown Rats don’t like Mondays. Neither does Garfield. Me? It kind of depends. Sometimes I have a restful weekend and get to the office motivated and productive. Other times, I slouch into the office and struggle, and then I’m playing catch up all week. This Monday was a rest day for the peloton, but to be fair, they had a busier weekend than I did, and certainly had a tough Sunday. So Tuesday is their Monday, and how good they’re feeling when they come back to will have a big impact on the ultimate destination of the yellow jersey. The Route Make no mistake, they aren’t easing into the week. If they were office workers, this’d be an 8am presentation, multiple meetings and an evening committee, with no lunch. When Moo Productions asked, 10% of us thought this was the Queen Stage. The ...

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Kona Libre carbon gravel adventure bike - First Ride Video

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We've been riding Kona's brand new carbon adventure bike in Austria

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Tour de France 2018: The best images from the race so far (gallery)

Jack Elton-Walters 16 Jul 2018 The best images from the opening nine stages of the 2018 Tour de France, including plenty of cobbles. Photos: Offside/L'Equipe The 2018 Tour de France has reached its first rest day, and the nine previous stages have been a mixed bag in terms entertainment for spectators. No one can deny the entralling nature of Stage 9 , which headed over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix , but at times other stages have been a chore to watch. Despite the varying level of action from the peloton, we've grabbed the best images from the race so far. From the opening stage win of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), to the grind that was the team time trial, all the way to the joy and relief at the finish line in Roubaix before the rest day, these images capture the essence of the Tour de France so far. Image ...

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6 cool things from Eurobike: Folding aero bikes, cycling caravans, gravel, e-road and more!

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All the stuff you never knew you needed from the world's biggest bike show

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Shimano PD-A600 pedal review: Single-sided gravel goodness

Shimano’s single-sided PD-A600 SPD road pedal isn’t new; far from it, in fact. First introduced in 2010, it was originally billed as an Ultegra-level alternative for roadies who wanted the stability of a traditional three-bolt system but the walking convenience of a recessed two-bolt cleat. Roadies are a finicky bunch, however, and so the A600 … The post Shimano PD-A600 pedal review: Single-sided gravel goodness appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Jul 2018 What a day at the 2018 Tour de France as the race took on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) won Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France after escaping with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Yves Lampaert ( Quick-Step Floors ), who followed him over the line in second and third respectively. Under the flamme rouge, the trio began to play cat and mouse, knowing their advantage over the chasers was plenty. Degenkolb sprinted first, the others couldn't come past and the stage was his. The result increases Van Averamet's overall lead in the yellow jersey, although he'll be hard pushed to keep it once the race hits the mountains after Monday's rest day. The race was a fantastic spectacle for fans but will have taken its toll on every rider who took part. Crashes and mechanicals were many, ...

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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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Today at the Tour: Okay, that was boring

Two hours before the finish of Stage 7, Daam Van Reeth, a Belgian professor of economics and business, shared some information on the TV ratings of the first six stages of the Tour de France. The numbers were not encouraging. Ratings are down across several major cycling markets compared to the first week of the … The post Today at the Tour: Okay, that was boring appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Dirt: What it’s like to be a pro e-MTB rider; World Cup roundup

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This week's roundup includes an interesting interview with a professional mountain bike rider who races on an e-bike. Read the full article at The Dirt: What it’s like to be a pro e-MTB rider; World Cup roundup on VeloNews.com .

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8 things I learned at L’Etape du Tour

8 things I learned at L’Etape du Tour

This article was first published on Cyclingplus.com Cycling Plus ' editor-in-chief Rob was part of Team Alpecin at L'Etape du Tour as 15,000 riders tackled the same route as the pros will on Stage 10 of the Tour de France. You know that you’ve had a good day on the bike – or that a bad day is about to come to a blessed end – when you find yourself with a huge smile on your face, letting out some kind of guttural ‘Yeeeeehaaa!’ scream as you head stupidly fast into a hairpin bend… Well, I do anyway. So, as I careered, probably ever-so-slightly out of control, towards the finish line at this year’s Etape du Tour in the Alpine ski resort of Le Grand-Bornand, I had to decide — good day or bad? Well, it was a bit of both really… The ride replicated what will be Stage 10 ...

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Respect your elders: turning back the clock at Eroica Britannia

Respect your elders: turning back the clock at Eroica Britannia

Riders starting out with today's latest bikes have an immense amount to take for granted that's for sure. Nowadays, there’s an entire generation of riders, perhaps even two generations of riders, that simply do not know just how good they’ve got it — I was one of them. Born in 1991, my millennial privilege meant that I grew up with bikes that looked a lot like the bikes we ride today. Things such as quill stems and friction shifters had passed me by. Just the idea that shifters were once placed on a frame’s down tube seemed hard to fathom. So how would I fare taking out a road bike that was assembled long before I was even born? I joined one of Britain’s best bike rides to find out. The course : Eroica Britannia medium loop, 60-mile ‘sportsman route’, 4,560ft / 1,390m elevation, mostly gravel paths and closed roads. ...

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Titici expands custom offerings

Titici expands custom offerings

Italian custom bike builder Titici has expanded its range to include a fixed-gear carbon racer, a full-suspension mountain bike, a prototype aero road disc machine and even an e-gravel bike built with Fox’s gravel-specific AX suspension fork . Eurobike 2018: latest news and show highlights Exclusive: Rotor introduces 13-speed hydraulic groupset for all disciplines Titici E-FD01R Gravel Unlike the rest of Titici’s custom range, the E-FD01R Gravel is built using Dedacciai 7005 series aluminium (though we are told the company is working on a carbon model). Like the carbon offerings, it is available fully custom, too. At the heart of the bike is a Polini 250w motor (with a 500w peak output) fuelled by a long-ranging 500wh battery. It will be available in two builds, one with SRAM’s 1x Rival group and the top model with Force 1x. You can also opt for either Titici’s carbon gravel fork or Fox’s ...

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It's Full Speed Ahead for gravel in 2019

It's Full Speed Ahead for gravel in 2019

Bicycle component giant FSA has followed its extensive revamp of both road and mountain bike lines in 2018 with an expanded range for gravel and adventure riders in 2019. Eurobike 2018: latest news and show highlights Exclusive: Rotor introduces 13-speed hydraulic groupset for all disciplines K-Wing AGX FSA’s carbon and aero topped K-Wing bar wouldn’t have been our first guess for a new gravel version, but the AGX is exactly that. The 230g (42cm) carbon bar matches the ergo drop of the K-Wing with a re-profiled and sculpted cross-section for a better hold at the hoods. The compact (115mm x 75mm) drop is also flared for better control and clearance when descending. SL-K Modular super compact crankset K-Force modular super compact crankset AGX wheels SL-K Off-road AGX You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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Eurobike 2018: Hits and highlights, part three

And that’s a wrap! Well, sort of. The Eurobike trade show has shut its doors for another year, but not before we share with you some of the highlights that caught our eyes during our third and last day on the ground. The recent exodus of bigger bike brands from the show has left the … The post Eurobike 2018: Hits and highlights, part three appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Eurobike 2018: Hits and highlights, part two

The 2018 Eurobike trade show continues to give up its riches for intrepid attendees willing to wander the halls of the sprawling Messe Friedrichshafen convention center. As one would expect of the world’s largest bicycle trade show, many of the better-known brands are on hand with plenty to show off, such as Enve Composites, Stans … The post Eurobike 2018: Hits and highlights, part two appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Eurobike 2018: KTM, FSA, Sportful, Castelli, Stan's, Stages and more new tech

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New gravel wheels, disc brake aero bikes and autumn/winter clothing

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Eurobike 2018: KTM, FSA, Sportful, Castelli, Stan's, Stages and Swift

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New gravel wheels, disc brake aero bikes and autumn/winter clothing

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Compass 650B x 48 Switchback Hill Extralight TC

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Exceptional, super-light, big chamber tyres that roll fast on tarmac and gravel alike 9/10

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Cane Creek releases eeSilk seatpost

Cane Creek releases eeSilk seatpost

Cane Creek has offered the elastomer-damped Thudbuster seatpost for decades. Now, the North Carolina-based manufacturer is releasing a sleek, short travel suspension seatpost with a claimed weight of under 300g. Do we need full suspension on gravel? Niner thinks so Cane Creek re-releases the Ergo Control bar end Like the Thudbuster, the eeSilk relies on an elastomer to provide a bit of give. The slimmer eeSilk provides up to 20mm of travel, as opposed to the 33mm Thudbuster ST or the 76mm Thudbuster LT. While the Thudbuster was designed for mountain biking and trekking, the eeSilk is positioned as an option for gravel and ultra-endurance riders looking for a bit of give. Interchangeable elastomers allow the post to support riders ranging in weight from 100lb/45kg to 330lb/150kg. Three elastomers are included with the seatpost to fine tune ride feel. It features a forged and CNC'd aluminum body and titanium hardware. ...

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