Canyon Grail AL 7.0 review

Canyon Grail AL 7.0 review

Canyon launched its carbon fibre Grail early in 2018 , a bike that divided opinion thanks to its controversial double-decker Hover bar . The new aluminium Grail ditches that unique cockpit but it's still an impressive bike. There are five models in the new aluminium range — three for men and two for women — priced from £1,099 up to £1,449 for the 7.0 SL, which is £100 more than this one. The Canyon Grail AL The Top 5 gravel bikes The Canyon Grail AL 7.0 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2019 and has been crowned best all-road bike . 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 . Behind the purposeful-looking all-carbon fork, with its oversized 1 1/4in steerer tube, the hydroformed, double-butted 6061 aluminium frame tubes are ...

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Q&A: How Payson McElveen won Land Run with boredom and a track stand sprint

Q&A: How Payson McElveen won Land Run with boredom and a track stand sprint

The last time Payson McElveen started a gravel race he was sick. That was at Rebecca’s Private Idaho last fall. Earlier in 2018, he abandoned Dirty Kanza 200, when flat tires knocked him out of the lead group. Despite his minimal experience in long gravel races, the pro mountain biker pulled off an impressive win […] Read the full article at Q&A;: How Payson McElveen won Land Run with boredom and a track stand sprint on VeloNews.com .

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Cycling Plus May issue is out now!

Cycling Plus May issue is out now!

It’s a Bike of the Year takeover in May’s edition of Cycling Plus , as the testing team selects its favourite steed of 2019. 75 bikes in all were tested, making it the magazine's most thorough test yet. The big hitters of Giant, Cannondale, Specialized and BMC have been the most recent winners, so the victor this year may come as a surprise… Rather than price points, this year’s test set about answering common queries such as “I want a bike that can go anywhere”, “I want a bike that’ll make me faster” and “I want a bike for climbing.” For all the answers, check out the full monster 50-page test in mag. Despite the colossus that is this year’s Bike of the Year, there’s still plenty elsewhere. There's a grouptest of eight spring outfits from the likes of Endura, Castelli and Gore, and tests of new kit including Shimano’s ...

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Week in Tech: Rapha kicks, Orbea e-bike for kids, CeramicSpeed for SRAM Dub

Week in Tech: Rapha kicks, Orbea e-bike for kids, CeramicSpeed for SRAM Dub

Rapha rolls out new road and gravel shoes. Orbea has an e-bike for kids. CeramicSpeed has a Dub-compatible bottom bracket, and more. Read the full article at Week in Tech: Rapha kicks, Orbea e-bike for kids, CeramicSpeed for SRAM Dub on VeloNews.com .

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No. 22, the 2019 NAHBS Best in Show winners - photos and interview with co-founder Mike Smith

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We take a closer look at No. 22's award-winning new Drifter X titanium gravel bike, and their new No. 6 component brand...

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Spring classics inspire new Reserve 700c and 650b carbon wheels

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Santa Cruz’s wheel brand branches into the road and gravel market with new carbon wheels

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Welcome to Graubünden: Epic ascents and perfect asphalt

The Rhine is one of the most important waterways in Europe. Its two sources are connected by perfect asphalt. Over three days we will discover monumental alpine passes, culinary highlights and breathtaking scenery on quiet roads. The post Welcome to Graubünden: Epic ascents and perfect asphalt appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz: #3

Another week, another test of wits… It’s been a big one for CyclingTips this week. Among other things: We’ve published the first two galleries from Global Tech Editor James Huang’s recent visit to NAHBS: see #1 here, #2 here. Also racking up the air-miles, Neal Rogers reported back from his trip to a gravel e-bike … The post The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz: #3 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rapha’s Explore shoes are gravel-ready and not insanely expensive

Rapha’s Explore shoes are gravel-ready and not insanely expensive

The Explore is a brand new gravel and adventure shoe from Rapha. By the lofty standards of the brand, it isn’t ridiculously unaffordable and it’s accompanied by a new Classic road shoe which costs a little less. Rapha launches custom clothing tool for quick and easy online kit design Rapha Commuter Jacket review Rapha is back in the shoe game Rapha has been out of the shoe game for a while but the brand is back with a new road model called the Classic ( which we first spotted at the Tour Down Under ), and the Explore, designed for two-bolt cleats and aimed squarely at gravel and adventure riders. The Explore is a lace-up, walkable design with a chunky natural rubber tread. A carbon plate aims to give road shoe stiffness but, critically, it doesn’t span the full length of the shoes. Instead, it ends 3cm from the heel ...

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Women’s Team of the Week: Windswept Edition

Yes, it’s back, by semi-popular demand and with its customary cavalier attitude to lengths of time. Races Sweeping up the entire first three weeks of the [VDS] season in one tremendous gust, this edition buffets Strade Bianche and a muddy Ronde van Drenthe (UCI Women’s World Tour rounds 1 and 2), breezes past SSRs at Le Samyn and Drentse 8, and lightly ruffles VDS opening weekend. Coverage Reasonable. Images of a muddy peloton riding up the VAMberg and across tree-lined stretches of cobbles at Drenthe were particularly memorable . Riders Marta Bastianelli : Yes, yes, at Drenthe you can say she got lucky. Chantal Blaak practically ferried her across to form a three rider group with solo leader Ellen van Dijk from which she was always likely to win, especially when Blaak ended up doing much of the work. (Bastianelli summed it up in a classic sorry-not-sorry post-race interview ). ...

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Video: Five tips for the Land Run 100 gravel race

Video: Five tips for the Land Run 100 gravel race

We just got back from the Land Run 100 gravel race in Oklahoma. Here are our five tips to help you survive and have a good time along the way. Read the full article at Video: Five tips for the Land Run 100 gravel race on VeloNews.com .

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Crankworx Rotorua: a how-to guide for visitors

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Crankworx Rotorua has quickly grown into a global marquee mountain bike event. You'll want to go and BikeRoar gives you some tips on how to make the most of your trip.

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We will stick with skinny tyres, honest: The Bunch Ep.7

Supported by Hello people. We have a quick one for you this week — we here at CT have been a little busy. I happen to find myself in Girona, Spain, yet again. Two weeks ago it was for the Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 speed launch, this time it’s for a multi-brand event, all of which … The post We will stick with skinny tyres, honest: The Bunch Ep.7 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Yamaha launch the Wabash gravel e-bike

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Fully designed and developed in-house by Yamaha, the new bike blends the two fastest-growing bike trends, namely e-bikes and gravel, into one impressive package...

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First Look: Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon clincher tubeless wheels

First Look: Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon clincher tubeless wheels

The 303 Firecrest wheels are designed to take on gravel's toughest races — which is what we will be doing in 2019. Read the full article at First Look: Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon clincher tubeless wheels on VeloNews.com .

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Yamaha launches gravel e-bike

CYPRESS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, is now delivering its new adventure gravel e-bike, called the Wabash. The Wabash is a Class 1 e-bike designed and developed from frame to motor by Yamaha. "The gravel category is growing because of the performance and versatility built into these bikes, and Yamaha really keyed in on these areas for the new Wabash," said Drew Engelmann, Yamaha's Power Assist Bicycle group sales and marketing manager. "The Wabash is fun to ride, and it's made for adventures right out of the garage no matter the terrain." The aluminum-framed Wabash has flared drop handlebars for stability, confidence and versatility on roads and trails. It's spec'd with a SRAM Apex 1x11 drivetrain with SRAM X-Sync chainring, Maxxis Speed Terrane tires and SRAM Apex hydraulic disc brakes. It has dropper seat post compatibility, including dedicated external mounts and option for internal routing. It has 12mm ...

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Yamaha Wabash Gravel Adventure E-Bike Launch and First Ride Review

Yamaha Wabash Gravel Adventure E-Bike Launch and First Ride Review

We got a sneak peak ride in on Yamaha's all-new Wabash gravel adventure electric bicycle. Here's our first-ride impressions and all the launch specs and info you need to know.

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The weekly spin: Trends collide as Yamaha launches Wabash, a gravel e-bike

How the hell do I record an e-bike ride on Strava? Will these miles count toward my annual total? How do I figure out what my power output was during the ride? What happens if I get a KOM? These were the primary concerns swirling around in my mind while riding the Wabash, Yamaha’s new … The post The weekly spin: Trends collide as Yamaha launches Wabash, a gravel e-bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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NAHBS draws record exhibitor count, announces 2020 show in Dallas

No. 22 Bicycle Co. wins Best in Show award. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BRAIN) — The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, which closed Sunday, notched a record number of exhibitors for the 15-year-old event: about 210. Organizers said the Sacramento show drew "huge, highly enthusiastic crowds." They also announced that next year's show will be held in Dallas, Texas, Organizers also said the show "attracted a strong contingent of retail buyers from with its new 'early-access' program, which gave qualified buyers from bicycle retailers free admission to the show and access to the hall one hour prior to consumer show hours each day." "This year’s show confirmed why Sacramento has always been one of our top venues," said Don Walker, the founder and president of NAHBS, which has been held in Sacramento three times in its history. "The hall was packed full of exhibitors, we drew an amazing crowd, and the weather ...

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Roval CLX 32 Disc 650b wheelset review

Roval CLX 32 Disc 650b wheelset review

We were massively impressed with the 700c versions of Specialized’s Roval CLX 32 Disc wheels. According to the engineers who developed them in Specialized’s wind tunnel, those 32mm-deep wheels have a more aerodynamic profile than their 400mm-deep forebears. That same profile is present on this 650b wheelset. Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know Roval SLX 24 wheelset review The wheels are tubeless compatible (or ‘2 Bliss Ready’ in Specialized speak) and can be set-up with either standard tubeless rim tape or Specialized’s rim plugs, which are included along with 12mm thru-axle end caps, quick-release levers, fittings for quick-release frames and a pair of wheel bags. The rims’ wide internal width (20.7mm) means they’re perfectly suited to big-volume gravel tyres (I ran mine with 42mm Specialized Sawtooth tyres). I set them up tubeless using Specialized’s plugs, which was pretty easy and didn’t require too much fettling. The rest of ...

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