Specialized Rhyme Carbon Comp 6Fattie/29 review

Specialized Rhyme Carbon Comp 6Fattie/29 review

While the Rhyme Carbon Comp is described as one of Specialized’s women’s specific trail bike, with it’s 150mm travel front and rear it’s a bike that definitely sits more towards the all-mountain/trail end of the spectrum. Bike of the Year 2018 Women’s cycling news, reviews, interviews and more on BikeRadar Women The Specialized Rhyme Carbon Comp 6Fattie/29 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 . Plenty of travel means that the Rhyme will take rolling through rough trails, rocky sections as well as larger drops and hits in its stride, but there is a trade-off with climbing ability. Designed to take either 29er wheels or 27.5+ / 650b+, you can choose which to go for when you purchase the bike, and switch ...

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Specialized refreshes its XC tyres with fresh S-Works variants

Specialized refreshes its XC tyres with fresh S-Works variants

We spotted a range of new top-end S-Works-level XC bike tyres from Specialized at the Albstadt round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at the weekend. The new range of tyres uses established names in the Specialized lineup: Renegade, Fast Trak and Ground Control. However, the S-Works models have been pared down to become XC racing specific models. The range aims to offer the lowest weight possible while maintaining the traction and reliability required of a race-winning tyre. Cannondale F-Si Hi-MOD World Cup first ride review It looks like Nino isn't the only one on Eagle eTap All of the models feature a new 120TPI (as opposed to the 60TPI of old) casing, using a lightweight 210Dn thread. The casing is essentially a woven cloth which gives the tyre its structure when inflated. A higher thread count and thinner threads generally result in a lighter and more supple tyre. ...

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Giro stage 16: Cronometro individuale!

In Ingelese? Individual Time Trial. Business Time. Tuesday sees the second and longer of the Giro’s two time trials. This sets the table for the last three days in the mountains and will go a long way to clearing up who’ll be in pink on Sunday. Stage Details Planimetria Altimetria Slightly rolling, but definitely not a climbing time trial, in other words. There’s a few bends – see below for a technical finish – so there will be some advantage in acceleration as well as pure power, but this is a typical grand tour time trial. You won’t see bike changes or anything else to swing this away from the chrono men. The key statistic is length – at 34.2km, this won’t produce huge gaps, but it is definitely far enough to matter. For comparison, the longest time trials at the grand tours last year were 40km (Giro), 22km (Tour) ...

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BBB Echelon Saddle

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Understated, very comfortable saddle for road/mountain bike duties 8/10

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JRA with the Angry Asian: The slow crawl of road bike progress

Time and tide wait for no one, as the saying goes, and as we head into the meat of the 2018 product launch cycle, I can’t help but marvel at how far bikes have come. Road frames are lighter, more efficient, more aerodynamic, and more comfortable than ever. Bikes are more versatile and capable than … The post JRA with the Angry Asian: The slow crawl of road bike progress appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Canyon Spectral WMN CF 9.0 SL review

Canyon Spectral WMN CF 9.0 SL review

Released onto the market in early 2018, the new Spectral WMN from Canyon has been extensively revised. It’s got new geometry, and while it’s a pricey bike, it’s still got a very impressive spec list. Bike of the Year 2018 Women's cycling news, reviews, interviews and more on BikeRadar Women The Canyon Spectral WMN CF 9.0 SL 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 . The Spectral WMN is an aggressive trail bike, with 27.5 wheels and 140mm travel front and rear. It’s a bike that’s designed for trails that veer towards the technical end of the spectrum, but the question is, does the redesign help or hinder that goal? The Canyon Spectral WMN goes women’s specific The big news is that ...

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Neff wins Albstadt World Cup

Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) wins

World champion Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing) rode away from the rest of the women's field in Round 2 of the Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday, in Albstadt, Germany, taking both the event win and donning the leader's jersey for the series. Rain through the week and on the morning of the race made the circuit muddy and slick, with almost every rider crashing at least once on the steep and technical descents. Neff seemed to relish the conditions, and was already 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field by the end of the start loop. Alessandra Keller (Thomus-RN Racing) spent most of the racing chasing solo in second place, until the final lap, when she was caught by defending World Cup champion Yana Belomoina (CST Sandd American Eagle) and Anne Tauber (CST Sandd American Eagle), who took second and third, still over two minutes behind Neff. "The ...

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Schurter comes out swinging in Albstadt

Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing) celebrates his win

World champion Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) had something to prove on Sunday, in Albstadt, Germany, at round 2 of the Mountain Bike World Cup. He had lost the first round of 2018 after sweeping the Series in 2017, and then did not finish the Short Track race on Friday, relegating him to the third row of the start grid. By the end of the start loop, Schurter was firmly in control at the front of the race. He was joined for the first laps by cyclo-cross pro turned mountain biker Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory), Mathias Flueckiger (Thomus-RN Racing), Lars Forster (BMC) and round 1 winner Sam Gaze (Specialized). Gaze flatted and eventually dropped out of the race, while Flueckiger also flatted and Forster could not handle the pace, and were replaced by Stephane Tempier (Bianchi Countervail) and Jordan Sarrou (KMC-Ekoi-SR Suntour). When Schurter ramped up the ...

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Langvad and Van der Poel Win First Ever World Cup Short Tracks

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) wins the Short Track

The first ever Mountain Bike World Cup short track (XCC) was held on Friday evening in Albstadt, Germany, with Annika Langvad (Specialized) and Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) coming out the winners. The top-16 finishers in the women and men will fill the first two rows for Sunday's cross-country (XCO) races, plus the event offered World Cup substantial points – 50 per cent of the XCO. The 1.7-kilometre course began with the start of the cross-country circuit on pavement and then grass past the tech zone, followed by a section of the singletrack near the end of the XCO circuit and the pavement finish. Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing) took the hole shot through the first corner for the women, but a group of 15 formed at the front by the end of the first lap, including most of the favourites, except for Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team) and Pauline Ferrand ...

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The Pamir Highway: A solo ride across the barren heart of Central Asia

When Daniel Weststeyn turned 30, he wanted to do something memorable; to usher in a new decade with a journey that he'd remember for the rest of his life. This is the story of that journey – a stunningly picturesque solo ride through Central Asia. The post The Pamir Highway: A solo ride across the barren heart of Central Asia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro d'Italia Stage 15: Yates extends race lead with third stage victory

Giro d'Italia Stage 15: Yates extends race lead with third stage victory

Joe Robinson 20 May 2018 Dumoulin loses time to Yates as Englishman takes yet another stage victory to Sappada Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) laid down his biggest marker yet for the pink jersey at the 2018 Giro d'Italia taking stage victory number three to Sappada and extending his lead in the pink jersey. Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) will have sore shoulders tonight as the remaining General Classification men leaned on the Dutchman for the chase to the final before eventually dropping him towards the finish. Dumoulin fought valiantly to rejoin this group finishing 40 seconds adrift of Yates. Chris Froome (Team Sky) paying for his efforts on Monte Zoncolan, went backwards after going forwards eventually losing 1 minute 30 seconds to stage winner and race leader Yates. Yates used the penultimate climb of Costalissoio to launch a double attack which was enough to shrug off Dumoulin and co providing ...

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Scott Addict 30 Disc review

Scott Addict 30 Disc review

With more float than a reclining otter, Scott’s Addict 30 Disc adds another facet to the Addict model’s almost all-encompassing ability. To date there’s the Addict RC fast road bike, Addict CX and Addict Gravel, mainly with disc brakes, so where does the Addict 30 Disc fit in? Scott says it’s not really designed for racers, but with endurance in mind, it sets its stall out with some impressively large tyres. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Scott Addict 30 Disc 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 . The lowest priced of the three Addict Disc models, this bike shares the same MF carbon frame and full ...

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Cannondale Habit Women’s Carbon 2 review

Cannondale Habit Women’s Carbon 2 review

The vibrantly-coloured Habit Carbon 2 is the women’s specific version of Cannondale’s “do-it-all” 27.5-inch wheel size mountain bike. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Cannondale Habit Women’s Carbon 2 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 . Cannondale comments that the Habit combines ‘all-mountain capability with XC efficiency’ and, with a few caveats, it lives up to the claims. It’s a quick climber and nimble on the descents. However, ‘all-mountain’ in this case is more about long rides on natural trails rather than enduro descents, where the slightly old-school trail geometry can feel nervy. Cannondale Habit Women’s Carbon 2 frame The Habit combines a carbon frame made from ...

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Chris Froome: I'm going to keep racing as hard all the way to Rome

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome dug deep, suffered perhaps like few times before in his career, and fought all the way to the finish line to conquer the Monte Zoncolan and begin a fight back after losing chunks of time in the Giro d'Italia since his crash in Jerusalem. Team Sky had given Froome the option of going home due to his injuries and pain from the subsequent muscle imbalances but he always refused to throw in the towel despite losing time, hoping that he could and would recover and somehow fight back. "It never crossed my mind to retire from the race, that's bike racing, things happen that are not always in your control, especially in the Giro which is very unpredictable," Froome said, showing his pride. "The crash took a fair bit out of me but it was always the plan to keep fighting. We've seen in the past how quickly ...

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Giro stage 15: After the Lord Mayor’s Show

Tolmezzo – Sappada (176km) There’s one stage between a huge mountaintop finish and a critical time trial, and it leads into a rest day. So it’ll be gentle stage with a chance for the GC boys to sit back, right? Well, the Giro didn’t get the memo. What’s It About? There’s nothing on the slate for Sunday that will match Il Zonko, but that’s too much to hope for. There is, though, climbing a-plenty, with three cat 2 climbs and a cat 3, to say nothing of an uphill finish. The three climbs crammed into the last 40km will make taking a day off impossible for anyone with aspirations of glory in Rome. Stage Details Planimetria You know, if these cyclists ever looked at these maps, they could save themselves a lot of trouble. There’s a much quicker way from Tolmezzo to Sappada. Altimetria The route they’ve chosen is very ...

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MBUK's June issue is on sale now!

MBUK's June issue is on sale now!

There’s a bit of a wild theme to this month’s MBUK , down to both the riders we’ve ridden with and the places we’ve ridden. A quartet of mountain bike legends kick things off as we join Cédric Gracia, Richie Schley, Brett Tippie and Geoff Gulevich on a high altitude adventure in the Italian Dolomites. Bike of the Year 2018 contenders and winners Up in Scotland we join Enduro World Series pro Joe Barnes and his pals (aka. The Dudes of Hazzard) as they pilot their campervan into unchartered territories on The Isle of Harris. As it happens, this remote and unspoiled island is a haven of two-wheeled fun. Wild in a different sense of the word is Norway’s Hillbilly Huckfest. This bike festival is a one of a kind and our staff writer Ed headed there to witness the jump sending, beer swilling, guitar thrashing madness first hand. You ...

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Specialized Women's Camber Comp 650b review

Specialized Women's Camber Comp 650b review

Designed at the cross-country end of the trail spectrum, the alloy-framed Specialized Camber Comp is a 650b bike that’s efficient on the climbs and fun on the trails, though its lively feel can be a little too twitchy on steep and techy descents. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Specialized Women's Camber Comp 650b 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 . This version comes specc’d with reliable, though not exceptional, parts. It’s a bike built for reliability and robustness; treat it right and it’ll keep you rolling on through the years. The unisex version of the Camber comes in either a 29er version and a 650b version, ...

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Amgen Women's Race stage 2 – Race debrief

New race leader Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare)

Race: Amgen Women's Race (Women's WorldTour) Date: May 18, 2018 Distance: 108km Weather: Sunny, blue skies. 11-15 degrees Podium: 1st Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) 2nd Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops) 3rd Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) Winner's quote: "I felt some pressure this morning before the start as everyone kept reminding me about that one second gap in last year's race, but once we got started, it was just another bike race. I had fun out there today." Fun? For most of the peloton this climbers' stage was torture, but for Hall this is what she does best. Her record speaks for itself: out of the four times she's raced the Amgen Women's Race, she's won the South Lake Tahoe stage every time but one. "I knew I was in good form having already won three domestic GCs this spring. But I hadn't seen the European riders yet this year, so I had no idea ...

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Which one is he?  The doping one?

The Curious Case of Simon Yates and the Perception of Cycling in Britain This is a story about the story cycling in the UK tells about itself. You’ve heard a lot of it before, and the history is not my interest here. Read Chris Sidwells for the authorised version or Tim Hilton for the more entertaining version. In brief, we’re told, British cycling was insular and parochial, and focused on social riding or on hill climbs and long, solo, point-to-point efforts. There was the schism that produced the British League of Road Cyclists. There was Tom Simpson, who begat Obree and Boardman, and way down in Manchester they begat Brailsford and all those Olympic medals. The Olympians begat Team Sky and the Tour wins and the Grand Departs in London and Yorkshire. Now Britain, Sidwells concludes, rules the cycling world. This is a lucid argument. Track cycling is routinely televised ...

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Daily News Digest

Supported by Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today: Viviani bounces back with third stage win, points jersey battle to make for intense final week, Simon Yates says he knows ‘nothing’ about the Zoncolan, the Tour of Norway and more… Dispatches from the Giro d’Italia Viviani grabs third stage win of 2018 Giro Elia … The post Daily News Digest appeared first on CyclingTips .

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