Tech gallery: 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Part Two

Almost by definition, The North American Handmade Bicycle Show has been a showcase of outliers: bikes that were built specifically to be showpieces, or bikes built at the request of people who couldn’t find what they wanted in the mainstream market. It’s been a reliable portend of upcoming trends, paint palettes, styles, and even tech … The post Tech gallery: 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Part Two appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rose Pro SL 105 review

Rose Pro SL 105 review

Rose’s 2019 Pro SL 105 is actually much the same as last year’s model, bar a change of logo, a striking new colour-scheme, different tyres and the move to 7000 series Shimano 105 in its entirety. Shimano 105 R7000 groupset — everything you need to know Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you The Rose Pro SL 105 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2019. 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 page . Is that a problem? No. Especially because one of the things that’s unchanged — at least as I'm writing this before any potential political and economic ructions in Europe – is that the Rose Pro SL 105 is yours for a tad less than £1,000 in the UK. Rose’s bikes ...

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Rapha releases first in-house-designed footwear

Rapha Classic and Explore shoes

They’ve been seen spinning circles in adverts and even in WorldTour races for months but now Rapha’s new shoes are finally official. While Rapha has put its name on shoes before, the new Classic road and Explore off-road shoes are the British company’s first offerings to be designed in-house. Here is a quick look at … The post Rapha releases first in-house-designed footwear appeared first on CyclingTips .

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BikeRadar's 2019 Bike of the Year awards

BikeRadar's 2019 Bike of the Year awards

For the last few months our expert team of testers from BikeRadar , Cycling Plus and Mountain Biking UK ( MBUK ) have been putting the latest road and mountain bikes through their paces to bring you our annual bike awards. Best road bike: how to choose the right one for you Best mountain bike: buyer’s guide to help you choose Best women's road bikes In total, 101 bikes were tested across the road, mountain and women's categories in locations including San Remo, Italy, Yorkshire and the rolling countryside of Wales. After many hours in the saddle, and plenty of debate and discussion, it's now time to bring you the results, with the overall category winners due to be announced here on BikeRadar on Monday 25 March. Massive thanks too go to Stolen Goat , Lazer , Northwave , 661 Protection and Effetto Mariposa for their help and support during ...

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Norco Sight A1 29 review

Norco Sight A1 29 review

The Norco Sight A1 29er is a relatively hard-hitting trail bike that manages to merge a decent downhill confidence inspiring ride with capable pedalling characteristics. The Norco Sight A1 29 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2019. 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. At £2,899 / $3,799 / AU$4,999, and with a spec that includes a largely SRAM GX eagle groupset, 150mm RockShox Pike forks and a piggy-back Fox DPX2 shock, it’s also decent value for money. This is further backed up by the bricks and mortar back-up from Evans in the UK. Best mountain bike: buyer’s guide to help you choose How to set up your mountain bike suspension: video guides to help you get the most from your bike Norco use a 130mm four-bar suspension linkage ...

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Calibre Sentry first ride review

Calibre Sentry first ride review

Calibre Bikes, the GO Outdoors house brand, has dominated the sub-£1,000 market for a few years now, and for good reason. Up-to-date geometry and well-considered components packaged up at ridiculously competitive prices have made its bikes seriously tantalising — especially for riders on a budget. After years scooping all the accolades for its cheaper bikes, Calibre has decided to up the ante and venture into the longer travel enduro/trail market. Its latest offering, the Sentry, comes in two builds, but shares the same frame. The priciest bike will set you back £2,800 (with the £5 discount card) and is fitted with some seriously flash kit, but it’s the cheaper of the two (seen here) that we think is most exciting. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Mountain bike groupsets: everything you need to know Calibre Sentry frame People tend to think that cheaper bikes always ...

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Cape Epic: Fumic and Avancini take men's lead on stage 3

Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini of Cannondale Factory Racing

Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini grabbed the stage 3 win at the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race Wednesday and overtook previous race leaders Nino Schurter and Lars Forster in the general classification after the pair suffered a puncture and ended up in fourth place. In the women’s race, favorites Annika Langvad and Anna van der Breggen took their fourth consecutive win in front of Candice Lill and Adelheid Morath. Jennie Stenerhag and Mariske Strauss were third. Stage 3 featured with 107km and 2,800 meters of climbing, one of the most challenging of this year’s race. The day started with the ascent of the Nuweberg, followed by the Groenlandberg - the highest point of the route at 1,100 meters above sea level. A white-knuckle descent followed, then it was upwards again on the stage’s Technical Terrain climb to Die Nek. In the Elgin Valley, far below, a mix of rocky ...

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Crankworx Rotorua: a how-to guide for visitors

Crankworx Rotorua - Brett Rheeder Slopestyle

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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Winners and Losers From the Week in Stage Racing

Alright, the first week of (real) World Tour stage racing is in the can. Some riders saw their stock go up, while others were left searching for answers. Let’s have a look at who came out on top, who didn’t and what that means moving forward. Winner: Sam Bennett The Irish Fastman had a pretty good 2018 with 3 stage wins in the Giro and a smattering of other better than expected results. For his sins, he lost his spot on the Giro roster to Pascal Ackermann. And now he is pissed. While handling his displeasure through the media swimmingly, his 2019 is so far going even better, with a win at UAE and now two stage wins at Paris-Nice, including an extremely impressive navigation through traffic to take stage 6, that really showed his chutzpah. Maybe the better competition went to Italy, but it’s not exactly nobodies that he’s ...

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Bontrager claims WaveCel technology is biggest change to helmet safety in 30 years

Bontrager claims WaveCel technology is biggest change to helmet safety in 30 years

Bontrager’s new WaveCel helmet technology claims to massively reduce the risk of concussion in cycling crashes. The brand says its collapsible layer makes a helmet as much as 48 times more effective in preventing concussion than the same helmet without it. Best road bike helmets of 2019 Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you "Nearly 99 times out of 100, WaveCel prevents concussions" WaveCel was developed by two head injury experts, then integrated into Bontrager helmets during a four-year partnership with the brand and Trek’s product development teams. The result is a honeycomb layer within WaveCel-equipped helmets that sits inside a more classic outer shell. The WaveCel layer is designed to “flex, crumple and glide” in the event of an angled impact, dissipating the force of a crash in three stages as the cellular structure of the liner collapses, working “like a crumple zone that ...

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Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review

Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review

Santa Cruz's Megatower is an aggressive-sounding name for an aggressive-riding bike. It’s clearly a reference to the brand’s Hightower platform, which also sports 29-inch wheels and has thus far been the race bike of choice for Santa Cruz’s EWS racers, Iago Garay and Mark Scott. But really, the new bike is better thought of as a 29er version of the Nomad. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01+ Reserve review When Santa Cruz launched the Nomad version 4 back in 2017 , many of us were wondering why, with the Santa Cruz Syndicate already racing 29er downhill bikes, the Nomad wasn’t available as a 29er. EWS racers underlined our point by largely choosing to race on an over-shocked version of the Hightower. These bikes then evolved into the Hightower LT, which uses a longer stroke shock and a different swing arm ...

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Van der Breggen and Langvad dominate early stages at Cape Epic

Anna van der Breggen and Annika Langvad compete in the 2019 Cape Epic

Anna van der Breggen and Annika Langvad are off to a winning start at Cape Epic in South Africa after claiming both the prologue and the first stage of the world-class mountain bike stage race that runs from March 17-24. The Boels Dolmans teammates, racing under Investec-songo-Specialized at Cape Epic, announced they would participate in the event together in January. Van der Breggen is the current road world champion and Langvad is a former five-time marathon world champion, and was the cross-country world champion in 2016. She has won Cape Epic four times and is the defending champion. They prepared for Cape Epic at the Sunshine Cup earlier this winter. Van der Breggen is relatively new to mountain biking having only just competed in her first World Cup last year. Langvad said she was pleased to race it this year with Van der Breggen. "Riding with Anna during the Cape ...

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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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11spd: This week's best new bikes and gear

11spd: This week's best new bikes and gear

It’s Friday and that means imminent weekend-ing and eleven more road and mountain bike products to ogle over. This week we shared 25 pieces of advice we wish we'd been given when we started cycling, Jack and Joe endured a VO 2 max test at the University of Bath, and we ran through our favourite road pedals , all alongside our bread-and-butter of honest, independent product reviews. Bold Unplugged This Swiss enduro bike has two very interesting features. First off, the shock is hidden inside the seat tube. This is apparently done to protect it from the elements while allowing for straighter, lighter tubes. But it’s surely going to make adjusting suspension harder. Second, the geometry is hugely adjustable. Flip chips alter the location of the chainstay (horst-link) pivot, which has three effects. The longest setting increases the rear-centre by 11mm, drops the bottom bracket by 20mm and increases the ...

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Rapha Custom + CyclingTips: A revolution, not an evolution

What if you didn’t need a designer to get a kit design looking great, and the process was so smooth that you could be confident that what you designed is what you’ll receive? And what if the whole process only took 8 weeks? That's what Rapha set out to do with their new Custom program. The post Rapha Custom + CyclingTips: A revolution, not an evolution appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Follow your heart to better recovery

Analyzing power files doesn’t make you faster. Training Stress Score (TSS) and Training Stress Balance (TSB) charts cannot say for certain whether you should go hard tomorrow or not. And a simple heart rate monitor won’t tell you when you are sick until it’s too late. But heart rate variability, or HRV for short — … The post Follow your heart to better recovery appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Data diet: How unplugging can actually improve your cycling (and your life)

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott In our always-on and connected world, it has become far too easy to catch ourselves constantly staring at screens, at work, at home, and on the bike. We have become so connected and yet, at the same … The post Data diet: How unplugging can actually improve your cycling (and your life) appeared first on CyclingTips .

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