Do clutch rear derailleurs add drivetrain friction?

Clutched rear derailleurs have long been a fixture in the mountain bike world given how the one-way pulley cage pivots dramatically enhance chain security and reduce noise. The road world has largely ignored the technology on two counts, though: weight and friction. The added mass relative to a non-clutched rear derailleur is indisputable, but does … The post Do clutch rear derailleurs add drivetrain friction? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vitus Nucleus 29 VR review

Vitus Nucleus 29 VR review

Direct-sell brand Vitus uses its ‘one step less’ sales advantage to give the Nucleus 29 VR an excellent trail-tough, upgrade-ready frame and decent spec for the money. Don’t expect a smooth ride though, even with 29in wheels. Vitus bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Best mountain bikes under £1,000 Vitus Nucleus 29 VR frame Skipping the ‘selling from a shop’ stage of the cost chain gives Vitus more cash to spend, and it's dumped most of that on the frame. The tapered head tube makes future fork upgrades easy, as well as adding stiffness. At 67 degrees, the head angle cuts a good balance between stability and not making the big wheels feel too barge-like on tighter trails. The reach and wheelbase aren’t radical but are long compared to the stunted ‘beginner bikes’ that mostly populate this price ...

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Technical FAQ: Cleat position and injuries

Technical FAQ: Cleat position and injuries

Lennard Zinn addresses several questions about bike position as it relates to cleats and saddles. Read the full article at Technical FAQ: Cleat position and injuries on VeloNews.com .

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Norco Charger 2 review

Norco Charger 2 review

The Norco Charger 2 will suit those who enjoy the mellower side of mountain biking, but those looking to push their limits in technical terrain will be better served elsewhere. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you What’s the fastest tyre size for mountain biking? Norco Charger 2 frame The frame looks good up close thanks to its glossy paint and smooth welds. Under the surface, it features double-butted tubes which save weight by varying the thickness of the walls throughout their length. The overall bike weighs a respectable 13.3Kg in XL - the largest of four size options. Handily, two water bottles can be mounted inside the frame. Norco Charger 2 kit The component highlight has to be the SRAM NX 11-speed drivetrain. The cassette has a wide 11-42 tooth range of gears, and with a 30 tooth chainring up front, the gearing is biased ...

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Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot

Phil Anderson is an icon of Australian cycling. His successes paved the way for several waves of Australian talent since he retired in 1994. His career peaked in the 1980s, in which years he became the first Australian and non-European, in 1981, to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey as a member of the … The post Phil Anderson, yellow jerseys, and an ’82 Peugeot appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Beat Blue Monday and stay motivated on the most depressing day of the year

Beat Blue Monday and stay motivated on the most depressing day of the year

Sometimes, even with the best intentions, it’s hard to find motivation to go out and ride. We’ve all been there. So what strategies do coaches, psychologists, athletes and BikeRadar readers use to get out that door and on that bike? Motivation — who needs it? Tips for staying motivated mountain biking How to ride in the rain It could be that you’ve had a setback such as an injury, and it’s disheartening that you’re not where you once were. It could be that you’re just getting started or trying something new, and progress is frustratingly slow. And let’s not forget that training plan slump, when the bed feels so comfortable and the weather isn’t particularly inviting. One — or even all — of the following suggestions might be enough to get you into your kit and riding. 1. Find a cause Dr Josephine Perry , a chartered sport psychologist from ...

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Blue Monday be damned - here comes an incredible 2019

Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Some pro racing reminders as to why you shouldn't be down about Blue Monday Today, January 21st, is officially Blue Monday. No, not a day dedicated to New Order's groundbreaking 1983 hit but the day in which it is claimed to be the most depressing of the year. Originally conceived by a tutor at the Cardiff University's Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cliff Arnall, in 2006, Blue Monday was derived from a formula which includes weather conditions, debt level, low motivation, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year's resolutions and the drive to take action. So considering this morning's sub-zero temperatures and the fact that Strava predicted we will have given up our new year's fitness resolutions last Thursday , it comes as no surprise that today is the year's most desolate day. However, it's not all doom and gloom, in fact far from ...

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The 8 new sportives you don't want to miss out on in 2019

The 8 new sportives you don't want to miss out on in 2019

Roll Massif (pronounced Roll Mas- seef) is an exciting new Colorado-based events company that will host eight road, gravel and mountain bike sportives and races in 2019. The ultimate sportive nutrition guide How to pace a sportive The eight events consist of three road sportives, two dedicated gravel events, one mixed event and two 12-hour mountain bike races. All take place in the most beautiful areas that Colorado’s incredibly diverse landscape has to offer. The size and scope of the events range from 500-person mountain bike races to 7,000-strong mass-participation road sportives. All events (with the exception of the Copper Triangle event) also have multiple distance options, covering everything from 20-mile family rides to all-day high-alpine epic centuries, so there should be something suitable for riders of all abilities. Each ride will have select timed sections, but riders are encouraged to ride as “seriously or frivolously as you like”. Some ...

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Nukeproof Digger Pro

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A grin-inducing mountain bike inspired gravel bike that is huge fun to ride on any trail or terrain 9/10

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Tools, bits and tips from the WorldTour pits

If you’re looking for unsung heroes of the travelling circus that is the WorldTour, take a walk in the pits. Pro mechanics are up earlier and into bed later than the riders, and their jobs are often without compliment, only complaint in the rare case things do go wrong. Still, the team mechanics are truly … The post Tools, bits and tips from the WorldTour pits appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Will your next bike be a gravel bike? Raleigh and Whyte tell us why this new category isn't just bike industry hype

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With a bit of cyclocross, mountain bike and touring bike in the mix, gravel bikes are the new black

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Glasgow could host first combined World Cycling Championships in 2023

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First World Championships to feature road, track, BMX and mountain biking

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Pinnacle Kapur 2 review

Pinnacle Kapur 2 review

The mid-priced option in Evans Cycles’ budget hardtail range has a superior spec to similarly-priced bikes from bigger brands. Its fork is better than expected and its steering control makes it ready for some rowdy riding, but it lacks reach and upgrade/utility details. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you What to wear mountain biking Pinnacle Kapur 2 frame While the Kapur frame looks simple, it uses double- and triple-butted main tubes. The fork has a straight 1.125in steerer tube, but the 44mm head tube means you can upgrade to a higher-spec tapered fork down the line. There’s a big reinforcing gusset behind the head tube, which is slacked out to a naturally stable and self-correcting 66.5 degrees. The slacker-than-normal 72-degree seat angle suggests the frame was designed around a 100mm fork, not the 120mm unit fitted, so you need to shuffle forwards on climbs to ...

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

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

We're already over half way through January, which is prime time for new year’s resolutions to start unravelling. So, to get you inspired, we’ve been sniffing out the latest tech news at the Tour Down Under , rounding up our top-rated cyclocross bikes , sharing our tips on losing weight through cycling and seeing how Joe and Reuben got on in their festive 500 attempt. As if that weren't enough, we've selected 11 of the shiniest, newest and most interesting bikes and riding kit to land in the BikeRadar office; because half the fun of being a cyclist is nerding out about what’s new, what’s different about it, and of course, how much it weighs, so we hope this gets you fired up. As well as some innovative saddles, toasty gloves and a long-travel dropper seatpost, this week we’ve got a no less than five complete bikes to show you. ...

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What's up at CABDA West Bike Show

CABDA West 2019

We check out CABDA's new West Coast Expo and Education Series seminars. See what this regional bike show and exhibitors have to offer and if it might fill the industry's Interbike gap.

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"What's in store for 2019?" BRAIN talks to retailers at CABDA West

Spoiler: "E-bikes, lots of e-bikes." DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — On the second and final day of the inaugural CABDA West trade show, BRAIN contributor Ray Keener asked retailers, "What's in store for 2019?" Donnie Bennett Mr. B's Bicycles Yuma, AZ "E-bikes, lots of e-bikes. We've sold more e-bikes in our three stores than regular bicycles so far this year. We picked up Pedego a year-and-a-half ago and it's been a great partnership. We have a Pedego store within one of our stores now and we're building a separate building that will be Pedego Yuma." LaLa Mijares Incycle Bicycle Santa Clarita, CA "A lot of our focus in 2019 is on community. We have five locations and the new Santa Clarita store is in a community-friendly cycling area where there are 61 miles of paved trails. What we're seeing is e-bikes selling well in our new store and it's catching ...

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Sagan starts season on winning note

Sagan starts season on winning note

The three-time world champion grabs his first victory of 2019 on just his third day of racing. Read the full article at Sagan starts season on winning note on VeloNews.com .

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Team insider: Bora-Hansgrohe at the Tour de France

James Witts 18 Jan 2019 How Bora-Hansgrohe and its Slovakian superstar Peter Sagan are helping rehabilitate German cycling This article was originally published in issue 80 of Cyclist magazine Words James Witts Photography Juan Trujillo Andrades ‘We still have our full quota of eight riders, and not many teams can say that,’ says Jan-Niklas Droste, doctor to Germany’s one and only WorldTour team. It’s 11am on Wednesday 25th July 2018 and Cyclist is embedded with Bora-Hansgrohe at Stage 17 of the Tour de France . Today’s stage is a short one, only 65km, but it includes a lot of climbing. ‘So far we’ve been lucky with crashes,’ Droste adds as we jump into a team car to follow the race. ‘Let’s hope that carries on until Paris.’ Fast forward to 3.38pm, and a voice crackles over the in-car radio: ‘Peter has crashed. Peter has crashed…’ The team’s star rider, Peter ...

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Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 Team first ride review

Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 Team first ride review

The Strive has been Canyon's enduro workhorse since the summer of 2014, when it first introduced its Shapeshifter technology — a feature which uses an air pressured chamber to change the position of the shock — and this latest incarnation of Canyon’s most successful bike introduces an all-new Shapeshifter. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Canyon's approach to bicycle development is impressive — video The Shapeshifter technology alters the bikes geometry and suspension kinematics on the move, effectively giving you two bikes in one: a bike for thrashing the descents and one for dashing along cross-country trails and climbing. An ideal enduro machine. The new Canyon Strive will also come with 29in wheels for the first time and include a host of other subtle refinements to keep the bike raceworthy for the upcoming season. Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 Team spec overview Frame: Canyon Strive CFR ...

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New lids, kicks and gear from the 2019 WorldTour

While it’s often the new bikes of the WorldTour that garner the most attention, it’s the shoes and accessories that offer the most variance and opportunity for personalisation. With a handful of new helmets, shoes and small items seen in use for the start of the season, this gallery wraps up many of the tech … The post New lids, kicks and gear from the 2019 WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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