Cube Sting WS 140 HPC SL review

Cube Sting WS 140 HPC SL review

Cube, along with Liv and Canyon, is one of the few bike brands opting to produce women’s specific frames. The Sting WS is a model that’s been developed for female riders and does not share frame geometry with other bikes in the Cube lineup, although it fulfils the same riding niche – trail riding – as the Stereo. The Cube Sting WS 140 HPC SL 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 . Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you The ultimate guide to mountain bike rear suspension systems This 27.5inch-wheel bike combines 140mm rear travel with 150mm up front, and up-to-date modern trail geometry that puts it on a similar standing to bikes such as the ...

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Rose Backroad Ultegra review

Rose Backroad Ultegra review

The Backroad is Rose’s take on a go-anywhere road bike that takes in the gravel genre too. In typical online retail style, value for money is high, and the price is usually not a round number. Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2019 Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know The Rose Backroad 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 . Using the Rose online bike configurator, you can personalise your bike build using a good range of equipment options, and often choose from more than one colour. Although the attractive Teal colour wasn’t available when ordering mine, I decided on Shimano Ultegra, with cyclocross-sized chain rings, big cassette and Rose’s own wheelset ...

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Berd polyethylene spokes put wheels on a serious weight-loss plan

The Berd spokes work with hubs designed for J-bend or straight-pull metal spokes.

MINNEAPOLIS — Polyethylene spokes from Berd LLC can shave up to 200 grams from a wheel while offering an improved fatigue life compared to metal spokes. The company's technology has caught the eye of weight weenies and the National Science Foundation, which awarded Berd a $225,000 grant last year. What caught NSF's eye was the company's patented technology for grafting braided hollow polyethylene to a threaded stainless steel end that attaches to a standard nipple at the rim. "Creating a hybrid of polymer and metal is very difficult. Polymers are difficult to bond to," said Charlie Spanjers, who founded Berd Spokes with Kyle Olson and Brad Guertin. While Berd bonds the polyethylene to the threaded end, what really holds them together is the way the braid works like a Chinese finger trap, Spanjers said. "The braid under tension provides a majority of the hold power," he said. Spanjers recognizes that ...

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Fox claims the new 32 Step-Cast is as stiff as the 34 fork

Fox claims the new 32 Step-Cast is as stiff as the 34 fork

Fox’s 32 Step-Cast fork has long been the choice of weight-weenie XC riders, but some riders have complained that it could be stiffer. Well, Fox has listened, and the new 32 Step-Cast is claimed to be equally as robust as the 34 fork — not the 34 Step-Cast, the Fox 34. How to set up your mountain bike suspension: video guides to help you get the most from your bike Cane Creek announces new Helm Works Series fork as well as limited-edition eeBrakes The brand attributes the increase in stiffness to the redesigned crown and steerer tube assembly. However, it does come with a claimed 30g weight increase over its predecessor, tipping the scales at 3.06 lb/1,387g for the 27.5in version of the fork with an uncut steerer. Fox has left the lowers mostly unchanged with the fork being available in Factory and Performance versions. On the new Factory 32 ...

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Patagonia Dirt Roamer shorts review

Patagonia Dirt Roamer mountain bike riding shorts

It’s hard to fault Patagonia’s company ethos, which promotes fair labour practices that include safe working conditions and environmental responsibility across the whole of its supply chain, and aims to use as many recycled materials in the production of its clothes as possible. The Dirt Roamer shorts are no exception, made from a recycled polyester and elastane mix that Patagonia hopes strike a good balance between durability and weight. RockShox 2020 Lyrik Ultimate RC2 first ride review Best mountain bike pedals — 13 of our favourites Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review Buy direct from Patagonia for £90 / $99 Patagonia Dirt Roamer shorts details and features The material mix is biased towards recycled polyester that makes up 87 percent of the shorts' composition. The remaining 13 percent is elastane, giving the garment four-way stretch properties to help it flex around your body’s movements. To top it off, the shorts ...

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11spd: Sonder Santiago, Restrap bags, Tubolito tubes and more

11spd: Sonder Santiago, Restrap bags, Tubolito tubes and more

It’s been a bouncy week at BikeRadar : we’ve got all hot and bothered about a brand new Specialized Roubaix with an adjustable Future Shock , we’ve discussed just how much suspension you need on your MTB , and Pinarello has brought out a full-suspension Dogma just in time for Paris-Roubaix . We’ve mused on the quiet delights of bikefishing , which is like bikepacking but with fish, while the UCI has started a turf war with the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme over electric mountain bike racing . Read on for the latest bikes and gear to land at BR HQ. Sonder Santiago Rival 1 Mechanical Practical is beautiful at BikeRadar , and this is certainly a handsome machine with the potential to be very versatile. The Santiago’s frame is Reynolds 631 steel and it’s bristling with bosses to bolt things to. Cable routing is fully external, the bottom bracket ...

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WTB launches high grip Verdict tires

WTB launches high grip Verdict tires

To kick off Sea Otter, WTB has launched two burly new tires: the Verdict and Verdict Wet for gravity and enduro riding. Best mountain bike wheels Best mountain bike mudguards and fenders The new tires share a tread pattern designed for, as WTB puts it, the loosest, rowdiest conditions where relentless traction takes priority over rolling efficiency. Available in 27.5in and 29in versions, both tires will come in 2.5in width and are made using WTB’s new TriTec Compound. The three separate rubber compounds are claimed to provide different levels of traction support and durability based on their placement in the tread. “Dry and dusty during the loose summer months in California, Colorado or Italy? Go with the Verdict. Wet and sloppy like an average spring ride in the Pacific Northwest or UK? Go with the Verdict Wet,” says WTB product marketing manager, Clayton Wangbichler. "The Verdict gives you ridiculous amounts ...

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How much suspension travel do I need on my mountain bike?

How much suspension travel do I need on my mountain bike?

It’s a frequently asked question: how much travel do I need? Or how much travel should the bike I buy have for a particular type of riding? And it’s a difficult question to answer with any specific accuracy. But there are quite a few factors that will help you decide and you don’t want to be in the position of not being on the right bike after spending your cash. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Juliana Furtado R Carbon C review How to set up your mountain bike suspension: video guides to help you get the most from your bike Handily, bike manufacturers categorise bikes according to what terrain they think is most suitable for the bike they’ve designed. This roughly equates to the amount of suspension travel the bike has. What are the different styles of riding? Trail riding Normally trail bikes have ...

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Soon you'll be able to buy an XX1 equipped carbon hardtail from Walmart

Soon you'll be able to buy an XX1 equipped carbon hardtail from Walmart

New consumer-direct brand Viathon has just gone online with a road, gravel and hardtail mountain bike, with all three hitting majorly low price points. At first glance these bikes look pretty good, complete with high-end components and modern geometry, but arguably the most interesting part is the company's connection to the Walton family — owners of Rapha and Walmart. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you Before you turn your nose up at Viathon and write the brand off as just another supermarket bike, they were designed and engineered by Kevin Quan, who has produced bikes for brands such as Cervelo, Parlee and Diamondback. Viathon aims to create performance-driven, practical and fun to ride bikes at aggressive price points At launch, the bikes will only be sold through the Viathon website , but down ...

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Specialized Women’s Tarmac Disc Comp review

Specialized Women’s Tarmac Disc Comp review

If you like your road riding towards the speed-focussed, racy end of the spectrum, then the carbon-framed, Ultegra-bedecked Tarmac Carbon Comp is one to take a seriously hard look at. The Specialized Women’s Tarmac Disc Comp 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 . Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2019 Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know Over the past couple of years, Specialized has shifted its approach when it comes to women’s specific design. Specialized counts Retul, a bike-fit system, as part of its portfolio. This means it has access to thousands of body measurements, sorted by gender as well as riding discipline and preferences. Based on this, Specialized has determined ...

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Specialized Roubaix Pro and S-Works first ride review

Specialized Roubaix Pro and S-Works first ride review

Smoother is faster. That’s the Specialized mantra when it comes to the Roubaix, and to a certain extent that bears out. Especially when it comes to non-optimal surfaces, be it the cobbles of Arenburg, Carrefour or even the scarred and potholed roads of my local test loops. I’ve had the chance to try the premium S-Works SRAM Red eTap AXS-equipped bike on home soil and the Fact10r carbon framed Roubaix Pro Force eTap AXS bike on the cobbles and rain of Kortrijk, Belgium over three days, riding the greatest hits of the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix. Specialized's new Roubaix returns to its racing roots Specialized Roubaix 2020 range overview At its heart this is a suspension-equipped road bike, but it’s not like any other suspension currently available. That’s because when it comes to front suspension there are two distinct types: splay, which relies on the fork being able ...

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Specialized launch new Roubaix

The Specialized Roubaix S-Works Shimano Dura-Ace Di2

Specialized have launch a new Roubaix frameset system, featuring suspension at the front and rear of the bike through Future Shock 2.0 and the all-new, flexible S-Works Pavé seat post. The American brand say the new frameset is more aerodynamic than the Specialized Tarmac SL6, lighter than the latest Specialized Venge and is "the most technically advanced machine" the company has ever made. Eleven different framesets or full-build options are available from stores as of today, including a new Sagan Collection range. The original Specialized Roubaix was launched 15 years ago as a race-level endurance frameset and adopted the brand's strapline of 'smoother is faster' when Specialized first offered full suspension mountain bikes. Since the original Specialized Roubaix was launched, the frameset has been ridden to victory six times in Paris-Roubaix, more than any other brand, and will be used by all riders from Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-hansgrohe at Paris-Roubaix this ...

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Bang, bang: Norco drops two new versions of the Revolver FS

Bang, bang: Norco drops two new versions of the Revolver FS

World Cup XC courses are getting gnarlier every year, and the current crop of 100mm travel bikes with classic XC geometry are pushing riders to the ragged edge. Knowing this, Norco has been hard at work revamping its Revolver FS. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Best mountain bike wheels The result is two versions of the bike, one with the standard 100mm of travel and a second 120mm build pitched for multi-day stage races and all-day epics. “Modern XC courses are pushing rider limits. We're seeing lung-searing climbs, as we always have, but course designers are also making the singletrack sections and descents more challenging than they have ever been,” said product manager Paul Burnett. “To meet the need of these courses, riders have been doing some crazy tweaks to saddle and stem positions to adapt existing XC and marathon bikes. We've addressed these ...

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Specialized’s new Roubaix first-ride review: Performance, soothed

Specialized-Roubaix

“Lighter than our Venge and more aero than our Tarmac.” That’s an attractive statement for anyone seeking a new race bike. In this case, it applies to Specialized’s all-new Roubaix, the company’s long-standing endurance platform. Announced just in time for its namesake race, the new Roubaix retains and improves on a number of the platform’s … The post Specialized’s new Roubaix first-ride review: Performance, soothed appeared first on CyclingTips .

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UCI bans licensed riders from competing in motorcycle federation's e-MTB race calendar

UCI bans licensed riders from competing in motorcycle federation's e-MTB race calendar

In its latest power move, the UCI has come out against the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) following the announcement that electric mountain bike racing will be added to its circuit, as reported by mxgp.com . e-MTB vs XC — which is faster? Would you race an e-MTB? Because electric enduro is now a thing In a press release, President of the FIM, Jorge Viegas, said: "I am very happy that the FIM is starting to provide competitions for electric bikes. The first ever FIM E-XBike World Cup will allow a new generation of riders to take part in these exciting races. "For the FIM it is a reoccurring (sic) story because the first motorcycles were based on a bike frame, with the addition of a motor. In recent years the electric technology has evolved considerably, and we are convinced that the FIM E-X Bike World Cup will offer the ...

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Grove R.A.D gravel bike review: An Aussie all-rounder

Buying a gravel bike in 2019 is somewhat like shopping for laundry detergents: there’s way too much choice, there’s a weird amount of differentiation for what seems like a single purpose, and there’s far too much promise that the product will clean everything in its path. Taking a leap of faith into the crowded gravel … The post Grove R.A.D gravel bike review: An Aussie all-rounder appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Dirt: Courtney leads the charge for Team USA at Pan American Championships

The Dirt: Courtney leads the charge for Team USA at Pan American Championships

Welcome to The Dirt, the weekly news round-up on what is happening in the worlds of gravel, mountain biking, and all things rough and dirty. The chase is on for valuable UCI points to secure start spots in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics XC mountain bike race, and a strong showing at the Pan American Championships has […] Read the full article at The Dirt: Courtney leads the charge for Team USA at Pan American Championships on VeloNews.com .

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Van der Poel’s road adventure hits pause after Amstel Gold

Van der Poel’s road adventure hits pause after Amstel Gold

The WorldTour may have to wait a little longer to see Mathieu van der Poel's true potential as the Dutch champ will return to mountain biking, focusing on the Olympics. Read the full article at Van der Poel’s road adventure hits pause after Amstel Gold on VeloNews.com .

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Cane Creek announces new Helm Works Series fork as well as limited-edition eeBrakes

Cane Creek announces new Helm Works Series fork as well as limited-edition eeBrakes

Out of Fletcher, North Carolina, components brand Cane Creek has launched a new fork, limited-edition featherweight brakes and a water-resistant spares pouch ahead of the Sea Otter festival, which kicks off later this week. Best road bike tyres in 2019: everything you need to know Best mountain bike mudguards and fenders Helm Works Series 130 Cane Creek says the new Helm Works Series 130 fork is optimised for aggressive riding on short travel bikes. Built on the brand's Helm platform, the new 130mm fork is claimed to provide the same stiffness and support as the standard Helm 29 Air fork, with a few new bells and whistles for the XC and lightweight trail crowds. The fork will take both 29in and 27.5+ wheels and is built around a 44mm offset hollow crown, 35mm stanchions and a D-Loc axle. Cane Creek says it has shed 100g (1,999g claimed weight) from the ...

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Ghost SL AMR 6.7 review

Ghost SL AMR 6.7 review

Ghost's SL AMR 6.7 is one of few ‘trail’ bikes on the market with a coil rear shock, and while the addition of a steel spring counts towards its near 15kg weight, it also accounts for the supremely smooth feel through the back end. The Ghost SL AMR 6.7 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 . Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Mountain bike groupsets: everything you need to know The four-bar rear suspension doesn’t feel like it has huge amounts of anti-squat, and so when combined with the very plush rear end, unless the compression lever on the RockShox Super Deluxe RCT shock is flicked, it’s not the most efficient ride. This leaves the ...

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