UK road brand Vielo coming to Sea Otter to court US dealers

GATESHEAD, England — U.K. distributor Vielo Sports launched its own Vielo bike brand in January 2018, with a focus on delivering an all-road bike, the V+1, that could be ridden more comfortably in harsh U.K. conditions. “I wanted to provide a bike that was for U.K. riders riding in U.K. riding conditions. The tarmac we have is very poorly maintained, so regular road bike riders that are riding on 23-, 25- or even 28-mil tires are just getting beat up to shreds,” said Vielo Sports managing director Ian Hughes. “It’s wet in the U.K., so having mudguard eyelets is important. Cable routing: For some stupid reason the U.K. has the back brake on the left side, so on every single bike coming into the U.K. cable routing is a compromise, and I just didn’t want to compromise. I want to make it look really neat and tidy for U.K. customers. ...

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The best cycling kit for riding in the rain

The best cycling kit for riding in the rain

Choosing the best kit for wet weather road riding and mountain biking is best done with a bit of trial and error — there’s a lot of poorly executed, badly designed or just plain rubbish gear out there and separating the wheat from the chaff can take a not inconsiderable investment of both time and money. Luckily, the brave folks on the BikeRadar test team have decades of experience riding in the rain, damp, snow, hail and every other form of precipitous weather under their belts. In that time, most have settled on a number of go-to items that they won’t leave the house without when the going gets moist. Here, we also highlight a number of tips and tricks that the team have picked up along the way that help them cope in the rain. Best waterproof jackets for cyclists 2019 Best bike clothing: all our guides in one ...

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How to ditch your backpack on MTB rides — six alternatives to lighten your load

How to ditch your backpack on MTB rides — six alternatives to lighten your load

There are several advantages to riding without a pack, from weight saving to improved freedom of movement on the bike and no more sweat patches on your back. Not to mention that on super-steep trails, the last thing you need is a fully-laden rucksack hitting you in the back of the head. Bags are useful for carrying stuff, but with the range of clever solutions on the market these days, most of what you need for short rides can be stashed on your bike and body — as long as you’re prepared to forego packing the kitchen sink. What to wear mountain biking 6 of the best: mountain bike mini pumps 6 ways to go pack free 1. Stealth storage Ingenious compact multi-tools are available that can be housed in your fork steerer ( OneUp ) or crank axle ( All In ). You can also get chain tools that ...

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SRAM Red eTap AXS first-ride review: More than just another sprocket

SRAM Red eTap AXS rear derailleur

Without a doubt, SRAM’s new Red eTap AXS wireless road groupset will be talked about because of its move to a 12-speed cassette. Although the gearing philosophy plays a key role in the Chicago company’s flagship product, there are plenty of other notable changes, such as faster shifting, 1x or 2x drivetrain options, enhanced cross-compatibility … The post SRAM Red eTap AXS first-ride review: More than just another sprocket appeared first on CyclingTips .

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SRAM Eagle AXS: Wireless shifting and a matching dropper seatpost

SRAM Eagle AXS wireless X01 rear derailleur

SRAM has set the Eagle (cable) free. Almost an entire year after it was first sighted in pro racing, SRAM is finally ready to tell (and sell!) all of its new wireless 12-speed, single-ring mountain bike drivetrain. The new Eagle AXS drivetrains have been announced alongside the previously sighted SRAM Red 12-speed road groupset, and … The post SRAM Eagle AXS: Wireless shifting and a matching dropper seatpost appeared first on CyclingTips .

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SRAM X01 Eagle AXS wireless drivetrain first ride review

SRAM X01 Eagle AXS wireless drivetrain first ride review

SRAM's new wireless mountain bike drivetrain has 12 gears, uses two clutches, can be paired with the new Reverb AXS dropper post and will cost £1,900 / $1,900 / €2,000 for the X01 version. For those that have been following the cross-country World Cup or visited any kind of bike related website, then SRAM’s new electronic mountain bike drivetrain is no big secret. SRAM Reverb AXS wireless dropper post review SRAM Red eTap AXS HRD review We first saw it aboard Nino Schurter’s bike when the World Cup circus visited Stellenbosch, South Africa in early 2018, and although it’s been in the wild for some time now, details have remained rather thin on the ground. After five years in the making though, it’s now ready to be released to the public. So I disappeared off to the rock-riddled trails of Tucson, Arizona to find out more about SRAM’s new Eagle ...

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Craft Cadence backpack review

Joe Delves Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 08:54 An ultra robust and waterproof backpack 4.0 / 5 £79.99 I love backpacks, so the quest for the perfect commuting bag has become something of a personal obsession. Could the Craft Cadence be a contender? Being the exact right size it gets off to a good start. At 30 litres, the Cadence is spot on. Easily able to deal with a decent sized supermarket shop, any smaller and you’d lose utility, any larger and the bag would become cumbersome for daily use. Apparently, Craft has recently reduced the width of its top compared to previous editions. Expanded at the bottom to maintain the same capacity, this makes it less likely to inadvertently smack people when hustling onto the tube or filtering through traffic. A second benefit being that its corners now obscure less of your vision when checking over your shoulder. Inside ...

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The SK-eRIDE is Scott’s curiously appealing winter approach bike

The SK-eRIDE is Scott’s curiously appealing winter approach bike

If you thought swapping out your wheels for skis would help you escape the e-bike revolution, think again. While the Scott SK-eRIDE concept might seem ridiculous at first, it’s actually a pretty neat solution for the regular backcountry skier who doesn’t want to rely on a car or public transport to get around with all their equipment. So this exists: an electric hydrofoil bike Best electric bikes 2019: road, mountain, commuting and cheap e-bikes The SK-eRIDE is Scott’s vision of a winter approach bike, there to help you ski-tour and explore your snowy surroundings while helping you to conserve your energy for when you really need it. The bike’s kitted out to carry all of your equipment — skis, boots and moka pots galore — while keeping it secure and stabilised with the pedal-assisted Axis EVO making light work of the load bearing. It even features a CrossCall Trekker-X4 phone ...

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Yorkshire gold: Barry Hoban profile

Mark Bailey 5 Feb 2019 Cyclist talks to Barry Hoban, who half a century ago took a bit of Yorkshire grit to the glamour of the Tour This article was originally published in issue 21 (May 2014) of Cyclist magazine Words Mark Bailey Photography Joe McGorty More than 50 years before the Tour de France’s highly successful diversion to the fells and dales of Yorkshire in the summer of 2014, a young cyclist from Wakefield made an unlikely journey in the opposite direction back in 1962, with a head full of cycling dreams and a heart full of Yorkshire courage. Barry Hoban, famed for his indefatigable legs and endearing watermelon smile, would go on to win eight stages of the Tour between 1967 and 1975 – a British record until Mark Cavendish surpassed it in 2009. But at the age of 22 Hoban left England with £200 in his bag, ...

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Sram launches all new Red eTap AXS 12-speed

Stu Bowers Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 17:40 Sram has overhauled its flagship Red eTap wireless shifting groupset, delivering more gears and a complete rethink on gearing It’s been over three years since Sram launched its original Red eTap wireless shifting, and in that time it’s proven, hands-down, its dependability. It has silenced all its skeptics by demonstrating it’s truly capable right up to World Tour level. Building off the back of that success comes the next generation as Sram launches a completely new 12-speed flagship offering, it calls: Red eTap AXS. More than just gaining an extra sprocket, the new groupset benefits from a host of new features, some more obvious than others, but collectively under the family name ‘AXS’ (pronounced Axis) Sram’s focus has been to completely re-evaluate gearing and component compatibility. The result, it says, is the most adaptable and versatile groupset ever. ‘In the time since ...

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‘I’ve got dreams of winning on mystical mountain stages’

‘I’ve got dreams of winning on mystical mountain stages’

George Scott 4 Feb 2019 British talent James Knox on surviving as a neo-pro at Deceuninck–QuickStep, riding for Julian Alaphilippe & targeting the Giro d’Italia James Knox established himself as one of cycling’s most prodigious climbing talents as an Under-23, finishing second at the Liege–Bastogne–Liege Espoirs and behind Egan Bernal on the Tour de l’Avenir’s queen stage in 2017. But after finding himself in the grupetto at the Tour of Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine in his first year as a professional with QuickStep, the Cumbrian began to wonder whether the WorldTour was a pedal stroke too far. ‘I was thinking, "Shit, if something doesn’t really change now, I don’t know what I’m going to do,’’ Knox tells Cyclist . ‘Those were the two hardest moments. I considered myself a climber but ended up in the grupetto for a week.’ Knox is reflecting on his neo-pro year and a rollercoaster ...

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Offseason Capsule: Astana

Another middling season for the pyjama-clad team We pretty well have a formula for Astana year on year these days. 2018 followed that formula, but with an unexpected injection of classics excellence early in the year. That bug has been fixed and normal service will resume in 2019. What we said last year I had a memory that the comments on my Astana capsule picked up on how little love I gave to a Valgren-led cobbles squad. Not so, that came with my first cobbles ranking . I was down on the cobbles team and missed Valgren’s great year (though he was on my list of potential hilly-classics winners, fortunately). I am pleased that I gave praise to Bilbao, who proved a valuable lieutenant in the hills, and that I was more positive about Lopez than Fuglsang, who performed in line with my luke-warm preparation. Was I overboard on Lopez? ...

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The weekly spin: Off-camber thoughts on cyclocross worlds

The emotion on Lucinda Brand’s face was unmistakable. Those were not tears of joy on the podium, but rather tears of disappointment — of what might have been. The Dutch rider had taken a career-best finish at the Cyclocross World Championship, a silver medal to better her bronze from one year earlier. But Brand, the Dutch … The post The weekly spin: Off-camber thoughts on cyclocross worlds appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brand forgives father for accidental bike-change crash at Worlds

Lucinda Brand at the Bogense World Championships

Lucinda Brand was the one of the favourites of a long list of contenders fielded by the Dutch national team for Saturday's elite women's race at the 2019 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bogense, Denmark. However, a late-race crash in the bike-change pits – accidentally caused by her father who was working as a team mechanic – may have cost her the world title. Belgium's Sanne Cant executed a flawless race to win her third consecutive rainbow jersey, while Brand finished second, nine seconds back. "My father grabbed my bike from my hands just a second too early, but my foot was still stuck in. Then I was pulled down, but I will have to forgive him, otherwise we will not be able to sit down together during Christmas," Brand told Sporza . "Of course, he didn't do it on purspose." Brand is ranked third in the world after commanding ...

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Prologo Dimension NDR Tirox CPC saddle review

Prologo Dimension NDR Tirox CPC saddle review

Tirox is the name that Prologo uses for the titanium tubing employed on its short Dimension saddle, which measures 245mm long and 143mm wide. How to choose the best saddle Best women's road bike saddles Prologo uses carbon fibre for its hull construction and the hull itself changes thickness, getting significantly thinner towards the central channel. The stepped-down nose has a box section underneath into which the rails are bonded. At the rear, Prologo uses its U-Clip system where you can add a mount point for a variety of accessories. The NDR in the name means this version comes with deeper high-density padding. It was developed for mountain bike cross-country world champion Manuel Fumic, but is aimed at on- and off-road. Even with the extra padding, the 207.1g weight is suitably light. The P.A.S.(perineal area system) channel is one of the best designs around; wide, well-shaped and running the full ...

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Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 29 first ride review

Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 29 first ride review

Save for the short-lived Crafty (which ended up with plus tyres), Mondraker has been without a 29in-wheeled trail bike in its range, until now. The Spanish brand has plugged large wheels into a familiar package that mates its long and low ‘Forward Geometry’ with its ‘Zero’ suspension system. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you The ultimate guide to mountain bike rear suspension systems Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 29 frame The full-carbon frame helps keep overall weight fairly reasonable (13.7kg/30.2lb), while the straight line from the seatstays through to the head tube makes the Foxy 29 a crowd-pleaser on the looks front. Neat details include a threaded bottom bracket, easy-to-service internal cable routing and a shock mudguard. The damper itself floats between the short upper and lower links that join the front and rear triangles, giving 150mm of travel. As we’ve come to expect from Mondraker, ...

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How Arkansas got the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships

How Arkansas got the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships

Fayetteville organizers see 2022 worlds event as a catalyst to develop a vibrant cyclocross culture in the Northwest Arkansas region. Read the full article at How Arkansas got the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships on VeloNews.com .

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Week in Tech: SK-eRide ski bike, Zwift guest world, Bont Riot Buckle

Week in Tech: SK-eRide ski bike, Zwift guest world, Bont Riot Buckle

Scott takes its eBike to the slopes. Zwift mixes it up. Bont puts out an entry-level shoe, and Guerrilla Gravity makes its first carbon mountain bike. Read the full article at Week in Tech: SK-eRide ski bike, Zwift guest world, Bont Riot Buckle on VeloNews.com .

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

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

Happy freezing Friday! Many in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing their coldest snaps of the winter so far, meaning some of you will — perhaps sensibly — skip your riding this weekend. But if you do choose to go out on the bike, take care out there. For those further south, don’t forget your sunscreen. How to ride in the snow 6 fundamental elements of safe winter riding Best cycling gloves for winter riding Aside from the weather this week, Matthew has taken a look at Ducati’s new e-bike — yes, the motorbike brand, no, we’re not MotorBikeRadar — Joe and Reuben’s latest edition of BikeRadar Diaries pits a 5.1kg Trek Emonda against a £180 bargain road bike up one of the toughest hills near our Bristol HQ and Warren has given the latest Specialized S-Works helmet a five star review . Below, we take a look at some of ...

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Hope's HB.130 trail bike, Stealthy Renthal handlebars and Cane Creek's beautiful titanium crankset

Hope's HB.130 trail bike, Stealthy Renthal handlebars and Cane Creek's beautiful titanium crankset

As the first major UK trade show of the year, Core Bike stirs the bike industry from its wintery sleep in a bid to show off their latest, best and most drool-worthy parts. Located at Whittlebury Hall, just a stone's throw from the famous Silverstone racetrack, it's a fantastic location to kick off the near year. Canyon Spectral:ON 6.0 first ride review The Santa Cruz Chameleon goes carbon Hope HB.160 mountain bike first ride review This year, the show was as big as ever with some well-known names exhibiting. We trudged the labyrinth-like show to hunt out some of the best bits of kit, so feast your eyes on this lot. Renthal Fatbar Carbon Stealth These limited edition versions of Renthal’s Fatbar Carbon and Fatbar Carbon 35 handlebars arrive with gloss UV printed graphics for a classy, minimal look. Other than the finish, these are identical to the regular carbon ...

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