Saracen Tufftrax Comp Disc review

Saracen Tufftrax Comp Disc review

The Tufftrax comes from Saracen’s ‘Sports’ rather than ‘Trail’ range, and its geometry and suspension create obvious ‘soft roader’ limits. But neat details and decent ride quality make it enjoyable on less gnarly trails. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Mountain bike groupsets: everything you need to know Saracen sell its bikes through ‘proper’ bike shops, which adds another layer of cost compared to buying direct from a superstore. You wouldn’t know that from the Tufftrax frame though. The 44mm head tube means it’ll take a tapered fork, making future upgrading easier. There’s a quick-release clamp for the seatpost, with a brass bearing surface so the lever stays smooth. The skinny 27.2mm diameter of the seatpost also allows it to flex more than thicker posts for a bit of under-seat ‘suspension’. Because the gear cables run ‘naked’ (without outer hoses) for most of their length, ...

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Victory Chimp on the Emporium

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Tire Tech: Tom Ritchey explains how he designs tire tread patterns

Tom Ritchey talks to Bike Rumor about tire tread designs.

Welcome to Tire Tech, Bikerumor’s mostly-weekly series on bicycle tires. Like our Suspension Tech and AASQ series, we take your questions about tires, whether it’s road, cyclocross, fat, plus, gravel, or mountain bike, and get answers from the brands and people behind them. Last week we took a break from the academic side of our […] The post Tire Tech: Tom Ritchey explains how he designs tire tread patterns appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Shimano Ultegra RX derailleurs pull Shadow RD+ clutch onto the road

There have been rumblings of Shimano adapting clutches from mountain bike derailleurs over to their road groupsets, and now with the cobbled Classics underway that cat is out of the bag. Dubbed Ultegra RX, the new road derailleur combines Shadow+ chain tensioning tech and a long cage design to satisfy a wide range of riders […] The post Shimano Ultegra RX derailleurs pull Shadow RD+ clutch onto the road appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Shimano 105 R7000 groupset announced: What to know

Shimano announce 105 R7000 groupset for 2019

Just like clockwork, Shimano has announced an overhaul of the workhorse 105 groupset. The consistent trickle-down routine continues, and 105 will more closely match Dura-Ace R9100 and Ultegra R8000 in both appearance and features. With both rim- and disc-brake options, wider gearing, and a choice of black or silver finishes, the new 11-speed Shimano 105 … The post Shimano 105 R7000 groupset announced: What to know appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Santa Cruz whips up custom U.S. made carbon trials bike for Danny MacAskill

Ever since Danny MacAskill first appeared in The Ridge with a borrowed Bronson, the legendary trials rider has been rolling around on Santa Cruz carbon – when he wasn’t on his trials bike, that is. Splitting duties between his signature Inspired Skye 24″ trials bike and various Santa Cruz carbon mountain bikes, it appears that […] The post Santa Cruz whips up custom U.S. made carbon trials bike for Danny MacAskill appeared first on Bikerumor .

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7 things you were never told about becoming a cyclist

7 things you were never told about becoming a cyclist

If you're brand new to cycling and think bikes are cool, you're right. If you're just getting into riding, this list is likely a glimpse into the future. And if you're a crafty veteran with thousands of miles in your legs, chances are you know all about this stuff. 6 pre-ride bike checks How much do you ride? The simple solution to end misaligned bars and controls Here's a list of seven things that you were probably never told before your cycling interest tumbled into a full-blown passion. 1. You'll love it more and more New things are fun and exciting. Brand new people or experiences can be like a drug consuming all your thoughts, time and energy. I distinctly remember my first mountain bike ride — where it was, the people I was with, the trails we rode, and the post-ride tacos. The number 1 secret to riding: don't ...

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Shimano launches new Ultegra RX 'clutch' rear derailleur

Shimano launches new Ultegra RX 'clutch' rear derailleur

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2018 Straight from the world of mountain biking, this new technology for the road bike is bang on-trend Shimano has officially launched its Ultegra RX clutch rear derailleur, the chain stabilising rear mech that follows the growing trend of road bikes going off-road. The mechanism was spotted last weekend at the Tour of Flanders and now the Japanese component giant has officially released this new technology which will also be targeted at adventure, gravel and cyclocross. The technology has been transferred across from the world of mountain biking, in which clutch rear derailleurs have been vital in the growth of 1x groupsets and the trend of riding cassettes with bigger ratios. However this latest design from Shimano has been designed to work with a traditional double chainring. The reason being that Shimano wanted to prevent 'chain chatter'. So with the development of its Shimano Shadow RD+ ...

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Niki Terpstra posts Flanders winning ride on Strava; fails to set KOM

Joe Robinson 3 Apr 2018 Despite winning the Cobbled Classic, the Dutchman failed to impress on Strava Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) attacked with 27km to go to take an impressive victory at the Tour of Flanders over the weekend. Bridging over to Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), Terpstra raced past catching the leading trio on the Oude Kwaremont before going alone into Oudernaarde, securing the second Monument win of his career. It was a truly mighty ride from the Dutchman who has now undoubtedly added his name among the greats of Cobbled Classics racing, however, there was one place this race-winning ride failed to impress, Strava . Uploading his win to the popular app, Terpstra may have been suprised to discover that he was unable to secure a single King of the Mountain en route and even more suprisingly, his efforts were not even good enough for any top 10 placings. ...

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Voodoo Aizan review

Voodoo Aizan review

Voodoo has revised its 29er frame and some of its key componentry to create a bang-up-to-date trail machine. Voodoo Agwe review Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you The all-new frame, with curved and shaped tubes, has a standard-gauge head tube, so there’s no way to upgrade to a tapered fork. A slight bend in the seat tube keeps the rear end relatively short while still leaving space for chunkier tyres. It does restrict how far you can drop the saddle, but you can always cut the long seatpost down and there are cable clips for an external or semi-internal dropper post when you can afford to upgrade. The rear stays are flattened and swerved to keep them clear of the cranks and help soak up impacts. There are easy-to-service ‘naked’ cable runs under the down tube, plus two bottle mounts. The urban camouflage detailing includes ...

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Tour of Flanders Tech: Pedersen sells his Madone & the bikes that survived Flanders

Supported by What a race! This year’s edition of the Tour of Flanders was as good as ever, with Quick-Step dominating as they have for pretty much the rest of the season so far, Sagan being marked out of the final contention, and Mads Pederson showing his future potential in only his first elite version of the … The post Tour of Flanders Tech: Pedersen sells his Madone & the bikes that survived Flanders appeared first on CyclingTips .

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#Vanlife: Look inside Rocky Mountain Bicycles East Coast demo van

how to build out a custom sprinter van for carrying a lot of bicycles

One of the fun things about the bike industry is that many brands use Sprinters or similar for shuttling demo fleets (and people) across the country. Some are designed to hold a few bikes and a few people, some only need to carry a little gear plus pop-up tent, and others are meant for a […] The post #Vanlife: Look inside Rocky Mountain Bicycles East Coast demo van appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Packmaker Gregory Mountain Products expands its mountain bike hydration offerings

The Gregory Endo 15L.

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — Gregory Mountain Products, best known for its technical backpacks, is getting deeper the mountain bike hydration pack market. The company offered its first mountain bike-specific models last year and has added more models for the 2018 season, for a total of 10 packs. The company said it leveraged its experience with backpacks to develop specialized back panels and shoulder harnesses on its mountain bike packs. John Sears, Gregory's vice president, said the company's office near the Wasatch Range in Utah is close to bike trails and the staff includes many mountain bikers. "As pack connoisseurs we found ourselves not fully satisfied with our current MTB packs," he told BRAIN. "We realized that Gregory's long history of experience and innovation in pack fit, dynamic body motion, suspension systems and trusted trail comfort had the potential to contribute new solutions to fit, comfort and ride stability in ...

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Norco 2018 Search XR gravel bike review: carbon versus steel

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Norco has been in the bike business for over fifty years, however there are some markets that are still unfamiliar with the brand despite the extensive catalogue of offerings and wide range of appeal. But if Norco has a strength, then it surely lies with its off-road bikes. The Search XR is Norco’s new gravel … The post Norco 2018 Search XR gravel bike review: carbon versus steel appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shimano Ultegra RX road clutch rear derailleur spotted

The unreleased Shimano Ultegra RX clutch rear derailleur on a bike belonging to Trek-Segrafredo's Jo

This article first appeared on BikeRadar . Ahead of the cobble-filled Tour of Flanders , WorldTour squad Trek-Segafredo was testing a new Shimano Ultegra RX clutch rear derailleur. Shimano is not yet talking about this clutch derailleur - which, notably, works with two chainrings - but BikeRadar talked to Trek-Segafredo riders and staff about their experience with the product. Degenkolb shortens cranks, changes bar for cobbles Readers familiar with Shimano's Shadow Plus mountain bike derailleurs will recognize the technology: a switch, or 'clutch', flips the derailleur between a soft-spring setting and a firm-spring setting. The former works like a normal road derailleur; the latter pulls the chain tauter, reducing if not eliminating chain slap and the possibility of dropping a chain on rough terrain. Shimano Ultegra RX Di2 clutch derailleur The Tour of Flanders contains more than a dozen cobbled stretches, many on short but sharp climbs, or hellingen . ...

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Shimano debuts Ultegra RX road derailleur with a clutch

Shimano Ultegra RX clutch derailleur-4

First of all, this isn’t an April Fools joke. Shimano is bringing mountain bike tech to the road with its new Ultegra RX rear derailleur, featuring the clutch used in most mountain bike derailleurs to prevent chain slap and dropped chains. The new derailleur was spotted on John Degenkolb’s Paris-Roubaix bike, a Trek Domane RSL … The post Shimano debuts Ultegra RX road derailleur with a clutch appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shimano Ultegra RX road clutch rear derailleur spotted

Shimano Ultegra RX road clutch rear derailleur spotted

Ahead of the cobble-filled Tour of Flanders, WorldTour squad Trek-Segafredo was testing a new Shimano Ultegra RX clutch rear derailleur, in mechanical and Di2 versions. Shimano is not yet talking about this clutch derailleur that works with two chainrings, but BikeRadar talked to Trek-Segafredo riders and staff about their experience with the product. Degenkolb shortens cranks, changes bar for cobbles Readers familiar with Shimano's Shadow Plus mountain bike derailleurs will recognize the technology: a switch, or 'clutch', flips the derailleur between a soft-spring setting and a firm-spring setting. The former works like a normal road derailleur; the latter pulls the chain tauter, reducing if not eliminating chain slap and the possibility of dropping a chain on rough terrain. The Tour of Flanders contains more than a dozen cobbled stretches, many on short but sharp climbs, or hellingen . Paris-Roubaix the following Sunday of course contains more numerous and more brutal ...

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UCI to approve motor-assisted bike trials for next season

Motor assisted bicycles regulations

Cycling's world governing body is poised to allow motorized bicycles in select events next year.

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Fox 36 Float FIT4 Factory fork review

Fox 36 Float FIT4 Factory fork review

Fox’s 36 fork has always sat near the top of our wild riding wishlist and for 2018 it’s got even better. 2019 RockShox Lyrik RC2 review How to get your suspension setup dialled The ultimate guide to mountain bike rear suspension systems This is largely down to the new ‘EVOL’ air spring, which uses a larger negative chamber to provide a softer initial feel and more mid-stroke support. The FIT4 damper has been tweaked too, and now has a slightly more forgiving feel over high-speed hits. The damper tune is good too, providing a relatively supple feel over small bumps yet not giving too much travel away when faced with harder hits I found I needed slightly more air pressure than Fox recommended for my weight to get the correct sag (96psi, rather than 80–89psi), along with two volume spacers to get the fork ramping up nicely towards the end ...

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The race you forgot about: Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco!

Wonderful race. Ridiculous hats.

Tl;dr – Same as normal, but the time trial’s flatter I like to start my previews with an angle. This time, the angle was handed to me, but boy was it dispiriting. When we were divvying up writing, I offered to cover the Tour of the Basque Country. Chris’ response, in full: “I can’t even think about Spain right now.” Ah, cobbles fever. The boss contracted a terminal case back when PdC still ran on punch cards and a steam-powered server, but anyone who hangs around here long enough will be feeling that way as March rolls into April. Who can think about Spanish cycling when there are two monuments away to the north? So, here’s the deal. I’m not going to try and convince you this is the best race of the next ten days. I won’t harp on about any of these things, though they are all true ...

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