Nieve returns at Romandie as Giro d’Italia responsibilities loom

Mikel Nieve Ituralde of Spain and Team Mitchelton-Scott

Mikel Nieve made his long-awaited stage racing debut for Mitchelton-Scott at the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday, as he looks to rediscover his climbing legs before the Giro d’Italia. The former Team Sky rider moved to Mitchelton-Scott for 2018 and was due to race in March. However, a training crash left him with two hairline fractures in his hip. He missed both the Volta a Catalunya and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco as a result, before finally making his season debut at Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. The Tour de Romandie, with its varied terrain, will be Nieve’s first stage race since last year’s Vuelta a Espana, and his continued recovery is centred around finding form for the Giro d’Italia, where he will line up as Esteban Chaves’ key mountain domestique. “I had a bad crash. I was in Sierra Nevada, preparing for Catalunya and Pais Basque, but I had two fissures ...

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Cube Stereo 150 29 race-ready carbon enduro mountain bike hits the trail

Last season we started seeing 29ers being gravity tested more, then gradually being debuted out of both the Enduro World Series and World Cup Downhill circuits. The Cube Action Team was spotted in September of last year racing a camo prototype 29er in the EWS. Now that new enduro bike is official in the full […] The post Cube Stereo 150 29 race-ready carbon enduro mountain bike hits the trail appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Giant Contend SL1 review

Giant Contend SL1 review

Ah yes, Taiwan’s Giant, the world’s largest purveyor of high-end bicycles. Giant may have started out making bikes for other companies such as Schwinn back in the 1970s, but the tables have long since turned and Giant now makes bikes under its own name as well as other major bicycle brands. And representing one of the major road bike trends of the last few years, the 2018 Contend SL1 is also a two-wheeled billboard for the company, with the Giant name etched and emblazoned on everything from the handlebar, stem, seatpost and saddle, to the Giant-badged wheels and tyres, both of which it now sells separately, too. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Giant Contend SL1 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2018. To read reviews of the other contenders and the ...

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SOC18: New Mavic XA35 Pro Carbon mountain bike wheels, tan sidewall gravel tires & more!

2019 Mavic XA35 Pro Carbon wide trail mountain bike wheels with full carbon rims

Mavic introduced their first full carbon mountain bike wheels in 2016 as the XA Pro, which had 26mm internal widths and used an asymmetric profile. Now, the all-new Mavic XA35 Pro Carbon builds on that to offer a wider option for fast trail riders. They’ve also added a new alloy mountain bike wheel, and are […] The post SOC18: New Mavic XA35 Pro Carbon mountain bike wheels, tan sidewall gravel tires & more! appeared first on Bikerumor .

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SOC18: Alchemist RR2 adds new angle on hub engagement for 1240g XC carbon wheels

alchemist RR2 carbon fiber XC Marathon mountain bike wheelset with angled ratchet ring hub engagment

Italian wheel brand Alchemist Bicycles debuted their XC/Marathon RR wheels in 2014 as a mostly symmetric but still unique set of carbon-rimmed mountain bike wheels. Now, the new Alchemist RR2 changes everything, adding separate designs for front and rear hubs, carbon and alloy hub options, and an all-new “Eagle optimized” engagement system. The carbon rims […] The post SOC18: Alchemist RR2 adds new angle on hub engagement for 1240g XC carbon wheels appeared first on Bikerumor .

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2018 Sea Otter Classic tech gallery, part two

Sensory overload. That’s maybe the best way to describe how it feels to be a gear geek walking the expo area at the Sea Otter Classic. For those of us very much in love with the full breadth of cycling stuff, from enduro mountain bikes to skinny-tire roadies, Sea Otter offers a feast for the … The post 2018 Sea Otter Classic tech gallery, part two appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weird and wonderful of Sea Otter 2018

The weird and wonderful of Sea Otter 2018

Another Sea Otter is in the books. We saw lots of interesting bikes and components at this year's show, including Ellsworth's redesigned Truth, a booth full of vintage GT mountain bikes and a new Maxxis tire designed by none other than downhill legend Greg Minnaar. Do we need full suspension on gravel? Niner thinks so All the gravel goods from Sea Otter 2018 In addition to these highlights, there were a number of other items that caught our eye either because they were stunning or because they left us scratching our heads. Take a scroll through this gallery for a look at some of the weird and wonderful things we saw at this year's Sea Otter. You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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HOY Bikes 2018 kid's range

HOY Bikes 2018 kid's range

Evans Cycles has just announced its updated 2018 range of children's HOY Bikes: the Bonaly, a rigid mountain bike, and the Meadowmill, an all-purpose drop bar bike. Evans claims the bikes are the lightest kids’ bikes available in the UK right now and pitches Hoy Bikes as a direct competitor to the premium Islabikes and Frog kids' bike brands. Best kids' bikes: a buyer's guide How to teach a child to cycle in 30 minutes The two new models for 2018 are available with either 16-, 20-, 24- and 26-inch wheel sizes and all frames are constructed from a mix of 6061/6066 T6 aluminium tubing with internally routed cables. 1x drivetrains feature throughout to simplify gear changes, while braking and shifting components have been specced to suit smaller hands. Allen key wheel skewers mean curious fingers can’t loosen things they shouldn’t, too. Most importantly, the HOY Bikes use size-specific cranksets ...

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Unno Ever superlight limited edition carbon downhill bike gets a World Cup DH debut

Over the weekend at the opening Lošinj downhill World Cup, Spanish handbuilt carbon mountain bike maker Unno officially race-christened their super light 27.5″ Unno Ever DH bike. Under their two-Brit factory team, the bike seemed to handle to rough course well, chalking up a solid top-20 performance in its first outing. Unno Ever superlight 200mm […] The post Unno Ever superlight limited edition carbon downhill bike gets a World Cup DH debut appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Bengo River Crossing, Angola

bikerumor pic of the day crossing the Bengo River with mountain bikes in Angola

Photo submitted by Mike Chilton, “here’s a photo of our mountain bike group (LMFAO – Luanda Mountain Bikers From All Over) crossing the Bengo River a couple of hours east of the capital Luanda.” We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world […] The post Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Bengo River Crossing, Angola appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Mondraker Dune review

Mondraker Dune review

We first threw a leg over a Mondraker sporting its Forward Geometry (FG) at the start of 2012, before it was released to the public the following year. Its concept of lengthening the bikes front triangle and shortening the stem has caught on for the most part and got brands re-thinking their approach to bicycle geometry. Mondraker's enduro bike, the Dune, has been a staple in its line up and has always proved popular among racers. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Mondraker Dune is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2018. 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 . Mondraker Dune frame Much of that popularity comes down to the fact that the Dune's geometry ...

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Dolan L’Etape Carbon 105 review

Dolan L’Etape Carbon 105 review

As my esteemed BikeRadar colleague Matthew Allen has said on this very website, and would probably testify to in a court of law, given half the chance, there are basically two different types of road bikes you can buy if you’re spending around £1,000: those based around sophisticated high-end aluminium frames and what he would argue are less-rarefied carbon fibre frames. As he put it late last year: “ This is why it’s time to stop buying cheap carbon bikes .” I do wish Matthew wouldn’t beat about the bush, though. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Dolan L’Etape Carbon 105 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2018. 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 ...

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SOC18: New mountain bike grips (and a glove) from ODI, VP and Lizard Skins

Lizard Skins’ latest mountain bike grips are the complex shaped Charger Evo, which come in slide-on and lock-on versions, including a slide-on with a short flange. They use a single compound material with tons of angled texture to provide good grip, a little cushioning, but remain thin enough for enhanced bar feel. Also new are […] The post SOC18: New mountain bike grips (and a glove) from ODI, VP and Lizard Skins appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Nicole and Gwin remain on top in DH World Cup

Nicole and Gwin remain on top in DH World Cup

One month after the start of the Cross-country series, it was time for the gravity racers to begin their season for the 2018 UCI Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike World Cup at the new venue of Losinj, Croatia on the weekend of April 20-22.

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Light and ludicrously low, the Ellsworth Truth is back

Light and ludicrously low, the Ellsworth Truth is back

The first bike most people think of with Ellsworth is the Truth. For 2018, an all-new Truth returns with a seriously swoopy full carbon frame, updated rear suspension and insanely low standover height. Ellsworth Rogue Sixty first ride review Interview: Mountain bike designer Tony Ellsworth Ellsworth Truth highlights 29 or 27.5+ wheels 100 or 120mm travel Active Energy Efficient rear suspension Small, Medium, Large sizes Black, Red, Blue, Titanium 2,223g claimed frame weight with rear shock XC and trail The Truth is available with either an XC-based 100mm travel or a more trail-oriented 120mm option. The shorter-travel Truth gets a new-school XC geometry with a 69-degree head angle and a 430mm reach for a Medium size. Bumping up to 120mm travel slackens things out to a 67.5-degree head angle. Additionally, the frame has a Boost rear axle and is compatible with 29in and 27.5+ wheels and tires. In 27.5+ guise, ...

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Watch: How the Stelvio gets cleared ahead of the cycling season

Stelvio hairpin

Joe Robinson 23 Apr 2018 Strategic explosions used to clear Stelvio of snow ahead of cycling season The Passo dello Stelvio is one of cycling's most famous climbs. Tucked away in the Italian Alps, at 48km long with 70 hairpin bends it has played host to some of cycling's most incredible battles. A true giant, the peak of the climb reaches 2,757m high, an altitude in which the air is noticeably thinner. So high up, the Stelvio is also susceptible to adverse weather with snow often coating the top half of the climb for most months of the year. The question is, when the climb is listed en route how do they clear the climb of snow ahead of the Giro d'Italia's arrival in May? It seems as if they use explosives. See related Gallery: The best of the Giro d'Italia 2017 Giro d'Italia 2018: Route, riders and all you ...

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YT Jeffsy 29 CF wins Trail Bike of the Year 2018

YT Jeffsy 29 CF wins Trail Bike of the Year 2018

The YT Jeffsy 29 CF has been crowned our 2018 Trail Bike of the Year. YT Jeffsy 29 CF review Bike of the Year 2018 BikeRadar has teamed up with Mountain Biking UK magazine to put together one of the biggest comparative bike tests around, covering both trail bikes and enduro bikes. With over 30 contenders, and with two eventual winners in their respective categories, the BikeRadar and Mountain Biking UK teams have had a hard winter of testing. In the trail bike category, 16 bikes priced between £2,600–£3,350 / $3,000–$4,500, and with rear wheel suspension travel limited at 145mm, battled for the top spot, with each bike being subjected to hours of testing on wildly varying terrain. While flat-out downhill speed was critical in the enduro bike test, what we looked for in the trail bike category was a bike that's capable on the climbs, confident on the descents ...

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YT Jeffsy 29 CF review

YT Jeffsy 29 CF review

While YT claims that the Jeffsy is "the most aggressive trail bike on the market," I don’t quite agree. However, what I do believe is that it’s an incredible bike and, as such, is the worthy winner of our 2018 Trail Bike of the Year test. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The YT Jeffsy 29 CF is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2018. 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 . On paper, the 140mm travel Jeffsy 29 doesn’t necessarily stand out. The geometry is dated and the kit, while good, has some slightly left-field choices — some work well, some don’t really add much over the kit you might expect to see normally. Fortunately, ...

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Giant TCR Advanced 2 review

Giant TCR Advanced 2 review

Possibly the most refined bike model in cycling shows no signs of slowing down yet. Giant’s TCR has a pedigree greater than some bike companies, and has been the mainstay of the Taiwanese giants for more than two decades. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Giant TCR Advanced 2 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2018. 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 . The carbon-fibre TCRs come in three levels, each denoting lighter, stiffer material, and this Advanced 2 is the second cheapest of the entry-level range. To look at it, it could easily be mistaken for one of its far more exotically built models, as the frames share the same profile, but even ...

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2018 Sea Otter Classic tech gallery, Part One

The Sea Otter Classic has always leaned more heavily toward the off-road side of the spectrum, but traditional road bikes nevertheless still commanded a reasonable presence in the expo area in years past. Based on this year’s show, however, those days are over. More clearly than ever, gravel bikes have taken over the drop-bar scene, … The post 2018 Sea Otter Classic tech gallery, Part One appeared first on CyclingTips .

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