Gaze upsets Schurter to take first MTB World Cup of 2018

Sam Gaze (Specialized Racing) wins  the sprint for the win

The unbeatable Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) has finally been beaten in Mountain Bike World Cup racing after sweeping the 2017 series, with New Zealand's Sam Gaze (Specialized) outsprinting in him in Stellenbosch, South Africa, for the opening round of 2018. The Stellenbosch course was very dry and dusty; as might be expected from the ongoing water shortages the region is facing. This, coupled with the short, steep climbs and technical sections of the course, meant it was difficult to avoid mistakes, which could easily cost seconds. Schurter came into the 2018 season with a perfect record for 2017 - world champion plus six out of six wins in the World Cup. However, he admitted pre-race that there were two riders he was concerned about - reigning Under-23 world champion Gaze and cyclo-cross star Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), who had switched full time to mountain bike this season. Gaze and Schurter ...

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Neff to start MTB World Cup after remarkable recovery from ‘cross crash

Neff to start MTB World Cup after remarkable recovery from ‘cross crash

Jolanda Neff is ready to race on the mountain bike World Cup again, just six weeks after breaking her arm and collarbone at the cyclocross Read the full article at Neff to start MTB World Cup after remarkable recovery from ‘cross crash on VeloNews.com .

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Sneak Peek: SRAM Blackbox Eagle eTap wireless mountain bike shifting; UPDATED

SRAM Blackbox Eagle eTap Eagle Wireless prototype wireless mountain bike derailleur protoype photo b

We’ve heard & seen rumors of a wireless eTap version of SRAM’s 1×12 Eagle mountain bike drivetrain for months now. But the project seems confirmed now, thanks to an Instagram photo posted overnight by respected photographer Michal Červený of Nino Schurter’s bike ahead of the South African opening of the XC World Cup this weekend. SRAM Blackbox […] The post Sneak Peek: SRAM Blackbox Eagle eTap wireless mountain bike shifting; UPDATED appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Gravel bikes: roadie revenge on mountain bike progress?

Gravel bikes: roadie revenge on mountain bike progress?

There's a literary genre known as alternative history, which imagines life today if key events had taken a different turn. Think Phillip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle , Robert Harris's Fatherland or Len Deighton's SS-GB , all set in a world where the Nazis won World War Two. Things you don't think you need… but you actually do The Trek Domane Gravel is not a gravel bike Gravel bikes (also known as adventure bikes, also known as all-roaders, also known as basically road bikes, also known as bikes) are the cycling equivalent of alternate history. They're machines set in a world where the last 25 years of off-road progress was crushed before it could even begin, probably by Nazis. Look, I'm not saying gravel bikes are literally being built by Hitler (I am, it’s Godwin’s Law! ), but the tubing is 98 percent Hitler and any fool ...

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A whole new weld: The Allez Sprint, the young guns and the aluminum revival

Supported by With the groundbreaking Allez Sprint, there's a convincing case for the return of an aluminum frame to the peloton – and in partnership with arguably the world's best development squad, Hagens-Berman Axeon, Specialized are making it happen. The post A whole new weld: The Allez Sprint, the young guns and the aluminum revival appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Comment: Whatever happens now, cycling in the UK will always be indebted to Sir Bradley Wiggins

Jack Elton-Walters 12 Mar 2018 Clouds are gathering over Bradley Wiggins, but cycling in the UK will always owe him for its growth since 2012 For some time now, questions have been piling up about the practices of Team Sky with regards to the career and victories of Sir Bradley Wiggins . Ever since the story about the infamous jiffy bag was first broken by Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail back in September 2016 the saga has rumbled on with no end in sight. Since then, there have been questions, rumours, denials, corrections and Parliamentary hearings. Despite all that, and claims from Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford about the package's contents - he says it was the decongestant Fluimicil - in truth we are little the wiser and most people are far from satisfied. The news bubbled back to the surface recently, making the front covers of a ...

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The Dirt: MTB season underway in U.S. and abroad

The Dirt: MTB season underway in U.S. and abroad

The UCI cross-country mountain bike World Cup begins Saturday, as does the Pro GRT series. Plus news on Italian gravel, and more. Read the full article at The Dirt: MTB season underway in U.S. and abroad on VeloNews.com .

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Tire Tech: How mountain bike tread patterns are designed – Part One

In this issue of Tire Tech we look at tread designs for mountain bikes.

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. In our prior Tire Tech installment, we dove into knob types to […] The post Tire Tech: How mountain bike tread patterns are designed – Part One appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Fox launches redesigned Flux trail helmet

CALABASAS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Fox Racing introduced its deep-coverage Flux trail helmet back in 2006. It quickly became the company’s best-selling mountain bike product in both unit and dollar sales, and has remained that way. So it’s understandable that, although the Flux has received some minor refinements over the years, it hasn’t gotten a ground-up redesign. Until now. At a media and retail launch Wednesday in Southern California, Fox detailed the new Flux, which maintains the classic look of the original but also take cues from the brand’s newer Proframe full-face all-mountain helmet and Metah open-face helmet. “Having such an iconic helmet in the market sets a really high bar to meet. And the design team, when they set out to create this helmet, really kept that in mind all the way through the process,” said Chris Blum, Fox’s MTB category manager. Currently available at retail, the 2018 Flux comes ...

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Orange and black: The story behind KTM Bike Industries

Sponsored 8 Mar 2018 Looking at the history and the present of KTM Bike Industries. In association with FLi Distribution KTM has a long history in the bike industry, its earliest creations having emerged from its Austrian factory as far back as 1964. Today KTM produces a huge range of bikes, as you would expect from a major bike manufacturer. It also backs a range of riders and teams across Europe, including a UCI ProContinental outfit, and is title sponsor of the British Cycling-registered Team KTM UK. Despite its impressive heritage, however, KTM is probably better known in the UK for its motorcycles, which are produced by a completely separate company. However, awareness of KTM’s bicycles has increased massively in recent years thanks to their growing popularity with amateurs and high placed finishes at pro races like last year’s Tour de Yorkshire, where four Delko-Marseille Provence KTM riders finished in ...

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Orange and black: The story behind KTM Bike Industries

Sponsored 8 Mar 2018 Looking at the history and the present of KTM Bike Industries. In association with FLi Distribution KTM has a long history in the bike industry, its earliest creations having emerged from its Austrian factory as far back as 1964. Today KTM produces a huge range of bikes, as you would expect from a major bike manufacturer. It also backs a range of riders and teams across Europe, including a UCI ProContinental outfit, and is title sponsor of the British Cycling-registered Team KTM UK. Despite its impressive heritage, however, KTM is probably better known in the UK for its motorcycles, which are produced by a completely separate company. However, awareness of KTM’s bicycles has increased massively in recent years thanks to their growing popularity with amateurs and high placed finishes at pro races like last year’s Tour de Yorkshire, where four Delko-Marseille Provence KTM riders finished in ...

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Instagram Peek: SRAM Blackbox Eagle eTap wireless mountain bike shifting

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We’ve heard & seen rumors of a wireless eTap version of SRAM’s 1×12 Eagle mountain bike drivetrain for months now. But the project seems confirmed now, thanks to an Instagram photo posted overnight by respected photographer Michal Červený of Nino Schurter’s bike ahead of the South African opening of the XC World Cup this weekend. SRAM Blackbox […] The post Instagram Peek: SRAM Blackbox Eagle eTap wireless mountain bike shifting appeared first on Bikerumor .

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What is a Women's-Specific Bike?

Women on a road bicycle on a mountain bike ride. photo: La Ridley

Bicycles specifically for women aren't just smaller and pink variations of men's bikes, they're designed for women's sizes, proportions, and shapes for better comfort and efficiency.

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Cyclist Track Day Focus: Your chance to ride the Specialized Tarmac SL6

Joe Robinson 9 Mar 2018 One of the pro peloton's most winning bikes will be on offer for you to ride at the Cyclist Track Day The Specialized S-Works Tarmac is a bike that is designed to win. Simply no other frame has taken the same number of wide varied victories as this do-all bike from the American brand. The 2015 Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, 2017 Tour of Flanders, 2016 Il Lombardia, a bucket load of Grand Tour stage victories and a handful of World Championships. No matter where the Tarmac is raced, it gets victories. First produced in 2003, the Specialized S-Works Tarmac has changed with the time and its latest SL6 frame is faster, stiffer and light than ever, and this is your chance to ride one at the 2018 Cyclist Track Days. Buy you Cyclist Track Day tickets here Image 1 of 22 Image 1 ...

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Bardet using challenging Tirreno as Tour de France testing ground

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

By his own admission, and despite a highly impressive start to the season, Romain Bardet is at Tirreno-Adriatico to 'learn' and possibly target the one summit finish the Italian race offers. The Frenchman, who won the Classic de l'Ardèche Rhône Crussol in February, and finished second in Strade Bianche at the start of March, conceded around a minute to his potential GC rivals in the Tirreno TTT on Wednesday. "It's my first stage race this season. A lot of riders here have been to races like Ruta del Sol, so the aim for me is to continue training, test myself in the final time trial and maybe take some pleasure on the climbs," he rather modestly told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers after Wednesday's effort. Bardet chose Tirreno over Paris-Nice due to the Italian race's terrain. There will be a team time trial at the Tour de ...

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Devinci builds a 29er Wilson DH bike – but only for team athletes

Like many other mountain bike categories, downhill is starting to see an influx of 29ers. We have seen a complete shift to the bigger wheels yet, but a lot of the big names have at least been testing with them. And now that tire manufacturers like Maxxis are starting to get on board, the size […] The post Devinci builds a 29er Wilson DH bike – but only for team athletes appeared first on Bikerumor .

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How to spin a full circle on your mountain bike

How to spin a full circle on your mountain bike

Tom Cardy explains how to spin a full circle on a mountain bike — one of the best feelings ever! How to hop up onto an obstacle How to hit blind jumps like a pro 1. Set-up Work out which direction you’re going to spin in — towards your back foot makes it easier to add variations. Next, find a ‘flyout’ jump — a take-off with a flat landing, like out of a quarter pipe to the deck. You don’t need lots of airtime to pull a 360 off, so hit the flyout fast enough to get about 3ft of air. Approach standing in a neutral position, knees and elbows slightly bent, looking up at the take-off. 2. Out of the lip Hit the take-off straight — don’t try to carve as you go up the ramp to get extra rotation because this will make you go off to one ...

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SeaSucker Mini Bomber roof rack review

SeaSucker Mini Bomber roof rack review

On the roof or the trunk, SeaSucker bike racks look and function unlike any other bike hauler. They rely on suction cups to attach to the vehicle. The Mini Bomber is a two-bike rack, which works well with drop bar bikes that you hopefully don't have to leave unattended. Thule Raceway Platform Pro 2 car rack review Saris Bones 2-bike trunk rack review Yakima FullBack 2 trunk rack review Super simple installation I used the Mini Bomber on two different vehicles; one on the roof, the other on the back hatch. Installation was extremely easy. Each 15.24cm / 6in suction cup — the Mini Bomber has four — has a button, and pressing the button visibly adheres the suction cup to the surface. You can see the cup flatten out. Bike loading SeaSucker's suction-cup racks win UCI world championships Mountain bike struggles and other challenges SeaSucker Mini Bomber bottom line ...

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Project XC Race Bike: Coming to a stop with Formula Cura brakes

formula cura 2-piston mountain bike brakes review and actual weights

So far I’ve introduced the frame, fork and drivetrain for my True Grit Epic project XC race bike. Now for the brakes. The Formula Cura mountain bike brake is, in their words, the only 2-piston brake to be used in pro World Cup downhill bike races. They say it’s light enough for winning marathon race […] The post Project XC Race Bike: Coming to a stop with Formula Cura brakes appeared first on Bikerumor .

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SRAM Eagle eTap wireless mountain bike groupset spotted

Supported by The online mountain bike community has been abuzz lately with sightings of an eTap wireless version of SRAM’s Eagle 1×12 groupset. What was once solely rumour is quickly becoming fact, however, with sports photographer Michael Cerveny recently posting a crystal clear photo of an Eagle eTap rear derailleur on Nino Schurter’s bike. Some magics happens … The post SRAM Eagle eTap wireless mountain bike groupset spotted appeared first on CyclingTips .

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