This new Ibis handlebar lets you fine-tune fit without commitment

This new Ibis handlebar lets you fine-tune fit without commitment

Most of today’s mountain bike handlebars come in stock lengths of 780mm to 800mm. While these widths work for some riders, they’re too wide for others. How to adjust your handlebar height Ibis Ripmo first ride review Ibis realized that many riders are wary of cutting their handlebars down to size since it’s a one-way change. “We’ve seen many riders using bars that were either too wide or too narrow, so we created a fit solution that would make it easy to experiment with different bar widths,” the company noted in a press release. Ibis’s solution was to develop versions of its high- and low-rise handlebars that employ a pair of cut-able aluminum inserts, which thread into alloy sleeves bonded into the carbon handlebar. The total handlebar width with the inserts installed is 800mm. Removing them results in a width of 750mm. If you prefer a 780mm-wide bar, simply cut ...

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Tour de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles

Tour de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles

Can you believe that crazy stage 9? We discuss the Tour's trip across the Roubaix cobblestones. Read the full article at Tour de France podcast: Porte is out, Froome flourishes on cobbles on VeloNews.com .

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Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating on VeloNews.com .

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UCI commits to fight against motor cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at UCI commits to fight against motor cheating on VeloNews.com .

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7mesh WK2 bibshorts and Quantum Jersey SS review

Hannah Troop Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 16:08 3.5 / 5 £120 - bibshorts ; £95 - jersey If you haven’t heard about 7mesh yet that’s quite understandable as the brand only made its debut back in 2015 and being Canadian it's not all that shouty. Its birthplace is the Coast Mountains of British Columbia so the kit is designed to take on Alpine passes one day by mountain bike the next day by road. Coming from a place where it’s all about the great outdoors, 7mesh believed that cycling apparel technically fell short for the backcountry adventurer. This took the founders on their own journey of quitting their jobs and creating kit that could keep up with their enthusiastic outdoor pursuits. Image 4 of 9 Image 4 of 9 7Mesh Quantum Jersey SS The 7Mesh Quantum Jersey SS has been designed for versatility, ‘daily fix’, which can be used ...

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Tour de France 2018: The best images from the race so far (gallery)

Jack Elton-Walters 16 Jul 2018 The best images from the opening nine stages of the 2018 Tour de France, including plenty of cobbles. Photos: Offside/L'Equipe The 2018 Tour de France has reached its first rest day, and the nine previous stages have been a mixed bag in terms entertainment for spectators. No one can deny the entralling nature of Stage 9 , which headed over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix , but at times other stages have been a chore to watch. Despite the varying level of action from the peloton, we've grabbed the best images from the race so far. From the opening stage win of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), to the grind that was the team time trial, all the way to the joy and relief at the finish line in Roubaix before the rest day, these images capture the essence of the Tour de France so far. Image ...

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Tour de France 2018: The winners and losers from the first week

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2018 Cyclist take a look at which riders have had a smashing first week and those who have fallen below par The 2018 Tour de France is already a third of the way through and after nine intriguing stages the lay of the land has finally been set. Fernando Gaviria, Dylan Groenewegen and Peter Sagan have shared the spoils on the flatter days taking two stages while the first uphill finish went to an aggressive Dan Martin . BMC Racing did what you would expect them to do in the team time trial as John Degenkolb got us all crying with joy in Roubaix . The race for General Classification has been interesting too. Tom Dumoulin was docked some time for drafting a car while Chris Froome lost seconds after crashing on Stage 1. Geraint Thomas is currently sitting pretty above them all while down the ...

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Fassa The Separator review

Fassa The Separator  review

Chucking multiple bikes in the back of a car or van, or storing them in a garage, can lead to scuffed paint, scratched stanchions and greasy disc brakes. There are a multitude of options out there for protecting against such annoyances, and Fassa's The Separator is one such item. Cantitoe Road Shelter bike protection New bike storage solution looks like an alien egg The Separator features a single sheet of padding between heavy-duty material, with two long Velcro straps that loop over the top. The sheet is 1,885mm long and 920mm high, so reaches the length of all but the longest of mountain bikes, and is high enough to tuck under most handlebars. Even if the tyres extend past the sheet, they're rubberised and therefore unlikely to cause any damage anyway. The loops are pretty long, as is the corresponding receptive Velcro strap on the side of the sheet. In ...

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Tour de France does Paris-Roubaix: huge tech gallery

Tour de France does Paris-Roubaix: huge tech gallery

The ninth stage of an intense opening first part of the Tour de France included 15 sectors and over 22 kilometres of the northern French cobbles, with the stage weaving its way from Arras Citadelle to a stone's throw from the famous Roubaix velodrome. Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Expected and welcomed during the one-day Classics in the spring, asking mountain and GC specialists who weigh 60 kilograms to battle the infamous cobbles is another question altogether. BMC Racing's overall GC hopeful in Richie Porte crashed out with a suspected broken collarbone before the race had hit the first sectors, the crash a likely result of the nerves and tension within the peloton. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac) suffered time losses for multiple mechanicals and a crash, respectively. Ahead of ...

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Shimano PD-A600 pedal review: Single-sided gravel goodness

Shimano’s single-sided PD-A600 SPD road pedal isn’t new; far from it, in fact. First introduced in 2010, it was originally billed as an Ultegra-level alternative for roadies who wanted the stability of a traditional three-bolt system but the walking convenience of a recessed two-bolt cleat. Roadies are a finicky bunch, however, and so the A600 … The post Shimano PD-A600 pedal review: Single-sided gravel goodness appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Veltec Speed AL review

Veltec Speed AL review

Veltec is a German wheel builder, established in 1995 but is a relative newcomer to the UK. The Speed AL is the company’s budget aero model, intended to appeal to riders looking for a winter/training wheelset or a worthy upgrade to an entry-level bike. The all-black, stealthy-looking Speed AL wheels are hand-built in Germany using 42mm-deep section, tubeless-ready, aluminium clincher rims (18mm internal rim width, 22mm external). They’re laced onto Veltec 818RS hubs, which feature fully sealed bearings, with Sapim CX Sprint Aero stainless-steel bladed spokes. The front wheel gets 20 radially laced spokes, while the rear has 24 cross-laced ones to provide a good balance between strength and weight. The wheelset weighs 1,810g (without skewers), which is respectable considering the price and performance. Their all-black finish looks great when first fitted to a bike. Sadly, as with all anodised brake tracks, they’re soon scrubbed back to the bare aluminium ...

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Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

Tour de France 2018: John Degenkolb wins Stage 9 on the cobbles of Roubaix

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Jul 2018 What a day at the 2018 Tour de France as the race took on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix John Degenkolb ( Trek-Segafredo ) won Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France after escaping with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Yves Lampaert ( Quick-Step Floors ), who followed him over the line in second and third respectively. Under the flamme rouge, the trio began to play cat and mouse, knowing their advantage over the chasers was plenty. Degenkolb sprinted first, the others couldn't come past and the stage was his. The result increases Van Averamet's overall lead in the yellow jersey, although he'll be hard pushed to keep it once the race hits the mountains after Monday's rest day. The race was a fantastic spectacle for fans but will have taken its toll on every rider who took part. Crashes and mechanicals were many, ...

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Genesis Mantle 30 first ride review

Genesis Mantle 30 first ride review

A sweet-riding frame with premium kit where it matters makes the Mantle a blisteringly quick distance-shrinker that’s a lot of fun to ride. Canyon Grail first ride review SRAM NX Eagle first ride review Genesis Mantle 30 frame With no rear suspension and not much front travel (100mm) or tyre volume (2.2in) to hide how the chassis itself rides, frame quality is crucial in a cross-country race hardtail. The Genesis is stiff enough to please carbon-shoe wearers but not so punishing that every rough section will rattle the muscles off your bones. It’s equally well rounded in upgrade/compatibility terms too, with the latest Boost 148mm rear hub spacing for generous tyre clearance, semi-internal routing for a dropper post (although none is included) and Shimano Di2 fixtures in case you fancy trying out electronic shifting. The rear mech is direct-mounted for stiffness and the frame will take a front mech or ...

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Trek Top Fuel 8 review

Trek Top Fuel 8 review

Trek’s entry-level Top Fuel is efficiently stiff with a conventional ride character, but not as smooth or naturally fast as the competition. Canyon Lux CF SLX 9.0 Pro Race first ride review Bikepacking 3,000 Iberian miles in 24 days Trek Top Fuel 8 frame and kit The all-aluminium Top Fuel is also available in full-carbon and carbon front/alloy rear form. At a claimed 2,725g (18.5in frame with shock), it’s a reasonable weight, and the short single-piece rocker and Boost-width back end keep it solidly stiff. Trek’s Full Floater design sees the custom RE:aktiv shock squeezed between the linkage and extended chainstay tips, rather than attached to the mainframe, while the ABP rear pivot is concentric with the axle to reduce the effect of braking on the suspension action. A Mino Link flip chip on the rocker lets you adjust the geometry by half a degree, and there’s semi-internal dropper post ...

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Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost

Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost

The relegation of Fernando Gaviria in Saturday’s finale could prove decisive in Sagan’s quest for a sixth green points jersey. Read the full article at Greipel, Gaviria relegation gives Sagan green jersey boost on VeloNews.com .

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B’Twin Ultra 520 AF GF Rival Disc review

B’Twin Ultra 520 AF GF Rival Disc review

Decathlon’s hypermarché house brand has given us yet another top-value alloy all-rounder that shames a lot more expensive bikes. B'Twin Ultra 900 AF review B'Twin is dead, long live B'Twin Coming in at just under £1300, you might expect some compromise with the alloy chassis, and at a claimed 1470g (M) it is fairly heavy. The only obvious cost-saving elements are the external gear cables and brake hoses, although they are bonuses in terms of minimal friction gear operation and easy servicing. B’Twin Ultra 520 AF GF Rival Disc frame and kit The mainframe tubes are triple butted (three different thicknesses in each tube) and the rectangular top tubes and down tubes are smooth-welded onto a short (150mm) tapered head tube. Add the 390mm reach for a potential predatory ride position, if you remove all the carbon-fibre spacers. It would feel even more speed-focused with a normal bar rather than ...

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Stage Eight: Nice town, shame about the stage

Dreux – Amiens, 181km On the stage I spent a few days in Amiens some years back. Extraordinary cathedral. Real sense of history ancient and modern, ecclesiastical and military. A few nice restaurants, some great bars. A pleasing sense of prosperous provincial French life. The surrounding countryside is nice, too – so I’m expecting some good helicopter and drone shots as the peloton weaves northwards. A therapeutic Saturday. What’s that? The stage? Oh, don’t worry too much about that. Couple of bumps early, long downhill. The break will be caught and the sprinters will fight it out. You’ve read my preview on this sort of stage – twice . Nothing much has changed. Gaviria will be the fastest unless we see a serious resurgence in form from Groenewegen (unlikely), Kittel (very unlikely) or Cavendish (extremely unlikely). Sagan will be close enough to the front to maintain his stranglehold on green. ...

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Tour de France podcast: Should the Tour include cobblestones?

Tour de France podcast: Should the Tour include cobblestones?

This Sunday we'll see one of the weirdest spectacles in cycling: GC guys and skinny climbers trying to survive the Roubaix cobblestones. Read the full article at Tour de France podcast: Should the Tour include cobblestones? on VeloNews.com .

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11spd: This week's best bike gear

11spd: This week's best bike gear

It's Friday and you know what that means — it's time for your weekly update of the hottest kit to arrive at our desks at BikeRadar towers! We've also been in Germany at Eurobike where we presented our exclusive first look at Rotor's possibly game-changing 13-speed modular groupset , oggled some fancy 3D-printed parts from Reynolds and scoffed many a schnitzel. Eurobike 2018: latest news and show highlights Faster than any chain: CeramicSpeed DrivEn So without further ado, sit back, grab yourself a tea (or delicious glass of Long-Island iced tea) and feast your eyes upon this Friday's cycling-based goodness. Specialized SWAT Conceal Carry Tool If you’re tired of lugging around a multi-tool in your jersey or trail pack then Specialized’s SWAT Conceal Carry Tool could be the answer. This neat design conceals an emergency multi-tool and chain breaker inside the steerer tube of your fork (although it needs to ...

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Assos T Equipe Evo bibshorts review

Sam Challis Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:04 The Assos T Equipe Evo bibshorts bring typical Assos quality to a more accessible price point 4.5 / 5 £150 The Equipe tier of product has been a perennial favourite within the Assos catalogue due its dual tenets of performance and reasonable price. The Equipe Evo bibshorts are the latest incarnation of that bibshort design and aim to condense many of the features from Assos’ higher tiers - Cento and Campionissimo - into a product accessible to riders with normal budgets. Thanks to the ongoing research and development of the Assos textile engineers and feedback gleaned from the brand sponsorship of the BMC WorldTour team, the Equipe Evo shorts are Assos’ first design to feature an update on the well-regarded s7 chamois. The main changes are a colour swap from ‘Amethyst’ to plain black and the inclusion of ‘Krater Ventilation’, which is ...

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