Rose Pro SL 105 review

Rose Pro SL 105 review

Rose’s 2019 Pro SL 105 is actually much the same as last year’s model, bar a change of logo, a striking new colour-scheme, different tyres and the move to 7000 series Shimano 105 in its entirety. Shimano 105 R7000 groupset — everything you need to know Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you The Rose Pro SL 105 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2019. 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 page . Is that a problem? No. Especially because one of the things that’s unchanged — at least as I'm writing this before any potential political and economic ructions in Europe – is that the Rose Pro SL 105 is yours for a tad less than £1,000 in the UK. Rose’s bikes ...

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Rapha releases first in-house-designed footwear

Rapha Classic and Explore shoes

They’ve been seen spinning circles in adverts and even in WorldTour races for months but now Rapha’s new shoes are finally official. While Rapha has put its name on shoes before, the new Classic road and Explore off-road shoes are the British company’s first offerings to be designed in-house. Here is a quick look at … The post Rapha releases first in-house-designed footwear appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rapha’s Explore shoes are gravel-ready and not insanely expensive

Rapha’s Explore shoes are gravel-ready and not insanely expensive

The Explore is a brand new gravel and adventure shoe from Rapha. By the lofty standards of the brand, it isn’t ridiculously unaffordable and it’s accompanied by a new Classic road shoe which costs a little less. Rapha launches custom clothing tool for quick and easy online kit design Rapha Commuter Jacket review Rapha is back in the shoe game Rapha has been out of the shoe game for a while but the brand is back with a new road model called the Classic ( which we first spotted at the Tour Down Under ), and the Explore, designed for two-bolt cleats and aimed squarely at gravel and adventure riders. The Explore is a lace-up, walkable design with a chunky natural rubber tread. A carbon plate aims to give road shoe stiffness but, critically, it doesn’t span the full length of the shoes. Instead, it ends 3cm from the heel ...

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Don’t miss Britain’s biggest and best bike exhibition (and save £5 with BikeRadar)

Don’t miss Britain’s biggest and best bike exhibition (and save £5 with BikeRadar)

With over 300 cycling and triathlon brands on show, special guests and speakers from across cycling and triathlon, and tons of demos and activities to take part in, this incredible event is definitely not to be missed. Save £5 on adult London Bike Show tickets using offer code BR11 All about the bikes As you’d expect, there will be hundreds of new bikes on display (many of which will be available for demo rides) from Argon, Cannondale, Canyon, Cervélo, Focus, GoCycle, GT, Marin, Orange, Orro, Ridgeback, Vitus and loads more. Making an appearance for the first time in the UK will be Alejandro Valverde’s World Championship winning Canyon CF SLX, as well as cutting-edge retail road bikes including Cannondale’s SystemSix Hi-Mod Red eTap AXS and Focus’ award winning Izalco Max Disc 9.9 . Highlights on the off-road side that you'll be able to inspect are the all-new and highly innovative ...

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Norco Sight A1 29 review

Norco Sight A1 29 review

The Norco Sight A1 29er is a relatively hard-hitting trail bike that manages to merge a decent downhill confidence inspiring ride with capable pedalling characteristics. The Norco Sight A1 29 is one of our Bike of the Year bikes for 2019. 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. At £2,899 / $3,799 / AU$4,999, and with a spec that includes a largely SRAM GX eagle groupset, 150mm RockShox Pike forks and a piggy-back Fox DPX2 shock, it’s also decent value for money. This is further backed up by the bricks and mortar back-up from Evans in the UK. Best mountain bike: buyer’s guide to help you choose How to set up your mountain bike suspension: video guides to help you get the most from your bike Norco use a 130mm four-bar suspension linkage ...

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Calibre Sentry first ride review

Calibre Sentry first ride review

Calibre Bikes, the GO Outdoors house brand, has dominated the sub-£1,000 market for a few years now, and for good reason. Up-to-date geometry and well-considered components packaged up at ridiculously competitive prices have made its bikes seriously tantalising — especially for riders on a budget. After years scooping all the accolades for its cheaper bikes, Calibre has decided to up the ante and venture into the longer travel enduro/trail market. Its latest offering, the Sentry, comes in two builds, but shares the same frame. The priciest bike will set you back £2,800 (with the £5 discount card) and is fitted with some seriously flash kit, but it’s the cheaper of the two (seen here) that we think is most exciting. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Mountain bike groupsets: everything you need to know Calibre Sentry frame People tend to think that cheaper bikes always ...

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We will stick with skinny tyres, honest: The Bunch Ep.7

Supported by Hello people. We have a quick one for you this week — we here at CT have been a little busy. I happen to find myself in Girona, Spain, yet again. Two weeks ago it was for the Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12 speed launch, this time it’s for a multi-brand event, all of which … The post We will stick with skinny tyres, honest: The Bunch Ep.7 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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What is FTP and why it matters for cyclists

What is FTP and why it matters for cyclists

FTP stands for Functional Threshold Power, which is commonly defined as the highest average power you can sustain for an hour, measured in watts. FTP is often used to determine training zones when using a power meter and to measure improvement. BikeRadar 's winter training tips and gear reviews Best smart trainers How to determine your FTP Training programs such as TrainerRoad , The Sufferfest and Zwift (with the Workout option) use FTP to calibrate workout intensities. For example, the programs may call for three-minute intervals at 120 percent of your FTP, with two-minute recoveries in between. Coaches use FTP in the same way — to measure progress and to personalize specific training intensities. This is the same process whether working with Team Sky riders or age-group amateurs. Dr. Andrew Coggan, co-author of Training and Racing with a Power Meter , created the FTP standard as a more practical approach ...

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Bontrager launches new safety technology WaveCel into helmet range

Sam Challis 19 Mar 2019 The unique structure replaces part of the EPS shell and claims to protect against rotational impact forces better than MIPS Today Bontrager, the apparel and components arm of bike manufacturer Trek, has announced an exclusive partnership with WaveCel, the makers of a unique polymer structure the claims to protect against the forces experienced in a crash better than any other safety technology currently on the cycling market. Bontrager claims the new technology is 48-times more effective at preventing concussion in common cycling accidents than standard EPS foam, and even outperforms the well-regarded MIPS slip-plane technology in direct comparative testing. The material was developed by Dr Steve Madey and Dr Michael Bottlang, who have collaborated for the past 25 years and pioneered advances in fracture care, thoracic and pelvic trauma, and head injury prevention. Image 4 of 8 Image 4 of 8 The creation of Bontrager ...

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Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review

Santa Cruz Megatower first ride review

Santa Cruz's Megatower is an aggressive-sounding name for an aggressive-riding bike. It’s clearly a reference to the brand’s Hightower platform, which also sports 29-inch wheels and has thus far been the race bike of choice for Santa Cruz’s EWS racers, Iago Garay and Mark Scott. But really, the new bike is better thought of as a 29er version of the Nomad. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01+ Reserve review When Santa Cruz launched the Nomad version 4 back in 2017 , many of us were wondering why, with the Santa Cruz Syndicate already racing 29er downhill bikes, the Nomad wasn’t available as a 29er. EWS racers underlined our point by largely choosing to race on an over-shocked version of the Hightower. These bikes then evolved into the Hightower LT, which uses a longer stroke shock and a different swing arm ...

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Cafe bike security and the best pocket locks reviewed

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You’re riding somewhere new and far from home. You know you’ll be stopping for a coffee, lunch or afternoon beverage, but not sure whether you’ll be able to keep eyes on your bike. What do you do? Traditional bike locks are simply too bulky and awkward to carry, and there’s no space on your frame … The post Cafe bike security and the best pocket locks reviewed appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Yamaha Wabash Gravel Adventure E-Bike Launch and First Ride Review

Yamaha Wabash Gravel Adventure E-Bike Launch and First Ride Review

We got a sneak peak ride in on Yamaha's all-new Wabash gravel adventure electric bicycle. Here's our first-ride impressions and all the launch specs and info you need to know.

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Five cool things coming soon from Loffi, Chrome Industries, Parcours, Giant and Maxxis

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Some more of the hottest bikes, gear and tech we're testing at the moment, with reviews coming soon...

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Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset review

Sam Challis Monday, March 18, 2019 - 15:38 Fulcrum has broken new ground with its Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset, with great effect 4.5 / 5 £1,899.99 Fulcrum has a vast offering of wheelsets to suit many budgets and riding applications, but its new Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset is ostensibly the most intriguing design it currently offers. For starters, the Racing Zero Carbon DB is Fulcrum’s first tubeless-compatible carbon rim. The Italian brand has long sold its carbon rims with undrilled rim beds, citing the increased stiffness and structural integrity this imbues the rim with, but this is the first time the rim bed and sidewalls have been specifically designed to seat tubeless tyres. The Racing Zero Carbon DB’s rim is also wider internally, with Fulcrum suggesting the 19mm diameter will pair well with 25mm and 28mm tyres. The wheelset is the only disc-brake design on the market to ...

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Roval CLX 32 Disc 650b wheelset review

Roval CLX 32 Disc 650b wheelset review

We were massively impressed with the 700c versions of Specialized’s Roval CLX 32 Disc wheels. According to the engineers who developed them in Specialized’s wind tunnel, those 32mm-deep wheels have a more aerodynamic profile than their 400mm-deep forebears. That same profile is present on this 650b wheelset. Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know Roval SLX 24 wheelset review The wheels are tubeless compatible (or ‘2 Bliss Ready’ in Specialized speak) and can be set-up with either standard tubeless rim tape or Specialized’s rim plugs, which are included along with 12mm thru-axle end caps, quick-release levers, fittings for quick-release frames and a pair of wheel bags. The rims’ wide internal width (20.7mm) means they’re perfectly suited to big-volume gravel tyres (I ran mine with 42mm Specialized Sawtooth tyres). I set them up tubeless using Specialized’s plugs, which was pretty easy and didn’t require too much fettling. The rest of ...

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Ribble Cycles bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice

Ribble Cycles bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice

Ribble Cycles is a British bike company originally established in 1897. Now one of the UK's biggest online bike dealers and selling bikes all over the world, Ribble specialises in using thoroughly road-tested frames from the Far East as the basis of customer-specced bike packages that offer exceptional value for money. Ribble bikes Ribbles 2019 range includes road, cyclocross, gravel, touring, time-trial, triathlon, track, urban, and electric bikes. Here’s a breakdown of what they offer so you can find the right bike for your needs. Ribble 2019 road bikes For road cyclists, there are a number of collections to choose from. Long-distance cyclists will want to look at the Endurance collection, which includes the aluminium AL, the carbon SL, and the steel 725. If sportive is more your thing, the R872 is a great value carbon option as well. Racers will want to check out the Endurance SL R series, ...

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11spd: This week's best new bikes and gear

11spd: This week's best new bikes and gear

It’s Friday and that means imminent weekend-ing and eleven more road and mountain bike products to ogle over. This week we shared 25 pieces of advice we wish we'd been given when we started cycling, Jack and Joe endured a VO 2 max test at the University of Bath, and we ran through our favourite road pedals , all alongside our bread-and-butter of honest, independent product reviews. Bold Unplugged This Swiss enduro bike has two very interesting features. First off, the shock is hidden inside the seat tube. This is apparently done to protect it from the elements while allowing for straighter, lighter tubes. But it’s surely going to make adjusting suspension harder. Second, the geometry is hugely adjustable. Flip chips alter the location of the chainstay (horst-link) pivot, which has three effects. The longest setting increases the rear-centre by 11mm, drops the bottom bracket by 20mm and increases the ...

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Campagnolo launches latest Bora WTO wheels

Pete Muir 15 Mar 2019 ‘Wind Tunnel Optimised’ wheels get a versatile 45mm version Campagnolo has welcomed the latest addition to its Bora wheel line-up: the WTO 45. The Bora wheel has been around for decades – indeed, Campagnolo claims it has won more races than any other wheel – but it was only in 2018 that the Italian company introduced the WTO version. WTO stands for ‘Wind-Tunnel Optimised’ and, as the name suggests, it is the most aerodynamically advanced of the Bora wheel options. These won’t be replacing the traditional Boras, so fans of the Bora One and Bora Ultra need not panic. When the first WTO wheels appeared in 2018, there were only two rim depths to choose from. The WTO 77 is a super-deep rimmed wheel that only comes as a front wheel, as it is designed to be paired with a disc wheel at the rear. ...

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Columbia Powder Lite hooded jacket review

Sam Challis Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:28 The Columbia Powder Lite Hooded jacket uses some neat tech to pack in a lot of warmth for its weight and bulk 4.0 / 5 The consistent development of synthetic insulation over the last few years has given rise to myriad types of down jackets that are lighter and slimmer, yet more insulative than their traditional feather-down counterparts. As Rapha recently showed with its Explore Down jacket, a take on the insulated jacket design can be successfully applied in cycling. Columbia’s Powder Lite design shows that a contemporary insulated jacket doesn’t necessarily have to be cycling-specific in order to function in a variety of applications both on and off the bike. Done well, the insulated jacket is a versatile garment that is as useful in daily life as it is for casual cycling. The Powder Lite Hooded jacket uses Columbia’s Storm-Lite DP ...

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Team Sky expected to be saved by Britain's richest person

Team Sky expected to be saved by Britain's richest person

Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2019 Sir Jim Ratcliffe's chemical company Ineos expected to take over Team Sky sponsorship Britain's richest person and keen cyclist Sir Jim Ratcliffe looks set to save Team Sky through his chemical company Ineos, which is expected to take control of the British WorldTour team in 2020. The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that Ratcliffe was in talks with Sir Dave Brailsford about the possibilty of a potential takeover – one of several buyers reported as being interested in purchasing the team. This was seemingly backed up by Team Sky sport director Matteo Tossato who told Spanish newspaper Marca at the UAE Tour that a new sponsor had been secured and would be announced before the Giro d'Italia. The Italian also confirmed that the replacement for Team Sky would be from Europe. This after Brailsford denied that meetings with Colombian president Ivan Duque were in ...

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