Specialized Rhyme Carbon Comp 6Fattie/29 review

Specialized Rhyme Carbon Comp 6Fattie/29 review

While the Rhyme Carbon Comp is described as one of Specialized’s women’s specific trail bike, with it’s 150mm travel front and rear it’s a bike that definitely sits more towards the all-mountain/trail end of the spectrum. Bike of the Year 2018 Women’s cycling news, reviews, interviews and more on BikeRadar Women The Specialized Rhyme Carbon Comp 6Fattie/29 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 . Plenty of travel means that the Rhyme will take rolling through rough trails, rocky sections as well as larger drops and hits in its stride, but there is a trade-off with climbing ability. Designed to take either 29er wheels or 27.5+ / 650b+, you can choose which to go for when you purchase the bike, and switch ...

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NS Bikes RAG+ review

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Brilliant handling, confident, agile and all-out fun gravel bike, held back by its wheels 7/10

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UCI says 2018 will be the last trade team time trial at World Championships

Team Sunweb on the podium after their gold medal TTT performance

The UCI today confirmed that the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria in September will be the last for trade teams. In September, UCI President David Lappartient indicated that the TTT would take place in Yorkshire in 2019, but would be eliminated from Worlds in 2020. A UCI press release on Monday stated that the governing body is "reviewing the UCI Road World Championships programme for 2019 in collaboration with the Yorkshire 2019 organising committee to ensure excellent visibility for National Federations and riders" - opening the door to a possible TTT for national teams. The UCI held national team TTT's from 1962-1994, but they were raced by four riders over 100 kilometres. The event made its return to the World Championships programme in 2012 for both men's and women's trade teams, in addition to bringing in the junior men's and women's individual time ...

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Specialized refreshes its XC tyres with fresh S-Works variants

Specialized refreshes its XC tyres with fresh S-Works variants

We spotted a range of new top-end S-Works-level XC bike tyres from Specialized at the Albstadt round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at the weekend. The new range of tyres uses established names in the Specialized lineup: Renegade, Fast Trak and Ground Control. However, the S-Works models have been pared down to become XC racing specific models. The range aims to offer the lowest weight possible while maintaining the traction and reliability required of a race-winning tyre. Cannondale F-Si Hi-MOD World Cup first ride review It looks like Nino isn't the only one on Eagle eTap All of the models feature a new 120TPI (as opposed to the 60TPI of old) casing, using a lightweight 210Dn thread. The casing is essentially a woven cloth which gives the tyre its structure when inflated. A higher thread count and thinner threads generally result in a lighter and more supple tyre. ...

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Five cool things coming soon from Giant, Giro, 100%, Wearwell and Ritchey

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Another week, and another quintet of kit and gear that our reviewers are testing at the moment...

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Team time trial to be ditched from World Championships after Innsbruck

Team time trial to be ditched from World Championships after Innsbruck

Joe Robinson 21 May 2018 All UCI WorldTour teams to be invited to 2018 edition as event set to be dropped from schedule The team time trial is set to be dropped by the UCI after the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, it confirmed in a statement today. Cycling's governing body revealed that the team event would not be part of the programme for the 2019 Yorkshire event, writing 'T he 2018 edition will be the final year of the team time trial organised for UCI registered teams. 'The UCI is reviewing the UCI Road World Championships programme for 2019 in collaboration with the Yorkshire 2019 organising committee to ensure excellent visibility for National Federations and riders.' In the same statement, the UCI also confirmed that all 18 men's WorldTour teams will be invited to compete in Innsbruck alongside the top ranked ProContinental and Continental teams. For the women's ...

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Garmin Vector 3 power meter review

Garmin Vector 3 power meter review

After a couple hundred hours of testing against other power meters (and four sets of batteries), I can say the Garmin Vector 3 pedals are generally a very good training tool. As with any power meter, the location of the power meter is limiting — you have to give up your pedal of choice unless you already use Look Keos — but conversely, pedals are far and away the easiest type of power meter to travel with and swap between bikes. 9 of the best power meters What is FTP for cycling? Garmin Vector 2 full review Garmin Vector 3 at a glance Left and right pedals measure similarly (not always the case with L/R meters!) Threads into any crank — no longer multiple models for different crank widths Consistently tracks well with other dependable meters Actual battery life averaged 60hr, not the claimed ‘up to 120 hours’ 316g claimed, ...

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Canyon Spectral WMN CF 9.0 SL review

Canyon Spectral WMN CF 9.0 SL review

Released onto the market in early 2018, the new Spectral WMN from Canyon has been extensively revised. It’s got new geometry, and while it’s a pricey bike, it’s still got a very impressive spec list. Bike of the Year 2018 Women's cycling news, reviews, interviews and more on BikeRadar Women The Canyon Spectral WMN CF 9.0 SL 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 Spectral WMN is an aggressive trail bike, with 27.5 wheels and 140mm travel front and rear. It’s a bike that’s designed for trails that veer towards the technical end of the spectrum, but the question is, does the redesign help or hinder that goal? The Canyon Spectral WMN goes women’s specific The big news is that ...

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Giro Rest Day Three: Open Thread

Put your feet up, lads. You’ve earned it A welcome rest day for the peloton in Italy today, and racing has finished in California, Norway, and Ain/France too. Today’s action is highlighted by the women’s race in the Basque Country, the catchily titled WWT Emakumeen XXXI. Bira, taking place in the straightforwardly named Aretxabaleta. Whilst I’d love to hear Carlton commentate on that, there’s very little coverage, so it’ll be a quieter day on Podium Café, for which we’re also grateful. Real life for the editors reduced the threadjacks and live threads over the weekend. For those of you who stepped in to fill the void, our thanks. For those of you who were unhappy, please accept a 100% refund on your payment for this service. We’ll be back to normal tomorrow. I was going to offer up a winners and losers column looking back on the weekend, but the ...

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The Douchebags are at it again with the Savage roll-cage bike case

The Douchebags are at it again with the Savage roll-cage bike case

Traveling with your bike is typically a challenge. After all, it's likely expensive, awkwardly big, and most importantly, something you don't want damaged. Db, or more hilariously known as Douchebags, has introduced its Savage bike case which it claims marries the best of hard- and soft-sided bike cases, and works with any bike, including downhill and road bikes. Thule RoundTrip Traveler bike bag review Biknd Jetpack Bike Bag review Evoc Bike Travel Bag review Db Savage bike case highlights Internal roll cage Works with 700c, 26in to 29in wheel bikes Compatible with Db's hook-up system 146 x 30 x 38cm folded dimensions 11.8kg / 26lbs Db roll cage For those wondering what a roll cage is, it's exactly what it sounds like. Sort of. The term comes from race cars. It's a metal frame added to strengthen the vehicle and to protect the passenger compartment should the car be in ...

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Marco Fontana's Bianchi Methanol CV

Marco Fontana's Bianchi Methanol CV

Marco Fontana is one of the most well-loved, stylish and charming riders in the world of XC racing. We spotted his bike lounging in the Bianchi-Countervail team tent at the Albstadt round of the XC World Cup and the affable Italian kindly took 20 minutes to talk us through the build of his Bianchi Methanol, which was still set up for the previous evening’s inaugural short track race. Bianchi Methanol 9.5 CV long-term review Everything you need to know about the new Cannondale Lefty Ocho fork Marco Fontana's Bianchi Methanol CV spec Frame : Bianchi Methanol CV Fork : Fox 32 SC Factory Brakes : Shimano XTR Shift levers : Shimano XTR Di2 M9050 Rear derailleur : Shimano XTR Di2 M9050 Cassette/chain : Shimano XTR Crankset : FSA SL-K, 38t chainring Wheelset : Crankbrothers Cobalt 11 Carbon Front tyre : Prototype Kenda Rear tyre : Kenda Sabre 29x2.0 Handlebars : ...

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Scott Addict 30 Disc review

Scott Addict 30 Disc review

With more float than a reclining otter, Scott’s Addict 30 Disc adds another facet to the Addict model’s almost all-encompassing ability. To date there’s the Addict RC fast road bike, Addict CX and Addict Gravel, mainly with disc brakes, so where does the Addict 30 Disc fit in? Scott says it’s not really designed for racers, but with endurance in mind, it sets its stall out with some impressively large tyres. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Scott Addict 30 Disc 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 lowest priced of the three Addict Disc models, this bike shares the same MF carbon frame and full ...

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Cannondale Habit Women’s Carbon 2 review

Cannondale Habit Women’s Carbon 2 review

The vibrantly-coloured Habit Carbon 2 is the women’s specific version of Cannondale’s “do-it-all” 27.5-inch wheel size mountain bike. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Cannondale Habit Women’s Carbon 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 . Cannondale comments that the Habit combines ‘all-mountain capability with XC efficiency’ and, with a few caveats, it lives up to the claims. It’s a quick climber and nimble on the descents. However, ‘all-mountain’ in this case is more about long rides on natural trails rather than enduro descents, where the slightly old-school trail geometry can feel nervy. Cannondale Habit Women’s Carbon 2 frame The Habit combines a carbon frame made from ...

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POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review

POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review

The POC Ventral Spin is a comfy helmet with heaps of airflow, but boy is it expensive. And the looks are, well, decidedly POC. Best aero road helmets — 8 tested and rated Best road bike helmets: 16 of our top picks While POC, almost refreshingly, doesn’t boast any wattage savings or CdA figures, the Swedish company does claim that the design aggressively directs air through the helmet instead of around it. Also, POC claims the Ventral Spin is faster than its previous aero road helmet, the Octal Aero . In lieu of MIPS, POC employs its own SPIN padding that has rotational impact protection capabilities. It would appear that SPIN pads are lighter and don’t block ventilation the way a MIPS liner can. Putting it on is best done with the dial mechanism opened up all the way. Because the Ventral’s fit system uses a loop that surrounds the ...

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Specialized Women's Camber Comp 650b review

Specialized Women's Camber Comp 650b review

Designed at the cross-country end of the trail spectrum, the alloy-framed Specialized Camber Comp is a 650b bike that’s efficient on the climbs and fun on the trails, though its lively feel can be a little too twitchy on steep and techy descents. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Specialized Women's Camber Comp 650b 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 . This version comes specc’d with reliable, though not exceptional, parts. It’s a bike built for reliability and robustness; treat it right and it’ll keep you rolling on through the years. The unisex version of the Camber comes in either a 29er version and a 650b version, ...

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5 ways to avoid the royal wedding this weekend

5 ways to avoid the royal wedding this weekend

In case you missed the news, this Saturday it’s the royal wedding in the United Kingdom. If you are looking to escape the incessant coverage of Prince Harry tying the knot with Meghan Markle, we’re here to help. Here are four great cycling events to watch this weekend, plus the old standby that hopefully you were going to do anyway. Time-trial tech at the Tour of California — gallery Scheldeprijs tech gallery: the narrow, the aero and the power (or Power) 1. Amgen Tour of California The Tour of California concludes this weekend with stage 7 on Saturday.Currently, after five stages, Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team tops the GC, and you can catch all of the action live on NBC from 3pm ET, with the last part of the stage live from 11pm BST on Eurosport. If you're not a subscriber to Eurosport, UK readers can subscribe to ...

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Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Essential review

Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Essential review

Commencal’s Meta AM V4.2 Essential makes no concessions for what it is: an enduro bike. Downhills are its forte, uphills, well, are managed. For a bike squeaking in just under $3,000, this Meta AM V4.2 is shocking in its overall control and confidence. Commencal launches Meta AM V4.2 Commencal Meta AM Origin review Commencal Meta Trail V4.2 Essential 650b review Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Essential specs Frame : 6066 triple-butted aluminum, 160mm Fork : Fox 36 Float Performance, 170mm Shock : Fox DPX2 Performance Drivetrain : SRAM GX Eagle, 1x12-speed Brakes : Shimano SLX discs, 200/180mm rotors Wheels / tires : e*thirteen TRS rims / Formula hubs, Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5WT / DHRII 2.4WT Actual weight : 14.3kg / 31.5lbs Impressive parts and suspension Fox suspension handling both ends was a real highlight. Up front, the 170mm travel 36 Performance fork has a stiff chassis with a supple stoke. Being ...

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Scott Contessa Spark 910 review

Scott Contessa Spark 910 review

The Scott Contessa Spark 910 is a trail-ready carbon-framed 29er with racing in its DNA. It’s firm, efficient and above all, fast! Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Scott Contessa Spark 910 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 . Contessa is the women’s line of bikes from Scott, and the majority of them are based around a unisex frame with women’s specific finishing kit. The Spark family is broad, with everything from plus-tyred trail bikes to full-on World Cup XC race bikes — as raced by Nino Schurter — and that race-bred feeling can be felt throughout the range. The Spark 910 combines Scott’s race-focussed design ingenuity ...

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Cannondale unveils redesigned F-Si hardtail and radical Lefty Ocho suspension fork

Who says high-end cross-country hardtails are dead? While lightweight full-suspension rigs are becoming more common on the World Cup circuit, they still can’t match a good hardtail for pure climbing speed, and Cannondale has just announced the second generation of its F-Si carbon thoroughbred. Claimed weight on the top-end Hi-Mod version drops to a staggering … The post Cannondale unveils redesigned F-Si hardtail and radical Lefty Ocho suspension fork appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cannondale F-Si Hi-MOD World Cup first ride review

Cannondale F-Si Hi-MOD World Cup first ride  review

Cannondale just released the latest version of the F-Si, the brand's top-end carbon cross-country hardtail, which features an updated frameset and a whacky new Lefty fork, the Ocho. The bike is incredibly efficient, and yes, the Ocho looks weird, but it works well, tracking precisely through hard corners, remaining active in chunky terrain while still offering that legendary excellent small-bump sensitivity. Everything you need to know about the Cannondale Lefty Ocho A year of hard riding on the Cannondale Scalpel Si Team So what about that fork? I’m sure you’re all itching to learn what the deal with thank funky new fork is. There is lots to talk about, so I’ve put together a separate article on it . You guessed it; it’s lighter! In terms of weight, Cannondale claims to have shaved 80g off the previous generation of the bike. That 80g doesn’t sound like a lot but bear ...

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