X-Fusion Mcqueen Rc Hlr Fork Review

X-Fusion McQueen RC HLR fork review

We’ve been big fans of X-Fusion’s Roughcut bladder based damper since it appeared as a top end option in its Sweep and Trace forks and it makes the new wide stance McQueen fork a high control, low cost bargain for big tyre (or 29er wheel) fans. How to get your suspension setup dialled 2018 Fox 36 vs. RockShox Lyrik If you’re really on a tight budget to upgrade your chubby tyred bike the simpler RL2 damper version is £100 cheaper, but I’d definitely recommend spending the extra on the HLR if you can possibly afford it. It’s not just the ability to totally separate high and low speed compression damping through a wide but well graded range via the crown top adjusters that makes it worthwhile. It’s the sheer level of consistently sensitive ground connection and traction, particularly through the well supported centre stroke, even when you’re loading them hard ...

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Scott Speedster 10 Disc Review

Scott Speedster 10 Disc review

Scott’s aluminium-framed Speedster has been around for years and it’s always been a pretty safe choice at the entry level, if not the most exciting. The recipe hasn’t changed radically, but the range now includes two disc models, of which this is the better equipped. Scott bikes reviews, news and buying advice Scott Bikes 2018: here's what you won't want to miss The Speedster’s aluminium frame is in some respects rather old fashioned. It takes a chunky 31.6mm seatpost in defiance of the trend towards slimmer ones, while the seatstays are fat and straight, for once warranting no comparisons to graphite-based writing instruments. Its welds are lumpy and unattractive and the prominent seam in the left seatstay in front of the rear caliper makes it look like Scott has just grafted a brake mount onto the non-disc Speedster. Luckily, a slick paint job saves the day — primer-grey plus fluoro-yellow ...

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Women's Bike Sizes: A Simple Guide

Women's bike sizes: a simple guide

What size bike should I buy? It's a common question that women have when considering a new bike. That's why we've created a simple women's frame sizing guide on BikeRadar , which is divided into tables for road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes. Best women's bikes: a buyer's guide to help you find what you need Presenting the BikeRadar Women's Bike of the Year Awards Women's cycling news, reviews, interviews and more on BikeRadar Women Choosing the correct frame size can be confusing, especially since recommended frame sizes vary between manufacturers, models and disciplines. What size bike do I need? As a general starting point, bike sizes are determined by the height of the rider. Use this to decide what size to try using our charts below. If you sit between sizes, it’s worth trying both out and seeing which one fits you better. Most bike manufacturers will also ...

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Saracen Ariel Lt Review

Saracen Ariel LT review

Besides the name there aren’t many similarities between Saracen’s old Ariel trail bike and the new 165mm travel enduro beast it's just released for 2018. The influence of the brand’s Myst downhill bike is clearly apparent; the new Ariel uses the same suspension design and takes on full-carbon guise for the first time. Saracen Ariel LT frame Rather surprisingly, Saracen has made the 2018 Ariel a little shorter in reach than its old bike, but to counteract this it has extended the size range to XL and all carbon LT models now include a +/- 5mm adjusting headset, which is another feature taken from the Myst. The large sized bike I tested has a reach of 465mm, which is matched to average length 435mm chainstays, and it has a 450mm seat tube — the XL is a fair bit taller though at 500mm. Saracen Ariel LT kit Saracen Ariel LT ...

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Kali Interceptor Helmet Review

Kali Interceptor helmet review

Kali Protectives began in 2009 in Morgan Hill, CA and develops helmets for motorcycling as well as bicycling. Its helmets typically attempt to go beyond the established standards for safety. The Interceptor sits as its all-mountain or enduro helmet. Mongoose Capture helmet review Kali Protectives MAYA helmet review Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Vertigo helmet review Kali Interceptor features Nano-Fusion technology Low-density layer technology Boa retention system Adjustable visor Vents: 24 Weight: 390 grams Two sizes: Small/Medium (55-61cm); Large/X-Large (60-64cm) Added protection Kali prides itself on going above and beyond in terms of safety with its Nano-Fusion and Low Density Layer technologies. Nano-Fusion is an in-molded, multi-density EPS with acrylic self-healing foam and carbon nanotubes. Kali claims that it "dissipates impact energy more efficiently in a smaller volume." The smaller volume of material allows Kali to make lighter weight helmets with a smaller overall profile. Well vented and comfortable fit ...

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Rose Xeon Cwx 3000 Review

Rose Xeon CWX 3000 review

First up, props must go to Rose for breaking the black and red monotony of road bikes (of which Rose has been pretty guilty of in the past) with this incredibly bold, almost hi-viz, fluro yellow finish on the CWX 3000. BikeRadar's Bike of the Year 2017 awards — this year's winners revealed Bike of the Year 2017: Trek Domane SLR 9 eTap wins Superbike of the Year The CWX is based around the Xeon CW aero road design, but adds thru-axle equipped disc stopping power combined with wind tunnel-tuned shape and racing geometry. My 59cm test bike features steep 73.5 and 73.75 head and seat angles with a long 407mm reach and 580mm stack. This, combined with the 1,009mm wheelbase, makes for a bike that’s a proper competition focused rig. The CWX’s aero shape is sweetly combined with a bike that feels eager and quick from the first turn ...

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Bos Deville Fcv Review

BOS Deville FCV review

The Deville fork from legendary French damper specialists Bos is now showing its age with very limited chassis options and it’s not as stiff as chunkier forks from competitors. If there’s a model to fit your bike, thouhg, the latest FCV damper offers those patient enough to tune it right incredible grip and support that still makes it a blisteringly quick aggro fork. How to get your suspension setup dialled 5 things you've got wrong with your MTB setup With no 29er or Boost options and an irritatingly small 160mm brake mount as standard the Deville chassis is looking dated this season. Despite 34mm stanchions, cut outs in the skinny brace and obvious twist and tuck if you’re using a big rotor and bars to maximise leverage it’s still over 2kg too, which puts it into the same ballpark as much stiffer forks like the Rock Shox Lyrik and Fox ...

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Tern Verge P10 Review

Tern Verge P10 review

In a decade as a cyclist journalist I’ve only ever received unsolicited comments about the bike I’m riding from non-cyclists on two occasions; and both times I was aboard a Tern folding bike… Buyer's guide to folding bikes Tern Verge X18 review Tern’s pocket-sized Surge has never looked quite so mad That someone should want to talk to me about the slightly mad looking, drop-bar Verge X18 is understandable. It was far more surprising to hear a young Bristolian urbanite say “Sick bike man!” as I rolled past him on Tern’s latest Verge, the far more traditional folder the P10. So is the P10 ’sick’? Well, yes, probably. Especially if a little extra speed, control and comfort constitutes ‘sickness’. The P10 is one of three new Tern models to sport wheels with a 451mm diameter as opposed to the more usual 406mm. Is size important? Essentially, a 451 wheel is ...

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Syncros Rr1.0 Review

Syncros RR1.0 review

Scott’s components arm Syncros offers parts and accessories covering everything other than framesets and groupsets. The RR1.0 saddle tops its road racing (RR) range, and has a carbon fibre-reinforced nylon shell and 7x9mm carbon fibre rails. It’s 275mm long and available in either 128mm or 139mm widths. Our narrower example weighed in 13g over its claimed weight at 168g, which is still pretty light. A buyer's guide to getting the best road bike saddle Best women's bike saddle: a buyer's guide As a guide, Syncros says the 128mm model suits riders with sit bone widths between 9-12cm, and the wider version those measuring 11-14cm, so there is some crossover, and if you’re in the middle ground, compare the RR1.0’s widths to a saddle you already have and like. The design incorporates a very shallow central channel with a split tail, leaving a triangular hole in the extended shell. This is ...

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Cannondale Superx Force 1 Looks Ready For A 'Cross Fight

Cannondale SuperX Force 1 looks ready for a 'cross fight

Newly-crowned US National Champion Steven Hyde piloted the all-new SuperX this past season to great success. But the secret behind the bike goes much deeper, with the likes of Tim Johnson (450 time US national champion) and Stu Thorne (cyclocrossworld.com team owner) adding input at every step of the development process. With such pedigree, one should expect the SuperX to add up to a true contender for best cyclocross bike of the year. Giant TCX Advanced Pro 2 first ride review Try this 7-day cyclocross training plan for the busy 'cross racer 2018 Cannondale SuperX Force 1 spec overview Frame: SuperX, BallisTec Carbon, SPEED SAVE (flatmount; 12x142) Fork: SuperX, BallisTec Carbon, 1-1/8" to 1.5" steerer (flatmount; 12x100) Drivetrain: SRAM Force 1 Bottom bracket: BB30-83 Wheels: CX 1.0 Tires: Schwalbe X-One All-Round 33mm Saddle: Fabric Scoop Shallow Elite Size Options: 46, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61 Weight (size 56): 18.6 lbs ...

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Orbea Gain E-Bikes Don’T Look Like E-Bikes

Orbea Gain e-bikes don’t look like e-bikes

Most major bike companies now offer e-bikes of some variety, and Basque-brand Orbea now has the Gain line of motor-assisted machines, which are remarkable for how little they resemble a typical e-bike. E-bike vs road bike: Clash of the Giants Giant Road-E+ first ride review A slim battery sits inside a normal-sized down tube, and a rear-hub motor adds up to 250 watts of pedal-assist power. Most e-bikes have fairly massive down tubes to accommodate a battery. The Orbea Gain bikes have a port near the bottom bracket on the down tube to plug in an additional battery pack, which fits in a bottle cage. Orbea calls its system “Enough Power”, meaning that the Gain bikes will offer you assistance but not a full-on moped experience. Clean routing Orbea Gain pricing You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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1x For The Road Just Got A Lot More Interesting

1x for the road just got a lot more interesting

When 3T launched the quirky Strada fat-tyred aero road bike earlier this year, designer Gérard Vroomen promised us an all-new 11-speed road cassette that would solve the ‘problem’ of providing useful gearing for 1x road setups. Eurobike 2017: latest news and show highlights 3T Strada first ride review 3T Exploro first ride review At this year’s Eurobike 3T unveiled not one, but two new cassettes called the Overdrive and the Bailout. Both offer cogs from a tiny nine tooth up to a 32, but the spacing differs to meet the needs of a range of riders. The Overdrive gives you 9-11-12-13-15-17-19-22-25-28-32 cogs, which means you get the big (hard) gear at one end followed by a moderately large jump, and then a series of tightly spaced middle gears. The Bailout takes the opposite approach, with 9-10-11-12-13-15-17-19-22-26-32 cogs offering more tightly spaced hard gears, followed by a big jump to the ...

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Scoring on debut? The new bikes making a splash this summer

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How I Cycled Away 55kg!

Keith Jardine lost 55kg cycling

A shock revelation in the menswear department sent Keith Jardine off pedalling and he’s never looked back...

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The August Edition Of Cycling Plus Is Out Now!

The August edition of Cycling Plus is out now!

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Blackburn Raceday Fluid Vs. Feedback Sports Omnium

Blackburn's Raceday Fluid and Feedback Sports' Omnium are very similar portable trainers

Portable roller-based trainers tested head-to-head

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Sram Guide Ultimate Brake Review

SRAM Guide Ultimate brake review

If you’ve no upper limit on your brake budget, then SRAM really has iced the cake and slapped a cherry on top to create a truly ‘Ultimate’ version of its already excellent Guide RSC brake. The most obvious change at the lever end — especially on properly freezing days where the reduced heat conductivity is clear through your gloves — is the use of a carbon fibre rather than alloy lever blade. The brilliant S4 caliper is now used throughout the Guide family too It sits on the same cartridge bearing pivot as the RSC for ultra-smooth action and ultimate control sensitivity. It connects to the master cylinder using the same Swing Link leverage changing cam to bring the pads in fast at the start of the stroke then boost clamping pressure and power when they contact the rotor. The bolts for the handlebar clamp (and the brake mounting bolts ...

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Sram Guide Rsc Brake Review

SRAM Guide RSC brake review

Any of SRAM’s Guide brakes are hard to beat for excellent on-trail performance and an easy servicing life, but the Guide RSCs are just plain awesome if you can afford them. Disc Brake Systems reviews Best mountain bikes under £1,000 The major performance gain over the Guide RS brakes are the super-smooth cartridge lever pivots. This gives them an ultra-sensitive feel for boosting already excellent modulation to a level of stiction-free HD clarity that’s definitely noticeable if you’re swapping back and forth between the two different brakes. The RSC levers also get subtle but usefully effective bite point adjustment via a simple toothed adjustment wheel buried in the body. There’s not a massive difference between the two extremes, but Guide brakes rarely differ much in feel between levers, so it’s ample for balancing feel between left and right or tuning in your exact preferred bite point. They're simply among the ...

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