Surly's Midnight Special Pairs Road Geometry With Fat Tires

Surly's Midnight Special pairs road geometry with fat tires

Surly Bikes has carved out a niche by developing sensibly-priced steel bikes that meet real-world needs. The company’s latest creation is the Midnight Special, a versatile all-road bike that’s up to speed with the latest component standards. The All-City Gorilla Monsoon is a monster-cross machine Surly goes big with the new Pugsley Surly Steamroller first ride review Surly Midnight Special highlights 4130 Steel frameset 650b / 700c compatible 44mm head tube Front and rear thru-axles Direct-mount brake mounts Massive tire clearance $1,799 complete / $625 frameset (UK and Australian pricing TBC) Available now Call it a gravel bike, call it an all-road bike, however you want to position it, the Midnight Special is a do-it-all drop bar bike with massive tire clearance. Pot-holes and rough roads be damned, this bike will take 650b tires up to 60mm (2.35in) wide and 700c tires up to 42mm wide. While Surly has won ...

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Jra Stan’S Notubes Flow Mk3 Traildog Wheels Review

JRA Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK3 Traildog wheels review

Getting wheels hand-built means you need to be patient but the advantages go well beyond the free custom-colour decals on the Stan’s Flow rims used for this set. Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK3 wheelset review Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Avion Team review Just Riding Along’s (JRA) Jon Webb is an experienced racer and a proper wheel fetishist. He self-tests endless permutations to find the best to sell and then builds, balances, de-stresses, settles, tapes and final-checks every wheel in-house in Yorkshire. This set with Sapim D-Light spokes and colour-matched alloy nipples balances precision line holding with a lively, forgiving feel. From experience, they’ll stay like that way long after machine-built wheels have gone soggy or started eating spokes too. That makes the sweet-riding Stan’s rims feel even better than normal on the trail, and their 29mm internal width makes them ideal for getting the best out of wide tyres too. Add Bitex ...

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Hunt 30 Carbon Aero Disc Wheelset Review

Hunt 30 Carbon Aero Disc wheelset review

The latest wheels from UK designer Hunt unleash maximum potential from disc-equipped race bikes with a combined assault of super-lightweight, sweet-riding build and high volume, tubeless-compatible smoothness. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it does it far cheaper than most. Zipp 454 NSW Carbon Clinch disc-brake review 6 of the best saddle bags In typically helpful Hunt fashion, it provides the wheels pre-fitted with Schwalbe Pro One tubeless road tyres in 23, 25 or 28mm width for an extra £99 (£35 cheaper than RRP). If you’re setting up yourself, then the H-Lock rim means tyres snap into place savagely (it’s okay, the sidewalls haven’t snapped even though it might sound like it) and they sometimes need more pressure than normal (or bead lube) to fit cleanly all the way round. They come off fine though (hands free if you’ve got your technique down well) and the 20.5mm inner width means ...

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Enduro-Ready Yeti Beti Sb5c Gets Updates And Upgrades

Enduro-ready Yeti Beti SB5c gets updates and upgrades

The Yeti SB5 Beti is the women's specific version of the bike that's been ridden to multiple wins at the Enduro World Series under Ritchie Rude, so to say it's race tested is an understatement. The bike has had some serious updates since the original version was released, bringing it up to date in geometry, parts and purpose. Yeti unleashes redesigned SB5 and all-new SB5+ Top 5 trail and enduro bikes of 2018 The previous incarnation of the Yeti Beti SB5c was put through its paces a few years back, and scored an excellent 3.5 out of 5 . However, there are a number of significant updates to this model, and BikeRadar will be putting the turquoise enduro beast to the test in the coming weeks. Yeti SB5 Beti C-series women's mountain bike spec overview Weight: 12.93kg (M) Frame: C-series carbon Fork: Fox Performance 34 150mm 27 Shock: Fox Float ...

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Pro Toolbox Xl Review

PRO Toolbox XL review

PRO is Shimano’s component and accessory sister company, so as you’d imagine the Toolbox XL mainly contains tools for Shimano-equipped bikes. SRAM users will also find everything they need, but Campagnolo owners will need to supplement a few extra items. The injection-moulded ABS plastic box is tough, with slots for each of the 38 tools, which include a cable cutter, chain quick-link pliers, needle nose pliers, disc caliper alignment tool, Phillips screwdriver, small flat-blade screwdriver, file, mallet, tyre levers, torx L-key set, hex L-key set, Shimano cassette lockring tool and Shimano cartridge, HollowTech II, Dura-Ace/Ultegra bottom bracket tools. 5 essential tools for building the best tool kit Top five bike tools the pro mechanics love Essential maintenance skills for road cyclists The XL kit has some excellent disc brake-specific tools. The rotor alignment tool is a compact device that slots over your rotor and into the caliper, you then simply ...

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Scott Road Rc Sl Shoe Review

Scott Road RC SL Shoe review

Perhaps best known for its bikes, Scott also produces a wide range of cycling apparel, including these all-new, über-high-end RC SL road racing shoes. Coming in at a whopping £399 for the pair, they’re up there as some of the most expensive stock road shoes you can buy, so expectations were always going to be high. This meant I was initially sceptical as to whether the performance could justify the price. Was I right? Read on to find out. (Or, if you’re lazy, just skip to the bottom of the page.) Top 5 ultralight road bike tech Top 5 2018 pro bikes Best road bike pedals Scott Road RC SL out of the box Weighing in at 562g for a pair of size 45s the first thing you’ll notice about the SLs is their lack of weight, which is exactly as you’d expect for top-spec shoes. However, there are lighter ...

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Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6fattie First Ride Review

Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6Fattie first ride review

When you think of a Specialized mountain bike, chances are the Stumpjumper comes to mind. Back in 1981 the original Stumpjumper was the first ever mass production mountain bike. Since then, Specialized has offered countless variations, and for 2018 the Stumpjumper Comp Alloy is offered with 29-inch or 27.5+ wheels and tires. Are 27.5+ bikes faster than 29ers? Less is more: why the 27.5 Plus standard is doomed Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6Fattie features Frame : M5 aluminum, 135mm travel Fork : RockShox Reba RL, 150mm travel Drivetrain : SRAM GX 11-speed w/Race Face Aeffect cranks Wheels/tires : Roval Traverse 27.5, Specialized Purgatory 3.0in (front), Slaughter 2.8in (rear) Brakes : SRAM Guide R Tire traction and weight There's no shortage of Stumpy options, Specialized lists 18 different bikes and frames for 2018. One of the big selling points, or possibly just a point of difference, of 27.5 plus tires (Specialized ...

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Enve Ses 4.5 Ar Disc Chris King Wheelset Review

ENVE SES 4.5 AR Disc Chris King wheelset review

ENVE’s new super-fat rims cost more than some full carbon wheelsets with essentially similar stats, and they’re awkward to set up. However, if you’re patient enough to get them ready (or just pay someone else to do it) their super-wide, gliding ride really is something else. Super-wide hoops for gravel: ENVE launches M525 G 6 pre-ride bike checks Self-fitting (and then refitting) the supplied but split-prone rim tape was a disappointing start and I eventually used strips of Gorilla tape to seal the rims instead. ENVE assures us it has now switched to a different tape in response to the splitting issue mentioned. Internal nipples also mean you need to remove the tape and reseal if you have to adjust spoke tension. The rim bed shape is also fussy about sealing with some types of valve, so I’d recommend designs with a conical rubber bung for the best results. While ...

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6 Top Gravel Bikes Under $2000

Gravel riding through scenic countryside, rolling hills

Our top 6 picks for gravel / adventure bikes around $2000. These are for cyclists who like on and off-road riding and value at a moderate price point.

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Blind Cyclist Reviews Infinity Bike Seat

Blind cyclist Eric Oyen reviews the Infinity Bike Seat

Infinity saddles look different, but when you're blind looks don't matter. What's important is how it feels, and Eric Oyen shares his opinion of this bike seat in this video review.

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Today's Helmet Tech Reduces Rotational-Impact Head Injuries

Bicycle helmet technology to reduce traumatic brain injury (TBI)

We examine the latest in bicycle helmets – much improved protection than those of yesteryear, with designs and materials to handle the complex interactions and forces of a crash.

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Get More Cycling Motivation With These Incentive And Reward Apps

Get more cycling motivation with these incentive and reward apps

Bicycling is great just because, but if you're in need of some added motivation for pedaling your bike, we have some suggestions for incentive and reward apps you should use.

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Top Viral Cycling Social Media Posts Of 2017

Top viral cycling social media posts of 2017

These posts were watched and shared the most in 2017. Don't miss out on what your fellow cyclists were liking and sharing.

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The February Edition Of Cycling Plus Is Out Now!

We've got early 2018 covered, indoors and out

Let's be having you, 2018

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The February Edition Of Cycling Plus Is Out Now!

The February edition of Cycling Plus is out now!

As road bike technology has changed in the last several years, so too has the idea of what a road bike is. The advent of the road disc brake has allowed designers to fit wider, tubeless tyres, while suspension and the way carbon fibre is manipulated means lightweight frames can be enjoyed on the roughest farm tracks. With that in mind, the six bikes in our main group test explore the new capabilities in the road bike market, all offering comfort and control-boosting, ride-expanding, puncture-saving, weather-beating advantages while still being fast enough to be properly flat-out fun. Elsewhere, senior technical editor Warren Rossiter fulfils a lifetime ambition of riding a custom-built titanium bike, collaborating with US Ti frame builder Lynskey on its Helix model. We’ve also got First Ride reviews of the Colnago Concept, Kinesis Aithein EVO, Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 and Calibre Lost Lad, while the Cube Attain ...

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12 Most Popular Bikeroar Articles Of 2017

12 Most popular BikRoar articles of 2017

Everyone was checking out these articles and reviews in 2017. Here's another chance for you to see BikeRoar's most popular bicycling articles and news of the year.

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November’S Mbuk Is Out Now!

MBUK issue 349 is out now!

In need of a little winter motivation? This month's MBUK is packed with bike testing product reviews and features to inspire you to get out there

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November's Mbuk Is Out Now!

November's MBUK is out now!

The year may only just be drawing to a close but we’ve been thinking about 2018’s bikes for quite a while now. During the various launches and trade shows that happen throughout the year, our test team have gradually been putting together a picture of where we think we’re heading in 2018 and what’s happening to the bikes we ride. So we’ve carefully selected six very different bikes that we think best represent these new trends and the different styles of riding that you as mountain bikers are into. Discover our choices and find out how each bike fared on page 96. They’re not the only bikes we’ve swung a leg over this month though and we’ve got First Ride reviews on Cotic’s revised BFe hardtail, Bird Cycleworks’ Aeris 145 and more. In the grouptest we’ve subjected 14 trail and heavy-hitting knee pads to some crash testing and there are ...

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Cervélo S3 Disc Review

Cervélo S3 Disc review

We’ve already been impressed by the C and R series disc bikes , but with the S3 this is the first time we get to see how discs have been integrated into a pure aero race bike. Cervélo R5 Dura Ace first ride review Cervélo C3 Disc review Cervélo R3 Disc review Cervélo makes some bold claims that during wind tunnel testing, into a 40kph headwind, there’s no difference between the rim-braked S3 and the S3 Disc. When the wind comes in from the side, where rivals see a loss in power, Cervélo recorded a 2-watt gain. Now, 40kph wind tunnel tests are fine for a minority of elite riders, but some of the other stats are of more use to us mere mortals. The frame is 40g lighter over the standard S3, the fork is down 50g, head tube stiffness has increased by eight percent and bottom bracket stiffness ...

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Time Xpresso 10 Road Pedals Review

Time Xpresso 10 road pedals review

French brand Time has been in the pedal game for some time now, and although it may not get the recognition Shimano, Look and Speedplay do, its pedals are actually pretty clever. Best road bike pedals How to use clipless pedals The Xpresso 10’s sit more or less in the middle of the brand's range and offer a hollow-steel axle and a carbon body, and weigh just 97g per side — Speedplay's Zero with a stainless axle weighs 103g and Shimano's Ultegra SPD-SL 6800 road pedals weigh 129g each. Time was one of the first brands to introduce knee friendly float into its pedals and the Xpressos offer +/- 5 degrees of angular float and 2.5mm of lateral movement. Knee alignment issues have always been an issue for me and I have been a long time Speedplay user because of the adjustability of the cleats and the float. The multidirectional ...

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