Pinarello launches first electronic full suspension road bike, Dogma FS

Joe Robinson 11 Apr 2019 Team Sky set to race new front fork suspension endurance Pinarello at Paris-Roubaix this Sunday It has been four years since Pinarello launched its Dogma K8s to much fanfare at Paris-Roubaix in 2014, and it was the Italian brand's first bike to feature the rear suspension system, called DSS 1.0. Built into bikes carbon fibre flexible rear stays, it offered some vertical travel at the rear of the bike to provide a more comfortable ride for the professionals on the cobbles of northern Europe. For average consumers, it promised a smoother ride than Pinarello's stiff, racey F8. Fast forward three years and Pinarello had launched the Dogma K10s disc. A progression from the K8s, the DSS system had now become fully electronic, controlled via a button on the downtube, allowing the rider a degree of choice in the suspension from a full 20mm travel to ...

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Specialized Women’s Tarmac Disc Comp review

Specialized Women’s Tarmac Disc Comp review

If you like your road riding towards the speed-focussed, racy end of the spectrum, then the carbon-framed, Ultegra-bedecked Tarmac Carbon Comp is one to take a seriously hard look at. The Specialized Women’s Tarmac Disc Comp 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 . Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2019 Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know Over the past couple of years, Specialized has shifted its approach when it comes to women’s specific design. Specialized counts Retul, a bike-fit system, as part of its portfolio. This means it has access to thousands of body measurements, sorted by gender as well as riding discipline and preferences. Based on this, Specialized has determined ...

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Bike lanes might be more dangerous than no lanes at all

Supported by Keeping cyclists safe on the road is going to take more than painted bike lanes. That’s the main finding from new research out of Melbourne’s Monash University this week, and a finding that aligns with what many cyclists have experienced out on the road. The paper, published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, looks … The post Bike lanes might be more dangerous than no lanes at all appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Specialized Roubaix Pro and S-Works first ride review

Specialized Roubaix Pro and S-Works first ride review

Smoother is faster. That’s the Specialized mantra when it comes to the Roubaix, and to a certain extent that bears out. Especially when it comes to non-optimal surfaces, be it the cobbles of Arenburg, Carrefour or even the scarred and potholed roads of my local test loops. I’ve had the chance to try the premium S-Works SRAM Red eTap AXS-equipped bike on home soil and the Fact10r carbon framed Roubaix Pro Force eTap AXS bike on the cobbles and rain of Kortrijk, Belgium over three days, riding the greatest hits of the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix. Specialized's new Roubaix returns to its racing roots Specialized Roubaix 2020 range overview At its heart this is a suspension-equipped road bike, but it’s not like any other suspension currently available. That’s because when it comes to front suspension there are two distinct types: splay, which relies on the fork being able ...

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Specialized’s new Roubaix first-ride review: Performance, soothed

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“Lighter than our Venge and more aero than our Tarmac.” That’s an attractive statement for anyone seeking a new race bike. In this case, it applies to Specialized’s all-new Roubaix, the company’s long-standing endurance platform. Announced just in time for its namesake race, the new Roubaix retains and improves on a number of the platform’s … The post Specialized’s new Roubaix first-ride review: Performance, soothed appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gocycle GS review

Peter Stuart Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 16:56 An intelligent, well-designed holistic answer to city cycling, though we’ll be eager to see a lighter model 4.5 / 5 £2,499 Gocycle had a headstart on many of the newest e-bike contenders, having hit the market for e-bikes back in 2009 with the original Gocycle G1. It shared the same silhouette as the brand’s current GS, and the same principles of bringing style to urban electric cycle commuting. From the outset, GoCycle challenged cycling conventions with a fully enclosed drivetrain and a modal assembly that offered easy storage. A close look at the GS shows some very subtle but very intelligent tweaks to the conventions of normal and folding bikes. The GS now sits second in Gocycle's line below the G3, which features an integrated daytime running light on the handlebar and electronic predictive Shimano Nexus shifting. They both showcase the brand's ...

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Northwave Extreme Pro shoes review

Joe Robinson Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 14:06 Designed for performance but also very comfortable on longer days in the saddle 4.0 / 5 £340 It’s one of those things that ends up ingrained in your mind after years of your mum nagging you: ‘Make sure you wear your shoes in otherwise you’ll get blisters.’ My mum used to say it with every new pair of shoes. And with every new pair of shoes I’d ignore her. And yes, every new pair of shoes would give me blisters. It wasn't just growing up, either. Many times when testing new cycling shoes, I've used them for a long ride on the first occasion and come home with my feet in a complete state. I made the same mistake with the new Northwave Extreme Pro road shoes. I affixed my cleats, slipped them on and headed off for a long and tiring ...

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Grove R.A.D gravel bike review: An Aussie all-rounder

Buying a gravel bike in 2019 is somewhat like shopping for laundry detergents: there’s way too much choice, there’s a weird amount of differentiation for what seems like a single purpose, and there’s far too much promise that the product will clean everything in its path. Taking a leap of faith into the crowded gravel … The post Grove R.A.D gravel bike review: An Aussie all-rounder appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ghost SL AMR 6.7 review

Ghost SL AMR 6.7 review

Ghost's SL AMR 6.7 is one of few ‘trail’ bikes on the market with a coil rear shock, and while the addition of a steel spring counts towards its near 15kg weight, it also accounts for the supremely smooth feel through the back end. The Ghost SL AMR 6.7 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 . Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Mountain bike groupsets: everything you need to know The four-bar rear suspension doesn’t feel like it has huge amounts of anti-squat, and so when combined with the very plush rear end, unless the compression lever on the RockShox Super Deluxe RCT shock is flicked, it’s not the most efficient ride. This leaves the ...

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Save up to 69% on Rapha Classic Glasses II

Save up to 69% on Rapha Classic Glasses II

There are plenty of people who’d love to rock the Rapha Classic sunnies this spring, but might be put off by the price tag. When we reviewed them a few years back, we thought they looked really good but didn’t feel their performance justified the £195 / $295 / AU$325 price tag. However, if you like the Rapha brand and want a pair of its very good looking sunglasses, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re currently marked down by up to 69 percent. £195 £78 $295 $90–$93.60 AU$325 AU$127–AU$170.63 UK: Save 60% on Rapha Classic Glasses II from Wiggle US: Save up to 69% on Rapha Classic Glasses II from Wiggle AU: Save up to 60% on Rapha Classic Glasses II from Wiggle You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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Five cool things coming soon from Spengle, Scicon, Abus, Specialized and Supacaz

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Another round-up of stuff we're testing at the moment, with reviews coming soon...

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Save up to 30% on a Giro Switchblade MIPS helmet (UK only)

Save up to 30% on a Giro Switchblade MIPS helmet (UK only)

Back in 2016 when we did a long-term review on an earlier version of the Giro Switchblade helmet , we gave it five stars and proclaimed it to be in a league of its own. Now you can get hold of the 2019 model for nearly a third off the price , while stock lasts (and it’s getting lower all the time, so be quick). With its removable chinbar, the Giro Switchblade MIPS helmet is downhill-certified, fully-convertible and versatile. It’s MIPS-equipped for added protection, has 20 air vents to keep you cool while riding and employs Giro’s Roc Loc Air DH fit system. It usually retails for £250 but right now you can get it for as little as £174.99, depending on the size and colour you opt for. Save up to 30% on the Giro Switchblade MIPS helmet from Chain Reaction Cycles You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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Zipp 3ZERO MOTO MTB wheelset first ride review

Zipp 3ZERO MOTO MTB wheelset first ride review

Pretty much any high-end mountain bike wheel is claimed to be laterally stiff but vertically compliant, thereby offering precise cornering while remaining comfortable over bumps. Most carbon wheelsets are wildly successful with the first claim, but not the second. Zipp makes the same claims and more, having designed its rims in a radically different way. The 3ZERO Moto is a single-wall rim, as opposed to a hollow, box-section rim with a D-shaped cross-section. Reynolds Blacklabel Enduro 27.5 wheelset review How does mountain bike wheel size really affect performance? Zipp claims this broad but shallow rim not only provides more vertical and less lateral flex ( for the same reason an I-beam is stiffer in one direction than the other ) but also allows the rim to twist locally. Zipp calls this third type of flex “ankle compliance”. You may have noticed that when you get a pinch flat or dent ...

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Rapha expands Core range for 2019

Sam Challis Monday, April 8, 2019 - 08:24 Rapha’s most affordable line now includes Cargo bibshorts and totally renovated jerseys Rapha is known for its technical Pro Team racewear and luxurious Classic apparel - both are top-end ranges with premium price tags. For a few years now however, the brand has offered a Core line alongside its other collections, which uses pared-back design features and materials to provide Rapha equipment at a more widely-affordable price point. The Core line started with just a single jersey and bibshort design and has steadily expanded in the time since, but Spring/Summer 2019 sees the first major overhaul of the range since its introduction. The new Core line offers multiple bibshort designs, a totally new version of the original Core jersey and even a children’s jersey option, Rapha’s first product to cater for little ones. Notably, a Core Cargo bibshort design is now available. ...

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ENVE's all-road wheels get shallower and lighter with the SES 3.4 AR

ENVE's all-road wheels get shallower and lighter with the SES 3.4 AR

Enve launched its first AR or 'all-road' wheel in 2016 with the SES 4.5 AR , a tubeless and disc-only road wheel designed around wide tires to optimise the aerodynamics of using bigger rubber. Best road bike tyres in 2019: everything you need to know Why gravel roads made me a believer in road tubeless 10 of the best deep aero wheels lab tested Now, the brand has added a shallower and lighter SES 3.4 AR to better mesh with 28–32mm rubber. Claimed to weigh 1,417g with the Enve's own Alloy Disc CL hubs, the wheelset features a 25mm internal width and a tubeless-ready inner rim profile, even coming with an approved/recommended tire list which the brand says results in the best aerodynamics and safety — all of which are tubeless ready. ENVE does point out that you can still run a tube if you're so inclined, but these wheels ...

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Knight 35 wheelset review

Knight 35 wheelset review

Knight’s 35 clinchers are billed as its climbing wheels but also offer some day-to-day versatility for more regular use, such as training, racing and general riding. Best road bike tyres in 2019: everything you need to know How to set up road tubeless tyres On paper, everything looks about bang on for a set of 2019 rim-brake clinchers: 25.5mm external width, 17mm internal, the ability to go tubeless, the option to run 25–32mm tyres, and a claimed weight of 1,410g with DT Swiss 240s. I was keen to set the Knights up tubeless and had a pair of 28mm Schwalbe Pro Ones that fitted the bill. I know how difficult this can be, and I've spent many hours in the workshop with a perfectly good wheel/tyre combo that doesn't want to seal, but fortunately I had no such problems with the Knights. The tyres sealed first time using a Bontrager ...

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7Mesh Callaghan Merino Hoody review

7Mesh Callaghan Merino Hoody review

There aren’t many clothing materials that come close to beating Merino wool if you want a naturally-made high-performing material. It’s certainly become one of my go-to fabrics if I’m looking to spend a long day in the saddle that will help to keep me warm when I'm, or the garment, are wet and not overheat when the temperature starts to rise. Ribble hits the trails with prototype titanium hardtail Whyte T130C RS review RockShox quietly releases budget '35' fork Buy direct from 7Mesh for £165 / $200 / €200 7Mesh Callaghan Merino Hoody details The Callaghan hoody is made from 35 percent Merino that’s blended with 65 percent polyester, which looks to mix the performance properties of the Merino wool with a tougher and stretchier synthetic material. The Merino element of the garment should help to keep it smelling fresher on multi-day rides too. This mix of materials gives it ...

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Fuji Supreme 2.3 review

Fuji Supreme 2.3 review

The Fuji Supreme was developed for female riders using a range of data sources and Fuji’s long association with pro athletes, such as the women's pro team TIBCO-SVB, which shines through in its design and spec. Best women's bikes - a buyer's guide to find what you need Best women’s road bikes: 12 of the best The Fuji Supreme 2.3 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 . This is a bike built for out-and-out speed and competition. It’s a bike that means business, and it’s great to see a specialist build dedicated to the women’s market. Fuji Supreme 2.3 frame The frame is constructed from high-modulus carbon composite with carbon monocoque forks and comes in a lilac purple colour called ...

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Bianchi launches the Sprint, possibly its most affordable bike ever

James Spender Friday, April 5, 2019 - 16:47 Could the Sprint be Bianchi’s most affordable race bike to date? £4,400-£1,850 The Sprint is a full carbon Bianchi. It is UCI certified. It is available with either disc or rim brakes. It can be had for £1,850. That’s right, a true-blue (well, true Celeste) Bianchi stuffed with all that Italian racing pedigree for well under two grand. OK, admittedly that’s for the Shimano 105 rim brake version, and the disc brake 105 bike costs £2,350 (with Ultegra options available at £2,100 for rim brake and £2,675 for disc). But the point remains, Bianchi’s new Sprint bike looks like absolutely stonking value. ‘The Sprint replaces the Sempre as our privateer’s race bike, sitting just below our Aria aero-road bike in the range,’ says Bianchi’s UK brand manager, Andrew Griffin. ‘It has dropped seatstays that help stiffen the rear end, the same fork ...

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Niki Terpstra's Wilier Triestina Cento10PRO for the Tour of Flanders

Niki Terpstra's Wilier Triestina Cento10PRO for the Tour of Flanders

Niki Terpstra will be riding a Wilier Cento10PRO with a gorgeous custom painted fork as he defends his Tour of Flanders title on Sunday April the 7th. The Direct Energie racer's machine is pretty much standard, save for the Cento10PRO #CobblesCrusher edition carbon fork. Top Five Aero Bikes Wilier reviews and news How to watch the Spring Classics Live While 'cobble crusher' makes it sound as if the Italian brand might have added trick suspension to its aero bike especially for the 2019 editions of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, the reality is somewhat different — the fork simply has an intricate paint job depicting the cobbles the Dutch rider will be tackling this Spring. Wilier tell us that Terpstra is more than happy using a stock fork and frame as he's ridden long cobble recon rides over the winter and 'feels perfect' on the Cento10PRO. Terpstra's bike is ...

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