Outsider Fox 40 offset crown kit review

Outsider Fox 40 offset crown kit review

Reducing the (crown) offset of your fork improves steering stability, but slows down handling. The big brands offer a choice of offsets, but no way to adjust them to suit different tracks. That’s where Outsider comes in. I’ve been testing its adjustable-offset Fox 40 kit, which includes two machined crowns, a steerer tube and four sets of inserts. How to set up your mountain bike suspension: video guides to help you get the most from your bike The ultimate guide to mountain bike rear suspension systems As standard, the 650b fork has a 52mm offset, which Outsider’s kit lets you adjust, in increments, from +8 to -10mm. At 540g, it weighs just 6g more than the standard crown set. Installation is easy, as is insert selection, with two 5mm Allen bolts on the steerer securing it all. I did come across some set-up issues though, needing to add spacers under ...

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The new Brompton X CHPT3 has got some swagger

The new Brompton X CHPT3 has got some swagger

Brompton has announced its 2019 model of the Brompton X CHPT3. It comes from the brand’s collaboration with former pro-cyclist David Millar and is designed to appeal to weekend roadies who need a bit of encouragement to continue riding in urban settings during the week. Brompton bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice Brompton: handmade in Britain So, how do you make a Brompton appeal to a roadie? The new special edition Brompton X CHPT3 is the brand’s lightest model, a claimed 10.3kg, with a titanium rear frame and fork. New features include a race-tuned rear suspension block designed by Millar himself, Schwalbe One 35mm tan-wall tyres, Fabric grips and Scoop saddle, and, for the first time on a Brompton, machined hinge and seat clamps. According to Will Butler-Adams, Brompton CEO, the aim was “to encourage those who climb hills and cover distance at the weekend to keep riding during ...

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Fidlock Twist Bottle review: A clever design in need of a purpose

Fidlock Twist Bottle

If you’ve got a helmet with a magnetic buckle, the chances are pretty much 100% that it was made by a little-known German company called Fidlock. Fidlock’s Snap helmet buckle uses a mushroom-shaped stub on one side that meshes with a sliding latch on the other side. A magnet pulls the two halves of the … The post Fidlock Twist Bottle review: A clever design in need of a purpose appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Review: Pinarello Nytro e-road bike

Verdict: High spec, high ticket road bike that's classy and comfortable

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Giant Surge Pro shoe review

Giant Surge Pro shoe review

With their welded Microtex upper, Boa dials and laser-cut venting, Giant’s Surge Pro shoes look like any other premium race footwear. It’s only when you flip them over that the differences appear. Bont Helix road shoes review Northwave Flash TH road shoe review They feature carbon soles with forefoot plates that are wider and more rounded than most other shoes. But the thing that really sets the Surge Pro soles apart is the narrow ‘ExoBeam’ that links the wide forefoot plate to the heel plate. It not only forms a spine between the tip and tail of the soles, it also provides a central anchor point for the uppers to give them a more rounded, natural shape. Your heel is held by a generous lining of fabric in the cups that grips tenaciously Most cycling shoes are made from a board-last construction, where the upper (the last) is attached to ...

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Marzocchi Bomber 58 fork review

Marzocchi Bomber 58 fork review

Fox’s 2015 acquisition of Marzocchi was motivated partly by an ambition to create a more value-conscious range of forks. The results are the resurrected Bomber Z1 for enduro and the 58 for downhill. For 2019, these replace Fox’s 36 Performance and 40 Performance Elite forks for aftermarket sales. The ultimate guide to mountain bike rear suspension systems How to set up your mountain bike suspension: video guides to help you get the most from your bike The architecture of the 58 is almost identical to a Fox 40. Its 40mm stanchions slide into lowers that look the same, save for a signature M-shaped brace and no air bleed system on the back. The left leg contains identical internals too, in the form of Fox’s ‘EVOL’ (extra volume) air spring. It’s the volume of the negative spring that’s been increased, which contributes to a supple feel at the start of the ...

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Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay Carbon 70 first ride review

Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay Carbon 70 first ride review

Rocky Mountain is one of the few companies using its own motor and battery system for its electric bikes — a brave move with emerging technology, but one that can pay dividends if you get it right. Best electric bikes 2019: road, mountain, commuting and cheap e-bikes Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay Carbon 70 first ride review Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay Carbon 70 frame The drive system is packed into a carbon front triangle, with the 632Wh battery hidden neatly in the down tube, above the motor. This sits just ahead of the bottom bracket and is hidden behind a pair of plastic plates, which are removable to access the driveside sprockets and pulleys, or take out the battery and motor for maintenance. Out back, the Powerplay is identical to the ‘analogue’ Altitude. It has the same pivot points, chainstay lengths and suspension kinematics. As on the standard bike, Rocky Mountain’s ...

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SKS Stingray mudguards review

SKS Stingray mudguards review

These Stingray mudguards, with lime green highlights, are constructed from aluminium encapsulated within highly durable plastic. They’re 47mm wide and suitable for 700c tyres with 28-38mm widths. Best mudguards/fenders: a buyer's guide Mudguard reviews Comprehensive fittings are supplied for all styles of stay, bridge and dropouts. The fitting process requires a 4mm Allen key, a screwdriver, a spanner and some bolt cutters or a hacksaw to shorten the mudguards’ stays if necessary. From start to finish, the job takes around an hour. ‘Secu Clips’ hold the front mudguards’ steel stays to the fork legs, and are designed to allow the stays to break away if any obstruction gets caught between the mudguard and the front wheel. The mudguards themselves are robust and remain securely anchored thanks to a three-point attachment at the front and four-point configuration at the rear. There’s no rattling, and only limited movement, even when you’re riding ...

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Swytch e-bike conversion kit review

Joseph Delves Friday, February 15, 2019 - 15:22 Easy to fit electric kit that will turbo-charge any bike 4.0 / 5 £549 Claiming to convert any bike to an e-bike, the Swytch kit replaces the stock front wheel and adds a battery pack to the handlebars. With the latter looking like a standard bar-bag and being instantly removable, your bike should remain relatively secure when locked up. With the compact hub motor supposedly weighing just 1.5kg, the power pack should add just another 2.5kg. An upside of this lightweight split system is that if you leave the battery off, you’ll be spared most of the system's mass. It has nine different assist modes, the standard £549 kit uses a 36-volt, 250-watt motor, and claims a range of up to 40km. Providing power assistance up to 24kmh - as allowed in the EU, or 32kmh which you can play around with ...

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Red Hook Crit series cancelled for 2019

Red Hook Crit series cancelled for 2019

Joe Robinson 15 Feb 2019 Organisers unable to keep up with event costs but hope to return in 2020 The organsier of the international fixed gear criterium series Red Hook Crit has confirmed that the popular series will not continue into 2019. While efforts to host the races have temporarily halted for the coming year, the organiser has promised to look at relaunching the series in 2020. A statement on the Red Hook website reads: 'After careful consideration of our options, we will be taking 2019 off. Instead, our efforts will be focused on raising support and developing plans for the continuation of the Red Hook Criterium Championship Series in the years to come. 'We appreciate every athlete, sponsor, volunteer, photographer, videographer, staff member and fan who helped us build the Crit into what it is today and look forward to the next time we can bring everyone back together ...

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All-City Macho Man Disc first ride review

All-City Macho Man Disc first ride review

The inaugural incarnation of All-City’s Macho Man was more of a traditional cyclocross bike. We tried it and liked it but considered it too heavy to be seriously raced on. This new version, which has a double-butted steel frameset that’s been updated to handle larger volume tyres, is also on the heavy side for cyclocross, but would be ideal for taking on gravel events. The best cyclocross bikes of 2019 Cyclocross: what it is and how to get into it The updated Macho Man is aimed squarely at gravel riders that use their bikes to commute because, despite the knobbly 40mm Schwalbe tyres, this rig is capable of building and holding more on-road pace than you’d expect. And that’s not its only attribute. From the head badge and lugged fork crown all the way back to the custom-stamped bottom-bracket shell and rear dropouts, the details on the Macho Man’s frame ...

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Hope HB.160 2019 review

Hope HB.160 2019 review

Hope freely admits it isn’t a bike company, but the hand-laid carbon and CNC-machined aluminium chassis on the HB.160 is a stunning showcase of its ‘everything possible made in-house’ ethos. The latest suspension changes make it a joyful, smooth yet agile ride, but the frame shape and non-standard components won’t suit everyone. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you What’s the fastest tyre size for mountain biking? Hope HB.160 frame Not only are HB.160 mainframes laid up by hand, thermoset and finished on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, using moulds that are CNC machined just metres away in the Hope factory, they even use composite sheets woven in Manchester. This monocoque front triangle is then matched to a four-bar linkage rear end that’s intricately and immaculately machined and bonded together in Hope’s similarly immaculate factory. Because the bike started life as a pre-Boost-standard concept piece, Hope designed the ...

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Pro kit what? In defence of wearing pro kit

Rob Whittle 13 Feb 2019 One fan of wearing pro team kit asks: Does wearing pro kit really make me a w*nker? Pro kit fan Rob Whittle ponders when an outfit moves from unwearable to retro cool, and argues the case for those who choose to ride out in the latest replica kit from the WorldTour ... I was called ‘team kit w*nker’ at the weekend. Waiting at a roundabout, another cyclist came alongside and clocked my Lotto Belisol jersey. I said 'Morning' and he left me with those three words and the sight of his Rapha-clad backside disappearing up the road. Why is wearing team kit such a no-no? I’ve also been called Andre Greipel ('F**k me! It’s Andre Greipel!') which, as slurs go, is not quite as bad, although I like to think of myself as more Teisj Benoot. Even then, there are marked differences: he invariably has ...

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SRAM Red eTap AXS First Ride Review

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Radical new groupset impresses with wide range and smaller cassette gaps but it's jolly expensive 8/10

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Ghost FR AMR 6.7 AL first ride review

Ghost FR AMR 6.7 AL first ride review

With its 165mm of rear travel, you might expect the Ghost FR AMR 6.7 AL to be aimed at the enduro crowd, but the ‘FR’ tag and Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you What’s the fastest tyre size for mountain biking? Ghost FR AMR 6.7 AL frame The FR AMR’s aluminium frame helps keep the price down and uses the same proven four-bar suspension platform as the rest of Ghost’s range. My large test bike had a healthy 466mm reach, a short 460mm seat tube and stability-providing 440mm chainstays. The slack 64.5-degree head angle should breed downhill confidence, while the steep 76-degree effective seat angle aids climbing, if and when you need to winch yourself back up the hills. Ghost FR AMR 6.7 AL kit Ghost has specced a Fox DHX2 shock out back. While a coil-sprung damper has potential performance benefits over an air ...

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Mavic Allroad Pro UST Disc wheelset review

Mavic Allroad Pro UST Disc wheelset review

The three years since the Ksyrium Allroad Pro wheels launched have not only seen rapid growth in the gravel/adventure bike sector, but also in the width of rims designed for it, as reflected in this updated version of Mavic’s all-terrain wheelset. Mavic Ksyrium Pro Disc Allroad review Mavic goes all in on gravel with AllRoad The Allroad Pro arrived in 2015 compatible with tubeless tyres but sporting a ‘narrow’ internal rim width of 19mm. That’s now swollen to 22mm to provide a more open tyre profile that’s better suited to lower pressures and higher traction. (Mavic recommends using this wheelset with 28–62mm wide tyres.) The updated alloy rims also benefit from Mavic’s inter spoke milling process, which removes excess material from between the spokes and leads to a rim height that varies subtly from 21mm to 22mm. The Ksyrium range’s signature undrilled rim beds also mean there’s no need for ...

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Save 29% on Garmin's Vivoactive 3 Smartwatch (UK only)

Save 29% on Garmin's Vivoactive 3 Smartwatch (UK only)

If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting a smartwatch that will help you track your fitness goals, now is a good time to invest in one with the Garmin Vivoactive 3 currently discounted at Snow+Rock. We awarded the Garmin Vivoactive 3 four out of five stars when we reviewed it , and found it to be perfect for riders who don’t necessarily want to pick apart data, but want to keep track. It’s got a ton of built-in sensors, is Bluetooth and ANT+ compatible, has a great battery life and now you can save £80. Save 29% when you buy the Garmin Vivoactive 3 SmartWatch from Snow+Rock You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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Hokkaido as you’ve never seen it before

Hokkaido's best known for winter sports, but it has another side – one that includes rolling green hills and farmland, towering mountains waiting to be climbed, and beautiful seaside roads that are ripe for riding. The post Hokkaido as you’ve never seen it before appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Café du Cycliste Zélie jacket review

Joseph Delves Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 15:41 A specialist audax or bike-packing jacket that’ll suit a range of riding styles 3.5 / 5 £244 A jacket made for audax style adventures, the Zélie is filled with Primaloft insulation and uses a technical exterior fabric to seal out the weather. A light puffer jacket, but vented enough to resist filling with vapour, it should remain as wearable once you've made camp as it is while out rolling. With its insulation, hood, and multiple pockets, it’s far from the average cycling jacket or jersey, yet with a cycling specific design, it’s definitely not a repurposed bit of hiking gear either. Image 7 of 12 Image 7 of 12 Recently, a few brands have decided that riding in an insulated jacket might be something to consider. I’ve not always been a fan, often finding it first a hot and sweaty, then cold ...

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Café du Cycliste Zélie jacket review

Joseph Delves Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 15:41 A specialist audax or bike-packing jacket that’ll suit a range of riding styles 3.5 / 5 £244 A jacket made for audax style adventures, the Zélie is filled with Primaloft insulation and uses a technical exterior fabric to seal out the weather. A light puffer jacket, but vented enough to resist filling with vapour, it should remain as wearable once you've made camp as it is while out rolling. With its insulation, hood, and multiple pockets, it’s far from the average cycling jacket or jersey, yet with a cycling specific design, it’s definitely not a repurposed bit of hiking gear either. Image 7 of 12 Image 7 of 12 Recently, a few brands have decided that riding in an insulated jacket might be something to consider. I’ve not always been a fan, often finding it first a hot and sweaty, then cold ...

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