Orbea Orca Aero M20 Team review

Orbea Orca Aero M20 Team review

Orbea’s Orca has for decades been the brand’s top-line race bike, from its orange-clad glory days of the Euskaltel Euskadi team right up to 2017’s sponsorship of Cofidis. The sea of orange-clad fans look set to return for 2018 with the revival of the Euskadi team in a co-sponsorship deal with Spanish clothing brand Exteondo. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Orbea Orca Aero M20 Team 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 . Orbea has taken the template of the lightweight Orca and evolved it into a thoroughly modern aero race bike. The new chassis has been developed to combine light weight and cutting-edge aerodynamics for an ...

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Tifosi SS26 Disc Campagnolo Potenza review

Joseph Delves Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:33 A capable sportive racer that won’t sell you short versus better know brands 4.5 / 5 £2,500 The frame and the ride The redesigned Tifosi SS26 Disc aims to be an ideal bike for all day riding and endurance sportive events. Part of the reinvigorated brand’s ever-expanding line-up it features dramatic shaping and integration of both the frame and fork, along with 12mm bolt-thru front and rear axles. Geometry-wise, a medium-high front end, moderate head angle, and matching wheelbase suggest endurance. However, none are taken to extremes. We’re talking half a degree on the head angle, and a centimetre or two on the stack and wheelbase. Simultaneously, the frame’s tube profiles, in particular, the chunky chainstays, bottom bracket area, and aero seat stays suggest it’s not inclined to hang about. Image 2 of 14 Image 2 of 14 The integrated carbon seatpost ...

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Liv Pique SX 2 review

Liv Pique SX 2 review

The Liv Pique is a plush, comfortable and confidence-inspiring bike that will give you the faith to pedal over pretty much anything, both up and down the trail. Bike of the Year 2018 Women’s cycling news, reviews, interviews and more on BikeRadar Women The Liv Pique SX 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 . Liv is the sister brand to Giant Bicycles and takes a female-focussed approach to bike design. Rather than sharing unisex frames between Liv and Giant models, each Liv bike is custom-designed based on body fit data the company has access to to better suit female riders. Here we've tested the Liv Pique SX 2, and while this version of the Pique SX is available in the ...

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Pivot Trail 429 first ride review

Pivot Trail 429 first ride review

Pivot's Trail 429 is the latest version of the brand's ever-popular Mach 4 29 Trail bike. Pivot's dropping the Mach name of past iterations, but this 120mm travel 29er is still undeniably fast and fun even when blasting through terrain typically reserved for longer travel bikes. Pivot Mach 429 Trail X1 review Pivot Mach 4 Carbon 27.5 XTR review Pivot's Firebird reborn as a pure enduro weapon Pivot Trail 429 highlights Full carbon frame 130mm / 120mm front and rear travel, can take up to 140mm fork 29in and 27.5+ capable, fits 27.5+ x 3.0 or 29 x 2.6 tires SuperBoost Plus (157mm) rear axle spacing 2.9kg / 6.4lbs frame weight in size Medium w/ rear shock X-Small–X-Large What's new with the Pivot Trail 429? Pivot gave the new Trail 429 the same 460mm reach as its longer travel, trail-focused Mach 5.5 and more enduro-oriented SwitchBlade . True to form, ...

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Trek 2018 Émonda SL 6 Disc review

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Trek recently updated its lightweight racing chassis, the Émonda, with a variety of refinements for 2018, including the addition of a disc-brake version. We had a look at the Émonda SLR Disc when it was launched last year, so for this review, we follow that up with a closer look at the more affordable mid-range … The post Trek 2018 Émonda SL 6 Disc review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Etxeondo Sasoi jersey review

Joe Robinson Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 13:50 A nice jersey for long, hot Summer days but the price will make you feel the pinch 4.5 / 5 £119 I can hear you already, 'Fluro? Is it 2009?'. A bright yellow accent on your jersey or shorts may seem more suited to last decade but I'm telling you, fluro is Euro and Euro is cool. It reminds me of time when cycling was almost mythical*. From the bright shoulders of Greg LeMond and ADR in the late 1980s to Jan Ullrich's Team Telekom boys in pink and who can forget the eye-burning orange of Euskatel Euskadi. When done well, like the trio of examples above, fluorescent cyclewear is as stylish as any other kit and the Etxeondo Sasoi jersey is testament to that. See related London Nocturne: a night on the town World Cycling Revival: All you need to know ...

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Calibre Dark Peak review

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An incredible value for money bike that's not let down by the ride 9/10

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Ridley Helium X 105 review

Ridley Helium X 105 review

Ridley’s Helium is the company’s take on a climber’s bike, built to be light and stiff. The range-topping SLX frame weighs just 750g, and this X version uses exactly the same design but a more modest blend of hi-mod and unidirectional carbon fibres for a 900g frame weight, which is still impressive. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Ridley Helium X 105 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 geometry is Ridley’s tried and tested race numbers, and it’s subtly different to some of its rivals. The steep 74-degree head and 72.5-degree seat angles combine with a 1,012mm wheelbase. It’s all just a bit taller, longer ...

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Yeti Beti SB5 C-Series XT review

Yeti Beti SB5 C-Series XT review

The Yeti Beti SB5 C is a trail bike with racing pedigree that boasts an extraordinary and innovative suspension system which has to be ridden to fully understand the feel. For the experienced trail rider, Yeti has produced a bike that’s really rather special. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Yeti Beti SB5 C-Series XT 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 . First things first: this bike is not cheap. The Colorado-based brand can certainly be regarded as boutique, and boasts a loyal fan base known as The Tribe. There’s even an annual get-together for Yeti-owners that can take place anywhere from Patagonia to New Zealand, based ...

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Yeti Beti SB5 C-Series XT review

Yeti Beti SB5 C-Series XT review

The Yeti Beti SB5 C is a trail bike with racing pedigree that boasts an extraordinary and innovative suspension system which has to be ridden to fully understand the feel. For the experienced trail rider, Yeti has produced a bike that’s really rather special. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Yeti Beti SB5 C-Series XT 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 . First things first: this bike is not cheap. The Colorado-based brand can certainly be regarded as boutique, and boasts a loyal fan base known as The Tribe. There’s even an annual get-together for Yeti-owners that can take place anywhere from Patagonia to New Zealand, based ...

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Steady Eddy: The Eddy Merckx Classic sportive

James Spender 15 May 2018 The Eddy Merckx Classic takes on the notorious bergs and cobbled streets of Flanders, but the going is only tough as you want to make it Words James Spender | Photography Mike Massaro A friend once described Belgium to me as ‘the Wales of continental Europe’. This might seem unkind, but consider it for a moment and it really isn’t. Both have distinct dialects and languages, they’re about the same size and both offer unique riding experiences. The former blends craggy mountains, barren wilds and rolling moors; the latter features short, battering-ram climbs, thumping cobbles and wind-licked fields. On their days, both can appear startlingly beautiful in a Constable-vs- Magritte kind of way, as well as repressively grey. They have moods. They have soul. But only one has Eddy Merckx. And he’s here. The man Image 4 of 15 Image 4 of 15 I once ...

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Giant NeosTrack bike computer review

Pete Muir Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:16 A good value alternative to Garmin 3.5 / 5 £149.99 When the Giant NeosTrack bike computer and I were thrown together, it soon turned into a tempestuous relationship. Love would turn to hate and then turn back to love again in the space of a few button pushes. On unboxing the NeosTrack it was love at first sight. The unit is stylishly simple and doesn’t look like a mobile phone (which I feel is a good thing, for reasons I can’t explain). It weighs just 79g, measures 9cm by 5.3cm, and is slim enough to feel elegant and aerodynamic on the bike. The box comes with an out-front bar mount and a stem mount held in place with elastic bands. The unit attaches to the mounts using a twist-locking system similar to Garmin units, but not the same size, so it is ...

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Sensa Guilia Evo Ultegra review

Sensa Guilia Evo Ultegra review

Sensa’s direct availability with Merlin Cycles in the UK means that the Dutch brand’s bikes are priced as aggressively as the likes of Canyon and Ribble. The new Guilia Evo combines an all-new aero-optimised road frame and the latest mechanical Ultegra for an RRP originally priced at £2,499, which is impressive, what’s more impressive is that it’s currently on offer at just £2,079 , a 15 percent discount. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Sensa Guilia Evo Ultegra 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 . We were fans of the previous two generations of the Guilia; they were curvy shaped but very much a traditional road bike. ...

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7iDP M5 helmet review

7iDP M5 helmet review

The M5 is one of two entry-level open-face helmets from 7iDP. It offers deeper rear coverage than the identically-priced M4 but fewer vents. The first thing you notice when donning the M5 is that it isn’t the comfiest helmet available. This is partly due to the thin pads, which provide little cushioning between your head and the EPS liner. Best mountain bike helmets for trail riding Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 Best bike helmets: a buyer's guide to help you find what's right for you While the fit can be tweaked using the ratchet dial at the rear, there’s no vertical adjustment and the shell is only available in two sizes, so you’re unlikely to achieve a perfect result. The dial is also quite fiddly to access, because it clashes with the EPS liner. It’s quite large too, so I’d be ...

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GoXtreme Action 4K camera review

Joe Robinson Monday, May 14, 2018 - 15:17 4K picture quality on a budget with good quirks, the GoXtreme Action 4K camera certainly rivals GoPro 4.5 / 5 £99.99 The idea of fixing a camera to your bike is quite an appealing one. You can record your ride at different points, get home, download it to your computer and relive the experience. Perfect for sportives, cycling holidays abroad or even hectic commutes. No doubt, you will then share it across social media, not that anybody except a loving aunt will really care. But that doesn't matter because you can watch yourself descending the Galibier or conquering the Fred Witton whenever you want. Naturally, and through only their ability to dominate the market, your first choice for a cycling action camera would probably be GoPro. That brand has dominated the market for some time and does the job pretty well. However, ...

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Genesis Zero Disc 3 review

Genesis Zero Disc 3 review

We’ve always loved Genesis’ Zero, it’s an unashamed race bike that was developed by Genesis in close cooperation with the Madison Genesis pro team, and it shows. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Genesis Zero Disc 3 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 head angle of 73.3 degrees is steeper than most and the 73-degree seat angle is just what you’d expect of a race designed rig. The wheelbase is just shy of a metre at 998.7mm, that’s longer than the rim-braked version, because of the extended 410mm chainstays for disc compatibility, but still short enough to make the Zero a seriously nimble-handling bike. It’s ...

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Chain cleaning: A complete guide from lazy to obsessive

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Your bicycle’s chain is like a mechanical log of your riding adventures: road grit from that last wet ride, red mud from adventuring in the desert, clumps of pollen from the springtime blooms. But if your chain is left dirty, that grit will form an impressively effective grinding paste, causing expensive wear, poor shifting, rough … The post Chain cleaning: A complete guide from lazy to obsessive appeared first on CyclingTips .

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3T unveils more affordable Strada PRO

This article first appeared on BikeRadar . 3T's original Strada frame and fork flipped conventional road wisdom on its head. It was an aero bike that used wide tires and a single-ring drivetrain. Now, 3T is introducing a more affordable version called the Strada Pro. 3T Strada 1x aero bike for rough roads 3T Strada first ride review 3T and THM join forces The Strada Pro is available as a complete bike with SRAM Force CX1 11-speed components 3T Strada Pro highlights Frame weight: 1,120 grams claimed (medium) Complete bike weight: 8.42kg claimed (medium) 3T Fundi carbon fork, 12mm thru-axle SRAM Force CX1 drivetrain, 11-speed: 50/11-36t SRAM Force flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes 3T Discus C35 Pro rims with Light hubs "We believe so strongly in the Strada that we always wanted to offer it in multiple versions," said Gerard Vroomen, 3T Head of Design. "An important part of that is ...

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Bergamont Grandurance Elite review

Bergamont Grandurance Elite review

The thinking behind Bergamont’s Grandurance is this: by not being restricted by the confines of a race bike, it could create a true all-round platform. Its closest rivals would be GT’s highly regarded Grade and Cervélo’s C Series, both bikes that blend on-road manners with all-road capability. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Bergamont Grandurance Elite 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 . Bergamont Grandurance Elite frame and kit The Grandurance blends endurance geometry with plenty of clever design tweaks in the frameset, enabling you to tweak the bike for pretty much any drop-bar-based activity. My 57cm test bike features a 72-degree head angle, and steeper 73.5-degree ...

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Lapierre Pulsium 500 disc review

Lapierre Pulsium 500 disc review

The first Pulsium arrived back in 2015, and introduced Lapierre’s Shock Absorption Technology (SAT), which interrupted the top tube with a complex combination of three elastomers to dampen road noise and offer comfort over rougher surfaces. Bike of the Year 2018 Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy in 2018 The Lapierre Pulsium 500 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 . Lapierre Pulsium 500 disc frame and kit The 2018 bike strips back the elastomer to a single piece, while increasing the compliance over the previous generation and lightening the overall frame. Lapierre claims that a combination of the new frame design — curvier and more slender than the previous model — and increased stiffness ...

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