11spd: This week's best new bike gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

It's been a busy week for bike news this week. We've seen plenty of weird and wonderful kit at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show , taken a look at the new thru-axle version of the Genesis' Croix de Fer and spotted a very lovely looking track bike from Ridley, the Arena . Plus Ben Delaney has given his first impressions on the Wahoo Kickr Climb before taking part in a livestream on Zwift's Facebook page this week , where you can see it in action: Friday 23 February (1pm MST / 8pm GMT), Tuesday 27 February (12:50pm MST / 7:50pm GMT) and Wednesday 28 February (6pm MST / 1am GMT). But now, with the working week soon to be finished and weekend fast approaching, it's time to take a look at 11 of the hottest products to fall into the hands of our writers, videographers and reviewers here at ...

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Wahoo Kickr Climb first ride review

Wahoo Kickr Climb first ride review

By raising and lowering your bike's front end in tandem with the undulations of virtual courses, the Wahoo Kickr Climb adds a new level of engagement to indoor riding. It only works with newer (2017) Kickr and Kickr Snap smart trainers, but the Climb brings something unique to riding the virtual courses of Zwift . The best smart trainers 2018 Wahoo Elemnt Bolt review Wahoo Kickr smart trainer review Like other smart trainers, Wahoo's Kickr and Kickr Snap respond to virtual gradient changes by adjusting resistance. By pairing the Kickr Climb to one of those Wahoo smart trainers, the experience becomes three dimensional. Similarly, ride files on a Wahoo Elemnt or Elemnt Bolt can be executed inside with the elevation changes simulated by the Climb. Besides making the virtual climbs and undulations more mentally engaging, the Climb's tilting of the bike can engage your climbing muscles as well. Wahoo Kickr ...

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Unashamedly embracing the MAMIL life: film review

Unashamedly embracing the MAMIL life: film review

MAMIL is ultimately a joyful but realistic exploration of middle aged men and their cycling machines, who unashamedly embrace the MAMIL life, writes Leonie Doyle.

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7Mesh Renegade jacket review

7Mesh Renegade jacket review

The 7Mesh Renegade is a beast of a waterproof that's tailored using Gore Tex’s brilliant Active three-layer fabric with taped seams, a waterproof front zipper, draft flap and a soft, brushed, tall collar to keep the wet stuff out. Gore One Gore-Tex Active Bike Jacket review Castelli Idro jacket review The wrists feature a clever elastic and zip closure with a vent and neat little tab that makes life easier. On the rear, the drop tail does its job well with silicone keeping it in place and it features a reflective hem. There’s also a waterproof rear pocket alongside two flapped jersey access points that also act as vents. The jacket comes with an athletic cut with enough room for layering on colder days and stuffing jersey pockets. This all makes for a classy waterproof and its weather beating performance is outstanding. The trade-off is that it’s not as light ...

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Specialized recalling 2018 Allez bikes due to fork defect

Specialized recalling 2018 Allez bikes due to fork defect

Specialized has stopped the sale of 2018 Allez bikes and is voluntarily recalling those already sold due to a fork manufacturing defect. Learn more and see if your bike is affected.

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Ridley's Arena track bike looks fast just standing still

Ridley's Arena track bike looks fast just standing still

The Arena C is Ridley’s top-end track frameset and this particular build might just be one of the best looking track bikes we’ve ever featured on the site. eBay watch list: a very low, very ridiculous track bike 10 tips to get you started in track riding Custom Ridley Arena track bike specs Frame : Ridley Arena Carbon Fork : Ridley Arena Carbon Cog : Shimano Dura Ace 7710, 15t Crankset : Shimano Dura Ace 7700, 52t Bottom bracket : Shimano Dura Ace 7710 Octalink Front wheel : PRO 5-spoke wheel tubular Rear wheel : Disc wheel track tubular Tyres : Continental Tempo II Track, 22mm tubular Handlebars : PRO Vibe track Stem : PRO Vibe sprint Pedals : Garmin Vector 3 Saddle : PRO Stealth Carbon The frameset is heavily aero-optimised, with the wheel tucked right into the bent seat tube and a position that makes my back hurt ...

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Lightweight Wegweiser C Disc wheelset review

Stu Bowers Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:27 Overall the performance is hard to fault, but costly and lagging a little behind on aero and a shame not to have tubeless compatibility. 4.0 / 5 £3,499 The story of Lightweight is a fascinating one. Here’s an abridged version, for those that don’t know it: Around the mid nineties a German aerospace engineer named Heinz Obermayer, began making full carbon road wheels by hand, in his shed, using parts from a lorry heater to cure his, then incredibly hi-tech creations, in a homemade autoclave. His exceptionally light and stiff wheels garnered a huge amount of attention, especially from top pros, as Obermayer was way ahead of his time using carbon fibre construction techniques no one else thought possible. Image 7 of 10 Image 7 of 10 Obermayer famously never gave away his wheels (not even to Lance Armstrong, who just like ...

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Canyon Endurace CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2 review

Canyon Endurace CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2 review

Autocorrect has a habit of replacing Endurace with Endurance, which is grammatically understandable, and a correct description of the Canyon Endurace CF SLX Disc 8.0’s intentions. The frame’s straight lines look very workmanlike. The down tube and fork legs have Kamm tail profiles (shortened, or cut-off tail), as does the seat tube, but because of its curve around the rear wheel and need to match the round seatpost higher up, it's less pronounced. Best road bike: how to choose the right one for you The evolution of the endurance road bike Trek Domane SLR 9 eTap review The slab-sided head tube is braced by the flattened and tapering top tube that ends with slim, lowered seatstays buttressing their junction with the front triangle. Rather than tall, rectangular chainstays, the Endurace features asymmetric, almost square ones, designed to work with the slender seatstays and Canyon’s 27.2mm VCLS 2.0 split carbon seatpost ...

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Saracen Kili Flyer Elite review

Saracen Kili Flyer Elite review

Saracen’s Kili Flyer Elite is light and well-shaped for fast and far riding all year round, but its sticky suspension and frame flex are obvious in technical sections. The full-carbon frame’s layout hasn’t changed for 2018 but Saracen has modified the mould to let it stretch the front end. That means the medium is as long as last year’s large. Best mountain bike wheels Mountain bike groupsets: everything you need to know The back end is now Boost width, with a bolted axle and direct-mount mech for stiffer shifting and tracking, and the head angle is a degree slacker. Saracen has also specced a lighter compression tune on the shock. The 30mm main pivot, ISCG-05 tabs and optional front mech mount stay the same. There’s a lot of stiction in the linkage bushings, which makes swingarm movement notchy even with the shock removed. Saracen Kili Flyer Elite kit While its ...

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The Giant Trance 1 is far more bike than I deserve: early review

The Giant Trance 1 is far more bike than I deserve: early review

The Trance 1 is the top spec aluminium model of Giant’s all-rounder trail bike, and I’ve got one for a long-term test. I'll be updating this article over the coming months with my experiences of the bike, read on for a first look and some early riding impressions. Matthew Allen’s go-to gear and kit: 6 favourites Giant Trance 2 first look How to get your suspension setup dialled in just 10 minutes The 140mm Trance sits between the more XC-oriented Anthem and the rowdier Reign in Giant’s range. You could have a carbon Trance Advanced for slightly less money than the Trance 1, but the alloy bike gets a much tastier spec than the entry-level carbon model. (In the UK and Australia that is, the Trance 1 does not appear to be available in the US and the spec differs in some European countries.) Buy your own Giant Trance 1 ...

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The Genesis Croix de Fer finally has thru-axles

The Genesis Croix de Fer finally has thru-axles

Nearly every time we’ve posted news about the Genesis Croix de Fer, you, the people, have cried out for the much loved steel do-it-all bike to finally adopt thru-axles. Well, the time has come and it will finally be available with thru-axles in 2018. Genesis 2018: new Croix de Fer, Equilibrium, Fugio, Flyer, Volare, Datum and more Genesis Croix de Fer 10 review The new Croix de Fer is only available as a frameset for the time being — Genesis believes that the bike’s core market still values the ease of finding spares for QR wheels — so will stick with the old-style frame for complete builds for the time being. This is also the first time the Croix de Fer has been available in 853, Reynolds’ top-spec non-stainless tubing. Genesis claims that the new Croix de Fer fork is one of the first steel forks with flat mount disc ...

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Rui Costa’s 2018 Colnago C64 gallery

Rui Costa’s 2018 Colnago C64 gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews Rui Costa lined up for stage 1 of the Tour of Oman this week aboard the latest model from the iconic Italian frame builder Colnago. An update to the popular C60 model and the latest in a long line of C-model framesets, the C64 retains the carbon-lugged design that has become synonymous with the brand. Colnago C64 first ride review Tech gallery: Tour Down Under Bryan Coquard's Orbea Orca Aero gallery A slightly wider fork on the C64, combined with direct mount brakes front and rear allow for tyre clearances of 28mm on Costa’s new bike and while the former world champion runs 25mm Vittoria Corsa tubular tyres at the Tour of Oman, it is likely his UAE Team Emirates teammates will utilise the wider tyre clearances during the cobbled spring Classics. The lugs around the seat cluster have been integrated into the seat ...

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The Rules: Why stop at 95?

The Rules: Why stop at 95?

Frank Strack 23 Feb 2018 It has been a while since any new Rules have made the list. The Velominati’s Frank Strack explains why Dear Frank As a long-time follower of the Velominati, I notice that your Rules come to an abrupt end at Rule #95. Surely you must have some new Rules you’d like to add to round it up to 100? Adrian, by email See related Why the Classics are so special The forgotten climbs of Flanders How Luke Rowe rides the Spring Classics Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know Dear Adrian Given that I’m normally asked with some incredulity what would possess the Velominati to produce as many as 95 Rules, I have to say it is somewhat refreshing to be accosted for not having enough Rules in place. I might also add that I salute your sense of symmetry. We ...

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Transition Smuggler NX first ride review

Transition Smuggler NX first ride review

Transition's Smuggler might share the 29er wheel size and similar short travel to cross-country bikes, but its geometry and intentions are about as far from the head down, uphill-focused set as can be. Transition's Smuggler goes carbon Transition Scout Carbon frameset long-term review Transition Patrol 2 review Transition Smuggler NX spec overview Frame : Aluminum, 120mm travel Fork : RockShox Revelation RC Solo Air, 140mm Shock : RockShox Deluxe RT Drivetrain : SRAM NX 11-speed, Race Face Aeffect cranks Wheels/tires : Novatec hubs, WTB STP i29 rims, Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 29x2.3in tires Base-level parts feel as such Transition frames are known for their rowdy ride feel and, unfortunately, their weight, and an aluminum Smuggler (size Medium) comes in at a decidedly not svelte 3.9kg / 8.8lbs. Slap on some durable but hardly weight-conscious parts and it doesn't take long before the 13.6kg / 30lb barrier is long passed. On ...

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Is SRAM Eagle about to go wireless?

Is SRAM Eagle about to go wireless?

SRAM's Eagle eTap might be on the way. Photos posted on Instagram appear to show an electronic version of SRAM's top-tier 12-speed mountain bike group mounted to cross-country world champ Nino Schurter's Scott Spark. SRAM XX1 Eagle groupset review SRAM adds WiFLi tech to Red eTap groupset Wireless electronic shifting for all mountain bike 1x drivetrains. Yes, even yours The leaked images appear to show a battery-equipped rear derailleur paired to a 12-speed Eagle cassette. Even Schurter's own Instagram account offers a potential clue. While not entirely clear, it appears that his bike is without a rear derailleur cable coming from the right-hand shifter. Studying the image shows what looks to be three hoses coming from the left side, which would consist of the front disc brake, fork lockout, and rear shock lockout. That lines up with his RockShox suspension sponsor and its hydraulically-actuated lockouts. Patent drawings SRAM's new cranks ...

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The Gore Thermo Helmet Cap is the best winter cap I've ever used

The Gore Thermo Helmet Cap is the best winter cap I've ever used

Gore's latest batch of cold-weather clothing includes a couple of things that have made my winter riding much more enjoyable. Gore has a huge catalog of cycling clothing, and below are my impressions on four cold-weather pieces here, including what is the best winter cap I've used to date, the Thermo Helmet Cap. Gore Oxygen WS AS Light Vest review The 7mesh Oro is the world’s lightest Gore-Tex rain jacket POWER 2.0 Windstopper Soft Shell Jacket Gore's core competency is in its fabrics. How many other clothing companies can you name that license their fabrics to other brands around the world? Windstopper isn't magic, but it is pretty darn good for cold-weather cycling. As cyclists, we have long been lectured to dress in layers so we can adjust to changing temperatures and intensities by removing or adding clothing. But wouldn't it be simpler to just wear one thing that works ...

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Q&A: new British Cycling performance director Stephen Park

Mark Bailey 20 Feb 2018 British Cycling’s new performance director talks gold medals, independent reviews and Wiggo’s UKAD investigation Photography Alex Wright Cyclist: Before joining British Cycling in 2017 you managed the world-beating GB sailing team. What new ideas will you bring to cycling? Stephen Park: Hopefully I can bring a different perspective. Having been involved in the Olympic environment I have a good understanding of what it takes for athletes to be successful. But every sport is different, so I don’t come to British Cycling thinking I know how to automatically deliver medals. We have a huge number of people with a great range of skills and a bigger cohort of high-quality athletes than ever before. I hope to bring some perspective to the leadership of that team. Cyc: Where do you look for new ideas? SP: Once you are a learner, you become a lifelong learner. Do I ...

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So it turns out rim dynamos don't suck anymore

So it turns out rim dynamos don't suck anymore

You had probably all but relegated rim dynamos — also known as bottle dynamos — to the history books, but this very neat dynamo from Velogical may make you think twice about their relevance today. The best bike lights for road cycling Schmidt Hub Dynamo System review What makes the Velogical dynamo special? Bottle dynamos are nothing new, with many bikes of yore having them (or those massive Eveready lights ) as standard. In fact, I expect a good number of you will vividly remember the low grumbling and slipping of a bottle dynamo when run ragged on a descent paired with the fear that it might actually blow up your pitifully underpowered incandescent bulb at any moment. Times have moved on however and the €150 Velogical rim dynamo presents the pinnacle of modern bottle dynamo design (something I never expected to write). This neat little alloy dynamo is incredibly ...

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The All-City Gorilla Monsoon is a monster-cross machine

The All-City Gorilla Monsoon is a monster-cross machine

Hot on the heels of the release of Surly’s Midnight Special , All-City Cycles has launched the Gorilla Monsoon, a drop bar bike with fat tires that go well beyond the boundaries of ‘road plus.’ Surly's Midnight Special pairs road geometry with fat tires Hit the trail with the All-City Electric Queen All-City Macho Man Disc review All-City Gorilla Monsoon highlights Designed around 27.5x2.4in tires 4130 steel frameset Front and rear thru-axles Dropper seatpost compatible $1,999 complete / $850 frameset (UK and Australian pricing TBC) Available in April Let’s cut to the chase; what the heck is a Gorilla Monsoon? According to all-knowing Wikipedia, Gorilla Monsoon was the ring name of super-heavyweight WWF wrestler Robert James Marella. Outlandish names are All-City’s forte, and this moniker seems fitting for a drop bar bike designed to run 27x2.4in mountain bike tires. If that’s bigger than you’ve bargained for, the frame can also ...

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Assos Equipe RS Rain Waterproof Shell Jacket

Peter Stuart Monday, February 19, 2018 - 15:38 A technical, stylish and packable water and wind-resistant jacket from Assos, but it comes with a hefty price tag 4.2 / 5 £255 Rain shells were once little more than the name implied, a thin barrier against a downpour without a hint of breathability. These days, though, lightweight packable jackets can be strikingly effective at diverting a deluge, and the the Assos Equipe RS Rain Jacket is the latest to take on the market. Technology like GoreTex ShakeDry fabric have given way to a range of thin and light jackets that have impressive breathability and miraculous water-resistance – the Castelli Idro, 7Mesh Oro and Gore ShakeDry One have all made a waterproof garment much more portable and tolerable. Assos consider the SturmPrinz to remain toward the fully waterproof side (no jacket, of course, is truly waterproof) of the brand’s arsenal, and the ...

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