Scott Addict 20 disc review

Scott Addict 20 disc review

The MF carbon construction might be new for Scott but the Addict Disc clearly draws from a wide range of disc race and cyclocross experience to mix large tyre clearance with comfortable speed. Scott Addict 30 review Scott Addict Gravel 10 review As well as a new mid-modulus composite material, the Addict 20 gets a lot of external sculpting. The relatively tall head tube has internal cable port routing on the face to prevent paint rub, plus oblong headset spacers to match the rectangular stem profile. The down tube spreads from a mid-sized U-section into a very broad, flat lower segment that spreads the full width of the wide press-fit bottom bracket. The top-tube tapers from deep to wide, forming a shelf around the narrow diameter seat tube before continuing into a short flat section that splits into the two, thin inward curved seatstays. The chainstays are curved and tapered ...

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Cotic BFe Silver special first ride review

Cotic BFe Silver special first ride review

Twelve years after this burlier version of Cotic’s classic Soul trail hardtail first appeared, the fifth-generation BFe frame gets a radical geometry refresh that makes it much happier with big forks. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Check out Rocky Mountain's new Vertex hardtail Cotic BFe Silver special specifications Frame: ‘FM’ double-butted steel with Reynolds 853 down tube Fork: X-Fusion Sweep HLR Roughcut, 140mm (5.5in) travel Drivetrain: Shimano SLX with Race Face Æffect Cinch cranks Wheelset: WTB ST i25 TCS rims on Shimano Deore hubs Tyres: WTB Vigilante Light/High Grip (f) and WTB Breakout Tough/High Grip (r) 27.5x2.3in Brakes: Shimano Deore M615, 180/160mm rotors Bar: Cotic Calver, 780mm Stem: Cotic Short, 35mm Seatpost: X-Fusion Manic 150mm dropper Saddle: Cotic Weight: 13.82kg (30.5lb), large size without pedals Seat tube: 48cm Top tube: 61.4cm Head angle: 66° Seat angle: 72° Chainstay: 42cm Bottom bracket drop: 1.76cm Head ...

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Alpinestars Evolution LS armour jacket review

Alpinestars Evolution LS armour jacket review

If you’re in the market for some upper body protection with a twist, the Evolution jacket from Alpinestars is worth a look. SixSixOne Evo armour jacket review 6 of the best: knee pads First off, it’s comfortable and, for the most part, fits really well. The thick spine protector may appear a little bulky, but it more or less goes unnoticed once riding. Cleverly, you can slide a hydration bladder into a compartment on the back, and there’s routing for its hose too — a nice touch for enduro enthusiasts who don’t want to carry a pack. The features don’t stop there, though. If you don’t want to use the shoulder and elbow pads, the sleeves zip off in seconds to leave you with a protective vest that’ll fit under a jersey. Should you leave the sleeves in place, the well-shaped elbow pads hug your arms securely without budging when ...

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Sonder Colibri Force 22 review

Sonder Colibri Force 22 review

If you’re looking for a light, easy gliding distance racer the Colibri Force 22 from Sonder is a potential bargain. Lack of rough-road comfort, no mudguard fixtures and tight 28mm tyre clearance mean it’s not as versatile as it could be though. Top 5 road bike upgrades Best road bikes under £2,000 for 2018 Sonder is the bike brand of high value, no nonsense, direct-sell Peak District-based outdoor equipment brand Alpkit, and the Colibri is its first proper road bike. While fork and head tube are stout enough, the rest of the frame is distinctively skinny and the seatstays scarily so. Despite that, chainstay and fork crown clearance is tight even with 28mm rubber. There are no mudguard fixtures as designer Neil Sutton explains: “While it’s not an out-and-out race bike, it is a bike for covering big distance quickly, be it as part of a multi-day race or personal ...

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Quick-Step Floors defends E3 Harelbeke attack when massive crash split peloton

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors)

Quick-Step Floors dominated the 61st edition of the one-day classic E3 Harelbeke in Belgium on Friday. At a massive 120 kilometres from the finish line, the Belgian team charged forward and never disappeared from the picture. They finished it off with a impressive solo victory for Niki Terpstra and a second place for Philippe Gilbert . There was a lot of debate about a massive crash in the peloton on a narrowing farm road on the plateau after the La Houppe climb. There was limited space, and numerous riders crashed behind the top 30. The Quick-Step team was already near the front at that moment of the crash, and they upped the tempo from there. "We were in front with the team," said Quick-Step director sportif Wilfried Peeters. "There were narrow roads. We knew that from the recon. There was a deviation. We didn't know there would be a crash. ...

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REVIEW: Amazingly windproof, waterproof cycling kit from PEdALED

review of PEdALED windproof and waterproof cycling jersey arm warmers and bib shorts

A few weeks ago we interviewed PEdALED founder Hideto Suzuki, who created the brand in Japan and has all of his garments produced in Italy. While they promised us a few new items from their Spring 2018 collection once launched, I was very interested in some of their winter and inclement weather kit that seemed […] The post REVIEW: Amazingly windproof, waterproof cycling kit from PEdALED appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Brynje Super Thermo C-Shirt baselayer review

Brynje Super Thermo C-Shirt baselayer review

Brynje’s polypropylene mesh baselayers might not be the most attractive garments, but were, without doubt, the best performing addition to my cycling wardrobe last year. Best baselayers for cycling: a buyer's guide The evolution of baselayers I was first alerted to Brynje’s mesh baselayers via this excellent article (it really is worth a read) written by renowned mountaineer Andy Kirkpatrick on UK Climbing. As pointed out by Kirkpatrick, the baselayers are still used in over 90 percent of polar expeditions, hinting towards their near-legendary status in these circles. The baselayers are also rumoured to be a favourite sneaky off-sponsor choice of a few Norwegian pro riders. Top 5 Tour de France pro gear coverups What makes this baselayer special? The Super Thermo C-Shirt is made from Isolfil Merkalon polypropylene, which I think might just have been made by sweaty magicians — this wonder material is made from many, many loosely ...

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“Gent” - Wevelgem 80: Sep’s Revenge

When I called out “Three” Days of De Panne in the race preview for lack of truth in advertising, Chris made a good point that false advertising was in fact a calling card of the non-shit small races. You’ve got “E3” Harelbeke, “Paris”-Roubaix, “Dwars” door Vlaanderen (which travels across Flanders like a malfunctioning Roomba travels across your living room), and the Cadel Evans “Great” Ocean Road Race. “Gent”-Wevelgem carries on this tradition and starts in Deinze (though, to be honest, it is only 20 kilometers from Gent. I live in Northern Virginia, but tell people that are not from the area that I’m from Washington, DC, which is about 40 miles from where I live, so fairplay, Flanders Classics). At the same time, there is a lot of ingrained cycling dogma that is also inaccurate (or at least not as black and white as many cycling aficionados think). Vincenzo Nibali ...

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Review: 2018 Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 70

The next generation Instinct from Rocky Mountain has more travel than before.

One of my favorite bikes of the last few years was the 2017 Rocky Mountain Instinct BC Edition. As is sometimes the case, we just clicked. When I had the chance to spend an extended period of time on the all-new Instinct Carbon 70 with its revamped frame, I hoped Rocky hadn’t changed the formula […] The post Review: 2018 Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 70 appeared first on Bikerumor .

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11spd: this week's best new bike gear

11spd: this week's best new bike gear

Good news everybody, it's Friday, and that means fresh product. This week we've learned all about wide shoes and we've delved into some juicy patent stories including 12-speed Campagnolo , wireless Shimano and covers for those pesky disc rotors . We've looked at the best tyres for gravel and the best waterproof jackets , while Rocky Mountain and Santa Cruz have got our hearts racing with some exciting new carbon XC hardtails. Read on for the lowdown on the bikes and kit that arrived at BikeRadar HQ this week... Should you replace your 3 year-old road bike? So what's the deal with Canyon's unique new Hover bar? BMC SLR02 Disc One BMC’s road range is looking particularly appealing right now, and this bike ticks a whole lot of boxes. The SLR02 is BMC’s second-tier race bike, sitting below the fearsomely expensive SLR01. In its disc incarnation with Ultegra Di2 and ...

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Buyer's guide: Best cycling commuter bags

BikesEtc 27 Mar 2018 How get your gear to work without resorting to panniers… Getting to and from work can sometimes feel like the biggest waste of time, yet if you combine the daily commute with your favourite pastime then it’ll no longer be a chore. You can even view it as bonus training time. Of course, getting to and from work is only part of the story as you’ll need to carry extra stuff with you – whether that’s a laptop, a lunchbox or even a full change of clothes. For those who don’t want to fit a rack to their bike, a pack is the only realistic option, so we’ve focused on bags designed to be worn on the back or over a shoulder, rather than the traditional tourist’s favourite, the pannier bag. However, there are some practical advantages to carrying your kit on the bike rather than ...

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SRAM's pivoting chainring could provide its future 1x drivetrains with the perfect chainline

SRAM's pivoting chainring could provide its future 1x drivetrains with the perfect chainline

SRAM, arguably the king of 1x, has a new patent filing aimed at further refining one of the major problems 1x-drivetrains face. The issue with wide-range cassettes and a single chainring is the potential for poor chain lines at each extreme end of the gear range. That can lead to reduced efficiency and increased wear and load on your chain, chainrings and cassette. SRAM Eagle eTap groupset SRAM XX1 Eagle groupset review We previously reported on patents from SRAM and Shimano that feature a split chainring and a sliding chainring mechanism respectively , which tries to address this. However, we’ve come across this new patent from SRAM that touts a pivoting chainring as an alternative solution to the problem. An assembly places the pivot ahead of the bottom bracket. The effect of this offset, which SRAM has dubbed trail, is to prevent a pivoting chainring from wobbling during pedalling. You ...

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Formula Selva fork review

Formula Selva fork review

Formula’s Selva is aimed at hard-charging trail and enduro riders who want loads of tuning options. How to get your suspension setup dialled The ultimate guide to mountain bike rear suspension systems By swapping out the compression damping valve heads, you can drastically change the feel of the fork. This makes a much bigger difference to the spring curve than can be achieved with conventional high and low-speed compression adjusters, basically allowing you to re-valve your fork. It takes just a couple of minutes in the workshop, but isn’t something you can easily adjust on the trail. The spring side of the fork combines an adjustable air chamber with a dual-rate coil negative spring to ease you into the stroke. Unlike a traditional negative spring, this doesn’t self-compensate for the weight of the rider. I found that riders over 85kg (running 70psi or more in the main spring) needed to ...

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Discovering Switzerland: Gstaad & Emmental

In the region around the Swiss capital, Bern, our journey through Switzerland took us to Gstaad and Emmental. While there, we uncovered a wonderland of quiet country lanes, dense forests, alpine ascents... and lots of cheese. The post Discovering Switzerland: Gstaad & Emmental appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shimano patent radically reimagines the crankset

Shimano patent radically reimagines the crankset

We’ve spotted a Shimano patent that suggests the company is working on its own version of direct mount chainring cranksets. The patent describes both a road and off-road flavour. Shimano Di2 wireless hydraulic shifter patented Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset review The patent particularly focuses on the use of multi-material chainrings and cranksets. That means there’s an emphasis on bonding durable metal teeth to a carbon carrier to save weight and using specific materials in different locations to optimise crank construction. The patent drawings for the mountain bike crank look rather similar to existing options on the market, but Shimano has its own distinct take on the road side of things. The splines for a direct mount chainring are usually relatively close to the crank spindle. For the road crank Shimano has outlined, the diameter of the direct mount system increases significantly to form an integral part of the cranks themselves. ...

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B’Twin Triban 520 review

B’Twin Triban 520 review

Bikes from B’Twin have been under some of the pro WorldTour peloton, but where they really win is delivering awesome value at an affordable level. That’s the case here with the Triban 520 delivering a package that doesn’t just kill on price but performance too. Best road bikes under £1,000 for 2018 B'Twin is dead, long live B'Twin B’Twin has fixed the Ultra AF’s only real flaw: first ride review The fact that it comes with a full Shimano Sora transmission is the immediate headline, but there’s a lot to savour before you even ride it. The choice of a triple chainset might seem odd to more experienced riders, but having a wide range of closely spaced gears is no bad thing for less trained or less experienced riders who might struggle on climbs without them. The Sora crankset is a thing of high stiffness beauty, with lightweight, hard-wearing and ...

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Orbea Orca review: Basque in name, but German in soul

Orbea Orca OMR

Orbea has always proudly touted its Basque heritage, and its latest Orca road racer is a strong testament to the brand’s lengthy experience in the category. Just like those orange-clad riders in Tours de France of yore, the Orca is a superb climber whose only limitation when the road heads skyward is the ability of … The post Orbea Orca review: Basque in name, but German in soul appeared first on CyclingTips .

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La Vie Claire wins Prendas Ciclismo retro jersey poll

La Vie Claire wins the Prendas Ciclismo retro jersey poll

More than 2,000 Cyclingnews readers voted in the Prendas Ciclismo retro jersey poll and the La Vie Claire jersey - made famous by the likes of Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond - has won with 10.6 per cent of the votes. Both Mapei and Molteni/Arcore managed 218 votes apiece, or 10.3 per cent of the votes, and therefore finished in joint second place in the poll. The Prendas Ciclismo retro jersey poll was launched in the second podcast instalment from our Tirreno-Adriatico coverage, which also included interviews with George Bennett, Tom Dumoulin and Geraint Thomas following a mechanical that potentially cost the Welshman the overall race lead. You can listen to our Milan-San Remo review with Vincenzo Nibali, Caleb Ewan, Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan, and subscribe to the podcast here . Prendas Ciclismo are a cycling apparel retailer based in Dorset, England, who sell clothing from Santini, Craft, Etxeondo ...

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It’s time to finally ban tramadol in cycling: A pharmacist’s view

For years now there have been loud calls from within cycling to ban tramadol from competition. This strong painkiller has reportedly been used by many riders to dampen feelings of pain, allowing them to push harder than they might have otherwise. But despite widespread concern about the drug — including from the UCI — the … The post It’s time to finally ban tramadol in cycling: A pharmacist’s view appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Feedback Sports Sprint Repair Stand Review

feedback sports sprint repair stand review

Compact and lightweight, this durable work stand goes the distance

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