Discovering Switzerland: Valais

In Switzerland's southwestern corner, bordering Italy and France, lies the sparsely-populated canton of Valais. With 50 peaks over 4,000m and an enormous diversity of riding, we discovered a treasure-trove of incredible road cycling. The post Discovering Switzerland: Valais appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bicycling Beers and Brewers

Cyclist holding a much bigger-than-life size beer with caption 'Just one beer I promise'

Bikes and beers are a common combo, so we've put together a 12-pack of bike-themed beers to quench your thirst. Grab one of these topical brews for your post-ride reward and hydration.

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Gritfest: Your chance to tackle a gravel stage race

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Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2018 Set over two days, Gritfest pits you against some of Wales' best off-road trails Gravel riding is the unstoppable beast that keeps growing and it is here to stay. Canyon launced its Grail and Trek released the Checkpoint . The Tour de France is tackling a gravel climb this year and none of us can get enough of Strade Bianche. Joing the trend, Gritfest is a two-day timed off-road ride that pits riders against some of the gnarliest yet most beautiful trails Wales has to offer, based in the quiet Cambrian Mountain village of Cilycw. Taking place on 23rd and 24th June, the race will cover 125km mixing timed and nuetralised sections with around 40 per cent of the course against the clock. Day one will tackle 80km with a gruelling 1,600m of elevation. Three sections will be timed with the first being an undulating ...

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Review: Quoc laces up solid, weather-resistant Gran Tourer gravel & touring shoes

Since our sneak peek at Quoc’s new Gran Tourer lace-up gravel bike shoes, I’ve been riding a pre-production pair for over a month for an exclusive review ahead of today’s Kickstarter launch. As part of the Quoc promo, we’re also giving our test shoes to one of our lucky readers that was selected via Instagram. With […] The post Review: Quoc laces up solid, weather-resistant Gran Tourer gravel & touring shoes appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Velon expands to 17 teams for 2018 season

Velon expands to 17 teams for 2018 season

Joe Robinson 16 Mar 2018 More teams agree to partner with Velon bringing the viewer closer to the racing Velon has partnered with seven new teams for the 2018 season helping bring the viewer closer to the action with more riders than ever. The content sharing platform has joined forces with Dimension Data, Bardiani-CSF, Caja-Rural, Gazprom-Rusvelo, Israel Cycling Academy, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Cofidis to share data from these teams' riders live to the viewer. This means that we will be treated to the likes of Mark Cavendish and Nacer Bouhanni's stats as they ride the biggest races in the world. Velon currently broadcasts data such as power and speed live to its website with users able to track how hard the pros are going while watching them on television. It also uses GoPro footage to immerse viewers into the peloton after the race. This was impressively done at last month's ...

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Shimano Ultegra R8000 Review

Shimano Ultegra Hollowtech II Crankset

The latest Shimano Ultegra groupset is a lower-cost clone of the company's highest-tier Dura-Ace 9000

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Pro Vibe finishing kit review

Sam Challis Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 15:56 The Pro Vibe finishing kit ticks all the performance boxes, it just comes with a couple ergonomic quirks 4.5 / 5 £100-300 Pro is the components arm of Shimano, and is so named to dispel any connotations to the groupsets of the Japanese manufacturer. Were Pro’s products labelled as Shimano it would make consumers far less likely to buy its products to put on bikes adorned with groupsets from other manufacturers. It means that pedants like myself can spec Pro components on bikes with Campagnolo and Sram groupsets without ‘clashing’. Indeed, I’ve been testing the Pro Vibe Aero finishing kit on a Ridley Helium SLX outfitted with a Campagnolo Record groupset and it all integrates rather well, not least because I think that to look at the components are understated and classy. Shimano-related products haven’t historically been known for their finesse and ...

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Video commissaire to make debut at Milan-San Remo

The moment Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish clash in the Vittel sprint

Milan-San Remo will mark the first time a video commissaire is deployed in a professional cycling race as the UCI roles out its new measure, which is being trialled in the Monuments and Grand Tours in 2018. There will thus be four commissaires on duty at Milan-San Remo. Three will travel in cars and on motorbikes within the race as normal, while a fourth will observe proceedings on multiple television monitors from a truck near the finish line. A number of recent, high-profile incidents have highlighted the need a video commissaires, who will be able to communicate with their colleagues throughout the race and alert them to any infractions. Gianni Moscon's illegal tow at the World Championships was only spotted by the race jury when they convened to review the images after the finish, whereas a video commissaire might have spotted the infraction immediately, and the Italian could have been ...

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Altura Mayhem 2 riding jacket review

Altura Mayhem 2 riding jacket review

If you’re on a budget for a waterproof jacket you’re likely to find that you’re balancing breathability versus number of features. While the Altura Mayhem cannot claim to be either lightweight or the most breathable of styles, it is however extremely wearable, which makes it excellent value for money. Sweet Protection Delirious jacket review Gore Power Trail GT Active jacket review The key reason for its ‘wearability’ is the comfort that comes from the fit; there are no compromises here and it has a quality of cut that’s as good as many higher priced jackets. Although the body is slim enough to keep from flapping around, it has room for layers and there is complete freedom of movement through the shoulders. There is a chest pocket that’s sized to take a phone or keys and the contrast black insert panels across the lower back and sleeves are a practical feature. ...

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Limar S9 sunglasses review

Joe Robinson Friday, March 16, 2018 - 15:16 Look beyond the big eyewear hitters and you will find this gem from Limar 4.5 / 5 €99.95 I first saw the Limar S9 sunglasses at last year's Eurobike trade show . It was getting towards the end of the second day, I was tired after circumnavigating the giant plane hanger for the last six hours in search of all the new gear being released by all the big brands. I took a seat opposite the Limar stand to have a coffee and from a distance I spotted some sunglasses I had never seen before. They were the Limar S9 sunglasses. Beyond supplying helmets for the likes of Astana and Direct Energie, Limar is relatively unknown in the UK but with these sunglasses it really has something to shout about. Bargain Hunt I've been testing these sunglasses for quite a while. Six ...

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Canyon Grail gravel bike first-ride review

Leave it to Canyon to think outside the box with its new Grail. It’s a gravel bike that should be more than enough for most who want to venture off the beaten track, but before you do so, you’ll have to accept the radical design of the integrated handlebar, and prepare yourself for endless coffee … The post Canyon Grail gravel bike first-ride review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Canyon Grail gravel bike — specs, details and range overview

Canyon Grail gravel bike — specs, details and range overview

Canyon has today launched the Grail, the German direct-sale brand's first gravel bike. The bike features SL and SLX build options, 700c wheels (650b on the smaller size frames), custom frame bags, mudguard mounts and a very unusual looking handlebar set up . Canyon Grail first ride review All you need to know about Canyon's Hoverbar A dedicated gravel bike Before the launch last month, Canyon had revealed that it was releasing a gravel bike, and we expected to arrive in Nice and be presented with an Inflite — the German brand’s cyclocross bike that was released early last year — fitted with chunkier wheels and different gravel-friendly finishing kit, but couldn’t have been more wrong. Best gravel and all-road bikes Canyon is billing the Grail as a true do-it-all gravel, all-road, adventuring wagon and it rounds out its range of drop-bar bikes, with everything from the go-fastest aero race ...

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A genuinely innovative gravel bike — Canyon Grail first ride review

A genuinely innovative gravel bike — Canyon Grail first ride  review

The Grail is Canyon’s first gravel bike and is built around the Hoverbar, an unusual new handlebar concept that is without a doubt the bike's headline feature. Canyon Inflite CF SLX first ride review Canyon Bicycles: reviews and buying advice You can take a closer look at the design of the bike, its unique features and a range overview in our Canyon Grail gravel bike news article and find out more about the Hoverbar in all you need to know about Canyon's Hoverbar . Canyon invited us to the hills in the South West of Cannes to test the Grail. This area is littered with seemingly endless kilometres of incredibly beautiful sandy fire roads that weave their way through the Sierra-like landscape. My 50km test ride (in uncharacteristically damp and freezing cold weather) was a purists gravel ride, with nary a singletrack detour — the perfect terrain to test out ...

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So what's the deal with Canyon's unique new Hoverbar?

So what's the deal with Canyon's unique new Hoverbar?

The Hoverbar is Canyon’s totally unique integrated carbon cockpit that the new Grail gravel bike was designed around. The Hoverbar (otherwise known as the ‘Canyon CP01 Gravel Carbon) was developed in a bid to improve front end comfort and control without the added complication and weight of a Future Shock -style system or a suspension fork . Road bike handlebars guide: how to choose the right ones How to adjust your handlebar height So… explain to me what’s going on here Unlike every other drop bar in existence — where the stem attaches to a clamping area in the middle of the tops of the bar — the Hoverbar places the tops of the bar above a stem that connects to an additional bar that in turn connects the apex of the hooks. If that sounds confusing, that’s because it is, and I highly recommend you closely examine the included ...

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Best GPS devices for cycling

Best GPS devices for cycling

GPS-equipped cycle computers are as popular now for use with social media apps like Strava as they are for navigation and training purposes. Garmin dominates the market, with units ranging from the diminutive Edge 20 to the smartphone-sized Edge 1030, but brands like Wahoo and Lezyne are giving the GPS giant a run for the money with cool features and lower prices. Here we present the best GPS bike computers on the market, based on our testing in England, Colorado and Australia. This article was last updated in March 2018. Buyer's guide to GPS devices Garmin Edge bike computers: buyer’s guide to all the models Best GPS devices, the full list: Garmin Edge 520 Wahoo Elemnt Bolt Lezyne Enhanced Super GPS Garmin Edge 1030 Mio Cyclo505HC Garmin Edge 25 And 15 more you may want to consider Best for performance-minded riders: Garmin Edge 520 Price : £239 / $299 / ...

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Custom builder Mosaic offers stock titanium frames

Custom builder Mosaic offers stock titanium frames

After years of building custom titanium frames in Boulder, Colorado, Mosaic is now offer stock road frames and complete bikes. The new RT-2 frame is designed for comfort and endurance road riding. Inside the Mosaic workshop Litespeed Cherohala SE review Birth of a show bike, part one: Mosaic Bespoke Bicycles Birth of a show bike, part two: Mosaic Bespoke Bicycles Mosaic RT-2 specs 3/2.5 straight gauge titanium tubeset Etched logos Enve Road 2.0 fork, 1.25” taper 44mm head tube, Chris King i8 headset Threaded 68mm bottom bracket Max Tire Size: 28c Stock or custom geometry options Nine stock sizes run from 48cm up to 62cm in 2cm increments. The stock frames will be built in small batches, according to Mosaic. "We're excited to offer the RT-2 in a small batch stock configuration as it allows us to lowers the barrier to entry to a high quality, handbuilt in the USA ...

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Specialized launches S-Works Dual and Single power meters

This article first appeared on BikeRadar Specialized was already one of the very few brands to sell bikes complete with power meters, but it has now become the only bike brand to have its own power meter stock on its bikes with the new Tarmac SL6 Disc . The S-Works $1,150 / £995 Dual and $750 / £650 Single power meters are, as their names imply, dual-sided and single-sided power meters integrated into carbon S-Works cranks. Tested: S-Works Power meter on S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P power meter review Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc review Specialized partnered with 4iiii for the design and manufacture of the strain-gauge-based meters, which are built into the inside of the carbon arms. Specialized is claiming their system to be the lightest and most precise on the market. The claimed weight is 440g for a 172.5mm crankset – but without chainrings, which is ...

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Canyon Dude CF 9.0 Unlimited Fat Bike Review

Canyon Dude CF 9.0 unlimited review

This light, fast, and fun fat bike from German direct-to-consumer brand Canyon is an “all season” fat bike

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LottoNL-Jumbo showcases Bianchi Aquila at Tirreno-Adriatico gallery

LottoNL-Jumbo showcases Bianchi Aquila at Tirreno-Adriatico gallery

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews LottoNL-Jumbo riders Jos van Emden and Primoz Roglic raced the final stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico aboard specially painted Bianchi Aquila CV time trial bikes. The two riders placed second and ninth respectively on the stage . Zdenek Stybar's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc gallery Specialized launches S-Works Dual and Single power meters The Dutch squad usually races on its Italian time trial bikes in black with celeste decals, but for the final stage of the Italian one-week stage race, the team's two main time trial protagonists were equipped with special hand-painted framesets. In the iconic celeste, made famous by the Italian frame builder, Roglic and van Emden's frames also feature black patterning over the celeste base colour on the top tube and seat tube. LottoNL-Jumbo pairs its Bianchi framesets with full Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series electronic groupsets and uses wheels from Shimano's sister brand ...

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Zdenek Stybar's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc gallery

Zdenek Stybar's Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc gallery

Specialized’s S-Works Tarmac SL6 was first seen in a race at the 2017 Criterium du Dauphine, and both a rim and disc brake version were also spotted on the UCI’s approved frames list for racing at the same time. Several Quick-Step Floors riders have been seen racing on the S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc since then, most notably Elia Viviani during the Dubai Tour and Abu Dhabi Tour, but despite this, Specialized has only officially launched the bike for consumers this week. Most likely to ensure supply meets demand in the first few months of sales worldwide. We caught up with Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) and Julien Vermote ( Team Dimension Data ) for a training ride the Monday after ‘opening weekend’ and ahead of Strade Bianche, where Stybar rode the S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc to a top-ten finish. Quick-Step Floors has the Specialized Tarmac, Venge and Roubaix models to choose ...

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