PRO Toolbox XL review

PRO Toolbox XL review

PRO is Shimano’s component and accessory sister company, so as you’d imagine the Toolbox XL mainly contains tools for Shimano-equipped bikes. SRAM users will also find everything they need, but Campagnolo owners will need to supplement a few extra items. The injection-moulded ABS plastic box is tough, with slots for each of the 38 tools, which include a cable cutter, chain quick-link pliers, needle nose pliers, disc caliper alignment tool, Phillips screwdriver, small flat-blade screwdriver, file, mallet, tyre levers, torx L-key set, hex L-key set, Shimano cassette lockring tool and Shimano cartridge, HollowTech II, Dura-Ace/Ultegra bottom bracket tools. 5 essential tools for building the best tool kit Top five bike tools the pro mechanics love Essential maintenance skills for road cyclists The XL kit has some excellent disc brake-specific tools. The rotor alignment tool is a compact device that slots over your rotor and into the caliper, you then simply ...

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Scott Road RC SL Shoe review

Scott Road RC SL Shoe review

Perhaps best known for its bikes, Scott also produces a wide range of cycling apparel, including these all-new, über-high-end RC SL road racing shoes. Coming in at a whopping £399 for the pair, they’re up there as some of the most expensive stock road shoes you can buy, so expectations were always going to be high. This meant I was initially sceptical as to whether the performance could justify the price. Was I right? Read on to find out. (Or, if you’re lazy, just skip to the bottom of the page.) Top 5 ultralight road bike tech Top 5 2018 pro bikes Best road bike pedals Scott Road RC SL out of the box Weighing in at 562g for a pair of size 45s the first thing you’ll notice about the SLs is their lack of weight, which is exactly as you’d expect for top-spec shoes. However, there are lighter ...

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Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6Fattie first ride review

Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6Fattie first ride review

When you think of a Specialized mountain bike, chances are the Stumpjumper comes to mind. Back in 1981 the original Stumpjumper was the first ever mass production mountain bike. Since then, Specialized has offered countless variations, and for 2018 the Stumpjumper Comp Alloy is offered with 29-inch or 27.5+ wheels and tires. Are 27.5+ bikes faster than 29ers? Less is more: why the 27.5 Plus standard is doomed Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6Fattie features Frame : M5 aluminum, 135mm travel Fork : RockShox Reba RL, 150mm travel Drivetrain : SRAM GX 11-speed w/Race Face Aeffect cranks Wheels/tires : Roval Traverse 27.5, Specialized Purgatory 3.0in (front), Slaughter 2.8in (rear) Brakes : SRAM Guide R Tire traction and weight There's no shortage of Stumpy options, Specialized lists 18 different bikes and frames for 2018. One of the big selling points, or possibly just a point of difference, of 27.5 plus tires (Specialized ...

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ENVE SES 4.5 AR Disc Chris King wheelset review

ENVE SES 4.5 AR Disc Chris King wheelset review

ENVE’s new super-fat rims cost more than some full carbon wheelsets with essentially similar stats, and they’re awkward to set up. However, if you’re patient enough to get them ready (or just pay someone else to do it) their super-wide, gliding ride really is something else. Super-wide hoops for gravel: ENVE launches M525 G 6 pre-ride bike checks Self-fitting (and then refitting) the supplied but split-prone rim tape was a disappointing start and I eventually used strips of Gorilla tape to seal the rims instead. ENVE assures us it has now switched to a different tape in response to the splitting issue mentioned. Internal nipples also mean you need to remove the tape and reseal if you have to adjust spoke tension. The rim bed shape is also fussy about sealing with some types of valve, so I’d recommend designs with a conical rubber bung for the best results. While ...

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6 top gravel bikes under $2000

Gravel riding through scenic countryside, rolling hills

Our top 6 picks for gravel / adventure bikes around $2000. These are for cyclists who like on and off-road riding and value at a moderate price point.

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Blind cyclist reviews Infinity Bike Seat

Blind cyclist Eric Oyen reviews the Infinity Bike Seat

Infinity saddles look different, but when you're blind looks don't matter. What's important is how it feels, and Eric Oyen shares his opinion of this bike seat in this video review.

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Today's helmet tech reduces rotational-impact head injuries

Bicycle helmet technology to reduce traumatic brain injury (TBI)

We examine the latest in bicycle helmets – much improved protection than those of yesteryear, with designs and materials to handle the complex interactions and forces of a crash.

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Get more cycling motivation with these incentive and reward apps

Get more cycling motivation with these incentive and reward apps

Bicycling is great just because, but if you're in need of some added motivation for pedaling your bike, we have some suggestions for incentive and reward apps you should use.

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Top viral cycling social media posts of 2017

Top viral cycling social media posts of 2017

These posts were watched and shared the most in 2017. Don't miss out on what your fellow cyclists were liking and sharing.

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The February edition of Cycling Plus is out now!

The February edition of Cycling Plus is out now!

As road bike technology has changed in the last several years, so too has the idea of what a road bike is. The advent of the road disc brake has allowed designers to fit wider, tubeless tyres, while suspension and the way carbon fibre is manipulated means lightweight frames can be enjoyed on the roughest farm tracks. With that in mind, the six bikes in our main group test explore the new capabilities in the road bike market, all offering comfort and control-boosting, ride-expanding, puncture-saving, weather-beating advantages while still being fast enough to be properly flat-out fun. Elsewhere, senior technical editor Warren Rossiter fulfils a lifetime ambition of riding a custom-built titanium bike, collaborating with US Ti frame builder Lynskey on its Helix model. We’ve also got First Ride reviews of the Colnago Concept, Kinesis Aithein EVO, Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 and Calibre Lost Lad, while the Cube Attain ...

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12 most popular BikeRoar articles of 2017

12 Most popular BikRoar articles of 2017

Everyone was checking out these articles and reviews in 2017. Here's another chance for you to see BikeRoar's most popular bicycling articles and news of the year.

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November's MBUK is out now!

November's MBUK is out now!

The year may only just be drawing to a close but we’ve been thinking about 2018’s bikes for quite a while now. During the various launches and trade shows that happen throughout the year, our test team have gradually been putting together a picture of where we think we’re heading in 2018 and what’s happening to the bikes we ride. So we’ve carefully selected six very different bikes that we think best represent these new trends and the different styles of riding that you as mountain bikers are into. Discover our choices and find out how each bike fared on page 96. They’re not the only bikes we’ve swung a leg over this month though and we’ve got First Ride reviews on Cotic’s revised BFe hardtail, Bird Cycleworks’ Aeris 145 and more. In the grouptest we’ve subjected 14 trail and heavy-hitting knee pads to some crash testing and there are ...

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Cervélo S3 Disc review

Cervélo S3 Disc review

We’ve already been impressed by the C and R series disc bikes , but with the S3 this is the first time we get to see how discs have been integrated into a pure aero race bike. Cervélo R5 Dura Ace first ride review Cervélo C3 Disc review Cervélo R3 Disc review Cervélo makes some bold claims that during wind tunnel testing, into a 40kph headwind, there’s no difference between the rim-braked S3 and the S3 Disc. When the wind comes in from the side, where rivals see a loss in power, Cervélo recorded a 2-watt gain. Now, 40kph wind tunnel tests are fine for a minority of elite riders, but some of the other stats are of more use to us mere mortals. The frame is 40g lighter over the standard S3, the fork is down 50g, head tube stiffness has increased by eight percent and bottom bracket stiffness ...

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Time Xpresso 10 road pedals review

Time Xpresso 10 road pedals review

French brand Time has been in the pedal game for some time now, and although it may not get the recognition Shimano, Look and Speedplay do, its pedals are actually pretty clever. Best road bike pedals How to use clipless pedals The Xpresso 10’s sit more or less in the middle of the brand's range and offer a hollow-steel axle and a carbon body, and weigh just 97g per side — Speedplay's Zero with a stainless axle weighs 103g and Shimano's Ultegra SPD-SL 6800 road pedals weigh 129g each. Time was one of the first brands to introduce knee friendly float into its pedals and the Xpressos offer +/- 5 degrees of angular float and 2.5mm of lateral movement. Knee alignment issues have always been an issue for me and I have been a long time Speedplay user because of the adjustability of the cleats and the float. The multidirectional ...

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Giant AnyRoad 1 first ride review

Giant AnyRoad 1 first ride review

Giant’s AnyRoad features a huge bow-shaped top tube flowing from head tube to rear dropouts that creates a very low-slung frame. One of the key benefits of this is that it leaves masses of Giant’s clever D-shaped carbon seatpost unsupported, which allows the post to flex fore-and-aft (while the D-shape stops it twisting), creating a compliant back end. Best gravel and all-road bikes Get started with gravel grinding Giant AnyRoad 1 spec overview Frame: Aluxx aluminium Fork: Giant carbon composite Wheels: Giant SX-2 Cranks: Shimano Tiagra 50/34 Cassette: 11-32 Shifters: Shimano Tiagra Derailleurs: Shimano Tiagra Brakes: TRP Spyre C disc brakes with 160mm rotors Giant AnyRoad 1 kit The rest of the bike is well thought out too. The XR bar features a subtle flare to the drops that isn’t as extreme as most, but enough to give you ample wrist clearance when settling into the shallow drops when riding ...

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Burgtec Penthouse MK4 pedal review

Burgtec Penthouse MK4 pedal review

Burgtec aims its components squarely at DH riders, but much of it works well for aggro trail use too — like these Penthouse pedals. Best mountain bike pedals — 8 we rate How to get pinned on flat pedals Burly aluminum bodies sit on steel axles and weigh in at 452g per pair. Lighter, titanium axled versions are also available for an extra 50 quid and are 70g more svelte than the pedals tested here. The Penthouses have mid-sized platforms at 97x100mm so there was virtually no exposed pedal beneath my size 9 shoes. At 16mm deep, the pedals are reasonable thin, though the leading edges are stepped rather than chamfered and strikes have dinged them up a fair bit during testing. The 452g Penthouse MK4 pedals feel reassuringly stiff and provide a super solid platform underfoot. A short axle means they sit very close to the cranks and while ...

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Lazer Blade MIPS helmet review

Lazer Blade MIPS helmet review

Lazer has taken design elements from its range-topping Z1 and combined them with a front and sides that have a hint of the Genesis, and a unique rear end, to create the Blade. Best road cycling helmets: 14 of our top picks A helmet is born: Kask's Protone from start to finish An in-moulded polycarbonate shell protects the outer surface and edges of the scruffily finished EPS core, but the underside is mostly left to fend for itself. Fit is adjusted by sliding the rear occipital cradle to the most appropriate of its five heights and tightening the plastic band that encircles the head’s diameter with the top-mounted Rollsys barrel adjuster. Between the head and EPS shell is the MIPS’s perforated yellow plastic layer with four slim X-Static pads and conventional webbing straps fastening it in place. Performance My large helmet weighed 337g, no featherweight, but hardly anvil-like. Of the ...

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Shimano XT M8000 groupset review

Shimano XT M8000 groupset review

Deore XT may be Shimano’s second-tier mountain bike group, but it’s the one most mountain biker’s look to when they want to balance price with performance. The XT line covers a wide range of users, from cross-country riders to enduro racers and everyone in between. As a result, the M8000 group is the Japanese brand’s most versatile component group to date. Shimano XT Di2 M8050 1x11 review Buyer's guide to mountain bike groupsets For many riders, the most anticipated addition to M8000 group was the adoption of wide-range cassettes and front chainrings in whatever flavor you prefer. Whether you’re relying on cables or wires, Shimano still reigns supreme when it comes to shift performance This 11-speed transmission is offered with 11-40t and 11-42t cassettes to be used with double and triple cranksets. (Yes, retro-grouches can still have their triples.) The latest XT group was Shimano’s first step into the realm ...

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Giro Sentrie Techlace road shoes review

Giro Sentrie Techlace road shoes review

When Giro first announced the Techlace system I wasn't completely sold on the idea of combining laces and Velcro. The fully laced Empires are some of my favourite road shoes and the comfort and adjustability that laces offer (except on the fly) is unparalleled. Top 5 hottest road cycling shoes for 2017 Best road bike pedals Best road bike tyres: what you should look for The trouble with laces is once they're tied up they aren't very adjustable while you're in motion. For me, the Empires are very much set and forget, but for some that lack of on the go adjustability is a deal breaker. So when Sentrie Techlace shoes arrived I was interested to put the lace, Velcro, Boa mix to the test. Flat bottom Situated in Giro’s second tier of shoes, just below the Prolight Techlace and Factor Techlace, theSentrie gets an EC 70 full carbon sole. ...

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X-Fusion McQueen RC HLR fork review

X-Fusion McQueen RC HLR fork review

We’ve been big fans of X-Fusion’s Roughcut bladder based damper since it appeared as a top end option in its Sweep and Trace forks and it makes the new wide stance McQueen fork a high control, low cost bargain for big tyre (or 29er wheel) fans. How to get your suspension setup dialled 2018 Fox 36 vs. RockShox Lyrik If you’re really on a tight budget to upgrade your chubby tyred bike the simpler RL2 damper version is £100 cheaper, but I’d definitely recommend spending the extra on the HLR if you can possibly afford it. It’s not just the ability to totally separate high and low speed compression damping through a wide but well graded range via the crown top adjusters that makes it worthwhile. It’s the sheer level of consistently sensitive ground connection and traction, particularly through the well supported centre stroke, even when you’re loading them hard ...

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