Mountain Bike Groupsets: Everything You Need To Know
Welcome to BikeRadar's buyer's guide to mountain bike groupsets. A group, gruppo or groupset are all ways of describing the collection of parts that make up a bicycle's drivetrain. The components include the shifters, crankset, bottom bracket front and rear derailleurs, chain, and cassette. Brakes are sometimes included in component series, but for this article, we're going to stick to the items that comprise the drivetrain. How to adjust the rebound and compression settings on your mountain bike Best cheap mountain bike upgrades Just like our buyer's guide to road bike groupsets , this guide is designed to explain the components of a groupset and the different options offered by the two main manufacturers: Shimano and SRAM . It is more common to see complete groups on road bikes. When it comes to mountain bikes, however, brands usually mix and match parts from various groups — and in some cases ...
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The February Edition Of Cycling Plus Is Out Now!
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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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How To Choose A Bike Saddle
Buying a bike saddle can be a daunting task because there are many different options on the market, and for good reason; there's an equally huge variety of riders. Best women's bike saddles Revealed: the 10 biggest bike fit myths UK readers: can you help us get more people on bikes? Whether you’re a keen cyclist or a complete beginner, we’d love you to get involved in our Get Britain Riding campaign, in association with B’Twin. Click here to sign up! Choosing a saddle can be a challenge, but it's worth putting the effort in to find the right one for you, and the key thing to look for is comfort — the more comfortable you are, the longer (and faster) you'll be able to ride. Unfortunately, saddle comfort is extremely subjective. Ask a dozen riders what the most comfortable saddle is and you'll get a dozen answers. This isn't ...
November’S Mbuk Is Out Now!
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Wellens Solos To Victory In Grand Prix De Wallonie
Lotto Soudal's Tim Wellens showed he's on fine form ahead of the UCI Road World Championships , soloing away from an eight-man breakaway on the Tienne Aux Pierres with 16km to go, then holding off the chasers to take the win. His teammate Tony Gallopin jumped away to make it a Lotto Soudal 1-2, with Cofidis' Julien Simon taking the final podium spot. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com
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 ...
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. ...
Scott Speedster 10 Disc Review
Scott’s aluminium-framed Speedster has been around for years and it’s always been a pretty safe choice at the entry level, if not the most exciting. The recipe hasn’t changed radically, but the range now includes two disc models, of which this is the better equipped. Scott bikes reviews, news and buying advice Scott Bikes 2018: here's what you won't want to miss The Speedster’s aluminium frame is in some respects rather old fashioned. It takes a chunky 31.6mm seatpost in defiance of the trend towards slimmer ones, while the seatstays are fat and straight, for once warranting no comparisons to graphite-based writing instruments. Its welds are lumpy and unattractive and the prominent seam in the left seatstay in front of the rear caliper makes it look like Scott has just grafted a brake mount onto the non-disc Speedster. Luckily, a slick paint job saves the day — primer-grey plus fluoro-yellow ...
Women's Bike Sizes: A Simple Guide
What size bike should I buy? It's a common question that women have when considering a new bike. That's why we've created a simple women's frame sizing guide on BikeRadar , which is divided into tables for road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes. Best women's bikes: a buyer's guide to help you find what you need Presenting the BikeRadar Women's Bike of the Year Awards Women's cycling news, reviews, interviews and more on BikeRadar Women Choosing the correct frame size can be confusing, especially since recommended frame sizes vary between manufacturers, models and disciplines. What size bike do I need? As a general starting point, bike sizes are determined by the height of the rider. Use this to decide what size to try using our charts below. If you sit between sizes, it’s worth trying both out and seeing which one fits you better. Most bike manufacturers will also ...
Jolien D'Hoore Wins Madrid Challenge By La Vuelta
Jolien D'hoore ( Wiggle-High5 ) won the final round of the Women's WorldTour, beating Coryn Rivera ( Team Sunweb ) in a close-run sprint at the Madrid Challenge. Roxanne Fournier (FDJ) was the only rider to come close to the pair, taking the final podium spot with a strong ride. "It means a lot. It was the last race of the year it was also WorldTour and I won it last year so I really wanted to do it again. I'm really happy that I could do it," D'hoore said after the race. The defending champion, D'hoore had to come from a long way back, navigating one of Rivera's lead out riders before she could launch her sprint. Once she was in full flight, there was little to stop D'hoore adding her second straight win at the one-day race. The peloton arrived at the Plaza Cibeles intact after catching a ...