Our favorite rides of 2018
We remember favorite rides from 2018, with everything from wine tasting in Italy to riding 100 miles on a 35-year-old MTB. Read the full article at Our favorite rides of 2018 on VeloNews.com .
Specialized Turbo Levo Expert FSR e-MTB first ride review
The evolution of Specialized's Turbo Levo hasn't been a slow process. This latest model is an all-new bike from the wheels up. Would you race an e-MTB? Because electric enduro is now a thing MX meets MTB with the Schwalbe Eddy Current e-MTB tyre Learning from the first generations of the Levo fleet and the latest Stumpjumper, Specialized has made dramatic changes to this new Turbo Levo. Built around 29in wheels, a longer, slacker design with a low centre of gravity and shorter back end. It's also upped the rear travel and developed a new motor, which is smaller, yet more powerful and thermal stable. Also, a new battery provides up to 40 percent more range and there's brand-new software to keep you connected, too. What has stayed the same though is Specialized's commitment to making a mountain bike first and a pedal-assist bike second. Specialized Turbo Levo Expert FSR ...
Top 5 trail and enduro bikes
Designed to pedal competently to the top of the hill and then maximise fun on the way down, it's no surprise that most manufacturer's mountain bike line-ups are packed with such bikes. Unless you're entirely gravity fuelled, or love straining every sinew in your body on a cross-country bike, your riding time will probably be best spent on a trail or enduro bike. Here are five that have caught our eye. Santa Cruz Bronson / Juliana Roubion Love them or loathe them, Santa Cruz’s latest generation Bronson was always going to make this list. Its 150mm travel frame has been updated to share the same Lower Link VPP as the hugely successful V10 DH bike and Nomad enduro bike. Santa Cruz says this design is more descent-focused, and having ridden the bike, I can safely say the rear wheel is glued to the floor. Until, of course, you hop the ...
Australian Father's Day Gift Guide
We love celebrating Father's Day - now for Australia cycling dads. Here's what to get your Aussie dad cyclist for the holiday to celebrate his awesomeness and choice of sport.
Video: A crazy idea to ride Leadville on a vintage mountain bike
I'll ride into the unknown at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. And I'll do it on a bike as old as I am. Read the full article at Video: A crazy idea to ride Leadville on a vintage mountain bike on VeloNews.com .
11spd: This week's best new bike gear
Another week, another selection of goodies that have dropped into the BikeRadar HQ. And while the mail person has been leaving these bits and pieces for us, we've learnt how to protect ourselves from the sun , ridden a raft of BMC Alpenchallenge bikes, been taught nutrition from some of Liv Cycling's sponsored riders, and cast an eye over new bikes from Santa Cruz and Juliana . We also had a sneak preview of some exclusive sunnies made for Peter Sagan , but, fear not fans of the Terminator, we have another Sagan exclusive here — scroll down to see what it is. 15 ways to have the best summer riding ever Eurobike — all the best bits ION Mission Pack 25 While not a true trail pack, the Mission Pack 25 is well equipped to survive the urban sprawl. The main pocket has a drawstring closure under the top ...
Santa Cruz and Juliana overhaul 5010/Furtado and Bronson/Roubion
Santa Cruz and sister brand Juliana Bicycles has released new, updated and overhauled versions of two of their most popular bikes, the 5010/Furtado and the Bronson/Roubion. Best women's mountain bikes for 2018 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 first ride review Headline updates Significant updates to the 5010/Furtado and Bronson/Roubion geometry Both frames are plus-compatible Bronson/Roubion get a similar rear suspension setup as the Nomad/Strega 15mm longer reach on both frames New carbon Reserve 37 wheels on certain models New branding and logo for Juliana Bicycles All bikes come in A (alloy), C and CC frame options Santa Cruz 5010 / Juliana Furtado The trail-focussed 5010 / Furtado has had a geometry update, with reach increasing by 15mm and head angles dropping by 0.5 or 0.8 degrees, depending on the frame geometry setting. The bottom bracket area has been beefed up and the rear now features dual upright swingarms for greater ...
11spd: This week's best bike gear
Think all helmets are the same? This week we saw an American university produce a detailed test on 30 helmets, ranking each of them for safety and concussion prevention with a six-point, two-speed impact test. We published a number of reviews, including the Garmin Edge 520 Plus , the Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 and the Whyte 905 , among others. But now, check out the latest and greatest to arrive in our Colorado offices. Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech How to watch the Tour de France 2018 live on TV Eurobike 2018: latest news and show highlights Moots Vamoots Disc RSL Made in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the titanium Moots Vamoots Disc RSL comes with all manner of options. Beyond the nine sizes with their own tube diameters and wall thicknesses, the Vamoots RSL Disc can also be built with an additional 1cm height on the head ...
Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 first ride review
Specialized is calling its new Stumpjumper line "the ultimate trail bike", and this Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 hits that mark pretty much dead center with 150/140mm front and rear travel, 29-inch wheels and the classic Specialized feel. It's fun to ride, eager to jump and is more plush than responsive. Stumpjumper vs Stumpjumper EVO — the differences explained New Specialized Stumpjumper: range overview, design notes and details Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29 long-travel first ride review Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 highlights Frame : Fact 11m carbon, SWAT door, threaded bottom bracket, 140mm travel Fork : Fox Float 34 Rhythm, 150mm, Grip damper, 51mm offset Shock : Fox Float DPS Performance Wheels : Roval Traverse 29, 29mm internal width Tires : 29 x 2.6in Specialized Butcher Grid front / Purgatory Grid rear Drivetrain : Shimano SLX/XT, Race Face Aeffect cranks Brakes : Shimano SLX, 200/180mm rotors Carbon goodness with a smart ...
Polygon Siskiu T8 review
Polygon’s Siskiu T8 is a solid reminder of how fun even low- to mid-range bikes have become. It used to be that bikes under a certain price point suffered from a lack of decent frames and parts, but those days are behind us. Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6Fattie review Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Essential review Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 review The $2,500 Siskiu T8 sports 140mm of RockShox travel, Shimano gearing and discs, and a ready-to-shred geometry. Two wheel sizes are available: 27.5-inch wheels on the Small and Medium frame sizes, and 29-inch rubber on another Medium as well as the Large and X-Large. Polygon Siskiu T8 specs ALX aluminum frame Faux bar rear suspension, 140mm travel 140mm RockShox Revelation RC fork, Deluxe RT3 rear shock Shimano XT/SLX groupset, 1x11-speed Entity XL2 wheels with Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres with Addix Speedgrip compound 14.3kg / 31.5lbs, actual weight, size X-Large Dialed ...
Father's Day Cycling Gift Guide
We've got a dozen great gift ideas for Father's Day, so treat a cycling dad with one of these and he'll surely be happy!
Is this PlayStation, SRAM and Di2 mashup the ultimate mechanics hack?
We recently spotted this amazing mashup of SRAM levers, Shimano Di2 climber switches and a PlayStation remote on the Instagram account of Specialized mechanic, Tyler Angelo Marchesano. Keen to learn more, we spoke to Tyler to find out how, but more importantly, why, he decided to make this unique custom lever. Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29 long-travel first ride review Innovate or die: Robert Egger's wildest bike designs What inspired you to use PlayStation buttons on the shifters? The original button and housing on the Shimano Climber shifter is extremely bulky and attaches to the bike with zip ties, which has always bothered me. If you remove the button housing, the actual switch inside the housing is very small. This opens up a realm of possibilities and got me thinking about other ways the switch could be used. With the button housing removed, I had to figure out what buttons had ...
2018 Sea Otter Classic tech gallery, part four
The Sea Otter Classic has always been a predominantly American event. It’s based in California, it perennially showcases the open-mindedness to new trends that have long characterized American riders, and most of the brands displaying in the expo have typically called the United States its home base. The parking area is lined with big pickup … The post 2018 Sea Otter Classic tech gallery, part four appeared first on CyclingTips .
11spd: This week's best new bike gear
It’s been a very busy week at BikeRadar . Product launches are coming in at a feverish pace. This week, we took a look at the radical new lines of Specialized’s redesigned Stumpjumper and compared it to the longer, lower and slacker Stumxpjumper EVO . We also saw the release of a new version of the RockShox BoXXer for 29in wheels and checked out Garmin’s small and refreshingly affordable Edge 130 GPS . We’re not done yet though, take a look through this week’s round-up for the latest gear to arrive at BikeRadar ’s Colorado offices. BikeRadar's Bike of the Year 2018 awards 5 of the all-time worst pieces of road tech Castelli Tempesta Glove The Italian clothier has seemingly dozens of gloves, but the Tempesta is designed specifically for riding in the rain. Unlike the traditional neoprene rain glove — which is fine until you try to take it ...
2019 Specialized StumpJumper, Stumpjumper ST, & Stumpjumper EVO model breakdown w/ pricing
Along with a number of big improvements to the 2019 Stumpjumper, there are also a dizzying array of models. Part of that is due to the elimination of the Specialized Camber in favor of the new Stumpjumper ST, while the rest is up to the choice of either 27.5″ or 29″ wheels on almost every […] The post 2019 Specialized StumpJumper, Stumpjumper ST, & Stumpjumper EVO model breakdown w/ pricing appeared first on Bikerumor .
First Ride: Exploring Aínsa on the 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper 29 & 27.5
If you’re going to launch the ‘ultimate trail bike’, you’d better launch it in a place with the trails to back it up. For that very reason, we were headed to Aínsa, Spain for the sole purpose of checking out the latest Specialized Stumpjumper. More than just a few geometry tweaks and changes to the spec, […] The post First Ride: Exploring Aínsa on the 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper 29 & 27.5 appeared first on Bikerumor .
2019 Specialized Stumpjumper gets new Sidearm frame, less proprietary, EVO & ST versions, more
Easily one of the most recognizable names in mountain biking, the Stumpjumper is pushing its 37th year in Specialized’ vocabulary. Originally introduced as the first mass-produced mountain bike, the Stumpjumper started its legacy with a 26” wheeled bike with a fully rigid steel frame and fork. That rigid bike soon became a hardtail with a […] The post 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper gets new Sidearm frame, less proprietary, EVO & ST versions, more appeared first on Bikerumor .
Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29 long-travel first ride review
Specialized has today launched its new, totally redesigned Stumpjumper trail bike and it’s longer, slacker and more capable than ever before. Specialized Bikes reviews and buying advice Specialized Stumpjumper vs Stumpjumper EVO Specialized Stumpjumper — range overview, design notes and details Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29er long travel build highlights Last month, I was invited to Ainsa in the north of Spain to ride the new Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper. Over three days I took in close to 110 km of riding and 4,300m of descending on the huge network of trails around Ainsa . This meant that I had more than enough time to fettle with the bike to get it riding just so. Rather than chop and change between too many builds, I opted to focus my time on the long-travel 29er version of the bike for the first two days of riding, then spent the third day shuttling one ...
New Specialized Stumpjumper: range overview, design notes and details
The Stumpjumper is one of the most long-standing model names in the mountain bike world and has been realised as everything from an XC hardtail whippet to, in recent years, a range of full suspension trail bikes. If Specialized is to be believed, the newly redesigned Stumpjumper has evolved once more and is now “the ultimate trail bike”. We outline the changes to the new bike below and you can read our first impressions of the new bike here . Specialized Stumpjumper first ride review Specialized Stumpjumper vs Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Specialized Bikes reviews and buying advice Short travel/long travel, alloy or carbon — take your pick As in previous years, the bike is available in a huge number of builds with either carbon or alloy framesets. However, for the first time, the Stumpjumper is also now available in both long travel and short travel builds. The amount of travel ...
Stumpjumper vs Stumpjumper EVO — the differences explained
Understanding that there will be a segment of the market looking for a more progressive bike than the new Stumpjumper , Specialized has also released the Stumpjumper EVO. In short — or long, I guess — the Stumpjumper EVO is a supersized version of the bike, with a far longer reach, a slacker head angle and a much lower BB than the regular model. Specialized Stumpjumper first ride review Specialized Stumpjumper — range overview, design notes and details Somewhat unusually, the Stumpjumper EVO is available in sizes S2 and S3, rather than the usual small through extra large sizes. Think of these sizes as ‘long’ and ‘longer'. Shorter riders will be better served by the S2 bike and larger riders the S3. Those who sit in between - the majority of riders - will be able to choose between the two depending on tastes in geometry and ride characteristics. How ...