BMC Roadmachine 2020 first-ride review: Fast endurance ride, updated

BMC Roadmachine 01 ONE 2020

It was three years ago that BMC lifted the covers off its interpretation of a modern endurance road bike. That bike, the Roadmachine, spat in the face of endurance road bike trends of the time – it was sleek, aero and with a relatively long and low geometry. It looked more like a racing bike … The post BMC Roadmachine 2020 first-ride review: Fast endurance ride, updated appeared first on CyclingTips .

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BikeRadar Podcast Ep 4 | SRAM or Shimano, battle of the groupsets and more!

XTR verses SRAM X01 groupset

SRAM versus Shimano, upgrading your bike or body, and how to be a BikeRadar Tech Ed — all discussed here

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Just In: Ribble Endurance SL R with SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset

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High-spec Ribble endurance aero bike arrives for review

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Just In: Specialized S-Works Roubaix with SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset

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We've got our hands on the brand new Roubaix with SRAM's brand new Red eTap groupset

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Liv Avail Advanced 2020: comfier frame, bigger tyres

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Liv's top-end endurance road bike and the sibling to Giant's Defy Advanced gets a major update

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Cyclist magazine issue 88: on sale now!

Cyclist magazine 22 May 2019 In the July 2019 issue: The Giro's savage climb, Swiss ride vintage-style, QuickStep's secret weapon Photography: Juan Trujillo Andrades [1], Benedict Campbell [2], Alex Duffill [3], Geoff Waugh [4] The Grossglockner Alpine High Road has it all: punishing gradients, high-altitude summit, great views, tunnels... it even throws in a section of cobbles for good measure. In the latest issue of Cyclist magazine, we head for the Central Eastern Alps south of Salzburg to put ourselves against Austria's highest paved mountain pass. The Mortirolo in Italy, meanwhile, may not be as long or take you quite as high, but more than makes up for that in difficulty. We get a closer look at a climb whose very name strikes fear into the hearts of even the toughest pros. Our July issue also sees the debut of an entirely new section focused on training, packed with valuable ...

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Cyclist magazine issue 88: on sale now!

Cyclist magazine 22 May 2019 In the July 2019 issue: The Giro's savage climb, Swiss ride vintage-style, QuickStep's secret weapon Photography: Juan Trujillo Andrades [1], Benedict Campbell [2], Alex Duffill [3], Geoff Waugh [4] The Grossglockner Alpine High Road has it all: punishing gradients, high-altitude summit, great views, tunnels... it even throws in a section of cobbles for good measure. In the latest issue of Cyclist magazine, we head for the Central Eastern Alps south of Salzburg to put ourselves against Austria's highest paved mountain pass. The Mortirolo in Italy, meanwhile, may not be as long or take you quite as high, but more than makes up for that in difficulty. We get a closer look at a climb whose very name strikes fear into the hearts of even the toughest pros. Our July issue also sees the debut of an entirely new section focused on training, packed with valuable ...

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New Santa Cruz Stigmata and Juliana Quincy gravel bikes revealed

The previous Santa Cruz Stigmata was already a bit of an outlier when it broke ground in 2015, abandoning pretenses of being a pure cyclocross racer in favor of a more versatile geometry that was better suited to all-around drop-bar hooliganism. Four years later, it’s safe to say that Santa Cruz was prescient in that … The post New Santa Cruz Stigmata and Juliana Quincy gravel bikes revealed appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shimano GRX — dream gravel groupset or too little, too late?

Gravel bike rear derailleur

Can GRX steal SRAM eTap AXS’s thunder?

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Shimano introduces Tiagra-level hydraulic disc brakes

Sam Challis Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 14:59 Tiagra is Shimano’s fourth road groupset to get a full hydraulic disc brake upgrade The top four tiers of Shimano’s road groupsets now offer a series-specific hydraulic disc option as technology previously only available at Dura-Ace, Ultegra and 105 trickles down to the Tiagra tier. Previous non-series components have been replaced with Tiagra-series components, which feature many attributes of models at the more premium end of Shimano’s catalogue. ‘The new Tiagra levers replace the previous non-series ST-RS405 units and now follow the pattern set by the Dura-Ace, Ultegra and 105 groupsets, with a slim body to house the hydraulic disc brake controls and increased adjustability for optimum bike control,’ says Shimano. The brakes are not the only components in the tier to receive an overhaul as Shimano took the opportunity to refine the shift mechanism too. ‘The Tiagra 10-speed shifting mechanism within ...

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The best mountain bike tyres 2019

Joseph Delves 30 Apr 2019 A breakdown of the best mountain bike tyres of 2019 along with what to look for before you buy Nothing will transform your mountain bike like a new set of tyres. The final interface between it and the ground you're rolling over, they affect everything from rolling resistance and grip, to comfort and braking. Tailored to different applications and styles of riding, each tyre’s volume, width, tread, compound, and construction will play a part in its performance. When choosing which you want to clip onto your wheels, overall weight and durability are also key considerations. As many riders have switched to tubeless, the ability to fend off different types of punctures has become less important. Yet it remains something to consider. Think you’ve made your choice? Wait up one minute. Complicating things further is the fact some tyres are also better suited to use on ...

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Shimano launches GRX gravel groupset

Sam Challis Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 15:00 Shimano says GRX is the first component series on the market designed specifically for gravel riding Thanks to Shimano’s conservative attitude towards new trends and its penchant for clinically thorough research, development and testing phases, major innovations from the Japanese components brand are few and far between. This means that the Shimano GRX gravel groupset release, a versatile groupset that caters specifically for gravel and adventure riding, can be seen as an affirmation that gravel riding as a trend has shifted into the canon of conventional cycling. GRX has a mix-and-match theme to mirror to the diverse requirements of riding gravel - there are options for 1x and 2x chainsets, 10- or 11-speed cassettes, mechanical or electronic transmissions, dropper post integration and expansive gear ratio combinations, plus supplemental and specialist components. Image 3 of 9 Image 3 of 9 The cranksets blend ...

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Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, part four

Gravel bikes have always felt like they’re heavily influenced by the mountain bike world, and that influence only seems to be growing. First, it was bigger tires, disc brakes, and single-chainring drivetrains — and now it’s proper front and rear suspension, and dropper seatposts. At what point does the line become so fuzzy that it … The post Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, part four appeared first on CyclingTips .

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New BRAIN/Verde podcast series examines a changing industry

In first episode of podcast series, SRAM's Kate Powlison discusses the AXS launch BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — On Monday, BRAIN and Verde Brand Communications launched the first in a series of podcasts devoted to the evolution of the bike market and cycling community. BRAIN has worked with Verde to produce six podcasts: special bike industry-focused episodes of Verde's Channel Mastery podcast hosted by Kristin Carpenter. Carpenter talks to leaders and experts from evolving brick-and-mortar specialty, marketplace, direct-first brands, SaaS providers, and established broad-market global retailers in the bicycle and lifestyle space. You’ll be hearing from leaders from companies like SRAM, Canyon, GCN, Erik’s Bike and Board, Decathlon, Beeline and more. The first episode features Carpenter's conversation with Kate Powlison, SRAM’s road brand manager. Powlison previously was the senior marketing and communications manager at PeopleForBikes. She works directly with SRAM's PR, product development, road sports marketing, and sales teams to develop ...

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Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, part two

The Sea Otter Classic is always good for a healthy dose of brand-new bikes, but it’s also fantastic for spotting a wide array of interesting parts and accessories. Parlee introduced a stunning new aero disc road bike called the RZ7, for example, which touts a slippery shape that supposedly doesn’t sacrifice the smooth ride quality … The post Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, part two appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Specialized Roubaix Pro and S-Works first ride review

Specialized Roubaix Pro and S-Works first ride review

Smoother is faster. That’s the Specialized mantra when it comes to the Roubaix, and to a certain extent that bears out. Especially when it comes to non-optimal surfaces, be it the cobbles of Arenburg, Carrefour or even the scarred and potholed roads of my local test loops. I’ve had the chance to try the premium S-Works SRAM Red eTap AXS-equipped bike on home soil and the Fact10r carbon framed Roubaix Pro Force eTap AXS bike on the cobbles and rain of Kortrijk, Belgium over three days, riding the greatest hits of the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix. Specialized's new Roubaix returns to its racing roots Specialized Roubaix 2020 range overview At its heart this is a suspension-equipped road bike, but it’s not like any other suspension currently available. That’s because when it comes to front suspension there are two distinct types: splay, which relies on the fork being able ...

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Specialized launch new Roubaix

The Specialized Roubaix S-Works Shimano Dura-Ace Di2

Specialized have launch a new Roubaix frameset system, featuring suspension at the front and rear of the bike through Future Shock 2.0 and the all-new, flexible S-Works Pavé seat post. The American brand say the new frameset is more aerodynamic than the Specialized Tarmac SL6, lighter than the latest Specialized Venge and is "the most technically advanced machine" the company has ever made. Eleven different framesets or full-build options are available from stores as of today, including a new Sagan Collection range. The original Specialized Roubaix was launched 15 years ago as a race-level endurance frameset and adopted the brand's strapline of 'smoother is faster' when Specialized first offered full suspension mountain bikes. Since the original Specialized Roubaix was launched, the frameset has been ridden to victory six times in Paris-Roubaix, more than any other brand, and will be used by all riders from Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-hansgrohe at Paris-Roubaix this ...

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Specialized Roubaix 2020 range overview

Specialized Roubaix 2020 range overview

Specialized has announced a whole suite of bikes based on its new 2020 Roubaix design. The range starts at the Roubaix Sport, equipped with the Future Shock 1.5, and rises to the S-Work Roubaix which is fitted with on-the-fly suspension adjustment thanks to the 2.0 Future Shock unit. Peter Sagan and Specialized's latest collaboration is Chasing Rainbows Specialized founder Mike Sinyard on the power of the bicycle Here’s a rundown of the range: Specialized Roubaix Sport The Roubaix Sport uses a Fact10R carbon frame with a Future Shock 1.5 fitted to the fork, and is available in four colour options. It comes stock with the S-Work’s Pave seatpost, which is found throughout the range right up to the S-Works models, and runs on DT Swiss R470 wheels shod with 28mm Turbo Pro tyres The drivetrain is Shimano 105 (50/34, 11-34) with a Praxis Alba chainset. £2,600 / $2,900 / AU$4,000 ...

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First ride review: The all-new Specialized S-Works Roubaix

Stu Bowers Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:59 The 2019 Roubaix is as comfortable as previous generations while matching the speed of the Tarmac SL6 Over the past decade and a half, Specialized's iconic Roubaix has established itself as the bike of choice for those seeking a comfortable, lightweight, endurance road bike with a tall front end. In doing so, it has evolved considerably from the Spring Classics racing heritage it was originally founded upon – leaving Specialized with something of a dilemma. ‘We had this bike with some really innovative ways of dealing with shock damping and smoothing out the ride, but our pros weren’t keen to use it because quite simply it wasn’t light and fast or aggressive enough for them,' Roubaix product manager John Cordoba told me when we initially spoke about the new design. The goal with this new version, then, was to pull the Roubaix ...

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SRAM launches Force eTap AXS groupset

A look at the 2X setup

After launching the RED eTap AXS 12-speed groupset in February, SRAM has released a Force eTap AXS groupset offering much of the same capability at a lower price point. The key design features of the RED eTap AXS groupset have been retained including a 12-speed cassette, 1X or 2X drivetrain compatibility and for the first time in a SRAM Force groupset, wireless shifting. As you might expect from a cheaper groupset, there is a weight penalty but the majority of the headline features from the groupset's bigger brother have been retained. A key update to the RED eTap AXS groupset was its rear derailleur. The component was compatible with all drivetrain options and featured a hydraulic 'clutch' ensuring consistent chain tension. The 'Orbit' fluid damper in the rear derailleur also features in the SRAM Force AXS offering. Individual batteries in each shifter and derailleur component remove the need for any ...

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