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 .
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 ...
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 .
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 ...
Specialized launch new Roubaix
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
SRAM launches Force eTap AXS groupset
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 ...
SRAM eTap AXS: The Force is finally with you
Coming in at $1,000 less than the high-end Red group, SRAM Force eTap AXS is a promising option for riders seeking wireless shifting on a budget. Read the full article at SRAM eTap AXS: The Force is finally with you on VeloNews.com .
SRAM Force eTap wireless electronic groupset arrives at last
Almost since the release of Red eTap in 2015, fans of SRAM’s innovative wireless electronic road groupset have been clamoring for a less-expensive Force edition. That day has finally come. As we expected, Force eTap AXS is virtually identical to Red eTap AXS in terms of function, with the same 12-speed gearing format, downsized chainrings, … The post SRAM Force eTap wireless electronic groupset arrives at last appeared first on CyclingTips .
Wireless shifting for the masses — SRAM Force eTap AXS is here
SRAM has today launched Force eTap AXS — a cheaper alternative to its premier 12-speed wireless RED eTap AXS groupset that was released a few months ago. The new groupset takes direct aim at the dominance of Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 groupset. SRAM 12-speed RED eTap AXS HRD review Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know What is the difference between SRAM Red eTap AXS and SRAM Force eTap AXS? The new Force eTap AXS groupset shares the same motors as RED, as well as the faster signal transfer and the new more powerful chipset. To make the group more affordable, some of RED eTap AXS’s other bells and whistles have been stripped back. The biggest difference comes with the chainset. RED’s elaborate — and expensive — one-piece X-Dome design has been replaced by two separate rings and a more traditional spider-based connection between chainrings and cranks. The power meter ...
Sram launches Force eTap AXS 12-speed
Stu Bowers Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 13:59 Sram now offers its latest wireless eTap AXS 12-speed shifting at the Force level. £2,274 It seems like only a matter of a few weeks ago we were bringing you news of Sram launching its all-new flagship Red eTap AXS 12-speed wireless shifting groupset. Sram had, at that time, alluded to the possibility that a Force level version of eTap AXS might also be the pipeline, and now here it is. And the good news, by the time you read this it will already be available to buy. The key message is it’s bringing its very latest, cutting edge, eTap AXS wireless, 12-speed shifting technology down to a considerably more attainable price point. At the premium Red level, the cost for this eTap AXS kit is indeed pretty steep, at £3,349 for a 2x hydraulic disc brake set-up, but Force knocks over ...
Photo gallery: The best of the 2019 Taipei Cycle Show, day three
I spent my third day of the Taipei Cycle Show in the second exhibition area, strolling the parts and accessory hall – which is somewhat confusing given I spent the first two days also perusing parts and accessories. I digress. The gates are open to consumers on the third day, and the booths are busier … The post Photo gallery: The best of the 2019 Taipei Cycle Show, day three appeared first on CyclingTips .
Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed: Details and first-ride review
It was hardly a secret that Campagnolo would upgrade its Super Record EPS electronic groupset to 12-speed; the company even told us that outright a few months ago, and sponsored riders have already been using it since the start of the season. But now it’s finally here, and we have all the details. Updated Ergopower … The post Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed: Details and first-ride review appeared first on CyclingTips .
Campagnolo launches 12-speed Super Record EPS
Pete Muir Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:48 Electronic shifting comes to the Italian brand’s top-tier groupset TBC In 2018 Campagnolo surprised the world by being the first of the big three groupset manufacturers to produce a 12-speed groupset for the road. Now in 2019, it has taken the next step by launching the electronic EPS version of Super Record. Super Record EPS will be available in both rim brake and disc brake formats and, for now, only the top-tier groupset is getting the electronic treatment, with next-level-down Record remaining as mechanical 12-speed only. As expected, the new EPS groupset maintains all the same features as the mechanical version of Super Record, combined with the electro-gizmology of the established 11-speed EPS set-up. That, however, doesn’t mean that the old electronic derailleurs and shifters have simply been bolted on to the new crankset and cassette. The move to 12-speed has required ...
1X drivetrains come to the WorldTour at cobbled Classics
Mads Pedersen ( Trek-Segafredo ) lined up in Gent, Belgium for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad equipped with a 1X drivetrain setup. The Danish rider - who finished second at last year's Tour of Flanders - started the first cobbled Classic of 2019 aboard a Trek Madone Disc. The bike was running the new SRAM RED eTap AXS 12-speed groupset , with Pedersen opting to race without a front derailleur and a single 48-tooth chainring. Pedersen's Trek-Segafredo teammates, Katusha-Alpecin, CCC-Liv and Canyon-SRAM were all using the new 12-speed groupset from SRAM, however, on the start line it appeared that just Pedersen was running the 1X setup. The extra cog on the rear cassette from the 12-speed groupset allows for a similar gear range as traditional double chainring combination of 53/11 using just a single chainring and with less extreme jumps than previous 1X drivetrains. Pedersen told Cyclingnews on the start line in ...
Specialized claims 99g S-Works EXOS 99 is lightest production shoe ever made
This article first appeared on BikeRadar . Specialized has unveiled two new road shoes, the S-Works EXOS and the S-Works EXOS 99, claiming the limited-edition 99 is the lightest production shoe ever made. The 150g EXOS model has a single Boa dial and were first spotted on the feet of Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-QuickStep riders' feet at the Tour Down Under, Vuelta a San Juan and, most recently, the UAE Tour. Constructed predominantly from a Dyneema Mesh material, the shoes can achieve low weight while retaining hold and support for greater power transfer. The S-Works EXOS 99 weighs just 99g per foot for a size 42. Opting for lighter weight laces over a Boa dial, the shoes also feature titanium cleat bolts in the search for the ultimate lightweight shoe. Despite these weight saving measures, the carbon sole retains high levels of stiffness and also features a replaceable heel pad. SRAM ...
Sram Red AXS and talking with the Gods: The Bunch Ep. 4
Supported by Welcome to episode four of The Bunch. And you thought we’d forgotten, didn’t you? After a week out (there’s a very good excuse why we were gone last week) we are back with our video round-up of what’s happening here at CyclingTips and across the cycling world. Episode four is jam-packed, if I may say … The post Sram Red AXS and talking with the Gods: The Bunch Ep. 4 appeared first on CyclingTips .
Pro Bikes: Trek-Segafredo’s Madone with SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset
Disc brakes and SRAM wireless shifting for Trek-Segafredo team this season