Rapha launches Classic and Explore shoes

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2019 One for road, one for off-road, Rapha goes it alone in the cycling shoe market Rapha has entered the shoe market for the first time. Immediately, you'll tell us we are wrong and yes - technically - we are, but we are also correct. That's because the new Classic and Explore shoes are the first made entirely by Rapha in-house. Previously, the brand has relied on a collaboration with Giro and its extensive expertise in the past to make popular models such as its Climbers shoes, but now Rapha has taken the plunge and after three years of development entered the cycling shoe market all on its own. The new range is made up of the Classic, designed for road riding, and the Explore, designed for off-roading. Both shoes epitomise the classic, clean design associated with Rapha and the brand claims they are accomplished enough ...

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Why everyone should be sprinting like Caleb Ewan

It was a sight to behold. Caleb Ewan, his body perched precariously over the front of his bike, his head somehow below the line of his handlebars as he barrelled towards the finish line at more than 60kph. The Aussie speedster’s new sprint position looked as dangerous as it did unusual — one bump from … The post Why everyone should be sprinting like Caleb Ewan appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bontrager claims WaveCel technology is biggest change to helmet safety in 30 years

Bontrager claims WaveCel technology is biggest change to helmet safety in 30 years

Bontrager’s new WaveCel helmet technology claims to massively reduce the risk of concussion in cycling crashes. The brand says its collapsible layer makes a helmet as much as 48 times more effective in preventing concussion than the same helmet without it. Best road bike helmets of 2019 Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you "Nearly 99 times out of 100, WaveCel prevents concussions" WaveCel was developed by two head injury experts, then integrated into Bontrager helmets during a four-year partnership with the brand and Trek’s product development teams. The result is a honeycomb layer within WaveCel-equipped helmets that sits inside a more classic outer shell. The WaveCel layer is designed to “flex, crumple and glide” in the event of an angled impact, dissipating the force of a crash in three stages as the cellular structure of the liner collapses, working “like a crumple zone that ...

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Bontrager launches new safety technology WaveCel into helmet range

Sam Challis 19 Mar 2019 The unique structure replaces part of the EPS shell and claims to protect against rotational impact forces better than MIPS Today Bontrager, the apparel and components arm of bike manufacturer Trek, has announced an exclusive partnership with WaveCel, the makers of a unique polymer structure the claims to protect against the forces experienced in a crash better than any other safety technology currently on the cycling market. Bontrager claims the new technology is 48-times more effective at preventing concussion in common cycling accidents than standard EPS foam, and even outperforms the well-regarded MIPS slip-plane technology in direct comparative testing. The material was developed by Dr Steve Madey and Dr Michael Bottlang, who have collaborated for the past 25 years and pioneered advances in fracture care, thoracic and pelvic trauma, and head injury prevention. Image 4 of 8 Image 4 of 8 The creation of Bontrager ...

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Trek and Bontrager unveil WaveCel brain-saving helmet technology

Trek recently created quite a stir with a rather hype-heavy social media campaign that teased “Cycling’s most important change in 30 years.” As expected, wild speculation ensued, including from our own Dave Rome. Was it a new frame technology? Some sort of crazy bike? Something e-related? As it turns out, Trek’s big news is a … The post Trek and Bontrager unveil WaveCel brain-saving helmet technology appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Trek and Bontrager announce 'most advanced helmet technology ever designed'

The WaveCel material is designed to crumple and glide to dissipate rotational forces experienced whe

Trek and Bontrager have launched a revolutionary new helmet design – WaveCel – that has been released with four new helmets from the US brand. WaveCel replaces traditional EPS foam with layers of cells designed to move independently until the cell walls crumple and glide, dissipating both direct and rotational energy away from your head. Tested independently at the Helmet Impact Testing (HIT) facility of the Portland Biomechanics Laboratory, results showed Bontrager WaveCel helmets prevent concussion in 98.8 per cent of crash tests at a 45-degree angle, potentially changing future helmet design entirely. Construction of the WaveCel helmets retains some EPS foam, although the volume is reduced versus traditional designs. The flexible WaveCel construction then lines the inside of the helmet to disperse impact and rotational energy while also offering a comfortable fit that flexes to individual head shapes. Bontrager has launched four helmet models integrating the technology: the XXX ...

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NAHBS draws record exhibitor count, announces 2020 show in Dallas

No. 22 Bicycle Co. wins Best in Show award. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BRAIN) — The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, which closed Sunday, notched a record number of exhibitors for the 15-year-old event: about 210. Organizers said the Sacramento show drew "huge, highly enthusiastic crowds." They also announced that next year's show will be held in Dallas, Texas, Organizers also said the show "attracted a strong contingent of retail buyers from with its new 'early-access' program, which gave qualified buyers from bicycle retailers free admission to the show and access to the hall one hour prior to consumer show hours each day." "This year’s show confirmed why Sacramento has always been one of our top venues," said Don Walker, the founder and president of NAHBS, which has been held in Sacramento three times in its history. "The hall was packed full of exhibitors, we drew an amazing crowd, and the weather ...

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Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset review

Sam Challis Monday, March 18, 2019 - 15:38 Fulcrum has broken new ground with its Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset, with great effect 4.5 / 5 £1,899.99 Fulcrum has a vast offering of wheelsets to suit many budgets and riding applications, but its new Racing Zero Carbon DB wheelset is ostensibly the most intriguing design it currently offers. For starters, the Racing Zero Carbon DB is Fulcrum’s first tubeless-compatible carbon rim. The Italian brand has long sold its carbon rims with undrilled rim beds, citing the increased stiffness and structural integrity this imbues the rim with, but this is the first time the rim bed and sidewalls have been specifically designed to seat tubeless tyres. The Racing Zero Carbon DB’s rim is also wider internally, with Fulcrum suggesting the 19mm diameter will pair well with 25mm and 28mm tyres. The wheelset is the only disc-brake design on the market to ...

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Look unveils new Keo Blade Ceramic Carbon pedal

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) shows off the new Look Keo Blade Ceramic Carbon

French company Look has released updates to its popular pedals with the new Look Keo Blade Ceramic Carbon pedals. Ceramic bearings have been introduced to the existing versions of the pedals, reducing friction by 18 percent, as well as improving the bearings' longevity by four to six times, according to Look. The new pedals are manufactured in France and have a claimed weight of 110g. In a press release from Look, Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) – who raced using the pedals for the first time at Paris-Nice this past week – said: "I have been riding Look pedals for 19 years and, in them, I have found an ideal partner; a subtle blend of technology and craftsmanship to accompany and support me in my wildest dreams." A combined pedal and cleat stack height of 14.8mm should offer great power transfer, which can be combined with three different ...

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What they don’t tell you about tubeless

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It's not all roses with tubeless technology, here are some of the common pitfalls

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Columbia Powder Lite hooded jacket review

Sam Challis Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:28 The Columbia Powder Lite Hooded jacket uses some neat tech to pack in a lot of warmth for its weight and bulk 4.0 / 5 The consistent development of synthetic insulation over the last few years has given rise to myriad types of down jackets that are lighter and slimmer, yet more insulative than their traditional feather-down counterparts. As Rapha recently showed with its Explore Down jacket, a take on the insulated jacket design can be successfully applied in cycling. Columbia’s Powder Lite design shows that a contemporary insulated jacket doesn’t necessarily have to be cycling-specific in order to function in a variety of applications both on and off the bike. Done well, the insulated jacket is a versatile garment that is as useful in daily life as it is for casual cycling. The Powder Lite Hooded jacket uses Columbia’s Storm-Lite DP ...

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Campagnolo's Bora WTO 45 claims best real world aero EVER

Campagnolo's Bora WTO 45 claims best real world aero EVER

As well as announcing its all new Super Record EPS 12 groupset, Campagnolo has also released its latest all-round wheelset, the Bora WTO 45, which it claims to be among the most aerodynamically optimised for real world conditions on the market. Sharing the Wind Tunnel Optimised (WTO) name of the delayed Campagnolo WTO 60 wheelset and WTO 77 front time-trial wheels that were announced last year, the new Bora WTO 45 comes in both rim and disc brake versions. Its versatile design is claimed to be designed around real world riding conditions, rather than simply wind tunnel induced conditions, and the result is claimed to be the most efficient drag-reducing shape on the market. In certain conditions it generates negative drag, or the sailing effect too. Campagnolo Centaur groupset review Campagnolo Bora One 35 DB review The rims are built with an outer UD carbon layer, with moulded spoke holes, ...

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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 .

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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 ...

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Follow your heart to better recovery

Analyzing power files doesn’t make you faster. Training Stress Score (TSS) and Training Stress Balance (TSB) charts cannot say for certain whether you should go hard tomorrow or not. And a simple heart rate monitor won’t tell you when you are sick until it’s too late. But heart rate variability, or HRV for short — … The post Follow your heart to better recovery appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Garmin launches Marq Athlete, a new high-end smartwatch that could replace your GPS

Joe Robinson Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 09:59 New applications, such as Climb Pro, make the Marq Athlete an interesting concept for the cycling community £1,399.99 Garmin has launched Marq, a high-end watch that looks to bridge the divide between wearable smart technology and outdoor living. It’s going to retail from £1,399 to £2,249 and is designed to ‘create the ultimate connected timepieces, equipped with the modern utility of smart features’ with inspiration from ‘long-standing heritage in the aviation, automotive, marine, outdoor and sports market.’ Five luxury watches designed for people who fly planes, sail super yachts and scale Everest. On the face of it, you may be struggling to see why Cyclist had been invited to the launch of Marq. That was until I spoke to Garmin’s vice president of outdoors, Brad Trenkle. ‘While cyclists are quite often purists, more and more, cyclists are wanting more data, not just ...

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First Look: Canyon Grail CF SL 8.0

First Look: Canyon Grail CF SL 8.0

Canyon focuses on two key technologies to boost long-haul comfort in its Grail gravel bike: The handlebar and the seatpost. Read the full article at First Look: Canyon Grail CF SL 8.0 on VeloNews.com .

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Trek Procaliber 6 review

Trek Procaliber 6 review

Trek introduced its unique ‘IsoSpeed’ frame technology to its alloy MTBs last year, and the Procal 6 adds 12-speed SRAM Eagle shifting and RockShox’s impressive new Judy fork to the mix. The Specialized Stumpjumper Evo Pro Carbon has landed Cube Reaction C:62 review Trek Procaliber 6 frame The IsoSpeed system uses a small pivot to ‘decouple’ the seat tube and top tube, allowing them to articulate back and forwards independently. The bottom of the dramatically offset asymmetric seat tube is also almost completely flattened to form a leaf spring segment, to help soften blows from the trail. Other distinctive frame details include the ‘waist’ on the head tube and the extensively shaped and tapered top tube. There’s a cable port for a Shimano side-swing front mech in case you want to swap the single chainring for a double, plus two mounting stubs that’ll also work for a chain guide. A ...

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The best cycling books - by women

The best cycling books - by women

Emily Chappell 8 Mar 2019 Redressing the balance, here are our top picks of the best cycling books by women I’ll read anything if it’s got a bicycle on the cover, but I have to admit, pro cyclist memoirs (even the juicy confessional ones) all blur into one when you’ve read a few, and books about cycling across continents mostly just tell the same story again and again. Still, cycling channels so much of what’s important in life – triumph and failure; suffering and humour; rivalry, camaraderie and redemption – that it’s no wonder it’s accompanied by a rich and original seam of literature. Tim Krabbé’s The Rider is widely agreed to be a perfect rendition of the inner world of the racing cyclist, Max Leonard’s Lanterne Rouge recounts the Tour de France from the novel perspective of the last rider in, and Rob Penn’s It’s All About The Bike ...

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“Cycling’s most important change in 30 years.” Oh Trek, you tease.

Trek tease

Supported by Trek, you tease. The Wisconsin-based bike company sent out a cryptic message last week. It read: “Cycling’s most important change in 30 years. On 20 March, we’re unveiling something that will change cycling forever.” So what could cycling’s most important change in 30 years be? Well, we have a couple clues. We did some digging, … The post “Cycling’s most important change in 30 years.” Oh Trek, you tease. appeared first on CyclingTips .

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