Do clutch rear derailleurs add drivetrain friction?

Clutched rear derailleurs have long been a fixture in the mountain bike world given how the one-way pulley cage pivots dramatically enhance chain security and reduce noise. The road world has largely ignored the technology on two counts, though: weight and friction. The added mass relative to a non-clutched rear derailleur is indisputable, but does … The post Do clutch rear derailleurs add drivetrain friction? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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What’s in a rigid fork?

rigid forks differ in all sorts of ways

At face value, there isn’t much that separates one rigid fork from another, especially where road bikes are concerned, so it shouldn’t be hard to replace one at short notice, right? In the past, this might have been true, but rigid forks have changed a lot in recent years, and now, consumers must grapple with … The post What’s in a rigid fork? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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USE Exposure Diablo MK10 front light

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Superb,powerful helmet mounted light with clever TAP technology 9/10

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Pro Internal Routing Tool review

Sam Challis Friday, January 18, 2019 - 15:46 The Pro Internal Routing Tool canny little device that provides a neat solution to the task of internally routing cables 4.0 / 5 £49.99 One of the many wonderful things about bikes is that the tech involved never stops developing - designs constantly evolve and new solutions to make things simpler, more efficient and better looking continually arise. While internal cabling is hardly a new revolution, a given cable’s path is only getting more convoluted through frames of increasing levels of integration. This means that I’ve found my method (read ‘hack’) of routing cables previously sufficient is now no longer viable. A j-bend spoke serving as a hook, a torch and a fair dollop of luck just won’t get that cable where it needs to go any longer. Enter Pro’s new Internal Routing Tool. Thankfully just as bike technology is ever-changing, so ...

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What's up at CABDA West Bike Show

CABDA West 2019

We check out CABDA's new West Coast Expo and Education Series seminars. See what this regional bike show and exhibitors have to offer and if it might fill the industry's Interbike gap.

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Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 Team first ride review

Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 Team first ride review

The Strive has been Canyon's enduro workhorse since the summer of 2014, when it first introduced its Shapeshifter technology — a feature which uses an air pressured chamber to change the position of the shock — and this latest incarnation of Canyon’s most successful bike introduces an all-new Shapeshifter. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Canyon's approach to bicycle development is impressive — video The Shapeshifter technology alters the bikes geometry and suspension kinematics on the move, effectively giving you two bikes in one: a bike for thrashing the descents and one for dashing along cross-country trails and climbing. An ideal enduro machine. The new Canyon Strive will also come with 29in wheels for the first time and include a host of other subtle refinements to keep the bike raceworthy for the upcoming season. Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 Team spec overview Frame: Canyon Strive CFR ...

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The Outer Line: McLaren races to the rescue?

The Outer Line: McLaren races to the rescue?

McLaren's arrival in cycling might not be the surprise influx of new cash some are expecting. Read the full article at The Outer Line: McLaren races to the rescue? on VeloNews.com .

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Svelte Lightweight Heritage kit review

Joe Robinson Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 15:03 Being made entirely in the UK means a premium price which is just about matched with quality 4.0 / 5 Jersey - £110, Shorts - £130, Socks - £7.50 You know what Coco Chanel once said. She said ‘The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive’. I think she was talking about cycling when she said that. I mean, these days, do we even bat an eyelid at new shoes retailing at £350? Or a helmet for £250, or bibshorts for £180 or sunglasses for £150? Cycling’s an expensive pastime but for many of us, it’s the one thing we really enjoy in our lives so the begrudging feeling of digging deep into the pockets for something new and expensive is almost always left at home. Instead, it feels like you’re treating yourself to something, proving Coco ...

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24 hour party people: Castelli 24h review

Stu Bowers 16 Jan 2019 It's a race that has all the fun, speed and chaos of a typical town centre crit, except it goes on all day and all night This article was originally published in issue 78 of Cyclist magazine Words Stu Bowers Photography Patrik Lundin ‘If it rains, that bottom bend is going to be lethal,’ I remark to my teammate, Rich, as we roll around a few sighting laps of the street circuit. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with the course over the next day or so, as we are limbering up for the start of the Castelli24h criterium race in Feltre, northern Italy. Currently it’s dry and abnormally warm at this dusk hour, but my weather app suggests there’s a 67% chance of a downpour later tonight, which is the reason for my concern. Rich, though, is quick to put my mind ...

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Voyage of discovery: Gran Fondo Lisboa sportive review

Trevor Ward 15 Jan 2019 The inaugural Gran Fondo Lisboa takes Cyclist on a journey involving its fair share of hardship This article was originally published in issue 79 of Cyclist magazine Words Trevor Ward Photography Geoff Waugh They suffered unimaginable hardship, regularly ran out of food, endured catastrophic weather and often arrived home hollow-cheeked and wide-eyed. And none of them was a cyclist. The heroes of Portugal’s golden age of discovery are celebrated with monuments, statues and sarcophagi in Belem, a dockside district of Lisbon where electric trams glide past 600-year-old churches and monasteries. If suffering is a USP of cycling, it’s heartening to see so many riders at the start of the inaugural Gran Fondo Lisboa paying their silent respects to those who experienced real hardship. There’s time for photographs in front of the giant Monument to the Discoveries – even if it does mean click-clacking down a ...

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Timing at the Tour de France with Tissot

Jack Elton-Walters 15 Jan 2019 With stages decided by millimetres, it’s up to Tour de France timekeeper Tissot to capture results at 10,000 frames per second This article was originally published in Issue 78 of Cyclist Magazine Words Jack Elton-Walters Photography Lars Wehrmann In an age of marginal gains, when every aspect of training and racing is dissected in detail to gain tiny advantages, the technology around races needs to be able to keep track of events in ever more precise detail. Split-second timing, finish line cameras and results factored down to below a millimetre – modern race timing is at the cutting edge and can show the winner of a stage down to the tread of a tyre after 200km in the saddle. The job of tracking every second of the Tour de France falls to Swiss watchmaker Tissot. The company returned to the Tour de France in 2016 ...

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POC’s new Ventral Air: Better than the Octal

POC Ventral Air EF Education First

Want some of the aero benefits and narrower form of the Ventral with the wide open ventilation of the Octal? Launched in the hot sun of the Santos Tour Down Under, the POC Ventral Air aims to do just this and more. And yes, it replaces the Octal as the Swedish company’s most breezy road … The post POC’s new Ventral Air: Better than the Octal appeared first on CyclingTips .

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POC launches new Ventral Air helmet

POC launches new Ventral Air helmet

Swedish sportswear specialists POC has released a new helmet at the Tour Down Under . The new, highly ventilated and super lightweight lid will be used by the EF Education First Pro Cycling team at the WorldTour opener in Australia. Based largely around the POC Ventral — which was launched in March of last year — the Ventral Air has an increased number of vents to improve ventilation and cooling properties while retaining aerodynamics and stability. POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review Best aero road helmets — 8 tested and rated POC says the 15 frontal ventilation ports and air channels within the helmet lining will improve the flow of air through the helmet at both high and low speeds, helping to keep the EF Pro Cycling riders cool in the 40 degrees Celsius temperatures expected in Australia this week. The POC Ventral Air also includes the company’s patent-pending SPIN ...

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Peter Sagan to race alloy frame and tubeless tyres

Peter Sagan to race alloy frame and tubeless tyres

Peter Sagan and a selection of his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates will race the Down Under Classic criterium aboard custom-painted Specialized Allez Sprint Disc framesets. Sagan’s alloy frame and carbon fork are paired with Bora-Hansgrohe’s usual Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 groupset, Specialized finishing kit and accessories from CeramicSpeed and K-Edge. Peter Sagan and Specialized launch second Sagan Collection at Tour de France The Specialized Allez Sprint goes disc for 2019 Roval CLX 64 carbon wheels are also upgraded with CeramicSpeed bearings and the three-time world champion — and current Slovakian national champion — will also race on 26mm S-Works Turbo RapidAir tubeless tyres as opposed to the more common tubular setup favoured in the WorldTour. The Down Under Classic is the precursor to the WorldTour opener — the Tour Down Under — which begins on Tuesday. A 1.7km circuit in the heart of Adelaide is raced for an hour plus one lap, with ...

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Fast Talk, ep. 65: Debunking supplements — what works, and what doesn’t?

Fast Talk, ep. 65: Debunking supplements — what works, and what doesn’t?

In episode 65, we discuss our concerns with supplements, then focus on some foods with proven benefits. Read the full article at Fast Talk, ep. 65: Debunking supplements — what works, and what doesn’t? on VeloNews.com .

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2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: winners announced

For the third year running, we’ve been privileged to receive so many amazing entries in the 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards. In total, we received just under one thousand images from photographers in 32 countries, across four categories, including our new category Proud Cycling Moment. The competition ramped up significantly in its … The post 2018 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: winners announced appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Formula 1 comes to cycling: McLaren deal a ‘game-changer’ for Bahrain-Merida

Formula 1 comes to cycling: McLaren deal a ‘game-changer’ for Bahrain-Merida

A dominant force in Formula 1, McLaren is now a 50-percent partner in the Bahrain-Merida team and expected to offer extensive expertise. Read the full article at Formula 1 comes to cycling: McLaren deal a ‘game-changer’ for Bahrain-Merida on VeloNews.com .

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Duratec Phantom review

Peter Stuart Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 11:52 Duratec's innovative approach delivers world class frame performance, but a custom geometry option would be nice 3.5 / 5 £8,500 as tested All bike brands like to claim their production methods are unique. The truth is that most brands make their carbon frames in much the same way, using similar materials, often in the same factories in the Far East. So when we find a brand that really does do things differently, we sit up and take notice. Duratec produces its bikes in the Czech Republic, and it moulds its frames in a single piece in one large aluminium mould. While that may seem like a small difference, it’s a significant one. Buy the Phantom bike from Duratec Normally, what most people call a ‘monocoque’ (one-piece) frame is actually made in several parts. See related Tom Pidcock talks unfriendly rivalries, this weekend's ...

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Sram 12-speed eTap breaks cover at Tour Down Under

Peter Stuart 10 Jan 2019 The much rumoured 12-speed groupset from Sram is being used by men's and women's team in Adelaide Sram's brand new 12-speed Red eTap groupset has been spotted on Trek-Segafredo and CCC-Liv women's team bikes at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide today. The company's expansion to a 12-speed setup has long been rumoured, but this is the first time we've seen any bikes specced with the new system in real road use. While many expected that the groupset would be a single chainring design, the fleet of racing bikes on duty in Australia are using a two chainrings for a total of 24 gears. Image 14 of 18 Image 14 of 18 However, a cover over the chainring suggests there may be a new design for the chainring - likely to facilitate a single-ring setup. One double-chainring was visible, and revealed a new one-piece CNC ...

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Unreleased POC helmet at Tour Down Under

Unreleased POC helmet at Tour Down Under

An unreleased POC helmet — that we suspect may be an updated SPIN-equipped version of the Octal — has been spotted at the Tour Down Under . The new model shares similarities from the brand’s Ventral model and is being used by riders on the WorldTour team, EF Education First Pro Cycling . The overall shape of the new POC helmet is almost identical to the POC Ventral , which was launched in March last year and joined an ever-increasing number of high-end, semi-aero race helmets. POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review New lightweight Specialized climbing shoe spotted at the Tour Down Under The original POC Octal was first released over five years ago , and aside from introducing multiple new colour options and a MIPS version of the helmet, the essential design of the helmet hasn’t been changed. MIPS is a helmet technology used across the industry to reduce ...

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