“Intent prediction” driver assistance technology to be trialled in London buses
Deep learning technology predicts cyclists’ movements and sounds alert to driver
‘It’ll kill us off’: Huub-Wattbike on being cut from the Track Cycling World Cup
Joseph Delves 27 Jun 2019 We talk to Dan Bigham of the record-breaking HUUB Wattbike team about the rule change that’s set to end the squad The UCI has announced sweeping changes to the track cycling World Cup format , chief among them that trade teams will no longer be eligible to take part. Given that commercial squads allowed riders outside the world’s various national programmes to race at the highest level, it's fair to say the move blindsided teams, along with at least some national bodies. Despite trade teams being home to world record holders and Olympic medallists, the development will lead to the disbanding of most of the nearly 40 commercial teams currently competing. Alongside these changes the reforms will also see the series move from the winter to summer, and the number of events cut form six to three. Following the news, we caught up with Huub-Wattbike’s ...
New Reverb Stealth dropper promises more travel, less maintenance and smoother action
Longer travel options, shorter insertion length and a new Vent Valve for easier maintenance
Pivot Vault gravel bike first-ride review: Elegantly simple, buttery smooth
Bike companies have been coming out with all sorts of mechanical devices to improve rider comfort on gravel bikes: Cannondale recently introduced Kingpin on its new Topstone Carbon, Specialized incorporated the Future Shock into its Diverge, Trek has IsoSpeed on the Checkpoint, there’s the radical full-suspension Niner MCR, and so on. Pivot has instead gone … The post Pivot Vault gravel bike first-ride review: Elegantly simple, buttery smooth appeared first on CyclingTips .
Huub-Wattbike and Beat teams hit back at radical UCI track reforms
The British-based squad Huub-Wattbike and the Dutch Beat Cycling Team have hit back at the UCI's decision to shake-up track racing and only allow national teams to compete in the prestigious World Cup events, claiming they will be cut out of major racing. In an open letter, published on Monday and addressed to the UCI president David Lappartient, the Huub-Wattbike team said the changes "have severe implications for us and will ultimately kill off the existence of trade teams completely," describing the reforms as "brutally destructive for the sport we know and love." The Beat Cycling Team launched a petition against the changes and warned they "investigate the legal base for these measures and are of the opinion that effectively canceling our team can under no circumstances be done without proper compensation for our damages." They explained they don't specifically seek compensation but simply want "to be able to continue ...
Wilier launches Zero SLR
Italian frame manufacturer Wilier has added a new, disc brake-only, highly integrated climbing bike, which will be used by Team Total Direct Energie at next month’s Tour de France . Wilier says the bike is the result of years of research and experimentation at the brand’s Innovation Lab and sees a completely redesigned frame and bigger sibling to the Wilier Zero.7 and Zero.6 Unlimited framesets and uses a brand new carbon layup and technologies. Alongside the disc brake-specific design, Wilier have made the frame optimised for electronic gearing, claimed aerodynamics, internal cable routing and a brand new, integrated and proprietary cockpit system. The new Wilier Zero SLR fork has a claimed weight of 340g in the matte black colourway and features an asymmetric design to cope with the forces produced from a disc brake setup. Wilier also increased the distance between the fork blades and the wheel, with the wider ...
Bosch celebrates 10 years of e-bikes launching new motors
New crop of electric bike drive units, a smartphone hub, smart lock and anti-tuning software
Hunt releases “world’s fastest aero disc wheelset” (and actually backs it up with data)
Hunt's super-wide Limitless 48 Aero Disc wheelset is claimed to be fastest disc wheelset below 50mm
The brand new BMC Roadmachine, Shimano XT pedals, WTB Verdict Wet 2.5 tyres, and more
This week’s new bikes and gear
Cannondale’s Topstone gravel bike gets shockless leaf-sprung rear suspension
The new carbon Cannondale Topstone features an all-new, ultra-light Kingpin suspension system
The weekly spin: Putting Chris Froome crash conspiracy theories into context
Chris Froome’s accident was staged. The details surrounding his treatment in the hours that followed his crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné don’t add up. No photos or videos exist from the moments following the crash. The fact that an ambulance was parked so close to the crash site is a little too convenient. The … The post The weekly spin: Putting Chris Froome crash conspiracy theories into context appeared first on CyclingTips .
BMC launches all-new Roadmachine
Integrated design, easier maintenance, greater comfort and performance, larger tyre clearances, all with BMC's trademark style
BMC Roadmachine 2020 first-ride review: Fast endurance ride, updated
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 .
Findra Stroma Technical Jacket
Delivers in terms of design, performance, technology and eco-credentials – that it's from a UK company is the icing on the cake 9/10
The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX?
From a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign to 800,000 bikes dumped in fields across China, this is the strange, sad story of SpeedX's monumental rise and fall. The post The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX? appeared first on CyclingTips .
Bontrager Specter WaveCel helmet review: Next-gen tech, curious ventilation
Bontrager’s mega-hyped WaveCel helmet liner technology certainly generated a lot of discussion when it was unveiled to world in March, if for no other reason than the wild claims the company made in terms of how much protection it offered. Safety should always be the primary metric by which a helmet is judged, but if … The post Bontrager Specter WaveCel helmet review: Next-gen tech, curious ventilation appeared first on CyclingTips .
MIPS on top, according to Swedish insurance company helmet safety test
Folksam, a Swedish insurance group, has released the results of its annual helmet safety test, finding that the best MIPS-equipped helmets offer up to 36% better safety than the average helmet. Unlike the tests completed for standards certification, Folksam’s test is similar to the testing from Virginia Tech, and places importance on measuring rotational forces … The post MIPS on top, according to Swedish insurance company helmet safety test appeared first on CyclingTips .
Simon Yates Q&A: On the Giro, Yorkshire Worlds and infamous UK climbs
Late last week CyclingTips reporter Dave Everett caught up with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at Scott HQ in Switzerland. In a wide-ranging conversation the pair talked about Yates’ eighth-place finish in the recent Giro d’Italia, what life is like as a pro racer, his journey through the sport, and even about an infamous climb in the … The post Simon Yates Q&A;: On the Giro, Yorkshire Worlds and infamous UK climbs appeared first on CyclingTips .
Strava inflation: Why getting a fast time always gets harder
Gavin Francis 10 Jun 2019 KOMs get ever-faster and leaderboards ever more crowded, using exclusive historic data, we look at the rate of Strava inflation If you have ever had the feeling that it is becoming harder to rise up the Strava leaderboards and that KOMs are ever more elusive, you are right. Welcome to the concept of Strava inflation. In economics, as the supply of money increases, so do prices, and the purchasing power of individuals becomes weaker. It’s why we hear so many tales of houses, cars and chocolate bars of yesteryear being inconceivably cheaper. So too, many of us have tales of when a spot in the top 10 of famous Strava segments was within the grasp of a good solo training ride. How things have changed. Strava’s leaderboard provides a ranking of personal bests, and is edged up by the top riders of the leaderboard improving ...