Specialized’s new Roubaix first-ride review: Performance, soothed

Specialized-Roubaix

“Lighter than our Venge and more aero than our Tarmac.” That’s an attractive statement for anyone seeking a new race bike. In this case, it applies to Specialized’s all-new Roubaix, the company’s long-standing endurance platform. Announced just in time for its namesake race, the new Roubaix retains and improves on a number of the platform’s … The post Specialized’s new Roubaix first-ride review: Performance, soothed appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Northwave Extreme Pro shoes review

Joe Robinson Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 14:06 Designed for performance but also very comfortable on longer days in the saddle 4.0 / 5 £340 It’s one of those things that ends up ingrained in your mind after years of your mum nagging you: ‘Make sure you wear your shoes in otherwise you’ll get blisters.’ My mum used to say it with every new pair of shoes. And with every new pair of shoes I’d ignore her. And yes, every new pair of shoes would give me blisters. It wasn't just growing up, either. Many times when testing new cycling shoes, I've used them for a long ride on the first occasion and come home with my feet in a complete state. I made the same mistake with the new Northwave Extreme Pro road shoes. I affixed my cleats, slipped them on and headed off for a long and tiring ...

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Abus stays tough, but gets smart with its SmartX lock

Abus stays tough, but gets smart with its SmartX lock

We first reported on Abus's SmartX project last year, but after plenty more development time the SmartX locks are finally available. The best bike locks: D-locks, foldable locks and chain locks tested The Abus 770A SmartX lock says bye-bye to keys The heart of the new lock is the same construction as the standard Granit — super-tough lock body, parabolic shaped shackle, Abus’s own highest security rating of 15, and it’s also just been awarded gold Sold Secure status — but it’s the electronic side of things where it gets interesting. When you first purchase the lock it comes with a Keyless ‘Go’ card which registers you as the lock's administrator, and as the owner the lock then pairs to your phone. The Keyless Go smart system is controlled by Abus’s own app, available on iOS and Android, and uses a private, Abus Bluetooth protocol. Abus tells us that when ...

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Look 795 Blade RS frameset

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Offers an excellent balance of stiffness and comfort at a pretty good price considering the technology and materials involved 8/10

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UCI bans licensed riders from competing in motorcycle federation's e-MTB race calendar

UCI bans licensed riders from competing in motorcycle federation's e-MTB race calendar

In its latest power move, the UCI has come out against the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) following the announcement that electric mountain bike racing will be added to its circuit, as reported by mxgp.com . e-MTB vs XC — which is faster? Would you race an e-MTB? Because electric enduro is now a thing In a press release, President of the FIM, Jorge Viegas, said: "I am very happy that the FIM is starting to provide competitions for electric bikes. The first ever FIM E-XBike World Cup will allow a new generation of riders to take part in these exciting races. "For the FIM it is a reoccurring (sic) story because the first motorcycles were based on a bike frame, with the addition of a motor. In recent years the electric technology has evolved considerably, and we are convinced that the FIM E-X Bike World Cup will offer the ...

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Hunt sets Arenberg KOM to launch new wheelset

Joe Robinson 9 Apr 2019 Limitless Aero Disc has been optimised for tubeless 28mm tyres Hunt has released the Hunt 48 Limitless Aero disc, an aerodynamic, disc-only 28mm tyre-optimised wheelset that has taken real-world testing to the next level by setting the Strava King of the Mountain on the treacherous Trouée d'Arenberg Paris-Roubaix cobbled sectuer. The new wheelset from the British-based brand is part of its new 'Limitless Research' range which Hunt hopes will 'push the boundaries on what is possible' in wheel technology. Key to this was the acquiring of wheel engineering expert Luisa Grappone, who embarked on an 18-month period of wind-tunnel and real-world testing which included taking the new wheelset to the pavè of northern France. The 48 Limitless wheels were developed with tyre brand Schwalbe with a profile optimised for Schwalbe's Pro One 28mm tubeless. The internal rim width of 22.5mm is consideraly larger than most ...

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Industry predictions: What will WorldTour tech look like five years from now?

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Predictions are notoriously tricky to get right, as evident by my last attempt. However, when it comes to the WorldTour, with its often old-school mentality, we know that trends or even emerging technologies we see today are likely to become commonplace in pro racing in years to come. Inspired by predictions from the likes of … The post Industry predictions: What will WorldTour tech look like five years from now? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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ENVE's all-road wheels get shallower and lighter with the SES 3.4 AR

ENVE's all-road wheels get shallower and lighter with the SES 3.4 AR

Enve launched its first AR or 'all-road' wheel in 2016 with the SES 4.5 AR , a tubeless and disc-only road wheel designed around wide tires to optimise the aerodynamics of using bigger rubber. Best road bike tyres in 2019: everything you need to know Why gravel roads made me a believer in road tubeless 10 of the best deep aero wheels lab tested Now, the brand has added a shallower and lighter SES 3.4 AR to better mesh with 28–32mm rubber. Claimed to weigh 1,417g with the Enve's own Alloy Disc CL hubs, the wheelset features a 25mm internal width and a tubeless-ready inner rim profile, even coming with an approved/recommended tire list which the brand says results in the best aerodynamics and safety — all of which are tubeless ready. ENVE does point out that you can still run a tube if you're so inclined, but these wheels ...

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SmartEtailing president talks click-and-collect on new Channel Mastery podcast

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DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Ryan Atkinson, co-owner and president of SmartEtailing.com , sees click-and-collect retail as the opportunity to reconnect consumers to stocking retailers. “Consumers want the product now and they’re being trained by the Walmart’s and Target’s of the world,” Atkinson said in a new Channel Mastery podcast episode. SmartEtailing is a specialty bike marketing company that aims to connect IBDs, brands and target consumers across multiple channels, Atkinson acknowledged that Walmart and Target own their own stores and thus have the advantage of nation-wide logistics to serve consumers. Retail behemoths continue to leverage their inventory position, which is closer to the consumer than Amazon’s fulfillment capabilities, he said. “Fundamentally, the IBD network has the same thing. We've got the best product distributed across the country close to consumers,” Atkinson said. “The question is how do we use technology to connect those two?” He said SmartEtailing.com exists to solve ...

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UCI fights with Motorcycle Federation over who gets ebikes

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Supported by The UCI and International Motorcycle Federation both lay claim to ebike racing, and they don't want to share. The post UCI fights with Motorcycle Federation over who gets ebikes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bontrager rolls in with new tires and aero saddle

Bontrager rolls in with new tires and aero saddle

It took a while for Trek’s in-house component brand to hit its stride, but now Bontrager is up there with the best when it comes to parts and accessories. While some of the claims about its recent releases have caused some controversy, there is no question the brand's tyres, wheels, shoes and saddles are top notch. Bontrager claims WaveCel technology is biggest change to helmet safety in 30 years Best road bike tyres in 2019: everything you need to know A buyer's guide to getting the best road bike saddle And now, Bontrager has updated its tire and saddle range with the revamped R3 tire lineup and Aeolus aero saddles. R3 Hard-Case Lite tires Bontrager has given its most popular road tires a facelift, with the brand saying the update to the R3 Hard-Case Lite improves on the best parts of the original, while also rolling faster, lasting longer and ...

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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 .

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Wireless shifting for the masses — SRAM Force eTap AXS is here

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 ...

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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 ...

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Shimano STEPS e-bike assistance can now be controlled from drop handlebars with new Di2 technology

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Rather than having to come out of the drops to alter your e-assistance, Shimano will now allow you to do this from the Di2 shift buttons on e-road and gravel bikes equipped with Shimano STEPS

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Behold, the Reversityre, slick on one side and knobbly on the other

Behold, the Reversityre, slick on one side and knobbly on the other

If you thought the Retyre zip-on tyres were weird, then you’re in for a treat. We’ve had exclusive word of a brand new tyre on the market, and it’s the epitome of versatility. Top 5 weirdly wonderful mountain bike tech of 2018 Top 5 weird and wonderful road and gravel kit of 2018 The two-in-one Reversityre allows you to take your bike anywhere, whether it’s meant for the road or the trails. How? Simply pop off your wheels, remove your tyres, flip them inside out, and off you go. While it’s not tubeless (yet), the Reversityre can take standard inner tubes, which will work for both of its guises. When it’s set up to be slick, the tread creates an extra layer on the inside that doubles up as puncture protection, and offers similar benefits of the CushCore , damping the shocks from the road. No more will you find ...

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Photo gallery: The best of the 2019 Taipei Cycle Show, final day

The final day of the Taipei Cycle Show saw me wandering the distant corners of the final hall, and then returning to the first hall for a final look for things I may have missed. As it turns out, I unintentionally saved some of the best stuff for last, including a new, incredibly well-priced and … The post Photo gallery: The best of the 2019 Taipei Cycle Show, final day appeared first on CyclingTips .

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E-bikes sales rise as bike sales drop, research shows

E-bikes sales rise as bike sales drop, research shows

Joe Robinson 29 Mar 2019 E-bikes sales on the rise as cycling in UK seems to be past its peak Sales of e-bikes in the UK grew to a record high in 2018 despite research showing that the number of cyclists overall has dropped for the third consecutive year. A study by Mintel found that 70,000 e-bikes were sold across the UK last year, an 8% rise in sales from 2017. It also saw the average value of sales climb by 15%. While only 8% of cyclists own e-bikes currently, 14% of all adult cyclists said they were considering turning to the pedal-assisted technology within the next 12 months. However, nearly half (45%) of current cyclists said they'd be interested in testing an e-bike, while 32% of those identified as 'potential cyclists' could be swayed by the assisting technology. This came despite a third consecutive year in which the number ...

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E-bike sales rise as bike sales drop, research shows

E-bike sales rise as bike sales drop, research shows

Joe Robinson 29 Mar 2019 E-bike sales on the rise as cycling in UK seems to be past its peak Sales of e-bikes in the UK grew to a record high in 2018 despite research showing that the number of cyclists overall has dropped for the third consecutive year. A study by Mintel found that 70,000 e-bikes were sold across the UK last year, an 8% rise in sales from 2017. It also saw the average value of sales climb by 15%. While only 8% of cyclists own e-bikes currently, 14% of all adult cyclists said they were considering turning to the pedal-assisted technology within the next 12 months. However, nearly half (45%) of current cyclists said they'd be interested in testing an e-bike, while 32% of those identified as 'potential cyclists' could be swayed by the assisting technology. This came despite a third consecutive year in which the number ...

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Fox's Rampage Pro Carbon helmet packs in the tech

Fox's Rampage Pro Carbon helmet packs in the tech

Fox's Rampage Pro Carbon has proved a popular lid on the DH scene, and Fox has just updated its top-line helmet with a number of new safety features, as well as improved ventilation to keep your head nice and cool. Bontrager claim WaveCel helmets represent the biggest innovation in 30 years Mountain bike groupsets — all you need to know Fox says that it took the previous generation Rampage Pro Carbon and integrated some of the 'revolutionary innovation' of its more enduro focussed Proframe helmet , which it claims results in a new standard for comfort, airflow and fit in a gravity orientated helmet — big claims. Fox Rampage Pro Carbon protective features Technology to reduce rotational injuries, such as MIPS, is almost ubiquitous in high-end and increasingly mid-level helmets, and so it's no surprise to see something here from Fox. Fox has worked with a company called Fluid Brain ...

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