A numbers game: Best road bikes of 2018

Cyclist magazine 28 Feb 2018 A breakdown of the best bikes of 2018 and what you should consider if you looking to buy Buying a new road bike in 2018 is truly a minefield. Do I go aero? Do I go lightweight? Do I need disc brakes? Should I consider tubeless-ready wheels? So many questions make this an extremely important decision especially as a new bike purchase, for many, is as big a commitment to buying a new car or going on a big holiday. It has to be right. To make it easier you should break down this process into some simple steps. Firstly, how much money am I willing to spend on my new bike and secondly what do I want from this bike. Once you have decided on this you should be able to narrow down your options considerably. Then you will be left with the smaller ...

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March edition of Procycling now on sale

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The March 2018 edition of Procycling is now available to buy in UK shops. The issue features Michał Kwiatkowski , one of the strongest riders of 2017 and already one of the most successful riders of 2018 on the cover and we travelled to his native Poland for an in-depth interview with the 27-year-old Sky rider. Last year, Kwiatkowski won Strade Bianche and his debut monument at Milan-San Remo, and as the cobbled Classics get underway and the first monument of 2018 rapidly approaches, the Team Sky rider goes into this season's spring campaign brimming with confidence. After becoming world champion in 2014 aged 24, Kwiatkowski is arguably now in the form of his life. Fresh from a win in Volta ao Algarve earlier in February, the Pole heads into the spring season aiming to go even better than he did last year. "I want to win more Classics. I ...

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Top road disc brake bikes

Top road disc brake bikes

Road disc bikes have rolled past controversy and are now becoming the standard, from everyday riders to World Tour racers. Here are our picks of the top ones you should watch and buy.

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Boonen regrets Quick-Step deal didn't go through

Tom Boonen signs a T-shirt for a fan after the team presentation on April 8, 2017 on the eve of the

Legendary pavé specialist Tom Boonen surprisingly didn’t join his former Quick-Step Floors wolfpack but instead stepped into a new role with the 'Captains of Cycling' at the rivaling Lotto Soudal team, announced last week. Captains of Cycling is the crowdfunding group behind the Lotto Soudal team. The 37-year-old Belgian will also advise the team, mostly on the technological front. On Saturday, Boonen was spotted at the finish of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in front of the team bus of third Belgian team, Veranda's Willems - Crelan. "I’m a freelancer now," Boonen joked. "My friend is the driver of the bus and I hopped in to see the final kilometres of the race. Why I came to the race? I came to have a look around," Boonen smiled. He glanced back on a hectic week and commented on the performances of the Lotto Soudal riders and cyclo-cross world champion Wout Van ...

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Gore rebrands, releases C5 & C7 – their most colorful and stretchy ShakeDry jackets yet

Gore adds stretch panels to their top level road rain jacket

It’s hard to believe Gore-Tex is about to turn 50. In the decades since its inception the product engineers at Gore have continued to innovate and stay one step ahead of the competition. Their most advanced technology, ShakeDry, first popped up in 2015 with the Gore-Tex Active Cycling Jacket. Since then, they’ve gone on to improve […] The post Gore rebrands, releases C5 & C7 – their most colorful and stretchy ShakeDry jackets yet appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Tom Boonen returns to cycling with role at career-long rivals

Tom Boonen returns to cycling with role at career-long rivals

Joe Robinson 22 Feb 2018 A role as shareholder and advisor to the Lotto-Soudal team awaits for the Spring Classics legend Tom Boonen is set to make his return to cycling less than a year after retiring as it was announced that the Belgian would joing forces with Lotto-Soudal as a shareholder and advisor to the team. The four-time Paris-Roubaix champion will join the WorldTour team as a 'captain of cycling', looking to secure funding for the team and the Belgian national team, while also advising on the technology used by the riders. It is said Boonen will also be expected to offer his vast experience to the team throughout the year. This move initially comes as a surprise considering the Lotto-Soudal team were the arch rivals of Boonen throughout his illustrious career as he rode for the fellow Belgian WorldTour team Quick-Step Floors . While the Lotto-Soudal team did ...

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Photo gallery: 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon team camp

Over the past nine years, Hagens Berman Axeon has earned a reputation as the sport’s top development team. Since its debut in 2009, the program has advanced 25 riders to the WorldTour ranks, including Taylor Phinney, Joe Dombrowski, George Bennett, Alex Dowsett, Jasper Stuyven, Ian Boswell, Greg Daniel, and Tao Geoghegan Hart. Four riders from … The post Photo gallery: 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon team camp appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Buyer's guide: Best skincare products for cyclists

BikesEtc 27 Feb 2018 Your face is one of the few bits of your body that’s left exposed if you ride at this time of year. Here are the best ways to protect it There’s no two ways about it – ride a bike at this time of year and your face takes a bit of a battering. Wind, cold, sweat, grime, pollution and rain will all conspire to slap your chops about. This can result in anything from spots and rashes, to dry skin and premature ageing. Thankfully, though, there are a number of products on the market designed to protect and nourish a cyclist’s skin. Here’s our rundown of the best skincare products for cyclists See related Into the detail: Looking deeper into the Froome salbutamol case Tom Dumoulin showcases World Championships kit and special bike ahead of season debut Giro d'Italia 2018: Route confirmed Tour de France ...

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Lightweight Wegweiser C Disc wheelset review

Stu Bowers Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:27 Overall the performance is hard to fault, but costly and lagging a little behind on aero and a shame not to have tubeless compatibility. 4.0 / 5 £3,499 The story of Lightweight is a fascinating one. Here’s an abridged version, for those that don’t know it: Around the mid nineties a German aerospace engineer named Heinz Obermayer, began making full carbon road wheels by hand, in his shed, using parts from a lorry heater to cure his, then incredibly hi-tech creations, in a homemade autoclave. His exceptionally light and stiff wheels garnered a huge amount of attention, especially from top pros, as Obermayer was way ahead of his time using carbon fibre construction techniques no one else thought possible. Image 7 of 10 Image 7 of 10 Obermayer famously never gave away his wheels (not even to Lance Armstrong, who just like ...

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IceBike 2018: Five of the best (gallery)

Sam Challis 22 Feb 2018 Five of the highlights from Madison’s house show to look out for this year Cyclist popped along to Madison's house event IceBike this week to see what one of the UK's largest cycling distributors had in store for 2018. Ridley, Shimano and Lazer were just three of the brands on show and below we have compiled the five items that caught our eye. A revamped Genesis Zero Image 2 of 9 Image 2 of 9 UK domestic team Madison-Genesis’s race rig has been overhauled this year. The headline improvement is significant drop in weight but in general the frame looks alot sleeker and more integrated. The junctions at the top and bottom of the headtube looking particularly refined, presumably in a bid to improve aerodynamics. The rim-brake frame has moved to direct-mount brakes and there is now a disc version available too. Trelock SL 460 ...

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Tom Dumoulin showcases World Championships kit and special bike ahead of season debut

Joe Robinson 20 Feb 2018 The Dutchman is set to start his season at the Abu Dhabi Tour before defending his Giro d'Italia title Tom Dumuolin has revealed his custom World Championships time-trial skinsuit and time-trial bike ahead of his season debut at the Abu Dhabi Tour this week. The Team Sunweb rider will wear the all-white skinsuit and ride the custom-painted Giant Trinity Advanced Pro time-trial bike on Stage 4 of the race, an individual time-trial starting and finishing on Al Maryah Island. The skinsuit, manufactured by Spanish cycling apparel brand Etxeondo, has been developed with partners of the team, Delft University of Technology, to produce the faster race suit possible. Beyond the kit, the current Giro d'Italia champion will also have the use of his custom painted bike. Signalling the fact he is World Champion, the down tube of the TT bike will be painted in the rainbow ...

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How big of a deal is ‘Super Boost’?

How big of a deal is ‘Super Boost’?

For the last decade, change has been the only constant in mountain bikes. Evolutions in wheel and tire sizes, bottom-bracket systems, steerer-tube diameters, brake systems and axle configurations have all brought benefits and frustrations in equal measure. The latest standard switch-up looming on the horizon is the so-called 'Super Boost' rear-axle spacing. I contacted seven industry experts to get their take on where Super Boost is headed. Over to you: are you tired of keeping up with the pace of change in cycling tech? A guide to mountain bike axle standards Knolly goes all in with new rear axle width "standard" This Super Boost rear-axle standard isn’t completely new – hubs with 157x12mm axle spacing have existed for years on downhill bikes. The difference is the majority of those hubs used the same flange spacing as 135x10 quick-release and 142x12mm thru-axle hubs. The new generation of Super Boost hubs share ...

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Assos Equipe RS Rain Waterproof Shell Jacket

Peter Stuart Monday, February 19, 2018 - 15:38 A technical, stylish and packable water and wind-resistant jacket from Assos, but it comes with a hefty price tag 4.2 / 5 £255 Rain shells were once little more than the name implied, a thin barrier against a downpour without a hint of breathability. These days, though, lightweight packable jackets can be strikingly effective at diverting a deluge, and the the Assos Equipe RS Rain Jacket is the latest to take on the market. Technology like GoreTex ShakeDry fabric have given way to a range of thin and light jackets that have impressive breathability and miraculous water-resistance – the Castelli Idro, 7Mesh Oro and Gore ShakeDry One have all made a waterproof garment much more portable and tolerable. Assos consider the SturmPrinz to remain toward the fully waterproof side (no jacket, of course, is truly waterproof) of the brand’s arsenal, and the ...

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Factor's Slick adds slippery storage for triathletes

Factor's Slick adds slippery storage for triathletes

Factor has launched the latest version of its Slick TT machine, which now includes some tri-specific features for riders who like to sandwich their cycling between bouts of swimming and running. Factor unveils Slick time trial bike for Paris-Nice Double down tube returns with the Factor ONE Top 5 futuristic bike technologies we'd like to see We got a good look at the Slick at last year’s Paris-Nice where it was being ridden in the TT by AG2R, and the latest version gets Factor's carbon StoraPak, a box that attaches to the back of the seat tube and which claims to come with no aero penalty, along with bosses on the top tube for a bento box and a BTA mount on the cockpit for a bottle cage. The StoraPak has space for two tubes, tyre levers, a CO2 inflator with two cartridges, as well as a small multi-tool. The ...

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Differences between Shimano Tourney, Altus, Acera, and Alivio components

Differences between Shimano's low-end groups: Tourney, Altus, Acera, and Alivio

Are there significant differences in Shimano's lower-end groupsets? We show the range from top to bottom and explain where these entry-level components fit and what you need to know.

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Folding Bike Helmets: Are they safe? Practical?

Folding helmets

Folding / collapsing bike helmets make carrying them much easier so they are on hand and ready to protect. We look at how they came about, who they're for, and models we like.

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Today's helmet tech reduces rotational-impact head injuries

Bicycle helmet technology to reduce traumatic brain injury (TBI)

We examine the latest in bicycle helmets – much improved protection than those of yesteryear, with designs and materials to handle the complex interactions and forces of a crash.

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The February edition of Cycling Plus is out now!

The February edition of Cycling Plus is out now!

As road bike technology has changed in the last several years, so too has the idea of what a road bike is. The advent of the road disc brake has allowed designers to fit wider, tubeless tyres, while suspension and the way carbon fibre is manipulated means lightweight frames can be enjoyed on the roughest farm tracks. With that in mind, the six bikes in our main group test explore the new capabilities in the road bike market, all offering comfort and control-boosting, ride-expanding, puncture-saving, weather-beating advantages while still being fast enough to be properly flat-out fun. Elsewhere, senior technical editor Warren Rossiter fulfils a lifetime ambition of riding a custom-built titanium bike, collaborating with US Ti frame builder Lynskey on its Helix model. We’ve also got First Ride reviews of the Colnago Concept, Kinesis Aithein EVO, Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 and Calibre Lost Lad, while the Cube Attain ...

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Opinion: Do we really need 29-inch DH bikes?

Greg Minnaar on his way to victory aboard his 29 inch Santa Cruz V-10

29er downhill bikes are beginning to top podiums in World Cup DH races. BikeRoar ponders if 29in DH bikes are necessary and considers benefits and disadvantages of going big wheeled.

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Kali Interceptor helmet review

Kali Interceptor helmet review

Kali Protectives began in 2009 in Morgan Hill, CA and develops helmets for motorcycling as well as bicycling. Its helmets typically attempt to go beyond the established standards for safety. The Interceptor sits as its all-mountain or enduro helmet. Mongoose Capture helmet review Kali Protectives MAYA helmet review Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Vertigo helmet review Kali Interceptor features Nano-Fusion technology Low-density layer technology Boa retention system Adjustable visor Vents: 24 Weight: 390 grams Two sizes: Small/Medium (55-61cm); Large/X-Large (60-64cm) Added protection Kali prides itself on going above and beyond in terms of safety with its Nano-Fusion and Low Density Layer technologies. Nano-Fusion is an in-molded, multi-density EPS with acrylic self-healing foam and carbon nanotubes. Kali claims that it "dissipates impact energy more efficiently in a smaller volume." The smaller volume of material allows Kali to make lighter weight helmets with a smaller overall profile. Well vented and comfortable fit ...

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