Pack and Play: A beginner goes bikepacking
With just about any bike and a minimum of planning, you too can fall in love with bikepacking, literally, overnight. Read the full article at Pack and Play: A beginner goes bikepacking on VeloNews.com .
Top 5 gravel bikes
Gravel bikes are no longer classed as a fad by anyone but the very grumpiest commenters. Investment in developing new standalone models — including a number of very affordable bikes — by the biggest manufacturers out there is a testament to this. With this in mind, and a deluge of new bikes released in the wake of Eurobike 2018 , we thought it was about time to round up the five most interesting gravel bikes of 2018 and beyond. For buying suggestions, check out our roundup of the best gravel bikes as tested by BikeRadar . Best gravel and all-road bikes of 2018 Gravel bike vs hardtail vs CX bike at Grinduro Scotland Cannondale Topstone The Topstone is Cannondale’s all-new, very recently announced line of affordable and adaptable alloy gravel bikes. Cannondale launches all-new and surprisingly affordable gravel bike Trek Checkpoint The Trek Domane Gravel is not a gravel bike ...
Mountain king: Taiwan KOM Challenge sportive review
James Spender 4 Sep 2018 At 105km long and rising from sea level to 3,275m, the Taiwan KOM Challenge claims to be one of the toughest sportives on the planet 'If the length doesn’t get you, the gradient will. If the gradient doesn’t get you, the humidity will. And if the humidity doesn’t get you, it’ll be the altitude. 'And if none of that gets you, keep an eye out for falling rocks,’ says Scott J Ellinger as he strides across the stage of the conference room in the Parkview Hotel, Taiwan. Ellinger is a former US Army officer, and his presentation for the Taiwan KOM Challenge has all the chutzpah of a 1980s gameshow crossed with the gravity of a UN Summit. However, the pronouncement is made slightly less harrowing for two reasons. First, Ellinger peppers his grim warning speech with high-fives and hugs with a man in a ...
Protest and tear gas drives Tour to edge of absurdity
Farmer protest on stage 16 is just the latest unexpected twist in a Tour marked by absurdity and bad roadside behavior. Read the full article at Protest and tear gas drives Tour to edge of absurdity on VeloNews.com .
Allied Alfa Allroad long-term review: The antidote to the N+1 rule
Allied Cycle Works is not your average bicycle company. The brainchild of several industry veterans, Allied doesn’t design and engineer its carbon-fiber frame and forks in-house only to then contract manufacturing overseas. Instead, the entire process is performed under the same roof in Little Rock, Arkansas. This compact supply chain offers a number of logistical … The post Allied Alfa Allroad long-term review: The antidote to the N+1 rule appeared first on CyclingTips .
Trek Checkpoint SL 6
Sadly disappointing gravel bike debut from Trek, though fine if you want a fat-tyred road bike 6/10
Delaney's rookie Dirty Kanza 200 bike
Against better judgement, I cannonballed into the deep end of gravel racing last weekend at the Dirty Kanza 200. We're wrapping up a video feature, 'The Road to Kanza', about the preparation of bike and body for 200-plus miles of gravel, but I thought I'd share my gear selections here in the spirit of BikeRadar 's Horse for the Course features. If you are getting into gravel racing, perhaps some of this will be helpful. If you think gravel racing is stupid, then hopefully you can enjoy some of my epic fails detailed below! The course: Dirty Kanza 200, an unsupported 206mi, 10,000-vertical-foot gravel slog The equipment goal: A comfortable race bike with tires that can withstand Kansas' flint gravel, and the means to carry a small truckload of water The horse: Trek Checkpoint SL 6 with ENVE G23 wheels and Schwalbe G-One 38mm tubeless tires The winning bikes of ...
Trek 2018 Émonda SL 6 Disc review
Trek recently updated its lightweight racing chassis, the Émonda, with a variety of refinements for 2018, including the addition of a disc-brake version. We had a look at the Émonda SLR Disc when it was launched last year, so for this review, we follow that up with a closer look at the more affordable mid-range … The post Trek 2018 Émonda SL 6 Disc review appeared first on CyclingTips .
Gritfest: Your chance to tackle a gravel stage race
Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2018 Set over two days, Gritfest pits you against some of Wales' best off-road trails Gravel riding is the unstoppable beast that keeps growing and it is here to stay. Canyon launced its Grail and Trek released the Checkpoint . The Tour de France is tackling a gravel climb this year and none of us can get enough of Strade Bianche. Joing the trend, Gritfest is a two-day timed off-road ride that pits riders against some of the gnarliest yet most beautiful trails Wales has to offer, based in the quiet Cambrian Mountain village of Cilycw. Taking place on 23rd and 24th June, the race will cover 125km mixing timed and nuetralised sections with around 40 per cent of the course against the clock. Day one will tackle 80km with a gruelling 1,600m of elevation. Three sections will be timed with the first being an undulating ...
Velon expands to 17 teams for 2018 season
Joe Robinson 16 Mar 2018 More teams agree to partner with Velon bringing the viewer closer to the racing Velon has partnered with seven new teams for the 2018 season helping bring the viewer closer to the action with more riders than ever. The content sharing platform has joined forces with Dimension Data, Bardiani-CSF, Caja-Rural, Gazprom-Rusvelo, Israel Cycling Academy, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Cofidis to share data from these teams' riders live to the viewer. This means that we will be treated to the likes of Mark Cavendish and Nacer Bouhanni's stats as they ride the biggest races in the world. Velon currently broadcasts data such as power and speed live to its website with users able to track how hard the pros are going while watching them on television. It also uses GoPro footage to immerse viewers into the peloton after the race. This was impressively done at last month's ...
Canyon Grail gravel bike first-ride review
Leave it to Canyon to think outside the box with its new Grail. It’s a gravel bike that should be more than enough for most who want to venture off the beaten track, but before you do so, you’ll have to accept the radical design of the integrated handlebar, and prepare yourself for endless coffee … The post Canyon Grail gravel bike first-ride review appeared first on CyclingTips .
CyclingTips Podcast: The chasm between ethics and law, plus a plea for fun bikes
A hallmark of the modern cycling scandal is its location, wedged somewhere in between the ethical line the sport has drawn for itself and the legal line drawn by the WADA code. This week’s news surrounding Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins is no different. We dig into how those lines are drawn, and how they … The post CyclingTips Podcast: The chasm between ethics and law, plus a plea for fun bikes appeared first on CyclingTips .
All new Trek Checkpoint gravel bike passes bigger tires, new geometry, & new features
It was only a matter of time. With bikes like the popular Domane Gravel, Crockett, and Boone, you knew that Trek had to have a true “gravel specific” bike in the works. Yet, with the introduction of the Checkpoint, Trek assures us that this is not just a slightly tweaked version of a previous model. […] The post All new Trek Checkpoint gravel bike passes bigger tires, new geometry, & new features appeared first on Bikerumor .
Trek launches Checkpoint gravel bike: Isospeed, adjustable geometry and up to 45mm tyres
Trek finally has a proper gravel bike, and it's not just a Domane with big tyres
Trek Checkpoint gravel bike: Isospeed, adjustable geometry and up to 45mm tyres
Trek finally launches a proper gravel bike, and it's not just a Domane with big tyres
First Ride: Trek Checkpoint gravel bike finds the right balance
Trek's Checkpoint should appeal to gravel riders who know they’ll be abusing their gear or first-timers who don't want to break the bank. Read the full article at First Ride: Trek Checkpoint gravel bike finds the right balance on VeloNews.com .
Trek's First True Gravel Bike, the Checkpoint, Is Impressive
The new bike's features and lower-cost versions make it a compelling multi-surface option
Trek Checkpoint all-new gravel bike first ride review
Although tardy to the gravel game, Trek now has a legitimate contender with the Checkpoint, which boats 45mm tire clearance, mounts for four bottles, racks, bags and fenders, and the rear IsoSpeed Decoupler for smoothing out the ride. I gently heckled Trek for its recent Domane Gravel (read: standard Domane road bike with gravel tires squeezed in), but the new Checkpoint series of seven bikes has answered the questions I raised. Here are my thoughts after a few rides on the top-end Trek Checkpoint SL 6. 8 great gravel bikes from NAHBS 2018 2017: a year in gravel tech Trek Checkpoint SL 6 highlights Rear IsoSpeed Decoupler (non-adjustable) Mounts for three water bottles on 49, 52 and 54cm frames; four bottles on 56, 58 and 61cm frames Clearance for 45mm tires, but comes with Schwalbe G-One All-Round TLEs Shimano Ultegra R8020 hydraulic group Adjustable dropouts for 425–440mm chainstays 50/34t, 11-34t ...
Trek goes all in on gravel with Checkpoint
After dabbing its toe into gravel with the Domane Gravel, Trek jumped in with both feet with the new Checkpoint. Comprised of seven alloy and carbon bikes, the Checkpoint features massive tire clearance, an adjustable wheelbase and mounts for 3-4 bottles (depending on frame size), fenders, racks and bags. Trek Checkpoint all-new gravel bike first ride review The Trek Domane Gravel is not a gravel bike Battle of the plush: Trek Domane vs Specialized Roubaix Top 5 gravel bikes of 2018 Prices range from $1,699 with the Checkpoint ALR 4 with 10-speed Shimano Tiagra up to $3,799 for the Checkpoint SL 6 with the latest Shimano Ultegra. All bikes come with 35mm Schwalbe G-One tires but can fit up to 45mm-wide tires. UK and EU pricing was not immediately available. Trek Checkpoint geometry and features Trek has a huge variety of bikes in the general neighborhood of this Checkpoint, from ...
Trek Checkpoint dives headfirst into the red-hot gravel bike market
After tentatively dipping its toes into the red-hot gravel waters last year with the lukewarm Domane Gravel, Trek is now being anything but tentative with the new Checkpoint family. The new carbon fiber and aluminum frames feature dedicated geometries, a slew of gravel-specific features, and Smart spec across the board. Much of the U.S. CyclingTips … The post Trek Checkpoint dives headfirst into the red-hot gravel bike market appeared first on CyclingTips .