Are the '90s back?! Moots' amazingly-anodised soft-tail-equipped gravel bike

Are the '90s back?! Moots' amazingly-anodised soft-tail-equipped gravel bike

The Routt is Moots’ do-it-all gravel-racing shred-venturing bike that is available in a number of different build options, including the Routt YBB. The Routt YBB is a cushy soft tail-equipped model and we have one in for testing right now, and it's already won over the hearts of much of BikeRadar . Best gravel and all-road bikes of 2018 Best gravel tyres of 2018 Moots Routt YBB full specs Fork: Moots flat-mount disc cross carbon Stem: Moots Ti Seatpost : Moots 27.2 cinch post Headset: Chris King I7 Groupset: Shimano Ultegra 8070 Handlebar: Fizik Cyrano R3 Aluminum Tape: Moots bar tape Saddle : Fizik Aliante R3 K:Ium Wheels : Mavic Ksyrium Allroad Elite Tyres : WTB Riddler $8,670 A soft-what-now? The YBB system is Moots’ signature soft tail suspension system. This elastomer-spring hybrid system is located in the wishbone-style seatstay and offers around 20mm of undamped travel. There are no ...

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11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

Let's get something out of the way first… no, we are not going to upgrade this feature to 12spd just yet. While SRAM may be making (tsunami) waves this week with the release of its all-new wireless 12-speed road and mountain bike groupsets , we here at BikeRadar aren’t quite ready to make the jump. Something about our website not having a compatible freehub? Japes aside, you’d have to be living underneath a (mechanically actuated) rock to have not caught wind of the news that SRAM has totally revamped its top-end road and mountain bike groupsets alongside releasing a wireless version of its Reverb dropper . This week, we’ve also seen the BikeRadar team weigh in on its very favourite kit for riding in the rain alongside , controversially, hearing why Benedict Pfender thinks waterproof jackets actually suck . Lastly, with that January pay packet now tucked away snugly in ...

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Bikes of the Bunch: Allied Cycle Works Alfa Allroad

Dr. Allen Lim has worn several different hats during his career in the cycling industry: as a consultant for PowerTap, as a physiologist for various top-tier road teams, and his current role as a co-founder of exercise nutrition company Skratch Labs. Throughout nearly all of that, one thing has remained mostly constant: His personal riding … The post Bikes of the Bunch: Allied Cycle Works Alfa Allroad appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shimano Ultegra R8000 mechanical groupset long-term review

Shimano Ultegra R8000 review - crank

Shifting is pretty damn good these days. When everything is properly set up and well maintained, you’re able to shift without having to think or worry about it. And that brilliant shifting isn’t exclusive to the most expensive groupsets, either. Most of us would continue to enjoy cycling if we were forced to ride Tiagra. … The post Shimano Ultegra R8000 mechanical groupset long-term review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shiny new products from Praxis, Shimano and Specialized - Video

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Shimano's new Ultegra RX rear derailleur plus a carbon bling from Specialized and Praxis

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BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport LTD e-bike first ride review

BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport LTD e-bike first ride  review

Sharing much of its spec list with the City LTD , the Alpenchallenge AMP Sport LTD does away with the mudguards and wider tyres, and swaps out the 38x11-32 gearing for a 44x11-34 setup. Shimano’s Metrea is replaced by the new Ultegra RX clutch mech, an Ultegra cassette and RS600 hydraulic discs. The wheels are sportier too, being DT Swiss AMP 1600 Spline, with 30mm Vittorias fitted. BMC Alpenchallenge AMP City LTD e-bike first ride review BMC’s new go anywhere Alpenchallenge AMP e-bike range BMC's Roadmachine X is designed for even more adventure After a 2.5-hour morning ride on a different bike (watch this space), the afternoon’s bike was unveiled. By the time the pre-ride adjustments and cat herding had taken place, it was around 15:30, so the perfect time to set off for a ride up the Grosse Scheidegg in Switzerland. Blissfully unaware of the mountain’s Swiss status, I ...

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11spd: This week's best new bike gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

Oh, hello Friday! You've been a long while coming. Nevermind, we forgive you. Just bless us with perfect riding conditions this weekend, a tail wind, cracking trails, good coffee, great company and strong legs. Best road bikes under £2,500 for 2018 Should I wear underwear under my padded cycling shorts Tour de Suisse massive race tech gallery If you've had a tough week, why not ease yourself into the weekend with a little whimsy and nostalgia. Ahh, those golden early years of cycling — mountain bikes with cantilever brakes, road bikes with shifters on the down tube, garish 80s colours and sun-kissed steel. Peruse to your heart's content our gallery of retro mountain bikes from the Malvern's festival . Or if you prefer going from the ridiculous to the sublime, then check out this bike made of springs , or how about a pedal-powered trimaran for seaside excursions? And once ...

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How to watch the Critérium du Dauphiné 2018 on TV

How to watch the Critérium du Dauphiné 2018 on TV

With the Giro d’Italia just over, June provides a bit of respite before the Tour de France rolls in. Arguably the Critérium du Dauphiné (and Tour de Suisse) will give us some indication of who’s in the running for the yellow jersey in July, so find out how to watch the action live here. Top 5 2018 pro bikes Shimano Ultegra RX Di2 rear derailleur review The 2018 Critérium du Dauphiné The 2018 Critérium du Daupiné will cover 958.6km of riding over a prologue and seven stages between 3–10 June. This year the race includes two time trials and plenty of mountainous stages with punchy climbs. The Dauphiné has always pitched itself as a litmus test for who is in contention for the Tour de France , so it will be interesting to see how riders perform over the course of this year’s race. For more information about the race ...

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Inside Shimano's Sakai Bicycle Museum — gallery

Inside Shimano's Sakai Bicycle Museum — gallery

As a company, Shimano has deep roots in Sakai, an industrial city with centuries of experience in metalworking. This expertise made the region a center for the development of weapons such as swords and firearms. Later, these same skills were put to use to produce many of Japan’s first bicycles. Shimano XTR M9100: everything you need to know Shimano Ultegra RX clutch derailleur cobble-tested Sakai, part of the larger metropolis of Osaka, is the headquarters of Shimano and is also home to the Bicycle Museum Cycle Center . Funded by Shimano, this museum holds 200 years of cycling innovation. From the examples of the first Drasines, to penny-farthings and onto modern bicycles, including some that have won world championships, grand tours and circumnavigated the globe. You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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Shimano Ultegra RX Di2 rear derailleur review

Shimano Ultegra RX Di2 rear derailleur review

Shimano didn’t reinvent the wheel — or derailleur — in developing the Ultegra RX rear derailleur. Instead, the company combined its proven R8000 series rear derailleur with the Shadow Plus clutch system it has used on its mountain bike groups since 2012. A complete guide to rear derailleurs How to adjust a rear derailleur video That's not to say it's exactly the same as the company's clutch-equipped Di2 mountain bike rear derailleurs, which have been used for several seasons in lieu of purpose-built derailleurs for gravel and cyclocross use. According to Shimano’s Hiroshi Matsumoto, who oversaw the development of the Ultegra RX rear derailleur, clutch tension on the new derailleur is lower than the company’s Shadow Plus mountain bike derailleurs. “We found that the experiences were very different on gravel and on the mountain bike. On the mountain bike, the derailleur deals with large impacts, where on gravel, there is ...

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2018 Sea Otter Classic tech gallery, Part Three

Supported by When it comes to cycling equipment, much of the appeal lies in the massive breadth of choices that are available; with even a little bit of modification, bikes can easily be personalized to suit the rider better than a fully stock machine. Those modifications go beyond color choice, too, with everything from sizing to component … The post 2018 Sea Otter Classic tech gallery, Part Three appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Easton releases gravel-specific chainrings

For cyclocross, Easton is offering a 46/36t option

This article first appeared on BikeRadar . There's no denying the simplicity and popularity of dedicated single chainring drivetrains. But there are trade-offs with cadence and gear range. Easton is hoping to eliminate those downsides with its new gravel, adventure and cyclo-cross double chainrings. Easton's double chainrings come in three sizes, each intended for different drop bar genres. According to Easton, 47/32t is for gravel, 46/36t is for cyclo-cross, and 46/30t is built for adventure riding. Easton EA70AX first ride review Easton introduces EC90 SL crank Easton two-ring specifications Claimed weight: 47/32t 194g, 46/36t 192g, 46/30t 182g Claimed weight on Easton EC90 SL crankset: 540g (172.5mm 47/32 without bottom bracket) Chainline: 45mm Material: EA90 aluminum Price: $149.99 (UK and Australian pricing TBC) Available now The timing of Easton's two-ring chainring release corresponds well with Shimano's recently unveiled clutch-equipped Ultegra RX rear derailleur . Unlike SRAM's clutch-equipped rear changers, the UItegra ...

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Gravel-specific chainrings, now here from Easton

Gravel-specific chainrings, now here from Easton

There's no denying the simplicity and popularity of dedicated single chainring drivetrains. But there are tradeoffs with cadence and gear range. Easton is hoping to eliminate those downsides with its new gravel, adventure and cyclocross double chainrings. Easton's double chainrings come in three sizes, each intended for different drop bar genres. According to Easton, 47/32t is for gravel, 46/36t is for cyclocross, and 46/30t is built for adventure riding. Easton EA70AX first ride review Easton introduces EC90 SL crank Easton two-ring specifications Claimed weight: 47/32t 194g, 46/36t 192g, 46/30t 182g Claimed weight on Easton EC90 SL crankset: 540g (172.5mm 47/32 without bottom bracket) Chainline: 45mm Material: EA90 aluminum Price: $149.99 (UK and Australian pricing TBC) Available now The timing of Easton's two-ring chainring release corresponds well with Shimano's recently unveiled clutch-equipped Ultegra RX rear derailleur . Unlike SRAM's clutch-equipped rear changers, the UItegra RX rear derailleur is compatible with double ...

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Paris-Roubaix tech gallery: 101 images from the Hell of the North

Paris-Roubaix tech gallery: 101 images from the Hell of the North

The 2018 edition of Paris-Roubaix was won by Bora-Hansgrohe rider Peter Sagan. His powerful attack with 50 kilometres remaining was unmatched and ultimately unbeatable despite a heroic effort from Swiss national champion and AG2R La Mondiale rider Silvan Dillier, who finished second to Sagan in a sprint after surviving a full day in the break. The race and day was overshadowed by the tragic death of 23-year-old Michael Goolaerts who suffered a cardiac arrest after around 100 kilometres of racing. The Belgian was racing his first Paris-Roubaix in his fourth season with the Verandas Willems-Crelan team. Gilbert and Stybar to race Paris-Roubaix on unreleased Specialized — gallery Tour of Flanders: huge tech gallery from De Ronde Scheldeprijs tech gallery: the narrow, the aero and the power (or Power) Clutch performance: Degenkolb's Domane with Ultegra RX Wider tyres The season's third Monument has the reputation for the toughest one-day race on ...

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Shimano 105 R7000 groupset — everything you need to know

This article first appeared on BikeRadar . True to form, Shimano has trickled down the technology and aesthetics of its latest Dura-Ace and Ultegra groupsets to the component group of the proletariat. The new Shimano 105 R7000 group ushers in a host of refinements that make this budget-friendly group even more appealing. We’ll delve into the highlights by component. Shimano launches Ultegra RX rear derailleurs Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know Shimano 105 R7000 highlights Significant mechanical and aesthetic trickle down from Dura-ace and Ultegra Available in black and silver finishes Wider range gearing Improved lever ergonomics Available this summer ST-R7000, ST-R7020 and ST-R7025 Dual-Control Levers The new 105 Dual-Control levers for mechanical/rim and hydraulic disc brakes ST-R7000 pricing: $234.99 ST-R7020 pricing: $309.99 ST-R7025 pricing: $314.99 BR-R7000 series brakes BR-7020 disc caliper pricing; $69.99 (front), $64.99 (rear) SM-RT70 rotor pricing: $33.99 BR-R7000 rim brake pricing: $94.99 (pair) FC-R7000 ...

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Clutch performance: Degenkolb's Domane with Ultegra RX

Clutch performance: Degenkolb's Domane with Ultegra RX

John Degenkolb, winner of the 2015 Paris-Roubaix, will be racing this year's edition of the Hell of the North aboard a Trek Domane equipped with a Shimano Ultegra RX805 clutch rear derailleur, among other modifications. Fat and happy: Paris-Roubaix pros' tubulars of choice Special edition Giant Defy for Teunissen at Paris-Roubaix Degenkolb's 2015 Roubaix-winning Giant Defy (a 2014 model) Degenkolb and other members of his Trek-Segafredo squad have been testing out the brand-new Shimano road clutch derailleur ahead of Paris-Roubaix. BikeRadar tailed the team on its Tour of Flanders recon ride to film Degenkolb trying out the Ultegra RX on his Domane. Trek-Segrafredo technical director Matt Shriver said he had been asking Shimano for a clutch rear derailleur for two years. Just like with Shimano's Shadow Plus clutch derailleur for mountain bike, the Ultegra RX is designed to reduce unwanted chain movement. For Shriver, there are two main benefits to ...

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11spd: This week's best new bike gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

Hello Friday, oh how we've missed you. To celebrate the day's glorious return we've rounded up some of the newest gear to slide into the eager hands of the BikeRadar crew. But first, let's review how Shimano's finally getting on board with clutch road derailleurs , Norco's seriously versatile gravel bike , and the seven things no one told you when becoming a cyclist . We've also waded head first into some tech from the Classics in Belgium with a big gallery from Flanders , a look at Trek-Segafredo rider John Degenkolb's Trek Madone , and yet another Trek Madone, this one being raced to second place at Flanders under Mads Pedersen . Best road bikes under £2,500 for 2018 Give any hydraulic brake the bleed of its life Fuji Supreme 1.1 women's aero road bike Speed freaks rejoice, there’s a new women’s aero bike on the market and it ...

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John Degenkolb’s Paris-Roubiax Trek Domane SLR

John Degenkolb’s already got one cobblestone trophy to his name; it’s probably sitting somewhere on his mantelpiece at home, wedged up against the trophy from his first Classics win in the same year, Milan Sanremo. After winning Paris-Roubaix back in 2015 where he outsprinting Zdenek Štybar and Greg Van Avermaet, it’s more than understandable that’ll … The post John Degenkolb’s Paris-Roubiax Trek Domane SLR appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Victory Chimp on the Emporium

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Shimano unveils 105 R7000 group

Shimano unveils 105 R7000 group

True to form, Shimano has trickled down the technology and aesthetics of its latest Dura-Ace and Ultegra groupsets to the component groups of the proletariat. The new Shimano 105 R7000 group ushers in a host of refinements that make this budget-friendly group even more appealing. We’ll delve into the highlights by component. Shimano launches Ultegra RX rear derailleurs Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know Shimano 105 R7000 highlights Significant mechanical and aesthetic trickle down from Dura-ace and Ultegra Available in black and silver finishes Wider range gearing Improved lever ergonomics Available this summer ST-R7000, ST-R7020 and ST-R7025 Dual-Control Levers This new group has three different dual-control levers. All share the same streamlined look of the higher end Ultegra R8000 levers with slimmed down hydraulic internals, improved ergonomics and 15mm of reach adjustment. The ST-R7000 levers are the go-to for rim brakes or cable-actuated disc brakes. The new ST-R7020 ...

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