Merida Silex 6000+ 2020 gravel bike: first-ride review

Merida Silex 6000+ 2020 gravel bike

First announced for the 2018 season, the Merida Silex is the Taiwanese mega-manufacturer’s take on the do-it-all gravel segment. It’s a bike that’s available in both alloy and carbon variants, and new for 2020, a 650B-wheeled version of the latter. While it’s not a new bike, we hadn’t ridden one, until now. While attending the … The post Merida Silex 6000+ 2020 gravel bike: first-ride review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike

Gravel bikes these days fall somewhere on a spectrum that ranges from ultra-capable and adventure-ready, to pared-down and race-ready, and Cervelo is being very clear where its new Aspero gravel machine falls on that spectrum. The generous tire clearance and multi-diameter wheel compatibility are obvious nods to versatility, but whichever wheel and tire setup you … The post Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cervélo goes back to gravel racing with the A Series

Burgundy gravel road bike

Cervélo launches all-new Áspero gravel platform

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Cannondale Topstone Carbon first-ride review: Innovation that actually works

Cannondale’s aluminum Topstone gravel bike has proven to be quite popular since its debut last August, and the company is now following up with a higher-performance Topstone Carbon version. It’s hardly just the same frame made out of carbon fiber composite, though; it’s a totally different bike, with a radical pseudo-suspension design out back called … The post Cannondale Topstone Carbon first-ride review: Innovation that actually works appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cannondale’s Topstone gravel bike gets shockless leaf-sprung rear suspension

Cannondale Topstone Carbon

The new carbon Cannondale Topstone features an all-new, ultra-light Kingpin suspension system

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Topstone Carbon – Cannondale’s all new gravel bike

Stu Bowers Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:58 Way more than just a carbon revamp of the alloy Topstone; Cannondale has added rear suspension plus a host of other new features too The Topstone family joined Cannondale’s line-up only last year, as a competitively priced, aluminium-framed entry point into the all-road/gravel market. A year on and the family has grown exponentially, with 5 brand new carbon models (4 mens and 1 womens) just released and immediately available to buy, with a host of new features besides just being made from the black stuff. Kingpin The standout detail is what Cannondale calls Kingpin suspension – a rear end cushioning system that uses a thru-axle and sealed bearing pivot where the seat stays join the seat tube allowing flex zones in the chainstays, seat tube and rear portion of the top tube to create around 30mm vertical deflection at the saddle. Image ...

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All new GT Grade Carbon first ride review

Peter Stuart Friday, May 31, 2019 - 06:59 The bike that started the gravel trend has been reinvented, and we really like what we see 5.0 / 5 £3,900 GT has today unveiled a significant update of the pioneering Grade, introducing highly flexible ‘floating’ glass fibre seatstays, greater tyre clearance and an adjustable geometry at the fork. We’ve been lucky enough to get a first ride on the bike. In 2014 the GT first launched the Grade, a bike pegged as a ‘gravel bike’. It bewildered many onlookers who saw no missing gap between cyclocross and road riding. A few years later, and after much commercial success, it’s clear that GT could not have better predicted the oncoming gravel trend. We might have predicted some of the changes seen on the new GT Grade, for instance a trend emerging for ever-wider tyres amongst gravel bikes. Equally from a silhouette of ...

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Giant Revolt Advanced 0 2019 gravel bike review

Giant Revolt Advanced 0 2019

New for 2019, the Revolt Advanced is Giant’s first carbon gravel-focussed steed. Built with performance in mind, it’s a clear departure from Giant’s previous and surprisingly numerous gravel-styled models. I spent the past couple months riding the Revolt Advanced 0 and came away impressed. It’s not only a great leap above the Giant ToughRoad SLR … The post Giant Revolt Advanced 0 2019 gravel bike review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shimano GRX — dream gravel groupset or too little, too late?

Gravel bike rear derailleur

Can GRX steal SRAM eTap AXS’s thunder?

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Shimano GRX is here: gravel-specific and 1x components for Ultegra, 105 and Tiagra

Cranks and rear derailleur of Shimano GRX 1x drivetrain

RX800, RX600 and RX400 ranges add new levers, derailleurs, cranks and more

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Shimano GRX: World’s first dedicated gravel groupsets

Shimano GRX RX810 rear derailleur

The new group offers three tiers, lower gears, better braking from the hoods, clutched rear derailleurs, and mechanical or Di2 versions The post Shimano GRX: World’s first dedicated gravel groupsets appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shimano launches GRX gravel groupset

Sam Challis Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 15:00 Shimano says GRX is the first component series on the market designed specifically for gravel riding Thanks to Shimano’s conservative attitude towards new trends and its penchant for clinically thorough research, development and testing phases, major innovations from the Japanese components brand are few and far between. This means that the Shimano GRX gravel groupset release, a versatile groupset that caters specifically for gravel and adventure riding, can be seen as an affirmation that gravel riding as a trend has shifted into the canon of conventional cycling. GRX has a mix-and-match theme to mirror to the diverse requirements of riding gravel - there are options for 1x and 2x chainsets, 10- or 11-speed cassettes, mechanical or electronic transmissions, dropper post integration and expansive gear ratio combinations, plus supplemental and specialist components. Image 3 of 9 Image 3 of 9 The cranksets blend ...

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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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