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cyclingtips.com

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12 months ago

Interbike 2018 Highlights: Ceramic, Aluminum, Rubber and Foam Goodness

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The 2018 Interbike show has closed its doors, and all of the exhibitors and attendees have scattered from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. But does that mean we’ve already shared everything that caught our interest there? Hardly.

Featured in this round of follow-up coverage are: a wealth of neat go-fast upgrades from Enduro Bearings, Alto Cycling’s foray into carbon mountain bike wheelsets, Assos’s new S9 bib shorts, helmets from Abus, interesting new tires from Donnelly Cycling and Maxxis, and more.

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bikerumor.com

Published

1 year ago

RideFarr bolts on lightweight carbon aerodynamics for gravel, mountain bikes

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With more off-road riders going long, aerodynamics are becoming a consideration for gravel bikes and mountain bikes, too. Specialized went so far as to test positions and gear in their Win Tunnel leading up to Leadville, and now smaller brand RideFarr has an easy, add-on solution to dropping drag. It could be the perfect way to keep your hands fresh on NUE events and gravel races like the Dirty Kanza, too.

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www.pinkbike.com

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1 year ago

Review: Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Fork

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The history of the Marzocchi Z1 dates all the way back to 1997, when the very first version of this fork hit the market with 4” of travel, a bright orange paint job, and performance that put the noodly XC-oriented forks that were considered high-tech at the time to shame. Sure, it was heavy, thanks to an overbuilt chassis and an open-bath, dual coil spring design, but it also worked, and helped the early freeride pioneers push the sport in a new direction, thanks to its ability to withstand most of the abuse that was being dished out during that era.

Fast forward a couple decades and the Z1 is back, a fork that was designed with many of the same principles behind the original in mind, although the only coil spring to be found is the tiny one in the GRIP damper – otherwise the new Bomber is a fully air-sprung affair.

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ridinggravel.com

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1 year ago

Industry Nine Ultralite 235 CX TRA Wheels: At The Finish

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The weeks have worn on and now we have come to the end of the test for these beautiful Industry Nine Ultralite 235 CX TRA Wheels. While they look great, the question of whether or not they are tough enough for the job or if they present a good value are still on the table for discussion. In this final post, I hope to put those two questions to rest. For our last post on the I-9 wheels here, please hit the link HERE.

 

Ride Performance: I do not have a lot more to add in regard to the Industry Nine Ultralite 235 CX TRA wheels as far as how they worked for me. They were, in a word, flawless. Tubeless performance was very good, I had no issues with noises, creaks, or poor hub engagement. Coasting was revealing as the hubs felt smooth and the friction that causes some wheels to slow up and not coast freely wasn’t an issue with these wheels at all. In terms of weight, the Ultralite 235 rims were great, matching up with Industry Nine’s aluminum machining and manufacturing prowess, the chassis was equally as light. While technically I am over the stated weight limit for these wheels,(Industry Nine recommends 220lbs as tops), they weren’t a problem at all for me. Like I said, they were flawless, even after crossing up a curb hop and after many landings to flat on pavement while launching off grassy side strips along the roads on my commute. So, are they tough enough? Yeah…..I think so.

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bikerumor.com

Published

1 year ago

New Ibis LoFi, HiFi carbon handlebars put a twist on customizing the length

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If you really want a carbon handlebar but can’t find a stock length that’s just right, it’s a tough thing to start hacking away at your expensive composite component. Not only could you shred the fibers and potentially weaken it, but you may just void the warranty, too.

The new Ibis LoFi and HiFi handlebars solve that problem by giving you 25mm of adjustment on either side, using thread-in alloy extensions that are safer and easier to cut if you want to customize.

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chainreactioncycles.com

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1 year ago

Shimano Ultegra R8000 11 Speed Groupset Deal

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SAVE UP to 54%

 

Eagerly anticipated, the updated Shimano Ultegra R8000 11-Speed Groupset has arrived. It was never going to be easy to improve on the Ultegra 6800 but there are clear improvements on aesthetics and performance. Shimano has evolved the Ultegra series, which hugely benefits from the joys of its bigger brother’s technology, Dura Ace R9000. Infused with state-of-the-art technology, the Shimano Ultegra R8000 11-Speed Groupset is superbly stiff, light, and responsive. This Ultegra groupset is a major upgrade on any racing or training Road Bike.

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2 years ago

Sunday trading: half price POC sunnies and Giro helmets and 44% off Dura-Ace groupsets

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Yes, we know we told you that spring was just around the corner last week (and the Sunday before), but hey, we’re not weather forecasters. And whoever heard of snow in the UK in mid-March? But we have managed to track down some nice products so you can sit next to the radiator and imagine those warm, sunny rides, even if they aren’t happening quite yet.

 

The products featured have been chosen because we know they’re good quality and are an excellent offer at the price we’ve included (at the time of writing). Our tech team have unrivalled expertise and years of experience testing new products, so you can trust our recommendations – and we also know what represents a good deal.

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singletrackworld.com

Published

2 years ago

Best of Both Worlds? The Twin Ring Set-Up

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Back in the dim and distant past of mountain biking’s murky days of bold innovation (Think Odyssey steering  dampenator. Scott AT4 bars. Suntour self-energising brakes) and ill-considered weight saving techniques (drilled out cranks anyone?), Browning had a crack at eliminating the front derailleur. Their solution was an intriguing one; remove the front mech altogether and install an electronic actuator that caused one quarter section of the chainset to pivot in or out.

 

Subsequently picked up by Suntour and marketed as the BEAST, it never really caught on despite being used by Specialized on their top of the line Stumpjumper Team bikes as ridden by the likes of Cindy Whitehead and Ned Overend.  I still have two tucked away in their original packaging, unused and purchased on a whim for £10 each. German eBay anyone?

 

Jump forward to the present day and the shifting chainset is back. However, this time around the electronics have been dropped in favour of something altogether more sophisticated yet at the same time simpler. Austrian based VYRO have brought to market a chainset which has the potential to answer the question of how do you fit a double to a frame that has been designed so that it is incompatible with a front mech?

 

Dual shifting for the single ring generation

 

Single ring set ups continue to be flavour of the month in the industry, a trend which continues to baffle and irk me in equal measure. However, there are still an awful lot of riders out there who value a dual ring set up, the lower gear bail out options and not having ratios that jump by several teeth in one hit.

 

So what is the VYRO chainset and, more importantly, how does it actually work?