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cyclingtips.com

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8 months ago

Continental goes tubeless with new Grand Prix 5000 road tire

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The original Grand Prix first hit the market 14 years ago, and Continental has obviously learned a few things in that time. Not surprisingly, then, the company claims the new Grand Prix 5000 is better than the latest Grand Prix 4000 S II in every key performance metric. It’s supposedly faster with 12% less rolling resistance; more durable with a 20% boost in puncture protection; 10g lighter (for the 700x25c tube-type size); and even offers a smoother and more comfortable ride.

Continental builds the Grand Prix 5000 with a three-ply, 330tpi (total) nylon casing, augmented with a more finely woven Vectran breaker belt and a new elastomeric casing element (dubbed Active Comfort Technology) that somehow damps road vibration without introducing any speed-robbing hysteresis effects.

Continental’s trademark Black Chili compound hasn’t been left alone, either. In addition to using the latest formulation, the Grand Prix 5000’s shoulder tread now gets a subtle laser-etched texture that the company says provides superb cornering grip straight out of the box — basically the equivalent of pre-scuffing a new tire. And as a bonus, that texturing supposedly also helps oncoming air flow more smoothly around the tire casing for reduced aerodynamic drag.

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cyclingtips.com

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8 months ago

Philly bike Expo 2018 Tech Gallery, Part One

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The Philly Bike Expo started out with modest ambitions in 2010, but it’s now grown to become one of the top stops on the North American trade show circuit, highlighting a healthy gathering of custom builders and supporting components and accessories. We started covering the event for the first time last year, and judging by this year’s once-again impressive display, it’s safe to say that this one will occupy a spot on our calendar in the years to come, too.

We kick off this round of coverage with some stunning machines from Engin Cycles, English Cycles, FortyFour Bikes, Speedvagen, Velo Orange, and MAP Bicycles, with much more to come in the days ahead.

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bikehugger.com

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8 months ago

Sony Cyber-shot HX99, Perfect for Travel

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Sony announced the Cyber-shot® HX99 (model DSC-HX99) camera, an exciting new travel zoom that packs an extreme zoom range of 24-720mm into the world’s smallest camera body of its kind.

 

Well-timed for my trip to Paris and travel photography because the new HX99 has features like the pro Alpha series at a much lower cost. This is the camera and any of the super compact Cyber-shots I recommend for your jersey pocket.

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bikerumor.com

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8 months ago

#Vanlife: The Overland Access EDC might be the ultimate adventure camping trailer

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At this point, for us anyways, Vanlife is just a tongue in cheek hashtag. While it may best apply to the finer points of living out of a cargo van to chase your singletrack dreams, for those of us who already have a vehicle that’s not a van, it could just as easily apply to something like the Overland Access EDC trailer. You could even just call it camping, but your average camper won’t make it anywhere near where you can go with the EDC. And once you get there, it just might be the most well equipped trailer we’ve seen so far.

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cyclingweekly.com

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8 months ago

Tech of the week: new bikes from Trek, Spesh and Look and options for winter

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October’s Tech of the Month video looks as Giro’s new top of the range Aether MIPS helmet, a rain jacket from Castelli and Specialized’s tubeless tyres, as well as the new Trek Madone Disc.

Another flashy new aero bike is the Look 795 Blade RS. We’ve gone over the bike’s tech and its aero credentials.

Canyon has a new rainbow striped Ultimate bike for Alejandro Valverde this week. We’ve also had a look at the Giant and Liv bikes to be ridden next year by the CCC Team, the replacement for BMC Racing. And we’ve covered Rapha’s return to WorldTour sponsorship with its announcement that it will be clothing EF Education First-Drapac next year.

With Kona just around the corner, last week bike brands were unveiling their slipperiest triathlon bikes. And they don’t come much more radical than the new Specialized Shiv, which it reckons is 60 seconds faster than the outgoing model over the Kona course.

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pinkbike.com

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9 months ago

Opinion: Why Have Bike Makers Ignored this Grassroots Fix?

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Why does it take so long for corporate bike brands to address popular grassroots trends? Wide bars, short stems, dropper posts, one-by drivetrains, chain guides, 29ers, wide rims, tubeless systems… the list of user-generated improvements that were widely adopted years before mainstream bike and component makers committed to production goes on… Rather than answer that question, I’ll give you another yet-to-be-addressed grassroots example that has been ‘trending’ for over a decade.

How many riders wrap their bikes to protect their frame finishes from gouging and scratches? Yeah, a lot, and the practice isn’t limited to fastidious dentists who can’t live with the sight of a scratched up Hightower perched on the back of their recently detailed BMW X6 M.

I took a straw poll while I was skulking around the Whistler bike park that suggested that as many as one in four riders had wrapped their frames. A little more poking around revealed that a large number of bike brands and shops religiously wrap their demo and rental fleets as well.

You don’t have to search far for a compelling reason to protect a frame. Pinkbike’s Buy/Sell pages are filled with close-up images of minor frame blemishes, posted by sellers to assure potential buyers that their bikes look close to new.

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singletracks.com

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9 months ago

Updated Shimano ME7 Trail/Enduro Mountain Bike Shoe Review

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Quality cycling shoes and pedals are synonymous with the Shimano brand, and their current crop of footwear is as good as it’s ever been. The new ME7 shoe is their top end trail/enduro shoe, and has seen a few changes for this year.

The ME7 definitely has some cross-over with the AM9, and the Shimano nomenclature isn’t exactly clear. The AM9 is definitely aimed more at downhill with more padding, whereas the ME7 is more about performance and efficiency.

Changes for this year include a different upper made from a perforated synthetic leather, rather than mesh. This supposedly improves the durability of the shoe while also enhancing breathability.

Shimano also introduced a new fit for 2019 called “Volume+”, which essentially means a larger toe box across the range. This allows a wider range of foot shapes to fit. Also of note is the buckle, which has been slightly slimmed down, to keep it tucked out of harm’s way, plus revised armor for better protection.

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pinkbike.com

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9 months ago

Review: Fox 36 GRIP2 vs. RockShox Lyrik RC2 Fork

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The RockShox vs. Fox battle is mountain biking’s equivalent of pitting Coke vs. Pepsi, or Ford vs. Chevy. They’re the two biggest players in the suspension world, and if you’re in the market for a new bike there’s a very, very good chance that it will come with either a RockShox or Fox fork.

RockShox launched their new Lyrik earlier this year, and shortly after Fox debuted the new Fox 36 GRIP2. Both options are air sprung, and aimed at riders looking for a fork that can handle everything from enduro racing to aggressive trail riding. With similar weights, prices, and features, choosing one over the other is a difficult, but not impossible task. I’ve spent considerable time on both forks, including back-to-back testing in Whistler in order to assess their real-world performance.

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bikeradar.com

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9 months ago

Review: Fizik Infinito R1 Knit shoe

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The R1 has been Fizik’s top race shoe for a few seasons now, and for 2018 it has been joined by this intriguing Knit version. Unlike most knit fabric running shoes, or Giro’s knit Empires, the R1 uses the high-stretch, highly breathable fabric far more sparsely.

 

The idea behind the R1 is to create a shoe that has a stiff exoskeleton bonded onto a stiff and light carbon sole. Laid into this are areas of knitted fabric to allow for a more comfortable fit.

The exoskeleton, which the upper is forged around, offers great control over the fit, with the offset tongue position and widely-anchored dual Boa wires combining to create a closure that wraps around your foot without folding, creasing or pinching.

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cyclingtips.com

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9 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.