Posts in the category Road Bike

2016 Giant bits – Particle flow saddles, longer dropper posts & LIV enduro, carbon women’s mountain bikes

2016 Giant LIV Intrigue Enduro and Lust Carbon womens full suspension mountain bikes

For 2016, Giant’s women’s line adds the LIV Intrigue SX, a more aggressive version of the standard 140mm full suspension trail bike.

It’s spec’d with a 160mm Rockshox Pike on the front and a SRAM X1 1×11 group using a 30tooth chainring. It has a new 50mm Contact Slam stem to give it a more aggressive feel to match the longer fork and subsequent slacker head angle. The frame is unchanged, keeping 140mm travel in back, but this hints at a possible Enduro bike for women in the future.

Meanwhile, the The Lust finally gets a carbon version for the German market, giving them the same upper end frame the rest of the world has enjoyed for some time…


Long-term Test: 3T Team Cockpit – ARX stem, Ionic post, Ergoterra Bar


We’ve passed the summer solstice and with each passing week the earlier sunsets are reminding us that cyclocross season is on the way once again. With that in mind, we are going to start to wrap up some long-term tests that have been in the works to get ready for a new cross season. We’ve got a few things that trickled in at the end of the last race season and others that spread to spring gravel and dirt riding and are helping us get back in shape for upcoming racing. One such kit that ticks all of those boxes is the mostly carbon Team cockpit from 3T that promises to stand up to the rigors of cross. We’ve put a bit different kit to the test on one of our project bikes, although that is more of a road setup.

The carbon Ergoterra handlebar, carbon Ionic seatpost, and aluminum ARX stem have seen some more aggressive testing on a couple of cross bikes and made it through their share of muddy and snowy crashes without being worse for the wear. Follow us past the jump to see what we thought of each piece, to get some real weights, and to think about this season’s cross builds…


Canyon Heads Down Under with New Distribution to Australia & New Zealand


News out of Canyon’s headquarters today that they have put together a new team based in Melborne to deliver their consumer-direct bikes to cyclist throughout Australia and New Zealand. Bikes will be assembled in German before being shipped direct. The new Canyon Australia & New Zealand market group joins recently added South Korea and Japan, as Canyon continues to expand its global reach out of its Europe base, and will be open by the end of this year to make their complete new 2016 range of bikes available on a new continent. No other new markets as of yet, but they did suggest that we stay tuned for more..

Click past the break for some excerpts from their press release…


2016 Stevens Road, Cyclocross & Mountain Bike Highlights – Bigger travel, 27.5+, trick paint & future rumors

2016 Stevens Whaka 275plus full suspension mountain bike

For 2016, all Stevens full suspension bikes get a Boost 148 rear, and 29ers get boost forks (27.5 get standard forks for now due to availability issues). All of them have lighter forged parts, cutting 120g from the Jura, and 180g to 200g from the Whaka and Sledge models depending on frame and wheel size. For the Whaka, a smaller forged piece for the non-drive chainstay yoke saves about 70g over the longer yoke leading to the lower pivot on the regular model. It’s also stronger, improving frame durability in testing. This change will eventually be adapted to the other bikes.

Building on that is the Whaka+, their new 27.5+ bike with Boost spacing and the new Schwalbe Nobby Nic 27.5×3.0 tires.


Must Watch: Bike Parks on Road Bikes – Vittorio Brumotti is at it Again

Livigno vittorio brumotti

It looks like Peter Sagan may have some competition in the bike handling department after Vittorio Brumotti joined the Tinkoff Saxo training camp in Livigno. We’re not so sure Brumotti could keep up on the road, but he definitely has nearly everyone beat when it comes to trials on a road bike (though Sagan can sure hold his own – remember the car and the MTB video?). The latest video featuring the ridiculous roadie is almost more like an OK GO music video than a bike video…


One Ride Review: Rose’s New Team DX Cross Multi-use Cyclocross Bike


Rose bikes introduced an all new bike in their cyclocross family last week called the Team DX Cross. We had a chance to point the bike up and over some Alpine dirt and gravel roads, to go where only ski lifts should go, to find some wet mud along the way, and to bomb back down to the valley again. We’re not so sure about the team moniker for a cross bike, as it is still aluminum, not exceptionally lightweight, and has a host of multi-purpose features, but one of their pro team mountain bikers is getting some cross training in racing it, so maybe.

Read on for the full details on the new bike and to see where we feel it might best find its place…


TDF2015 Tech: Team Sky’s Pinarellos, and the winner is…


Team Sky proved to not just have the best support cars, but also the best rider. Fending off plenty of attacks and surviving the final stage rolling champagne party, Chris Froome took home the yellow jersey with an overall win of the 2015 Tour de France.

Check out the team’s Pinarello bikes below…


TDF2015 Tech: Lotto Soudal’s Ridley & Orica Greenedge’s Scott road bikes


Lotto Soudal’s fleet of Ridley road bikes spanned a couple years and at least four different models, truly giving the riders the option for whatever best suited the stage and preference. Above, the Dean TT bike sits on the right, with the team-color emblazoned Noah SL aero road bike behind it.

Both of the teams shown here, Lotto Soudal and Orica Greenedge, were running Continental’s Competition ProLTD tires on the bikes, which are a pro-only version of the standard Competition tubular available to the rest of us.


TDF2015 Tech: Lampre Merida’s Warp TT & Tinkoff Saxo’s Specialized Tarmac & Shiv


Absent from Tinkoff Saxo’s pits were the new Venge ViAS, instead relying on the Tarmac and Shiv for the stages we saw in person, but they do use the Roubaix and standard Venge when the course dictates.

Specialized managed to keep them rolling on house-brand wheels and tires (mostly), but the cranks and cockpit were supplied by FSA and saddles by Prologo. Drivetrains were all Shimano Dura-Ace Di2…