EB16: Ridley rolls out lighter, stiffer Helium SLX and Fenix SL Disc & more…

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Ridley has taken their top Pro Tour mountain climber – the Helium SL – and given it a thorough reworking to build an all around better race bike. The new Helium SLX (and companion Aura SLX) get new tubing shapes, a more refined layup with higher modulus carbon, and a new fork that together promises improved stiffness and handling, while subtly trimming weight off the frameset. Some of the same updates even make it into the revision of the more affordable, but still <900g Helium/Aura X. We took a look last week at the new range of premium women’s road bikes that Ridley introduced, and touched on the tech of the new Helium family.

In Ridley’s endurance road range a new SL version of the Fenix/Liz gets a lighter disc brake frame. And then on the cross and gravel side, it seems Ridley is also poised to offer a Lauf fork option on their do-it-all carbon X-Trail…

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Ridley has taken their top Pro Tour mountain climber – the Helium SL – and given it a thorough reworking to build an all around better race bike. The new Helium SLX (and companion Aura SLX) get new tubing shapes, a more refined layup with higher modulus carbon, and a new fork that together promises improved stiffness and […]

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EB16: Ridley introduces new premium race bike range for fast women with Jane, Aura & Liz

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Ridley has developed a complete and comprehensive new women’s race and performance lineup that takes their popular Noah, Helium & Fenix bikes and reworks them as the Jane, Aura & Liz. Ridley was already known to offer their top bikes down to sizes that fit smaller women who raced, but now they won’t have to go the custom Dreambuilder route to get finishing kits to fit. The new women’s range offers the same premium level build kits as the men’s bikes, and get the same frontline tech improvements that are being developed at the same time on the men’s side…

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Ridley has developed a complete and comprehensive new women’s race and performance lineup that takes their popular Noah, Helium & Fenix bikes and reworks them as the Jane, Aura & Liz. Ridley was already known to offer their top bikes down to sizes that fit smaller women who raced, but now they won’t have to go the custom […]

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Cannondale bumps 27+ in high-end Bad Habit Carbon, entry-level Cujo alloy hardtail

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The new Bad Habit Carbon has all the grip and float of the original 27+ aluminum package. The Habit SE and women’s models roll out in new, bold colorways. And the Cujo packs a ton of value into a reasonably priced package to make 27.5×3.0 accessible to the entry level rider. More on this after the jump. Continue reading “Cannondale bumps 27+ in high-end Bad Habit Carbon, entry-level Cujo alloy hardtail”



The new Bad Habit Carbon has all the grip and float of the original 27+ aluminum package. The Habit SE and women’s models roll out in new, bold colorways. And the Cujo packs a ton of value into a reasonably priced package to make 27.5×3.0 accessible to the entry level rider. More on this after the […]

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Week’s Best Videos: Ladies of Fuji Factory, Santini visits UCI, Commencal gets rad & more!

Take a spin with Fuji Factory enduro pros Lauren Gregg and Meggie Bichard as they hit the rocky East Coast trails and bike park berms of Mountain Creek Bike Park. Ditching their race numbers, the two ladies put their new Fuji Aurics through the paces, crossing each other up for a bit of weekend fun in the New Jersey park’s trails.

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Take a spin with Fuji Factory enduro pros Lauren Gregg and Meggie Bichard as they hit the rocky East Coast trails and bike park berms of Mountain Creek Bike Park. Ditching their race numbers, the two ladies put their new Fuji Aurics through the paces, crossing each other up for a bit of weekend fun […]

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Week In Review: fancy paint, clever hacks, crazy concepts and more!

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This week we saw impressively painted bikes from Scott for the Rio Olympics, Marin reintroducing their classic color fade in honor of their 30th anniversary, and looking toward the future Cyclotron’s hub-less bike fulfilling their crowdfunding goals. There was also a hands-free communication device from Japan to keep you and your riding buddies in touch whether you are riding locally or around the world, a hack to make your reverb work with any lever, and lots more. Skim through all the headlines below so you don’t fall off the back… Continue reading “Week In Review: fancy paint, clever hacks, crazy concepts and more!”



This week we saw impressively painted bikes from Scott for the Rio Olympics, Marin reintroducing their classic color fade in honor of their 30th anniversary, and looking toward the future Cyclotron’s hub-less bike fulfilling their crowdfunding goals. There was also a hands-free communication device from Japan to keep you and your riding buddies in touch whether […]

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Rapha celebrates women pros with La Révolution, plus Canyon//SRAM gear now for women & men

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As the Tour de France edges closer to its arrival in Paris in just a weeks time, 126 women of the pro peloton are looking forward to their chance to once again ride on the biggest stage in cycling as they will race the 2016 version of La Course. Taking place on the same 7km finishing circuit that the men’s sprinters will hit just before sunset the women will race back and forth along the relatively smooth cobbles of the Champs-Élysées as they take in the 89km UCI Women’s WorldTour race. To help promote the event and let cyclists show their support Rapha has made a special edition cap and a women’s t-shirt available to fans.

Even more likely to broaden support for pro women cyclists, in response to strong popular demand Rapha has expanded their Canyon//SRAM team replica kit to fit both men and women now. The greatly expanded range adds affordable replica jerseys based on their recent Core line and Pro Team/Souplesse baselayers for both men and women in the bright colorful design of the Canyon//SRAM team, plus a broader range of color options for women, new matching Core shorts, socks, caps, and more…

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As the Tour de France edges closer to its arrival in Paris in just a weeks time, 126 women of the pro peloton are looking forward to their chance to once again ride on the biggest stage in cycling as they will race the 2016 version of La Course. Taking place on the same 7km […]

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Week in Review: New goods from Specialized, Diamondback, Cotic and so much more!

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This past week we had two double headers, providing a doubly in depth look at the new Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel bike and the ultralight Easton EC90 SL cranks. But there were plenty more items worth highlighting, like the sweet new Diamondback Haanjo Carbon, which brings massive tire clearance and a svelte new carbon frame to the off road drop bar scene. Lots to catch up on, and all of it opens in a new tab for easy browsing…

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This past week we had two double headers, providing a doubly in depth look at the new Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel bike and the ultralight Easton EC90 SL cranks. But there were plenty more items worth highlighting, like the sweet new Diamondback Haanjo Carbon, which brings massive tire clearance and a svelte new carbon frame […]

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Shimano kicks out new Enduro, Trail, XC & Road shoes, plus new footwear for winter & Tri

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Last year Shimano went all out on the 25th anniversary of the first SPD shoes and pedals with a huge expansion of their trail and road shoe offerings. Well it certainly doesn’t look like they are slowing down a year later with even more new kicks on the way building on a lot of the same technologies.

We saw earlier today some of the classy new shoes that Shimano has in the pipeline for the road touring crowd as part of their Explorer Transit collection, but at the same time they are overhauling their mountain bike shoes with new top end version targeted specifically at XC, Trail & Enduro. That’s not to mention a new top end road shoe, and some more affordable options for men and women triathletes and winter training both on and off-road…

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Last year Shimano went all out on the 25th anniversary of the first SPD shoes and pedals with a huge expansion of their trail and road shoe offerings. Well it certainly doesn’t look like they are slowing down a year later with even more new kicks on the way building on a lot of the […]

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Juliana updates 2017 line w/ Eagle & NX 1x options, plus spec changes w/ new chainrings & saddles

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Considering that Juliana is essentially the women’s specific arm of Santa Cruz Bicycles, it should make sense that when Santa Cruz makes spec changes, Juliana will probably follow suit. Now with SRAM Eagle apparently rolling off the production line in higher numbers, Juliana can offer their X01 and XX1 builds with the new 1×12 hotness. On the flipside, SRAM’s NX drivetrain has had the opposite effect – instead of more gears and wider range, NX offers a legitimate 1x option at an even more affordable price. Even though Juliana is not offering the aluminum versions of their bikes a la Santa Cruz, the carbon versions will come in at an all time low price point.

Just $3,599 will get you a carbon beauty with a SRAM NX R1x build group, along with a few other new details…

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Considering that Juliana is essentially the women’s specific arm of Santa Cruz Bicycles, it should make sense that when Santa Cruz makes spec changes, Juliana will probably follow suit. Now with SRAM Eagle apparently rolling off the production line in higher numbers, Juliana can offer their X01 and XX1 builds with the new 1×12 hotness. […]

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