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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Canyon reworks alloy Roadlite range into a premium flatbar fitness bike

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With the recent addition of the new Endurace platform which goes from a top-end 5300€ carbon CF SLX model all the way down to aluminum AL versions priced as low as 850€ sharing the same geometry and ride concept, Canyon felt like it was overlapping a bit with their entry-level aluminum road bike, so they have given the Roadlite a breath of new life. The racier Roadlite AL range has now dropped the drop bars to become a fast moving flat bar fitness machine.

Now exclusively available with disc brakes and road compact gearing, the aluminum framed Roadlite series offers a quick and light ride for either getting around town and staying in shape or getting out for some longer rides. And with light builds and full Shimano drivetrains the new bike won’t hurt the budget.  Check out the details after the break…

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With the recent addition of the new Endurace platform which goes from a top-end 5300€ carbon CF SLX model all the way down to aluminum AL versions priced as low as 850€ sharing the same geometry and ride concept, Canyon felt like it was overlapping a bit with their entry-level aluminum road bike, so they have given […]

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Rapha uncovers cycling specific bras to complete their women’s collection

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OK, so at first is does seem a bit crazy that Rapha has gotten into the brassiere business. I mean what are they going to offer next, merino underwear? (Oops, of course they’ve been doing that for several years now, and we’ve heard that they are really nice.) But let’s be serious for a minute. Up to now women who are riding at a high level have most often had to pick whatever regular sports bra they would use for any athletic activity and hope it transitioned well onto the bike. Some apparently make the cross over well, but just as often they either don’t seem to offer the support needed while spending hours hunched over a handlebar, or their design doesn’t really work so well with a pair of bib shorts.

In any case, when we told our women test riders that Rapha was now offering bras, their ears all pricked up. We had their attention. Apparently they were all at least a bit unsatisfied with their current support situation. And having experienced reliable performance from Rapha, they wanted to know more. If you are like them, hop on past the break and we’ll get more in to the details…

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OK, so at first is does seem a bit crazy that Rapha has gotten into the brassiere business. I mean what are they going to offer next, merino underwear? (Oops, of course they’ve been doing that for several years now, and we’ve heard that they are really nice.) But let’s be serious for a minute. Up […]

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XC Pro Bike Check: new women’s U23 World Champion Jenny Rissveds’ Scott Spark RC 700 World Cup

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Jenny Rissveds won her first World Championship in the Sunday morning women’s U23 race, riding a new Scott Spark RC that she had just received only a week earlier. Like the two big races on Saturday, Rissveds rode a dominant race, again on a lightweight short travel full suspension bike for the technically challenging Nové Město na Moravě course. While the other big wins of the weekend were all on 29ers running tubeless tire setups, Rissveds alone was racing her new 27.5″ Scott Spark RC 700 World Cup with the newest in tubeless tubular tires glued to DT carbon rims. Get a closer look at the details and her race bike’s actual weight after the break…

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Jenny Rissveds won her first World Championship in the Sunday morning women’s U23 race, riding a new Scott Spark RC that she had just received only a week earlier. Like the two big races on Saturday, Rissveds rode a dominant race, again on a lightweight short travel full suspension bike for the technically challenging Nové […]

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XC Pro Bike Check: new women’s elite World Champion Annika Langvad’s Specialized S-Works Era

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In a bit of a repeat for Specialized bikes, Annika Langvad rode to the elite women’s World Championship in the second race of the weekend in Nové Město on the women’s version of the Epic. She rode her Specialized S-Works Era World Cup 29er at the front of the race from the start much like Gaze, and by the end of the second lap had distanced her competition and didn’t look back. She rode her Era and RS-1 through pretty much all of their travel on the technical course and built her lead outpacing the others on the climbs. Langvad’s Era was built up very similar to Gaze’s Epic, but with a few unique touches. Take a closer look after the break, plus her bike’s actual race weight…

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In a bit of a repeat for Specialized bikes, Annika Langvad rode to the elite women’s World Championship in the second race of the weekend in Nové Město on the women’s version of the Epic. She rode her Specialized S-Works Era World Cup 29er at the front of the race from the start much like Gaze, and […]

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