Cannondale Quick flat bar road hybrid gets leaner & faster

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While most traditional hybrids blend the durability and upright ride of mountain bikes with the smooth, narrower tires of a road bike, there tends to be a lot of compromise getting something in between. The result is often an overbuilt bike that can stand up to almost any riding abuse, but ends up being rather heavy and with a harsh ride.

The latest Cannondale Quick tries to solve all of those concerns in a light, fast moving bike that they think will help motivate those cyclists who just want to get out and improve their fitness. As more folks take up cycling to improve their health, or even just see a bike as a more rational way to get back and forth from the gym, a bike like the Quick offers a lot of promise. Jump past the break to get a look at the details, and some of the many build options Cannondale has at every price level, from really low-cost up to a Shimano 105 build with hydraulic disc brakes…
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While most traditional hybrids blend the durability and upright ride of mountain bikes with the smooth, narrower tires of a road bike, there tends to be a lot of compromise getting something in between. The result is often an overbuilt bike that can stand up to almost any riding abuse, but ends up being rather heavy […]

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Rapha dishes out premium women’s pro Canyon//SRAM replica kit

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The flashy designed ‘hazard pattern‘ kit of the Canyon//SRAM Women’s WorldTour professional team received a lot of positive feedback when the team announced it back in December, so Rapha went ahead with steps to bring the top-end gear to consumers. While many pro road teams offer their supporters replica kits, only a few offer the actual top-level materials and fit that the pros actually race in. Add in the fact that women remain less represented at the top end of sport, and it’s even harder to come by a proper pro women’s replica kit. The clothing line that Rapha has put together includes the key essentials that the team trains and races in, and now you can too…
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The flashy designed ‘hazard pattern‘ kit of the Canyon//SRAM Women’s WorldTour professional team received a lot of positive feedback when the team announced it back in December, so Rapha went ahead with steps to bring the top-end gear to consumers. While many pro road teams offer their supporters replica kits, only a few offer the actual […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing personal goals Liv-Cycling.com

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Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing […]

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Endura steps ups women’s kit with She Rides Road line – Updated

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Endura has been producing clothing for women in their trail and road lines for quite a while, but with the recent launch of their new FS260-Pro SL bib shorts for women they are making a move to commit more heavily to delivering top-level performance for female roadies as well. The same bibs have been a key part of their pro men’s line, raced at the top of the sport by Movistar over the last year, and now women can get that same pro-level of performance. The development works in part as Endura have committed to supporting Women’s WorldTour pro team Cervélo Bigla for 2016, who’ve been racing in the new bibs since the start of the season. Get more detail on the new bibs and some accompanying kit after the break, plus updates with pricing

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Endura has been producing clothing for women in their trail and road lines for quite a while, but with the recent launch of their new FS260-Pro SL bib shorts for women they are making a move to commit more heavily to delivering top-level performance for female roadies as well. The same bibs have been a key part […]

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Bold Cycles teams factory rider with Women’s Bike Camp for a limited editions Linkin Trail WBC

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Having launched their unique Linkin Trail carbon 27.5+/29″ trail bike last summer with its fully enclosed rear shock, Bold Cycles is back this spring with a very limited edition of the bike. The original bike got a significantly more muted aesthetic, with a bare carbon look highlighted with either black decals or a touch of color. Now, teaming up their Bold factory rider Sabrina Morell and the Austrian skills camp that aims to get more women into technical trail riding in the Alps, the new Linkin Trail WBC gets a flashy paint job, very small numbers, and a few tweaks for a select group of women to hit the dirt. Details, pricing, and a closer look below the crease…

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Having launched their unique Linkin Trail carbon 27.5+/29″ trail bike last summer with its fully enclosed rear shock, Bold Cycles is back this spring with a very limited edition of the bike. The original bike got a significantly more muted aesthetic, with a bare carbon look highlighted with either black decals or a touch of color. Now, […]

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Rapha debuts fresh Liberty inspired women’s Souplesse kit, plus special edition Donhou bike

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After a successful cooperation with the classic graphics catalog of fashion house and famous London department store Liberty last year, Rapha has come back for 2016 with a new pattern and new premier women’s kit in their pro team Souplesse lineup. This new blue and green pattern was picked out for its bold style eliciting a feeling of movement, while at the same time maintaining a geometric pattern that was uniform and worked well with the curves and cut of a cycling jersey.

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After a successful cooperation with the classic graphics catalog of fashion house and famous London department store Liberty last year, Rapha has come back for 2016 with a new pattern and new premier women’s kit in their pro team Souplesse lineup. This new blue and green pattern was picked out for its bold style eliciting […]

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New hydration packs emerge from Platypus in all shapes & sizes, for women & men

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The Platypus evolves once again with a new line of hydration backpacks with some updated features. From Cross-country to All-mountain, plus women-specific packs, the updated line from the brand owned by big outdoor outfitter Cascade Designs gets some solid new and welcome features, that continues the evolution of their hydration species

Check out their XC & roomier AM packs below the fold, plus their core bladder that I rather like…

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The Platypus evolves once again with a new line of hydration backpacks with some updated features. From Cross-country to All-mountain, plus women-specific packs, the updated line from the brand owned by big outdoor outfitter Cascade Designs gets some solid new and welcome features, that continues the evolution of their hydration species Check out their XC & roomier AM packs […]

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Zipp adds Nest 303 NSW; and prints limited edition Canyon//SRAM team replica Super-9 Disc wheels

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While not (yet) disc brake versions like the last Zipp wheel introduction today, these premium wheels are sure to keep you rolling quickly. For those that are looking for some aero gains, but need something more crosswind stable and lightweight, Zipp has added their 303 wheelset to their Nest Speed Weaponry range. The 303 NSW, like the 404 NSW808 NSW, is the best of tech that Zipp has to offer in this mid-depth 45mm profile. If it is the ultimate in speed against the clock that you are aiming for, Zipp has something else up their sleeve with a limited edition version of their Super-9 Disc rear wheel, sure to make you look good while going fast. Check out the full details of both after the break…

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  While not (yet) disc brake versions like the last Zipp wheel introduction today, these premium wheels are sure to keep you rolling quickly. For those that are looking for some aero gains, but need something more crosswind stable and lightweight, Zipp has added their 303 wheelset to their Nest Speed Weaponry range. The 303 NSW, like the 404 NSW & 808 NSW, […]

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Flanders Tech: Next gen prototype Vittoria classics tubular spotted on Giant-Alpecin & Orica-AIS

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Digging through the rush of the paddocks of the men’s and women’s pro peloton gearing up for yesterday’s Tour of Flanders, we spotted a few new bikes and components designed to get the riders up and over the race’s steep cobbled climbs and the number of pavé sections interspersed throughout. At first glance the biggest difference vs. the typical bikes the pros race throughout the year, is that in the northern classics lots of special tires come out. While we counted at least 9 teams between the two elite races rolling on Vittoria tubulars, including a mix of previous generation Corsa SC and Pave CG to the new Graphene+ Corsas, only two teams were riding a new unmarked prototype that caught our eye.  Take a closer look, get some more details, plus see why Giant-Alpecin were running 105 brakes after the jump…

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Digging through the rush of the paddocks of the men’s and women’s pro peloton gearing up for yesterday’s Tour of Flanders, we spotted a few new bikes and components designed to get the riders up and over the race’s steep cobbled climbs and the number of pavé sections interspersed throughout. At first glance the biggest difference vs. […]

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