TDU 2017 Tech: Adam Hansen’s Ridley Helium SLX

Adam Hansen has a wee bit of pedigree. Former winner of Australia’s toughest off-road race, the Crocodile trophy, he has taken his success off-road to the WorldTour, and is now the record holder for the number of consecutive grand tours completed, at sixteen. His 2016 Vuelta ride officially broke the record – an absolutely amazing achievement. Adam also has a reputation as a bike tinkerer, shoe maker, and even software developer. Is there anywhere Adam’s talents don’t extend? Drop past the break to get up close with his unique bike setup…

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Adam Hansen has a wee bit of pedigree. Former winner of Australia’s toughest off-road race, the Crocodile trophy, he has taken his success off-road to the WorldTour, and is now the record holder for the number of consecutive grand tours completed, at sixteen. His 2016 Vuelta ride officially broke the record – an absolutely amazing achievement. […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Niccolo Bonifazio’s Bahrain Merida Reacto EVO

Niccolo Bonifazio is an Italian born professional cyclist whose career began in 2013 when he rode as a Stagaire rider for the Lampre-Merida team. He became a regular member of the squad in 2014 and remained until the end of the 2015 season, when he jumped across to Trek-Segafredo for 2016. For 2017 he returns to his roots and Bahrain-Merida. Niccolo is known as a sprinter; his biggest career win to date would be his 2014 victory at the semi-classic Italian race, Coppa Ugo Agostini.

For 2017, the second-generation Merida Reacto that Niccolo is riding hasn’t changed much from the model’s release during the 2015 season. Perhaps the most striking difference is the bike’s livery – gone are the pinks and greens long associated with this bike, replaced with a classy blue and red combination. Regardless, the Reacto is a full on aero road bike and the Bahrain Merida team at the Tour Down Under is split between a mix of Reacto’s and the all-round Scultura’s – I’ll be featuring one of those soon.

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Niccolo Bonifazio is an Italian born professional cyclist whose career began in 2013 when he rode as a Stagaire rider for the Lampre-Merida team. He became a regular member of the squad in 2014 and remained until the end of the 2015 season, when he jumped across to Trek-Segafredo for 2016. For 2017 he returns […]

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Spotted: Peter Sagan rolls the Gold wheels at the Tour Down Under

Timing is everything in life, and I was fortunate to catch Peter and his Bora Hansgrohe squad rolling out for a Monday morning training ride from the Tour Down Under village. The 2017 Tour Down Under begins tomorrow, and the lads are heading into the Adelaide Hills to scout a few key sections of one of the upcoming stages. The team has been teasing media and fans alike with his Specialized Venge disc brake bike, but today, he rolled the gold package – painted gold Roval CLX 64 tubular wheels…

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Timing is everything in life, and I was fortunate to catch Peter and his Bora Hansgrohe squad rolling out for a Monday morning training ride from the Tour Down Under village. The 2017 Tour Down Under begins tomorrow, and the lads are heading into the Adelaide Hills to scout a few key sections of one of […]

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Schwalbe One Clincher Tire now available in Skinwall… but only in Australia

The Schwalbe One tire has been around for some time now, and is part of the company’s Evolution line of high performance, folding bead, clincher tires. Available on the USA market in black, blue stripes, dark silver stripes, red stripes and white stripes, these color choices provide a nice selection for those looking to match tires to their bikes.

But to those riders fond of skinwall tires, a retro look that has gained popularity of late, look no further than the newest version of the Schwalbe One V-Guard tire. Click on through…

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The Schwalbe One tire has been around for some time now, and is part of the company’s Evolution line of high performance, folding bead, clincher tires. Available on the USA market in black, blue stripes, dark silver stripes, red stripes and white stripes, these color choices provide a nice selection for those looking to match […]

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Spotted: Flaer Revo Via Chain Performance System on Orica-Scott Bikes at TDU

“The world’s first chain performance system will ensure your transmission operates at maximum efficiency from start to finish, no matter the conditions. The Revo Via applies a precise quantity of our specially developed fluid to the chain as you ride, giving maximum power transfer to the wheel, smoother gear shifts and a visibly cleaner transmission. The result – you get the most out of the effort you put in.” – says Flaer.

These claims were enough to pique the interest of UCI World Tour team, Orica Scott who have the Revo Via system fitted to the bikes of team riders Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey. Click on through for more…

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“The world’s first chain performance system will ensure your transmission operates at maximum efficiency from start to finish, no matter the conditions. The Revo Via applies a precise quantity of our specially developed fluid to the chain as you ride, giving maximum power transfer to the wheel, smoother gear shifts and a visibly cleaner transmission. […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Geraint Thomas’ Team Sky Pinarello Dogma F10

Geraint Thomas is a Welsh born pro, racing for Team Sky since 2010. Prior to that, he was aboard Barloworld, a team of South African origin. He’s enjoyed considerable success on both road & track, including Olympic gold in the team pursuit in 2008 & 2012, and is the reigning Commonwealth Games road racing champ. His most notable professional victory was at last year’s Paris-Nice, where he took the overall win.

Team Sky has been on Pinarello brand since their inception in 2010, and is greatly involved in the testing and development of new models, also working closely with Shimano hence the first race bike we’ve seen fitted with bits of the new Dura-Ace Di2 R9170 groupset. This new Pinarello F10 evolves from the F8 model, but retains the F8’s flatback tube profiles. A fresh downtube design, inherited from the Pinarello Bolide TT bike, is designed to shield water bottles from the wind. Click on through for more…

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Geraint Thomas is a Welsh born pro, racing for Team Sky since 2010. Prior to that, he was aboard Barloworld, a team of South African origin. He’s enjoyed considerable success on both road & track, including Olympic gold in the team pursuit in 2008 & 2012, and is the reigning Commonwealth Games road racing champ. His most notable professional […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Peter Sagan’s Disc Brake Specialized Venge & Gold Wheels!

Peter Sagan needs little introduction – two time and current World Champion, even a Junior Mountain Bike World Champion back in 2008. Along with these and many other wins and accomplishments, Peter is a rider with serious skills and charisma on and off the bike. To kick off 2017, Peter returns to Adelaide, South Australia and the Tour Down Under, the race where he made his Pro Tour debut with Liquigas way back in 2010. Disc brakes are being re-introduced into the World Tour this year, and many teams are experimenting with the technology. Peter Sagan has a disc brake Venge at his disposal, which he has used during training in Adelaide, and may or may not see action when the race starts? It gets the same custom deeply shiny paint job we saw on his rim brake a couple of weeks back.

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Peter Sagan needs little introduction – two time and current World Champion, even a Junior Mountain Bike World Champion back in 2008. Along with these and many other wins and accomplishments, Peter is a rider with serious skills and charisma on and off the bike. To kick off 2017, Peter returns to Adelaide, South Australia and […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Disc Brakes Spotted on Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team Bike

The first UCI World Tour race of 2017, the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia, is just around the corner (a little over a week to the start). Riders seeking the edge of early time zone acclimatization – a long way from the European home base for many pros – have begun steadily trickling into Adelaide.

In addition to the time zone are the differences in weather conditions. It’s summer here in Australia, and while the typical weather patterns of an Australian summer are not being followed of late, temperatures are much warmer for riders who make the USA or Europe their home during the year. Because most teams at the race don’t bring a full staff or service course, the teams & riders sometimes call upon local bike shops for parts and mechanical help. Case in point is Paddy Bevin of Cannondale-Drapac. Paddy needed a few issues attended to on his training bike, and called into Corsa Cycle Centre, a well-known and respected bike shop in the Adelaide cycling scene.

I happened to arrive at Corsa just as Paddy’s bike was on the workstand…

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The first UCI World Tour race of 2017, the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia, is just around the corner (a little over a week to the start). Riders seeking the edge of early time zone acclimatization – a long way from the European home base for many pros – have begun steadily trickling […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Jayson’s Wish List

Pfaff Junior of the GravelCyclist.com crew. Photo by Gravel Cyclist.
Pfaff Junior of the GravelCyclist.com team. Photo by GravelCyclist.com

This year has been the busiest on a bicycle since my early formative years, where I spent countless hours riding around aimlessly as a young lad. Not including my regular work gig, I lead a cycling-centric lifestyle which may be a little unrealistic compared to most. Almost unfettered local riding and travel to distant rides, races, events and writing for BikeRumor.com, along with running my own website which shares my passion for gravel cycling, GravelCyclist.com

Much like Zach’s reference in his wish list, living well, staying fit and crash-free is high on my wish list – ironically, I hit the deck during a night time gravel ride just last week, but I dodged a bullet on that one, and look forward to what 2017 brings!

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This year has been the busiest on a bicycle since my early formative years, where I spent countless hours riding around aimlessly as a young lad. Not including my regular work gig, I lead a cycling-centric lifestyle which may be a little unrealistic compared to most. Almost unfettered local riding and travel to distant rides, races, […]

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