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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Cold Weather Clothing Roundup Pt. 1: Bontrager gets visible with Halo, adds S1 and S2 Softshell Kits

Every year, when colder weather rolls around it seems that there is a continual battle between riding outside and training indoors. As trainer technology continues to improve, fall and winter clothing also gets better making it easier than ever to get outside. Cold weather clothing isn’t just about staying warm though – you don’t have to look very far to find a too-close-for-comfort moment out on the road, so staying visible is as important as ever.

Along with a new winter clothing system designated as S1/S2, Bontrager is diving into visibility with their Halo initiative. Instead of just focusing on high visibility or reflective hits, the Halo products blend the two based on studies of how the eye of drivers see and react to both. The goal is to provide total visibility either day or night as well as providing needed warmth at the S1 level…

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Every year, when colder weather rolls around it seems that there is a continual battle between riding outside and training indoors. As trainer technology continues to improve, fall and winter clothing also gets better making it easier than ever to get outside. Cold weather clothing isn’t just about staying warm though – you don’t have to […]

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Review: CXNats winning Team Edition Challenge Dune, from sand to ice

If you’ve been keeping up with our USA Cross Nats coverage you may have noticed that new US champ Stephen Hyde rolled across the finish line on a set of Challenge’s latest file tread tubular tires – the Dune. OK to be fair, he walked across the line after a crash in the last off-camber turn hobbled his bike with a broken derailleur hanger and a front flat. Nonetheless, we’ve been testing those same tires since not long after they were introduced at Sea Otter, and as we first learned from past British CX champ Helen Wyman in her tire selection criteria the Dune is capable in much more than the sandy terrain that its name belies…

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If you’ve been keeping up with our USA Cross Nats coverage you may have noticed that new US champ Stephen Hyde rolled across the finish line on a set of Challenge’s latest file tread tubular tires – the Dune. OK to be fair, he walked across the line after a crash in the last off-camber […]

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Just In: Lauf’s maintenance free Carbonara fat bike suspension fork

The RockShox Bluto might be the fork that comes to mind for fat bikes, but it’s not the only one. In addition to the more typical telescopic forks of both standard and inverted designs, there are few folks doing things a little differently. Like the guys from Lauf.

Looking at suspension in a completely new way, Lauf has made a lot of noise by combining the age-old idea of leaf springs with modern carbon manufacturing. The result is a super light fork that offers supple suspension, without adding much weight or complexity. It also makes it practically maintenance free, which on a fat bike that is ridden through the worst conditions imaginable, might be worth it by itself…

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The RockShox Bluto might be the fork that comes to mind for fat bikes, but it’s not the only one. In addition to the more typical telescopic forks of both standard and inverted designs, there are few folks doing things a little differently. Like the guys from Lauf. Looking at suspension in a completely new […]

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First Look! All-new Niner RLT 9 RDO is an adventure ready carbon gravel race bike

2017 Niner RLT RDO carbon fiber gravel race bike

2017 Niner RLT RDO carbon fiber gravel race bike

Sometimes Niner launches their carbon bikes first, sometimes their metal ones. But, eventually, most of their bikes end up offering both within a short time frame. Except the RLT. It debuted all the way back in 2013 as an alloy model, then gained a steel sibling in 2015. Now, finally, in 2017 we get the RLT 9 RDO, a top-end carbon fiber model using their Carbon Compaction process to produce a light, fast and comfortable do-it-all drop bar bike that’s tested to mountain bike standards.

The RLT 9 RDO also brings new features you’ll soon see on other models, tweaked geometry from the alloy version and this amazing limited edition Ultegra Di2 model with ENVE AR wheels…

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Sometimes Niner launches their carbon bikes first, sometimes their metal ones. But, eventually, most of their bikes end up offering both within a short time frame. Except the RLT. It debuted all the way back in 2013 as an alloy model, then gained a steel sibling in 2015. Now, finally, in 2017 we get the […]

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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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Pro Bike Check: Katie Compton’s National Championship winning Trek Boone cyclocross bike

katie compton usa cyclocross national champion pro bike check

katie compton usa cyclocross national champion pro bike check

Much like Stephen Hyde did for the men’s elite field, Katie Compton made everyone else race for second. She owned the event, taking her 13th USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship and earning yet again her nickname of Katie F’n Compton. Check out her winning Trek Boone which, thanks to not being part of a factory team, gets plenty of 3rd party sponsor bits and a few very unique touches…

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Much like Stephen Hyde did for the men’s elite field, Katie Compton made everyone else race for second. She owned the event, taking her 13th USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship and earning yet again her nickname of Katie F’n Compton. Check out her winning Trek Boone which, thanks to not being part of a factory […]

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