Review: Riding the BH bikes G7 Disc over cobbled classics, dirt roads & racing the clock

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The BH G7 Disc was introduced back leading into Eurobike 2015 and offered the promise of a pro-level aero road bike with a bit more versatility. As one of the first companies to commit to going disc brake-only for their top road bike redesign, BH put their neck on the line as their French Pro Continental team Direct Énergie was preparing to race the bike in the 2016 Spring Classics. That didn’t pan out, but nonetheless the vast majority of us don’t race under the UCI (although rounded rotors are coming back soon), so the thought of a pro-level aero bike built with tire clearance and disc brakes for the Classics certainly sounded like something we wanted to try. So we spent more than half a year testing the G7 from the pavé & bergs of Flanders to our own home cobblestones and back roads. We even did some non-UCI racing on it too, and were quite pleased with its fast ride…

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The BH G7 Disc was introduced back leading into Eurobike 2015 and offered the promise of a pro-level aero road bike with a bit more versatility. As one of the first companies to commit to going disc brake-only for their top road bike redesign, BH put their neck on the line as their French Pro Continental team Direct Énergie […]

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Review: Cannondale Slate “all road” bike is just too much fun

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Cannondale Slate Force CX1 all gravel road bike review and actual weight

The promise of gravel bikes is freedom. The ability to dive off the paved road and into the unknown. To explore those backroads, short cuts and secret paths. Or to just stave off boredom. The Cannondale Slate delivers on all those promises with one of the funnest bikes I’ve ever ridden.

When it first debuted, I (and likely you) questioned the logic of using a 650B wheel and tire for a “road” bike, but after riding it, I’m satisfied with the answer. It makes sense, and it makes for a great ride. It may not look traditional, but if you’re looking for an alternate to your standard road bike, it doesn’t get much more alternative than this…

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The promise of gravel bikes is freedom. The ability to dive off the paved road and into the unknown. To explore those backroads, short cuts and secret paths. Or to just stave off boredom. The Cannondale Slate delivers on all those promises with one of the funnest bikes I’ve ever ridden. When it first debuted, […]

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Review: Rolling into the new year with airless tires on the Specialized Alibi Sport

Maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose a little weight. Riding can be a great way to get yourself out the door and on the way to fitness, but you actually have to get the bike down from that hook in the garage and do it. I’m assuming that for most of us reading the site on a regular basis, the threat of a puncture and the need to inflate your tires on a regular basis isn’t a deterrent to getting out for a ride. But for a large chunk of the population who ride far less often, flats and under inflated tires are a big deal. In fact, Specialized cites a study from German Sport University Cologne that claims up to 90 percent of cyclists ride with under inflated tires, and 55 percent of riders have at least one puncture per year. That may not sound that bad, but when you lack the ability or desire to fix a puncture yourself and you end up having to bring it to a shop (or having the shop come to you), all of a sudden your quick ride becomes an ordeal.

Rather than dwelling on the rider’s ability to fix a flat, with the help of Tannus, Specialized is taking a completely different approach – airless tires. This certainly isn’t the first use of airless tires in the bicycle world (technically, the very first tires were airless as solid rubber). But just like all the other components of the bicycle, the technology has drastically improved with the times. Tannus announced their newest airless tire back in 2015 with their Aither 1.1 which promised better ride characteristics while maintaining the completely flat free feature.

Now, that same technology is available on the Specialized Alibi for a truly maintenance free tire that never goes flat and never needs air…

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Maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose a little weight. Riding can be a great way to get yourself out the door and on the way to fitness, but you actually have to get the bike down from that hook in the garage and do it. I’m assuming that for most of us reading […]

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One Ride Reviews: Extra long Pole Evolink 150 27.5 LD & 140 29 EN

Pole’s take on mountain bikes is a bit unique in the industry. While the recent trends of contemporary trail-ready geometry has pushed most bikes out with longer toptubes and slack head angles, Pole still stands apart with some of the longest wheelbases of any bike maker out there. All of their bikes look almost exactly the same, whether for XC or DH and everything in between, and they all share in the same philosophy that longer is better.

We’d covered the Finnish 110mm cross-country bike and 140mm trail bike back when they were introduced at the start of 2016, but later in the year, we took the opportunity to hit some gravity-fueled, lift-assisted trails in the Austrian Alps on some of the more enduro-focused bikes. Back before the snow fell on some familiar trails, we took the 29er Evolink 14o EN and 27.5″ Evolink 150 LD into the woods to give them a proper thrashing and see how those long wheelbases would react through the berms, technical trails, and rooted switchbacks…

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Pole’s take on mountain bikes is a bit unique in the industry. While the recent trends of contemporary trail-ready geometry has pushed most bikes out with longer toptubes and slack head angles, Pole still stands apart with some of the longest wheelbases of any bike maker out there. All of their bikes look almost exactly the […]

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Review: Raleigh’s RXC Cyclocross bike is race ready out of the box

Most cyclocross racers do not start out on high end carbon bikes. Instead, it’s more often something cobbled together from race worn spares, an affordable alloy bike, or even a mountain bike. Regardless of how it starts, many reach a point where they’re either tired of spending money on entry fees, only to push themselves to the point of vomiting for 30-45 minutes, or they’re hopelessly hooked and doomed to spend the majority of their fall weekends on the CX circuit. Those who fall in that second category are the ones who eventually will be looking for bikes like the Raleigh RXC.

There’s quite a range when it comes to carbon fiber cyclocross rigs, but true to form, the Raleigh seems to pack a high level of value to dollars. At this level you don’t want to end up buying something you’ll need to immediately upgrade, but you also want to leave enough funds for those entry fees, travel expenses, and post race frites. Fortunately, the Raleigh comes incredibly well spec’ed – though there’s still a bit of room for improvement…

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Most cyclocross racers do not start out on high end carbon bikes. Instead, it’s more often something cobbled together from race worn spares, an affordable alloy bike, or even a mountain bike. Regardless of how it starts, many reach a point where they’re either tired of spending money on entry fees, only to push themselves […]

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One Ride Review: ELEVEN’s fat bike gets race car inspired, reverse enduro design…and it works

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eleven bikes fat bike review and details

After meeting Eleven Bikes’ founder Thomas German at a ‘cross race a few weeks ago, we set a date for him to come visit Bikerumor HQ and go for a ride. It also gave us a chance to discuss the brand, his design background and philosophy, and spec decisions in far greater detail than our first post on the brand.

Thomas comes from motorsports, with several Indy and NASCAR championships under his belt as head engineer for some of the top teams. His role was (and still is on occasion) to set up the car’s suspension and other variables to optimize performance at a specific track and in specific conditions. In that environment, any weak link is a life threatening risk, which is why he spent a lot of extra time with the builder to have the frame constructed a certain way to pass their own aggressive testing. And since he was used to tuning ride characteristics using the soft points like suspension and tires while keeping the chassis as stiff and strong as possible, he carried that philosophy over, too. His bikes have straight tubes, with reinforcements at key joints, to make it very stiff. Compliance is adjustable with the fork and tires. It’s an interesting take, and the geometry makes it even more so…

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After meeting Eleven Bikes’ founder Thomas German at a ‘cross race a few weeks ago, we set a date for him to come visit Bikerumor HQ and go for a ride. It also gave us a chance to discuss the brand, his design background and philosophy, and spec decisions in far greater detail than our […]

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One Ride Review: Salsa’s fatter Mukluk Carbon X1 fat bike

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Technically, I was in Minnesota to test out the newest gear from 45NRTH but to get out on the trails, first I would need a bike. As you might expect, with 45NRTH falling under the QBP umbrella, a fleet of Salsa demo bikes was easy to arrange. Thanks to superb wrenching from Salsa demo driver Brian Hanson in extremely cold conditions, we were all dialed in before you could say frostbite.  For me, that meant saddling up on a brand new Salsa Mukluk Carbon X1 fat bike build.

First seen at Saddle Drive earlier this year, the Mukluk went through a substantial redesign this year, and this would be my first time testing it out. The conditions may not have warranted the full fat experience, but I was still happy to be on the Mukluk at day’s end…

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Technically, I was in Minnesota to test out the newest gear from 45NRTH but to get out on the trails, first I would need a bike. As you might expect, with 45NRTH falling under the QBP umbrella, a fleet of Salsa demo bikes was easy to arrange. Thanks to superb wrenching from Salsa demo driver […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Trey’s Wish List

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Another year has passed and it’s been an interesting one to say the least. While there are few parts of my life that don’t involve bikes, I seem to enjoy them more and more as the years roll on. This year started off with hosting a slumber party with 9 girls… solo, taking a last minute trip across the globe to ride bikes and do other cool stuff, taking my 7-year-old to urgent care to get her first ever (face) stitches after her first “real” bike crash, to getting to build the “World’s Funnest Bike”.

Regardless, the above pics is from one of my favorite past times of cruising the bazaar street markets in foreign countries… and it sorta had some Christmas-y colors in it. Now go check out my holiday loot list after explaining to your boss what the heck you’re looking at…

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Another year has passed and it’s been an interesting one to say the least. While there are few parts of my life that don’t involve bikes, I seem to enjoy them more and more as the years roll on. This year started off with hosting a slumber party with 9 girls… solo, taking a last […]

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Review: Titanium Foundry Flyover CX bike is a versatile, comfortable racer

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If you could pick any material for a cross bike, what would it be? If you’re like me, the racer inside looking for that competitive advantage would say carbon. Foundry doesn’t disagree – two out of three of their cross bikes are made from the stuff. But the newcomer to their line up does things a bit differently. This time, it’s all about titanium. Part of an addition of three new bikes in titanium, the Flyover fills in for the cyclocross segment while the Chilkoot is built for roads, and the Overland is built for gravel.

I’ve ridden enough ti bikes to know that I’m a fan of the ride quality, I just didn’t know how that would translate over to a cyclocross course. Quite well, as it turns out…

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If you could pick any material for a cross bike, what would it be? If you’re like me, the racer inside looking for that competitive advantage would say carbon. Foundry doesn’t disagree – two out of three of their cross bikes are made from the stuff. But the newcomer to their line up does things […]

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