Sportful Giara & HotPack NoRain kit you out to explore, plus more summer kit available now

With eyes on warmer weather ahead, Sporful just rolled their Summer 2017 line out to retailers. We saw some of their top WorldTour racing kit coming to you back at Eurobike with the race-proven R&D Cima line and packable Stelvio rain jacket. Off the racing circuit, they’ve got even more to satisfy the general riding public. A new Giara line developed with a slightly more relaxed fit and toned down look to meet the needs of riders out on all-day adventures that want performance without a kit screaming ‘Euro Pro’. At the same time, Sportful has something new in their popular, super packable HotPack range. A new HotPack NoRain Ultralight rain jacket gets Sportful’s lightest ever fully waterproof fabric to take away any remaining excuse for being unprepared for a surprise thunderstorm. Get a closer look at it all, after the jump…

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With eyes on warmer weather ahead, Sporful just rolled their Summer 2017 line out to retailers. We saw some of their top WorldTour racing kit coming to you back at Eurobike with the race-proven R&D Cima line and packable Stelvio rain jacket. Off the racing circuit, they’ve got even more to satisfy the general riding public. A new Giara line developed with […]

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TDU 2017: Behind the scenes at the Tour Down Under

The Tour Down Under has been run and won for 2017, with Richie Porte of BMC Racing taking the overall win and victories on the second and fifth stages. As the first UCI World Tour race of the season, it serves as an important event for teams and riders to collect World Tour points, and a proving ground for new team equipment. The riders themselves are the stars of the World Tour, but without their teams of support staff – mechanics, soigneurs and management – the riders would be sorely pressed to do what they do, day in and day out.

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The Tour Down Under has been run and won for 2017, with Richie Porte of BMC Racing taking the overall win and victories on the second and fifth stages. As the first UCI World Tour race of the season, it serves as an important event for teams and riders to collect World Tour points, and a proving ground […]

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Look partners with SRM to create carbon fiber power meter cranks

Look has been making some of the lightest carbon fiber cranks on the market by integrating their arms, spiders and spindle into a single piece. Their frames aren’t too shabby either. Now, they’re taking all that composite know-how and partnering with SRM to offer power meter cranksets that will work with any modern spindle type and use Look’s Tri Lobe pedal insert to convert between 170mm, 172.5mm and 175mm crank lengths all on the same arm.

UPDATE: Here’s the link to Eurobike coverage that shows and mentions the THM crank, and we’ve reached out to Look for clarification. Updates as we get more info.

UPDATE 2: Look has confirmed to us that they are indeed making these carbon cranks.

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Look has been making some of the lightest carbon fiber cranks on the market by integrating their arms, spiders and spindle into a single piece. Their frames aren’t too shabby either. Now, they’re taking all that composite know-how and partnering with SRM to offer power meter cranksets that will work with any modern spindle type […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • 2017 National Bike Challenge announced by Bike League and 3M – The League of American Bicyclists and presenting sponsor 3M have announced the 6th annual National Bike Challenge. The Challenge expects over 60,000 riders to pedal a more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30 to focus on improved health, fitness & fun. Challenge participants will use Strava to record their commuting and recreational miles, then stats & leaderboards will show up over at the NationalBikeChallenge.org site. There’s no cost to join, and riders are encouraged to form teams at their workplace or school to motivate each other to log more miles or to start commuting for the first time. BikeLeague.org

    Check out where you’ll ride in 2017 after the break…

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2017 National Bike Challenge announced by Bike League and 3M – The League of American Bicyclists and presenting sponsor 3M have announced the 6th annual National Bike Challenge. The Challenge expects over 60,000 riders to pedal a more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30 to focus on improved health, fitness & fun. Challenge participants […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Janez Brajkovic’s Bahrain Merida Scultura

Bahrain Merida’s Scultura, the last bike from our coverage of the 2017 Tour Down Under! We featured the team’s aero bike, the Merida Reacto EVO a little earlier, but this is the team’s all-rounder machine, the Scultura, which is optimized for light weight, and climbing the big mountains of the three grand-tours. The idea behind Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team was sparked in August 2016 by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family. The team is financed by the government of Bahrain to promote the country worldwide.

This example of the team’s Merida Scultura is assigned to Janez Brajkovic, a 33 year old Slovenian-born racing cyclist who turned professional in 2005 with KRKA-Adria Mobil. Janez later moved to Team Discovery Channel, Astana and Team Radioshack, and even spent a two year stint most recently with USA based team, United Healthcare. For 2017, Janz returns to the World Tour peloton with Bahrain Merida. Click on through to see more of Janez Brajkovic’s Bahrain Merida Scultura. Continue reading “TDU 2017 Tech: Janez Brajkovic’s Bahrain Merida Scultura”



Bahrain Merida’s Scultura, the last bike from our coverage of the 2017 Tour Down Under! We featured the team’s aero bike, the Merida Reacto EVO a little earlier, but this is the team’s all-rounder machine, the Scultura, which is optimized for light weight, and climbing the big mountains of the three grand-tours. The idea behind Bahrain […]

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ENVE adds wider, tubeless compatible SES 3.4 disc and rim brake wheels, new Road seatpost & Road Disc Thru Axle fork

Already ENVE’s best selling wheelset, their popular SES 3.4 is about to get even better. Originally created as a “climbing wheel with an aero advantage” the 3.4s are part of the Smart ENVE System line up using their patented SES rim profile. The goal with the newest iteration was to refine the ride qualities and improve the wheels overall, not necessarily in one specific category. Notably, the wheels are wider with the same internal width front and back, tubeless compatible, and truly rim and disc brake specific…

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Already ENVE’s best selling wheelset, their popular SES 3.4 is about to get even better. Originally created as a “climbing wheel with an aero advantage” the 3.4s are part of the Smart ENVE System line up using their patented SES rim profile. The goal with the newest iteration was to refine the ride qualities and […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Sam Bennett’s Bora-Hansgrohe Specialized Venge ViAS

Bora-Hansgrohe is a German-based cycling team, originally founded in 2010 under the name Team NetApp. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Bora, a German cooking surface and extractor manufacturer co-sponsored with bike manufacturer Argon 18. For 2017, the team becomes Bora-Hansgrohe, Hansgrohe being a manufacturer of shower heads and bathroom and kitchen faucets. Also joining them is bike supplier, Specialized, and two-time world champion, Peter Segan, signed to a three-year deal with the team. Be sure to check out Peter’s disc brake Venge with gold wheels from the Tour Down Under!

Team riders have the choice of the Specialized Tarmac, or the aero Venge ViAS, which is the case here with Irishman, Sam Bennett. Sam came on board in 2014 when the team was sponsored by Netapp-Endura, and originally turned professional with Irish team, An Post-Sean Kelly. He has many good results on his palmarès, including 2nd place at the recent People’s Choice Classic, the pre-cursor race to the Tour Down Under.

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Bora-Hansgrohe is a German-based cycling team, originally founded in 2010 under the name Team NetApp. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Bora, a German cooking surface and extractor manufacturer co-sponsored with bike manufacturer Argon 18. For 2017, the team becomes Bora-Hansgrohe, Hansgrohe being a manufacturer of shower heads and bathroom and kitchen faucets. Also joining […]

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Another bump in the road peloton for disc brakes from the CPA-Association of Professional Cyclists

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The CPA popped up in the news over the weekend issuing a new letter to the UCI calling for another halt to the use of disc brakes in the professional road peloton. It had seemed that after the start, stop, start, stop & start again, with the open CPA discussions in the UCI Disc Brake Working Group and the use of rounded rotors that professional riders were coming around to the idea of disc brakes and the realization that the safety concerns had been unfounded. Riders Tom Boonen and Marcel Kittel have even won races this year already on the same S-Works Venge Disc that we rode to test Shimano’s new top disc brake road groupset.

Well, the issue is clearly still not resolved. It seems the majority of the rider members of the CPA are still afraid of disc brake rotors, and they are holding fast to 3 demands that the group asked for last year: rounded rotors, rotor guards, and racing trials with all riders on disc brakes. Clearly that all isn’t so quick or easy to achieve (or maybe even something that makes sense) so the debate rages on, and we as consumers and spectators might have to wait another season before we see this resolved.

The CPA issued an updated statement today, read on after the break…

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The CPA popped up in the news over the weekend issuing a new letter to the UCI calling for another halt to the use of disc brakes in the professional road peloton. It had seemed that after the start, stop, start, stop & start again, with the open CPA discussions in the UCI Disc Brake Working Group and […]

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Contador (and Trek consumers) to ride Celebración commemorative paint scheme from Project One

Continuing a long running tradition, one of Trek-Segafredo’s newest riders is also getting a new bike. Of course it’s not just any rider, but the famous Spaniard known as Alberto Contador. It’s also not just any bike, with a new paint theme honoring his victories in all three Grand Tours. Draped over the Émonda SLR as a canvas, the white, yellow, red, and pink paint job isn’t just for Contador either. For another $1,000 on top of the price of your Project One Émonda SLR, you can have nearly the same bike which you can see after the jump…

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Continuing a long running tradition, one of Trek-Segafredo’s newest riders is also getting a new bike. Of course it’s not just any rider, but the famous Spaniard known as Alberto Contador. It’s also not just any bike, with a new paint theme honoring his victories in all three Grand Tours. Draped over the Émonda SLR […]

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