TDU 2017 Tech: Jeremy Maison’s Lapierre Xelius SL

FDJ (Francaise des Jeux), the French National Lottery, is a long-standing sponsor of French cycling. The FDJ team manager is Frenchman Marc Madiot, a multiple winner of Paris-Roubaix and Grand Tour stage winner. Assigned to this particular bike is Jeremy Maison, a second year professional with the team who came up through the French amateur ranks; he was with VC Toucy from 2007 – 2014 and CC Etupes in 2015.

Lapierre, a French bike company, has supplied the team with bikes for several years. The 2017 Lapierre Xelius SL receives updates in the form of a lighter SL carbon layup and slightly shortened chainstays – good for acceleration and climbing. The team is expected to debut the disc brake version of the Xelius during the season, but for now, click on through to see the rim brake version of Jeremy Maison’s Lapierre Xelius SL… Continue reading “TDU 2017 Tech: Jeremy Maison’s Lapierre Xelius SL”



FDJ (Francaise des Jeux), the French National Lottery, is a long-standing sponsor of French cycling. The FDJ team manager is Frenchman Marc Madiot, a multiple winner of Paris-Roubaix and Grand Tour stage winner. Assigned to this particular bike is Jeremy Maison, a second year professional with the team who came up through the French amateur […]

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TDU 2017 Tech: Richie Porte’s BMC Team Machine SLR01

BMC Racing is a UCI WorldTour professional racing team, sponsored by Swiss-based bicycle manufacturer, BMC. The team is co-owned by Andy Riis, owner of BMC bicycles, and Jim Ochowicz, founder of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team.

BMC became active in the professional peloton in 2001 with the now-defunct Phonak Cycling Team. The original iteration of the Team Machine bike was in aluminum – nowadays there is not a single aluminum frame to be seen among the WorldTour teams – carbon fiber dominates. Richie Porte has been with BMC Racing since 2016, and is the favorite for overall honors at the 2017 Tour Down Under.

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BMC Racing is a UCI WorldTour professional racing team, sponsored by Swiss-based bicycle manufacturer, BMC. The team is co-owned by Andy Riis, owner of BMC bicycles, and Jim Ochowicz, founder of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team. BMC became active in the professional peloton in 2001 with the now-defunct Phonak Cycling Team. The original iteration of the […]

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Cold Weather Clothing Roundup Pt. 2: Pearl Izumi’s awesome thermal jerseys, MTB pants, more

The photo above sort of sums up our winter to date. We’ve had a few days with true wintry conditions, but for the most part it’s been warmer than average and increasingly rainy. However, it has been cold enough at points to test out some cold weather gear, and while there was no snow for our Global Fat Bike Day ride, it was chilly enough to don the new Pearl Izumi Launch Thermal jersey and some ridiculous shades, because, why not?

The jersey is just one of a number of new pieces from Pearl Izumi, which show some big improvements…

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The photo above sort of sums up our winter to date. We’ve had a few days with true wintry conditions, but for the most part it’s been warmer than average and increasingly rainy. However, it has been cold enough at points to test out some cold weather gear, and while there was no snow for […]

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Whisky No. 7 RD+ fork provides option for straight steerer, rim brake, 650b Road Plus

Whisky’s new fork was the focal point of the newest All-City Mr. Pink, but it’s also available as a stand alone fork. Why does that matter? Well, in terms of what the No.7 RD+ offers, there isn’t a lot out there that fits the bill. Between the massive tire clearance and the complete lack of disc brake mounts, this fork is in stark contrast to the current trends. Which means it might just be the perfect fork for builders out there who just haven’t been able to find what they were looking for…

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Whisky’s new fork was the focal point of the newest All-City Mr. Pink, but it’s also available as a stand alone fork. Why does that matter? Well, in terms of what the No.7 RD+ offers, there isn’t a lot out there that fits the bill. Between the massive tire clearance and the complete lack of disc […]

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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.

Click on through for more about the Reacto…

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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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