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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Pinarello responds & refutes infringement claims from Velocite

Right after the recent introduction of the new aero Pinarello Dogma F10, we saw an open letter by Victor Major of Velocite claiming that the new design infringed on his patented Intellectual Property. The topic at issue was the concave trailing section to the downtube with a water bottle tucked into it. But with a response today from Cicli Pinarello, unsurprisingly it seems that not everything in that open letter was as cut and dry as it seems. According to Pinarello they did in fact respond to what seems to have been a vague initial communication after the release of their new Bolide, and were waiting to hear back from Velocite. That never happened, so they only now seem to have found out what the concern was in the first place. Pinarello’s response wants to clear up the issue and move forward. Read on for more and the full response after the break…

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Right after the recent introduction of the new aero Pinarello Dogma F10, we saw an open letter by Victor Major of Velocite claiming that the new design infringed on his patented Intellectual Property. The topic at issue was the concave trailing section to the downtube with a water bottle tucked into it. But with a response today from Cicli Pinarello, […]

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Get a Praxis + 4iiii power meter crank for just $500

As power meter technology continues to expand and come down in price, more riders are able to take advantage of training with power. We first got wind of the limited edition Zayante + Power crankset that Praxis Works was producing last spring. Available only in the US & Canada, the pair up between Praxis & 4iiii makes for a simple clean installation and is still one of the most affordable ways to get a power meter on your road bike. Apparently the cooperation has been fruitful, as Praxis had been completely sold out for a while. But with another road season looming and time to get in those winter training base miles, the  Zayante + Power cranks are available once again…

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As power meter technology continues to expand and come down in price, more riders are able to take advantage of training with power. We first got wind of the limited edition Zayante + Power crankset that Praxis Works was producing last spring. Available only in the US & Canada, the pair up between Praxis & […]

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Pinarello Flagship F-series gets lighter, faster, and stiffer with new F10

Leading up to the kickoff of the Pro Tour season, Pinarello has unveiled their newest race bike. Going straight from the F8 to the F10, as is typical, the new bike promises to be better in almost every way. In addition to better looks, the frame builds in a few new features in increase the aerodynamic advantage while carbon tech keeps the weight low and the stiffness high…

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Leading up to the kickoff of the Pro Tour season, Pinarello has unveiled their newest race bike. Going straight from the F8 to the F10, as is typical, the new bike promises to be better in almost every way. In addition to better looks, the frame builds in a few new features in increase the […]

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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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Santini teases the 2017 Tour Down Under official race jerseys and full kits for fans

Santini Tour Down Under 2017, jersey details

From Jan. 14-22nd, competitive road riders will take on South Australia’s roadways during the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under. Once again, Italy’s Santini have signed on as a technical partner to the event. The company has worked in partnership with this race for quite some time- last year we covered their tenth anniversary, so 2017 will mark the 11th year running they’re supplied the official threads of the TDU.

Not only has Santini created the 2017 Leader, King of the Mountain and Sprint jerseys, there’s also a collection of complete TDU outfits available to consumers. The three different kits were designed to represent different stages of the race, and their designs highlight unique characteristics from each area…
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From Jan. 14-22nd, competitive road riders will take on South Australia’s roadways during the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under. Once again, Italy’s Santini have signed on as a technical partner to the event. The company has worked in partnership with this race for quite some time- last year we covered their tenth anniversary, so 2017 […]

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Ribble Endurance Aero speeds up & boosts comfort in consumer-direct disc brake road update

Online retailer Ribble Cycles has offered an affordable carbon disc brake road bike for some time that has served well for riders looking for a winter bike or something snappier to ride to work, but as tech has progressed for road bikes recently their Endurance was due for an update. The new 2017 Endurance Aero bike is a ground-up redesign that claims to offer a smoother ride, while at the same time getting a few aero touches, and even improved geometry for more predictable handling both on short rides or the long haul…

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Online retailer Ribble Cycles has offered an affordable carbon disc brake road bike for some time that has served well for riders looking for a winter bike or something snappier to ride to work, but as tech has progressed for road bikes recently their Endurance was due for an update. The new 2017 Endurance Aero […]

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