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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CES2017: LeEco Smart Road & Smart Mountain bikes

LeEco is a technology company, not a bike company. But at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week they’re bridging that gap with their new Android-powered cycling operating system designed to integrate with the bike offering navigation of your ride & tracking performance. Dubbed the next generation of Smart Bikes, the new BikeOS debuts in two complete carbon bikes – the LeEco Smart Road Bike & Smart Mountain Bike – both of which fit in LeEco’s goal to more seamlessly link our web connected lives from your phone to your bike and even to autonomous cars…

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LeEco is a technology company, not a bike company. But at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week they’re bridging that gap with their new Android-powered cycling operating system designed to integrate with the bike offering navigation of your ride & tracking performance. Dubbed the next generation of Smart Bikes, the new BikeOS debuts in two […]

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

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

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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The SpeedX Unicorn replaces the horn with first production integrated power meter

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES2017) is just around the corner, which means it’s time to geek out. Both on bike, and on the electronics that more and more companies are stuffing into those bikes. After launching their Leopard aero road bike with a built in computer and smart technology, SpeedX is back with the aptly named Unicorn. Taking that same built in head unit and adding a crank based power meter, the company is making the claim of the world’s first production bike with an integrated power meter.

But the Unicorn is more than just numbers. The frame has been designed to offer the best ride possible making it look pretty appealing – at least to the overwhelming number of people who allowed it to meet its Kickstarter funding goal in just 75 minutes…

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES2017) is just around the corner, which means it’s time to geek out. Both on bike, and on the electronics that more and more companies are stuffing into those bikes. After launching their Leopard aero road bike with a built in computer and smart technology, SpeedX is back with the aptly […]

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World Champion Peter Sagan’s ultra shiny new Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS

With a new season, another World Champion’s jersey, and a new team, showman Peter Sagan will stand out in the peloton this year on an incredibly shiny Specialized Venge. A couple of weeks ago we saw Specialized give the Women’s road Champ her own trick S-Works Amira, and with Sagan there’ll be another rainbow themed S-Works rolling around. Wheelie past the break to get a close up look at his chromed out Venge, plus a video of Sagan showing a new method to bed in the cables, chain & brakes on his road bikes…

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With a new season, another World Champion’s jersey, and a new team, showman Peter Sagan will stand out in the peloton this year on an incredibly shiny Specialized Venge. A couple of weeks ago we saw Specialized give the Women’s road Champ her own trick S-Works Amira, and with Sagan there’ll be another rainbow themed S-Works rolling around. […]

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Urbi, Furi & Zappi: Edgy lids from NOW Helmets

After a bit more than two years of focused product development, new helmet maker Nonstop On Wheels recently debuted an eye-catching trio of new helmets – the Furi, Zappi & Urbi – to suit everything from road racing to commuting around town. Founded with more than a decade of experience on the motorcycle helmet side of things, NOW brings a completely unique look to head protection of the bike. Their angular designs pack all the safety we’ve come to expect (and more) into a shell that breaks the mold…

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After a bit more than two years of focused product development, new helmet maker Nonstop On Wheels recently debuted an eye-catching trio of new helmets – the Furi, Zappi & Urbi – to suit everything from road racing to commuting around town. Founded with more than a decade of experience on the motorcycle helmet side of […]

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Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 wheels in detail: wider carbon, tubeless & road disc brakes

We had a pretty good look at the new Dura-Ace R9100 group when it was unveiled over the summer, adding a proper top-level set of hydraulic disc brakes to Shimano’s premium road race groupset both in electronic Di2 and mechanical shift options, as well as an integrated power meter crankset among other drivetrain redesigns. But less attention has been paid to the accompanying Dura-Ace wheels.

Shimano has effectively added two new wider carbon rim families the C60 & C40, that will join the carry-over C24 to mesh with the new groupset. But even then with options for tubular, tubeless & clincher rims and both rim & disc brake setups, there are a lot of different wheelsets coming in the R9100 & R9170 groups. Get the details including claimed weights & pricing, plus another good look at those new disc rotors, and a sneak peek at what looks to be Shimano’s own quick release thru-axle solution…

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We had a pretty good look at the new Dura-Ace R9100 group when it was unveiled over the summer, adding a proper top-level set of hydraulic disc brakes to Shimano’s premium road race groupset both in electronic Di2 and mechanical shift options, as well as an integrated power meter crankset among other drivetrain redesigns. But […]

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Road & Gravel Bike Roundup: Simplon, Hilite, CKT x Virenque, and that darn string bike

Austrian brand Simplon’s bikes have a simple yet unique aesthetic, and clever features abound as you explore them close up. We covered a couple of their mountain bikes here, and you can see some of the same lines on their 2017 gravel/cyclocross/gran fondo bikes. This Pavo Gran Fondo Disc uses offset fork dropouts and thin, low set seatstays to add comfort. Check out the clean lines and tons more bikes below…

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Austrian brand Simplon’s bikes have a simple yet unique aesthetic, and clever features abound as you explore them close up. We covered a couple of their mountain bikes here, and you can see some of the same lines on their 2017 gravel/cyclocross/gran fondo bikes. This Pavo Gran Fondo Disc uses offset fork dropouts and thin, […]

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Swedish design & fabric tech to fill cycling’s fashion Void

Over the last several months from our European office we’ve started to see clothing from Swedish bike brand VOID popping up on our roads. With a fall that seemed to disappear quickly into the generally cold and wet weather that so far has characterized our winter here, it isn’t really that big of a surprise to see a Scandinavian company have an autumn/winter collection up to the task of keeping you on the bike year round. We’re midway through the season but wanted to take a closer look at what they claim to fill cycling’s fashion void with smart designs and functional tech…

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Over the last several months from our European office we’ve started to see clothing from Swedish bike brand VOID popping up on our roads. With a fall that seemed to disappear quickly into the generally cold and wet weather that so far has characterized our winter here, it isn’t really that big of a surprise to […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike, Road Bike15 Comments