Rapha updates all of their bib shorts for the new season: Classics, Brevet & Pro Team

Just a couple of weeks ago Rapha rolled out some new spring & summer kit with a few special editions of classic kit and a lot of sky (not Sky) blues. We mentioned a bit of an update to bib shorts, but it looks like it goes deeper that we had originally thought. We here at Bikerumor’s EU HQ tend to be a bit reluctant about some of the fashion-y focus of parts of the Rapha line-up, and balk at the pricing on some of their kit. But the bib shorts have always seemed like good value to us. They’ve been one of the few brands of shorts that have withstood our abuse season after season, and with their free repairs policy the only shorts that we still have in the closet that are more than 4 years old are all Rapha. So when Rapha makes the statement that “we have revised our entire range” we wanted to know more…

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Just a couple of weeks ago Rapha rolled out some new spring & summer kit with a few special editions of classic kit and a lot of sky (not Sky) blues. We mentioned a bit of an update to bib shorts, but it looks like it goes deeper that we had originally thought. We here […]

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Bold is back with another Women’s Bike Camp limited edition Linkin Trail bike

Swiss trail bike maker Bold Cycles is back for a new season with another limited edition of their unique full suspension platform in collaboration with Women’s Bike Camp. The women-only skills camp is expanding to two locations this summer and Bold is back as a supporting partner – one in the Austrian & one in the Italian Alps – where there are plenty of technical trails to hone riders of all levels. Last year the very pink bike they put together for factory rider & instructor Sabrina Morell was a hit for riders looking for a splash of all-mountain color so they are doing it again, this time in another departure from their typical black, gray & orange palette to help draw us out of a gray winter…

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Swiss trail bike maker Bold Cycles is back for a new season with another limited edition of their unique full suspension platform in collaboration with Women’s Bike Camp. The women-only skills camp is expanding to two locations this summer and Bold is back as a supporting partner – one in the Austrian & one in the Italian […]

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Liv rolls out the BeLiv City with matching clothing & accessories

Starting simply as the women’s extension of the Giant product line, Liv is quickly becoming a complete brand with a full range of bikes and dedicated accessories. Whether you’re looking for your next race machine, or simply a bike to cruise around town Liv continues to expand for 2017. New offerings including an interesting gravel/city bike and a starter set of matching apparel and gear…

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Starting simply as the women’s extension of the Giant product line, Liv is quickly becoming a complete brand with a full range of bikes and dedicated accessories. Whether you’re looking for your next race machine, or simply a bike to cruise around town Liv continues to expand for 2017. New offerings including an interesting gravel/city […]

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Fizik Luce Carbon offers premium perch for women in 2 widths, like for men

Fi’z:k has long offered saddle designs specifically developed and sized for women, with the Vitesse & Vesta coming to mind on top of an adapted-for-women Arione Donna shell. But with the introduction of an all-new saddle line called the Luce, available in two widths, it looks like Fizik is rethinking how they fit both women and men on the bike.

The new Luce saddles, replace both the Arione Donne & Vitesse, leaving just an entry-level Vesta remaining. But that’s probably not a bad thing. At the same time as they are debiting this new trimmed down kite shape for women with its relief cut-out, Fizik have started to offer all of their top road saddles in two widths to fit more riders, both women & men…

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Fi’z:k has long offered saddle designs specifically developed and sized for women, with the Vitesse & Vesta coming to mind on top of an adapted-for-women Arione Donna shell. But with the introduction of an all-new saddle line called the Luce, available in two widths, it looks like Fizik is rethinking how they fit both women […]

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Weekend Videos: Road 2 Rio with Kross, Tour of Sufferlandria route, plus more road & trail riding…

With the Olympic games this past year our industry took a very different look to cycling and racing. Silver medalist, Maja Włoszczowska racing for Kross had been documenting her lead up to the games, and her Road 2 Rio is now available online for free. Buckle in, because the 40min film takes you on a long journey from her home in Poland through a season of racing to culminate in Rio de Janiero, documenting her challenges and progress month-by-month. Her goal was always clear: win an Olympic medal, but along the way she must take on tough UCI World Cup races (including the UCI XCO World Championships where we got a detailed look at her bike), push her limits at the World Championships and accept many sacrifices. KrossRacingTeam.pl

Check out more videos after the break, starting with your official Tour of Sufferlandria route announcement, island riding with Santa Cruz, some BH e-Enduro & drone footage form Down Under…

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With the Olympic games this past year our industry took a very different look to cycling and racing. Silver medalist, Maja Włoszczowska racing for Kross had been documenting her lead up to the games, and her Road 2 Rio is now available online for free. Buckle in, because the 40min film takes you on a long journey […]

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Pro Bike Check: Up close with road World Champion Amalie Dideriksen’s S-Works Amira

courtesy Specialized, bike photos by Velofocus

Pushed back late into the fall by the Rio Olympics, Danish cyclists Amalie Dideriksen led her small three-woman team at the start of World’s in Doha back in October. Even after crashing earlier in the race, Dideriksen came back to win the sprint at the line and become the 2016 Elite Women’s Road Champion aboard her Specialized S-Works Amira. Now finally recovering from a long season of racing (and enough track racing and 6-days since that put her in the Danish National Champion’s jersey there as well for the next year, in 5 events no less) she has just finished a training camp in Calpe, Spain with her Boels-Dolmans team and has a nice new World Champ’s bike to take home as an early Christmas present…

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Pushed back late into the fall by the Rio Olympics, Danish cyclists Amalie Dideriksen led her small three-woman team at the start of World’s in Doha back in October. Even after crashing earlier in the race, Dideriksen came back to win the sprint at the line and become the 2016 Elite Women’s Road Champion aboard her Specialized S-Works […]

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Review: Pro-level Rapha Souplesse bib shorts and jersey for women

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Over the past couple of years, a few of our European women road and cross testers were introduced to the benefits of proper premium bibs through Rapha’s Women’s Classic Bib Short. While Rapha clearly isn’t the only one making top-level shorts for women, until surprisingly recently premium bibs on par with what men had to choose from were not so readily available. Of course the growth of online retailing has greatly improved accessibility, but frontline women’s development with pro teams like Canyon//SRAM has certainly helped. So to see what the pro-level kit had to offer we put a couple of women in Rapha’s pro Souplesse bibs and jerseys to ride through the seasons and report back both on how they performed and how they’ve held up…

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Over the past couple of years, a few of our European women road and cross testers were introduced to the benefits of proper premium bibs through Rapha’s Women’s Classic Bib Short. While Rapha clearly isn’t the only one making top-level shorts for women, until surprisingly recently premium bibs on par with what men had to choose from were not […]

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Almost time to be Braver Than The Elements & tackle the Festive 500 with Rapha

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It’s cold where we are in Central Europe, and we’ve sill got a couple more weeks of losing daylight everyday. This time of year it can be harder and harder to stay motivated to ride, so we relish in the fact that other like-minded cyclists are out and using peer pressure to keep everyone riding. While some of our local riding buddies have effectively thrown in the towel for regular outside rides a few of the dedicated group are sticking it out. And it is sometimes even social media campaigns like Rapha’s Braver Than The Elements and Festive 500 that keep us pedaling circles. Braver Than The Elements aims to build on the midsummer success of the Women’s 100 to get those hardcore women out and on the bike on Dec 18. The Festive 500 on the other hand is the latest edition of the Strava-fueled challenge to end 2016 with a band and burn off all of those Christmas cookies and glasses of egg nog in time to start the New Year fresh. If you are ready to stick it out and put in some winter saddle time, spin past the break for details on how to join in, and find others doing the same thing…

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It’s cold where we are in Central Europe, and we’ve sill got a couple more weeks of losing daylight everyday. This time of year it can be harder and harder to stay motivated to ride, so we relish in the fact that other like-minded cyclists are out and using peer pressure to keep everyone riding. […]

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Redfrog leaps into women’s cycling wear with full featured merino kit

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all photos by Missy Davis, courtesy Redfrog

After a 5000 mile trip riding across the US a few years back, Redfrog Athletics founder Jaimee Erickson was inspired to create technical riding clothing for women that would make her as comfortable on as it was off the bike. The crop of women-specific cycling kit is improving, but there are lots of flowers & butterflies that just don’t appeal to all women. And as my own wife has complained, it is all to common to find a nice looking women’s jersey that leaves out some obvious feature, like rear pockets.

Erickson’s solution was to make it herself – she was a designer already anyway – and now a couple of years of design & development later and Redfrog is launching with a boost from a crowdfunding campaign that has already passed its early targets. The brand is kicking off with a line of women’s cycling clothing with four core pieces: three different jersey variants and a light jacket, all made of a mix of soft, functional merino wool and a blend of synthetic fibers to balance performance and fit. Take a closer look and get the full information on the pre-order below the fold…

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After a 5000 mile trip riding across the US a few years back, Redfrog Athletics founder Jaimee Erickson was inspired to create technical riding clothing for women that would make her as comfortable on as it was off the bike. The crop of women-specific cycling kit is improving, but there are lots of flowers & […]

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