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  • chop

    Cannondale Slate looks gooooood!!!

    • Roger That

      It does, it looks like lots of fun. But that front fork only a mother could love. #Frankendale?

      • Steel

        I remain highly unconvinced by the merits of the Canondale lefty thing. From an engineering principles perspective is seems like a poor solution compared to the strength and rigidity provided by the triangle formed by the fork and axle.

        To me, it looks like the marketing department’s attempt to differentiate their product than any real performance advantage that setup could provide.

        • jules

          it makes me wonder if all the extra material/bracing needed to compensate for the missing fork prong allows for any advantage over a conventional set of forks?

        • Nate

          There’s at least one good video somewhere in the interwebs touting the benefits of the Lefty arrangement. It’s more about trying to create the best suspension performance while maintaining front end stiffness. Lefty’s slide on needle roller bearings rather than sliding bushes, thus basically removing the coefficient of static friction. The rollers also mean that the total static friction that needs to be overcome to activate the suspension, remains basically unaffected by lateral/vertical loads.

          I think the biggest question I’d have would be more about whether the cost and weight increase for having the Lefty is worth the 30mm travel…considering a lot of carbon endurance road frames claim comparable levels of vertical compliance at contact points through frame/fork design alone (Isospeed, Zertz Inserts, Power Pyramid, etc).

    • Jessy Vee

      I ride an old alloy Merida over a lot of terrain that a lot of people would feel a bit sketchy riding a mountain bike over. 23x700cc slick tyres. Standard drop bars, Ultegra compact crank and brakes. No special saddle or seat post.

      What exactly turns a road bike into a “gravel bike”? Is it just thicker tyres, perhaps wider rims, different gearing, disk brakes, or is it something special? Honest question. I’m interested. If it’s something specific, it might be worth getting one… Otherwise, I’ll just invest in some 28cc tyres when I next go shopping.

      • Winky

        You’re doing it just fine. The concept of a “gravel bike” is pretty-much pure marketing. I ride a 23mm tyred road bike on unpaved roads i.e. “gravel” fairly regularly and it does just fine. There’s a great video kicking around of guy riding fast on a downhill MTB course on a road bike. Admittedly he’s a very good rider, but the bike handles it just fine. Regular bikes can do a lot more than marketers want you to believe.

  • Peter

    Don’t take your hands off the handle bars perhaps? Looks like Armitstead slightly lost balance and swerved left. Pretty safe to say the media scrum didn’t move from their position. Unfortunate situation really.

    • jules

      I don’t think she’s tried to blame anyone else. unfortunate, yeah. easy to lose control with no hands at the end of the sprint. tiredness/being in the red depletes your sense of balance. this is why amateurs get fined for doing that

      • Dave

        I agree, that’s sketchy as hell and it’s for good reason that two hands off is regarded as a dangerous sprint. The penalty for the first offence in an international stage race (relegation + 200CHF fine + 30″ GC penalty + points penalty) is probably a bit harsh given that she crashed out, but I hope there was at least a warning or reprimand.

        Whether the handling mistake was caused by fatigue, carelessness, poor skills or a combination of all three is something that only she could possibly know, but either way it was completely preventable.

        The minor part of the problem there is the positioning of the media, more accurately that there is no standardised distance (just a *minimum* of 15 metres) and it is at the discretion of the race organisers. Race organisers have conflicting interests though (rider safety and quality of photography) so this is an area where cycling needs to grow up and set some properly useful rules (or at least some better guidelines). Over to you Mr Cookson, let’s see you start earning the big bucks.

    • Jessy Vee

      I saw it from another angle and the togs looked like they were a bit closer to the finish line than usual. Perhaps she just didn’t see them in the moment, and went to correct, overcorrected and whoops!?

      • JBS

        That was my take on it too. Oxygen debt from the sprint, plus media pack closer than normal equals chaos.

  • CC

    Bruyneel’s ability to maintain a threshold of zero class is admirable. Kept it going since 1995 Stage 7 victory over Big Mig. He must be buggered.

    • 900Aero

      Perhaps equalled only by his inability to demonstrate remorse or comprehend responsibility? As for buggered – mate, he hasn’t even broken a sweat.

  • Derek Maher

    If the Ukrainian cycling authorities are correct about Hanna Solovey and the reason for her being fired from the Astana Womens Team.
    It does bring into question this common practice in the sporting world of poaching athletes from their national countries and rebranding them to gain sporting glory for ones own country.

    • Winky

      For me it is another downside of the whole concept of national teams. Personally, I hate the nationalism that goes along with things like the Olympics, World Cups (of varying codes of footbal) etc. Poaching athletes from other countries is the predictable outcome of the whole national team thing. Sad when it affects an individual as is the case here, but I feel no sympathy for the leeches in the national federations on either side.

    • Dave


      Just think of the young Aussie cyclists who missed out or the domestic races which could have been better promoted with the cash that CA was splashing out on buying the loyalty of Heinrich Haussler.


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