Tech

Sea Otter Classic 2017 live tech coverage, day one

The annual Sea Otter Classic is a premier event for new-product introductions, including the usual road, mountain, and cyclocross offerings as well as gear aimed at commuting and more casual riding. Its early place on the calendar relative to Eurobike and Interbike — and critically, right before the start of the prime selling season — …

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Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2 review

Canyon has updated its road catalogue by adding a disc brake version for every carbon road bike in its collection. This includes the company’s long-running flagship, the Ultimate CF SLX, and in this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at what the update has to offer. It has been about five years …

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Bikes of the Bunch: Primus Mootry titanium criterium racer

Say you were a lifelong road racer and had a master frame builder as a brother; what would you have him build? That’s the question Dan DePaemelaere asked himself a few years ago, and for him, the answer was simple: a no-nonsense TIG-welded titanium workhorse purpose-built for the kermesse-style race scene of the Colorado Front …

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Communication breakdown: The full story behind Niki Terpstra’s mystery crash at Paris-Roubaix

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure last weekend at Paris-Roubaix while riding in support of team leader Tom Boonen. In an episode that recalled George Hincapie’s broken steerer tube on the Mons-en-Pévèle secteur in 2006, Terpstra’s steerer tube broke unexpectedly on the Maing à Monchaux-sur-Écaillon sector, sending the 2014 Roubaix champion tumbling to …

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2017 Paris-Roubaix tech: The bikes, tires, and gear that crushed the cobbles

Paris-Roubaix is a race that demands a lot from not just the riders, but also the equipment they use. Equipment sponsors know that any advantage at keeping the body that bit fresher will result in riders performing better. As is usually the case, this year’s edition saw numerous teams on equipment that hasn’t been seen at previous editions. Team Sky, …

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Special rim-brake S-Works Roubaix framesets shine light on UCI’s opaque commercialization rules

Specialized outfitted Tom Boonen with a custom S-Works Roubaix for his final appearances at the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix, a gleaming pearlescent white-and-gold machine that is wholly befitting the king of the cobbles. Yet Boonen’s bike at Flanders, as well as the bike he and Peter Sagan will use at Roubaix, is also special in two other …

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Cobbled Classics: Tom Boonen’s Specialized Roubaix

Tom Boonen raced his last Tour of Flanders last weekend, and team sponsor Specialized made sure he was properly fitted for the occasion — both literally and figuratively. An untimely drivetrain issue spoiled the fairy tale ending, but Boonen will get one last chance for glory on this same bike at Paris-Roubaix — the last …

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Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals review

The pedal market has been a little boring in recent times, with the market-leading brands set in their ways and offering little if any innovation. No company is more dominant in this space than Shimano, and its SPD-SL road pedals have hardly changed in recent years. Released alongside the new groupset, Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace R9100 …

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Tour of Flanders tech: Boonen’s custom rim-brake Roubaix, cobble-smoothing comfort, and more

The Spring Classics present a challenge for the mechanics of the WorldTour teams and the select few Pro Continental teams that get to ride these illustrious races. All the races put on by organiser Flanders Classics — from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad through to Scheldeprijs — and ASO’s Paris-Roubaix incorporate the famed cobbles of northern Europe; …

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The lesser known pro bikes in the peloton – CKT, Zannata, Gavia, Isaac and more…

With the Northen European races well under way and the big one about to kick off on Sunday, it’s usual for all the limelight to be hogged by the big guys, the big teams, and the big brands that have something to show off. At this point in the season, all eyes are on the …

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