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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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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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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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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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Bespoke and self-designed: a look at Emma Pooley’s new bikes

As a former world time trial champion – and qualified engineer – Emma Pooley knows what she wants in a bike. So much so that Pooley, who’s currently focused on her triathlon and duathlon career, designed her 2017 bikes from the ground up, determining everything from the reach to the headtube length and 650 wheelsize. Bespoke …

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Built to last: One emerging bike brand’s quest for more durable carbon fiber

Jen Hanna is the director of business development for Innegra Technologies, a company in Greenville, South Carolina whose entire existence relies on getting other companies to incorporate its unique unique impact-resistant and energy-absorbing polypropylene fiber into their own composite structures. So when Hanna decided to try and get into the cycling world, one might assume that …

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Taipei Cycle Show 2017 live tech coverage, day three

The Taipei Cycle Show is always an interesting stop on the annual trade show circuit as there is far more emphasis here on OEM manufacturing relative to Eurobike and Interbike, both of which focus more on the aftermarket with easily recognizable brands. With the first two days of the 2017 Taipei Cycle Show now in …

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