THIS WEEK’S TRENDING CYCLING STORIES
Take a look at the best of our trending stories from this week about the latest road bikes, tech, pro racing and more in the cycling industry.
I have gotten a few e-mails about the GPS computer’s accuracy in heavy tree cover, and the answer is to add one of these Bluetooth or ANT+ wireless sensors. They use an internal gyro to automatically determine wheel size and are surprisingly accurate. Their real downside is that they turn on with movement. This might sound convenient, and it is in normal conditions, but they power on from any movement. Since they don’t use a magnet to determine a full rotation, any movement powers them on.
Garmin is launching the new Rally series of power meters. This comes after three generations of Vector power pedals. We tested the Vector 3 pedals some time ago and the convenience of a pedal-based power meter made them a top choice. The downside was durability and inevitably our test pedals suffered failure after a few too many pedal strikes on the road.
Garmin has promised they have updated and done extensive testing on the new Rally offerings, telling us they will hold up to the extensive miles on the road and the abuse of off-road. We hope this is true and should have a full review of the new Rally pedals soon. Until then check out our review of the Vector 3 (Rally RK).
When it comes to two-wheeled sport, it goes without question that no other footwear brand has delivered more race wins and championship titles than Sidi. It was after all back in 1960 that founder Dino Signori had the idea to start his business that catered first to making ski and motocross boots before eventually including cycling into his catalog.
In the years since, the Italian factory has continued pumping out some of the most technically advanced boots and shoes for everyone—from 10-time world champion Stefan Everts to five-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, with hundreds of other champions added between them.
To recognize the six-decade span of Dino’s dedication and longevity, last year the company rolled out a new shoe simply dubbed the Sixty.
Deceuninck Quick-Step rider Kasper Asgreen won the bone-clattering E3 Saxo Bank Belgian classic which features 18 hills and cobbled sections throughout. Crossing the line 30 seconds ahead of the chase group that had caught Asgreen following his attack from 66km out. The 26-year-old Dane, made another spectacular move with 4km to go and his Deceuninck Quick Step teammates did all they could to hinder any pursuit.
Australian Grace Brown earned BikeExchange its first win in the 2021 Women’s WorldTour at Brugge De Panne on Thursday. The 28-year-old finished the 99-mile race seven seconds ahead of Movistar’s Emma Norsgaard and SD Worx’s Julien D’Hoore.
“I’m in shock really, because the first half of the race I didn’t feel like I was racing very well, but then I managed to get into the echelon. I was the only one of our team in that group and all the other top sprinters were there, so I knew that if I was going to have any chance I’d have to attack at some point. So I gave it a go, I didn’t think I’d pull it off, but I did!” Grace said.
It’s that time of the year when next season’s road bikes begin trickling into our hands. From frames with tube shape enhancements worth thousands of dollars for marginal gains to completely new models, road bike have evolved big-time in the last few years. Rim brake only frames have disappeared from many manufacturer’s catalogs in favor of the improved handling and utility of disc disc brakes provide. 28mm tires are standard and 12-speed drivetrains are becoming mainstream, though still expensive. Take a look at 8 of our favorite recent releases.
Of the many reasons that exist to appreciate Italy, one of them remains the fact that the country is home to some of the history’s most iconic bike brands. And when it comes to Italian bike brands, Pinarello and Bianchi are certainly two of the most iconic, owing as much to their now celebrated beginnings but great racing heritage as well.
Recognized as the world’s oldest bike brand, Bianchi was founded by Eduardo Bianchi back in 1885. Although the brand is still best celebrated for the historic race wins during the sport’s golden era in the ’50s and ’60s with riders like Fausto Coppi, of late, their famous Celeste-colored bikes have carried the winning tradition forward with a modern race-winning tear preceding the 2020 Tour de France.
Of course, when it comes to winning ways at the Tour de France, few brands are as easily associated with La Grande Boucle as Pinarello. What would Giovanni Pinarello have thought if back in 1952 someone told him that the small frame shop he opened would someday go on to celebrate a dozen Tour de France victories with the likes of Miguel Indurain and Chris Froome?
Although both Bianchi and Pinarello market a variety of high-dollar, high-prestige race bikes, for 2021, each brand is also introducing a lower-priced bike that draws on their top-tier models.
Given that spending $10,000 on a new bike is a bit of a stretch for most, we decided to put the Bianchi Sprint Disc up against the Pinarello Paris for a practical, sub-$3500 carbon bike comparison.
Steve Cuomo is veteran bike industry product manager who has worked for a variety of brands over the decades. Most recently he’s been the man behind BikeTube Brand which is a consumer direct brand that specializes in all things related to innertubes and tire pumps (BTW, his $15 , dual-stage Air Handler mini-pump is the best that RBA has ever tested). We recently sat down with Steve to get the inside scoop on not only innertubes, but also why they seem so hard to find down at the local bike shop.
Here’s a funny thing about the tubeless revolution currently afoot in the bike industry—it’s really nothing new. Currently, while there’s a big debate about the efficacy of hooked-versus-hookless rims with tubeless tires, you’ve been rolling on hookless rims on your car or your motorcycle since time immemorial. In fact, bicycle wheels, too, have been hookless, then called straight-sided for decades until the bike industry moved to hooked rims (Crotched) as a means of countering diminishing production standards and higher pressures.
Enve has just announced they are jumping into the frame market too. Made in their Utah headquarters, there will be two frame types, Race and All-road. Both have room for 35mm tires and are completely custom. No matter which you choose you still get customer geometry as well as color along with a sweet Enve specific Scicon Travel bag..