Pivot Cycles has officially launched their Phoenix 29. Details inside from Pivot Cycles. Tech details with Bernard Kerr INTRODUCING THE NEW Phoenix 29 Factory Team Developed, Race Proven Speed Tempe, AZ – The Phoenix 29 rises from the success of its predecessor to be the next evolution in downhill speed and performance. Today, Pivot Cycles introduces the new Phoenix 29 – From the wide-open ski slopes of Les Gets to the treacherously steep roots and rocks of Val di Sole, the Phoenix 29 let our Factory Race Team push their personal limits like nothing else. That’s because from day one our race team was highly involved with the Phoenix 29 design. Working closely with our engineering team, the racers provide direct feedback after testing prototypes in the best way possible: World Cup racing. Initial goals of keeping the ride feel as similar to the 27.5 version they loved so much were quickly superseded with advancing a bike that is even better. The legendary performance of dw-link suspension is now packaged in a lower, more compact 190mm travel design. This increases overall stiffness, lowers the center of gravity, and looks clean. A short upper link also plays nice with both coil and air shocks by reducing side loads and overall friction in the system. We’ve always offered a wide range of sizes in our bikes and this linkage layout allows the same on the Phoenix 29. Standover height is even lower than the 27.5 model, and it’s available in sizes ranging from S-XL. “Our engineering team pulled all the stops on the Phoenix 29 project,” Pivot Cycles President and CEO, Chris Cocalis. “That included traveling to races for direct feedback. We work closely with our athletes on all race bikes, but with this one, the team was hands-on in its development. The result is an insanely fast bike that we’re all proud of and the team is extremely happy to race on.” Without a doubt, 29er wheels roll faster, smooth out rough courses and carry a ridiculous amount of momentum. They offer improved tracking and braking in turns too. Short 17” (44.3mm) chainstays add ‘playful’, ‘flickable’ and ‘manuals for days’ to its repertoire. This makes it incredibly fun in a bike park, and extremely quick in tight, technical wooded sections. Pricing, Specifications, and Availability: The Phoenix 29 will be available in two color options— steel blue with fire highlights and cement grey. It is available as a frame, frame kit and two complete bikes ranging in price from $3,799 to $8,899. The Phoenix 29 is available now, in all sizes, at key Pivot Dealers worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.pivotcycles.com/en/bike-phoenix-29-1 Pricing (including %19 VAT where applicable) Phoenix 29 Carbon Saint w/ Carbon Wheels – $8,899 USD, 10,699 € ,£ 8,900 Phoenix 29 Carbon Saint $7,599 – USD, 9,099, €, £ 7,600 Phoenix 29 Carbon Zez $6,199 – USD, 7,449 €, £ 6,200 Phoenix 29 Carbon Frame Kit w/ FOX 49 AIR Kashima $5,699 – USD, 6,849 €, £ 5,500 Phoenix 29 Carbon Frame $3,799 – USD, 4,549 €, £ 3,800
The Vuelta a España kicks off on Saturday 24 August and continues through until Sunday 15 September. Here’s everything you need to know about how to follow the action live on TV, as well as streaming and catching highlights. Tour de France 2019 in numbers | Can you guess the fastest recorded speed? Egan Bernal’s yellow Tour de France-winning Pinarello Dogma F12 The 2019 Vuelta a España route La Vuelta a España 2019 route map. www.lavuelta.es The 2019 Vuelta a España will cover 3,272.2km of riding over 21 stages between 24 August and 15 September. In its 74th year, the race kicks off with a team time-trial in Las Salinas de Torrevieja, south of Alicante, and concludes with a flat stage in Madrid on 15 September. There will be a mixture of undulating roads and straight sprints, putting each and every rider to the test. The route sees eight summit finishes, including the brutal Javalambre in Andorra and ‘los rampas inhumanas’ in Machucos, so there should be some very exciting moments to look forward to. How can I watch the Vuelta a España 2019 live in the UK? Eurosport has live TV coverage of the Vuelta a España this year. Subscribe for £9.99 per month or get an annual subscription for £39.99. If you have Amazon Prime you can sign-up to Eurosport Player through Amazon Channels for £6.99 per month. Amazon Prime costs £7.99 per month but comes with a 30-day free trial. Another option is subscribing to the TVPlayer Premium Plan for £6.99, with access to the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels (among others). ITV4 is broadcasting the entire event, except the team time-trial, while ITV will be showing highlights. Finally, there’s a free live stream that you can access online. How can I watch the Vuelta a España 2019 live in the US? You can catch live coverage of the Vuelta a España via NBC Sports if you have cable. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold package as a standalone online streaming service. An annual subscription costs $54.99. There’s also the option of watching the free online live stream mentioned above. How can I watch the Vuelta a España 2019 live in Australia? SBS will be showing live coverage of the Vuelta a España on SBS Viceland, as well as streaming on SBS On Demand and SBS Cycling Central. How can I follow the Vuelta a España 2019 if I can’t watch live coverage? As a general rule, channels that are showing live coverage will usually provide highlights after each stage has finished. We’d recommend checking their individual broadcast schedules though to be sure. The Cyclingoo app provides racing results and news, and covers the entire cycling season including the Vuelta a España. Download the Cyclingoo app from Apple Store Download the Cyclingoo app from Google Play You can also follow the Vuelta via the Tour Tracker app. It’s also very likely that Eurosport will be posting highlights of each stage on its YouTube channel. Vuelta a España 2019 schedule You can find the key details and timings below. You can also visit the official Vuelta a España website for more detailed information on each of the stages. Stage 1: Salinas de Torrevieja – Torrevieja, 24 August La Vuelta a España Stage 1 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 18km Type: Team time-trial Stage 2: Benidorm – Calpe, 25 August La Vuelta a España Stage 2 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 193km Type: Hilly Stage 3: Ibi. Cuidad del Juguete – Alicante, 26 August La Vuelta a España Stage 3 elevation profile www.lavuelta.es Distance: 186km Type: Flat Stage 4: Cullera – El Puig, 27 August La Vuelta a España Stage 4 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 177km Type: Flat Stage 5: L’Eliana – Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre, 28 August La Vuelta a España Stage 5 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 165.6km Type: Hilly Stage 6: Mora de Rubielos – Ares del Maestrat, 29 August La Vuelta a España Stage 6 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 196.6km Type: Hilly Stage 7: Onda – Mas de la Costa, 30 August La Vuelta a España Stage 7 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 182.4km Type: Mountain Stage 8: Valls – Igualada, 31 August La Vuelta a España Stage 8 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 168km Type: Hilly Stage 9: Andorra la Vella – Cortals d’Encamp, 1 September La Vuelta a España Stage 9 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 96.6km Type: Mountain Rest day: Pau, 2 September Stage 10: Jurançon – Pau, 3 September La Vuelta a España Stage 10 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 36.1km Type: Individual time-trial Stage 11: Saint Palais – Urdax-Dantxarinea, 4 September La Vuelta a España Stage 11 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 169km Type: Mountain Stage 12: Circuito de Navarra – Bilbao, 5 September La Vuelta a España Stage 12 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 175km Type: Mountain Stage 13: Bilbao – Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega, 6 September La Vuelta a España Stage 13 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 167.3km Type: Mountain Stage 14: San Vicente de la Barquera – Oviedo, 7 September La Vuelta a España Stage 14 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 189km Type: Flat Stage 15: Tineo – Santuario del Acebo, 8 September La Vuelta a España Stage 15 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 159km Type: Mountain Stage 16: Pravia – Alto de la Cubilla. Lena, 9 September La Vuelta a España Stage 16 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 155km Type: Mountain Rest day: Burgos, 10 September Stage 17: Aranda de Duero – Guadalajara, 11 September La Vuelta a España Stage 17 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 199.7km Type: Flat Stage 18: Comunidad de Madrid. Colmenar Viejo – Becerril de la Sierra, 12 September La Vuelta a España Stage 18 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 180.9km Type: Mountain Stage 19: Ávila – Toledo, 13 September La Vuelta a España Stage 19 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 163.4km Type: Flat Stage 20: Arenas de San Pedro – Plataforma de Gredos, 14 September La Vuelta a España Stage 20 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 189km Type: Mountain Stage 21: Fuenlabrada – Madrid, 15 September La Vuelta a España Stage 21 elevation profile. www.lavuelta.es Distance: 105.6km Type: Flat
We’re just a mere week into the Tour de France and there’s already been some bonkers action from Alaphilippe, who at the time of writing was just still holding on to the yellow jersey. With more action to come, it’s still anyone’s guess who’s going to win the whole event or even hold on to the yellow jersey on a day-to-day basis. It’s exciting stuff watching The Tour, so check out our guide so you don’t miss a single second of the action. Specialized’s World Cup-winning Demo 29 finally hits the market How to watch the Tour de France 2019 live on TV Elsewhere in the cycling world, we’re enjoying a World Cup doubleheader of XC, XC short track and downhill that kicked off last weekend in Andorra on the impossibly technical terrain over the mountains just outside of La Massanna. In the XC, we saw Nino Schurter take the win by a mere 2 seconds over Mathias Flueckiger, while Anne Terpstra beat Jolanda Neff by a big 36-second margin. The Short Track champions were Henrique Avancini who pipped Schurter to the post and Alessandra Kelle beat Neff by a tiny margin. And in the insane downhill competition, a determined Loic Bruni and the ever-successful Rachel Atherton won the weekend’s racing in the elite categories. It was quite spectacular. This weekend, then, the World Cup circus returns to Les Gets after a 15-year hiatus. The last time the world’s best set wheel to dirt during a top-level competition on the famous Mont Chery hillside was at the 2004 World Championships when the winner in the men’s was Fabien Barel — who was awarded the gold medal after Steve Peat crashed out in a cloud of dust on the last turn. This marked the starting point in Peat’s career as he chased the elusive World Champs title. How and when to watch the 2019 UCI MTB World Cup and World Championships So, who’s likely to win this round? War is waging for the overall lead in both the men’s and women’s races and it’s still totally up in the air about who is going to come out on top. Looking at previous form from the Crankworx events at Les Gets you might want to put money on Troy Brosnan and Rachel Atherton for the wins. Unfortunately, Rachel Atherton ruptured her Achilles tendon during Thursday’s training. This blows the women’s race wide open and it could be Marine Cabirou’s time to shine on home soil. Make sure you tune in to Red Bull TV on 12, 13 and 14 of July to watch all of the action from Les Gets — I’m certain it’s going to be an incredible weekend with some of the best racing this season has seen yet. In the tech world loads of new kit has recently been launched including bikes from Juliana and Santa Cruz, RockShox’ Reverb has been updated and BMC has gone to town producing more new bikes than you can shake a stick at, such as the Roadmachine and the XC-tech-inspired, soft tail URS gravel bike. So what delights have we got in this week’s edition of First Look Friday? Keep scrolling to find out! Manitou Mezzer Pro enduro fork The Mezzer is a good looking fork. Alex Evans Staying true to Manitou’s rear-facing arch design, the brand new Mezzer looks like a burly and capable enduro-focussed fork. Weighing 2,067g for the 180mm travel 29-inch wheeled version, it features 37mm stanchions and a Hexlock SL2 15mm axle that, Manitou claims, should help to keep the fork mega stiff. The classic rear-facing arch has been machined out to save weight Alex Evans There’s a fully-adjustable Dorado Air spring that should help you tune the ride feel along with high- and low-speed compression adjustment and low-speed rebound adjustment that are all externally tuned. The air chamber has a system called Infinite Rate Tune that lets you adjust how progressive the fork is, and how much mid-stroke support it has using a third air chamber without sacrificing small bump sensitivity. They feature both high- and low-speed compression adjustment Alex Evans The fork’s available in 27.5- and 29-inch versions and has between 140mm and 180mm of internally-adjustable travel in 10mm increments. There are also four offset options, two for each wheel size: the 650b models come in 37mm or 44mm while the 29er forks are available with 44mm or 51mm offsets. There’s external low-speed rebound adjustment and the fork uses a 15mm axle Alex Evans The fork’s black legs and chrome graphics certainly look striking and I can’t wait to bolt a set to my test bike and give them a thrashing. $999.99 Buy now direct from Manitou Red Bull Spect Fly sunglasses These Spect glasses look like they’ve been inspired by other iconic models Alex Evans Departing from its drink-focused business plan of promising to give you wings — or at least a sugar- or caffeine-fuelled buzz for 20 minutes – Red Bull is now branching out into the hard and soft goods markets. The Spect glasses are a confident attempt to mix both casual and sports-specific glasses into one package. The wire arms help to secure the glasses to your head. Alex Evans Red Bull and Spect formed their partnership back in 2016 and have now developed this range of glasses and goggles together. The Fly sunnies here feature a dual temple system that helps to secure the glasses to your head with two pre-formed wire arms that loop over the back of your ears. The wire arms are retractable into the glasses so if you’re just chilling at the pub you can slide them away — but as soon as you intend on getting rowdy on or off the bike slide them back out. You can extend or retract the wire arms at will Alex Evans The lenses are polarised and have an anti-reflection coating, so you should be able spot the fastest lines out on the bike or the quickest way to the bar. The dual temple system is available in plenty of different styles so if these Oakley Frogskin and Rayban Wayfarer inspired glasses aren’t your thing, fear not. £135 / €150 Buy now direct from Red Bull Hayes Dominion A4 hydraulic disc brakes The Dominion brake levers look smart Alex Evans Although it’s not new to Hayes’ brakes lineup, the Dominion A4 boasts a 4-piston caliper, adjustable lever reach and pad contact position and specially-designed disc rotors that claim to help reduce noise and vibrations. The Dominion is an enduro-focused brake that has been designed from the ground up to produce excellent levels of power. Hayes claims it does this by having a structurally rigid design, a Kevlar hose and a dual-port bleed system to help you get the best bleed possible. The brake lever uses cartridge bearings and the lever’s master cylinder has the smallest amount of dead stroke possible before the brake’s pistons actuate. There’s an aluminium piston with a piston glide ring to insure smooth actuation. The caliper is good looking and has some nice features Alex Evans The caliper features a system to help align it correctly with the disc called Crosshair, which uses small grub screws that you can tighten to align the brake and they use DOT 5.1 fluid which is widely available. $229.99 Buy now direct from Hayes Pro Bike Tool Torque Wrench Set There are 12 individual tools in the set and a 100mm extending bar Alex Evans Every budding mechanic aspires to build up and eventually complete their toolset, but this can come at a great monetary cost, especially if you’re wanting to fill your toolbox’s draws with Silca kit. A torque wrench is a great bit of kit to own, too. It’ll help stop you overtightening bolts, rounding heads out or stripping threads. Are cheap and good mutually exclusive? The Pro Bike Tool torque wrench set seems to indicate they aren’t. Alex Evans Enter Pro Bike Tool. Its budget-friendly torque wrench is adjustable between 2Nm and 20Nm, comes with an extension bar and 11 tool bits that include 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5 and 2mm Allen keys and Torx 10, 25 and 30 heads. The wrench uses a 1/4-inch square driver which means it’s compatible with other socket sets. The ratchet is driven using a 72-tooth cog. The torque wrench looks great. Alex Evans The set feels well made and is fairly weighty and robust, but only years of hard use will be able to show any weaknesses. I’m looking forward to spending more time with the wrench in my man cave soon. £57.99 / $59.99 Buy now direct from Pro Bike Tool BiSaddle ShapeShifter EXT Stealth saddle The carbon railed model is pretty pricey! Alex Evans Our behinds are all different shapes and sizes. That’s just a fact of life, right? BiSaddle argues that it’s going to be quite a difficult task to find a seat off the shelf that’s perfectly suited to your derriere and that’s why it’s gone to town by making an entirely adjustable saddle. The width, angle and profile of the seat are all easily altered thanks to the saddle’s split shape design. In addition, each of the saddle’s component parts are replaceable, so if you damage them or they wear out you can buy new ones. So, what’s the benefit? Well, you’ll be able to find a saddle that suits your needs perfectly and one that, if your needs change, the saddle can be adjusted to reflect those new demands. And what’s the ultimate aim? To ride in complete comfort without any numbness or soreness that can be caused by a seat. The wings are as close as they’ll go, making the saddle as narrow as possible Alex Evans The seat with its wings adjusted outwards Alex Evans The saddle might look kinda strange but we’ve been assured it’s comfy! Alex Evans Okay, so it’s a bit pricey but can or should you put a monetary value on your private bits’ happiness? $349 Buy now direct from BiSaddle
Ghost Factory Racing Team celebrate Anne Terpstra's win in Andorra.( Photos: 9 )
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The Andorra UCI World Cup downhill round #4 is in the books. Check out some of the recap videos inside if you want an inside look from the race. Winning Runs Moon Dust MS Mondraker Intense Factory Racing Dialed UR Team Gee Atherton