Autumn’s definitely here now (in the northern hemisphere at least) with the mornings feeling a little more crisp and the evenings getting darker. Time to dig out the gloves, gilets, arm and leg warmers and all those other accessories that help with the awkward weather you get between seasons. 11 tips to keep you riding in cold, wet conditions This week saw our first ride review of the new Shimano GRX 810 Di2, as well as our long-awaited review of Continental’s GP5000 TL tyres. While we’re on the subject, the latest episode of the BikeRadar Tech Talk podcast landed this week, and the topic is wheel diameter and tyre size. BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 5: Wheel diameter and tyre size With The Cycle Show still fresh in our minds, we had a good look at the Gocycle GXi with all its innovative proprietary tech, and ask whether this will be the new benchmark for folding electric bikes. The big announcement this week was the launch of the Orbea WildFS M-Ltd trail 29er, and Tom gave that the first ride treatment as well. But on to this week’s new arrivals… Trek Domane SL 7 The new Trek Domane SL 7 has bigger tyre clearance and improved aerodynamics. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media Beneath the bottle cage mount is a hidden storage unit. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media It includes a roll-bag that slots neatly inside. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media The roll-bag inside features a handy orange label to help with removal. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media There’s room for the small essentials, though you’ll need Bontrager’s own tools. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media The storage unit lid has a slot designed to hold the Bontrager Comp multi-tool. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media The Domane SL 7 runs Shimano Ultegra Di2. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media It comes complete with tubeless-ready Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V OCLV carbon wheels. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media Trek’s high-performance endurance line gets a new iteration for 2020, and this time it’s all about versatility, better aerodynamics and of course, slaying the grav grav. With clearance for up to 38c tyres, combined with front and rear IsoSpeed decouplers, the Trek Domane SL 7’s in-built comfort tech means it’s not just designed for smooth tarmac. The SL 7 features a 2×11 Ultegra Di2 drivetrain, with 50/34t chainrings and an 11-34t cassette. The frame is constructed from 500 series OCLV carbon, and finishing kit includes tubeless-ready Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V OCLV carbon wheels, a Bontrager IsoZone handlebar and flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes. Another interesting feature of the Domane SL 7 is its integrated storage compartment in the down tube for stowing away ride essentials. This is hidden beneath the bottle cage mount and contains a slot for your multi-tool, as well as a roll-bag for your tyre levers, inner tube and other small fixtures. The bag just slots inside the down tube. The only kicker is it’s designed specifically for Bontrager tools. Sizes: 47, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62 Weight: 8.95kg (58cm) Price: £4,900 / €5,599 / $5,999.99 Hexr custom 3D-printed helmet Hexr is the first custom 3D-printed helmet designed around the wearer’s head measurements. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media Using custom measurements, it’s designed to fit like a glove. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media It’s constructed from Polyamide 11, which is usually used in the aerospace industry. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media The honeycomb structure is supposed to spread the energy from impact for better protection than foam helmets. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media While the Hexr fits the head well, it comes with an optional cradle to fine-tune the fit. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media It’s a custom helmet so it might as well have your name on it. Nice touch. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media Almost a year after Hexr announced the launch the world’s first custom 3D-printed helmet, the final product has finally landed on my desk, and I have to say, it is a thing of beauty. While it’s not the first 3D-printed helmet, it’s the first of its kind in that it’s designed to fit the exact measurements of the wearer’s head. Using a cleverly designed app on an iPad, a full scan is taken to create a digital model of the head. This then helps to map out the exact shape needed for the perfect fit, which is then 3D-printed with Polyamide 11 (PA 11). View this post on Instagram It me! Had my head scanned by @hexohelmets and now I await my custom helmet that's 3D printed to fit my head like a glove! #perksofthejob #3dprinting #cyclinghelmets #innovation A post shared by Mildred Locke (@mildredlocke) on Jan 14, 2019 at 7:32am PST Unlike Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), PA 11 is a conductor of heat, which — thanks to the honeycomb structure of the helmet — spreads the energy generated by an impact over a broader area. Hexr claims the impact control of its helmets are 68 per cent better than the EPS that lines the majority of other lids. If you want a full, in-depth explanation of how it works, check out our original news story. Currently, Hexr is only available in the UK. After purchasing online, you’ll receive a 3D scanner in the post, or you can have your head scanned in person at its London HQ. You should receive your custom helmet within five weeks. As you’d expect, since it’s custom made to the size and shape of my head, I can personally vouch for the fact that it is insanely comfortable. Price: £349 Buy now from Hexr (£349) Surly Moloko handlebar with Moloko bar bag The Surly Moloko handlebar has ample room for hand positions and fixtures. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media Surly also produces a Moloko bar bag for on-the-go essentials. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media Plenty of space for your waterproof, bananas or trusty slingshot. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media Running your device off a power bank? There’s a dedicated gap for the cable. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media The Moloko bar bag nestles nicely in the centre. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media This unusual set of handlebars has arrived ready to be fitted to my long-termer, the Surly Bridge Club. They offer plenty of hand positions, while the 34-degree sweep angle should provide a comfortable and reasonably upright position. This alone makes them a great option for all-day riding, not to mention all the mounting space for your lights, GPS device and bikepacking bags if you’re so inclined. As with most things Surly, they’re constructed from Chromoly steel and feel pretty solid. Our scales put them at 724g. The bars come stock at 735mm in width, but there’s an option to cut them down to 685mm if needed, with cut marks provided. While the Moloko bars will take any kind of dangly bar bag, there’s also a purpose-made bag that nestles snugly into the centre, making it easy to reach while on the go. Surly says it also works with the Jones Loop bar, should that be what you’re running. With a 2-litre capacity it’s a good size for valuables, a packable waterproof, a slingshot, or those all-important bananas. It’s made of Urethane-coated nylon canvas that feels pretty sturdy, though bear in mind that it’s not waterproof. It does however have some very nice and well thought-out features, such as the elasticated cord fastening on the top for extra storage. Also, if you’re using an external battery-powered light, there’s a handy gap in the side of the bag for the cable to run through. Alpkit Love Mud Juice Boost dynamo hub Alpkit’s Love Mud Juice Boost is an affordable dynamo hub. It puts out 6V/3W of AC power. It’s got 32 spoke holes, a six-bolt disc mount and works with 15mm bolt-thru axles. Whether it’s an overnighter or the darkness of winter, the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether your lights have enough battery power to get you to your destination. A dynamo hub provides a reliable light source and is an essential accessory if you’re planning to ride extensively in the dark. But it can also be a significant investment. Thankfully online retailer Alpkit has an affordable option in the form of its Love Mud Juice dynamo disc hub. It comes both as a standard 100mm quick-release hub and a Boost version, pictured here. It’s marketed as a low-drag and highly efficient hub that puts out 6V/3W of unregulated AC power — not recommended for charging electronics without a USB charger, but perfect for keeping your lights going. All you need to do is keep pedalling. The Love Mud Juice Boost dynamo hub has 32 spoke holes and a 6-bolt disc mount, and is compatible with 110mm, 15mm bolt-thru-axles or QR. On our scales it weighs 486g. All in all, if you’re in the market for a dynamo hub that doesn’t break the bank, this is a good option for you. Price: £94.99 / €143.99 / $131.99 Buy now from Alpkit (£94.99) WTB Ranger TCS Tough Fast Rolling Plus folding tyres WTB’s Ranger tyres come in massive 2.8 and 3in widths. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media Exposed outer knobs paired with a tight centreline tread mean they should be able to do it all. Mildred Locke / Immediate Media I’ve ordered these plus tyres in for the Surly Bridge Club, and I’ll be mounting them to WTB’s latest generation rims — KOM Tough TCS 2.0 — which have an internal width of 40mm. The tough/fast rolling Rangers are constructed with WTB’s dual DNA rubber, a blend of compounds which it claims gives the perfect mix of efficiency, traction and durability. Essentially it boils down to a firm centreline tread pattern flanked by exposed outer knobs composed of a softer and slower-rebounding rubber. According to WTB, the Rangers are designed to be ridden in a variety of conditions, whether it’s dry, wet, hardpack or loam. The do-it-all nature of the tyres makes them a good option for trail riding and bikepacking alike, and therefore a dead cert for the Bridge Club. The WTB Rangers are tubeless-ready and available in 26, 27.5 and 29in diameters, paired with either a 2.8 or 3in width. At 1,026g per tyre, they’re pretty hefty, but they’re also available with a light casing, if you’re looking to save a bit of weight. Price: £42.99 / €53.49
Today we resurrect eBay Watchlist, our roundup of the coolest, best, weirdest and most outrageous cycling oddities we can find on the world’s biggest online auction site. This week, we’ve asked the BikeRadar team to find listings for the bikes or components they lusted after in years gone by — from esoteric early electronic groupsets to classic mid-noughties lightweight carbon, we have found some absolute gems! Sit back, strap in and be sure to let us know what bike or component captured your imagination in years gone by in the comments. Oh look, a Rapha jersey for £125,000 Terrifying retro time trial bike vs. modern superbike | BikeRadar Diaries Ep17 Rob Spedding — Raleigh Vektar eBay I have previous when it comes to buying old bikes from eBay — when I rode L’Eroica Britannia in 2017, I tracked down an early 1980s Raleigh Sprint that was almost identical to my first ever road bike. What midlife crisis? I just drove 500 miles to buy a Raleigh Sprint I did start looking for a Raleigh Team Banana race replica, but tracking down a genuine Reynolds 531c version as opposed to the cheaper 18/23 chromoly model similar to my Sprint is getting harder and harder. Instead, I’ve gone truly back to the future and the incredibly futuristic Raleigh Vektar! When I was a boy, computers required at least one extra building to house their wires and disk drives, mobile phones were located in red boxes on every street corner and the only in-car connectivity was between the burning hot vinyl of an Austin Marina and your be-shorted thighs on a summer’s day. To this schoolboy, then, the Raleigh Vektar pseudo-BMX with its sophisticated onboard electronics — a dangerously positioned digital speedo! An AM Radio! A sound generator! — was the stuff of a white-hot technological future. Apparently the system cost £500,000 to develop. God only knows what Raleigh spent that money on, but I still quite fancy getting one to sit despondently next to my good bikes. Probably not this one though — the only one currently for sale on eBay — looks like too much of a fixer-upper for me. Raleigh Vektar on eBay Matthew Allen — Cervélo R5Ca eBay As a young and impressionable roadie, I was obsessed with Beyond the Peloton, a behind the scenes series that detailed the exploits of the Cervélo Test Team in the early noughties. Cervélo was doing some truly innovative things at the time, and the R5Ca was particularly mad: at a time when a 1kg frame was considered pretty darned light, the R5Ca’s claimed to weigh less than 700g including all its hardware. This frameset retailed at a heady $9,800 way back in 2010 and even by today’s standards, it’s pretty exceptional, with aesthetics that don’t look remotely out-dated. Cervelo R5ca on eBay Will Poole — Scott Endorphin eBay The Scott Endorphin was like nothing else available at the time. While its looks melded Kirk Revolution with Alpinestars’ elevated chainstays, this was carbon fibre — and insane. Raced by some of my heroes and heroines of the day, it was the first bike I wanted, and knew I couldn’t even hope to afford. Scott Endorphin on eBay Rob Weaver — Intense M1 FRO eBay While I’ll admit I wanted to find a Sunn Radical Plus from 1999 — a bike that was way ahead of its time, and won numerous World Cup DH races, titles and World Champ titles — it’s hard to ignore the classic Intense M1, and just how important it was at the time (plus I couldn’t find any Radical Plus bikes for sale). The first time I saw the M1 was when Shaun Palmer piloted his custom Troy Lee Designs painted bike to second place at the World Champs in Cairns, Australia. Palmer finished just tenths behind the young Frenchman, Nico Vouiloz, who would go on to dominate the downhill scene for close to the next decade. That race shot Palmer and his motocross-inspired style (he was the only rider to not wear a lycra skin suit during the finals, instead opting to wear baggy Fox motocross kit) to fame and helped cement the M1 as one of the most competitive bikes out there. Over the years, numerous brands bought Intense M1’s and rebadged them in a bid to give their riders the best chance possible when they got between the tapes (even the old MBUK team did this when they were sponsored by Jamis bikes). The reason so many brands did this was simple; the bike’s geometry was good and its suspension worked. As a young aspiring racer in the late nineties, I always hankered after an M1. While they might not possess quite the same mystique as the hard-to-come-by Sunn Radical Plus, there’s no denying the M1 was one of the coolest, most significant bikes of its generation, and helped to inspire and shape the bikes we see today. Intense M1 FRO on eBay Oliver Woodman — Iron Horse Sunday Factory eBay Inspired by Sam Hill’s flat pedal dominance on these machines during much of the six years he spent with Team Monster Energy Iron Horse, I often found myself longing for an Iron Horse Sunday as a youth. The DHX 5.0 shock is delightfully period correct and I seem to remember these had a real appetite for frame bearings. Iron Horse Sunday Factory on eBay Seb Stott — Kona Stinky eBay The Kona Stinky is the quintessential mid-noughties freeride sled that everyone wanted for about six months in 2005 (myself included). This one’s got the correct Marzocchi Bomber forks, Truvativ Hussefelt cockpit, Kenda tyres, Hayes brakes (albeit an anachronistic model), and a double-disc chain guide (whatever happened to them?). I also like how all the shots in the listing are of the non-drive-side. Kona Stinky on eBay Simon Withers — Mavic Mektronic groupset I first got into cycling in the 1980s, later watching Chris Boardman win Olympic Gold in 1992 — before he became an electronic pioneer riding Mavic’s Zap in the Tour de France. I remember walking past the much-missed John’s Bikes in Bath around that time and lusting after the Zap groupset in the window, which I think was priced at £1,000 — a massive amount of money then. Sadly, there’s no full Zap groupset on eBay at present — though you can get a Mavic Zap ‘rear derailleur and controller tester’ for $1,000 — but Mavic’s equally lust-worthy follow-up Mektronic groupset, which was just as short-lived, is yours for a bargain $749. Buy, buy, buy before the gavel falls! I’d fit it to on an original Giant TCR and to really rock the 90s’ vibe I’d be wearing Rudy Project Xrays (which are still available for €24). Mavic Mektronic groupset on eBay Alex Evans — Giant ATX-1 eBay The Giant ATX One DH — in red, yellow and blue with Boxxer 151 forks — has to be the ultimate drool- and lust-worthy bike for me. Harking back to the days of my youth flicking through the pages of Mountain Biking UK magazine, I used to absorb every last inch of the page if it had this iconic DH bike printed across it. There’s something about the colours, styling and general aura that screams speed and performance. Ridden by the hilarious and now rather famous Red Bull TV commentator Rob Warner to World Cup success, the killer combination of Rob and ATX One, for a then very impressionable youngster, egged me on to ride. In fact, I love this bike so much I managed to persuade a mate to sell me his. And now my un-molested example (complete with AC chain device, Boxxers, Hope Pro4 brakes and Mavic D321 rims) is currently sitting in the dusty rafters of my attic. One day I might even ride it again. Giant ATX-1 on eBay Warren Rossiter — 1980s Bianchi road bike eBay I’ve ridden a similar bike to this borrowed from Bianchi at three separate L’Eroica events over the years, and I feel something of an affinity with steel Bianchi bikes as we’ve been through a lot together — red wine, dusty chalk Tuscan roads, mechanical mishaps & hard work. Bianchi road bike on eBay
Black Mountain is a kids’ bike brand that is focused on producing bikes that it claims can be altered in size as your child grows up, with even the most limited mechanical know-how. The company began selling in early 2018 with the 14- and 16-inch-wheeled Pinto and Skøg models, and now Black Mountain adds two larger, geared, 18- and 20-inch-wheel bikes to the range, the Kapēl and Hütto. Best kids’ bike brands Best kids’ bikes: a buyer’s guide The bikes can be adjusted to grow as your child does. Black Mountain The bikes are built around Black Mountain’s UP:SCALE system, which is an adjustable design that creates a lightweight bike that can grow with your child. The brand’s size calculator on its website helps to choose the correct bike for a child’s size and experience. As your child grows in size and confidence, a drivetrain can be added (every model, including the Kapēl and Hütto, can be used initially as a balance bike), then the frame can be shifted into its larger guise, which Black Mountain says increases the overall size by more than 20 percent. This, it says, is a simple process that requires no expertise and few tools. The Black Mountain Kapel children’s bike is the smaller of the two models. Black Mountain The latest two additions to the range are for bigger kids, but the option to use them as balance bikes is good news for later learners. Both the Kapēl and Hütto have twist-shift gears (the Pinto and Skøg are single-speed, with a larger gear in the bigger frame mode), “UP:RISE” stem extender and the Hütto has disc and suspension fork build options. Black Mountain Kapēl kids bike specs Wheel size: 18-inch Recommended age: 5+ years Recommended height range: 110-128cm Weight: 8.1kg (8.4kg with pedals); 6.7kg in balance mode Colours: Orange, Neon Green, Purple, Azure Blue Price: £449 Black Mountain Hütto kids bike specs Wheel size: 20-inch Recommended age: 6+ years Recommended height range: 118-134cm Weight: 8.3kg (8.6kg with pedals); 6.9kg in balance mode Colours: Orange, Neon Green, Purple, Azure Blue Price: Hütto £449 / Hütto Disc £549 / Hütto Trail £649
You asked, so we’ve delivered — BikeRadar’s Hill Climb Diaries is back by popular demand! For the first episode of season two, Jack and Joe tackle their (sort of) first open event of the year at Salt and Sham’s inaugural hill climb on Chew Hill. BikeRadar Diaries | Watch all episodes here Fixies are dumb, but I love them — Jack’s hill climb fixie How Joe Norledge built his 5.1kg hill climb bike Watch as the pair — alongside special guest and first-time hill climber, Felix Smith — turn themselves inside out over the hardest three minutes of the past 12 months. We also hear about the extraordinary exploits of current hill climb national champion, Andrew Feather. Make sure you’re sitting down for this one as his power numbers are absolutely insane. And if you haven’t seen it already, make sure to check out season one of Hill Climb Diaries. What do you want to see from season two of Hill Climb Diaries? The bikes Jack and Joe are riding? The (limited) training they are doing? Let us know in the comments below.
This video was produced in association with Effetto Mariposa. Effetto Mariposa is perhaps best known for its Caffélatex sealant and posh torque wrenches. For 2020, the brand has launched the Tappabuco tyre plug, a worm-style puncture repair kit, and the Tyreinvader, an anti-flat insert. Both are designed for tubeless tyres. Eurobike 2019 | All of our coverage from the world’s biggest cycling show Schwalbe to cease production of all tubular tyres The Tappabuco insertion tool doubles as a bar plug so it can be inserted into the ends of both road and mountain bike bars, as well as the hole in common Shimano and SRAM cranks. It’s available in 1.5mm and 3.5mm sizes to tackle different sized punctures, and the insertion tools are sized to match. Kits come with a tool and five plugs and, for maximum versatility, you can also buy a complete set containing both sizes. The Tyreinvader is an anti-pinch-flat insert for tubeless tyres. It sits inside your tyre, preventing bottoming out in the event of a hard impact. It’s now available in five sizes, covering external rim widths of 18mm to 50mm.
The 2020 Scott mountain bike range from is diverse and packed with goodies, with a whole host of top-class options for all disciplines. Whether you ride World Cup XC or just want a decent, simple bike to start hitting singletrack on, Scott has you covered. We’ve rounded up the most interesting bikes from the range. Scott says the 2020 range is the “most complete MTB product range to date”, and that the bikes have been “inspired and influenced by Scott’s pro athletes and team”. Scott says this experience and feedback filters through the entire range, affecting every model. As is to be expected, the prices are definitely at the higher end of the spectrum, but lower price point models in each range offer options for those on a tighter budget. We are currently waiting on US pricing and will update this article once we have it. Best mountain bike 2019: how to choose the right one for you Scott bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice 2020 Scott Scale range overview The Scale is Scott’s World Cup-winning hardtail cross-country bike. This is a lightning-fast bike made for pounding XC laps at the highest level — or just for going flat-out around your local singletrack. Scott says the frame is “lightweight, stiff [and] fast” and “one of the world’s lightest carbon frames”. Joe’s Scott Scale 900 WC long-term review Scott Scale RC 900 AXS World Cup The Scott Scale RC900 AXS World Cup is the top-end Scale. Scott The Scale RC 900 is the most bling Scale build available. The bike features wireless SRAM AXS shifting, a three-position remote lock-out lever for the RockShox SID Ultimate fork and plenty of other top-of-the-range components. Frame: Scott Scale RC (Race Concept) Carbon Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS Fork: RockShox SID Ultimate RLC3 Air Wheels: Syncros Silverton 1.0 carbon-fibre Tyres: Maxxis Rekon Race, 2.25″ Brakes: SRAM Level TLM Handlebar: Syncros Fraser iC SL Carbon Seatpost: Syncros Duncan 1.0 Carbon Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 1.5 Titanium rails Price: £6,199 GBP / €6,799 Scott Scale RC 900 Team The Scale RC 900 Team features the same snappy top-end carbon fibre hardtail frame with a selection of quality products. It’s a gateway into all-out XC racing. Scott Frame: Scott Scale RC (Race Concept) Carbon Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle Fork: RockShox SID Select RL Air Wheels: Syncros Silverton 2.5 Tyres: WTB Ranger, 2.25″ Brakes: Shimano XT M8100 Handlebar: Syncros Fraser 1.5 Alloy Seatpost: Syncros Duncan 1.5 Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 1.5 Titanium rails Price: £2,999 GBP / €2,799 Scott Scale 925 This could be a great option for aspiring racers. Scott The Scale 925 features a more affordable but equally as race-friendly frame paired with Fox and Shimano XT and SLX components. Frame: Scott Scale 3 Carbon Drivetrain: Shimano XT-SLX Fork: FOX 32 Float Rhythm Wheels: Syncros X-25 rims w/Formula hubs Tyres: WTB Ranger, 2.25″ Brakes: Shimano MT501 Handlebar: Syncros Fraser 2.0 Alloy Seatpost: Syncros Duncan 2.0 Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 CRMO rails Price: £1,999 GBP / €2,199 2020 Scott Spark range overview The 2020 Spark range is a collection of full-suspension carbon cross-country race bikes which have won at the very highest level under Nino Schurter and, in 2019, Kate Courtney too. Olympic and World Championship titles and countless World Cup wins certify this bike’s ability. The bike gets 100mm of suspension travel front and rear and is available in four sizes. Scott Spark RC 900 SL AXS The top-end Spark has an insanely light frame Scott The top-end Scott Spark features a staggeringly light 1,799g Race Concept SL frame, wireless SRAM AXS shifting and Scott’s TwinLoc remote suspension setting/lockout system. Frame: Spark RC Carbon IMP technology HMX SL Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS Fork: FOX 32 SC Float Factory Air Shock: FOX NUDE EVOL Wheels: Syncros Silverton 1.0 SL CL Tyres: Maxxis Rekon Race, 2.35″ Brakes: Shimano XTR M9100 Handlebar: Syncros Fraser iC SL Carbon Seatpost: Syncros Duncan SL Carbon Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 1.0 Carbon rails Price: £11,000 GBP / €11,999 Scott Spark RC900 Pro Scott The Spark RC900 Pro doesn’t feature wireless shifting, but otherwise, this is a very bling Spark build with Shimano XTR, a RockShox SID fork and Scott’s TwinLoc remote lockout. Frame: Spark RC Carbon IMP technology HMF Drivetrain: Shimano XTR Fork: RockShox SID Select+ RL3 Air Shock: FOX NUDE EVOL Wheels: Syncros Silverton 1.5 CL Tyres: Maxxis Rekon Race, 2.35″ Brakes: Shimano XTR M9100 Handlebar: Syncros Fraser 1.0 Carbon Seatpost: Syncros Duncan 1.0 Carbon Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 1.5 Titanium rails Price: £4,699 GBP / €5,199 Scott Spark RC900 Comp The cheapest Scott Spark is built around an aluminium chassis Scott The lowest price-point Spark RC features an alloy frame and a 110mm travel fork (other models have 100mm), with Scott’s TwinLoc system taking care of remote suspension setting changes. Frame: Spark RC Alloy SL 6011 Drivetrain: SRAM GX Fork: FOX 32 Float Rhythm Shock: FOX Float EVOL Performace Wheels: Syncros Silverton 2.5 Tyres: Maxxis Rekon Race / 2.35″ Brakes: Shimano SLX M7100 Handlebar: Syncros Fraser 2.0 Alloy Seatpost: Syncros Duncan 2.0 Saddle: Syncros Belcarra Regular 2.0 chromoly rails Price: £2,699 GBP / €2,999 2020 Scott Aspect hardtail range overview The Aspect is a range of entry-level hardtails made for everyday off-road riding. They feature 100mm of front suspension travel and a 6061 Alloy frame with luggage mounts. Six sizes ensure a fit for most riders. Scott Aspect 910 The Aspect is Scott’s entry-level hardtail range Scott The Aspect 910 is the top-dog in the Aspect range, featuring a RockShox Silver TK fork with remote lockout control and a SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. Frame: Aspect 900 series, Alloy 6061 Custom Butted Tubing Drivetrain: SRAM SX Eagle 12 Speed Fork: RockShox 30 Silver TK Solo Air Wheels: Syncros X-20 rims w/Formula hubs Tyres: Kenda Booster, 2.4″ Brakes: Shimano BR-MT200 Handlebar: Syncros 3.0 Seatpost: Syncros 3.0 Saddle: Syncros 3.0 Price: £899 GBP / €999 2020 Scott Genius trail mountain bike range overview Scott’s trail platform, the Genius, aims for lightweight shredding ability. As Scott puts it, “the Genius was put on this earth to get you up mountains with ease and to get you back down them in a flash.” Its 29in wheels and 150mm suspension travel front and rear should smooth out all but the biggest of hits. Scott Genius 900 Ultimate AXS The top-end Genius commands quite the price. Scott Wireless SRAM AXS shifting and a full-carbon frame is perhaps to-be-expected at this heady price point. Fox’s Live Valve automatic suspension adjustment system reacts almost instantaneously to switch settings depending on the terrain you encounter. Frame: Genius Carbon IMP technology HMX Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS Fork: FOX 36 Float Live Valve Factory Air Shock: FOX Float Live Valve EVOL Wheels: Syncros Revelstoke 1.0 CL Tyres: front Maxxis Dissector, 29 x 2.6″; rear Maxxis Rekon 29 x2.6 Brakes: Shimano XTR M9120 4 Piston Handlebar: Syncros Hixon iC SL Carbon Seatpost: FOX Transfer Dropper Remote Saddle: Syncros Tofino 1.0 Regular Carbon rails Price: £10,999 GBP / €11,499 Scott Genius 940 The Genius 940 features an interesting mix of components Scott The Genius 940 is the most interesting alloy-framed Genius. The bike is outfitted with Scott’s proprietary TwinLoc remote suspension adjustment system and an interesting mix of Shimano XT and non-series components. Frame: Genius Alloy SL 6011 custom butted Drivetrain: Shimano XT RD-M8100 SGS Shadow Plus, 12 Speed Fork: FOX 34 Float Performance Air Shock: FOX NUDE T EVOL Wheels: Syncros X-30S rims w/Formula hubs Tyres: front Maxxis Dissector 29×2.6″; rear Maxxis Rekon 29 x2.6 Brakes: Shimano MT520 4 Piston Handlebar: Syncros Hixon 2.0 Alloy Seatpost: Syncros Duncan Dropper 2.0 Remote Saddle: Syncros Tofino 2.0 Regular chromoly rails Price: £3,299 GBP / €3,599 2020 Scott Ransom enduro range overview The Ransom is Scott’s enduro bike, and it’s a popular choice for gravity-leaning riders looking for an all-round bike. A carbon frame with 170mm suspension travel is the basis of this platform, which is both 27.5in and 29in wheel compatible. Scott Ransom 900 Tuned Scott The highest price point Ransom features SRAM X01 Eagle shifting and Scott’s TwinLoc suspension remote with a Fox fork and shock, and curiously, Shimano XT brakes. Frame: Ransom Carbon / IMP technology / HMX Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle 12 Speed Fork: FOX 36 Float Factory Air Shock: FOX NUDE TR EVOL Wheels: Syncros Revelstoke 1.5 Tyres: Front : Maxxis Minion DHF / 2.6″; Rear Maxxis Minion DHF / 2.6″ Brakes: Shimano XT M8120 4 Piston Disc Handlebar: Syncros Hixon iC Rise Carbon Seatpost: FOX Transfer Dropper Remote Saddle: Syncros Comox 1.5 Titanium Rails Price: £6,999 GBP / €7,599 Scott Ransom 930 Scott The alloy-framed Ransom 930 comes at a much lower price point but still features a host of decent components, including a RockShox Yari fork and SRAM SX Eagle shifting. Frame: Ransom Alloy SL 6011 custom butted Drivetrain: SRAM SX / Eagle 12 Speed Fork: RockShox Yari RL Solo Air Shock: X-Fusion NUDE w/TwinLoc Wheels: Syncros X-30S rims w/Shimano hubs Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF, 2.6″ Brakes: Shimano MT420 Handlebar: Syncros Hixon 1.5 Rise Alloy Seatpost: Syncros Duncan Dropper 2.5 Saddle: Syncros Comox 2.0 chromoly Rails Price: £2,699 GBP / €2,999 2020 Scott electric mountain bike range overview Scott has always been a prominent player in the e-MTB category, and for 2020 its assisted ranges grow stronger, with models across most price points and disciplines. Scott Strike eRide 940 The Strike is Scott’s entry-level e-MTB range Scott The Strike range is part of Scott’s Sport segment of e-MTBs. These bikes are for comfortable off-road cycling for hobbyist riders and feature the latest Bosch e-bike drive system. The Strike eRide 940 is the entry-level model in the range, with an alloy frame, 29-inch wheels, and TwinLoc suspension system with 140mm travel front and rear. Frame: Scott eRide Alloy E-bike drive system: Bosch Performance CX; 500Wh PowerTube Battery Drivetrain: SRAM SX Eagle 12 Speed Fork: RockShox Recon RL Solo Air Shock: X-Fusion NUDE Wheels: Syncros MD30 w/Shimano hubs Tyres: Maxxis Rekon, 29×2.6″ Brakes: Shimano BR-MT420 4 Piston Handlebar: Syncros Hixon 2.0 Rise Alloy Seatpost: Syncros Duncan Dropper 2.5 Saddle: Syncros ER2.5 Price: £2,699 GBP / €2,999 Scott Contessa Genius eRide 910 Contessa is Scott’s women’s-specific range of bikes Scott Contessa is Scott’s women’s brand, and the Genius eRide is its electric mountain bike trail model, with an alloy frame and 29in wheels. Contessa bikes feature women-specific contact points (seat, grips, etc.) and there are three sizes, S-L, available in this Genius eRide 910 model. Other price-point Contessa Genius builds are available. Frame: Contessa Genius eRide alloy E-bike drive system: Bosch Performance CX; 625Wh PowerTube Battery Drivetrain: SRAM SX Eagle 12 Speed Fork: FOX 36 Rhythm Air Shock: FOX Float EVOL Performace TwinLoc Wheels: Syncros X-30S w/Shimano hubs Tyres: front Schwalbe MagicMary 29×2.6″; rear Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29×2.6″ Snake Skin / TL-Easy / Apex / Addix Speedgrip Brakes: Shimano BR-MT420 4 Piston Handlebar: Syncros Hixon 2.0 Alloy Seatpost: Syncros Duncan Dropper 2.5 Saddle: Syncros Savona 2.5 V-Concept Price: £4,499 GBP / €5,199 Scott Genius eRIDE 930 Scott Scott describes its Genius eRide range as having “avant-garde design, cutting edge technologies and integration, and advanced battery management”. The Genius eRide 930 is a high-end trail riding e-MTB with the latest Bosch e-bike technology, 29in wheels and 150mm suspension travel front and rear. Frame: Genius eRIDE Alloy E-bike drive system: Bosch Performance CX; 500Wh PowerTube Battery Drivetrain: SRAM SX Eagle 12 Speed Fork: RockShox 35 Gold RL DebonAir Shock: X-Fusion NUDE Wheels: Syncros X-30S w/Shimano hubs Tyres: front Schwalbe MagicMary 29×2.6″; rear Schwalbe Hans Dampf 29×2.6″ Brakes: Shimano BR-MT420 4 Piston Handlebar: Syncros Hixon 2.0 Alloy Seatpost: Syncros Duncan Dropper 2.5 Saddle: Syncros Tofino 2.5 Regular Price: £3,899 GBP / €4,299
Shimano is fairly consistent with its product lifecycles and, following its usual pattern, it seems highly probable that we’ll see the launch of a new 12-speed Dura-Ace groupset in 2020, most likely called Dura-Ace R9200. The current 11-speed Dura-Ace R9100 is a wonderfully refined groupset in all its permutations (disc, rim, electronic, mechanical…) and you could be forgiven for thinking that major improvements are unlikely. Shimano GRX is here: gravel-specific and 1x components for Ultegra, 105 and Tiagra Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 review Nevertheless, we’re excited to see what Shimano comes up with for 2020. Will Shimano go 12-speed on the road? Will the new Dura-Ace Di2 be partially or completely wireless? What mad new tech might be introduced? As is traditional, Shimano won’t tell us anything at this point, so here are our predictions and my personal wish list of features, based on years of reporting on Shimano components and my assessment of the current road bike market. 1. Dura-Ace R9200 will be 12-speed Shimano debuted its 12-speed Micro Spline freehub with the launch of XTR M9100. Josh Patterson / Immediate Media Given that Shimano has already gone 12-speed with its XTR M9100 mountain bike groupset and both SRAM and Campagnolo have already added a twelfth cog to their road offerings, it seems all but certain that the next generation of Dura-Ace will follow suit. That has major implications for the groupset as a whole, because it would mean finally abandoning the Hyperglide freehub, presumably in favour of the Micro Spline design, which launched with XTR M9100 in 2018. This allows for the use of a 10t small cog on the cassette and has since been adopted for the second and third-tier SLX and XT mountain bike drivetrains. A move to 12-speed is good news if you’re looking for closer spaced gears or more range, but it will of course mean no backwards compatibility for most wheels. Of course, you never know, Shimano might just jump straight to 14-speed. 2. Dura-Ace R9200 will still be available in mechanical, Di2, hydraulic and rim brake versions SRAM seems to have all but abandoned mechanical shifting at the high end and its rim brakes feel like a bit of a poor second cousin too — the new RED and Force AXS groupsets are electronic only, and there’s still no groupset-matching direct-mount brake option. I can’t see Shimano taking a similar approach. Dura-Ace is a flagship for the brand with a long and storied history, and it’s always been a showcase for the very best mechanical shifting the company’s engineers can offer. Similarly, while the disc brake takeover continues, a significant proportion of pro and amateur riders continue to use rim brakes, and Shimano won’t want to alienate them completely. There days may be numbered, but I’m not convinced Shimano is ready to drop rim brakes just yet. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media As long as mechanical road groupsets continue to form the core of Shimano’s road range with everyman groupsets such as 105, and bike manufacturers continue to produce rim brake versions of their top-end bikes, I think mechanical shifting and rim brakes are here to stay as options at the top level. Saying that, it’s possible that one or more of the groupset permutations might be dropped. Dura-Ace R9100 is available in four versions (R9100 mechanical/rim brake, R9120 mechanical/disc brake, R9150 Di2/rim brake, R9170 Di2/disc brake). It’s conceivable that R9200 might do without, say, the R9220 mechanical/disc brake option, but Shimano generally likes to cover all bases, so I’m doubtful about that. 3. Dura-Ace R9200 will not be fully wireless There’s no denying that SRAM’s wireless eTap groupsets make for wonderfully clean builds. SRAM We know that Shimano has filed patents for wireless components in recent memory, but I don’t think the next generation of Dura-Ace Di2 will actually be wireless, or at least not fully. Going wireless would mean fundamentally changing the way Di2 works and up-ending the existing E-Tube ecosystem, which integrates with the STEPS e-bike system. Current Di2 (no pun, etc.) runs off a single, large battery, with components connected at junction boxes — typically one at the stem, and one inside the frame. Wireless would necessitate separate batteries and the adoption of a new communication protocol. Of course, there is precedent for starting with a clean slate — when Shimano moved from the original Dura-Ace 7970 and Ultegra 6770 Di2 to the 9070 generation, the original Di2 was completely orphaned, with no backwards compatibility at all. Perhaps a more likely scenario for R9250/R9270 is a semi-wireless design where the derailleurs are physically connected to a main battery and a receiver, and the shifters communicate with them wirelessly. A typical Di2 setup looks something like this — could it be streamlined? Shimano In any case, some streamlining of current wiring arrangements would certainly make sense. In existing Di2 setups, a bike might have two junction boxes and a bar-end charging point. One or more of these could be eliminated with some thoughtful engineering. 4. Dura-Ace R9200 will be a premium product aimed at road racers first While lower-tier groupsets have always offered features aimed specifically at amateurs, Dura-Ace has historically been kept slightly apart, with the focus always on racers. In recent years, for example, Ultegra rear derailleurs have been designed to work with cassettes up to 34t, while Dura-Ace has never supported a big cog larger than 30t. In a similar vein, Shimano held off adding disc brakes to Dura-Ace initially, at a time when pros were riding rim brakes exclusively, instead offering them as non-series components nominally at Ultegra level. It wasn’t until the debut of Dura-Ace R9100 that discs became part of the flagship race groupset. When Shimano launched its GRX gravel components, it chose not to offer them at Dura-Ace level. Shimano Most recently, Shimano dived into 1× for road and gravel with the launch of its GRX components, which top-out at the RX800 Ultegra-equivalent level. 5. Dura-Ace R9200 cranks will be alloy and 2× only Shimano has dabbled with carbon cranks before, but I’m predicting that the next generation of Dura-Ace will stick with alloy. Shimano Shimano has dabbled with carbon cranksets in the past and actually launched a carbon version of its Dura-Ace 7800 cranks way back in 2007, but since then, the brand has focussed exclusively on aluminium cranks, producing ever-more refined versions of its Hollowtech II design. It seems likely that this trend will continue for R9200 cranks, although we did get a glimpse of an alternative future with a striking new crank design teased in a patent filed by Shimano. What seems more likely is a shake-up of available ratios as we’ve seen with SRAM’s 12-speed AXS groupsets. If Shimano adopts a 10t cog, it would only be logical to combine that with smaller chainrings, perhaps along similar lines to the 50/37t, 48/35t and 46/33t of SRAM’s X-Range cranks. Shimano patented this radical crank design. Shimano / Google Patents It’s conceivable that Shimano might move to direct-mount chainrings for 12-speed as it did with the latest XTR groupset, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Direct-mount offers an elegant way to support both 1× and 2× drivetrains on the same crank platform as well as a range of chainring — because bolt circle diameter (BCD) isn’t an issue — but I doubt the next generation of Dura-Ace will offer a 1× option at all. Pro cyclists have shown little enthusiasm for 1× on the road (see also: the team Aqua Blue Sport debacle and the subsequent launch of the 3T Strada Due), so to offer 1× would not be in keeping with the racing-first ethos of Dura-Ace. It would be fair to say that 1× on pure road bikes has some way to go. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Also, Shimano has only just launched its GRX range of gravel components which support 1×, so adding the option to the brand’s pure road offering would be a muddling of its current approach. A curious side effect of Dura-Ace going 12-speed and sticking to 2× would be that the brand would then be offering 1×11 and 2×12, but not 1×12. No doubt 12-speed GRX components would be released in good time, however. A further consideration is crank spindle diameter; where other manufacturers have focussed on 30mm designs, Shimano has stuck doggedly to 24mm, which eases backwards compatibility concerns. I don’t see this changing — Shimano has proven it can make ultra-stiff cranks with 24mm spindles, and moving away from them would have far reaching implications for bottom bracket design that would put Dura-Ace entirely at odds with the rest of Shimano’s range. 6. Dura-Ace R9200 will brake even better, but you may not notice The current generation of Shimano hydraulic levers offer a greater range of adjustment compared to the first wave of road disc components and the braking on offer is very, very good. Realistically, any improvements on this front are going to be incremental ones, but it’s possible that the range of adjustment could be further increased or even made tool-free, although the latter seems unlikely. Shimano borrowed Servo Wave from its mountain bike levers for the Di2 version of GRX. Kevin Fickling / Shimano The new GRX Di2 levers use Shimano’s Servo Wave design for better braking off-road. Servo Wave makes the relationship between lever and pad travel non-linear, improving modulation in the latter part of the stroke. It’s debatable whether this specific approach would offer a benefit on the road, but I could imagine Shimano looking to improve braking control if not outright power. 7. Shimano will do something different Shimano won’t want to be seen to be playing catch up with SRAM and Campagnolo. There’s a strong incentive for the brand to strike out in an entirely new direction to differentiate itself from the competition. It seems likely that it might do this on the tech and integration front. Shimano has filed some interesting patents in recent years including, for example, one that appears to describe a system of service indicators for bikes, which displays information to the rider in much the same way that a modern car tells its owner when to perform key maintenance, such as changing engine oil or replacing brake pads. A system like this is more likely to appear on more utility-oriented bikes (and e-bikes) than the race machines for which Dura-Ace is intended, but it’s interesting all the same. A greater level of integration seems inevitable for Dura-Ace Di2. R9100 debuted Synchro Shifting, user-assignable buttons on the shifters and Garmin integration, and Shimano now offers a Bluetooth antenna for direct communication with your phone. Expect some further evolution of this everything-connected approach, perhaps with more sophisticated power meter integration and greater connectivity to third party devices. My Dura-Ace 2020 wishlist Above all, I’d like Shimano to be daring with the next generation of its flagship road groupset. This is the company that came up with pneumatic shifting and SPD sandals for crying out loud! While I don’t think it’s going to happen, I would love it if the brand were to go fully wireless with Dura-Ace R9200. Building a bike with SRAM eTap is such a delight, with no gear cables (or wires) to route through the frame, and no separate battery to install. eTap makes for wonderfully clean builds, the likes of which simply aren’t possible with current Shimano groupsets. I sincerely believe that Dura-Ace 9000 is one of the most striking groupsets ever made. BikeRadar On the aesthetic front, I think Shimano could afford to be bolder. I happen to think Dura-Ace 9000 was one of the best looking groupsets ever made, with its angular lines and sharp two-tone accents. When it launched, it looked like nothing else on the market. Dura-Ace R9100, on the other hand, was much more conservative in its design. It’s still a handsome set of components, but the mostly-black colour scheme (there’s a bit of subtle fading) just isn’t as radical and eye-catching. I want Shimano to come up with something both beautiful and new for the next generation. What are you hoping for from the next generation of Dura-Ace? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Gocycle claims the bike was designed to match the dimensions of a 700c bike. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The drivetrain is fully covered to avoid getting clothes dirty. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The PitstopWheels allow easy access to change tyres or fix a puncture. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The Gocycle has two hinges and folds in a matter of seconds. Gocycle We think the single-sided fork should be called the Righty. Gocycle Once folded, the GXi is easily wheeled along. Gocycle Gocycle claims the bike was designed to match the dimensions of a 700c bike. Gocycle British brand Gocycle has unveiled its latest folding e-bike at The Cycle Show, and it’s clearly had a lot of thought put into it. Building on the foundations of its other models — including the GX and the G3 — the GXi combines much of the brand’s patented proprietary technology into one neat, fast-folding package. Best commuter bike 2019: what’s the best bike for commuting? Top tips for improving your commuter confidence The GXi follows a simple design that can be unfolded in mere seconds, then easily wheeled around for convenience. In its folded state, with the centre kickstand lifted, it measures 880 x 370 x 750mm, making it easily stored under a desk or in a cupboard. With an integrated 375Wh battery that’s claimed to have a four-hour charge time and a range of up to 50 miles (80km), the Gocycle GXi could well be the commuter’s choice for folding e-bikes. And we haven’t even talked about the innovative custom tech that’s slapped all over it yet. 10 things to consider when commuting Bespoke technology With the exception of the Magura brakes, pretty much everything else on the GXi is custom designed from the ground up. It’s not often you see a bike that’s fully equipped with a whole suite of proprietary technology, which has a lot of pros, but also some cons. Electronic gear shifting The drivetrain is fully covered to avoid getting clothes dirty. Jack Luke / Immediate Media While the GXi shares many qualities with its cheaper siblings, its big advantage is Gocycle’s predictive electronic shifting technology, paired with a Shimano Nexus 3-speed hub gear. This downshifts automatically when you slow down, eliminating the old stopped-too-suddenly-in-the-wrong-gear scenario. With this innovative approach to electronic shifting, you should always start off in your lowest gear. Of course, this isn’t the first example of automated shifting we’ve seen, it’s more tailored to commuting in its simplicity, unlike other previous models designed specifically for road or mountain bike use. This doesn’t mean it brings the price down, of course, since research and development doesn’t come cheap. In addition to this, the GXi features a bespoke front hub motor, separating the powered drive from the pedal drive. This also means that the weight is distributed across the bike, rather than in one place. It may still weigh 17.5kg, but it’s not all in one place. PitstopWheels The PitstopWheels allow easy access to change tyres or fix a puncture. Jack Luke / Immediate Media One of the most innovative aspects we saw on the bike were its side-mounted PitstopWheels. Unlike traditional bicycle wheels which are mounted upon an axle threaded between two dropouts, the Gocycle PitstopWheels actually bolt onto the non-driveside of the frame. A 5mm Allen key is all that’s needed to remove them, though the exposed area created by the side-mount means you can remove the tyre without unbolting the wheel. This would make punctures a much quicker nuisance to deal with. This is achieved by having a single-sided fork up front — think Lefty, but on the right. Righty. At the rear, the wheel bolts onto the back of the fully contained drivetrain, with the hub gear sitting separately. The beauty of this is that with the gearing removed from the wheel altogether, the front and rear PitstopWheels are actually interchangeable. LED cockpit Gocycle claims the bike was designed to match the dimensions of a 700c bike. Gocycle Up front, there’s a full LED cockpit display that’s built into the handlebars as opposed to being housed in a separate unit. This keeps the cockpit simple and minimal. With its red light display, you can keep tabs on your battery level, driving mode, speed and gear position. In addition to this, Gocycle has added its patented automotive-inspired Daytime Running Light, which automatically shines when the bike is moving. The one drawback We think the single-sided fork should be called the Righty. Gocycle Of course, while it’s exciting to see a lot of innovation going into this bike, it does need to come with a word of warning. Bike standards may vary greatly, but in general when you stick to the traditional stuff, it’s a lot easier to replace parts when needed. The Gocycle GXi on the other hand, only works with the brand’s own components. If you need the bike serviced and parts replaced, you’re relying on a single company to have them available to you at a reasonable cost. Not only that, but should the Gocycle range not garner the success it hopes to, and the company goes in a new direction, you could find yourself landed with an expensive bike that you can’t have serviced anymore. That’s the risk that always comes with any bike that features proprietary parts, and it’s down to the consumer to decide where to place their bets. Rider-focused design The Gocycle GXi is clearly the result of a lot of research and development, and the brand claims that it’s the best possible design to do the job. From its incredibly quick and convenient folding mechanism to the smaller details that make life easier, it’s clear someone has thought hard about what a folding e-bike really needs to be. Fast folding mechanism The Gocycle has two hinges and folds in a matter of seconds. Gocycle We can confirm — we’ve seen it for ourselves — that it takes just seconds to unfold the Gocycle GXi. The process is simple, thanks to two hinges that join the stem to the headset and the down tube to the bottom bracket. Just fold the frame in half and pull the bars down. You can then use the saddle to wheel the folded bike along or compress it to store the bike. A centre kickstand allows it to stand by itself, though it does raise the height of the final folded product. Fully programmable If all that isn’t enough, the Gocycle GXi is fully programmable thanks to the Gocycle Connect app. It can be used to personalise your ride, fine-tune the amount of motor assistance you require, monitor your battery life, track your fitness progress, set your riding mode and view your ride stats. Once folded, the GXi is easily wheeled along. Gocycle Gocycle GXi specifications Frame: Hydro-formed 6061 T6 alloy Wheels: Magnesium PitstopWheel with center hub mount Riding modes: City, Eco, On-Demand, Custom Motor: Gocycle proprietary front hub motor gear drive 500 watt (US) and 250 watt (EU) Battery: 17Ah/22V/375Wh Shifting: Gocycle electronic Predictive Shifting Transmission: Patented Cleandrive Shimano Nexus 3-speed Brakes: Magura hydraulic disc Tyres: Gocycle All Weather Tyre (20 x 2.25in) Front motor fork: Gocycle proprietary, single-sided, 6061 T6 Rear suspension: Gocycle Lockshock 25mm Saddle: Velo D2 Comfort Seatpost diameter: 34.9mm Pedals: MKS EZY Grips: Gocycle Ergo Comfort Gocycle GXi geometry Head angle: 70 degrees Seat tube angle: 68 degrees Wheelbase: 1,065mm Bottom bracket height: 275mm Dimensions (folded): 880 x 370 x 750mm Weight: 17.5kg Gocycle GXi pricing and availability The Gocycle GXi is available to preorder. £3,699 / €4,199 / $4,799
SwiftCarbon, the direct-sales brand started by former professional Mark Blewett, has announced that it has joined the Green Commute Initiative (GCI) – a Cycle to Work scheme with an upper spending limit of £10,000 – and UK consumers could potentially save up to 47 per cent on a new high-end bike. Best road bike: how to choose the right one for you Best commuter bike The GCI scheme works via a gross salary sacrifice, which means you save on tax and National Insurance contributions. The amount you save is based on the income tax band you are in, but GCI provides a handy calculator so you can quickly work out your potential savings. If, for example, you really need to speed up your commute (and, of course, any other cycling you happen to do) SwiftCarbon’s HyperVox aero bike could be ideal. The SwiftCarbon HyperVox disc could be perfect for helping you get to work on time, and you can now save up to 47% on the RRP with the Green Commute Initiative. SwiftCarbon With the GCI scheme, you could get the £4,149 HyperVox Disc, which comes with full Shimano Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic disc brakes, for just £2,821.32 (if you pay income tax at the basic rate). This represents a saving of £1,327.68 (32%) – not bad, and anyone paying income tax at a higher rate could save even more. If you’re an experienced commuter, you might be scratching your head at this point and thinking, “Hold on, isn’t there a £1,000 limit on the Cycle to Work scheme?”. Well, the headline feature of the GCI is that it doesn’t have that relatively low spending limit, which most other schemes are saddled with. £1,000 is a lot of money, but let’s face it, it doesn’t go far these days when shopping for a performance bicycle. Like other Cycle to Work schemes, accessories such as clothing, helmets, lights and locks can be included in you package. SwiftCarbon Like other schemes, you technically hire the bike from the GCI during the repayment period (normally, you can choose to repay the discounted cost over 12, 18 or 24 months). After the bike is paid off, the GCI then loans you the bike for five years, free of charge, before officially transferring ownership to you for a nominal £1 fee. What’s more, your employer doesn’t need to be signed up to the scheme for you to take advantage of it, you can apply as an individual, as long as your employer agrees. And with other premium brands such as Canyon and YT Industries having recently signed up, there are some mouthwatering bikes to choose from.