All hail First Look Friday, your weekly look at the hottest new road and mountain bike swag to land at BikeRadar HQ. This week we have some flashy Russian-made road hubs, a step-through mountain bike designed for older riders, an alarmingly light saddle and some shred-tastic goggle-like shades. If that isn’t quite enough to tickle your tech pickle, nuggets lovingly picked from the rich gold seam that is launch season in the cycling world that have made their way onto the BikeRadar homepage this week include Cervélo’s new go-fast gravel bike, Colnago’s bang-on-trend V3RS, Specialized’s first-ever foray into the world of electric bikes, Yeti’s all-new 27.5in-wheeled SB165 and much, much more. In the meantime, sit back, relax and immerse yourself into a world of true tech nerdery. Raketa road hubs Raketa, a brand based in Russia, has just released its first ever road hubs. Raketa Raketa — a Russian brand specialising in high-end hubs — has just launched these delectable road hubs. The hubs have been two years in the making and are its first-ever road offering, previously only producing track hubs. The hubs are compatible with all current axle standards and Raketa claims that, due to the hubs’ construction, adapting them to any future standards should also be possible. The hubs are built around an Alto Cycling freehub. This 4-pawl freehub is made in the USA and boasts a near-instantaneous 2.5-degree engagement. It is availble in XD, Shimano HG or Campagnolo bodies. The hubs are claimed to weigh 342g for a rim brake hubset and 421g for the disc equivalent Raketa claims that it considered developing its own freehub system but, acknowledging that it is a young company with limited resources, it decided to focus on the hub itself, leaving the whole freewheelin’ business to those who have experience in the area. The hubs are triple-sealed, with labyrinth seals on the end caps, a rubber lip on the freehub and sealed bearings rounding out the package. On the subject of bearings, the hubs are built around NSK bearings and, should these develop any play, a small bolt can be undone to adjust the preload. No special tools are required to do this and it is claimed that it can even be done with the wheels still fitted to the bike. The hubs are claimed to weigh 342g for a rim brake hubset and 421g for the disc equivalent — a respectable figure that is comparable to similar premium hubs with inbuilt preload adjustment (lighter hubs exist but they typically don’t feature external preload adjustment). The hubs are available in any spoke drilling from 12 to 32 spokes, with any custom combination possible. Raketa has in-house anodising facilities, so dozens of different colours in either a gloss or matt finish are available. Custom engraving is also offered. The hubs are also available in a disc version. Raketa The hubs are available in rim and disc brake options. 6-bolt hubs are currently available for discs, with centre lock to follow later in the year. The novelty that the hubs are designed and made in St Petersburg, Russia — a nation not widely known for its cycling manufacturing provenance — also undoubtedly adds to their cool factor. The hubs cost $468 for the disc version and $448 for the rim brake version. While certainly not cheap, they (on paper at least) present decent value for money compared to, say, a DT Swiss 240s hubset (approx $560). The hubs are due to start shipping throughout August and September, with pre-orders now open. International pricing is not available but worldwide shipping is offered. If freewheelin’ ain’t your thing, as mentioned, Raketa also produces a number of track bike hubs, chainrings and cogs, all of which look as lovely as its road hubs. Disc hubs: $468 Rim brake hubs: $448 Buy these delightful road hubs direct from Raketa Islabikes Jimi The Jimi is a MTB designed for older riders Jack Luke / Immediate Media Islabikes launched the Janis, Joni and Jimi — a range of bikes designed specifically for older riders who still want to live life on two wheels — earlier this year. We have got a hold of the Jimi — the step-through mountain bike from the range — for testing and, so far, we like what we see. Much like its expansive selection of early-life tot-to-teen-sized bikes, the Icons range features a number of touches that are designed to make cycling a more accessible and enjoyable experience for those in their golden years. Starting with the obvious, the bike is a step-through design, which makes a bike easier to mount. This is vital if age-related mobility issues begin to creep in. You’ll be able to spin up just about anything with this diminutive 26t chainring Jack Luke / Immediate Media The gearing is also generously low, pairing a 10-40t Sunrace cassette with a spin-tastic 26t chainring. This chainring is mounted to Islabikes’ own crankset, which is claimed to have a lower-than-average Q-factor. This can improve pedalling performance and comfort for some riders. The bike is fitted with SRAM Grip Shifters. Interestingly, the profile of the rims is specially formed to ease tyre fitting and removal. This means the rims are not tubeless compatible but will make life a lot easier should you get a trailside puncture. A rigid carbon fork is employed to reduce weight. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Reducing weight was also a priority with the bike, and our size medium model comes in at a respectable 10.28kg. With this in mind, given the bike is designed for those that are less likely to get their thrills from sending mad huckz, it should come as no surprise that the bike forgoes a suspension fork in favour of a lighter carbon fork. This bristles with mounts for Anything-style cages or mudguards. The whole package feels very well refined and as a general do-it-all bike — for riders of all ages, really — the Jimi appears to be a compelling choice. Stay tuned for a full review soon! £1,199, international pricing TBC Buy the Jimi direct from Islabikes Schmolke TLO saddle The saddle was so light we had to tie it down to stop it floating away! Jack Luke / Immediate Media This ludicrously light (64g!) saddle from Schmolke — the German composite expert’s first saddle to wear the TLO (The Lightest Only) crown — is said to be the result of Stefan Schmolke’s experiments in his own “secret lab”. Remarkably, this full carbon shell saddle is rated for both road and mountain biking. The saddle feels reassuringly solid despite its low, low weight Jack Luke / Immediate Media While this is, at best, anecdotal, giving the remarkably tough feeling Schmolke TLO saddle a squeeze results in considerably less concern for our undercarriage compared to similar ultralight perches. The 8Nm maximum torque value on the rails is also reassuringly high. While not the absolute lightest saddle on the market — that crown goes to Gelu’s 38g K3 saddle — it is a whopping €5 cheaper than that model. It also has a marginally more generous 100kg max rider weight compared to the Gelu’s 95kg. This is obviously a very, very niche choice that is unlikely to appeal to the vast majority of cyclists but, for those who want an ultralight option that appears to be actually usable, it could be a compelling option. €495, international pricing N/A Buy Schmolke’s TLO saddle from Star Bike Smith Wildcat sunglasses You too could look as cool as our Mallen with Smith’s Wildcat sunnies. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Smith’s lairy, large and loud Wildat goggle-like sunnies are a bold statement that is bound to delight the outgoing on-bike fashionista. The nose bridge is adjustable. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The extra-large coverage of the lenses extends way into the periphery, keeping the frames well out of sight. The replaceable nosepiece — which is coated with a tacky hydrophilic (i.e. it stays sticky when wet) rubber — is also adjustable for fine-tuning fit. The legs are coated with the same material. The hinge mechanism is satisfyingly… clicky? Jack Luke / Immediate Media The arms have a deeply satisfying indexed click when moving them into the open position. Swapping lenses is also very easy. The lenses are also coated with a hydrophobic coating, which is said to keep things clear in moist conditions. The glasses are available in three different frame colours and three different lenses, including a clear option. We have the stealthy Matte Moss frames, but the office favourite is by far the Refresher yellow-and-pink Matte Citron finish. At £165 RRP ($199.00 / AU$299.95), the Wildcat’s come in at roughly the same price as, say, an Oakley Jawbreaker, though you do get the additional clear lens and a hardshell bag for that price. £165 / $199 / AU$299.95 Buy Smith’s Wildcat sunglasses from Optimal Optic
The seemingly annual tradition was a success again this year. Let’s look at where it all started So this year’s huck over the peloton of the Tour de France has been done. Almost every year someone dons a helmet, full-suss bike, swigs a Red Bull and then sends it over the peloton in order to gain some of the biggest bragging rights in the mountain bike world – and of course, stick a middle finger up to all those lycra clad, skinny wheeled MAMILS, reminding them which discipline is still (quite literally) on top. Okay, maybe that was a bit of an over exaggeration, but you get the picture. It’s pretty damn sweet to watch these guys send it over ‘Le Tour’ and bring a little fun to an event that’s usually only ever made exciting when Sagan pulls a no-handed wheelie or a cheeky spectator gets a thorough spanking. Certainement LA vidéo de cette année #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/n91Ye1Pis0 — Tricotte (@Tricotte69) July 14, 2019 Anyway, here’s a brief history of the best Tour de France sends of all time, first championed by the legend that is Dave Watson. This is all my 30 minutes of post-lunch research allowed for anyway – let me know if I’ve missed any out and I’ll add them on (with video evidence, of course). Canadian Dave Watson Set The Bar High At Col de Galibier, 2003 A Perfectly Executed Huck From Romain Marandet At Le Semnoz, 2013 Was This Filmed On A potato? Montée du Plateau des Glières, 2018 Huge Gap This year By Newest Member to The Club Valentin Anouilh. Saint Flour, 2019 You May Also Like Mountain Biking In Utah | Watch Reece Wallace Riding Big Lines In ‘Flight Path’ Danny Daycare | Watch Danny MacAskill’s Hilarious Attempt At Child Care The post Mountain Bikers Jumping Over The Tour De France | The History of Peloton Hucking appeared first on Mpora.
18. July 2019 – Forchheim, Germany: Passion, skill, potential to grow; these are key factors the YT Mob with Martin Whiteley and Elite UCI World Cup athlete Angel Suarez have been looking for while searching the globe for the next Young Talent to join the YT Mob in 2020. The seven episodes of the online video series “The YT Mob World Tour” show the process within this unique and unprecedented scouting program and tries to deliver answers to the following questions: What is talent? Where can you find it? Can you create it? We will receive a behind the scenes look at the road to building a team with Young Talent from around the world and who will make it to the final camp in Granada, Spain. Six continents, six camps, one goal In February the YT Mob announced with title sponsor YT Industries that they would be embarking on an adventure in 2019 that would take them around the world in order to unearth the best downhill talent on the planet. Applications were accepted for six stops on six continents, four of which have already taken place in New Zealand, Argentina, Scotland and Japan. The camps have been and will be accompanied by production crew “Knowmad Development” (“Tales of the Mob”) to create a video series that will let us take a peek behind the curtain. The series will not only tell the tale of what happens at the camps and how mentor and talent developer Martin Whiteley and his team identifies talent, but will be enriched by insight from Whiteley’s former protégés such as Brook MacDonald, Neko Mulally and Greg Minnaar, who all can look back on a similar process of being discovered, refining their raw talent and making it to the World Cup Elite. “In a way, ‘The Mob World Tour’ reminds me of my original reason for starting my first team, Global Racing, with riders from every continent; wanting to showcase talent from all over the world. Now we are discovering new riders and giving them the chance to attend a Young Talent camp on their continent, enjoy training with a World Cup rider like Angel, and perhaps taking it all the way through to a pro contract in 2020.” – Martin Whiteley, YT Mob Team Owner Young Talent from all over the world The story starts to unfold this week and will continue to put Young Talent in the spotlight in the episodes that follow with two camps in the United States and South Africa and the grand finale at ‘The Mob HQ’ in Granada, Spain, in mid-October. A lot of talent has been attracted to the program so far. 500 Young Talents from 45 different countries applied to be part of the camps of which 20 per camp have been admitted. The youngest to be part of “The Mob World Tour” was born in 2007, the oldest in 2001. During the camps Whiteley observes how well the Young Talent understands race craft, while the participants have the chance to gain valuable riding knowledge from current YT Mob rider Angel Suarez. The Spaniard is aware of the importance of mentors and slips into this role, teaching the up-and-coming how to walk a course and assess it or how to improve in certain sections through braking and cornering to maintaining speed through connected sections. “It’s amazing to have the opportunity to help super talented kids improve and it’s great to see how many good riders there are around the world. When I was starting out, I always found it very helpful to have someone more experienced by my side that trusted me, boosted my self-confidence and helped me feel more comfortable on the bike. That was one of the most important things at that stage in my career and I hope I can do the same for the kids I meet at the camps. Every kid has a different skillset and I think it will be hard to find the most complete riders, but I am really enjoying the process.” – Angel Suarez, YT Mob Pro Rider True to the roots of YT Industries Pure passion and an unwavering drive to unleash one’s true potential is the foundation to every successful career and also reflected in the roots of title sponsor YT Industries. That passion and of course ability on a bike are vital to the YT Mob, but aspects such as mental strength, physical development and also room for growth in all categories will be the deciding edge, when it comes to who gets invited to ‘The Mob HQ’ later in the year. This unique chance to receive first-hand advice and being given an opportunity to shine have been received well. With two camps still on the calendar in Snowshoe, USA, and Stellenbosch, South Africa, we can look forward to learning more about talent development and getting to know more downhill talents around the globe in the next months. “We stand for finding and unleashing young talent. YT Industries is stoked to be working together with Martin on this because true to our roots we want to give the Young Talent a chance to show their potential and prove their passion for mountain biking. We are convinced that ‘The Mob World Tour’ is a unique opportunity to uncage the talent out there and are looking forward to seeing how The Mob will develop.” – Markus Flossmann, CEO YT Industries
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Bored of watching 160 men cycle around France together? This might liven things up a little Just like the tabloids claiming it’s going to be ‘The Coldest Winter On Record’ or another Trump accuser coming out the woodwork, a mountain biker jumping over the Tour de France peloton seems like a guaranteed yearly occurrence. Canadian Dave Watson was first to make the jump, back in 2002 after he hoofed himself off a rocky takeoff, over the peloton and onto a pretty sketchy landing as the EPO fuelled cyclists wound their way up the Col du Galibier. This year’s jump looks to be a much less gnarly environment (but still bloody impressive) than that of Dave’s first jump, with a proper takeoff ramp and much less sketchy landing. Valentin Anouilh and his mates came prepared, too, with ample cameramen on hand in order to capture every possible angle of this pretty sweet feat. Give it a watch. You May Also Like Mountain Biking In Utah | Watch Reece Wallace Riding Big Lines In ‘Flight Path’ Danny Daycare | Watch Danny MacAskill’s Hilarious Attempt At Child Care The post Watch Mountain Biker Valentin Anouilh Jump Over The Tour De France 2019 Peloton appeared first on Mpora.
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Follow along as we check out the trails of Besakih Bike Park in Bali. Located under the volcano Mt. Agung, and above the largest temple on the island, the bike park is a must visit destination. More info at: Besakih Bike Park