Condor has gone all-in for The Cycle Show, launching a fleet of new bikes in Birmingham, including the freshly-updated Fratello Disc. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Fratello is Condor’s best-selling frame – it’s a real all-rounder, employed variously as an all-weather commuter, winter bike, touring bike or simply something to blast about the lanes on. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The new Fratello Disc has 12mm thru-axles at the front and rear, and now accepts the flat-mount disc brake standard. Claimed weight for a painted 55cm frame is 1,960g. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Fratello has all the fixtures and fittings you’d expect of a versatile steel frame. It’s ready for mudguards and a rack, and has clearance for 32mm tyres with guards. The frameset costs £1,199.99. Jack Luke/Immediate Media Condor’s gravel bike, the Bivio, was launched in 2017 and has been updated to offer additional tyre clearance. Jack Luke/Immediate Media There’s now room for 42mm tyres with 700c wheels, as well as compatibility for 650b wheels with 47mm tyres. The Columbus steel frame has a new carbon fork, plus thru-axles at the front and rear. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The 2020 Bivio has modular routing for electronic or mechanical groupsets. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The finish is very smart indeed. Jack Luke/Immediate Media Condor’s iconic crest adorns the top tube. Jack Luke/Immediate Media Claimed weight for a 55cm painted frame made from custom triple-butted Columbus steel is 2,100g. The fork weighs 350g. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Bivio frameset costs £1,399.99 but you can also put together your own build through the Condor website. Jack Luke/Immediate Media Also new from Condor is the updated Super Acciaio Disc. The steel race bike took home our Best in Show: Road Bike award at The Cycle Show. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Columbus Spirit HSS tubeset is paired with a new carbon fibre fork, gets internal routing compatibility for electronic groupsets and now features CNC-machined thru-axle dropouts. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The quality of the finish is exquisite. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Super Acciaio Disc is made in Italy and will set you back £1,899.99 for the frameset. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Leveret is new from Scottish brand Shand. While Shand’s steel frames are normally made-to-order in Livingston, the Leveret is a stock frame made in Taiwan. George Scott/Immediate Media Shand says the Leveret is a response to customer requests for a feature-packed, all-weather bike for commuting. That means you get a triple-butted chromoly steel frame and a maintenance-free Gates Carbon Drive CDX drivetrain. George Scott/Immediate Media The Leveret has 8-speed Shimano Alfine hub gears, paired with Microshift bar-end shifters. TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brakes provide the stopping power. George Scott/Immediate Media These Schwalbe G-One tyres should provide a good balance of speed, comfort and grip. The Leveret will cost £1,895 when it lands in February 2020, while a mudguard and rack accessory pack will also be available. George Scott/Immediate Media Vielo teased the R+1 earlier this year but The Cycle Show gave us the opportunity to see it in the flesh. The R+1 follows Vielo’s V+1 all-road bike and is an aero, 1x-specific carbon frame with clearance for 30mm tyres. George Scott/Immediate Media Vielo claims the R+1 is 30 per cent stiffer than a 2x frame thanks to the increased bottom bracket width afforded by the 1x-specific design. The broad BB shell transitions into a symmetrical down tube with Kammtail aero shaping. George Scott/Immediate Media Focusing the lower half of the frame on stiffness has apparently allowed Vielo to build more comfort into the seatstays through the extended flat section seen here. At the very least, it’s somewhere to put your coffee cup at the cafe. George Scott/Immediate Media The R+1 is also designed specifically for SRAM’s wireless eTap groupsets, so there are no ports for cables or wires. It certainly looks aero… George Scott/Immediate Media The flagship R+1 UD frameset will set you back a cool £3,999 when it becomes available in April next year. The R+1 UDG uses a more affordable grade of carbon fibre to drop the price to £2,699. George Scott/Immediate Media The Ribble HT Ti broke cover earlier this year and is now available. The triple-butted 3AL/2.5 titanium frame is Ribble’s first MTB chassis for many a year (the brand is best-known for its road bikes). The chassis has a slack and long geometry and is available in builds from £2,699 with SRAM NX Eagle. George Scott/Immediate Media Even newer from Ribble is this HT 725, launched at The Cycle Show. In fact, this scooped our Editor’s Choice prize in the BikeRadar Awards. It pairs a progressive geometry with Reynolds 725 steel tubing. Builds start from £1,399. Jack Luke/Immediate Media We showed you the updated Genesis Fugio earlier this year but it’s certainly worth another look. The frame is now made from Reynolds 725 steel and wears Shimano’s GRX gravel groupset in its single-ring setup. Yours for £2,699.99. George Scott/Immediate Media The 2019 Cycle Show gave us the opportunity to check out the latest road, gravel and mountain bikes from British brands Condor, Shand, Vielo, Ribble and Genesis. The UK’s biggest cycling showcase opened to the public on Friday, but we got a sneak peek during the press and trade preview. BikeRadar Awards winners announced at 2019 Cycle Show Condor brought a range of new bikes to The Cycle Show, including the updated Fratello Disc all-rounder, Bivio gravel bike and Super Acciaio Disc steel race bike. Meanwhile, we got a first look at Shand’s all-new commuter, the Leveret, and Vielo’s 1x-specific R+1. Ribble’s new steel hardtail, the HT 725, was also on display in Birmingham, while the revamped Fugio took centre stage on Genesis’ stand. The Cycle Show is open until Sunday (15 September) and you can get money off advance tickets by using the discount code BRADAR. Head to The Cycle Show website for more information.
What a couple of weeks we’ve had — we’re still reeling from Eurobike, all while being in the throes of The Cycle Show, which takes place in Birmingham this weekend. Still not sure whether you want to go? Here are nine reasons you should get yourself there, plus a full schedule of talks on our sponsored advice stage. If you’re still hooked on Eurobike, then check out part one of our weird and wonderful Eurobike mega gallery. BikeRadar Awards launched ahead of 2019 Cycle Show In other news, Matthew Allen gave us the final instalment of his Trek Emonda ALR long-term review, proving that alloy bikes are still great. If you’re more of a ‘steel is real’ type, then don’t miss our PSA about the world’s lightest steel road bike. View this post on Instagram At 5.42kg, this @yasujiro.cc Svelte is the world's lightest steel road bike* and I am completely in love with it ???????????? . Hiding in the hallowed halls of @Eurobike_show was this skinny millennial-y salmon-y pink-ish beauty. The bike is constructed from #Tange Ultimate tubing, the walls of which measure just 0.34mm (!) at their skinniest ???????????? . The full build details are live now on @BikeRadar and the #BikeRadar YouTube channel. This is a must watch! ???????????? . *If a lighter steel road bike exists, I don't know about it, but I am happy to be corrected . #roadbikes #roadcycling #baaw #bikesofinstagram #superbike #hillclimbbike A post shared by Jack Luke (@jacquelucque) on Sep 9, 2019 at 9:34am PDT We also saw some pretty big launches yesterday, starting with our review of the new Nukeproof Reactor 275 RS, followed by the news of two new bikes from Trek: the Rail and the Powerfly. If that’s not enough to tickle your cycling content pickle, scroll on for more. Runwell Drip 15, Stex, Take 56 and Fixer Japanese manufacturer, Runwell, makes some of the most beautiful bicycle tools out there, including what we think is the world’s most delightful 15mm spanner. We received a host of new tools from the brand last week and the sticky hands of the BikeRadar team have been trying to nab a bit of “absolutely made in Japan” loveliness from Jack’s desk since. Drip 15 The Drip 15 is the miniaturised version of the Aqualia 15 that we featured last year. Jack Luke / Immediate Media In short, the Drip 15 is a miniaturised version of the Aqualia spanner that we featured last year. Measuring 125mm long and weighing 87g, the Drip 15 is a beautiful little thing to behold. It won’t have quite as much leverage as the longer spanner but is perfect for stashing in a tool roll or jersey pocket. We have the gold and silver version, but a lovely rose gold option is also available. £22, international pricing TBC Buy now from Tokyobike STEX The Stex is a small replaceable bit tool. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The STEX is a pocket-sized replaceable-bit wrench The lovely forged tapered bump in the centre of the wrench is reminiscent of an old school Campagnolo hub. The wrench measures 10cm long and weighs 49g. This could make it a viable alternative to a multitool. The stock bits on the STEX have 3, 4, 5 and 6mm hex heads. These are secured in place with a 2.5mm grub screw. View this post on Instagram Scraping off is not only a design, the dog says ???? . . http://runwell.jp . . #design #productdesign #designbook #scrapeoff #industrialdesign #notonly #dogsays #bicycletools #cycling #trackbike #keirin #競輪 #ケイリン #fixedgear #fixie #pistbike #lathe #madeinjapan #日本製 #tsubamesanjo #runwell_japan A post shared by runwell (@runwell_japan) on Aug 3, 2019 at 7:53pm PDT Runwell doesn’t offer replacement bits on its site, but we can’t imagine it would be an issue finding a replacement if they ever wore out. A stainless steel and titanium version of the STEX, the SUSX and TITANEX, are also available. Pricing and availability TBC Take 56 This could be the loveliest tool on your shadow board. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The Take 56 is a longer single-ended replaceable bit wrench designed for workshop use. It measures 17cm long and weighs 115g. As the name suggests, the stock bits have a 5 and 6mm hex head. A longer version, the Take 68, which has a 6 and 8mm head, is also available. The tool is designed for workshop use and, again, it is an absolutely delightful thing to use. Like the STEX, it has a lovely forged shape that is reminiscent of a stick of bamboo (take actually translates as bamboo from Japanese). A neat paracord loop is tied onto the end of the wrench for hanging it from your, no doubt, beautifully curated shadow board. £24, international pricing TBC Buy now from Tokyobike Fixer Niche? Yes. Lovely? Double yes. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The Runwell Fixer is a neat little chain tool produced in collaboration with chain manufacturer Izumi. The Fixer is designed to be used with traditional track chains, which are often joined using a small flat head screw and a square nut, rather than a quick link or split pin. The main body of the tool — which has a small magnet embedded into it — acts as a spanner of sorts and a small flat head screwdriver unthreads from the other end. The main body of the tool is used as a spanner. Jack Luke / Immediate Media This is an extraordinarily niche tool but, for the right person, it’ll be a genuinely useful addition to their life. Pricing and availability TBC Cosmo smart bike light The Cosmo smart rear light is very neatly executed. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The Cosmo smart rear bike-light features turn signals and a ‘brake’ light. Left and right turn signals are controlled via a small Bluetooth remote that attaches to your levers. The light also has a hazard function, allowing you to alert other road users when there’s an obstruction ahead. The bike also features a ‘brake’ light — this isn’t connected to your brakes and instead detects deceleration, increasing in brightness as you slow down. Giving it a shake in the hands to imitate slowing down, it does work as expected. The light has Bluetooth connectivity and, if connected to your phone via the dedicated Cosmo app, can use its inbuilt accelerometers to detect a fall or crash. The app can then inform chosen contacts that you’ve taken a tumble. The light can attach to either a helmet or seatpost. Cosmo sells three dedicated helmets, produced in conjunction with Kali, that are designed to allow the light to seamlessly mount. The USB-rechargeable 900MAh battery has a claimed runtime of up to 8 hours. Regardless of how you feel about the likes of smart locks and smart lights, there’s no denying this is one of the best executed smart light we’ve seen. £75.00 Buy now from Freewheel Pearl Izumi PRO Escape PI DRY bib shorts Pearl Izumi’s PI DRY-equipped shorts could be perfect for the moist months ahead. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Pearl Izumi’s lineup of water-resistant PI DRY-equipped cycling kit has grown massively since it was first introduced at Eurobike 2018 — from full-on bib tights to Gabba-like waterproof jerseys, there’s little that hasn’t been touched by the good hand of waterproofness. The PRO Escape thermal bib shorts are a cosy fleece-lined bib short that looks perfect for the — we’re sorry to say — chilly months ahead here in the northern hemisphere. The thin fleece is delightfully cosy. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The inside face of the shorts is lined with a thin brushed fleece. The straps and body panels are also fleece-lined, increasing the cosiness factor by some margin. Small reflective details across the shorts also make them ideal for the darker months. We’ve had good experiences with Pearl Izumi’s PI DRY kit in the past, and these shorts are no different — rain beads and rolls perfectly off the shorts and, even in heavy rain, our botts have remained dry when using these shorts. The cut on the shorts is ever so slightly short. Modern bib shorts have been getting longer for years and the 9.5-inch leg on these now feels positively old school. Either way, the cut shouldn’t pose an issue if you plan on matching these with knee- or leg-warmers. £149 / $175 Buy now from Cycle Store Zipp Service Course 70 XPLR SL alloy gravel handlebar Zipp goes full gravel with its new bars. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Zipp rounds out its alloy Service Course finishing lineup with this new gently flared gravel bar. On paper, the Service Course 70 XPLR strikes a nice compromise between a regular road bar and a more ‘traditional’ wildly flared gravel bar. The drop of the bars is a touch shallower than a regular handlebar, coming in at 115mm compared to the 128mm found on most of Zipp’s compact road offerings. The bars strike a nice balance between a traditional road bar and an all-out gravel cockpit. Jack Luke / Immediate Media There is also a generous ‘outsweep’ (11 degrees) on the bar. This is different from the flare of the bar — outsweep refers to how the bars move outward from below the hood clamp area. The flare comes in at 5 degrees, which keeps the levers close to vertical. This arrangement sounds, in theory, like a good compromise. The super-aggressive flare of some gravel bars can make shifting feel weird, but can improve control when in the drops. The regular flat tops mean that the bar is compatible with aero extensions and the bars are also Shimano Di2 junction box compatible. A regular and SL-level version of the bar is available. Our 44cm wide bar weighs 274g. Zipp Service Course 70 XPLR SL: $110 / €123 Zipp Service Course 70 XPLR: $55 / €61
Pirelli has expanded its range with the launch of a new line-up of Cinturato gravel and cyclo-ross tyres. Both variants are available in Hard Terrain and Mixed Terrain versions with tread patterns to match. The storied automotive brand first entered the bicycle market in 2017 with its PZero range and subsequently launched the original Cinturato, a tubeless, high-volume road tyre. That was then followed earlier this year by the Scorpion, Pirelli’s first mountain bike tyre. Pirelli says the expanded Cinturato range takes the best bits from its existing tyres: the terrain-specific tread philosophy of the Scorpion and the reliability of Cinturato road tyre. The Cinturato Cross and Gravel use a new compound dubbed SpeedGRIP, designed to perform in both wet and dry conditions, according to Pirelli, while apparently keeping rolling resistance ‘very close’ to the Cinturato road tyre. Pirelli’s latest Cinturato Gravel and Cross tyres are available in H (Hard Terrain) and M (Mixed Terrain) variants. Oliver Woodman/Immediate Media SpeedGRIP is an evolution of the SmartGRIP compound used for the Scorpion mountain bike tyre and, according to Pirelli, shares the same level of puncture resistance. Both the Cinturato Cross and Gravel tyres have a 127 TPI nylon casing with bead-to-bead protection and can be run tubeless. The Cinturato Cross is only available as a 33mm tyre (the maximum width permitted in a UCI cyclocross race). The Cross has a more aggressive tread pattern than the Gravel. The Cinturato Gravel, meanwhile, comes in 35mm, 40mm and 45mm sizes for 700c wheels, and 45mm and 50mm widths for 650b wheels. All Cinturato Gravel tyres are available in black or with tan sidewalls. The Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed Terrain tyre. Pirelli The Pirelli Cinturato Cross Hard Terrain tyre. Pirelli The Pirelli Cinturato Gravel Mixed Terrain tyre. Pirelli The Pirelli Cinturato Gravel Hard Terrain tyre. Pirelli Pirelli Cinturato Cross tyres, claimed weights and prices Pirelli Cinturato Cross H (Hard Terrain) Size: 700 x 33 Claimed weight: 380g Price: £45.90 Pirelli Cinturato Cross M (Mixed Terrain) Size: 700 x 33 Claimed weight: 390g Price: £45.90 Pirelli Cinturato Gravel tyres, claimed weights and prices Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H (Hard Terrain) Size: 700 x 35 Claimed weight: 410g Price: £45.90 Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H (Hard Terrain) Size: 700 x 40 Claimed weight: 480g Price: £45.90 Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H (Hard Terrain) Size: 700 x 45 Claimed weight: 550g Price: £47.90 Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H (Hard Terrain) Size: 650b x 45 Claimed weight: 510g Price: £47.90 Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H (Hard Terrain) Size: 650b x 50 Claimed weight: 540g Price: £47.90 Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M (Mixed Terrain) Size: 700 x 35 Claimed weight: 430g Price: £45.90 Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M (Mixed Terrain) Size: 700 x 40 Claimed weight: 500g Price: £45.90 Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M (Mixed Terrain) Size: 700 x 45 Claimed weight: 570g Price: £47.90 Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M (Mixed Terrain) Size: 650b x 45 Claimed weight: 520g Price: £47.90 Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M (Mixed Terrain) Size: 650 x 50 Claimed weight: 550g Price: £47.90
This immaculate Foes LTS 16 was on display complete with a Tioga Disk Drive rear wheel and early Fox/RockShox suspension. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media This 254mm (10in) floating disc brake rotor is about the largest we’ve ever seen. It was photographed on the rear of a tandem, where brakes usually have a real hard time. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Bold paintwork on the wheels of this all-new wheelset from Vision. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Even the local constabulary couldn’t miss out on the hottest bicycle tech. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media As far as car and bike manufacturer collaborations go, this limited-edition Porsche branded e-MTB looks fairly good. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Headwear manufacturer HAD prides itself in its diverse designs. Some of them are really quite weird. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media We thought this Specialized Sequoia was fitted with Fox’s AX gravel fork… Oli Woodman / Immediate Media …but on closer inspection it was actually a slammed version of the 32 Step-Cast mountain bike fork. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Going behind the covers of Bosch’s Performance Line CX motor. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The Klein-esque fade of this King hardtail had us very much in love. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Magura’s Cockpit Integration (MCi) plumbs hydraulic brake lines within the handlebar for a clean look. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Can you guess what this is? Oli Woodman / Immediate Media It’s a custom rear triangle that allows a Brompton to run a Rohloff hub gear. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media We didn’t realise that the Zero Motorcycles SRF uses a Gates belt drive transmission. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media This Nicolai e-MTB has an almost Mad Max look about it. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Where do we even begin with this one! Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Sometimes this stuff just writes itself. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media He might look like very good taxidermy in this photograph but this lovely pup was alive and well. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media A classic Pinarello stands as a poignant reminder of how elegant bikes of today are not. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Another stunning retro bike, this time a Specialized S-Works Ultimate from 1994. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media We are still getting used to seeing the Goodyear label on the sidewall of tyres. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Zip-on tyre tread. Nope, still not a good idea. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media When your brand name clashes with your bike’s intentions. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The man behind this bike told us it was very difficult to ride and that the experience would remind us of learning to ride a bicycle again. We politely declined a test ride. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media An electric cargo trike would be quite an unusual find in the UK, at Eurobike it’s just business as usual. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The winner of best horn at Eurobike 2019 was clear. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The Yerka claims to be the ‘world’s first theft-proof bike’. Its own frame tubes can transform into a 17cm lock in approximately 15 seconds. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Can someone please lend Corratec a set of scales. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Currywurst mit pommes und ein Mezzomix. So wrong it’s right. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Every year, a majority of the world’s bicycle industry descends on a large expo space in Friedrichshafen, Germany for Eurobike — the world’s biggest bike show. This has to be the maddest bike from Eurobike 2019 The world’s lightest steel road bike is also one of the best looking Eurobike sees manufacturers large and small fill stands with their latest and greatest products to show to dealers, press and the public alike. As well as the latest tech and 2020 model year bikes, Eurobike is packed full of strange ideas and experimental bikes. It’s those products that this gallery is dedicated to, so flick through the images above for the weird, the wonderful and the just plain wrong from Eurobike 2019.
Unlike many new standards on the market, SRAM’s new UDH universal derailleur hanger standard for should do away with a lot of confusion by essentially — if SRAM’s strategy goes to plan — reducing the number of different mountain bike mech hangers on the market to just one. Costing just $15, the universal derailleur hanger promises to be worth a lot more than its actual cost. Polygon’s new €1,299 Siskiu could be a budget trail shredder These Early Rider kids’ bikes will make you broody with their radness SRAM UDH universal derailleur hanger details and information Will this new standard do away with all future, varying mech hangers? Quite possibly. SRAM This single hanger should work with any bike designed around the standard, essentially consolidating all of the different hangers and bespoke solutions manufacturers come up with to mount a derailleur to a bike. SRAM says that by doing away with loads of different hanger designs, mech performance can be improved because there are simply fewer variables. Alignment is also claimed to be greatly improved over bespoke systems, so gear set up should be easier and shifting should be crisper. The mech hanger has some interesting features designed right into it. SRAM claims that if your chain jams, the hanger pivots backwards protecting the mech from being damaged. The hanger fits neatly into the bike’s rear axle aperture. SRAM Not only that, SRAM also claims it can slip slightly rewards to help absorb impacts when the mech is knocked. Apparently you’ll need to put the hanger back to its original position manually, but anything to help save a derailleur is good in our books. There’s also a neat in-built feature that’s claimed to automatically re-rail your chain if it slips off the bottom cogs of your cassette. It looks like a hooked lip that helps stop your chain from getting caught between your bike’s frame and the freehub body, potentially saving it from getting damaged. It has a hook to re-rail chains if they fall off the bottom of the cassette. SRAM To top it off, the new UDH is compatible with all current, commercially available mountain bike and electric mountain bike derailleurs from Shimano, Box Components, Sunrace and others. SRAM is also claiming that the hanger will be available everywhere, so if yours breaks, you won’t need to cross your fingers hoping that your local bike shop will stock it — if there’s only one hanger to stock, it’s almost a dead cert that it’ll be there. SRAM UDH universal derailleur hanger limitations The UDH will bolt on to compatible frames. SRAM Unfortunately, the hanger doesn’t appear to be backwards compatible with current bikes, so you’ll still need to keep replacements for your existing steed’s hangers for as long as you plan to keep it. Equally, there’s no mention of whether it’ll ever make its way to road or gravel riding, but as betting types, we’d happily put money on manufacturers putting pressure on SRAM to make it or a slightly modified version available for road bikes too.
Curve Cycling is a relatively small outfit based out of Melbourne, which over the past six years has established its name from producing carbon fibre wheels that are designed for everything from road racing, through to gravel, cyclocross, ulta-long distance bikepacking and mountain biking. The company has since broadened its product line to encompass complete bikes and frames built from steel, titanium and carbon fibre, but the wheelbuilding business still remains at the core of what Curve is best known for. The Curve Dirt Hoops came well prepared for a chilly Victorian winter with these neat rim-warmers. Down & Dirty With a keen focus on value and keeping the performance-for-the-dollar ratio high, Curve works with manufacturing partners in Asia to produce its carbon fibre rims, which are then handbuilt in its Melbourne-based workshop utilising high quality DT Swiss hubs and Sapim spokes. Up until recently though, Curve’s rims utilised what’s known as an ‘open-mould’ design, which means they’re basically a standard rim out of a catalogue that Curve purchases directly from of the factory. This is no bad thing, and there are plenty of small wheelbuilders out there who import rims directly from the factory to build up well-priced carbon wheels for their customers. Assuming you find the right factory and the quality is right, it can be a cost-effective way to get a great set of wheels. Though that’s worked in the past though, Curve has taken a slightly different approach with its new Dirt Hoops. The new Dirt Hoops are available as a complete wheelset, or rim-only too. Ain’t No Catalogue Rims Here Released earlier this year, the Curve Dirt Hoops are the brand’s newest off-road wheelset. Drawing upon the past six years of wheelbuilding experience, Curve has developed its own unique rim profile that aims to harness the benefits of modern high-volume tubeless tyres, while creating a vastly stronger rim than previous designs. The Dirt Hoops had been in development for well over a year prior to their release. The test process was as extensive and as wide-ranging as the staff pool at Curve Cycling, which included being walloped at Whistler Bike Park, belted at the 2019 National XCO Championships, and pummelled during the arduous 2018 Race To The Rock. The result is a set of wheels made to cover everything from long-distance bikepacking through to All Mountain riding, which Curve says is its most durable to date. Curve-sponsored rider, Jon Odams, getting wild on the new Dirt Hoops during the 2019 Reef to Reef at Smithfield MTB Park. Odams is running the lighter Wide 35 version of the Curve Dirt Hoops, complete with a DT Swiss 240 hub upgrade. Aussie Designed & Tortured Curve has had a number of its sponsored riders putting the new Dirt Hoops through their paces during the development process. That’s included super-endurance riders Sarah Hammond and Jesse Carlsson, and XC racer Courtney Sherwell, who finished 6th at the National XCO championships in Bright this year. Jon Odams has also been racing on the Dirt Hoops Wide 35 wheelset, which he’s had upgraded to DT Swiss 240 hubs to shave off a few more grams. Claimed weight on those wheels? Just over 1400g. 5mm thick carbon fibre hookless beads aim to provide more strength over previous rim designs. Curve furnishes the Dirt Hoops with its own tubeless tape and valves. Wide And, Err, Really Wide There are two options in the Curve Dirt Hoops range; the Wide 35, and the Wider 40. The number in the name refers to the rim’s external width, which as you’ve probably just realised, is bloody massive. Along with the 27mm depth, these wheels have some serious presence. The Wide 35 is pitched as more of an XC/gravel wheelset with a 25mm inner width that (according to Curve), will support 1.75-2.5in tyres. The Wider 40 is the burlier trail/AM wheelset, which has a 30mm inner width and will take 2.3-3.0in wide tyres. Both rims get 5mm thick beads, which is about as big as we’ve seen from any carbon rim on the market. In comparison, those new Zipp 3ZERO MOTO rims use 3.75mm thick beads, and that’s regarded as being pretty darn fat. Why the thicker bead? According to Curve, it’s all about impact strength and durability. Having identified this as an area where previous rims had failed, the Curve team decided to beef up the carbon walls to make them a lot thicker to help spread impact loads. The thicker bead also lessens the chance of cutting the tyre on a heavy bottom-out, which should reduce pinch flats. Those wide rims have some serious presence! Through Thick & Thin The rims themselves are constructed from 3K & Unidirectional Toray T700 carbon fibre and feature what Curve refers to as ‘Mo-Spo technology’. This refers to two things. One is the internal profile of the rim, which is reinforced with thicker layers of carbon fibre around each of the spoke holes. By adding extra carbon only around the inside face of the spoke holes, Curve is able to increase the rim’s strength under pulling forces from the spokes, without adding excessive weight. The other is the spoke holes themselves, which instead of being drilled like most carbon and alloy rims, are moulded instead. This is something we’ve seen ENVE champion on its own carbon fibre rims, and indeed it holds a patent on it too. However, ENVE’s patent is specifically around moulding the pocket for the spoke nipple, which sits inside the rim. That gives a very clean look, but coming from the world of bikepacking and bike shop wrenching, Curve’s design team didn’t want to do that. So the nipples remain external, where they’re more easily adjustable out in the field. For those who want to build their own Dirt Hoops, the rims are available on their own for $729 each. The Wide 35 comes in both 27.5in and 29in diameters, with a claimed weight of 365g and 385g respectively. The Wide 40 only comes in a 29in size, and has a claimed weight of 440g. All rims feature 28 spoke holes. Here you can see just how thick the carbon is around the hookless sidewalls, as well as the slight build-up of carbon around each spoke hole. Curve states an official max rider weight limit of 120kg. What About The In-Between Bits? As for the complete wheels, they’re built in Curve’s Melbourne workshop utilising Sapim’s CX-Ray bladed spokes and Secure Lock brass nipples. Curve acknowledges that alloy nipples are lighter, but prefers the durability and reliability of brass over the minimal weight savings of alloy. At the centre of the wheels is a set of DT Swiss 350 Straight-Pull hubs with an 18T Star Ratchet freehub mechanism. The 350s utilise slightly larger bearings than the 240s, while only being about 40g heavier. Curve does offer the option to upgrade to 240 hubs if you so choose, and it can also upgrade you to a faster-engaging 36T or 54T ratchet kit too. Being a DT hub, you also have the option of SRAM XD, Shimano HG, and Shimano Microspline freehub bodies, which offers a degree of future-proofing. Well, until another standard comes out anyway. Straight-pull DT Swiss 350 hubs are a smart choice on Curve’s behalf. Keep it tight! The bomber Star Ratchet freehub mechanism within. On a similar note, the hubs use a Centerlock disc brake spline, which means you can run them with Shimano Centerlock rotors, or 6-bolt rotors with an adapter. As for the straight-pull design, Curve went down this route since straight-pull spokes are physically easier to remove and replace than J-bend spokes. By that we mean that you don’t have to remove the rotors and cassette to replace a spoke – something that long distance bikepackers, adventure riders, and travelling mountain bikers will likely appreciate. How Do They Compare To The Competition? Curve is selling the Dirt Hoops complete wheelset for $2,198, which puts it somewhere in the middle of the price spectrum for carbon fibre mountain bike wheels. Confirmed weight for our test set of Wider 40 wheels is 1637g – impressive given the generous proportions of the carbon rims. The closest competitor would be the Giant TRX 0 wheelset, which comes in at exactly the same price and is only slightly heavier (1662g). Sitting on either side of the Curve Dirt Hoops is the $1,800 Bontrager Kovee Pro 30 (1500g claimed weight), and the $2,800 Roval Traverse SL Fattie (1735g claimed weight). We’ve spent a good bit of time abusing those three wheelsets, so we’ll have a good basis for comparison with the Curve Dirt Hoops. The Other Details While Curve originally started out selling its wheels direct to consumer, it now offers its products through a dealer network too. You can find more information about that via the Curve Cycling website. All wheels come with a 2-year warranty that covers you for any manufacturing defects that might arise. Curve is pretty confident in its product though, with a substantial 120kg max rider weight limit. Still, should you bust one up pulling a failed 360° tailwhip after being inspired by Red Bull Rampage video highlights, Curve has a crash replacement policy to get you rolling again. Our test wheels have been wrapped with a set of 2.4in wide Pirelli Scorpion MTB tyres, though we’ll be testing out a variety of other rubbers on here in the coming months. To see just how tough these new Dirt Hoops are, Curve sent us out a set of the Wider 40 wheels in a 29er size. We’ve currently got them setup with a pair of 2.4in Pirelli Scorpion MTB tyres, though we’ll be trying out a few other tyre combos in there over time. Here’s a closer look at all the tech specs; Curve Dirt Hoops Wider 40 Wheel Specs 3K & UD T700 carbon fibre rims Hookless & tubeless compatible profile w/5mm thick beads Available in 27.5in and 29in diameters Mo-Spo moulded spoke holes External rim width: 40mm Internal rim width: 30mm Rim depth: 27mm Designed for 2.3-3.0in wide tyres DT Swiss 350 Straight-Pull hubs 18T Star Ratchet freehub mechanism Centerlock disc brake mount 28 x Sapim CX-Ray bladed stainless steel spokes per wheel Sapim Secure Lock brass nipples 2-year warranty against manufacturing defects Claimed weight: 1595g Actual weight: 1637g (including supplied tubeless tape, valves, and Centerlock rings) RRP: $2,198 As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – tell us what you reckon about these Aussie-designed carbon wheels. And if you’ve got any questions for us about the Curve Dirt Hoops, then make sure you drop them into the comments below! The post On Test | Curve Cycling’s Strongest Carbon Wheels Yet – The Dirt Hoops Wider 40 appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
Giant claims that ‘over half the world’s roads are unpaved’, and if that’s true, you could be missing out if you haven’t got a bike capable of exploring that terrain. In that spirit, Giant has just added three new bikes to its Revolt range of gravel bikes. Best gravel bikes 2019: top-rated picks Eurobike 2019: all our coverage from the biggest bike show on Earth The new Giant Revolt Advanced will D-Fuse your gravel bomb The new bikes all share the same aluminium frame and full carbon fork, but differ in terms of groupset, with the three bikes in the range sporting Shimano Sora, Tiagra and 105 groupsets. The frame is essentially an aluminium version of the Revolt Advanced, which is no bad thing. We gave the £2,999 ($3,465 / AU$4,299) Revolt Advanced 0, with a carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra, 4.5 stars when we reviewed it in April. The more affordable aluminium frame retains Giant’s recognisable compact frame design, a smattering of comfort-enhancing technology, and a gravel-specific geometry. Giant claims its D shaped ‘D-Fuse’ handlebar helps to ‘absorb shocks without sacrificing stiffness’. Giant D-Fuse the tension (in your upper body) The Revolt inherits some of the D-Fuse technology from its carbon sibling. D-Fuse is Giant’s term for its D-shaped components – in this case, the aluminium seatpost and handlebars. Giant says its D-Fuse components ‘help absorb shock without sacrificing stiffness’. The handlebars also feature flared drops, for increased comfort and control when riding off-road, according to Giant. All three models in the range come with Giant’s own S-X2 disc wheels and 38mm Giant Crosscut AT 1 tubeless tyres. Tubeless makes sense for gravel riding (where grip, comfort and puncture resistance are so important), so it’s great to see it present at all levels. There’s also clearance for up to 45mm tyres, so if you want to go wider with your gravel tyres you won’t have any issues. Only the Revolt 0 model gets hydraulic disc brakes. This is an understandable omission with the Revolt 2 model, as there isn’t a hydraulic option for its Shimano Sora R3000 groupset. But the Revolt 1 also has to make do with mechanical disc brakes, unfortunately, despite hydraulic disc brake components now being available at the Tiagra level. Gearing comes from Shimano across the range, but there’s no 1X option, or any sign of Shimano’s gravel-specific GRX components on these price-conscious bikes. The Giant Revolt comes with tubeless wheels and tyres, for better comfort, grip and puncture protection. Giant Gearing up for a big ride The only deviation from Shimano gearing comes at the cranksets – as 105, Tiagra and Sora aren’t technically gravel groupsets, the smallest chainring Shimano offers is 34t. The 48/32t gearing Giant specs instead (with a Praxis or FSA chainset, depending on the bike) is a little more forgiving, especially if you want to run the bike loaded up with luggage. Neatly integrated mudguard and luggage mounts — Giant calls it a ‘smart-mount system’ — further increase the Revolt’s versatility, but are subtle enough not to impact on the bikes’ looks if you choose to go without. For the UK, there are three colour options in total, but only one for each model. The Revolt 2 is an understated, but tasteful metallic grey, and the Revolt 1 a rather pleasant glossy teal. The Revolt 0 comes in ‘matte grey beige’ which, whilst not offensive by any means, feels a little dull. In Australia, only the Revolt 1 and 2 models are available, with the Revolt 1 coming in ‘gunmetal black’. Meanwhile, the US just gets the Revolt 2 option, but Giant does offer an extra ‘biking red’ colourway. The Giant Revolt 0 gets Shimano 105 R7000 gearing and hydraulic disc brakes. Giant The Giant Revolt 1 comes with Shimano Tiagra 4700 gearing but has to make do with mechanical disc brakes. Giant Australian riders can opt for a ‘Gunmetal Black’ Revolt 1. Giant The Giant Revolt 2 has Shimano Sora R3000 gearing and a very smart metallic grey paint job. Giant Readers in the US have the option of this red Revolt 2. Giant 2020 Giant Revolt range Giant Revolt 2 Price: £1,049 / $1,000 / AU$1,499 Frame: Aluxx Grade Aluminium, discFork: Full composite, OverDrive steererGroupset: Shimano SoraCrankset: FSA Vero Pro, 32/48Brakes: Mechanical discColour: Gloss Metallic Grey / Biking Red (US only) Giant Revolt 1 Price: £1,149 / AU$1,899 (not available in the US) Frame: Aluxx Grade Aluminium, discFork: Full composite, OverDrive steererGroupset: Shimano TiagraCrankset: FSA Omega Adventure, 32/48Brakes: Mechanical discColour: Gloss Teal Grey / Gunmetal Black (Australia only) Giant Revolt 0 Price: £1,499 (UK only)Frame: Aluxx Grade Aluminium, discFork: Full composite, OverDrive steererGroupset: Shimano 105Crankset: Praxis Albe 2D, 32/48Brakes: Hydraulic discColour: Matte Grey Beige Are you missing out on all of the unpaved roads and trails in your local area, or are you on board the gravel train already? As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Welcome to another addition of First Look Friday, where we take a closer look at the very best products to arrive in the BikeRadar office this week. This time we’ve got supple and wide tan wall tyres, some of the lightest enduro-ready wheels on the market, and yet another tyre insert designed to prevent punctures. This week we’re at the world’s largest cycling trade show, Eurobike, and there’s been plenty to talk about so far: from Brompton’s new adventure folder the Explore and news that Schwalbe is ceasing production of tubular tyres to ABS brakes on mountain bikes and CeramicSpeed’s mad chainless Driven drivetrain that now changes gear and is for mountain bikes too. We’ve also seen loads of product reviews from suspension forks to pannier racks, and a fair few bikes besides. Just yesterday we covered the launch of the new Trek Allant+ and Supercaliber, as well as Orbea’s new lightweight, aero OMX. In between getting out on our bikes this weekend, we’re looking forward to watching the final round of the cross-country and downhill mountain bike World Cup in Snowshoe, USA. You can watch it here on Red Bull TV. But first, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of some shiny new products. DT Swiss EXC 1200 wheels DT Swiss’ first carbon wheelset is tough enough for enduro racing and weighs just over 1,700g in 29in. Immediate Media DT Swiss is no stranger to carbon mountain bike wheels. It’s already got the XRC 1200 for cross-country racing and the XMC 1200, which was intended for lighter duty all-mountain applications (though YT still specced it on its enduro-capable Capra). But when it comes to enduro wheels DT has stuck with the alloy rimmed EX 1501 Spline One wheels as its top-end offering. It’s a highly-regarded wheelset, and weighs a very respectable 1,893g a pair on our scales in 29in with valves and tape. According to DT’s UK rep, DT would only make a carbon enduro wheel if it had a significant weight advantage, and that’s exactly what we have here. These tip our scales at 1,716g in 29in with valves. That will make them among the lightest enduro-ready wheels we’ve tested. The carbon rim is claimed to be at least as impact-resistant DT’s EX511 alloy rim. Immediate Media According to DT, they’re at least as tough as the notoriously reliable EX 1501 wheels in lab tests. The carbon rim is stiffer, but DT compensates for this with 28 bladed spokes, which apparently allow a little more flex in the wheel than round spokes, as well as lower spoke tension. These are tied in to DT’s new 180 hubs, which we featured in an earlier edition of First Look Friday. They use a simplified star ratchet design, ceramic bearings for lower rolling resistance and a wider bearing stance to reduce side-load on the bearings. DT’s 180 hubs are light, free-spinning and compatible with Centre Lock rotors as well as 6-bolt discs with the included adaptors. Immediate Media One feature we really like is the valve. It has an oblong lockring to make it easier to clamp the valve tight enough onto the rim to prevent any leaking and a valve core remover in the valve cap. Immediate Media They’re available with SRAM XD freehubs as well as Shimano’s new Microspline 12-speed adaptor. £1,900 / $2,735 Buy now from Bike24 Teravail Rutland gravel tyre Gravel tyres are looking more and more like early nineties MTB tyres. Immediate Media Teravail offers an impressive range of gravel tyres, as well as road and mountain bike options too. The Rutland is aimed at soft-conditions gravel riding. It’s got a pretty toothy tread (for a gravel tyre), with closely packed centre blocks and ramped leading edges to minimise rolling-resistance. The tread towards the edge of the tyre is slightly taller and spaced further apart to help it bite into mud and soft dirt when you’re leaning into a corner. The intermediate tread blocks are siped (they have small grooves cut into them) to help the rubber splay out like a goat’s hoof to improve grip too. The tread is designed to offer both straight-line speed and cornering grip. Immediate Media They’re available in three sizes: 650b x 47mm, 700c x 37mm and 700c x 42mm. We have the latter in a handsome tan wall variant. There’s a tough casing option for added puncture protection, and a light and supple casing, which should offer less rolling resistance and a smoother ride at a given pressure. In 700c x 42mm the tyre weighs 453g on our scales of truth. Despite its old-school looks, it is of course tubeless ready. £55 / $55 Buy from The Woods Cyclery Rockstop rim protector Though far from the first in-tyre insert, Rockstop looks to be better made than most. Immediate media The mountain bike market is awash with inserts like the Rockstop. They are designed to prevent pinch flats and rim damage in a tubeless mountain bike tyre by cushioning the tyre from the rim when the wheel impacts a rock, which would otherwise press the tyre against the rim bead. Most are made from foam and we’ve found that some work much better than others. The problem with foam is that it can absorb tubeless sealant, so there’s less liquid left to plug tears in the sidewall and you need to top up the sealant more often. Rockstop uses a Polyurethane-based rubberised polymer, which is claimed to absorb no sealant. Apparently, the same material is used in Formula One car bump stops. And as we all know, if it works in a Formula One car it must be ideal for a bicycle, right? The holes save weight while the central ridges hold it in the rim bed. Immediate Media The insert is slim in profile, with just a few mm of padding above the rim bead. The design is relatively complex, with large holes in the middle to save weight where it’s not needed to protect the rim edges. Despite this, it’s one of the heavier inserts at 247g on our scales in 29er size. For comparison, similar foam inserts such as Huck Norris or Nukeproof Ard weigh 106g and 144g respectively. Meanwhile CushCore — one of the heaviest — weighs 265g, but it improves sidewall stability and rough-terrain traction as well as reducing the risk of picking up a pinch-flat. By the time you read this we’ll be out testing it to see if it works any better than the competition. £65 Find out more from Rockstop
Innovative German brand Storck has had a quiet couple of years recently, so we caught up with the brand’s very own bicycle designer and developer Markus Storck at this week’s Eurobike trade show to find out what it’s been up to. All of our coverage from Eurobike 2019: the world’s biggest cycling show The 2020 Trek Supercaliber frame upends XC suspension with IsoStrut, 60mm travel and sub-2kg weight One of the first bits of news Storck tells us is that the brand is moving to an online direct to consumer model. After what he describes as “a tough couple of years when it comes to distribution and supply” this led them to rethink the company’s business plan. This means that Storck will be able to continue to develop and produce bikes to its standards and still offer support to customers in one of its stores globally. Storck says that for “buyers it means we’ve been able to massively reduce our cost to consumers as we don’t have the same concerns with distribution around the world through third parties and more.” Looking at the line-up, that certainly appears to be the case with the Fazua motor-equipped Storck e:nario starting at €4,999, which undercuts its competitors sharing the same motor system, such as Pinarello and Focus. It’s the same story with Storck’s e-mountain bike range, which could see it competing with the likes of premium online retailers like Canyon in the future. If e-bikes aren’t your thing, though, Storck has also announced a new gravel machine, the GRIX. Prices start at €2,899 for an Ultegra RX-equipped bike, which tips the scales at 8.9kg, and again pricing looks competitive. Storck 2020 highlights Storck e:drenalin GTS500 all mountain bike The all-mountain e-drenalin GTS500 comes with a 170mm travel Fox fork and 150mm of rear end travel. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media Storck’s e-all mountain machine comes with a 170mm travel Fox 36 fork and 150mm of rear travel that’s controlled by Fox’s Float DPS Evol Performance damper. At the heart of the bike is Shimano’s E8000 motor and a 504Wh internal battery. A Fox Float DPS Evol Performance shock controls the back end of the e:drenalin. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media Like all of Storck’s e-MTB offerings, this is a full carbon frame and it comes with a Shimano XT drivetrain, DT Swiss E-MTB H1900 27.5in wheels, a carbon riser bar, a KS dropper, Schwalbe 2.6in tyres (Magic Mary and Nobby Nic) and a claimed weight of under 20kg. This €5,999 machine looks very promising. Storck e:drenic GTS500 enduro bike The standard e:drenic enduro machine with Shimano E8000 power and a carbon chassis is priced at a reasonable €5,999, with the highest spec version with Fox’s posh Kashima suspension and DT’s HXC1200 wheels at €7,349. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media The e-drenic is Storck’s enduro flavoured e-bike with 180mm of travel at each end thanks to a Fox 36 Performance fork up front and Float DPS Evol rear shock at the back. Like the e:drenalin it runs Shimano XT and an E8000 motor with a 504Wh battery, carbon riser bar, KS dropper and 27.5in DT Swiss wheels with Schwalbe rubber. 180mm of travel at the back of the e:drenic controlled by a Fox Float DPS Evol shock. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media The bike is claimed to weigh 19.7kg and comes with a €5,999 price tag. Storck e:nario road bike Storck’s first e-road machine the e-nario from €4,999. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media Storck’s first take on an e-road bike comes with the impressive Fazua Evation system, which provides a smooth 250Wh/60Nm of assistance combined with a 400Wh battery. The aero optimised e-nario comes with Fazua’s electric assistance. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media Fazua carbon bikes usually come at a premium, but Storck’s aero-optimised example with Shimano Ultegra, DT Swiss wheels and a smattering of decent level quality kit looks like a decently if not affordably priced example at €4,999. Storck e:drenic GTQ650 Prototype The e:drenic GTQ650 prototype looks like a beast. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media It wouldn’t be Eurobike without a mad Storck prototype, but we’ve been assured that this one is set for production in the very near future. It’s another 180mm travel e-enduro bike but this one comes with the rarefied TQ Drive e-motor system with some pretty wild power figures. The TQ Drive motor offers a massive 120Nm of torque with up to 900w of power! Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media The system is 48V and puts out 120Nm of torque with modes offering either (EU legal) 250W output, 500W (registered legal) or 900W — we’re not sure how legal that would be anywhere. Storck tells us that this one potentially has a top speed of over 60km/h. Oh, and it weighs under 23kg too. Storck GRIX gravel bike Storck’s new gravel machine the GRIX is available from a very un-Storck-like price of €2,899 Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media The only non-e bike to debut for 2020 is the new GRIX gravel machine. The GRIX is available in two complete bike variants and a frameset only option. The first complete bike is the RR, which comes with a road friendly 50/34 11-34 Ultegra drivetrain, 700c DT Swiss wheels and 30mm Schwalbe G-One treads for €2,899 or upgrade to Shimano Ultegra Di2 with DT Swiss R1800 wheels for €3,599. This is the GRIX CX model with SRAM XX1, carbon bar/stem and carbon DT Wheels for €5,499. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media The second model comes with a mix of SRAM XX1 and SRAM Force AXS with DT Swiss XRC1200 wheels and big 2.1in Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres, a Storck carbon stem and bar combo with an impressive claimed weight of 8.3kg. Pricing is €5,499. The frameset is designed to handle up to a 2.1in tyre in 650b guise with mounts for fenders, has three sets of bottle cage mounts, bento box bosses, low riders and racks and will cost €1,999. The one-piece carbon bar/stem on the GRIX looks clean and sharp. Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
While SRM’s new SmartIT indoor training bike took centre stage on the company’s stand at Eurobike, we were equally intrigued by this set of SRM X-Power mountain bike power meter pedals. In fact, these are, as far as we’re aware, the world’s first mountain bike-specific power pedals (and gravel/cyclocross, for that matter). Unlike the SRM’s Exakt road pedals, which were produced in collaboration with LOOK, this design is exclusive to SRM, although the pedals are compatible with Shimano SPD cleats. All our Eurobike 2019 coverage Look and SRM collaborate to create Exakt power meter pedal The Rotor INspider could be the last power meter you ever buy SRM X-Power mountain bike power meter pedals key specs World’s first mountain bike power meter pedal Shimano SPD cleat compatible Dual-sided power option only Claimed 80–90 hour run time ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity Zwift compatibility mode Easily rebuildable modular design Estimated €1,000 RRP SPD compatible, with the clever bits inside the spindle The X-Power is compatible with Shimano’s SPD cleat. George Scott / Immediate Media The X-Power’s electronics and batteries are housed inside the pedal spindle, which, according to SRM, provides the best protection from the elements. This differs from the Exakt, which places the electronics on the outside of the spindle (they’re still hidden by the pedal body). This is the Exakt’s spindle which, in contrast to the X-Power, has its electronics attached to the outside of the spindle. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The X-Power’s strain gauge itself encircles the spindle and has four grids to measure wattage, depending on the position of the crank. The X-Power is a dual-sided power meter, with no plans for a single-sided version at present. Charging comes via this magnetic connector on the pedal flats. The electronics are housed inside the pedal spindle. George Scott / Immediate Media The X-Power uses the same lithium-ion batteries as the Exakt pedals, which offer a claimed 100 hours of run time in lab conditions (according to an SRM engineer, that likely equates to about 80-90 hours of riding). The pedals will be charged via a single-pin magnetic connector on the wrench flats Needless to say, the pedals will offer ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, so they can be paired with a range of head units. Like the Exakt pedals, there is also a ‘Zwift compatibility’ mode that allows the pedals to communicate directly with any Zwift-connected device without requiring a head unit. SRM’s smartphone app can be used to calibrate the pedals, while also offering all the data expected by power-hungry riders, including left-right balance. In the event of a crash, the modular design of the pedal means that it is possible to swap the pedal body if required. “The combination of SPD compatibility and the X-Power’s tough construction make it the first pedal power meter ready for the dirt,” says SRM. The X-Power is still a prototype, but it has the look of a finished product George Scott / Immediate Media SRM is currently completing in-house testing on the X-Power pedals — the accuracy and weight of the pedals is to be confirmed — and told BikeRadar that around 100 sets will be sent out to selected riders for real-world testing over the winter. With that in mind, you can expect to see these land in the first half of 2020. Pricing is to be confirmed, but we’re told the X-Power pedals should cost approximately €1,000. A bundle with SRM’s PC8 computer will also be available.