It’s been a thoroughly bonkers Silly Season for 2020 mountain bike releases, with brands including Specialized, Giant, Trek, Santa Cruz, Merida and Norco having unveiled a deluge of new models over the past couple of months. Focus has also just joined the 2020 hype-wagon, and we had the chance to go through the mountain bike line during the Australian 2020 dealer show in rAdelaide earlier this month. Focus has just launched its 2020 range, so here’s a look at our pick of the bunch! So what’s new from Focus for 2020? Like pretty much every other brand on planet Earth, Focus is going heavy on electric mountain bikes. Though to be fair, the German brand has already been doing that for the past couple of years. Things are stepping up for 2020 though with the launch of the new Bosch-equipped JAM² and the new THRON², which join the existing Shimano-equipped JAM² and SAM² models. We’ll have a detailed story and video on those bikes coming soon, so stay tuned for that one. e-MTBs aside, the other theme that shone through for us during our ogle at the 2020 Focus range was just how good the value is here. At a time where brands like Giant and Merida are offering models that cost well over $10K, Focus is putting together some supremely well-appointed bikes for 2020. Perhaps related, you’ll notice that Focus hasn’t gone heavy with all-new models for 2020, like Norco and Trek have. Does that mean more new bikes are on the way, perhaps part way through 2020? We have a sneaking suspicion there might be, though time will tell on that one… In the meantime, strap yourself in for a look at some of the highlights from the 2020 Focus mountain bike range that are coming to our shores this season! 2020 Focus O1E 8.8 Tanwall tyres? Check. Full carbon frame? Check. Lightweight 120mm travel fork? Check. Initially suckered in by the killer combination of its ‘Heritage Blue’ paint job and those lovely Maxxis tanwall tyres, this Focus O1E 8.8 then blew us away with what might just be one of the best value packages on offer for 2020. For six grand you’re getting a full carbon fibre frame (including the one-piece swingarm), a Fox Performance Series suspension package, Mavic Crossmax wheels and a Shimano Deore XT M8100 12-speed drivetrain. That’s bonkers value! The O1E is of course already a well-known full suspension XC race bike, but Focus has actually split it into two distinct platforms. There’s the purebred race model with 100/100mm of travel, and a slightly burlier version with 120/110mm of travel. The O1E 8.8 shown here is the latter of the two, and it uses a longer stroke shock to get the extra 10mm out back, while the superb Fox 34 Step-Cast fork sits up front with 120mm of travel. Completing the trail package is a set of 4-piston Shimano XT brakes, a dropper post, and a 2.4in front tyre. Frame | Carbon Fibre, F.O.L.D Suspension Design, 110mm Travel Fork | Fox 34 Step-Cast, Performance Series, 120mm Travel Shock | Fox Float DPS, Performance Series, 165x38mm Wheels | Mavic Crossmax, 25mm Inner Width Tyres | Maxxis Rekon Race EXO 2.4in Front & 2.25in Rear Drivetrain | Shimano Deore XT 1×12 w/XT 32T Crankset & 10-51T Cassette Brakes | Shimano Deore XT M8120 4-Piston w/180mm Rotors Front & Rear Seatpost | Kindshock Zeta Dropper, 31.6mm Diameter RRP | $5,999 The 2020 Focus O1E 8.8 might just be one of the best value XC/marathon bikes available in Australia this year. 2020 Focus THRON² 6.7 The 2020 Focus THRON² is brand new this year, and offers trail riders a Bosch-boosted chassis with 130mm of travel. Brand new for 2020 is the Focus THRON² – a 130mm travel electric mountain bike that slots in underneath the 150mm travel JAM². Whereas the JAM² is more of an all mountain machine, the THRON² (anyone else thinking Game Of Thrones?) is pitched as more of a trail bike cruiser, with slightly less aggressive geometry, 29in wheels and nice high volume 2.6in wide tyres. It uses an alloy frame and integrates a Bosch battery pack inside the downtube, with the 4th generation Performance CX motor boosting your pedal power for the climbs. Frame | 7005 Hydroformed Alloy, F.O.L.D Suspension Design, 130mm Travel Fork | RockShox Recon RL, 130mm Travel Shock | SR Suntour Edge LOR, 190x45mm Motor | Bosch Performance CX Gen 4, 75Nm, 250W Battery | Bosch Powertube 500Wh Wheels | Novatec Hubs & Rodi Tryp 30 Rims Tyres | Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance ADDIX 29×2.6in Front & Rear Drivetrain | SRAM SX Eagle 1×12 w/FSA 34T Crankset & 10-51T Cassette Brakes | Shimano MT420 4-Piston w/180mm Rotors Front & Rear Seatpost | Aluminum, 31.6mm Diameter RRP | $5,499 Bosch is back in a big way for 2020 with its new fourth generation Performance CX motor system. Smoother, quieter and more compact. 2020 Focus THRON² 6.8 The Focus THRON² 6.8 is a 130mm travel 29er trail bike that’s designed for those who like to go long. Stepping up the component level over the entry-level 6.7, the THRON² 6.8 comes in a thousand dollars more but pushes you up to a 1×12 Shimano SLX drivetrain, adds in a dropper post, and fits an enormous 625Wh battery inside the downtube. The chassis and Bosch motor are otherwise the same, and you’re getting air-adjustable suspension front and rear with a RockShox Recon RL fork up front. Quad-piston brakes with 200mm rotors and ADDIX-equipped Schwalbe tyres offer confidence-boosting control and traction. Frame | 7005 Hydroformed Alloy, F.O.L.D Suspension Design, 130mm Travel Fork | RockShox Recon RL, 130mm Travel Shock | SR Suntour Edge LOR, 190x45mm Motor | Bosch Performance CX Gen 4, 75Nm, 250W Battery | Bosch Powertube 625Wh Wheels | Novatec Hubs & Rodi Tryp 30 Rims Tyres | Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance ADDIX 2.6in Front & Rear Drivetrain | Shimano SLX 1×12 w/FSA 34T Crankset & 10-51T Cassette Brakes | Shimano MT420 4-Piston w/200mm Rotors Front & Rear Seatpost | Kindshock E30i Dropper, 31.6mm Diameter RRP | $6,499 The THRON² 6.8 upgrades to a bigger 625Wh battery for more range. 2020 Focus JAM² 6.7 NINE For 2020 you’ll be able to get the Focus JAM² with either Shimano or Bosch motor systems. Interesting. For 2020 the Focus JAM² is now available with either a Bosch or a Shimano motor system. The Bosch-equipped model shown here is all-new, and features the Gen 4 Performance CX motor that offers smoother and quieter performance than previous versions. For now Focus will only be offering the Bosch JAM² models with an alloy frame, but our guess is that a carbon version can’t be far away. Compared to the THRON², the JAM² increases suspension travel to 150mm front and rear, and it gets more aggressive geometry for riding steeper and more technical trails. This entry-level 6.7 model features 1×12 shifting courtesy of Shimano SLX, while braking duties are handled by quad-piston MT520 callipers. Frame | 7005 Hydroformed Alloy, F.O.L.D Suspension Design, 150mm Travel Fork | RockShox Recon RL, 150mm Travel Shock | RockShox Deluxe Select, 210x55mm Motor | Bosch Performance CX Gen 4, 75Nm, 250W Battery | Bosch Powertube 625Wh Wheels | Novatec Hubs & Race Face AR30 Offset Rims Tyres | Maxxis Rekon EXO 2.6in Front & Rear Drivetrain | Shimano SLX 1×12 w/FSA 34T Crankset & 10-51T Cassette Brakes | Shimano MT520 4-Piston w/200mm Rotors Front & Rear Seatpost | Kindshock E30i Dropper, 31.6mm Diameter RRP | $6,499 The rear dropout uses an offset flip chip for switching between 29in, 27.5+ and 27.5in wheelsizes. Clever! 2020 Focus JAM² 9.6 PLUS Focus will be including the T.E.C battery pack with all carbon JAM² models for 2020, upping the value even further. The carbon fibre Focus JAM² remains as the lightest e-MTB we’ve ever ridden, and the good news is that Focus will be carrying that model through to 2020. The 9.6 PLUS model shown here sticks with the carbon mainframe and alloy swingarm, and it’s also powered by the Shimano STEPS E8000 motor system. New for 2020 though is the addition of the 378Wh T.E.C Pack – a piggyback battery that is normally sold separately to the bike. Adding in some serious value to the JAM² sticker price, the included T.E.C Pack doubles the available range, though for shorter rides you can remove it to drop the weight down. Frame | Carbon Mainframe & 7005 Alloy Swingarm, F.O.L.D Suspension Design, 150mm Travel Fork | RockShox Revelation RC, 150mm Travel Shock | RockShox Deluxe Select, 210x55mm Motor | Shimano STEPS E8000, 70Nm, 250W Battery | 378Wh Internal + 378Wh T.E.C Pack (Included) Wheels | Novatec Hubs & Race Face AR40 Offset Rims Tyres | Maxxis Rekon+ EXO 2.8in Front & Rear Drivetrain | Shimano Deore XT 1×11 w/XT 34T Crankset & 11-46T Cassette Brakes | Shimano MT520 4-Piston w/200mm Rotors Front & Rear Seatpost | Kindshock E30i Dropper, 31.6mm Diameter RRP | $7,999 Inside the downtube is a 378Wh battery, while outside is a 378Wh piggyback battery called the T.E.C Pack. 2020 Focus JAM 8.9 Nine The JAM is Focus’ 140mm travel trail bike, and for 2020 it’s coming out swinging with some serious value. While Focus is going heavy on e-Bikes for 2020, it isn’t all about motors and batteries. Take this JAM 8.9 Nine for example. Featuring 140mm of travel front and rear with 29in wheels and aggressive Maxxis tyres, the JAM is pitched as a versatile trail bike that’ll take a water bottle inside the carbon fibre mainframe thanks to the compact F.O.L.D suspension design. That all sounds pretty good, until you get to the price. For six grand, you’re getting a rather special package that includes a RockShox Ultimate fork, Mavic XA wheels, carbon fibre Race Face Next R cranks, a Shimano XTR 12-speed mech, and shiny Magura MT Trail disc brakes. Much like the O1E, this JAM could well be one of the most well-appointed bikes in its class for this year! Frame | Carbon Fibre, F.O.L.D Suspension Design, 140mm Travel Fork | RockShox Pike Ultimate RCT3, 140mm Travel Shock | RockShox Super Deluxe Select+, 210x55mm Wheels | Mavic XA 29er, 30mm Inner Width Tyres | Maxxis High Roller II EXO 3C 2.5in Front & Minion DHR II 2.3in Rear Drivetrain | Shimano SLX/XT/XTR 1×12 w/Race Face Next R 32T Crankset & 10-51T Cassette Brakes | Magura MT Trail, HC3 Lever w/200mm Front & 180mm Rear Rotors Seatpost | Kindshock E30i Dropper, 31.6mm Diameter RRP | $5,999 The JAM 8.9 Nine gets a Pike Ultimate fork and a Super Deluxe shock out back for some serious bump mitigation. 2020 Focus SAM 8.9 The big travel Focus SAM. *Note: Yellow stickers not included* For proper enduro bashing, you’ll be wanting to check out this bike – the Focus SAM. Utilising the same compact F.O.L.D suspension platform as the JAM, the SAM bumps up the travel to a monstrous 170mm front and rear. You’re getting aggro 27.5in Maxxis tyres, a piggyback Fox Float DPX2 shock, and the venerable Fox 36 fork up front. This particular model – the SAM 8.9 – gets a hybrid frame setup with a carbon front end and an alloy swingarm. Upping the value stakes is a combo SRAM 1×12 drivetrain that utilises GX and NX components, while Guide R brakes clamp down on huge 200mm diameter rotors. Frame | Carbon Fibre Mainframe & 7005 Alloy Swingarm, F.O.L.D Suspension Design, 170mm Travel Fork | Fox 36 Rhythm, GRIP Damper, 170mm Travel Shock | Fox Float DPX2, Performance Series, 230x65mm Wheels | DT Swiss E1900, 30mm Inner Width Tyres | Maxxis High Roller II EXO 3C 2.5in Front & Minion DHR II 2.5in Rear Drivetrain | SRAM NX/GX Eagle 1×12 w/Descendent 6K Alloy 32T Crankset & 11-50T Cassette Brakes | SRAM Guide R w/200mm Front & 180mm Rear Rotors Seatpost | Kindshock E30i Dropper, 31.6mm Diameter RRP | $5,499 The twin-link F.O.L.D suspension system keeps everything very compact, allowing you to fit a water bottle inside the mainframe. And that there, is an overview of some of the highlights to expect from the 2020 Focus mountain bike range. What do you folks think of the new bikes? What’s your favourite? And what do you think of the spec that Focus is offering for the money this year? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below! We’ll also be diving deeper into some of those new Focus e-MTB models, so stay tuned to the website and our YouTube channel for the upcoming video and article. The post Our Top 7 Bikes From The 2020 Focus Mountain Bike Range appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
Shimano GR9 vs. GR5 Flat Pedal Shoes GR9 When it comes to riding flat pedals, the shoes you wear are just as important as the pedals underneath them. Shimano offers three different levels of flat-pedal shoes: the GR5, GR7 and GR9. The GR9 is their top-of-the-line model with all the bells and whistles, while the GR5 is the entry-level shoe with a more competitive price. Our wrecking crew decided to shoot out Shimano’s shoes this month to see if it’s worth spending the extra dough on the high-end shoe or if it’s possible to save your hard-earned cash for post-ride burritos. TECH FEATURES Before we get carried away with tech jargon, let’s talk price, because, after all, that’s likely the biggest factor in your buying decision. Shimano’s GR9 shoes sell for $150, while the GR5 shoes retail for $100. So, what does that extra 50 bucks get you? Well, the GR9s’ most notable features are their Michelin rubber soles, “speed-lacing” system and armored lace shield. Meanwhile, the GR5 shoes offer sticky-rubber soles and traditional-style laces. The GR9s offer additional protection, thanks to a molded toe cap and raised ankle guard on the inner side of the shoe. Even with the added protection, Shimano managed to keep weight at a minimum. In fact, the GR9s weigh less than the GR5s. The GR5s, on the other hand, offer a more classic skate-shoe look that might make them a more attractive option for some riders. Weighing in at 410 grams for a size 44, the GR5s are about 30 grams heavier than the GR9s. Both shoes are claimed to have the same stiffness rating and are constructed from synthetic leathers. Looking at the tech side of things, the GR9 shoes have a clear advantage. GR5 Field test results We headed for the hills with our new kicks to determine the winner of this shootout. We stomped on quite a few different pedals to ensure a fair test, and after a solid day of riding, hiking, driving and heading to the taco shop, the results were in. First things first; let’s talk traction. For the GR9s, Shimano teamed up with Michelin—yes, the same company that makes tires for your car—in order to provide the best traction possible with your pedals. The GR5s, on the other hand, use a secret blend of sticky rubber. On the trails, the Michelin soles reigned supreme over the rubber compound used on the GR5 shoes. The weight difference between the two shoes was marginal but noticeable, further giving the lead to the GR9s. Both shoes felt stiff, but protection was far superior on the GR9s. Some of our testers preferred the GR5’s traditional laces, as they made it easier to fine-tune the fit of the shoe, but the “speed-lacing” system is a bit, well, “speedier.” The GR5s had a more fashionable look at our local watering hole, but at the end of the day, these are biking shoes, so we decided that the GR9s are well worth the additional $50, even if that means giving up a few post-ride burritos. GR5 HITS • Classic look • Easy-to-dial-in fit GR5 MISSES • Offers less grip with pedals Star Rating Four out of five stars GR9 HITS • Great traction • Speed-lacing system GR9 MISSES • $50 more than the GR5s Star Rating Four and a half out of five stars bike.shimano.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Product Comparison: Shimano GR9 vs. GR5 Flat Pedal Shoes appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Juan was the silver medalist at Red Bull Proving Grounds last month earning himself a spot at this year's Red Bull Rampage.( Photos: 5, Comments: 2 )
With only a few months left of the 2019 race season, we’re gearing up for 2020, and next year’s Santos Tour Down Under will take place from 16 to 26 January in Adelaide. How to watch the Vuelta a España 2019 | full schedule for live TV, streaming and highlights How to watch Tour of Britain 2019 TV coverage | full schedule for live TV, streaming and highlights The 2020 Tour Down Under The four-stage 2020 Women’s Tour runs from 16 to 19 January, with 382.8km of riding and 5,750m / 18,865ft of climbing. The six-stage Men’s Tour then kicks off on 19 January, with 921.2km of riding and 12,047m / 39,524ft of climbing. After the success of last year’s changes, it will once again climax on the Willunga Hill climb, on 26 January. How can I watch the Tour Down Under 2020 live in the UK? The broadcasting schedules are yet to be announced, but we anticipate that Eurosport will once again be showing live coverage of the Tour Down Under. A subscription costs £6.99 per month or £39.99 per year. Highlights will likely be shown on ITV 4. An alternative way to access the Eurosport channel is via Amazon Prime. Eurosport Player costs £6.99 per month after a 7-day free trial and Amazon Prime comes with a 30-day free trial and costs £7.99 per month. TVPlayer also provides access to the Eurosport channel via its Premium Plan, which comes with the first month free and then costs £6.99 per month or £69.90 annually (giving you two months for free). How can I watch the Tour Down Under 2020 live in the US? NBC Sports Gold should be showing live coverage of the Tour Down Under. In order to watch, you’ll need to sign up for the NBC Cycling Pass, which costs $54.99 (subscription period 28 May 2019 to 1 May 2020). NBCSN — available through cable — should also be showing live coverage. How can I watch the Tour Down Under 2020 live in Australia? As with last year, Seven West Media will be broadcasting the Tour Down Under in Australia, accessed via the 7plus streaming service or 7Sport app, both of which are free to use. How can I follow the Tour Down Under 2020 if I can’t watch live coverage? The Cyclingoo app provides racing results and news, and covers the entire cycling season including the Tour Down Under. Download the Cyclingoo app from Apple Store Download the Cyclingoo app from Google Play The Tour Tracker app is free to use and will also provide race coverage of the Tour Down Under. You can use it online or download it for iPhone or Android. Highlights are also being shown for both the women’s and men’s races on the official Tour Down Under YouTube channel. Women’s Tour Down Under 2020 schedule Ziptrak Stage 1: Hahndorf to Macclesfield, 16 January Distance: 116.3km The 11-day TDU festival kicks off in Hahndorf. tourdownunder.com.au Novatech Stage 2: Murray Bridge to Birdwood, 17 January Distance: 114.9km Stage 2 features the debut of the Christmas Tree Ridge climb with a max 11% gradient. tourdownunder.com.au Subaru Stage 3: Nairne to Stirling, 18 January Distance: 109.1k Following its first finish last year, Stirling is once again the destination for Stage 3. tourdownunder.com.au Schwalbe Stage 4: Adelaide, 19 January Distance: 42.5km Type: Schwalbe Classic (25 laps x 1.7km circuit) The Women’s Tour concludes with 25 laps of the Adelaide circuit. tourdownunder.com.au Men’s Tour Down Under 2020 schedule Schwalbe Classic: Adelaide, 51km, 19 January Distance: 51km (30 laps x 1.7km circuit) The opening circuit returns to the heart of Adelaide for the first time in years. tourdownunder.com.au Ziptrak Stage 1: Tanunda to Tanunda, 21 January Distance: 150km Stage 1 is a five-lap 30km circuit connecting Tanunda, Bethany, Angaston, Penrice and Nuriootpa. tourdownunder.com.au Novatech Stage 2: Woodside to Stirling, 22 January Distance: 135.8km Stage 2 once again takes in the Adelaide Hills. tourdownunder.com.au Subaru Stage 3: Unley to Paracombe, 23 January Distance: 131km Stage 3 is one of the more complex stages. tourdownunder.com.au Stage 4: Norwood to Murray Bridge, 24 January Distance: 152.8km Stage 4 should promise an exciting sprint finish. tourdownunder.com.au Stage 5: Glenelg to Victor Harbor, 25 January Distance: 149.1km Stage 5 could suit a breakaway at the final climb. tourdownunder.com.au Be Safe Be Seen Stage 6: McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 26 January Distance: 151.5km The 6th and final stage once again climaxes on the notorious Willunga Hill. tourdownunder.com.au
“Here’s a look at some of the first test runs on the Marzocchi Proving Grounds Course at the Oregon Dirt Park in Prineville Oregon. H5 Events assembled a star-studded build crew that did a fantastic job of creating a Freeride Mountain Bike course that’s suited for big bikes with tons of options all the way down. The top 3 finishers will earn their invitation to Red Bull Rampage in the Utah Desert next month. In this vid we start to work our way down the course, testing out some of the key features and starting to link together a top to bottom run.”
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Competitors had one month to script, film and present their films to judges Steve Peat, Anka Martin and Joe Bowman of Steel City Media.( Photos: 1 )
It’s the start of spring here in Australia. The birds are singing, native flowers are blossoming, and the sun is coming out to warm and dry out the wet and mucky trails left behind after a cold and dark winter. Well, unless you’re one of those lucky Far North East Queenslanders, who have been enjoying beautifully warm and dry conditions over the past couple of months. We had a brief taste of their tropical paradise when we travelled up to Cairns for the Reef to Reef – a cracking 4-day MTB stage race that (most) competitors race together in pairs. Wanna know what it was like and whether you should plan a riding holiday for next year? Make sure you check out the story on the event here. JERONIMOOOOO! Giant unveiled its new Reign E+ e-MTB last month, and that’s got a lot of people excited. You might have also enjoyed yourself a winter escape to the northern hemisphere, like Jon Odams, who enjoyed a riding trip of a lifetime at the BC Bike Race in Canada. We are not jealous at all. Nope. Not one bit. For those looking for a little further inspiration through the tail end of winter, there’s been a swag of new bike releases to get plenty excited about too. Giant Bicycles continues its re-embrace of 29in wheels with the launch of the burly Reign 29er – a bike that we were lucky enough to test out at the launch. Trek has also released its brand new Fuel EX, which we reckon is the US brand’s best trail bike to date. Then there’s also that brand new $12K women’s specific superbike from Liv Cycling, the rollout of the 4th generation Santa Cruz Tallboy, and the debut of Giant’s longest travel e-MTB to date; the new Reign E+. Along with all the new bike releases popping off left, right and centre, we’ve had a load of new test product arrive at Flow HQ. To get you up to speed with some of the new gear we’ve got on the rotisserie wheel, here’s the early spring time edition of Flow’s Fresh Produce! 2020 Focus O1E 8.8 The Focus O1E 8.8 might just be the best-looking model in the 2020 Focus mountain bike range. Classy! Mick has just come back from rAdelaide, having caught up with the Focus Australia crew to see what’s new for 2020. We’ll have a separate highlights article coming soon to cover off some of the 2020 models, but we just couldn’t resist showing you guys this bike – the 2020 Focus O1E 8.8. Finished with a gorgeous slate-blue paint job and Maxxis tanwall tyres, it was easily one of the standout lookers from the show. Would you agree? Using a full carbon mainframe and swingarm, the O1E is Focus’ lightweight XC race bike. It has 110mm of rear wheel travel via the amusingly-titled F.O.L.D suspension design, and that’s paired to a Fox 34 Step-Cast fork with 120mm of travel. Along with the Shimano XT M8100 1×12 groupset, Mavic wheels, and the KS Zeta dropper post, it’s a mighty fine race package for $6K. From: Focus Bikes Australia Price: $5,999 Bontrager XXX Mountain Bike SPD Shoes New toe-tappers from Bontrager in the ‘Nautical Navy/Radioactive Pink’ colourway. How’s that for a statement! Bontrager has updated its flagship XC race shoes, giving them a rather bold look thanks to the ‘Radioactive Pink’ coloured upper and outsole. The outsole itself is 100% OCLV carbon fibre, which is designed to be both extremely lightweight, and extremely stiff. As in, 14/14 on the arbitrary stiffness scale. It’s then lathered with Tachyon rubber tread blocks for walking/hiking/tap-dancing traction, and there’s the option to run toe spikes for the cyclocrossers out there. To help mitigate heel-slip, there’s a hard plastic heel cup on the outside, and a no-slip lining on the inside. The XXX Mountain Bike shoe will be available in Australia in sizes from EU 39 through to 47. Each size features the inForm Pro LAST, which means they’re designed to be more snug and secure than a comparable trail shoe. To help you dial in the fit, you’ve got dual BOA IP1 ratchets. Bontrager has dropped the Velcro strap from the previous version, and instead routes the lower BOA cable further down the shoe. From: Trek Bikes Price: $549.99 Lazer Impala MIPS Helmet Lazer has a new trail helmet called the Impala, and it’s available in both MIPS and non-MIPS versions. The Impala is a new-school trail lid from Lazer, and it’s designed with more coverage around the sides and back of the head to increase protection over a typical roadie/XC helmet. Lazer has wrapped the EPS foam core with a generous polycarbonate shell that wraps around the underside of the helmet’s rim to protect the foam underneath. Being a modern trail helmet, the Impala comes with all the modern accruements; a big adjustable visor, goggle compatibility, and a plug-in GoPro mount that is supplied in the box. Our test helmet is the MIPS-equipped version, which comes in three colours as well as this Fire Engine Red. There’s a non-MIPS version for $179 that comes in five colour options. All Impala helmets come in Small, Medium & Large sizes, and feature the 360° TurnFit adjuster system. From: Shimano Australia Price: $219 Fox Float DPX2 Volume Spacer Kit Keen to fettle with your Fox DPX2 shock? This spacer kit allows you to alter the air volume inside, and therefore change how linear or progressive your rear suspension is. Tuning air volume is a relatively easy way to alter the feel of your bike’s suspension. Fox, RockShox and others employ plastic spacers or ‘tokens’ that are designed to clip inside the air spring chamber to reduce the volume inside. The concept is simple – the more spacers you have, the more progressive the spring curve is, and the less spacers you have inside, the more linear the spring curve is. Arriving in time for some suspension fettling with our Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 test bike, this particular kit is specific to the Fox Float DPX2 shock, and comes with five different sized spacers inside. From: Sola Sport Price: $59.95 Giant Control Tower Boost Tubeless Pump Giant now has a pump to match its name – this guy is bloody yuuuge! Spotted a couple of weeks ago at the 2020 Giant & Liv launch, this Control Tower Boost is a new floor pump from Giant that’s designed specifically for tubeless tyres. Using a secondary chamber that you can charge to 200psi, the Control Tower Boost can apply a huge rush of compressed air through your valves and into the tyre to help seat the beads onto a tubeless compatible rim – all without need for a separate compressor. The pump gets a huge analogue pressure gauge, and it’s constructed with an all-alloy barrel and a steel base for the most vigorous of pumpers. The Autohead will clamp down on both Presta and Schrader valves, with no need for any small parts to be swapped around. Just fit, flip and pump away. From: Giant Bicycles Price: $189.95 Specialized 2FO Clip Mountain Bike Shoes Specialized has unveiled its new 2FO Clip 2.0 shoes – designed for World Cup DH racers and trail riders. Released mere days ago, the new 2FO Clip 2.0 shoes from Specialized are designed to be lighter, sturdier and better ventilated than their predecessor. These feature a lace-up construction, a SlipNot rubber outsole, and long cleat pockets for getting your clip pedals in your preferred location. What are they like to ride? Check out Mick’s review of the new 2FO Clip 2.0 shoes right here. From: Specialized Bicycles Price: $220 Pirelli Scorpion MTB Tyres Pirelli is aiming to cover a wide range of riding conditions with its high performance Scorpion MTB tyres. Italian tyre manufacturer, Pirelli, has launched into the mountain bike game for 2019 with the new Scorpion MTB tyre. Aiming to simplify things for the consumer, the Scorpion MTB range splits into four unique tread patterns that are designed to excel in specific applications: Hardpack, Mixed, Soft and Rear. All tyres use Pirelli’s SmartGRIP rubber compound, which it reckons has some serious special sauce. For the rundown on the range and a closer look at the tyres we’re using, check out our first look of the Pirelli Scorpion tyres here. From: FE Sports Price: $89-$95 Bontrager Ion Pro RT Front Bike Light Bontrager’s 1300 Lumen Ion Pro RT light has a few neat tricks up its sleeve. It might be the start of spring, but that doesn’t mean night riding season is over – far from it in fact! To get us through some cool spring evenings, we’ve got a 1300 Lumen head light from Bontrager called the Ion Pro RT. Designed for either handlebar or helmet use, the Ion Pro RT has a single CREE LED that pumps out anywhere from 400-1300 Lumens, while featuring several flash modes too. The included handlebar bracket will fit handlebars from 25.4-35mm in diameter, while the internal lithium-ion battery can be recharged via a standard micro USB cord. Perhaps the coolest function of the Ion Pro RT light though is its Bluetooth/ANT+ connectivity, which means you can pair it to your Garmin head unit to keep track of battery life and power levels, or control it via a wireless Bontrager Transmitr remote (see below). From: Trek Bikes Price: $169.99 Bontrager Flare RT Rear Bike Light The Bontrager Flare RT is a compact tail light that can also be controlled wirelessly. The matching tail light is this Flare RT, which possesses 90 Lumens of power in a tiny little package that attaches to your seatpost or frame via an adjustable rubber bracket. Bontrager reckons you’ll get up to 15-hours of run time from this light on the lowest setting, though there’s a bunch of modes to choose from, including a daytime flash setting that we’ve been using religiously on our commute to the trails. Like the Ion Pro RT front light, this guy can be paired wireless too… From: Trek Bikes Price: $79.99 Bontrager Transmitr Wireless Remote …a handlebar remote that Bontrager calls the Transmitr. Using a CR2032 watch battery, this Bluetooth/ANT+ remote is designed to pair wireless with up to seven compatible lights. In our case, we’re just running it with the Ion Pro RT front light, and Flare RT rear light, and it’s come especially in handy while running the Ion Pro RT on the helmet. As well as turning the lights on and off, the remote can run through the various power and flash modes, all while keeping your hands on the grips. From: Trek Bikes Price: $69.99 Maxxis Dissector 27.5×2.40WT 3C Maxx Terra EXO Tyre The Dissector comes in both trail and DH versions, and in both 29in and 27.5in sizes. More new tyres here at Flow HQ! This time it’s the Dissector – the newest tread pattern from Maxxis, which was codeveloped with Troy Brosnan as a speedy rear tyre for racing World Cup DH. Maxxis is also producing the Dissector in a lighter EXO trail version, which is the one we’ve got on the back of the Canyon Spectral test bike right now. For further specs, confirmed weights and dimensions, check out our first look story on the Dissector here. From: Lusty Industries Price: $89.99 Curve Dirt Hoops 29 Wider 40 Wheels Curve Cycling has recently rolled out its newest mountain bike wheel called the Dirt Hoops. Melbourne-based Curve Cycling has two new sets of carbon mountain bike wheels: the Dirt Hoops Wide 35, and the Dirt Hoops Wider 40. Referring to the external rim width, the new Dirt Hoops feature enormously thick hookless beads for greater impact protection, and a substantial inner width that’s designed to support modern high-volume tubeless tyres. There’s a load of neat details on show with these locally-designed carbon wheels, so you make sure you keep your eyes peeled on the website for a detailed story on these coming very soon! From: Curve Cycling Price: $2,198 The post Flow’s Fresh Produce | Fancy Shoes, New Lids, Fresh Rubbers, Lights & A Giant Tubeless Pump appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
The 2019 UCI Road World Championships take place in Yorkshire, UK from Saturday 22 September to Sunday 29 September. There will be some demanding racing this year to crown those worthy of the rainbow jersey. Read on to find out how to keep up with the action as it happens. How to watch Tour of Britain 2019 TV coverage | full schedule for live TV, streaming and highlights How to watch the Vuelta a España 2019 | full schedule for live TV, streaming and highlights The 2019 UCI Road World Championships The UCI Road World Championships cover team time-trials, individual time-trials, along with the longer road race for each category. This is the first time Britain has hosted the UCI Road World Championships since 1982, and it aims to be an inspirational and inclusive event. It will be the first time a UCI-sanctioned international para-cycling event takes place alongside the World Championships, with the inaugural Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International being held the during the opening weekend on 21 September. If that’s not enough innovation for you, Yorkshire will also be breaking new ground by hosting the first ever Team Time-Trial Mixed Relay. This will see national teams comprising three male and three female riders. Everything kicks off at the opening weekend with the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, followed by the Team Time-Trial Mixed Relay. The Individual Time-Trials take up the first half of the week, with the Women Junior, Men Junior, Men Under 23, Elite Men and Elite Women categories. The later half of the week is taken up by the Men Junior, Men Under 23 and Women Junior road races. This will be the chance to see up and coming talent in the junior categories. The World Championships come to a climax over the second weekend, with the Elite Women on 28 September and Elite Men on 29 September. How can I watch the 2019 UCI Road World Championships live in the UK? The Road World Championships will be available to watch through the BBC via the Red Button on TV and iPlayer. We’ve been unable to find the schedule for this year yet, but last year the Elite road races and time trials were covered live, with highlights in the evening. Eurosport will also be covering all the Elite action live. Amazon Prime subscribers can sign up to the Eurosport Player through Amazon Channels for £6.99 per month (with a 7-day free trial). Amazon Prime is £7.99 per month but can be accessed with a 30-day free trial. If you want to access Eurosport Player direct it’s £6.99 per month or £39.99 a year. Alternatively, if you want a bit more versatility, you might consider subscribing to the TVPlayer PLUS Lite package for just £5.99 per month, which gives you access to the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels along with several others (in case you ever get tired of cycling!). How can I watch the 2019 UCI Road World Championships live in the US? You can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold package as a standalone online streaming service for a $54.99 subscription, which lasts until 1 May 2020. This will also get you access to a range of other cycling events throughout the subscription period. FuboTV is also providing coverage of the race. By subscribing to its service you gain access to the NBCSN channel. You will have to subscribe to the basic FuboTV package for $55 per month, but FuboTV does pitch itself as a complete replacement for your current cable package. The NBC Sport Gold package appears to offer some additional versatility if you only want to watch cycling, with access to the app which provides coverage as well as live tracking and stats for riders and on-demand stage recaps and replays. How can I watch the 2019 UCI Road World Championships live in Canada? A FloBikes subscription costs $30 per month or $150 annually (which brings it down to $12.50 per month). The site has a sub-licensing agreement with the Fubo Cycling channel (that doesn’t include access to other FuboTV channels), giving you access to content streamed there. You can check the full Flobikes cycling calendar here. How can I watch the 2019 UCI Road World Championships live in Australia? In Australia, the Women’s and Men’s Road World Championships will be broadcast on SBS, via SBS Viceland and streaming through the SBS online viewer — you can find the schedule here. How can I follow the 2019 UCI Road World Championships if I can’t watch live coverage? For additional coverage, the UCI will be providing live streams on its YouTube channel, though it’s unclear what precisely will be covered. It generally covers junior racing and those races not featured by bigger broadcasters. The Cyclingoo app provides racing results and news, and covers the entire cycling season including the UCI World Championships. Download the Cyclingoo app from Apple Store Download the Cyclingoo app from Google Play UCI Road World Championships 2019 schedule Below are the key stage details and timings for the race and you can also visit the official Road World Championships site for detailed summaries of the stages and more information. Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, 21 September The inaugural Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International acts as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and will showcase all Paralympic road racing disciplines, including handcycle, tandem and tricycle. Not only will this be the first time a para-cycling event joins up with the UCI Road World Champs, but this will also be one of the largest crowds to ever assemble for an elite para-cycling event, and it’s really exciting. The event consists of four races of varying distance, all culminating in Harrogate. Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, Beverley to Harrogate, 106.2km The 106.2km route is open to both tandem and bicycle para-cyclists, and Cat 4-5 men. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, Tadcaster to Harrogate, 57km The 57km route is open to bicycle and handcycle riders, Cat 4-5 women and Cat 1-3 men. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, Wetherby to Harrogate, 41.2km The 41.2km route from Wetherby is open to handcycle men (Cat 1-2) and women (Cat 1-4), and Cat 1-3 women. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, Wetherby to Harrogate, 28km The 28km route from Wetherby is open to Cat 1-2 tricycle riders. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Team Time-Trial Mixed Relay, Harrogate, 28km, 22 September and Men Juniors Time-Trial, Harrogate, 28km, 23 September The Team Trial Mixed Relay and Junior Men’s ITT follow the same 28km double-lap route. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Women Juniors Individual Time-Trial, Harrogate, 14km, 23 September The Women Junior ITT follows the same route in a single 14km lap. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Men U23 Individual Time-Trial and Women Elite Individual Time-Trial, Ripon to Harrogate, 30km, 24 September The Men U23 and Women Elite ITT follow the same 30km route from Ripon to Harrogate. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Men Elite Individual Time-Trial, Northallerton to Harrogate, 54km, 25 September The Elite Men could come up against crosswinds as they head out of Northallerton. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Men Junior Road Race, Richmond to Harrogate, 147km, 26 September This route heads into the Dales and varies between key climbs and flat sections. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Women Junior Road Race, Doncaster to Harrogate, 92km, 27 September Two thirds of this route are flat but very exposed. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Men U23 Road Race, Doncaster to Harrogate, 193km, 27 September The first 90km of the Men’s U23 race is flat, leading to a tough and testing three-loop finale. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Women Elite Road Race, Bradford to Harrogate, 150km, 28 September In this mass start event, the Women’s national teams come together and compete where they will also complete three laps of the Harrogate circuit. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/ Men Elite Road Race, Leeds to Harrogate, 285km, 29 September The Elite Men road race winds its way through the Yorkshire Dales where three significant climbs await them. https://worlds.yorkshire.com/