October, 22, 2020 – Irvine, CA – Fox Racing, the global leader in mountain bike and motocross apparel and protective gear, is proud to announce a limited edition kit designed by Tahnée Seagrave to celebrate our 10-year partnership. From a motivated teenager to one of the best riders in the world, it’s been a real pleasure to be part of Tahnée’s evolution, leading her to be one of the most famous and influential riders on and off the bike. Here’s what Tahnée had to say about Fox and her collaboration kit: “I remember the first ever item I bought with my own pocket money was a Fox Hoody at a BMX/skate event my dad took me to when I was about six or seven years old. I wore it until it was hanging by a thread! “I got sponsored by them at the age of 15, and needless to say it was a dream come true. It is always my goal to work closely and long-term with my sponsors, and this year marks 10 years of partnership together! Fox have embraced my creativity and desire to stand out from the crowd, letting me design my very own custom kits and allowing me to showcase part of personality through them and making big statements as a female ambassador in a male dominated sport. “These kits have gathered a huge amount of interest, both male and female, and to celebrate our 10 years, we wanted to release a limited edition one we can share with you! I wanted it to be unisex so it was widely accessible and so the colours weren’t restricted to a label. This means so much to me, to be able to share my passion for both mountain bikes and fashion design with my fans, and see you guys repping and shredding! “A lot of love goes into these kits, and hopefully you love this one as much as we do!” We are really proud to have Tahnée as part of the Fox family. It’s been a pleasure to help her achieve her dreams, winning World Cups, pushing the design of her kits, and growing as a strong female role model.
The dry, dusty days of summer may be over but the change of season needn’t put a stop to your riding. With daylight hours dwindling in the Northern Hemisphere, night riding can throw a whole new light on your local trails. Routes you know like the back of your hand in the day take on a whole new lease of life when night falls. As night ride season takes off – often in conditions that may be cold, dark and frequently wetter than an otter’s pocket – there are plenty of ways to ensure the fun doesn’t have to stop. Read on to find out how to turn the dreary depths of winter into some of your best riding months of the year. Get lit A powerful front light is a night riding essential. Andy Lloyd A decent front light is essential if you want to enjoy nicely illuminated trails, rather than spending the whole time scrabbling around in the dark. You may be able to get away with a 400-lumen light if you know the way, aren’t looking to ride like Danny Hart and don’t have a mate with a 5,000-lumen monster on his bar that leaves you in perpetual shadow. But if you’re wanting to go faster and harder, you’ll need more illumination. We’d recommend 1,500 lumens at a starting point for serious night riding. Take a look at our guide to the best mountain bike lights, for our favourite tried-and-tested options at a range of budgets. You’ll need a good rear light, too. Mount up There are a couple of options when it comes to mounting your light. The obvious choice is the handlebar, especially if it’s an all-in-one-unit with the battery and lamp combined. Alternatively, you can fix it to your helmet, but avoid this with a heavy light because it’ll cause the lid to shift around when you ride over bumps. The other consideration is the type of trail you’re riding. If there are lots of tight turns, a bar-mounted light won’t shine around the corners, which is where you need to be looking. A helmet-mounted light solves this issue because it shines where you look, but if there isn’t enough light to also flood the trail directly in front of you, you may struggle. The best option is to have both head and bar-mounted lights. Pick the right route Trail centres are ideal for honing your night riding skills. Andy Lloyd If you’ve never been on a night ride before, try it out on a route you know well before adventuring into the wilds. You’ll be surprised by how alien the trails look and feel. Cues that you use to initiate turns and features you’re familiar with will be cast into shadow and won’t appear when you expect. Take it easy — you won’t be ‘winning’ Strava on your first outing. Trail centres are ideal places to hone your night riding skills. The tracks are less likely to have hidden surprises such as stumps or rocks that could cause you to crash. You can always challenge yourself with more technical trails once you’ve built up your confidence. Make friends After-work rides with mates are a great way to keep the winter blues away. Shops and cycling clubs around the country organise evening rides too, and they’re a great way to meet new and like-minded people. With daylight hours limited in winter, if you want to ride regularly then you’ll need to get out after dark. Having riding buddies to team up with can help you get out of the door when it’s otherwise tempting to stay at home. Keep your distance Keep your distance from the rider in front. Andy Lloyd Don’t ride too close to the person in front. If your light is brighter than theirs it’ll cast a giant shadow ahead of them, making it harder for them to see the trail. If you stop for a chinwag, don’t shine your light directly into your mates’ eyes because it’ll temporarily blind them. Instead of keeping your light on full power for the whole ride, reduce the output on flat sections and climbs to save battery life. Don’t run it so dim that you can’t see though! Stay safe Riding at night can be dangerous. The likelihood of crashing is higher, you’re less visible to other trail (and road) users and you’re less likely to encounter others riders in the event of an accident. Take a working rear light even if you’re planning on staying off-road — you never know what might happen. A back-up front light is a good idea too and pay close attention to your main light’s battery life — you don’t want to get caught out in the middle of nowhere, unable to see or be seen. Wait for friends if you get separated and always let someone know where you’re planning to go and how long you’re going to be out for. Make sure your bike is ready for the mud if you live in a wet climate and take everything you need for trailside repairs. Wrap up warm, too — when it’s dark, the temperature drops. A spare layer in your riding pack could make all the difference if the weather changes or you need to make an unscheduled stop. You can read our guide to the best waterproof mountain biking jackets for starters.
An unreleased set of Oakley sunglasses has been spotted at the Vuelta a España on the faces of Team Ineos Grenadiers’ Chris Froome and Deceuninck–Quick-Step’s Sam Bennett. Featuring a large, single lens design with a minimalist frame, the new pair is quite unlike anything else in the American company’s range. How to watch the 2020 Vuelta a España | TV guide, streaming and start times Sam Bennett of Deceuninck–Quick-Step was also wearing the prototype shades. David Ramos/Getty Images The most striking characteristic is how the lens extends down and wraps around the nose. This feature could be incorporated simply to extend coverage and prevent any frame material from intruding in a rider’s view, but, given the lens is so large, it’s similar to the visors found on time-trial helmets, so we might speculate that it could have a small aerodynamic benefit too. After all, Oakley has dipped its toes into aero cycling kit previously, with a range of helmets released back in 2017. The sunglasses have a large wraparound design, somewhat similar to the visors found on time-trial helmets. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images That said, it’s entirely possible it’s just been done because it looks cool – big sunglasses have been one of 2020’s hottest cycling trends. The sunglasses arms race | Enormous shades are the least subtle Tour tech trend of 2020 When can I buy them? Official details are scant at this point. Oakley confirmed to BikeRadar that it is “a yet-to-be-released prototype model scheduled for release in early 2021”, but wasn’t able to share any further information. Of course, if we’re able to glean any more information from Oakley or from spy-shots, we’ll be sure to update this article in the meantime. Best sunglasses for cycling | Sets of shades rated and reviewed
Bianchi has launched a new version of its Specialissima lightweight climbing bike. Whereas the old Specialissima – launched in 2015 – majored on its light weight, with round tube profiles and rim brakes, the new bike adds aerodynamics, integration and disc brakes to the mix. Bianchi still claims a competitive painted frame weight of 750g, with the fork adding 370g for the totally redesigned bike in a size 55cm, marking it out as a pro-level climbing weapon. But Bianchi says that the Specialissima sits at the top of its road racing all-rounder category, with a top-notch stiffness to weight ratio, so it’s good for flat races too. Bianchi has updated the frame with aero tube profiles borrowed from its Oltre aero bike and the Specialissima is now disc brake only. You still get Bianchi’s Countervail vibration-damping tech built into the frame’s carbon lay-up. Along with the switch to disc brakes, there’s an increase in tyre clearance to 28mm. The headset uses 1.5 inch bearings top and bottom, rather than being tapered. There’s increased integration too, with Bianchi following the modern trend for fully internal cable routing from the bar into the frame, helping to reduce air resistance. That’s paired with an integrated seatpost clamp. Bianchi says it’s sharpened up the new Specialissima’s lines too. Related reading Best road bikes: how to choose the right one for you The new Specialized S-Works Aethos is a 5.9kg non-racer built for the love of riding New bike sponsors for three WorldTour teams – and a new Jumbo-Visma women’s team Ready for GreenEdge in 2021 We really like the look of this paint job. Bianchi The new Specialissima will be raced in the WorldTour next year by GreenEdge Cycling’s men’s and women’s teams, who have recently announced their switch from long-time bike provider Scott to Bianchi for the 2021 racing season. The front end looks super clean on the new bike. Bianchi A Bianchi wouldn’t be a Bianchi without a celeste colour option. But you can also select an all-black option, which saves 80g of paint and which Bianchi plans for use by its WorldTour pro riders. There’s also a colour available that Bianchi calls “greenish blue” and you can select from a menu of five custom iridescent colour options, hand-painted in Italy, which Bianchi calls its Signature Collection. How much will the new Specialissima cost? As they say: if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. Bianchi hasn’t actually told us yet, but with the old model costing north of £8,000 don’t expect much change from ten grand, which now seems to be the benchmark for top-end road bikes. At launch there will be spec options kitted out with Super Record EPS, Dura-Ace Di2, SRAM Red eTap AXS, Ultegra Di2 and mechanical Ultegra. There’s also a frameset-only option, with seven available sizes running from 470 up to 610. Bianchi Specialissima Super Record EPS spec We have no pricing for the Super Record EPS model but we expect it to be… expensive. Bianchi Frame: Specialissima Disc Carbon Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed Ratios: 50/34, 11-29t Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record hydraulic disc Wheels: Fulcrum Wind 400 DB Tyres: Vittoria Corsa G2.0 25mm Bars: FSA K-Force carbon Stem: FSA NS ACR alloy Seatpost: FSA K-Force Light 27.2mm carbon Saddle: Fizik Argo Vento R1 carbon rail Bianchi Specialissima Ultegra spec Frame: Specialissima Disc Carbon Groupset: Shimano Ultegra mechanical 11-speed Ratios: 50/34, 11-30t Brakes: Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc Wheels: Fulcrum Racing 418 DB Tyres: Vittoria Corsa G2.0 25mm Bars: FSA Energy SCR alloy Stem: FSA NS ACR alloy Seatpost: Reparto Corse 27.2mm carbon Saddle: Fizik Antares R7 alloy rail
In April, ENVE announced an all new wheelset that served as the seminal departure from many of the brand’s norms – namely external nipples a new rim profile and lower pricing. Dubbed the AM30, the new wheelset is aimed at a broad range of trail bikes, from “110mm to 180mm travel” according to ENVE. As part of a new line of more accessibly priced wheelsets from their new “Foundation Collection”, the wheels are still fully made in the US and continue to boast an impressive warranty. We’ve been riding them on a wide variety of terrain on a couple of different bikes over the past few months and are happy to report on them below… Details 27.5″ & 29″ Industry Nine 1/1 hubs XD, HG and Microspline drivers Centerlock only for Boost rear hubs / 6 – bolt for Superboost 30mm internal rim width Handmade in the US 28 hole front and rear Sapim Race spokes laced two cross 1852 grams complete – verified at 1876 grams with tape and valves $1,600 USD Lifetime Incident Protection and 5 Year Factory Warranty As you can see in the picture above, the rim’s profile isn’t nearly as deep as we’re used to seeing from the Utah based brand. While the stout AM30 rim is still a broad 39mm wide, it’s now just 20mm deep. For comparison’s sake, the roughly similar – at least duty wise anyway – M730 is 27mm deep. More on how that affects riding quality later… With the M series rims from ENVE, the nipples are internal, hidden between the two rim walls. Despite the fact that it’s something you rarely need to do with carbon wheels in general, this did mean that truing them required removing the tire and rim strip. This is no longer the case with the AM30’s thanks to their external nipples. Shown in the picture above is the 3mm offset, which applies to both rims, but another big part of the story is ENVE’s molded spoke hole concept, which is their new, patented approach to increasing strength at the areas where the spokes penetrate the rim… As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and the above diagram, plus a few of ENVE’s words should help demystify any fogginess around the molded spoke hole concept. At the heart of the AM30 wheelset is Industry Nine’s excellent 1/1 hubs. I’ve ridden them on a handful of wheelsets over the years and found them to be fantastic all the way around – nicely made, fast engagement, easy to maintain. Inside the hub shell is a 45 tooth drive ring. The rear hub can be pulled apart by hand and rebuilt without any special tools other than a rag and some grease. A dual phased drive mechanism with six pawls mates to the 45 tooth drive ring for 90 points of engagement, which correlates to every 4º. A somewhat limiting factor with the AM30’s is that with the exception of the Superboost spacing wheelset, they’re only available with a Centerlock rotor interface. Although I tend to prefer the 6-bolt mount and I have SRAM Code brakes on the bike I tested these wheels on, I simply snagged some Centerlines with the Centerlock interface – problem solved. On the trail Starting out with feel, I noticed a perceptible increase in how well the AM30 hoops dampened low frequency chatter compared to the M730, which I noted as being a bit on the harsh side when I reviewed them. All in all, I’d argue that they felt just as rigid in the corners as the M730, just less harsh vertically. With that in mind, if you’re after a rim along the lines of the Zipp 3ZeroMoto, or the crankbrothers Synthesis whose main claim is their compliance, these aren’t it. More precisely, they handle far better than the 3ZeroMoto, and aren’t quite as forgiving as the Synthesis, but are substantially stiffer than both side to side. An interesting approach that ENVE took with the AM30 was to ditch the rim strip – which doubled as flat protection – from the M-series rims. To make up for this, they made the sides of the rims substantially thicker, so they’re less apt to be able to cut through a tire upon impact, thus reducing the likelihood of flats through smart design. Although it’s a pretty straightforward idea all around, in marketing speak ENVE calls this concept “Wide Hookless Bead”. In terms of when the rubber hit the dirt, I can’t knock its effectiveness as I have yet to flat with this wheelset despite absolutely slamming them on many many occasions. One would think that the increased material in that area has got to help with their overall impact strength a great deal as well. Overall, the rims are very burly, and you can push them a lot harder than you’d expect with something bearing an “All Mountain” label. In terms of weight, coming in just shy of 1,900 grams the AM30 wheelset isn’t necessarily featherweight, but they also aren’t so heavy that you’re left scratching your head and wondering why you shelled out a decent chunk of change for carbon wheels. Rather, they’re pretty middle of the road and what you are paying for is the handling, strength and warranty backing from ENVE. As far as the hubs were concerned, I found the 1/1’s lefft nothing at all to complain about. The engagement is as fast as anyone really needs, although they aren’t as quick as I9’s almost over the top Hydra hubs. In any case, toward the tail end of my test period I pulled the cassette off and simply gave the driver body a tug. This allows easy access to the drive ring and pawls, which were still well lubricated and managing to stave off grime via the one main seal, which is rather sturdy by the way. Anyhow, after a quick 5 minute clean and repack it was back to riding with plenty of life left. Between that and newfound spoke access, they boast easy upkeep. Overall In the grand scheme of things, I feel that ENVE has made a very solid case with the AM30 wheelset. They’ve fielded some past criticism for not only being pricey, but also because some of their past products may not have pulled their weight given the cost. At $1,600 complete, I think these wheels hit the mark in terms of the always important value metric. Sure, some budget offerings from the bigger OEM brands like Roval and Bontrager come in at a nominally lower cost, but those wheelsets aren’t made in the USA, nor do they feature boutique level hubs. I also doubt that either are quite as strong as these wheels, and I know for certain that they don’t have quite as refined of a feel. Other than that, setting value aside for a moment, what impressed me most was the strength, ride quality and on trail feel the AM30’s offered up. The only minor setback I can conjure up is the fact that some consumers may be alienated by a Centerlock rotor interface. Other than that, they’re a damn good set of American made wheels at a good price with great backing. www.enve.com
100% has sent over the details on their new 2021 goggles. Learn more about the 2021 Racecraft, Accuri, and Strata goggles inside. 100%® DEBUTS THE 2nd GENERATION OF ITS REVOLUTIONARY GOGGLE LINE The 2021 collection features new and improved Racecraft, Accuri and Strata styles. SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 20, 2020 – 100%® the San Diego-based sports performance company, has launched an updated line of the popular Racecraft, Accuri and Strata styles. With exceptional attention to detail, all Gen 2 styles have a 17.5 percent increased vertical field of view over the Gen 1 models. “Field of view is everything in racing, and our designers made that their number one focus for our Gen 2 goggles,” said 100% CEO Ludo Boinnard. “We didn’t just want to meet the demands of the fastest racers in the world, we wanted to exceed them. With the Gen 2 line, the best goggles in the world got even better.” Racecraft 2 The Racecraft 2 is the premier, championship-proven goggle that has been refined to have an even more expansive field of view and unmatched comfort for continued dominance on the track. Have you seen 100% protection gear? Check out the 100% protection lineup here The Accuri 2 sets a new benchmark for premium performance at a mid-tier price, delivering elite-level protection, visibility and comfort. Strata 2 The Strata 2 offers exceptional value for everyday riders and growing racers, and raises the bar of how good an essential riding goggle can be. All three Gen 2 styles support triple post tear-offs for secure fitment, extra wide silicone coated strap for maximum grip, a nine-point lens retention system to secure the lens, and anti-fog coated polycarbonate lens to help riders’ expanded field of vision stay clear. Check out the recently released Barstow goggles as well. Gen 2 goggles also feature plush face foam to soak up sweat and an improved nose fitment derived from the revolutionary Armega for optimal, all-day comfort. While each model has unique features, all three utilize the same interchangeable lenses and tear-off system, so one lens fits all three models. It’s an upgrade to 100%’s versatile goggle system and it’s set to be a game-changer for riders at every level of the sport. For more information about all 100% google styles, visit us online at 100%. The post 100% Generation 2 Racecraft, Accuri, Strata Goggles appeared first on Sick Lines - mountain bike reviews, news, videos | Your comprehensive downhill and freeride mountain bike resource.