UK bike maker Fairlight has updated its Faran, an all-steel bike designed for loaded touring, gravel, and anything else you might fancy. The Faran 2.0 comes in a choice of regular and tall geometries and it will be available as a frameset costing £899 or in a range of builds starting at £1,999 with Shimano RX600 GRX components. It features numerous practical touches including mounts for just about everything you could conceivably bolt to a bike. In anticipation of the Faran 2.0 shipping, Fairlight has supplied a gorgeous collection of photos of a raw, unpainted frame fitted with various components. Whether a bike like this is your sort of thing or not, I’m sure you’ll appreciate how lovely the Faran looks in the nude. Related reading Fairlight Secan vs. All-City Mr Pink — who has built the best winter bike? Fairlight Strael long term-review BikeRadar Builds | Matthew’s Genesis Croix de Fer 853 Best touring bikes: How to choose the right one for you Croix de Faran? The Faran will be available as a frameset or a complete bike. Fairlight The Faran accepts both 700c and 650b wheels. Fairlight The Faran is meant for load lugging. Fairlight The rear dropout assembly, made in collaboration with Bentley Components, is a work of art. Fairlight Have you ever seen a nicer flat-mount? Fairlight The bottom bracket is a standard threaded unit. Fairlight The modular cable routing adapts to all drivetrains. Fairlight Fairlight endorses dropout-mounted rear lights. Fairlight Of course there’s cable routing for a dynamo. Fairlight Have you ever seen a nicer photo of some frame hardware? Fairlight All manner of finishing kit upgrades such as this Hope seat clamp are available. Fairlight If the Faran seems strongly reminiscent of the evergreen Genesis Croix de Fer, that’s not a coincidence. Fairlight co-founder Dom Thomas designed the original CdF – a bike with a loyal fanbase – and the latest Faran ticks many of the same boxes in a very up-to-date package, offering a versatile steel frameset that can be specced up as a gravel bike, commuter, heavy-duty tourer, audaxer or any number of other things. The Faran 2.0 frameset accepts both 700c and 650b wheels and has an eminently practical spec list, with no unusual standards. The fork steerer is untapered and the cable routing will work with any drivetrain configuration. There’s a straightforward threaded bottom bracket, plus flat-mount disc brakes and 12mm thru-axles front and rear. The Faran has mounts to accept all manner of luggage racks at both ends, mudguards, up to three conventional bottle cages, cargo cages on the fork, lights and more. It will come in a choice of two geometries for each size, called regular and tall. As you might imagine, the regular option is longer and lower while the tall is shorter in reach and higher in stack. For example, a size 54R has reach and stack figures of 386mm and 559mm respectively, while the 54T’s numbers are 378mm and 590mm. According to Fairlight, the Faran 2.0’s geometry is designed to offer a fast and agile feel when unloaded (like the brand’s Strael road bike), and a more stable ride with a front load (like the Secan gravel bike). Fairlight has supplied images showing the Faran 2.0 wearing a variety of trendy bikepacking bags. These are from Gramm… Fairlight These are Apidura… Fairlight …Wizard Works… Fairlight …Straight Cut Design.. Fairlight …Road Runner Bags… Fairlight …and Restrap. Fairlight If you want to geek-out on every detail of the bike, Fairlight has put together a beautiful set of design notes, which you can view here (opens a .pdf). The Faran 2.0 will be available in a choice of two earthy colours called Winter Bracken and Woodland Green. Framesets will cost £899 (£749.17 outside the EU, minus VAT), while complete bikes start at £1,999 for a Shimano GRX RX600 build with WTB KOM Light I21 rims on 105 hubs. Even if you opt for a standard build, there’s huge scope for customisation, with numerous cost upgrades available including wheelsets, tyres, dynamo hubs, posh finishing kit and more. Fairlight is taking deposits for the Faran 2.0 now, with the first bikes expected to ship this month.
BMX legend Christian Rigal took his 170mm bike to all the spots in the city he couldn't ride on his BMX.( Photos: 6 )
There’s been a flurry of announcements of new bike sponsors for WorldTour men’s and women’s pro teams, with three teams swapping the bikes they’ll be riding next year. Probably the hardest to get your head around is that the team currently called Mitchelton-Scott will not be riding Scott bikes next year. The underlying licence belongs to GreenEdge Cycling and for 2021 the men’s and women’s teams will be aboard Bianchi bikes. It marks quite a departure for the GreenEdge, whose riders have been on Scott bikes under the team’s various guises ever since it was launched in 2011. The team currently known as Mitchelton-Scott will be riding Bianchi bikes in 2021. Adam Yates (pictured) will also be moving to Ineos-Grenadiers for the new season. Alex Whitehead/SWPix.com According to GreenEdge owner Gerry Ryan: “The UCI WorldTour is consistently seeing more technology innovations and we are confident our collaboration with Bianchi will result in our riders racing on the most cutting-edge road and time trial bicycles, that will deliver many victories in the world’s biggest races.” GreenEdge, whose riders include the Yates twins (though Adam Yates will move to Ineos-Grenadiers and ride a Pinarello for 2021) will ride Bianchi’s Oltre XR4 aero bike, Specialissima climbing bike and Aquila time trial bike. And new bikes for Jumbo-Visma and Sunweb Primož Roglič finished second at the 2020 Tour de France riding a Bianchi. Alex Whitehead/SWPix.com That means Bianchi bikes won’t be under the Jumbo-Visma team of Tour de France runner-up Primož Roglič next year. Roglič, predominantly riding the Oltre XR4, led much of the 2020 Tour but was overhauled by fellow Slovenian – and eventual champion – Tadej Pogačar on the penultimate stage time trial. Roglič’s Jumbo-Visma team will instead be riding Cervélos in 2021. Jumbo-Visma is also founding a women’s team for next year, with its headline signing Marianne Vos. Cervélo says Jumbo-Visma will be using the R5 Disc, S5 and P5, as well as the new Caledonia ‘performance-endurance’ bike, and that it will be developing new products to help support the team. The women’s and development teams will be riding on carbon wheels from the Reserve brand, co-designed by Cervélo. The men’s team currently ride on Shimano wheels and use the brand’s groupsets, but were also seen on unbranded wheels in the Tour and other races, which were made by Corima, so there might be a wheel sponsor change in the offing too. Cervélo enjoyed plenty of airtime with the Sunweb team at the 2020 Tour de France but will supply bikes to Jumbo-Visma in 2021. Alex Whitehead/SWPix.com To complete the sponsor merry-go-round, that leaves Sunweb, after one season on Cervélo bikes this year, riding… Scott bikes. That includes the Scott Addict RC aero lightweight bike for climbing stages and hilly one-day races, the recently-redesigned Foil aero bike for sprinters and flat stages, and the Plasma time trial bike (although not the latest UCI-illegal Plasma 6). All will be kitted out with cockpits from Syncros, Scott’s component brand.
Back in August, Ridley launched a new gravel bike, the Kanzo Fast, with a truly unique selling point in the form of its gearing, which combines a 1× drivetrain with a new 2-speed rear hub. It’s a setup that claims to offer the advantages of a front derailleur without the downsides. It’s also weird as hell, and I love it. I like strange and original bikes. I’m glad they exist and I think designs that challenge accepted dogma about the right way to do things should be celebrated, even if ultimately the cycling world doesn’t buy into the idea. Related reading Madone, Domane, Emonda… Daemon? Meet the 4th anagram bike that Trek has yet to make So what’s the deal with Canyon’s unique new Hover bar? Campagnolo Ekar is a 13-speed gravel groupset with a tiny 9-tooth cog While there’s certainly considerable convergence over certain concepts in bike design – I’m looking at you, dropped seatstays – I don’t buy the idea that all road bikes look the same. If anything, there’s more diversity than ever these days. Back in the days of steel, road bikes really did all look virtually identical to one another, the odd bit of fancy lugwork notwithstanding. Let’s be real, every road bike looked more or less like this for a good 40 years or more. Raleigh These days, advanced construction techniques with varied materials (carbon, aluminium, steel, titanium…), and ever-more impressive drivetrain and suspension tech let designers and engineers exercise their creativity far more – it really is possible to come up with something new. To give some examples, I applaud designs such as the Trek Domane and Specialized Roubaix for stretching the limits of what we consider a road bike, by using clever comfort-adding tech. I thank Cannondale for blurring the line between mountain and gravel bikes with the unique Slate back in 2015, and doing it again with the Topstone Lefty in 2020. I’m also so glad 3T launched the then-outlandish Exploro in 2016, introducing us to the idea of the aero gravel bike, and then went off-piste again the following year with the 1×-only, fat-tyred Strada aero bike. The 3T Exploro was downright unusual when it first launched, but seems less so now. Campagnolo Equally, I think it’s glorious that Surly flew in the face of industry trends and launched a bike with 26in wheels this year, that Basso made a ‘semi-suspension’ graveller with a carbon back-end and an aluminium front, that Lauf has seemingly made a success of its slightly wacky leaf-spring suspension forks, and that Canyon is somehow persisting with its frankly ridiculous double-decker handlebar. On the component front, I was delighted to try out Rotor’s original and bonkers Uno hydraulic shifting groupset, while SRAM really deserves praise for making wireless electronic groupsets viable. Of course, it’s easy to be blasé about the pitfalls of new tech when you don’t have skin in the game. Working in cycling media means I get to try out new things and marvel at weird tech without risking my own coin. It’s the early adopters who get burned when new ideas don’t succeed, whether that’s because the design itself turns out to be flawed or the brand goes belly-up and the product is orphaned. Remember this? Oh well. Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media When I’m covering new bikes and tech, I’m always conscious that I need to put myself in the shoes of the consumer and ask whether it really makes sense. Have a bike’s designers made something different because there’s a valid reason for taking a new approach or are they just trying to be different for difference’s sake? I am absolutely for technological innovation as long as it’s justified, but it’s fair to say that sometimes it doesn’t quite feel like it is. Anyway, I don’t know how good the Ridley Kanzo Fast and its unusual hub are yet, but I’m very glad both exist – cycling would be terribly dull if no one dared to be different. What are your favourite weird bikes and tech? Let us know in the comments.
This year’s Vuelta a España marks the 75th edition of the race and, despite being delayed as part of the revised UCI calendar, the race still features everything we’d expect from the Spanish Grand Tour, with iconic mountain passes and legendary climbs. The race, reduced from 21 to 18 stages, starts on Tuesday 20 October and finishes in Madrid on Sunday 8 November. Riders will cover a total distance of 2,882.8km, made up of four flat stages, eight hilly stages, five mountain stages and one individual time trial. The 2019 Vuelta was won by Slovenian Primož Roglič, who returns again this year hoping to defend his title having finished second at the Tour de France, but all eyes are likely to be on Chris Froome. The four-time Tour de France winner is racing in his first Grand Tour since his crash at last year’s Criterium du Dauphiné. Can he mark his last race for Team Ineos-Grenadiers with a hat-trick of wins at the Vuelta, having previously won the race in 2011 and 2017? If watching the racing isn’t enough for you, indoor cycling app Rouvy has partnered with the Vuelta to allow fans to ride alongside the pros in a virtual grand finale on four stages, taking place on 14, 15, 21 and 22 November. There are prizes up for grabs too. Also, don’t forget that the Giro d’Italia is still in full swing, with riders heading into the mountains for the final week of racing. Find out where and how to watch the Giro in our TV guide. This week there’s Grand Tour racing from the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España. Getty Images / ustin Setterfield / Staff How to watch the 2020 Vuelta a España in the UK Eurosport Eurosport will be broadcasting the race live each day. A monthly pass to the Eurosport Player app will cost you £6.99 or you can get a full annual pass for £39 / £4.99 a month. Eurosport will also show daily highlights. GCN RacePass You can also watch the race live with the GCN Race Pass. UK-based fans can buy either a flexible monthly pass for £6.99 or an annual one-off pass for £39.99. ITV4 ITV4 will broadcast an hour-long highlights show for each stage. How to watch the 2020 Vuelta a España in the US FloBikes US and Canadian viewers can watch the Vuelta a España live on Flobikes. A yearly subscription to FloBikes is available for $150 and includes access to FloSport’s network of 20 sports. 2020 Vuelta a España TV schedule Daily coverage of the Vuelta a España for UK viewers is as follows (subject to change), Stage 1 – Tuesday 20 October 11:25–1645 – Stage 1 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 1 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 1 highlights, ITV4 Stage 2 – Wednesday 21 October 11:25–16:45 – Stage 2 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 2 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 2 highlights, ITV4 Stage 3 – Thursday 22 October 11:25–16:45 – Stage 3 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 3 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 3 highlights, ITV4 Stage 4 – Friday 23 October 11:25–16:45 – Stage 4 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 4 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 4 highlights, ITV4 Stage 5 – Saturday 24 October 11:25–16:45 – Stage 5 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 5 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 5 highlights, ITV4 Stage 6– Sunday 25 October 11:25–16:45 – Stage 6 live coverage, Eurosport 2 21:30–23:00 – Stage 6 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 6 highlights, ITV4 Rest day – Monday 26 October Stage 7 – Tuesday 27 October 13:40–16:40 – Stage 7 live coverage, Eurosport 1 2:000–21:30 – Stage 7 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 7 highlights, ITV4 Stage 8 – Wednesday 28 October 13:40–16:40 – Stage 8 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 8 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 8 highlights, ITV4 Stage 9 – Thursday 29 October 13:40–16:40 – Stage 9 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 9 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 9 highlights, ITV4 Stage 10 – Friday 30 October 13:40-16:40 – Stage 10 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 10 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 10 highlights, ITV4 Stage 11 – Saturday 31 October 10:15–16:30 – Stage 11 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 11 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 11 highlights, ITV4 Stage 12 – Sunday 1 November 12:45–16:30 – Stage 12 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 12 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 12 highlights, ITV4 Rest day – Monday 2 November Stage 13 – Tuesday 3 November 13:40–16:30 – Stage 13 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 13 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 13 highlights, ITV4 Stage 14 – Wednesday 4 November 13:40–16:30 – Stage 14 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 14 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 14 highlights, ITV4 Stage 15 – Thursday 5 November 13:40–16:30 – Stage 15 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 15 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 15 highlights, ITV4 Stage 16 – Friday 6 November 13:40–16:30 – Stage 16 live coverage, Eurosport 1 20:00–21:30 – Stage 16 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 16 highlights, ITV4 Stage 17 – Saturday 7 November TBC – Stage 17 live coverage, Eurosport 2000–2130 – Stage 17 highlights, Eurosport 1 1900-2000 Stage 17 highlights, ITV4 Stage 18 – Sunday 8 November TBC – Stage 18 live coverage, Eurosport 20:00–21:30 – Stage 18 highlights, Eurosport 1 19:00–20:00 – Stage 18 highlights, ITV4
If you haven’t seen the sixth/latest version of RAW100, with Brandon Semenuk, you’re missing out and should have a look. If you have, then you might recognize the bike below. Read on for an in depth look at Brandon’s latest creation… If you’re lucky enough to be a Trek C3 athlete, pretty much every bike you ride gets to be a blank canvas. For this project, we had a truly unique build and thus a very unique bike was in order. For this bike, Brandon had the traditional style tattoo artwork of Brett Rees as the centerpiece. Three separate window details on the top tube, and a bit of branding with a classy font… Macro lens details – pretty clean. Artwork on the other side of the downtube. More details…The work coming out of C3 and Project One is always amazing, but this is next level. Okay, how about some bike details? Brandon finally made the switch over to a Trickstuff hydraulic gyro, which means no more cables. A SRAM Level Ultimate brake is on either end of the Trickstuff gyro, meaning unlimited spins and way more braking power. Out back and RockShox Deluxe Ultimate and a RockShox Pike Ultimate up front. Both are custom jobs, but travel is around 100mm front and rear and the pressure is usually freakishly high. This is Brandon’s second year on Industry Nine and I know first hand he’s very happy with the wheels. He’s running Hyrdra hubs and the Enduro 30.5mm inner diameter rims. Matching gold for this bike of course… The artist’s badge… Chromag bits all around – the Synth plastic pedals, and an ultra short (31mm) Ranger stem. Rounding out the cockpit is a standard aluminum Fubar and Brandon’s signature Overture saddle – which is easily the most popular and widely used saddle in slopestyle. Last, but not least – the big guy’s name in traditional font.