Riders need to accrue 40 UCI points or be selected by their national federation to enter a World Cup. Kaos currently sits on 31 points.( Photos: 1 )
FOX will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2019 UCI World Cup race series, providing an insider’s view on what it takes to support a team of world class athletes.( Photos: 6 )
FOX sent over details of their new video series that will be showcased during the 2019 World Cup season. Details inside from FOX. Behind every podium is the multi-faceted story of grit, preparation and support. Beginning April 22nd, FOX will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2019 UCI World Cup race series, providing an insider’s view on what it takes to support a team of world class athletes. The Dialed series will be creating daily content in the week leading up to each race and will be present for all DH events and select XC stops: Date Event Venue Apr 21–28 DH Maribor, Slovenia May 26 – June 2 DH Fort William, Scotland June 3-10 DH Leogang, Austria July 1-8 DH/XC Vallnord, Andorra July 9-15 DH/XC Les Gets, France July 28 – Aug 5 DH/XC Val di Sole, Italy Aug 5-12 DH/XC Lenzerheide, Switzerland Aug 25 – Sept 1 World Champs Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada Sept 1-8 DH/XC Snowshoe, United States When the margins of World Cup victories are often measured within hundredths of seconds, the perfect suspension tune can be the difference between a career-defining result and mid-pack disappointment. Dialed will follow seasoned FOX Factory Race Tech Jordi Cortes from stop to stop as he helps dial in athletes’ suspensions while handling the potential pressure of his work having a direct impact on the make or break of their races. As FOX supports many factory teams and elite athletes, there’s a unique psychological relationship between Jordi, the athletes he works with, and between teammates themselves. Dialed offers a window into these relationships, as well as pulls back the curtain on the tips and techniques used to tune suspension for various riders and terrain. Dialed will be hosted on FOX’s new MTB-specific Instagram channel: @RideFoxBike, with the first episode dropping on April 22nd from Maribor, Slovenia.
This week’s best new bike gear Restrap offers practical luggage in a variety of sizes and configurations This dinky frame bag is perfect for portage This £30 inner tube makes a surprisingly compelling case for itself The Corky is one tidy little mirror Snapped shut, the Corky is quite unobtrusive Burgtec is offering a more affordable version of its Penthouse Mk4 pedal Pursu’s bars tick a lot of eco-friendly and health boxes The eeWings cranks are astonishingly lovely The Hirth joint is precisely machined The Ninja Pouch+ Road holds a single road inner tube Yep, that’s a tyre lever The Ninja Cage Z can be combined with a tidy multi-tool in a case The QuickClick mount accepts various accessories The Sonder Santiago is a rather handsome do-it-all machine Reynolds 631 is an evolution of the iconic 531, a durable steel that’s ideal for touring bikes Avid BB5s are a bit primitive by today’s standards, but they’ll still stop you Are you edgy enough for the Smith Trackstands? The Maya 2.0 includes Kali’s LDL impact absorption tech We hope this upsetting and unsettling image doesn’t sully a completely lovely seatpost It’s been a bouncy week at BikeRadar: we’ve got all hot and bothered about a brand new Specialized Roubaix with an adjustable Future Shock, we’ve discussed just how much suspension you need on your MTB, and Pinarello has brought out a full-suspension Dogma just in time for Paris-Roubaix. We’ve mused on the quiet delights of bikefishing, which is like bikepacking but with fish, while the UCI has started a turf war with the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme over electric mountain bike racing. Read on for the latest bikes and gear to land at BR HQ. Sonder Santiago Rival 1 Mechanical The Sonder Santiago is a rather handsome do-it-all machine Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Practical is beautiful at BikeRadar, and this is certainly a handsome machine with the potential to be very versatile. The Santiago’s frame is Reynolds 631 steel and it’s bristling with bosses to bolt things to. Cable routing is fully external, the bottom bracket is threaded, and there’s room for 650bx47mm or 700cx37mm tyres. Reynolds 631 is an evolution of the iconic 531, a durable steel that’s ideal for touring bikes Matthew Allen / Immediate Media This build is no featherweight at a chunky 12kg (size medium) with SRAM Rival 1x shifting and Avid BB5 cable disc brakes, which aren’t exactly generous for the money. Avid BB5s are a bit primitive by today’s standards, but they’ll still stop you Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Nevertheless, it’s an appealing thing that looks perfect for touring, gravel or heavy-duty commuting. £1,299 Buy now from Alpkit Restrap bags Restrap offers practical luggage in a variety of sizes and configurations Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Leeds-based Restrap makes all sorts of ultra-practical bike luggage and this week the brand has sent us its small Rando Bag, small Frame Bag, and 8-litre Saddle Bag. This dinky frame bag is perfect for portage Matthew Allen / Immediate Media All are constructed from tough cordura fabrics and are handmade in the UK. Restrap offers all of its luggage in multiple size options, so if you’re on the hunt for bikepacking or commuting luggage then the chances are it’ll have something for your bike. Expect to see these particular bags gracing our Mildred’s Surly Bridge Club. Rando Bag (small): £130 Frame Bag (small): £40 Saddle Bag (8l): £95 Buy now from Restrap Holdsworth Gran Sport seatpost We hope this upsetting and unsettling image doesn’t sully a completely lovely seatpost Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Modern components can look very out of place on retro-styled builds, but this Holdsworth seatpost from Planet X looks the part completely. Available in 27.2mm only, it’s not light at 301g on our scales, but the finish is absolutely lovely and it’s particularly impressive given how cheap the post is. The head has a straightforward two-bolt clamp and there’s a polished black option that’s even cheaper. What’s not to like? £24.99 Buy now from Planet X Tubolito inner tubes This £30 inner tube makes a surprisingly compelling case for itself Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Premium inner tubes are a bit of a hard sell in the age of tubeless, but Tubolito’s curious looking tubes are interesting. We’ve actually covered them before, but they’re available in the UK now and we’ve got our hands on a few. It’s likely that most riders aren’t going to want to spend £30 per wheel to shave a few grams off their inner tubes, but these make a compelling case for themselves as emergency spares. This 29er tube, for instance, weighs just 80g, a good 140g or so less than a standard butyl tube. That’s a significant saving if you’re a weight-conscious XCer who needs a spare. Perhaps more importantly, the tubes are also tiny. This rolled 29×1.8–2.4in tube measures about 45mm in diameter, small enough that you could quite easily slip it in a pocket or hide it under your saddle. Despite the plasticky feel, Tubolito claims rolling resistance figures similar to those of latex tubes. The brand offers tubes in all the major sizes and even offers an extra-light spare-only version for some of its tubes called S-Tubo. The lightest S-Tubo road tube weighs a claimed 23g — madness! £29.99 / $35 Buy now from Tredz Topeak Ninja cages The Ninja Pouch+ Road holds a single road inner tube Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Topeak’s Ninja range includes all sorts of handy accessories that integrate with your bike in a variety of clever ways. The Ninja Pouch+ Road has a bag permanently attached to its base that’s big enough to take a standard road inner tube. Stealthy tyre levers clip to the sides of the cage and the whole assembly weighs 104g. Yep, that’s a tyre lever Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The Ninja Cage Z has a ‘QuickClick’ mount on its base which accepts various Topeak accessories including a tidy little multi-tool that sits snugly in a case. This particular combo weighs in at 175g. The Ninja Cage Z can be combined with a tidy multi-tool in a case Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The QuickClick mount accepts various accessories Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Ninja Pouch + Road: £19.99, Buy now from Wiggle Ninja Cage Z: £TBC Find out more at Topeak.com The Beam Corky drop bar mirror The Corky is one tidy little mirror Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Rear-view mirrors aren’t the sexiest of bike components, but some riders find them invaluable. There aren’t many options that integrate cleanly with drop bars, but the Corky is better than most. Snapped shut, the Corky is quite unobtrusive Matthew Allen / Immediate Media This little mirror replaces your bar-end plug and flips open to reveal a slightly convex mirror that’s about 30mm in diameter. It weighs 20g on our scales and a ball-joint lets you set its position precisely. It can be clipped shut when not in use. £21.99 / €24.99 Buy now from The Beam or Condor Cycles Kali Maya 2.0 MTB helmet The Maya 2.0 includes Kali’s LDL impact absorption tech Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Aimed at trail and enduro riders, the Kali Maya 2.0 bundles the features with a view to providing a safe, comfortable cover for your noggin. First up, protection. Helmet companies are keen to address the effects of low-G and rotational impacts using clever tech. MIPS is probably the most well-known system and Kali has its own called LDL — Low Density Layer. It’s a system of gel pads within the more usual in-moulded shell and EPS foam liner that can compress and deform in all directions, which in turn — Kali says — reduces forces by a significant amount. On the comfort front, there are all the features you’d expect including antimicrobial pads, 12 vents, a sliding buckle fit-adjust system and a visor. There’s also a bug liner because no-one wants to be riding down a mountain wondering if that bee that bounced into your helmet is actually about to start stinging your head. The Maya comes in three sizes, XS/S, S/M and L/XL, and of course a range of colours, including black, white, blue and an incredibly loud yellow. This S/M weighs 392g on our scales. £87.99 / $129.99 / AU$TBC Buy now from Amazon Cane Creek eeWings cranks The eeWings cranks are astonishingly lovely Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Prolonged exposure to bicycle bling means it’s hard to raise eyebrows with new components in the BR office, but these cranks from Cane Creek are pretty extraordinary. The eeWings are made almost entirely from titanium and are breathtakingly light — 403g including bolts but no chainring, to be precise, for the All-Road version shown here. (There’s also a slightly wider mountain bike version.) The Hirth joint is precisely machined Matthew Allen / Immediate Media They are exquisitely made, with gorgeous welds, lovely machined details and laser-etched graphics. The right-hand arm accepts three-bolt direct mount chainrings and joins to the spindle and left arm with an almost sensually satisfying Hirth joint, much like the one used on Campagnolo Ultra-Torque cranks. The spindle is 30mm in diameter and is BB386EVO standard (BB392EVO for mountain bikes), meaning it can be adapted to most bottom bracket shells. £999 / $999 Buy now from Tredz (UK) / Buy now from Jenson (USA) Burgtec Penthouse MK4 Composite pedals Burgtec is offering a more affordable version of its Penthouse Mk4 pedal Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The Penthouse MK4 pedals have been a staple of the Burgtec pedal offering for years now, but the brand wanted to develop a more affordable option. Enter the Penthouse MK4 Composite pedals. They look, well, pretty much exactly the same as the originals but are about half the price. Composed of a nylon and fibreglass body and a cromo axle, they have 16 replaceable pins each and weigh in at a very reasonable 375g a pair. To be fair, there are a few little differences: the composite pedals are slightly more concave and thicker, so they’re more likely to stand up to the tough treatment they’re designed for. They’re also serviceable, and for those environmentally minded riders out there (which should be all of us) the platform is also recyclable. They come in a range of colours from the beautiful Purple Rain pictured above to Race Red, Deep Blue, Iron Bro Orange, Kash Bronze, White and Electric Yellow £39.99 / $TBC / AU$TBC Buy now from Stif Cycles Pursu natural sports nutrition bars Pursu’s bars tick a lot of eco-friendly and health boxes Matthew Allen / Immediate Media There are a number of reasons you might choose these bars from Pursu: you prefer your sports nutrition to be made from recognisable ingredients, you’re vegan, you’re trying to avoid added sugar, or you’re fed up of sports nutrition product wrappers littering the ground. On that last point, if this bothers you, you aren’t likely to be the person leaving such things about but you’ll likely still be concerned about the plastic waste these things create. So the fact that Pursu bars have wrappers that are plastic-free and compostable is an extra win. The brand also donates 16p per box to Re-Cycle, a bike recycling charity that ships donated bikes from the UK to Africa. The bars themselves come in three flavours: sun-dried banana and cacao, sour cherry and almond and the more unusual beetroot and date with seeds and nuts (ideal for when you want something a bit earthier and less sweet). £28.50 per box of 16 Buy now from Pursu Smith Trackstand glasses Are you edgy enough for the Smith Trackstands? Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The nineties throwback trend for sunglasses continues with this vibrant pair of performance specs from Smith, though thankfully a little less in-your-face than others we’ve seen (Oakley, we’re looking at you). A neat and lightweight frame and lens combo, it comes packaged up in a nice protective storage box with a spare lens. In the case of this model, the ‘matte citron’ frame with Chromapop Contrast Rose lens, the spare set is the Chromapop Black, which is suited to bright light conditions. By the way, Chromapop is Smith’s name for its lens system, which is designed to increase definition and clarity. If you don’t want your glasses this loud (or want them even louder) then there are a range of different frame colours from a subdued matt black to a bright matt jade, which looks particularly and wonderfully lairy with the Chromapop Green Mirror lenses. £139 / €169 / $169 / AU$TBC Buy now from Chain Reaction Cycles
The 765 RS Gravel is Look‘s first dedicated gravel bike SRAM’s 1×11 Force groupset is used, but it’s a relatively tight cassette at the back Curvy, asymmetric chainstays offer tyre and chainring clearance Betting on the future — UCI approval for the gravel frame Look designs the entire front of its bike as a single system to ensure the feeling through the bars is what it desires Neat, rattle-free cable routing Decent clearance for the low-profile 37mm WTB riddler tyres Thin bar tape adds to the racy feel SRAM provides the braking via a Force caliper The e-765 RS Gravel takes inspiration from the 765 RS Gravel and the e-765 Optimum The narrow range 11-speed cassette There’s definitely clearance, just! Fazua’s bar controller is simple, if not svelte Look is speccing WTB tyres across the gravel range The 3D Wave chainstays are there to improve compliance and grip Look leaves the base of the Fazua motor naked to reduce the chance of water pooling and to keep the motor cool One side is enclosed, the other open for swift wheel changes The Fazua’s motor and bottom bracket key together with a simple mechanism This version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a 2×11 Shimano 105 group The SRAM Force version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a matt green paintjob Shimano Ultegra adorns this 765 RS Gravel The Drivepack contains both motor and battery SRAM Force appears on this top-level e-765 Gravel SRAM Rival provides the stop and go here Look has hit the dirt road running with a brace of gravel bikes: one man-powered, the other motor assisted. The two bikes share their DNA, with the 765 Gravel RS being a very race-focussed gravel bike, while the e-765 Gravel is a touch more relaxed but should still be quick up the hills thanks to its electric assistance. This gravel bike has a dropper and suspension Good news, now even bar tape is gravel specific Look 765 Gravel RS Neat, rattle-free cable routing Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The 765 Gravel RS plays on what Look refers to as ‘the new playground’ — gravel roads that are becoming increasingly popular to ride, especially in the US. The RS in the name stands for Racing Sport, hinting at the general demeanour of the bike. This means that there’s an increased proportion of high modulus carbon fibres in the frame’s layup, for a lighter, snappier ride. Betting on the future — UCI approval for the gravel frame Tom Marvin / Immediate Media There’s also a UCI Legal sticker just ahead of the seatpost, which could hint to the bike’s intentions. While there are no UCI sanctioned gravel races, Look believes that there could be soon in the future and therefore want a bike ready to go. Look also says the 765 Gravel RS is suitable for cyclocross. The frames weigh a reported 1.2kg with a 350g fork. Look 765 Gravel RS frame design Look has gone where a number of other gravel frames have gone before, with a dropped chainstay design. This gives Look the ability to put wider tyres in its frame and maintain the use of road cranks (and their narrower Q-factor) and up to a 50t chainring. SRAM’s 1×11 Force groupset is used, but it’s a relatively tight cassette at the back Tom Marvin / Immediate Media Tyre size is a hot topic in gravel, and Look says that the bike can run regular road-sized wheels and tyres for more road-orientated riders and easily up to 40c tyres on slightly wider 700c rims for those who want a fair mix of road and dirt. For those who want to purely hit the dirt, 650×2.1in tyres and wheels can also be fitted. These have a far larger volume for better traction and comfort but maintain a very similar outer diameter. The chainstays get the 3D Wave treatment, which we saw recently on the E765 Optimum E-Road bike that Look launched. This profile, which has two distinct curves in the tube profile, is said to offer 15 percent more compliance than a straight tube. This is handy on a gravel bike, not just for comfort over rougher terrain, but also to improve the tyre’s ability to track undulations in the road surface, thus improving traction. The 3D Wave chainstays are there to improve compliance and grip Tom Marvin / Immediate Media To make sure that the bikes are ready to get out into the wilderness there are four bottle cage mounts on the bike: three inside the main triangle and one below it. One of them is super low in the frame to improve weight distribution, which I suspect will be limited to 500ml bidons if you wish to use all four. There’s also a pair of bolts on top of the top tube for a bento box, ready for long stints in the saddle, and there are fender mounts to keep you dry too. The Look 765 RS Gravel range Three models make up the 765 RS Gravel range: The SRAM Force version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a matt green paintjob Look Up top is the SRAM Force 1×11 bike, featuring a Force carbon crank with 42t ring and an 11-36t cassette. It comes with Force brakes, Mavic All Road Disc CL tubeless wheels with WTB Riddler 37mm tyres, Look’s finishing kit (including a 12-degree flare gravel specific bar) and Fizik Antares R7 saddle. Look will be selling this bike for €4,299. Shimano Ultegra adorns this 765 RS Gravel Look Next is a Shimano Ultegra build. This comes with a 50-34 double chainset and 11-34t cassette, and Shimano’s Ultegra hydraulic brakes. The bike rolls on Shimano RS 370 wheels and the same WTB Riddler tyres. Finishing kit is again Look and Fizik. This model comes in at €3,999. This version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a 2×11 Shimano 105 group Look Finally, there’s a Shimano 105 group bike in very much the same format, though it’s Shimano RS 170 wheels this time, and has a price of €3,599. For our initial ride impressions of the Force level bike, scroll down! The Look e-765 Gravel The e-765 RS Gravel takes inspiration from the 765 RS Gravel and the e-765 Optimum Tom Marvin / Immediate Media Look has taken the 765 RS Gravel and the e-765 Optimum (check out the details of that here) and merged them together to create the e-765 Gravel — an electrically assisted gravel bike. Many of the features from the 765 RS Gravel can be found on the electric bike version: the 3D Wave seatstays, dropped chainstays and colour too. However, these are joined by the Fauza motor, which has impressed in the past. As with the e-765 Optimum, Look chose this motor because of its low weight and unobtrusive feel through the cranks. Look leaves the base of the Fazua motor naked to reduce the chance of water pooling and to keep the motor cool Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The motor, battery and bottom bracket system weigh around 4kg, so there’s not a massive weight penalty, and if the feeling on the bike is similar to its tarmac sibling, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference to how the bike rides. The motor has 250 watts continuous power, peaking at 400 watts, while there’s 60Nm of torque and a 250Wh battery. Four power modes are offered, though one of those is a non-assist mode. Look has had a play with the software to give a power profile that’s better suited to gravel riding, it says. There’s an associated app with the bike too. This gives you all the data you need on the battery and motor, including temperature, battery level and range. It also has mapping capabilities, including a rather smart map that will show you the range at which you’ll be able to get to and back from on one battery charge. How accurate that is in reality obviously depends on a number of factors, though. The battery and motor ‘Drivepack’ can be dropped easily out of the bike, leaving just the 1kg bottom bracket assembly behind, should you really want to go ‘au natural’! The Drivepack contains both motor and battery Tom Marvin / Immediate Media Look e-765 Gravel range There are two e-765 Gravel bikes on offer from Look. SRAM Force appears on this top-level e-765 Gravel Look There’s a SRAM Force 1×11 build, with a FSA crank featuring a 42t ring and SRAM 11-36t cassette. This bike comes with Force CX1 brakes and Mavic All Road Disc wheels with WTB Riddler 37mm tyres. Look provides the finishing kit and Fizik the Antares R7 saddle. This version costs €6,499. SRAM Rival provides the stop and go here Look There’s also a SRAM Rival 1×11 bike, following much the same pattern, though it comes with a Shimano RS 170 wheelset and a San Marco Monza saddle. This bike is priced at €5,799. Look 765 RS Gravel first ride impressions I took a quick 10km ride on the 765 RS Gravel through the vineyards of the Loire Valley to get a flavour of the bike. The first thing I noticed is that this is clearly a race-inspired design. The position on the bike feels fairly low and aggressive, and this is compounded as soon as you hit the dirt. The front of the bike — fork, head tube, stem and bars — are fairly stiff and uncompromising, which is further accentuated by the thin bar tape I had on my test bike. Thin bar tape adds to the racy feel Tom Marvin / Immediate Media This combined to give a fairly harsh initial ride. However, if I had further time to play around I’d ensure I ran the tyres tubeless, to drop pressure, and would investigate running slightly wider tyres than the 700x37c WTB Riddlers on there as stock. The tyres themselves are the Fast Rolling, Light version. Despite a relatively skinny profile and low-stack tread, I didn’t have any traction issues up loose climbs — perhaps those 3D Wave seatstays really are contributing. Decent clearance for the low-profile 37mm WTB Riddler tyres Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The drivetrain, yet again, clearly shows road inspiration, with a tight 11-36 range. With no ‘easy’ gear on there, it encourages you to attack climbs because it’s rather tricky to sit and spin. Dropping a 10-42 cassette on there shouldn’t be an issue if your chain is long enough. As I’ve often found, the faster you go over gravel the comfier it gets, and this was no different on the Look machine. It’s not the most sofa-like ride, and certainly has that aggressive edge, but it’s perfectly able to cross choppier ground and dodge potholes with its snappy, engaging handling.