A World Cup winner in the making more than a decade ago.
For the last few months I’ve been riding and comparing a few different grips on various bikes. All three have a ribbed pattern for the most part, and they all are designed around the recent single clamp design trend – which is great if you tend to hold on with the butts of your palms out on the end of the bar. Follow along for an overall review of each grip as well as some comparisons between them all. Details Sensus Meaty Paw Length: 143mm Thickness: 34.5mm Weight: 162 grams $32.99 USD Fabric FunGuy Length: 127mm Thickness: 31mm Weight: 108 grams £16.99 GPB ODI Longneck V2.1 Length: 130mm Thickness: 31mm Weight: 105 grams $29.95 USD In terms of height and thickness, Kyle Strait’s Meaty Paws signature grip is the biggest. If you’ve ever shaken Kyle’s hand, you’d understand why right away. The Fabric FunGuy and ODI Longneck have similar dimensions but a fairly different feel. More on that later. Meaty Paws are also the heaviest as they have that much more material. The other two are just about a wash with only a 3 gram difference. All three offerings are single clamp style grips with an aluminum lockring sitting inboard. Different brands all have varying executions with the endcap design. The Meaty Paws have a hard plastic cap that’s a slightly smaller diameter than the rest of the grip. The Fun Guy has no end flange, but is completely wrapped in rubber, and has a hard plastic cap sitting inside at the end of the bar. The Longneck is similar, but has a ramped flange at the end with similar shape to the Meaties. While each grip all has a ribbed pattern, there was quite a bit of range in how they felt. The Meaty Paws have a cross hatched pattern with a fairly average amount of “crush” (how much the ribs squish as you grab them). The FunGuy had less crush due to its thicker ribs and the Longneck had the most due to its deeper grooves and thinner ribs. On the trail I’ll start off right away by saying that I’ve never been a fan of thick grips and never thought I would be. For a while now, my go-to grips have been either the Sensus Lite or the Renthal Ultra Tacky Push-On – both of which are quite thin. I thought I’d hate the Meaty Paws, but got talked into trying them by Sensus’ resident party animal Ray Syron at the TDS Enduro. Ray was nice enough to send a set of “ultra soft” Meaties…I’ve ridden the production ones and they are slightly firmer in their compound, but still offer way more cushion than the average grip. The added width is a nice thing too as it gives you more room to shift your hands around. As strange as the pattern may seem visually, it definitely works, and I’m not sure why (stars, really?). While I loved almost everything about the Meaty Paws, they were a little slippery when wet/sweaty without wearing gloves, which I rarely do. Aside from that they are now one of my favorite grips, and the the longer travel the bike, the more apt I am to slide these on. Fabric has been doing some cool stuff lately and teaming up with the 50:01 crew seems to be a catalyst. A while back I tested their Magic grips and quite liked them, save for a fairly thin section out at the end due to their contoured shape. Not long ago, the FunGuy was born, taking on a straight profile and an interesting underside with raised nubs above a honeycomb shape. As mentioned earlier, the ribs have a bit less crush, but they are certainly more comfortable than their predecessor. When things were wet, the varied pattern on the underside provided a bit of extra grab at the fingertips. One thing I liked (in terms of feel) was that the lack of an outboard flange actually made me more relaxed and less aware of where my hands were on the bars. One downside to this is that the grip is fully encased in rubber at the end, so it may get a bit banged up looking after some crashes. Being mainly ridden by UK folks, it should come as no surprise that the FunGuy seemed to be the best performer in wet conditions. Ahhh the ODI Longneck. It’s been around for ages in the BMX world in push-on form, has earned cult status, and been copied 8 ways til Sunday. Some years ago, ODI released a double clamp version, but if you like to ride with your hands wide on the bars, those just won’t cut it as your palms rest on metal as opposed to rubber. Enter the Longneck 2.1…It takes on the latest silhouette seen on ODI’s Flow, Motion and Pro single clamps, but utilizes the same ribbed pattern as the legendary original Longneck. As stated prior, the ribs are thin and tall, meaning that the grip crushes a lot when you grasp them – something that provides a really good sense of security and takes the edge off. Like the Meaty Paws, these were just a touch slippery when wet with bare hands, but most grips are. Of the three grips in test, this will likely have the broadest appeal… Overall At the end of a few months of testing, it’s been a head scratcher to keep coming back to the Meaty Paws. I’ve been riding thinner grips for around 20 years ,so it makes no sense to get along with such big fat grips. Interestingly, our other tester Simon Silver has been riding and enjoying them as well and he also has never been partial to thick, wide grips. As for the FunGuy and Longneck V2.1, they’re both excellent grips if you aren’t willing to venture out and try the Meaties. While I drew some comparisons about wet weather performance, it’s worth noting that all three grips had no problems in the wet with gloves on. The Longnecks deserve high praise for feeling quite soft and taking the edge off without feeling or even being bulky. All in all, grips are a very personal item and there was never any intention of picking a “winner” here. The good news is that grips are one of the cheapest parts of your bike, so you too could try all three of these for less than the cost of a rear tire that will wear out faster than just one set. www.thesensus.com www.fabric.cc www.odigrips.com
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.
Condor has gone all-in for The Cycle Show, launching a fleet of new bikes in Birmingham, including the freshly-updated Fratello Disc. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Fratello is Condor’s best-selling frame – it’s a real all-rounder, employed variously as an all-weather commuter, winter bike, touring bike or simply something to blast about the lanes on. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The new Fratello Disc has 12mm thru-axles at the front and rear, and now accepts the flat-mount disc brake standard. Claimed weight for a painted 55cm frame is 1,960g. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Fratello has all the fixtures and fittings you’d expect of a versatile steel frame. It’s ready for mudguards and a rack, and has clearance for 32mm tyres with guards. The frameset costs £1,199.99. Jack Luke/Immediate Media Condor’s gravel bike, the Bivio, was launched in 2017 and has been updated to offer additional tyre clearance. Jack Luke/Immediate Media There’s now room for 42mm tyres with 700c wheels, as well as compatibility for 650b wheels with 47mm tyres. The Columbus steel frame has a new carbon fork, plus thru-axles at the front and rear. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The 2020 Bivio has modular routing for electronic or mechanical groupsets. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The finish is very smart indeed. Jack Luke/Immediate Media Condor’s iconic crest adorns the top tube. Jack Luke/Immediate Media Claimed weight for a 55cm painted frame made from custom triple-butted Columbus steel is 2,100g. The fork weighs 350g. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Bivio frameset costs £1,399.99 but you can also put together your own build through the Condor website. Jack Luke/Immediate Media Also new from Condor is the updated Super Acciaio Disc. The steel race bike took home our Best in Show: Road Bike award at The Cycle Show. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Columbus Spirit HSS tubeset is paired with a new carbon fibre fork, gets internal routing compatibility for electronic groupsets and now features CNC-machined thru-axle dropouts. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The quality of the finish is exquisite. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Super Acciaio Disc is made in Italy and will set you back £1,899.99 for the frameset. Jack Luke/Immediate Media The Leveret is new from Scottish brand Shand. While Shand’s steel frames are normally made-to-order in Livingston, the Leveret is a stock frame made in Taiwan. George Scott/Immediate Media Shand says the Leveret is a response to customer requests for a feature-packed, all-weather bike for commuting. That means you get a triple-butted chromoly steel frame and a maintenance-free Gates Carbon Drive CDX drivetrain. George Scott/Immediate Media The Leveret has 8-speed Shimano Alfine hub gears, paired with Microshift bar-end shifters. TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brakes provide the stopping power. George Scott/Immediate Media These Schwalbe G-One tyres should provide a good balance of speed, comfort and grip. The Leveret will cost £1,895 when it lands in February 2020, while a mudguard and rack accessory pack will also be available. George Scott/Immediate Media Vielo teased the R+1 earlier this year but The Cycle Show gave us the opportunity to see it in the flesh. The R+1 follows Vielo’s V+1 all-road bike and is an aero, 1x-specific carbon frame with clearance for 30mm tyres. George Scott/Immediate Media Vielo claims the R+1 is 30 per cent stiffer than a 2x frame thanks to the increased bottom bracket width afforded by the 1x-specific design. The broad BB shell transitions into a symmetrical down tube with Kammtail aero shaping. George Scott/Immediate Media Focusing the lower half of the frame on stiffness has apparently allowed Vielo to build more comfort into the seatstays through the extended flat section seen here. At the very least, it’s somewhere to put your coffee cup at the cafe. George Scott/Immediate Media The R+1 is also designed specifically for SRAM’s wireless eTap groupsets, so there are no ports for cables or wires. It certainly looks aero… George Scott/Immediate Media The flagship R+1 UD frameset will set you back a cool £3,999 when it becomes available in April next year. The R+1 UDG uses a more affordable grade of carbon fibre to drop the price to £2,699. George Scott/Immediate Media The Ribble HT Ti broke cover earlier this year and is now available. The triple-butted 3AL/2.5 titanium frame is Ribble’s first MTB chassis for many a year (the brand is best-known for its road bikes). The chassis has a slack and long geometry and is available in builds from £2,699 with SRAM NX Eagle. George Scott/Immediate Media Even newer from Ribble is this HT 725, launched at The Cycle Show. In fact, this scooped our Editor’s Choice prize in the BikeRadar Awards. It pairs a progressive geometry with Reynolds 725 steel tubing. Builds start from £1,399. Jack Luke/Immediate Media We showed you the updated Genesis Fugio earlier this year but it’s certainly worth another look. The frame is now made from Reynolds 725 steel and wears Shimano’s GRX gravel groupset in its single-ring setup. Yours for £2,699.99. George Scott/Immediate Media The 2019 Cycle Show gave us the opportunity to check out the latest road, gravel and mountain bikes from British brands Condor, Shand, Vielo, Ribble and Genesis. The UK’s biggest cycling showcase opened to the public on Friday, but we got a sneak peek during the press and trade preview. BikeRadar Awards winners announced at 2019 Cycle Show Condor brought a range of new bikes to The Cycle Show, including the updated Fratello Disc all-rounder, Bivio gravel bike and Super Acciaio Disc steel race bike. Meanwhile, we got a first look at Shand’s all-new commuter, the Leveret, and Vielo’s 1x-specific R+1. Ribble’s new steel hardtail, the HT 725, was also on display in Birmingham, while the revamped Fugio took centre stage on Genesis’ stand. The Cycle Show is open until Sunday (15 September) and you can get money off advance tickets by using the discount code BRADAR. Head to The Cycle Show website for more information.
This immaculate Foes LTS 16 was on display complete with a Tioga Disk Drive rear wheel and early Fox/RockShox suspension. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media This 254mm (10in) floating disc brake rotor is about the largest we’ve ever seen. It was photographed on the rear of a tandem, where brakes usually have a real hard time. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Bold paintwork on the wheels of this all-new wheelset from Vision. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Even the local constabulary couldn’t miss out on the hottest bicycle tech. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media As far as car and bike manufacturer collaborations go, this limited-edition Porsche branded e-MTB looks fairly good. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Headwear manufacturer HAD prides itself in its diverse designs. Some of them are really quite weird. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media We thought this Specialized Sequoia was fitted with Fox’s AX gravel fork… Oli Woodman / Immediate Media …but on closer inspection it was actually a slammed version of the 32 Step-Cast mountain bike fork. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Going behind the covers of Bosch’s Performance Line CX motor. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The Klein-esque fade of this King hardtail had us very much in love. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Magura’s Cockpit Integration (MCi) plumbs hydraulic brake lines within the handlebar for a clean look. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Can you guess what this is? Oli Woodman / Immediate Media It’s a custom rear triangle that allows a Brompton to run a Rohloff hub gear. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media We didn’t realise that the Zero Motorcycles SRF uses a Gates belt drive transmission. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media This Nicolai e-MTB has an almost Mad Max look about it. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Where do we even begin with this one! Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Sometimes this stuff just writes itself. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media He might look like very good taxidermy in this photograph but this lovely pup was alive and well. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media A classic Pinarello stands as a poignant reminder of how elegant bikes of today are not. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Another stunning retro bike, this time a Specialized S-Works Ultimate from 1994. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media We are still getting used to seeing the Goodyear label on the sidewall of tyres. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Zip-on tyre tread. Nope, still not a good idea. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media When your brand name clashes with your bike’s intentions. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The man behind this bike told us it was very difficult to ride and that the experience would remind us of learning to ride a bicycle again. We politely declined a test ride. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media An electric cargo trike would be quite an unusual find in the UK, at Eurobike it’s just business as usual. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The winner of best horn at Eurobike 2019 was clear. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media The Yerka claims to be the ‘world’s first theft-proof bike’. Its own frame tubes can transform into a 17cm lock in approximately 15 seconds. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Can someone please lend Corratec a set of scales. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Currywurst mit pommes und ein Mezzomix. So wrong it’s right. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Every year, a majority of the world’s bicycle industry descends on a large expo space in Friedrichshafen, Germany for Eurobike — the world’s biggest bike show. This has to be the maddest bike from Eurobike 2019 The world’s lightest steel road bike is also one of the best looking Eurobike sees manufacturers large and small fill stands with their latest and greatest products to show to dealers, press and the public alike. As well as the latest tech and 2020 model year bikes, Eurobike is packed full of strange ideas and experimental bikes. It’s those products that this gallery is dedicated to, so flick through the images above for the weird, the wonderful and the just plain wrong from Eurobike 2019.
Mont-Sainte-Anne hosted the UCI DH World Championships for the third time out of a total of four World Championship events held in Canada in MTB history. The long and technical track of the Québec resort has completely dried up from the rain that poured during qualifying on Friday becoming completely dry and dusty, therefore particularly challenging considering the high speeds that are reached in many stretches of rough terrain. And it was speed that was the factor in Mont-Sainte-Anne, with the top riders who had to raise their limit really giving 110% in order to be competitive in this incredibly tight race. In this growing spectacle of technique and speed, it was Loïc Bruni with the fastest run, winning his fourth world title, his third consecutive since 2017. The French rider reconfirms himself as world champion thanks to an impeccable, aggressive run and clean, the result of a truly admirable technical ability and fitness. Silver medal for Troy Brosnan who, has had a heck of a season occupying the lower steps of the podium, and bordered so close to victory in the most important event of the year. The Australian was so close to victory with an aggressive and spectacular run that he built section by section, with a style and a stubbornness reminiscent of his mentor Sam Hill in the golden years of downhill. Amaury Pierron couldn’t hide his disappointment for third place but the young Frenchman can be happy with the bronze medal for which he gave it his best, in a truly epic challenge. Danny Hart has shown that when he is really fit, he is able to amaze the crowd even on dust and not just mud. Fifth place went to Greg Minnaar who was the first to significantly raise the level of the race, at the age of 37, he is still incredibly competitive in search of his fourth title. The fastest American was Dakotah Norton, coming into a very impressive 8th place, followed by Luca Shaw in 10th and Aaron Gwin in 12th. Myriam Nicole donned the rainbow jersey after her return to the brutal MSA track after having been absent all season due to a serious injury. The long wait has rewarded “Pompon” with the victory of the title thanks to a run with clear, constant progression where the French athlete managed playing her cards with constancy and determination, and without making mistakes. Silver medal for another athlete who returned to racing here in Mont-Sainte-Anne after a long absence due to injury, the British Tahnée Seagrave, put down a solid run, yet far from the performances she put in during the season, before her injury. The bronze medal went to Marine Cabirou, confirming her growth this season, finishing 1 second and 7 tenths behind Tahnee. Tracey Hannah started well but suffered a drop in the second half of the long Canadian track, closing out in fourth position, visibly disappointed. The 2019 junior world champion is Australian Kye A’Hern who won the rainbow jersey with over a second of time ahead of Friday’s qualifying winner, Frenchman Antoine Vidal. Bronze medal for the Tuhoto-Ariki Pene kiwi. The Frenchman Thibaut Daprela, ruler of the World Cup season and favorite for the title, failed to do better than the fifth position on the long, demanding track in Mont-Sainte-Anne. Few surprises in the Junior women’s category where the favorite Valentina Höll has not disappointed the expectations by winning the rainbow jersey almost 13 seconds ahead of the Norwegian Mille Johnset. Third place for Anna Newkirk. Standings: Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women Good luck to Brook Macdonald we we’re wishing for a quick and complete recovery. Stay strong Bulldog!
There were three Swiss riders in the top ten, but the winner wasn't one of them.( Photos: 1, Comments: 1 )
Now in its 18th year, The Cycle Show is coming of age. It’s firmly established itself as the UK’s biggest cycling showcase and this year it returns to the NEC Birmingham from 13 to 15 September. There are plenty of reasons to go. Not only will you get up close and personal with the newest and shiniest bike tech, but there are panel discussions with inspirational athletes, chances to meet your cycling heroes, as well as some brand new bikes being launched. You don’t want to miss this. And we’re even making it easier for you by offering a 10 percent discount on advance tickets if you use the code BRADAR, as well as the chance to win two VIP tickets. If that’s not enough, here are 9 reasons to get yourself to Birmingham in September. 1. Check out the latest 2020 bikes Take the brand new Colnago V3Rs for a test ride. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media All the hottest new bikes and gear will be readily available for your viewing pleasure. Among the many bikes confirmed to be on show, here are five must-sees: Ribble Endurance SLe — part of the world’s lightest electric-assisted endurance range Go Cycle GX — designed to be folded away in less than 10 seconds Pinarello Dogma F12 X-Light — the very same bike that saw Egan Bernal to his historic Tour de France victory ICE Full Fat Recumbent Trike — the trike of choice for Maria Leijerstam, first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole Colnago V3Rs — the culmination of years of development into lightness and aerodynamics See Egan Bernal’s Tour de France winning yellow Pinarello Dogma F12 up close at The Cycle Show. Leon van Bon Other bikes confirmed to be on show are: Cannondale CAAD13 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD GT Fury Carbon Pro 29 Orange Stage 6 RS Pinarello Dogma F10 On top of that, some of the biggest brands in cycling will be exhibiting as well, including the likes of Colnago, Condor, Focus, Genesis, Kinesis, Marin, Mondraker, Pivot, Ribble, Rose, Salsa, Shand, Surly, Transition and Yeti. There will also be components, clothing and accessories galore on display, plus this year’s Retail Hub is going to be 20 percent bigger, with plenty of show-only discounts available. 2. Try out your n+1 on the demo track Come and demo a host of bikes on the dedicated road, off-road and commuter tracks. The Cycle Show You don’t really need an excuse for that new bike, just take it for a test ride and it’ll be sure to win you over. That’s why there’s plenty of space for you to take that dream bike for a spin. Over at the newly extended road track (sponsored by Cycling Plus) you can try out some choice road bikes from highly acclaimed brands. That includes the Ribble Endurance SLe and Hybrid ALe e-road bikes. At the Bosch eBike Systems MTB track (sponsored by MBUK) there’s a 1.7km outdoor trail loop built by pro BMX/DH racer Kye Forte. Try out an array of bikes from BH, Calibre, Cannondale, Genesis and Surly. Focus’ full line-up of e-MTBs will also be available. If you’re not much of a roadie or mountain biker but are in the market for a new commuter bike, there’s a dedicated track for you as well. Brands such as Brompton, GoCycle, Riese & Müller, Tern, Ridgeback and more will be there with a range of bikes to try. 3. Meet cycling heroes and get expert advice Tracy Moseley is a legendary Enduro and Downhill world champion. The Cycle Show Get yourself over to the stage to ask your burning questions, with a line-up including: Sir Chris Hoy (six-time Olympic gold medallist) Graeme Obree (former hour record holder) Martyn Ashton (MTB legend) Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (CCC Liv) Tracy Moseley (Enduro and DH world champ) Philip Deignan (ex-Team Sky/Ineos) Adam Blythe (Lotto-Soudal) Anna Glowinski (The Cycle Show / Mountain Bike Adventures) Riders from the Madison-Genesis professional road cycling team Bob Haro (BMX legend / bike designer) William Fotheringham (cycling author) Olly Wilkins (super-stylish rider and MBUK columnist) Geoff Waugh (MBUK photographer) Adam Blythe is a road and track racing pro, riding for UCI WorldTeam Lotto-Soudal. Yuzuru Sunada There will be plenty of opportunities to meet an array of athletes, including Jenny Graham (world record holder for fastest circumnavigation by bicycle, female) and Jenny Tough (adventure traveller) who will be at the Shand Cycles stand with their own bikes. Team manager Roger Hammond and select members of Madison-Genesis will be reminiscing, fresh from the team’s final ever race. The Cycle Show 4. KPP in conversation with female athletes Kitty Pemberton-Platt (founder of KPP) will be hosting The Common Room Live, a panel of female athletes sharing their stories on sport, self-development and style. Their open and honest conversations are sure to inspire more support for other women in sport. Jenny Tough is an all-round adventurer. The Cycle Show The panel will include: Jane Dennyson (audax rider and Paris-Brest-Paris finisher) Emma Jane Hornsby (Scarpa Racing) Aoife Doherty (The 5th Floor) Anneleen Bosma (Zwift Netherlands national champion) Emma Bentley (The 5th Floor / Grinduro 2019 winner) Alice Monger-Godfrey (ex-pro and osteopath) Anna Glowinski is a cycling polymath, radio and TV presenter. The Cycle Show 5. Be the first to see some brand new product launches Several brands have confirmed they are launching new products exclusively at The Cycle Show, so you can be one of the first to set eyes on them. All-City — Zig Zag All-City’s answer to what a modern road bike should be. You’ve seen how much Jack loves his Mr Pink, now the Zig Zag is what All-City calls ‘the logical next step’, with a healthy dose of new technology. Condor Cycles Condor is launching four new bikes at The Cycle Show, covering nearly all bases: Super Acciaio Disc — claimed to be the first UCI-approved steel disc bike, and it’s had a freshen up for 2020 Italia RC Disc — the race-focused, lightweight aluminium frame, now with disc brakes Bivio-Gravel 2.0 — all-road adventure bike with significant upgrades for this 2.0 version Fratello Disc 2.0 — another do-it-all road offering from the London-based brand HED UK While HED will have its full range on show this weekend, the brand is also launching a host of new products: Vanquish 4 GP 40mm Deep Carbon Clincher/Tubeless Disc Brake Wheelset Vanquish 6 GP 60mm Deep Carbon Clincher/Tubeless Disc Brake Wheelset Vanquish 8 80mm Deep Carbon Clincher/Tubeless Disc Brake Wheelset Vanquish Full Aero Disc Wheel, Carbon Clincher/Tubeless and Disc brake compatible Other new launches at the show will include the Revolutionworks Revos 2, a new e-bike brand Rok, a host of Bosch products and the new Tyre Seal from Squirt Lube. 6. Check out the BikeRadar Awards winners We’ll be giving out awards for the best bikes and products at the Cycle Show. The Cycle Show During the press preview we’ll be scouring the entire show in search of the best bikes and gear, before announcing the winners of the BikeRadar Awards on Friday 13 September. Get a close-up look at the products we think are the pick of the bunch, with BikeRadar Awards to be handed out for the following categories: Best in Show: Road Bike Best in Show: Mountain Bike Best in Show: Gravel Bike Best in Show: E-Bike Best in Show: Gadget Editor’s Choice 7. Get inspired for your next two-wheeled adventure Fed up with the same old routes, and looking for your next two-wheeled challenge? Whether it’s a weekender or an extended adventure, you’ll love The Cycle Show’s Destination Zone. There will be a whole host of companies attending, offering supported and self-guided tours, training weekends, and bike hire. They’ll also be on hand with information about cycling routes across Europe — and further afield including India, Nepal and Cuba. 8. Find a reason to feel good Find out how Elephant Bikes are changing the lives of people in Malawi. Oli Woodman / Immediate Media Cycle of Good, the charity that’s home to the Elephant Bike, will be at The Cycle Show. Elephant Bikes are former Royal Mail postal service bikes that have been given a new lease of life, and are donated to an enterprise scheme in Malawi. Cycle of Good also recycles old inner tubes into purses, wallets and other items, and all funds contribute to the work it does in Malawi, building schools and training centres. There will be Elephant Bikes on display, and perhaps you’ll even get to ride one on the demo track! (Subject to confirmation) 9. We’ll be there too! Come and meet the teams from MBUK, Cycling Plus and of course, BikeRadar! Steve Behr We’d like to flatter ourselves and think this is the best reason for you to come to The Cycle Show. Members of the BikeRadar team, along with Cycling Plus and MBUK magazines, will be at the show with exclusive merchandise, subscription offers, goody bags (make sure to pre-order yours when booking your ticket so you don’t miss out) and more. Come say hello!