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In the News you will find the latest pieces of news related to the world of cycling, such as the presentation of new models of bicycles, spare parts and bike accessories of the best brands such as Trek, Scott, Specialized, Orbea, Pinarello, ... In the Videos section you will find a collection of the most spectacular bicycle videos: enjoy, relax and dream thanks to breathtaking images and music, and maybe also learn something new about the bicycle culture. If you are passionate about bike races, the Sports section of the EurekaBike blog reports the most important sports news on both road bikes and mountain bikes, but also news on minor sports such as triathlon, cyclocross and biketrials. In the sports section you will also find interesting information about athletes, lifestyles and curiosities related to the world of bike racing. In the Lifestyle section we collect information on bike fairs, bicycle regulations and other useful content for those who live or want to approach the world of cycling. Finally, the Eureka World section collects special articles where we bring you to know our best vendors and many other curiosities related to the stunning EurekaBike project!
It has been just released an incredible video where the British stunt rider Chriss Akrigg brings to the extreme limit the potential of the new GT Amp 2022 rig, equipped with the Shimano EP8 motor. For sure Chris has an immense talent to ride whatever type of bicycle in the most incredible places, but this video shows once more what is the actual potential of e-bikes when it comes to steep climbs. Electric mountain bikes in particular open total new riding scenarios for the pros, as well as for the average rider. Having that surplus of power available for your legs allows you to ride in places that were simply inaccessible before the advent of e-bikes. Climbing water streams and slimy rocks, gapping up and down huge stones, pedalling up dusty trails and riversides. Steep diagonals on +30% grade walls, crusing up and down loose slate grounds in full control... You need more than Chriss Akrigg's talent to do that, and the rideabiliy level that modern ebikes provide nowadays is simply the step that was missing. Shimano EP8 e-bike system is the state of the art of Shimano's drivetrains for MTB specific use. The right power at the right time, Shimano claims. This means raw power with complete control and adjustable power tailored to every riding style and need. Shimano EP8 features 85Nm maximum torque and delivers smooth, direct power for the most natural riding feeling. As you can see by your eyes in this video. You can also check the GT Brand page, or the page of the Shimano EP8 motor.
The 2021-22 cyclo-cross season is getting underway, with the European Championship of the past weekend, the UCI World Cup circuits and the Superprestige to then culminate with the World Championships in a single stage. This year the World Cup is as rich as ever because it has 16 appointments: after the first 3 rounds in the USA, it landed in Europe whith other 2 stops in Belgium, and then it will continue in four other host nations. Cyclo-cross is a discipline that has a long tradition in Belgium and enormous media attention. Top riders are considered equal to the great pros of the road and the competitions are followed by large crowds of enthusiasts. In recent years, however, the popularity of cyclo-cross has grown globally thanks to the presence of the two stars Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel and a national rivalry (Belgium against the Netherlands), to which a third wheel has been added, the British Tom Pidcock. As a result of the growth of the three athletes who are now at the top of world road cycling, they will not be able to compete many races of the World Cup because their preparation is focused on the first races on road in Spring. Despite this, they have already anticipated that the World Championship, which this year will take place in Fayetteville in the USA on January 29-30, will be their goal: we will therefore see Van Aert and Van der Poel in some World Cup events later in the season. Their program includes a debut in December and a gradual improvement in order to be top form at the World Championship that both have already won (and for the Dutchman would be the fourth consecutive win). Out of the 16 UCI cyclocross World Cup rounds, the Italian race stands out, which will return after a few years of absence on December 12 in Val di Sole. It will be very suggestive because it will take place on the snow and will also be the test event to convince the IOC to insert cyclo-cross among the disciplines of the Winter Olympics. These are the rounds the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup: 10 OCT 2021 Waterloo (USA) 13 OCT 2021Fayetteville (USA) 17 OCT 2021 Iowa (USA) 24 OCT 2021Zonhoven (BEL) 31 OCT 2021 Overijse (BEL) 14 NOV 2021Tabor (CZE) 21 NOV 2021 Koksijde (BEL) 28 NOV 2021Besancon (FRA) 5 DEC 2021 Antwerpen (BEL) 12 DEC 2021 Val di Sole (ITA) 18 DEC 2021Rucphen (NED) 19 DEC 2021Namur (BEL) 26 DEC 2021 Dendermonde (BEL) 2 JAN 2022Hulst (NED) 16 JAN 2022 Flamanville (FRA) 23 JAN 2022 Hoogerheide (NED) Despite the absence of the big names of the road, the Cyclocross World Cup season is very open and hard-fought this year. If Eli Iserbyt seems the most credited with the final victory (he has already won three races out of 5), the opponents Toon Aerts, Michael Vanthourenhout and the emerging Quentin Hermans are strong candidates and every competition is hard fought. We run on selective and technical circuits and very often mud and rain make the race extremely uncertain. Rai Sport offers coverage of the main events, not only in Elite category, but also in Women and Juniors. The only drawback that would make the category more varied, is the absence of real contenders to the dominance of the Belgians, and at the European Championship of last week it was a great surprise to see the Dutch Van der Haar on top of the podium who defeated the Flemish battleship. Italy was honored with the ninth place of Jakob Dorigoni: the Bolzano rider and Giole Bertolini have been participating in the World Cup races for several years with mixed results but in a growing trend, but far are the times of Renato Longo who managed to winning 5 World Championships in the 60s or more recently we remember the triumph of Daniele Pontoni (who has just been appointed manager of the Italian national team). Awaiting the growth of Dorigoni, who is only 23 years old, there is hope for an Italian movement that sees signs of awakening in the youth categories and in women: Arzuffi and Lechner among the latter, Toneatti Under 23 and Luca Paletti who has just taken the European bronze in the first year as a junior. Cyclo-cross has proven over the years to be a spectacular and a still loved discipline; moreover, it can be carried out as an integration of winter preparation or even as a step towards the road competions, not to mention that many athletes interchange fluidly between mountain biking in summer and cyclocross in winter. Always follow us on EurekaBike.it, the marketplace in the world of two wheels, with up-to-date price lists, offers and technical data sheets of the main brands in the world and a rich blog section with articles on professional road cycling, MTB, downhill, BMX, and curiosity from the world of bicycles!
The publication of the results of the Gendarmerie raid at the last Tour de France at Team Bahrein-Victorius made quite a lot of noise. According to French newspapers, an analysis of the hair of three team riders, carried out at the National Center for Biotechnology, showed the presence of tizanidine, a drug that is normally used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. It should be noted that this drug is not on the list of products banned by Wada (the international anti-doping agency) and considered doping. The French professor Jean Pierre de Mondenard, former doctor of the Tour and involved in the analyzes, stated that the drug is a muscle relaxant and could be used after the competition to soothe pain in the muscles. After intense and prolonged effort, in fact, the so-called muscle asphyxia occurs, with consequent severe leg pain due to the stiffening of the muscles. The drug limits this tension and its effects. However, Professor Mondenard also added that this molecule is very similar to those that stimulate growth hormones and he was bothered learning that it is used for sport. The circumstance has boosted the detractors of Team Bahrein- Victorius who have raised doubts about the performance of its athletes after an exciting season: 30 victories including stages in the great laps and podiums at the Giro d'Italia, the Paris-Roubaix. Emerging young people such as Matej Mohoric, Mark Padun, Gino Mader; established athletes such as Domenico Caruso and Pello Bilbao; a finally matured Sonny Colbrelli have reached the top of the world. It must be said that they are all riders who have had a constant improvement in their careers and have shown talent since the lower categories, so they did not come out of nowhere. Far be it from us to overshadow spots or even less to talk about doping (which, moreover, is not configured for tizanidine as mentioned above). All the insiders indeed agree on the fact that today's pro cycling is pretty clean, both for the reform of the bodies responsible for control and for the updating of the list of prohibited drugs. Also the acceptance by the athletes of the protocol that allows unscheduled checks and blood tests in every place, associated with the obligation to declare where you are on every day of the year have allowed serious checks strongly discouraging the doping. Last but not least, the transparency in publishing all the data relating to training and competitions which can be an alarm bell in the event of abnormal performances. Finally, a renewed ethics on the part of the teams, who immediately fired the athletes in the few cases in which they were found positive for the use of banned substances. The latest case dates back to 2017 with Ruffoni and Pirazzi, immediately resigned by Bardiani team. Having said all this, a doubt remains. To shed light on that gray area that is medical-scientific, but even above all ethical, of the use in sport of drugs, even powerful ones, for purposes other than the treatment for which they are indicated. The thought cannot but go to Chris Froome and many others who abused anti-asthma drugs, or to the present story where it is difficult to demonstrate the need for a product against multiple sclerosis for an athlete in full shape. These are substances that perhaps do not increase performance, but there is a need for transparency on the part of teams and doctors: what is the real benefit? What effects do they have on the health of cyclists in the long term? What and how many other drugs are abused that are not on doping lists? The team called into question defended itself by declaring: “Team Bahrain-Victorious and none of its riders have been officially or unofficially informed of any results found relating to tizanidine or other substances. The Team is keen to underline that the authors of the scientific article to which all the accusations refer have unequivocally underlined that tizanidine is not a banned substance in sport " In addition, the team is consulting the lawyers to verify the method of publication that has had a negative impact on the image of the team " We will see the developments: the hope is that the whole cycling movement that made so much effort to get out of the dark years of doping will not be tainted, but it will be an opportunity to improve research and the ethics of sport. On EurekaBike.it the bicycle marketplace, you will find interesting articles in the blog section about road racing, mtb, downhill, technique, curiosity, lifestyle and many price lists and tecnhical sheets of the top brands in the world of cycling!
The world of cycling is occasionally shaken by innovative and creative proposals: new technologies, hybridizations of different models, alternatives of use, simple aesthetic or functional quirks of strange bikes. But this realization is destined to occupy a special place because it completely overturns the concept of the bicycle! It looks like one of those crazy and futuristic vehicles created by the brilliant mind of Gyro Gearloose in the stories of Donald Duck .. Behind this bicycle, called hubless, there is the inventiveness and practical ability of a young engineer who calls himself The Q. It is not a model on the market, nor a product built by a professional manufacturer of bicycles, but just born from the passion and creativity of an individual. Building the bike of the future On Youtube you can see all the construction phases of the hubless bike, which starts from a normal fat-bike on the market. Our young engineer removes the hubs and the spokes and hooks the frame directly to the wheel rims. The result is amazing: the “empty” wheels seem to move by magic with a frame suspended on them. But how did The Q achieve this? The construction process is accurately documented by the video. As for the front wheel, first the spokes and hubs were cut and ball bearings were applied to the outside of the wide rim. Then it is necessary to mount special tires that you will arrange on it. Finally, the fork was cut and welded directly to the rim. The rear wheel has undergone the same modification, with the addition of a gigantic sprocket of the same size as the rim: the chain is attached to it so as to move the wheel directly. The disc brake hinged solidly to the crankset in the middle of the frame completes the work! A vehicle that certainly does not go unnoticed thanks to the absence of any visible connection between frame and wheels and the black and fluorescent blue color. Moreover, the performances and any constructive advantages or benefits are all to be evaluated. In the video the hubless bike shows an agile and light pedaling. If the project is destined to have a commercial future, it will probably be an urban or light off-road bike, to have fun and amaze observers with its originality. Moreover, the plan of an e-Bike with this setting should not be ruled out, which would allow you to enjoy the innovative system without being penalized in terms of performance. For now, praise to The Q who has earned a place of honor in terms of number of views and who has made headlines around the world. Always follow us on EurekBike.it, the market place of the world of two wheels, with up-to-date price lists, offers and technical data sheets of top bike brands in the world and a rich blog section with articles on professional road cycling, MTB, downhill, BMX , technical articles and curiosities from the world of cycling!
The market has seen the spectacular emergence of gravel bikes in recent years. An increasing number of enthusiasts are opting for the purchase of this type, not to mention the increase in competitions or non-competitive events. Gravel road are dirt or non-asphalted paths, so the construction philosophy of these bikes starts from the assumption that they are suitable for such routes. Everything was born, as very often in the world of bicycles in recent times, in the USA where the love for two wheels is combined with vast natural spaces with the presence of long dirt roads. And then the introduction of fascinating races in many American states characterized by paths in the boundless nature, without too many altitude difficulties and on rather compact eartyhy roads, which can easily overcome 100 miles up to the Ultra races such as the Trans Iowa that exceeds 500 km!The stars and stripes manufacturers have therefore launched on the market a type of bike specialized for these routes, which however is also excellent for use on asphalt roads.About 4-5 years ago the first gravels arrived in Europe and now it is a well-known product of many houses. Temporary fashion? Carefully planned commercial strategy? We believe not: the numbers prove it to us, but above all the constructive analysis of these bicycles. The technical characteristics of gravel bikes In general, the basic concept to start from are road racing bikes which are modified in some basic elements to obtain strength and solidity without sacrificing too much speed. An eclectic two-wheeler that combines road bike, cyclocross and touring characteristics. Obviously on the market we find a wide range of gravel bikes ranging from 500-600 Euros for entry models up to over ten times as much for top-of-the-range bikes.The frame, depending on use and price, can be steel, aluminum or even carbon. However, what differentiates it from its road-racing cousins is its geometry. A slightly more "comfortable" structure: slightly higher head tube, less steep down tube and longer rear stay (up to 20 mm), to ensure a posture that is not "lying down" as in road racing, but more raised on the saddle. This translates into comfort for tackling dirt roads and greater readiness on bumpy roads. The greater weight of the frame is needed for strength, but as mentioned, those who opt for gravel do not seek the exasperation of road racing bikes. The wheels are 28 ”, the same size as the road, but what changes are the tires: larger section (30-35 mm) and you can opt for a more or less “clawed” tread pattern. The brakes are obviously disc brakes and the transmission is designed ad-hoc for rough routes with the presence of gravel, dust or mud (long rocker arm and high shifting fork). Furthermore, the ratios are more agile than the road cousins: the combination of 50/32 tooth chainrings is quite common, but the single chainring is becoming increasingly popular, with sprockets from 10-11 up to 34. In the case of the BMC URS 1 One, top of the range of the Swiss manufacturer, the largest sprocket is a frying pan-like 50-tooth! The major manufacturers such as Trek, Giant, Scott, Cannondale, BMC, Triban all have more gravel models in their list. Let's see some proposals: The Scott Speedster Gravel 40 has an aluminum frame, disc brakes and Shimano group with CS-HG500 # 10 11-32 cassette and double chainring at the front. An excellent mid-range vehicle at a price just over 1200 euros. Moving up the category to the top of the range, we meet the Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1 model 2021. Carbon frame, sturdy Giant SLR-2 42 wheels fitted with 33mm all-terrain tubeless tires and the Shimano Ultegra group, 11x34 with single chainring. The price is 3799 Euros. Fun, adventure and more In conclusion, a bicycle that is easy to use and not exasperated, robust and solid. You can travel many kilometers on road and on unpaved paths, preferably with hard and compact surfaces: gravel, light mud, compact earth. Obviously they are not made for difficult off-road and/or with important altimetric differences: for these routes the various MTBs are still the most suitable. However, gravel bike has a versatile use: there are those who use it mainly on asphalt (with ad-hoc tires) to have more strength and maybe save money compared to a very special road racing model. There are those who use it for mixed routes, those for adventure or even short trips: some models can install luggage racks and luggage racks and even indicators and mudguards. Finally, those who opt for the purchase of these bikes for the numerous gravel events that are beginning to appear in Italy. These are the multi-day events halfway between cycle tourism, adventure and pure challenge: among the most popular we remember the Veneto Gravel (690 km and 3900 m in altitude), the BAM of Mantua and the Tuscany Trail Experience. Cycling more in contact with nature, adventurous and with a touch of re-enactment of the past, when gravel or dirt roads were the norm, not the exception. A love for the heroic era of cycling, and perhaps more authentic, that the world of road professionalism does not disdain: just look not only at the success of the Strade Bianche and the classic-monumet Roubaix, but also at the fascination for the ancient of less known races such as the Paris-Tours which takes place among the dirt roads of the vineyards of the Loire, or the Tro-Bro Léon in Brittany which takes place on large stretches of ribinoù, characteristic paths with an earthy terrain.
Early in October 2021 the new RockShox integrated electronic suspension, called Flight Attendant, was launched on the market. With a justified expectation from the world of bikers and the press, we finally have the feedback on a product that, although not the first to use electronics, is also innovative in technology and concept. Only history will tell if it is enough to revolutionize the MTB market, surely the top Enduro models will be more attractive. A concentrate of technology The RockShox Flight Attendant is an integrated suspension system which, through microsensors housed in the fork, crankset and rear shock, is able in real time to adapt the suspension parameters to the terrain being traveled. First of all, it is wireless, greatly reducing the complications of maintenance and breakdowns. But the big innovation compared to existing products is that the Flight Attendant behaves in a "predictive" rather than "reactive" manner. This is a function of algortithms created on the basis of thousands of km traveled in each condition in the research and development phase, which lasted 7 years: the system is able to decipher and read the terrain in 5 milliseconds and adjust the suspensions for the situation. Every little bump, hole, wrinkle, jump, change in ground will be predicted and the shock and fork will be adjusted in real time. This translates into maximum performance efficiency, especially in climbing. When the path flattens, there will obviously be a proportional hardening of the suspensions, while if the sensor detects the descent, there will be a softer setting, but always adjusted according to the surface of the ground. But how does the RockShox Flight Attendant work? The system is connected to an App equipped with a useful tutorial and step-by-step instructions. The initial operation is to calibrate the system according to your weight: it can be done from a standstill and once registered, it is no longer necessary to do it. From this moment on, the system is manageable with the buttons on the fork itself: the three possible settings are Open, Pedal and Lock, going from the softest to the hardest. As we can imagine and as specified in the introduction, the “intelligent” system prevents or adapts in real time to the conditions, so it is capable of loosening if a deep hole is encountered in a compact terrain, or vice versa. Furthermore there are three modes: the Auto in which the computer is free to automatically change the settings during the ride, the Manual in which it is changed by the rider, and the Override. An excellent additional option is to be able to fine-tune the system: if by default the bias is 0, we can set it to +1 or +2 towards the Open position or -1 or -2 towards the Lock. For the moment, RockShox has not published the prices of the product that can be purchased as a separate part. The manufacturers who will be using this system are for now Trek, Canyon, YT and Specialized and on average they will have a surcharge of about 2000 € compared to the equivalent model without the Flight Attendant. The Enduro models are favored, in the belief that the new electronic system will be more useful for long and varied trails, where maximum performance in all conditions is important, both uphill and downhill. The models equipped with this system will be the YT Jeffsy Uncaged 6, the YT Capra Uncaged 6, Canyon Neuron CF SLX LTD, the Canyon Spectral 29 CF LTD AXS, the Trek Slash 9.9 XX1 AXS Flight Attendant and finally the Specialized S-Works Enduro, the latter equipped with SRAM AXS drivetrain and AXS Reverb Dropper Post. Advantages and disadvantages of the new system First of all, many practical tests show that the performance is increased. Bikes equipped with RockShox Flight Attendant have a suspension system that works perfectly in all conditions, but especially on undulating terrain with short, challenging punches. Secondly, the ease of use and adjustment, with a very wide range. It takes time and practice to find the right set-up, but we believe this is an opportunity rather than a limit. Moving on to the critical points, the first is the price, even if it is largely justifiable given the amount of technology and research used, and in any case destined to decrease over time. Weight might be a small negative, although around 300g doesn't impact too much on vehicles that are quite heavy in nature. The electronic buzz that distinguishes the change of setting while driving (in Auto mode) can be a bit annoying. Finally, a minus is the amount of batteries: as many as three that are respectively housed in the fork, in the crankset and in the shock absorber. This requires additional time in charging them. On EurekaBike.it, the bicycle marketplace, you will find the blog section with interesting articles on road racing, mtb, downhill, technique, curiosity, lifestyle and many price lists and cards of the top brands in the world of wheels!
Trek and SRAM have just released a video where they show master mechanic, Sean Murphy, of Fluid Function in Squamish, B.C. assembling one of the two builds Brandon Semenuk will be travelling with to the Red Bull Rampage, seeking an unprecedented fourth title. Brandon Semenuk's 2021 Red Bull Rampage build is the bike you'd expect a five-time Joyride and three-time Rampage champion to ride. With big travel, and big trick potential, his custom 27.5/26 mulleted Trek Session is set up with a one-of-a-kind BlackBox AXS drivetrain, and a 190mm single crown RockShox Zeb Ultimate. Trek Session SRAM Rampage build details Frame: custom built Trek Session 27.5" / 26" Mullet Derailleur: BlackBox XX1 Eagle AXS short cage Controller: SRAM AXS Cassette: SRAM X01 DH Chain: SRAM Eagle Crankset: SRAM X01 DH DUB | 165mm, with custom crank damper Fork: RockShox Zeb Ultimate | 190mm, 44m offset, 3 Tokens, 63.5 PSI, HSC open, LSC 9 clicks to closed Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH with MegNeg air can | 270 PSI, 4.5 tokens in Positive, 2 Bands in Negative, Rebound 5 clicks to closed, LSC 9 clicks to closed. Front Brake: SRAM Code RSC | Routed through Zeb steerer tube. Rear Brake: SRAM Code RSC | Extra long brake hose for 3 full rotations of handlebars. Rotors: SRAM HS2 200mm (front & rear) Wheels: Industry Nine 27.5" / 26" Handlebar: Chromag OSX LTD Stem: Chromag Ranger V2 Seatpost: Truvativ Noir T40 Front Tire: Maxxis Assegai 27.5 x 2.5" EXO+ Maxx Grip Rear Tire: Maxxis Minion DHR2 26 x 2.4" DH Casing Maxx Grip Saddle: Chromag Overture LTD Grips: Chromag Clutch Pedals: Chromag Synth Check out the video See how Brandon's mechanic builds up this stunning rig piece by piece with sharp accuracy. Follow us on EurekaBike.com, the bicycle marketplace with updated listings of thousands of bikes, bike offers near you and tech specs from the World's most famous bike brands. Plus, a rich blog section with articles about road professional cycling, MTB, downhill, BMX, tech issues and curiosities from the bike industry!
We are now at the end of the World Tour road season 2021, with only Lombardia as a classic monument to be disputed. The year of cycling's rebirth, after the Covid drama and the consequent unfortunate and odd 2020 season, proved to be exceptional. A beautiful series of races, which has finally seen the attendance of the public, with a large and competent presence, perhaps even greater than expected. Cycling is alive and well: a traditional popular sport, but capable of thrilling ever-increasing numbers of fans, both from the point of view of spectators and practitioners. Speaking more broadly, we cannot fail to mention the boom that women's cycling is having, from the youth categories to the pros.As for the men, we still have in our eyes the legendary ride in the mud of the heroes of Paris-Roubaix, from which a mighty Sonny Colbrelli emerged. A race like this is the most effective commercial in favor of a sport that is too often mistreated: those who were lucky enough to follow it on TV, not to mention who was on the spot, witnessed one of the toughest, most fought and most uncertain competitions of the last years. The Azzurri victory rejoices us because an Italian has finally managed to climb the top of the podium after 22 years (the last triumph was that of Andrea Tafi in 1999) and because he delivers a true champion to the history and future of this sport, who has perhaps obtained all together what bad luck had taken away from him in previous years. In a few months, the Italian, European and Roubaix championships, plus another five spare victories. But, beyond the winner, it seems right to cheer all the actors on that epic and terrible stage made of pavé in the north of France. A world elite of athletes who make the classic monuments, as well as the stage races, always uncertain and battle-hardened. The balance of Italian cycling A season that for Italy, still orphan of a competitive athlete in stage races, sees the consecration of Filippo Ganna. The Verbanese is now number one in the world in time trials, a status achieved after dominating the Giro d'Italia, in the Olympic pursuit quartet and in confirming the world title against time. Having already said about Colbrelli, and awaiting the maturation of some interesting young people, the rest of the dish is a bit poor, with athletes now in decline (Nibali), or good cyclists but hardly competitive with superstars. However, if we had to bet on someone in the season, we would do it on Gianni Moscon. A moving and unfortunate campaign at Roubaix: left on the run alone more than 50 km from the finish, he resisted with just over a minute on a handful of unleashed pursuers and only a puncture and a fall 15 km from the goal took him away a possible victory. This race is tailored to his characteristics and we are sure that his arrival at Astana next year will be a springboard for his talent, not only in the French race, but also in many other races. A talent that perhaps in recent years has remained entangled in the tactics of Sky /Ineos, but is ready to explode, a bit like Colbrelli did this year.To extend the reasoning in other categories, we meet a huge blue booty not only at the Olympics (where the track pursuit is a certainty), but also and above all at the World Road Championships in Belgium. Apart from the absence of victories in the Elite men's online test to which we are unfortunately accustomed for some time, we have dominated in many other races: the golds of Elisa Balsamo in the women's Elite, of Filippo Baroncini in the Under 23 and the triumph of Ganna himself are to demonstrate that the Italian cycling movement is varied and solid. Is modern cycling back to the past? We said that the season has been beautiful: the young superstars Pogacar and Evenepoel have matured at the speed of light, the now very strong Van der Poel, Van Aert and Alaphilippe guarantee a show at every race in which they participate. Roglic is a tractor on all terrains, Bernal has consolidated himself as king in stage races with a nice triumph at the Giro d'Italia. Cycling is obviously changing, and it's doing it for the better. Not only has the new generation finally knocked out the senators who wrote cycling a few years ago, but the races themselves have changed. We see far fewer tactics, and teams are no longer able to keep racing tied up like they were a few years ago. Fewer trains uphill without the possibility of escape (Team Sky in this was the master team), fewer sprint finishes in the flat and valley stages. This translates into great chances of the escapes to arrive: only at the Giro d'Italia, the few fugitives, or the single (even more often) have reached the finish line in 15 occasions out of 19 available stages online. And at the Tour and the Vuelta the music doesn't change that much, with the group often not being able to control the race, which gave new motivation to the day's escapes and solitary breakaways. We have discovered lesser-known riders, who have risen to the world limelight with their achievements: whether they are young emerging or lieutenants and gregari who can crown their career with a victory. We have tasted again a beautiful and ancient cycling, less tied to the tactical logic of the great teams, but more inclined to the romantic solitary breakaway, perhaps with an ending that smiles on David against Goliath! 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Fabio Aru's announcement of his retirement from competitive activity comes unexpected, but reasonably not too much. The Cavaliere dei Quattro Mori had in 2021 perhaps the last useful year to climb that downfall and regain a competitiveness that would allow him, if not to win a Grand Tour, at least to fight for the top positions. After a slow half of the season dedicated to grinding races and kilometers, the Sardinian seemed to have found a lost alchemy: two second places in a row at the Sibiu Tour and at the more qualified Vuelta a Burgos had shown a faint light at the end of the tunnel and given new motivation for the Vuelta España. In the Iberian grand-tour, which has been running in these weeks, after a promising start, Aru has unfortunately shown the chronic weaknesses that occur after the first week of racing. However, the awareness that he could no longer be the cyclist able to win the Vuelta in 2015 and to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour after a series of feats in the mountains was probably already triggered. A decline that began in 2018, due to a serious iliac artery problem and, some say, a wrong mental attitude. The decline of Quintana, Sagan, Bardet and Pinot But there is one more element: in the bygone era of cycling psycho-physical maturity was reached around 30 years after a slow and constant improvement during the previous years (think of Moser, Bugno, Chiappucci, Indurain, Pantani, Basso). In today's two-wheeled professionalism, on the other hand, there is a decline in performance of great champions around that age. Nairo Quintana, winner of the Giro and Vuelta between the ages of 24 and 26, has long been unable to fight for the top. Peter Sagan, to whom we also wish great victories in the future, is not even distant relative of the three-time World Champion and of the one who dominated the classics of the north. Cavendish himself, after a fulminating career in sprints that brought him more than 100 victories, faded for several years at the age of 30. He found the winning form again this season, but greatly thanks to the perfect organization of the Deceunink train. The list could continue, with fine athletes who have had an impressive downward trend such as Mikel Landa, the French Pinot and Bardet (winner of a stage at the Vuelta, but never in the standings in recent years), not to mention the sensational stop by Tom Dumoulin. There are those who blame programming: in modern cycling you become a professional at a very young age after many years spent in the youth category at the highest level of performance, in order to get victories very soon (Sagan and Cavendish won in professionals already at 21) , or, in other cases (such as Aru and the French) the young cyclists are immediately subjected to great responsibilities and consequent enormous efforts as lieutenants and then as captains. The consequence is paying a heavy duty in terms of winning career shortness. Sports medicine tells us that an athlete's physique is like an engine: its duration is long but not unlimited. If you exceed with the mileage, with the exploitation at maximum power, the over-revs, then the risk of breakdown or loss of power will occur ahead of the due time. The exception of Primoz Roglic and the new generation of champions A confirmation of the rule is given by Primoz Roglic who is still among the strongest in the world and there are no signs of decline at almost 32 years. But the Slovenian, after a sports career that began in ski jumping, landed in cycling at the age of 24, becoming a constant winner only two years later. Put simply, an engine that is still “fresh” compared to many of his colleagues. The splendor of a new generation of two-wheel phenomena, which has given the final push to the old guard, and which has raised the bar of youth even more, is part of this global picture of professional cycling: Pogacar capable of winning the Tour at 21 and become the strongest in the world, Egan Bernal able to dominate the Giro at 24, 2 years after the triumph at Champs-Élysées, Filippo Ganna being the number 1 in the world in time trials at 25. And behind them, a brood of very youngcyclists destined to write the history of the future: Evenepoel, Pidcock, Vingegard. Without forgetting that the true champions Van der Poel and Van Aert are only 26 years old ... We will see if their career will decline according to the current trend, or if they will be able to prove the theories of sports medicine wrong and have a longer career. From the height of his 41 years, their legendary grandfather Alejandro Valverde continues to run and well… but this is another exceptional story, even studied in Spanish universities! On EurekaBike.it, the bicycle marketplace, you will find interesting blog articles on road racing, mtb, downhill, technique, curiosity, lifestyle and many price lists and sheets of the top brands in the world of wheels!
The UCI World Championships in Val di Sole brought not only many sporting emotions, confirming Nino Schurter and Greg Minaar as the greatest of all time (GOAT) respectively in cross country and downhill. The world championships in Val di Sole, the most important MTB sporting event of the year, also saw the birth of the new collaboration between the EurekaBike portal and the most important Italian association dedicated to the promotion and teaching of mountain biking: AMIBike - Scuola Nazionale Maestri di Mountain Bike ed E-Bike. The collaboration was born in a completely natural way from a shared vision on the founding values of sport and from the mutual conviction that a young and dynamic reality like EurekaBike can provide great added value to a historical and consolidated reality like AMIBike. Likewise, it is believed that AMIBike can help EurekaBike to make itself known more quickly and to increase the number of offers on the platform, thus generating added value for all users. AMIBike activities AMIBIke is the most structured and widespread association of Mountain Bike Masters operating on the national territory. Thousands of members can access training and educatonal update services (but also have a point of reference for the protection of their rights) and enjoy special commercial conditions with the various partners and sponsors. All aimed at spreading the phenomenon of mountain biking in a safe and sustainable way, avoiding improvised situations, that usually play against the whole Movement. Every year courses for training hundreds of new mountain bike and e-bike instructors, guides, and masters are organized. Students learn a mentality and a professional attitude and are able, in the end, to safely accompany bicycle enthusiasts to discover Nature and all aspects of the mountain bike world. AMIBike, present in a widespread manner on the Italian territory, organizes numerous training courses every year. They issue an official certificate that proves the acquisition of all the necessary skills to be an officially recognized teacher or guide of mountain bikes and e-bikes. The official recognition comes from CSI and CONI (Italian national sports Federations), through the AMIBike certification. In over twenty years of activity, AMIBike has defined teaching and training methods that are now a point of reference in the sector. Thanks to this approach, AMIBIke also collaborates with regions, provinces and municipalities, performing rookies sports & cycling programs in schools. Thank to special protocols specifically designed by AMIBike, they teach the basic skills of mountain bike to children startin from 18 months old, and pursuing the vision of sport as a "school of life" and as an opportunity to educate young people both in basic motor skills and in healthy lifestyle habits and high educational value. AMIBike also organizes and leads programs to introduce kids and adults to the use of mountain bikes. EurekaBike the ideal technologic infrastructure Andrea Trivellato, founder of AMIBIke, and its main promoter since 1997, says: "We have long wanted to offer our associates useful and innovative digital services, but we did not have the technological infrastructure to put these projects on the ground. EurekaBike immediately seemed to be the ideal solution to give substance to our ideas and the desire to AMIBike to provide increasingly useful and interesting benefits to all members. " EurekaBike aims to become a global search engine that collects organized information not only on the price lists of bikes and components but also in terms of bicycle-related experiences and services offered to those who visit the site. The wide-ranging collaboration project involves that in the coming months, the AMIBike staff will work together with EurekaBike to build a digital tool dedicated to guides, masters and tour operators in the cycling sector, able to offer visibility to those who offer these services and advanced search functionality to all users who are interested in them. Stay connected and check the EurekaWorld blog section for the next news on the EurekaBike world!
Relive in a new and exciting way the spectacular Downhill Elite Men race on the Black Snake in Val di Sole, valid for the 2021 UCI MTB World Championships. Watch this fantastic video that shows, rider by rider and section by section all the race flow. You will have the impression of being on the sides of the Black Snake in an ideal run made by composing all the main sections of the track, each covered one by one by the riders who had access to the final. The RAW editing lets you relive the atmosphere of the UCI Downhill World Championships in Val di Sole. Passages at normal (supersonic) speed and in slow-motion to appreciate the way bicycles and riders behave between the roots and stones of one of the most iconic Downhill tracks in the world. More than this, today an historic sporting achievement has been accomplished, and for this we also feel we have to share the result of these UCI Downhill World Championships 2021 that have just ended in Val di Sole. The Black Snake saw today Greg Minaar triumph (at almost 40 years old!). The fourth victory of his career in the most important event of the UCI circus and the first on the technical Trentino track. The South African of the Syndicate Santa Cruz team demonstrated his timeless greatness to the whole World with an extraordinary performance that forced all the youngest riders to step aside. Benoît Coulange (silver), Troy Brosnan (bronze), Loïc Bruni, Loris Vergier, Danny Hart, Amaury Pierron (who came from an injury), team-mate Luca Shaw and many other opponents had a tough start, but they could do nothing against Greg’s solid consistency who, with this result, puts the icing on the cake to an incredible career spanning over 20 years, and further consolidates his position as GOAT (Greatest of All Time) in the world of DH. Beyond this great sporting result that certainly deserves to be told, the Downhill race of the Elite Men on the Black Snake of Val di Sole was spectacular. Thinking of gaps of a few split second on a track featuring that technical level can only make us imagine how close the competition that took place at Daolasa was. Then, watch the video we found for you and… have fun at full throttle! Here it is:
On the opening day of the Road Cycling World Championships in Flanders it was not easy for Top Ganna to repeat the gold medal after last year's success in Imola, considering the quality of the opponents, but the arrow from Verbania achieved victory at the end of a thrilling race. The rather long but flat route suited him as well as Van Aert and Evenepoel, supported by an overflowing crowd of Flemish fans, and the Swiss Kueng, fresh from victory in the European Championships. A hard-fought time trial The talented Remco Evenepoel immediately posted a sensational time about an hour before the departure of the other favorites, and then sit in the hot-seat waiting for the best opponents who started last. It was immediately clear that Van Aert was in great shape when he took the lead in the first intermediate, leaving Evenepoel at 27 ", while Ganna paid 6".At T2 Ganna recovered almost all the disadvantage (below 0:74) and therefore the decider was the third and final stretch, on long and fast straights, the ideal hunting ground for Top Ganna. Wout Van Aert reached the finish line clearly ahead of Remco, waiting for the Verbanese who started last. The world and Olympic champion did not deny his class, with an extraordinary final rush: he closed in a heart-pounding final in 47:47, just over 5 seconds better than the Belgian, extinguishing the illusions of the large and correct Belgian audience. A wonderful triumph, which seals Ganna's Olympic gold in the track quartet and makes him rightfully enter the legend of this specialty! Filippo Ganna raced with the Pinarello bicycle, a time trial jewel: "I had good sensations but I didn't know how it would end", the first words of the world champion who had just arrived to raise his arms in triumph and then congratulate Wout Van Aert in a nice gesture of respect. The race took place on an almost totally flat course of 43.4 km from Knokke-Heist to Bruges. Virtually all the big names in time trials were present at the start, with the exception of Primoz Roglic, obviously satisfied after the gold in Tokyo and who preferred to keep his energy for the stage title on Sunday. The long TT season goes to archive with Filippo Ganna winning 6 times, thing which consecrates him as number one in the world in this specialty. The UCI does not have a world time trial ranking (unlike online events, with a specific ranking), but makes up for it https://www.procyclingstats.com/rankings/me/time-trial, where Ganna leads in front of Kueng and Cavagna. And now a week full of world titles The Road Cycling World Championships, after this first day, will continue throughout the week until Sunday with the queen stage race , with arrival in Leuven. A total of 11 titles will be awarded, between men and women (including mixed relay), in all categories from Junior to Elite. Finally a complete world championship will be competed, after that last year the Covid-related problems had forced to move to Imola with the dispute of only the Elite tests. It will be a fundamental showcase for young people and will allow the crowning of the career on the road of some emerging Juniors and Under 23s before moving into the higher categories. With regards to the Elite, we look forward to the women's competition that will take place on Saturday 25 September, with Marta Bastianelli and Elisa Balsamo captains, while on Sunday 26 September it will be the men's turn. The Italian national team led by Sonny Colbrelli, with Trentin, Ballerini and Moscon as possible protagonists, will try to beat a large batch of favorites, among which Wout Van Aert rightfully stands out after the great test in the time trial. These are the WilliamHill odds of the top riders: Wout Van Aert 3.00Matthieu Van Der Poel 6.50 (participation in maybe or just pretactic?)Colbrelli Sonny 11.00Matej Mohoric 13.00Julian Alaphilippe 13.00Remco Evenepoel 15.00Magnus Cort Nielsen 17.00Marc Hirschi 19.00Michael Valgren 21.00Primoz Roglic 21.00Kasper Asgreen 11.00 pmEthan Hayter 26.00Trentin is given to 41, while the blue trio Moscon, Ballerini and Nizzolo to 67 ... maybe we want to make a profitable choice of heart? Always follow us on EurekaBike.it, the marketplace in the world of two wheels, with up-to-date price lists, offers and technical data sheets of the main brands in the world and a rich blog section with articles on professional road cycling, MTB, downhill, BMX, technical articles and curiosity from the world of bicycles!
The spectacular triumph of the Italian quartet in the team pursuit at the Olympics has excited legions of cycling enthusiasts, made Filippo Ganna even more popular, and made known to the general public excellent cyclists and hopes for the future such as Consonni, Lamon, and Milan. But behind this success of men and sports organizations, there is a technical and research component whose contribution is fundamental: we are talking of Pinarello bicycles. Italian excellence, founded in Treviso in 1953 and created by the professional cyclist Giovanni “Nani” Pinarello, is a brand that made the history of competitive and amateur cycling. Pinarello bikes entered the world of professionals in 1967 and since then their rise has been relentless: how can we forget the various Bertoglio, Van Impe, Chiocccioli, Cipollini, up to the successes of Indurain with five consecutive Tour de France. In more recent times, the supply went to Petacchi, Basso, Valverde, and Quintana in the Movistar team, up to the last few years, when Pinarello joins the Sky team, then Team Ineos (including a certain Froome ...). Only this year, the partnership made it possible to conquer the Giro d'Italia with Bernal and the Olympic gold on the road with Carapaz, to then arrive at the magical Italian quartet of the track. Continuous research, the use of innovative materials, the perfect organization of a company, are essential elements of the Pinarello factory, to reach the top of the world. And last but not least, the explosion of Ganna allowed them to focus, together with Ineos, on the most advanced search for speed in time trial bikes on the road and track. Tokyo bikes: a blend of high technology and innovation The bicycles of the Italian national team in Tokyo were baptized Bolide HR (Hour Record) and are an evolution of the special Bolide TT used by Ganna in the time trials on the road (and with which he won the last TT World Championship in Imola). There are also considerable differences, determined by the fact that the effort on the track is only 3km and the absence of a braking system allows you to save on the weight and design of some components. Furthermore, the speed reached after a few laps in the pursuit on the track is sensibly higher than that developed in the time trial on the road. The technical keys of the Bolide HR are stiffness and aerodynamics, necessary to minimize friction with the air and the track and, vice versa, optimize the transfer of muscle energy to the vehicle. The frame is a Torayca T1100 1K carbon fiber monocoque: the absence of gluing allows maximum aerodynamic penetration (-7.5% less than the road model) and rigidity. The fork weighs 1.9 kg while the total weight of the bike is quantified in 7.1 kg. The handlebar also represents an important technological threshold: made of titanium with 3D printing, with an EBM (Electronic Beam Melting) system, in which an electron beam hits the material, melting it and drawing its profile. The study, first in the design phase and then in the wind tunnel, did not neglect the important component of banking, that is, the slope of the runway of 42 °. They are aerospace-related researches, which involves studies of fluid mechanics. The stratospheric gear ratios But what ratios did our guys from the Olympic quartet use? From information received from Miche, technical partner of the transmission components, it appears that the crankset was 63 teeth, while the rear sprocket was a 14. Impressive ratio, which in a fast track like that of Tokyo, allowed to break down twice the world record, reaching an average of 64,856 km / h in the final round. This means that, with a standing start, in some places, they reached almost 70 km / h. But let's get back to bicycles. Pinarello is today an industrial and technological reality known all over the world and offers bikes of all types: from the road to the track, to mountain bikes, urban city-bikes and eBikes. On EurekaBike you will find thousands of price lists, technical sheets and sales announcements of Pinarello and all the main manufacturers.
Who won the team pursuit gold at the Olympics in Tokyo 2020? A great final round against Denmark has lead to an historic gold for Italy in the team pursuit, enriched by yet another world record! After the disappointments of the road, Italian cycling has finally been able to redeem itself with an epic performance in team pursuit. The Italian quartet, made up of Filippo Ganna, Jonathan Milan, Simone Consonni and Francesco Lamon conquered the top step of the podium in a heart-pounding final. Starting well, the Azzurri have kept a constant advantage of about 2-3 tenths up to 2km. Then they gave up something and Denmark gradually pushed ahead, gradually recovering and then taking the lead. The gap widened considerably, up to 0,8" when there were three laps left. The situation now seemed doomed, when Filippo Ganna's heart and muscles guided the remaining two riders of the quartet towards an incredible recovery. Three breathtaking laps, which allowed to overturn the situation and reach the sprint with the three arrows in line and overtake the Danes by only 0.166". The chronometric result is amazing: 3'42 "032 and a new World Record! Yesterday, in the qualifying heats, the quartet had been the protagonist of an incredible performance against the strong New Zealanders, setting the new world record in 3'42''307, breaking down the previous record by 2 "3. The four Italian locomotives managed to recover the slight deficit to the opponents and ended up with an extraordinary time that was worth the qualification for the final against Denmark. The latter had qualified ex officio to the final round despite an accident in its battery against Great Britain, which had forced the suspension of it. The Danish Madsen had in fact impacted at full speed against the British Tanfield who had lost his train causing a spectacular crash, luckily without consequences. The jury then validated the victory (and the passage to the final) of the Scandinavians who at that moment were ahead. Tokyo 2020: historic Olympics for the Italian flag An edition of the Olympics that is reserving great satisfactions to Italian athletes, and now it is hoped that this result will give a great spur to the remaining two-wheel races (any reference to Elia Viviani is purely wanted!) For the Italian quartet a great satisfaction and a historic milestone. The Italian national team on track has found new life in recent years, thanks to the precious contribution of the federation, especially by Marco Villa, but also by the mistreated Davide Cassani who has been able to integrate the activity of the track and the road. Filippo Ganna is now a beacon of world cycling, but also the young Milan is the present of the track and perhaps the future of the road, without forgetting Consonni, an excellent lieutenant and the very young Lamon. A national cycling team that uses Pinarello bicycles, sinonyms of high-tech, performance and reliability A result that also consolidates the movement of Italian track cycling and makes many young people approach this discipline. Visit now the other pages of the Eurekabike! website, the bike marketplace and search engine, where you will find other interesting informative articles in the blog part and many price lists, technical data sheets and sales announcements of each type of bike.
Delivery delays in bicycle components: the solution? An important financial news service has announced a multimillion investment programme of Shimano Inc. The plan entails both the expansion of the existing factories and the building of a brand new manufacturing plant in order to overcome the actual components delivery delays that are affecting the whole bicycle market. Shimano is a Japanese multinational of cycling components. Today, its worldwide marketshare is estimated between 70% and 80% by value and its top continent for net sales is Europe (38% of total revenues). Shimano established as a leading cycling component manufacturer in the '80s, after that the USA bike boom of the '70 could not be fullfilled by the european firms, which at that time were traditionally and technologically the top in the world. Soon, the Japanese company became a steady presence in the market, due to the reliability and innovation of its components such as chainrings, derailleurs, brakes, pedals and groupsets as a whole. Many of the Shimano products are recognized by any cycling amateur as a new technological dawn: AX Dura-Ace groupset, clipless pedal, MTB Dual Control, up to the most modern e-Bikes components. The Shimano investment plan JPY 20 billion (roughly 153m Euros) will be invested in a new factory plant in Singapore and 99 million Euros will be destined to enlarge the Nippon factories. The investment plan is an effective reply to those ones who have recently criticised the Japanese group for not investing enough in additional production capacity in the COVID-19 panedmic era. Interviewed by the financial service, the President Taizo Shimano has said that such an investment on the existing factories will improve efficiency and be used for “cutting-edge manufacturing equipment and software”. Also, the new factory in Singapore will be a stronghold in the future technology of digitalisation of components for high-end bicycles. All cycling fans have big expectactions after this news: we can't wait to see the next hi-tech Shimano products on the market and we are certain that such large investment will help the bicyle market to be more competitive, to have a bigger range of products and to see the e-Bike philosophy furtherly expanded in the world. If you want to know the latest news in the cycling world you will find a lot of related articles here. Also, remember that on EurekaBike! You have the largest marketplace of bicycles of all types and best components at a competitive price such as Shimano, Campagnolo and Sram
It is now time for the opening of the bikepark season. The arrival of summer, in fact, allows downhill enthusiasts to take advantage of the wonderful paths of the resorts equipped for this purpose. Downhill is a discipline that has developed enormously in recent years, and after the forced stop for Covid, it is ready to start again in a big way. Italy offers an enviable range of bike parks, as the territory (especially Alpine) has made it possible to combine the beauty and quantity of routes with the cycling tradition that has developed towards the modern disciplines. How to start practicing downhill MTB? As for the bike, you can opt for either rental on-site or purchase. Many bike parks provide rental bikes, as well as protective equipment and helmets. This way, you can have a first taste of the specialty and try the characteristics of the vehicle. The other advantage of renting on-site is for those who live at the resort and cannot or do not want to carry their bikes. Obviously the true enthusiast will sooner or later face the choice of buying a downhill bike. Due to the particular characteristics of downhill, the vehicles are superspecialized: compact and extremely sturdy frames, double suspension system with motorcycle-derived fork travel up to 240mm and central shock absorber of 140-200mm. Powerful hydraulic brakes and solid 2.5 size knobby tyres. Since you cannot skimp on technology and quality of materials, the price of downhill bikes is not among the cheapest: for the entry range (but still with excellent technology feats and nothing to do with the poor quality of cheap bikes of other types) you have to spend more than 2000 €. To give an example, the Cube Two-15 Pro model 2021 is offered for € 2599. The top bikes of the range, recommended for extreme use or in competitions, exceed € 8000, such as the 2021 model of the Scott Gambler 900 Tuned. The thrill of the bikeparks The ski resorts have almost all the elements necessary for the downhiller, with splendid downhill slopes of varying difficulty, ski lifts and service facilities: bars, restaurants, technical and rental services. They have therefore seized the ball with the spread of the discipline to become a bikepark during the summer, only with small adjustments (for example to make the tracks safer for bikers) or with the integration of specific elements (e.g. jump or tracks for Dirt Jumping). In Italy and in Europe, not to mention the USA, there are many bike parks, and their number is growing as is the number of enthusiasts who frequent them. Among other things, we remember that our country has the distinction of having set up the first bike park in Europe, the Fly Down in Finale Ligure, from an idea of the flow rider Erik Burgon. Today these structures are modern and functional and many of them equipped not only for downhill and free-ride, proper mountain disciplines but also for four-cross, cross-country, dirt, north-shore and BMX. The routes are marked and diversified according to degrees of difficulty. For the lifts you pay a valid day pass which costs on average from 20 to 25 €. In addition, you can make multi-day, weekly or seasonal passes. For the bike parks that offer rental, you can opt for a day pass + bike + protection which costs between 65 and 90 Euros depending on the resort. The resorts are normally equipped with bars, restaurants and hotels for those who want to take a holiday of several days, without mentioning the presence of supermarkets and all the daily convenience stores. In addition, the technical facilities are very functional: the rental office, bike, spare parts and clothing shop, the washing facilities and even the school. In fact, the presence of qualified instructors for downhill and other disciplines is becoming more and more widespread. What could be better than tackling reckless descents led by an expert in the area, perhaps an ex-competitor, who can suggest how to tackle the trajectories, and give you useful technical advice on how to improve? The main bike parks in Italy Mottolino Fun Mountain, Livigno (SO): one of the most famous in Italy, with 12 routes, 20 km of equipped slopes, an entire jump area and one of the first Italian North-Shores Bike Park Val di Sole: 4 routes of 3 different difficulty levels served by a modern cable car. From 24 to 29 August this park will be the scene of the UCI DH World Championships: you can try the world tracks or follow the top world event where top athletes such as those of the Rock Shock Factory Racing will participate Caldirock Bike Park, Calibratola (AL): An historic park opened in 2000, which can satisfy the needs of savvy downhillers but also beginners. Well connected with Milan, Turin and Genoa, it is open every weekend from March to November! Pila Bike Park (AO): Connected to Aosta by a modern cable car, it offers many opportunities in the world of gravity, for every level of preparation, in a very suggestive natural and landscape context Bike Park Bardonecchia (TO): Renowned winter resort, Bardonecchia, 50 km from Turin, turns into one of the largest bike parks in summer: 40 routes not only gravity but also free ride and cross country Bike Park Gravity, Piani di Bobbio (LC): A paradise for two wheels, this park offers numerous possibilities in a mountain area, both open and wooded: breathtaking descents, all-mountain and single track Cimone Bike Park, Sestola (BO): One of the few resorts in the Emilia area, it is located about 80 km from Bologna and offers three chairlifts, a cable car and a bus for transporting bikes, for a total of several kilometers of slopes Many other ski resorts have equipped bike parks that operate from June to September, we remember Cervinia, Madesimo, Fai della Paganella, Pozza di Fassa, Kronplatz, Piancavallo, ... These are the stations in northern Italy, where they are concentrated in the absolute majority. However, let us remember the two main ones in the center and in the south: Amata Free Ride: In the territory of Abbadia S. Salvatore (SI), near the Monte Amata massif, there is a bike park immersed in the beech forest capable of satisfying both downhill enthusiasts and free-riders Pierfaone Bike Park: The first gravity park in Basilicata, is located in Abriola (PZ). From the top of Mount Pierfausto, 5 tracks wind up between jumps, walkways and parabolics for a total of 10 km The main bike parks in Europe and the USA Chatel Bike Park (France): One of the largest complexes in Europe where you can indulge yourself from gravity to all-mountain. Three resorts connected by ski lifts: Chalet and the famous winter resorts Morzine and Les Gets, from where breathtaking descents start Bikerepublik Solden (Austria): A paradise for downhill, this area (which reaches the glacier where you can ski even in summer) has many challenging routes and is very well served, not surprisingly it is called Little Canada Saalbach-Interglemm (Austria): Another bike park originating from a large ski resort. 15 trails, descents of all levels of difficulty, modern cable cars in a fabulous alpine setting Geisskopf (Germany): One of the best parks in Europe immersed in the Bavarian forests. Suitable for everyone: from beginners, to families, to savvy professionals. 13 trails from the descent, to the slow-trail, to the nature trails. Whistler Mountain Bike Park (BC, USA): This great ski resort has long since converted to mountain biking and was among the first to adopt gravity logics, with great success. The downhill area integrates very well with the all-mountain and slope-style areas Angel Fire Resort, (New Mexico, USA): Angel Fire, a popular ski resort in winter, is considered one of the top ride parks with stars and stripes. 100 km of slopes for all tastes: downhill, flows, chunks, jumps, single-tracks in the majestic scenery of the Rocky Mountains.
There has been a lot of talk about it in recent months, with predictions of technical features and many previews, official and not, and, finally, the time has come: the Scott Spark 2022 is now available! A new era for XC? Surely it is a bike that revolutionizes the world of this discipline. Scott, is a Company that has always been characterized by being at the forefront of MTB production. The last Spark was dated 5 years ago, and this long period allowed the American-Swiss company to develop ideas, implement projects, and conduct tests with the help of top cross-country athletes such as Nino Schurter and Kate Courtney. The most outstanding element is the shock absorber integrated into the frame, but the series of interventions and technological gems are such and many that it is clear that this bike is not a simple restyling, but a real technical dawn. Lightness, efficiency, and speed seem to be the pillars on which the Scott XC philosophy is based, in order to have a vehicle at the top of the range in competitions where the derivation from the Bold platform, a brand acquired by Scott in 2019, is clearly seen. Tech Specs of the new Spark It must be said immediately that the Scott Spark 2022 is produced in two types: 9 models for the RC (Cross Country) and 13 models for the 900 (Trail Riding). The minimum travel of the integrated shock absorber is 120mm (which becomes 130mm in the 900 series). The forks are 32 mm diameter, 1.5” headset with internal cable routing, 76.1° seat angle, 67° steering angle. The chain line is 55mm and this allows you to mount sprockets up to 40 teeth! Finally the frame: they are all full carbon for the RC, while you can opt (with a consequent significant price variation) for carbon, hybrid, or aluminum for the 900 models. The weight of the frame varies between the 1870 g declared for the HMX -SL, top of the range, up to 2150 g of the HMF. In general, the complete bike weighs between 10.5 and 11.5 kg. Integration for efficiency and simplicity But let's take a closer look at the integrated shock absorber. It is completely incorporated into the frame, just above the bottom bracket shell. In Scott's intentions, in addition to having a significant aesthetic impact, it serves to lower the center of gravity and protect the shock absorber from mud and dirt. In addition, the patented single fulcrum damper system reduces lateral movement, providing more readiness and efficiency. More difficulty in accessing? Not at all, as the shock is accessible from a small door in the frame to adjust rebound, compression and pressure. It also allows quick replacement of the TwinLoc cable. The TwinLoc suspension The advanced TwinLoc suspension system connects the shock absorber, the fork and the frame with a handlebar-mounted control. With it you can quickly change the set-up and geometry, to have practically three bikes in one: Lockout for a quick response to the gate; Traction Control for a demanding climb or in all conditions when it is important to transfer traction; and, finally, Downhill for maximum downhill performance. Integrated cockpit by Scott The cockpit design allows a curvature of the cables that pass under the handlebar and around the sides of the stem before disappearing into the headset. Another novelty is the possibility of adjusting the steering angle of 0.6° to have a more direct or more relaxed attitude: simply remove and refit the handlebar turned by 180 °. Scott Spark 2022: prices As mentioned, the Scott Spark range is very varied as there are 26 models on the market. They range from €2399 for the basic models of the 900 series such as the Spark 970, up to €12999 for the top of the RC range, such as the Spark SL Evo Axs. Remeber that on EurekaBike you can find the complete range of Scott Spark 2022 with detailed technical sheets and many photos!
The Giro d'Italia 2021 ended in Milan with the victory of Egan Bernal. The 104th edition of the pink race did not disappoint the expectations: a very tough route of over 3410 km (here all the stages of the Giro d'Italia 2021), tight and uncertain, made even more difficult by the weather conditions and by an impressive series of crashes that have stopped many protagonists. And last but not least, the return of a passionate and festive crowd after last year's lockdown which, combined with the beauty of landscapes that is unmatched in any stage race in the world, makes the Giro d'Italia a special race. The Italian race could not be a business-machine like the Tour de France, it perhaps will not always see all top protagonists at the start, but we are sure of one thing: at each edition the Giro d'Italia makes great the cyclists who honor it, whatever name they have and in return the athletes make the race great year after year. Also for this reason the winner's trophy is called Trofeo Senza Fine (Neverending Trophy). Who has won the Giro d'Italia 2021 is a great champion who responds to the name of Egan Bernal. Without bothering the monument-names of the past, he dominated the great mountains, supported by a team, the Ineos, of great quality and perfect in its mechanisms, which was able to renew themselves after the change of sponsors (formerly Sky) and following the decline of Froome. Egan is back to the glories of 2019, and with a Tour and a Giro in his bag at just 24 years old he confirmed to be a phenomenon of the present and the future. A desired victory of the coveted pink race for him, due to the intense relationship that the Colombian has with Italy (he was raised as an athlete in Piedmont), demonstrated when finishing in Cortina he took off his jacket to show off the pink jersey triumphantly. The final GC of the Giro d'Italia 2021 1. Egan Bernal (Ineos-Grenadiers) 86:17:28 2. Damiano Caruso (Bahrein-Victorious) a 1:29 3. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) a 4:15 4. Alexandr Vlasov (Astana) a 6:40 5. Daniel Felipe Martinez (Ineos- Grenadiers) a 7:24 6. Joaõ Almeida (Deceuninck- Quick Step) a 7:24 7. Romain Bardet (Team DSM) a 8:05 8. Hugh Carthy (EF Education- Nippo) a 8:56 9. Tobias Foss (Jumbo- Visma) a 11:44 10. Daniel Martin (Israel- Start-Up Nation) a 18:35 A beautiful podium: alongside the winner, there are Caruso and Yates, two athletes who for different reasons deserve this honor (and a stage victory each). Caruso because after a career spent helping the captains he has shown that he has head, legs and heart: after the Alpe Motta stage he was the “happiest man in the world”. Yates because he was a proud opponent and when he is at top he guarantees fight . Behind the top three, a mix of experienced riders and emerging youngsters, as shown in the great races of recent years: the generational change is fully underway. A GC that presents many outsiders and an always uncertain development, determined by an endless series of falls, which have knocked out many leaders who could have been protagonists : Landa, Pozzovivo, Soler, Buchmann, Ciccone, not to mention De Marchi, Mohoric, Brambilla. A topic that deserves to be studied in depth by the Federation and the whole movement and which is not sufficiently emphasized: how accidents can affect the big cycling tours, perhaps within a broader debate on safety in general. Italy is not just Ganna and Caruso Filippo Ganna not only proved to be the strongest in the world in TT stages but he was an inexhaustible locomotive when it came to working for the team. And in an edition where many solo riders from the breakaway of the day have won, Italians were the protagonists of 6 stage victories: beyond the Verbanese and Caruso there were triumphs of Fortunato, Vendrame, Bettiol and finally the coveted victory at the Giro di Nizzolo after 8 participations and 11 second places Final marks, team by team Ineos Often in sport the big names all together are no guarantee of the success of a team. Instead, Ineos (formerly Sky) proves every year to have a perfect organization, where each element gives the maximum for the success of the team, in this case finalized by Egan Bernal. We have seen Ganna who, in addition to the two victories, willingly sacrificed himself for the team, as well as Puccio, Martinez and Moscon, the latter also at the expense of personal chances of success. Some may not like their way of running, but this is modern cycling and Ineos has been able to interpret it perfectly. Mark: 10 Deceuninck- Quick Step Deceuninck counterbalanced the victorious team: the expert team that in recent years has won a lot (in one-day races), has negatively surprised for the reckless management of Evenepoel. How can a 21-year-old boy be considered among the favorites when not only was his first ever participation in a three-week race, but had NEVER raced since the terrible accident last August in Lombardy? The team's excessive expectations also deceived journalists, who charged him with great media pressure every day. The reality is that he arrived just 15 ” from the pink jersey in Campo Felice after 9 stages, this was his success: starting from there to nurture a talent that will have a great future as long as they give to him the necessary time to grow. Little matters n this context the progress of Almeida, who was already out of the GC at Stage 4, where he suffered 6 mins gap. Mark: 4 Team BikeExchange A Simon Yates who, apart from the slight downturn of Montalcino, has always been on the piece and supported by a cohesive team even without great individuality. When the chamois of Bury is in shape, he is a guarantee for entertaining: one of the few in pro cycling world to have the change of pace to break away in toughest climbs . There were doubts about his durability on the three weeks, but he managed well his efforts. He probably leveraged the unfortunate epilogue of the 2018 Giro: he saved himself in the first part to have fresh energy to play in the last week, although he paid for something in the last two days in the mountains. Mark: 7 Qhubeka ASSOS team One of the happy surprises of the 2021 Giro. After a troubled winter, which saw the South African team risk shutting down, it has finally found a sponsor. They reacted to the abandonment of GC man Pozzovivo and found three stage victories with Schmid, Nizzolo (finally!) and Campenaerts. The best publicity for a team of fighters with a captivating shirt to promote the Qhubeka project with a high ethical value, that is, to donate bicycles to the poor populations of Africa. Mark: 8 Bahrain - Victorious An team that has transformed the misfortunes into outstanding opportunities: with Landa crashed out and Bilbao not in the form of last year, Caruso has loaded the leadership on his shoulders. He led a solid and regular Giro that already rewarded him with a second place and then surprised everyone with the heroic feat of the penultimate stage. The icing on the cake is the exploit of Gino Mader in San Giacomo di Ascoli. Mark: 8.5 Trek-Segafredo It is difficult to judge a team that started on the eve with many doubts about the form conditions of the protagonists and was then targeted by misfortunes. Nibali has now understood that he cannot caress the dream of longevity like the eternal Valverde, but the falls are haunting him; the same is true of Ciccone who seemed to be able to do well at the end of the Giro. There remains only the sweetener of the stage won by Dombrowski (then needless to say, also sadly withdrawn due to an accident). Mark: 5.5 UAE- Emirates A team that perhaps focused too much on the Pogacar phenomenon thinking about the Tour because in the Pink Race it seemed in disarray, without any planning or a clear direction. Waiting for Godot Formolo, we risk burning him. It is now as evident as the sun that the Rock of Verona is not a man of stage races but must be programmed for the one-day classics. On the other hand, on the sprinter front, Gaviria doesn't get it right: he doesn't even trust his team-mate when he paves the way for victory (see Molano in Termoli). Mark: 4 Lotto-Soudal A just C grade because they won two stages with the excellent Ewan, but then the Australian was "withdrawn" one third of the way through the Giro for technical choice. The need to preserve it for the Tour is not enough to justify the move, when there are plenty of sprinters (see Sagan) who take on all the mountains to get to Milan honouring the race. The rest of the team tried to get into the escapes but picked up little. Mark: 6 Eolo-Kometa The young team led by Basso and Contador (last year still in Continental tier) enlivened the race with their talents often in the breakaway: in the end they succeded with an unexpected victory on the most beautiful climb, the Zoncolan. Fortunato's smile coming out of the fog, and Contador's tears (for those who have seen his social network) were among the most exciting moments of this Giro. Now we will see if the former Spanish champion will come, as he promised, from Madrid to Milan by bicycle! Mark: 7 Jumbo-Visma team One of the disappointments of this Giro: even if they didn't have any prominent names, the Dutch squad was never in the heart of the race. George Bennett, indicated as the leader, did not have the form to contend the top of GC while the recovery path for Groenewegen' after last year's drama still seems very long. Mark: 5 Movistar team Only a few years ago Movistar could win any race. Now it is a team in transition, waiting to see some promise blossom or invest money on an already established champion (will Lopez be the right man?) Soler had to leave by fall when perhaps he could invent something, Cataldo has probably the best of his career behind him, the other components are disciplined players but without a high note. Mark: 5 Astana Similar review to Movistar, but with greater unfulfilled ambitions. Team focused on the emerging Vlasov who still earned a position in the top 10, but the typical Astana actions chasing stage victories were missing (Felline, Izagirre, Leon Sanchez, make a noise) Mark: 5.5 AG2R- Citroen The French team has accustomed us to attacking feats and some stage victories with young riders: once again this year they confirmed the tradition with the Vendrame show (who we believe will be successfull in hilly one-day races) and the blue jersey of Bouchard. Mark: 7 EF Education- Nippo The American team was often in the core of the race, with several components helping Carthy uphill and which allowed the young Briton a top 10 finish. Then, the exciting exploit of Bettiol which crowned the talented Tuscan after two difficult seasons. Mark: 7 Bora - Hansgrohe Peter Sagan is no longer dominant as he used to be but he won a good stage and arrived in Milan to conquer the cyclamen jersey. Unfortunately, the bad episode of Stradella remains, which one would not expect from him (fined 1000 Euros by the jury for intimidating other athletes). For the rest, a colorless team, with the abandonment of Buchmann and an impalpable Fabbro. Mark: 6 Israel - Start-up Nation Another of those teams that managed to carve out a slice of glory. If Froome was a millionaire bet now lost, it was two other mature riders who made David's star shine: the unfortunate De Marchi who wore the pink jersey, only to fall ruinously and the Irish Dan Martin with a win after the heroic climb to Sega d'Ala. Mark: 7 The other Teams A 6.5 to those under-dog teams that have won a stage such as Intermarchè-Wanty Gobert (with Van der Hoorn), Cofidis (with Lafay), Alpecin (with Merlier). A 6 to Groupama who wore the pink jersey for 3 days with Attila Valter. The DSM Team does not fullfill the expectations (5.5) with a regular but never protagonist Bardet (apart from the attempt in the penultimate stage) and with the ghost of Hindley after the exploit of last year. Different grade for the two Italian Pro Team teams entered as wild-card: Androni Giocattoli and Bardiani CSF, with limited budget and traditional passion they sought a stage victory that did not arrive. However the two teams have often entered the breakaways and they showed among other hopes two indomitable young riders (Pellaud and Carboni respectively, always present in the attacks from afar): a No Mark that counts as a full pass.
Filippo Ganna and his Pinarello bike won today, at the first (time trial) stage of the 104th Giro d'Italia. the Italian cyclist (original from Piedmont region) exceded everyone's expectations by winning the stage with an incredible hourly average of 58.7km/h in "his" city of Turin. Ganna is now recognized as a winning figure, in a cycling world lately rather poor of satisfactions for the Italians. His exceptional debut, calls Italian cycling to a turnaround after a start to the season that has not seen Italians collect as much as it could be expected. Ganna: the greatest Italian chronoman ever? As a matter of fact, during 2019 and 2020 Top Ganna was the protagonist of a nine-stage series of victories against time, culminating in the triumph in the TT World Championship. He was practically unbeatable, an incredible Filippo Ganna World Record who has become perhaps the greatest Italian chronoman ever. And its future is still largely to be written, perhaps with the hour record. Of course, there have been other time trial men in Italy: Binda and Guerra, human locomotives, Ercole Baldini with his elegance and effectiveness, Coppi and Moser who broke the Hour Record several times and the same Moser who overturned a Giro d'Italia in the last stage (a TT by the way) at the expense of a great Fignon. If the aforementioned champions won in time trial by virtue of the athletic completeness of a champion, however, Ganna is instead the first Italian cyclist to establish himself as an absolute specialist in time trials. Some curiosities about Filippo Ganna Where was Filippo Ganna born? Born in Verbania, Piedmont, he experienced his first successes on track in the discipline of pursuit and then he progressed on road races to achieve big goals, perhaps already in his genes, but not to be taken for granted. If you want to know more about Filippo Ganna's career so far, don't miss the article we published a few months ago on the EurekaBike blog, by clicking here: go to the article on Filippo Ganna's career overview. Ganna has been able to combine the physical and athletic skills we has been given by mother Nature to a superfine technique built with dedication and a lot of work, and a remarkable mental strength (fundamental in the short performances of a TT). The move to Sky/Ineos team certainly contributed to his constant growth, as such a top team, if not the best, devotes great attention to mental preparation and technological research, and which is equipped with bicycles among the best performing ever, branded Pinarello. By the way, if you want to find out about the history and curiosity of Pinarello, follow the link and read all the details and curiosities on the EurekaBike page dedicated to the Pinarello brand, one of the most prestigious Italian bike manufacturers, renowned all over the world. How much does Ganna's bike cost? It's no secret: € 25,000, as reported by the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. The next challenges of Filippo Ganna We have gotten too used to his victories but now Filippo is called to confirm, after a slower start of the season: many expect him to win in both time trial stages of the 2021 Giro. The first stage, 8.6 km long, seemed designed for him: practically flat in the center of Turin and with few turns. The ideal to push hard and immediately get the Pink Jersey, even more deserved because if obtained against specialist athletes of the caliber of Cavagna, in very form, Almeida and Bevin. The next time trial stage will be the final one, from Senago to Milan. A final walkway of 30.3 km, on the plain. Will Top Ganna be able to outdo itself and return to last year's glories? In the first part of the season he was used by Ineos not only as a leader, but also as a lieutenant for the captains in many races (we remember him doing long pulls at Sanremo and at the Tour of the Alps) and he accumulated that fatigue that perhaps he limited a bit at the beginning of the season. Now he has been able to rest and is ready to get the most out of it. Ganna's role within Sky / Ineos If he will be able to win even in stages different from TT, it is difficult to say: we still have in our eyes the splendid breakaway of last year completed alone in Camigliatello. We remember, however, that the crash with subsequent abandonment of the captain Geraint Thomas had disrupted the plans of the team, necessitating a plan B in which Ganna played the part of "surprise variable". We will see if in this edition he will have the same freedom or the teamwork tasks will limit his action in the breakaways. The Ineos 2021 does not have a purely climbing composition: alongside the captains Bernal and Sivakov there are only Martinez and Moscon to give support on long and difficult climbs, and with the Trentino in form that could also be used for some final for finisseurs. The essential task of the Italian will therefore be to sacrifice himself at least in the first sections of the numerous climbs that characterize this Giro. We'll see! Meanwhile, it is positive for us to have an Italian world champion on the roads of the pink race who can boost the enthusiasm of fans, so we are waiting for many people to follow, in compliance with the rules, the king event of tricolor cycling.
After last year's revolutions in the cycling calendar, we are finally back to a regular season which luckily got off to a smooth start. The month of May is the classic period of the pink race: let's see in detail the 21 stages of the Giro d'Italia 2021 and then make an analysis of the route. The features of this edition This year's Giro starts from Turin, to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the unification of Italy and ends, as usual, in Milan, after 3479.9 km. But 2021 coincides with two other historical commemoration: they are 90 years since, in 1931, it was decided to assign the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) to the leader, linked to the Gazzetta dello Sport which organized the race. Furthermore, 700 years ago Dante Alighieri died in Ravenna: the Sommo Poeta died after a pilgrimage that lasted 19 years as a result of his exile from Florence. Both events will be remembered with initiatives and celebrations during the route. Here are the details of the stages: 1. 08 May - Torino-Torino (TT, 8,6 km) 2. 09 May - Stupinigi-Novara (173 km) 3. 10 May - Biella-Canale (187 km) 4. 11 May - Piacenza-Sestola (186 km) 5. 12 May - Modena-Cattolica (171 km) 6. 13 May - Grotte di Frasassi-Ascoli Piceno (150 km) 7. 14 May - Notaresco-Termoli (178 km) 8. 15 May - Foggia-Guardia Sanframondi (173 km) 9. 16 May - Castel di Sangro-Campofelice (160 km) 10. 17 May - L’Aquila-Foligno (140 km) - 18 May - Day off 11. 19 May - Perugia-Montalcino (163 km) 12. 20 May - Siena-Bagno di Romagna (209 km) 13. 21 May - Ravenna-Verona (197 km) 14. 22 May - Cittadella-Monte Zoncolan (205 km) 15. 23 May - Grado-Gorizia (145 km) 16. 24 May - Sacile-Cortina d’Ampezzo (212 km) - 25 mag - Day off 17. 26 May - Canazei-Sega di Ala (193 km) 18. 27 May - Rovereto-Stradella (228 km) 19. 28 May - Abbiategrasso-Alpe di Mera (178 km) 20. 29 May - Verbania-Valle Spluga/Alpe Motta (164 km) 21. 30 May - Senago-Milano (cronometro, 30,3 km) Analysis of the stages of the Giro Analyzing this year's Giro d'Italia map, we see that the northern and central Italy areas is privileged, a choice that comes from the need to start the race from Turin. The stages develop in a southerly direction in the first half, up to Foggia and Guardia Sanframondi in Campania as the southernmost points. Then it goes up the Peninsula to get to face the Alps in the last week, as usual. A look at the composition of the stages: the first and last are two time trials (respectively of 8.6 km and 30.3 km) where Filippo Ganna is expected to perform well. There are four flat stages for sprinters, eight uphill finishes, while the rest are mid-mountain stages or ups and downs suitable for finisseurs. Definitely a tough Giro (total elevation gain of 47,000 meters), spectacular and unpredictable, which in recent years has seen great battles between various cyclists, many of whom belong to the new generations. The mountains of the Giro 2021 In the first part of the race there will be a first skimming in Sestola (4th stage) and another more demanding test in the ascent to Campo Felice (9th stage on Sunday 16th May). The second part is a succession of historic mountains: the arrival at Zoncolan in stage 14, Sacile-Cortina d'Ampezzo with Pordoi (this year's Cima Coppi with its 2239 m) and Passo Giau in number 16, the ascent to Sega di Ala the following day. Before the final time trial, the two stages in Piedmonte that will probably prove decisive: uphill finishes at Alpe di Mera (Valsesia) and Alpe Motta on days 28th and 29th. We will see if the time trial from Senago to Milan will be necessary to settle the GC. We will passionately follow the Giro to celebrate Bernal, Yates, Evenepoel, maybe a revived Nibali or the other numerous outsiders in pink in Milan!
2021 is the year of rebirth for the youth categories of cycling, after the unfortunate year of stop due to Covid. When will cycling competitions for children and teenagers start in Italy? The season is about to get to the heart, after the first break-in of March-April. In Italy, a country with a great tradition in competitive cycling, there are 2021 cycling races every week practically throughout the territory, from the leading areas such as Triveneto, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, and Tuscany to areas that are emerging, such as Sardinia and Sicily. Obviously, the quality of the participants and the tradition remain the prerogative of the first-mentioned regions, as well as the good organization of the teams that scout and raise young talents. You can find the calendar of upcoming races on the website of the Italian Cycling Federation. But let's make a summary of the categories of the youth universe of road cycling, which spans ages 7 to 16. Youth category (Giovanissimi) It is a category ranging from 7 years (G1) up to 12 (G6), with different races for each year of birth. Competitions usually take place on Sunday afternoons, and each little cyclist cannot participate in more than one race per week. The Federation establishes the standards of distances: usually, circuits that develop no more than 1.5 km to be repeated several times according to age, for example, the youngest G1 must travel a maximum of 3 km while the G4 (10 years) at most 10 km. In addition, strict criteria are defined for the size of bicycles in which ratios, sprockets, and wheels are carefully limited to commensurate the effort with age: at 7 years of age, you can develop a maximum of 3.10 m per pedal stroke that gradually increase each category up to reach 5.55 meters for the G6. The peculiarity is that males and females run together in the competitions for Giovanissimi: at the time of the award ceremony, however, the organizing company will give a cup or a medal to the first five children and the first girl to arrive (in some cases to the first 10 males and females of the podium ). In the end, a complimentary present to each participant, to remind you that at this age, if winning is beautiful, it is important to participate and have fun most of all. Beginners category (Esordienti) With the age of 13 begins the age in which we begin to talk about proper competitions. For the first two years you run in the Beginners category, then Allievi for the next two and up again with Juniors and then Pro for those who make it or Elite. Beginners, divided into 1st or 2nd year, run stage races, criterium, time trial or on the track. The maximum distance (for the 2nd year) is 50 km stage and 10 km for TT; the peculiarity is that the season, which runs from the end of March to September, includes short distance races at the beginning, which then grows as the months go by. Like the lower categories, bicycles are subject to strict UCI standards: wheels, for example, must have a maximum diameter of 680 mm and ratios can develop as a limit of 6.20 m (52x18). These competitions (of regional or inter-regional importance) require a more careful and widespread organization: a maximum of 200 athletes are controlled and preceded by relay cars and motorcycles and followed by flagships and wheel change service. Allievi category For the 15-16-year-olds we enter an age in which a remarkable physical and athletic development is manifested, consequently the technical standards and the distances increase: the bikes must have sprockets with a minimum of 16 teeth and mileage inline races up to 80-90 km. Obviously given the spread of women's cycling and the consequent increase of the number of female practitioners, there are separate categories for Beginners Women and Allievi Women, but don't think that the standards are different: even the maximum mileage of Allievi is the same as that of male colleagues! In the event that the minimum number of female participants is not reached, the organizers are authorized to run in a promiscuous manner, obviously respecting the awards ceremony in a separate session. Results of competitions Meanwhile, the results of two important "classics" of Allievi category: The 46th edition of the Comune di Gussago Trophy took place in Gussago (BS) with the victory of Juan David Sierra who had the better of Gualdi and Monister. In Friuli in Mareto di Tomba (UD), the 36th Mother's Day cycling Grand Prix saw the triumph of the Slovenian Ravbar over Capra and Ezner Where are the next cycling competitions for esordienti and allievi taking place in Italy? Sunday 16 May is a day full of events for the two wheels of the students. The main races are in Tuscany in Casalguidi (PT) with the 1st Memorial Alessandro Biondi, in Emilia-Romagna with the 64th Coppa Cà di Lugo (RA), in Veneto with the Eurofin Trophy in Vidor (TV) and two races in Lombardy , in Faloppio (CO), with the Remo Calzolari Trophy and in Abbiategrasso (MI) where the 1st Trofeo Banca Mediolanum will take place. High-Performance bikes for kids If you are interested in youth races, you are maybe a parent of a child or kid who is very passionate about bicycles. The bike industry developed a lot of stunning high-end bicycles for kids in the last years and you can check a good selection of them in the EurekaBike's Kids category, filtering by descending price. Click now and find them all!
Read here is Alex Animashaun's story, the inventor of Tuck Bike, the folding bike with folding wheels. In 2016, Alex was working in Nairobi, Kenya at a car startup. When he got back to his hometown London, UK to see his friends and family, he was impressed of seeing all those small-wheeled folding bikes flocking around the city. They just looked silly and he wondered to himself why he could not make a full-sized bike that can be folded small. Obviously he realized pretty soon that if you got big wheels you can't fold up the bike very small, because the wheel is the last indivisible item on a bike, and therefore is the limit. So then he wondered: "What if you could really fold the wheel?" Impossible! ... or perhaps not. Alex did not give up his intuition and, back to Kenya, he started designing and making prototypes and running tests. He probably did not realize he had just embarked himself on a multi-year journey of trying to reinvent the wheel. Alex moved then to Oakland, California with his wife and fully intended to get a regular job and tinker on the side. He interviewed at several places and experienced America's racism in his own struggles. "Strangely aggressive interviews that questioned whether I had really had done the things I claimed", Alex says. "They showed incredulous disbelief that I could have done the things I had done. Or interviewers that asked for examples of creativity and when having a wheel fold before their eyes in a way never seen by anyone on the planet, still claimed that I wasn't creative enough". Alex decided that he didn't want anyone to hold that power over him. He didn't want to code-switch and hide his blackness in order to survive in an office. So he started Tuck Bike, his "baby", and he now wears shorts and Crocs to go to work. But let's get back to bikes! Many trials and errors has been made along the road. But, in the end, Alex Animashaun has folded the bicycle wheel! Other small wheeled bikes say they "feel just like a normal bike", well Tuck is a normal bike. It just happens that the wheels fold. It's cool to say. Alex remembers that riding the first prototype felt heavy and wonky... an ugly experience but... it worked! So he sat back working on the toughest problems first and then, in the back of his head, for the other problems like, how to fold the tyre, or how do you fit a folding wheel into a bicycle, ... he had a felling that in some way he would be able to solve them later down on the line. So now, Tuck Bike is a fully working bike that you can fold (and unfold) in around 2 minutes and it rides great! So, if you are at home and you don't have room for a full-size bicycle, by riding a tuck bike you can slide it under a desk or take it with you on a train or in the tube. Or you can just throw it in the trunk of your car without having to fold off the seats down. The Tuck Bike is a full-sized bike, without the compromises of a small size bike! At Tuck Bike they are creating a world first for bicycles. "It's going to knock your socks off and put sugar in your tea." "It's rad." "It's radical." "It's fun." "We can't wait to share it with you." they say on their website. So, stay tuned here on EurekaBike for news from Tuck Bike and be ready to know when this bike will be available for sale. If you are interesed in this bike you can also have a look to the dedicate Tuck Bike brand page on EurekaBike. Source: tuckbike.com
Have you ever seen a craftman attaching saws to his bicycle instead of original wheels and try to ride over a frozen lake? Well, in this video you will not only discover the detailed process of how you can attach saws to your bicycle but you will also find out if in the end he will make it or not riding over pure ice. Are you afraid he would cut the ice open and sink, instead? Mmm... you may be right. Just look at the video and see if this crazy idea works or not. What you will find in this video? Most good things start with a doodle sketched out with a sharpie and an engineer who's got a lot of spare time in his hands. In this video you will see how you can modify a bike by putting circular saws instead of wheels and how you can (maybe) easily ride it on ice. In other words you will assist to the birth of an icуcycle. There are many questions that come out with a build like this. What would happen if he fell backward, onto the back wheel? How many times would you need to go over a block of ice for it to split into two parts? Or what would happen if you hit the front tire with your shoe, which happens a lot normally when you are riding a normal bicycle? The icycycle looks like it belongs to a zombie apocalypse movie. The video is well-edited and well-thought, you'll probably also appreciate the work that went into making it possible, if possibile it is... Enjoy! Are you searching for more strange bicycles? We don't think you can buy this kind of bike unless you ask this skilled craftsman. But you can maybe find some strange bikes you can actually buy at our dedicate section: Strange Bikes. Source: interestingengineering.com
There is an innovative European bicycle components company in Belgium, which may be about to bring a revolution into the bicycle gear systems segment. It is called Classified Cycling. Their core technology is the POWERSHIFT hub: a shifting technology based on an internal-external gear hub that has two gears, replacing the functionality of the front derailleur. When paired with an 11-speed drivetrain, you can get rid of that annoying front derailleur while keeping a wide gear range with small gear steps. According to Classified, the weight penalty of their system is pretty much zero. The hub is actuated with a small electronic shift button, that is supplied with the hub and which can be mounted on your handlebar. Components of the POWERSHIFT 1x22 gear system The handlebar unit is attached to the shifter or to a satellite button and sends out a wireless signal. The 2-speed POWERSHIFT hub contains the Classified's core technology: an electro-actuated clockwork-like mechanism. Smart thru-axle. It receives the wireless signal and actuates the hub using contactless energy transfer. It is powered by a Micro-USB rechargeable battery, and it allows more than 10.000 shifts on a single charge. The hub shell can be easily separated from the POWERSHIFT hub, allowing to use of multiple wheelsets in combination with a single powershift hub. The cassette is a dedicated Classified one-piece 11v cassette with a high-durability coating to ensure low wear during the time. How does it work? The shifter (or the satellite button) attached to the Smart Handlebar Unit triggers a shift. The smart thru-axle receives the wireless shift signal. The POWERSHIFT hub, when receiving the signal, shifts between 2 ratios. Is the 1x22 POWERSHIFT about to revolutionize the market? The Classified POWERSHIFT 1x22 gears hub is a wireless 2-speed shifting system, integrated into the rear hub, allowing you to change gears in a split second, under full load, and on any terrain. The system is completely water and mud resistant, Classified Cycling says. This may be a game-changer in the industry, mostly for road and gravel bikes. The main advantages of the Classified POWERSHIFT system are: Instant shifting (150 milliseconds, that’s all it takes) Shifting under full load (up to 1000 watts!) Ultimate gear coverage (22 gears, small steps, 451% gear range) Highly efficient (more than 99% theoretical efficiency according to Classified) Classified have now launched a series of gravel and road wheels that use their hubs and carbon rims. The hub is engineered and made in Belgium. It may be possible that we will see also an MTB-specific Classified hub... stay tuned here on EurekaBike for more news about this topic. Source: the.european.bike.project (Instagram), Classified-Cycling official website
Get a scary abandoned quarry in Wales, get Gee Atherton (one of the best downhill MTB riders of all time) and shake up. With the off-season currently extended at least until June, Gee has turned his attention to some new projects. One of those is called The Slate Line, filmed in Wales just up the road from Dyfi Bike Park (designed by Gee's brother, Dan). In The Slate line, Gee descends a mountain of slate in the disused Wincilate quarry. The project has been sponsored by Continental, Red Bull Bike and Atherton bikes, probably to show how resistant and committed are the Kaiser tyres from the German tyre manufacturer. Sliding rocky surface shifts beneath Gee's wheels as he attacks obstacles and huge vertical drop-offs, cliff edges and mine shafts. There is no room for error on his descent to the valley, until the final drop which will leave literally your heart in your mouth. Watch the film and share it with your friends to know what they think about this crazy, steep and technical downhill line. Source: RedBull Bike
RockShox and Trek are proud to announce the RockShox Trek Race Team, with a roster of gravity-focused racers all under the age of 21. Here is a comment from David Zimberoff, SRAM VP of Marketing aboth the Trek Factory Racing Team new lineup: "We're super excited to take the foundation of this team to the next level by adding new resources and increasing our commitment to winning.” — . The team includes two-time UCI Junior Downhill World Champion and World Cup Overall winner Vali Höll, up-and-coming Scottish shredder Jamie Edmondson, twice-crowned Canadian National Junior Downhill Champion Ethan Shandro, and the fastest kid in Whistler Mountain Bike Park, 15-year-old Tegan Cruz. Riders overview Valentina (Vali) Höll Born on December, 11th 2001 in Saalbach, Austria Vali began racing downhill against the boys as an 11-year-old in her home spot, Saalbach. She was told she wouldn’t win…until she did. And she kept winning again-and-again, until she stood on top of the podium as the 2018 and 2019 UCI Junior Downhill World Champion. As a two-time World Cup Overall-winning prodigy Vali is full of optimism and grit heading into her first, full season as an elite. Look for this Austrian force of nature on 2021 podiums worldwide. Vali's statement for 2021 season is: "TO STEP UP AND BECOME MORE PROFESSIONAL WITH RACING, I KNEW I HAD TO SWITCH SOMETHING. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN ON MY OWN SO HAVING MENTORS LIKE TRACY MOSELEY AND ANDREW SHANDRO IS PRETTY COOL, ALONG WITH A BIGGER PLATFORM AND MORE PEOPLE TO RIDE AND TRAIN WITH". Jamie Edmondson Born on March, 7th 2001 in Nethy Bridge, Scotland Jamie, an affable Scotsman, does dual duty in both enduro and downhill disciplines. This 19-year-old wet-weather specialist grew up in a little village down the road from Aviemore, Scotland, and is motivated to jump from privateer last year to an integral part of the world’s youngest gravity-fueled elite race team in 2021. He is looking forward to being a part of the team and having the support when he needs it. Jamie will focus his racing on the World Cup circuit mixing in Enduro World Series events along the way. Jamie's statement for 2021 season is: "I LIKE TO FEEL GOOD ON A DOWNHILL TRACK… YOU’RE ON THE LIMIT AND BY THE END OF THE WEEKEND, YOU’RE HITTING EVERY TURN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. I THINK THAT’S PRETTY ADDICTIVE WHEN YOU GET USED TO IT. THAT’S WHAT IT IS FOR ME." Ethan Shandro Born on February, 18th 2002 in North Vancouver, Canada, Ethan is already a two-time Canadian National Junior Downhill Champion. Shandro is a familiar name in mountain biking, in fact Ethan’s debut performance as a junior on the World Cup circuit dropped jaws in 2019. After a 2020 season spent dormant and recovering from injury, he is looking to get back on dirt with his fierce-but-fun style of riding. Ethan will continue to focus on his recovery for the time being and look to add regional races when back up to speed. Ethan's statement for 2021 season is: "COMING INTO THIS YEAR, I AM LOOKING TO GET BACK TO 100 PERCENT HEALTH-WISE AND SPEND TIME WITH THE TEAM IN AND OUT OF THE RACES. I'M STOKED TO BE PART OF THIS YOUNG TEAM AS WE HEAD INTO 2021 AND SEE WHAT WE ARE ALL CAPABLE OF. MY TOP GOAL IS TO GET BACK TO WORLD CUP RACES." Tegan Cruz Born on September, 29th 2005 in Pemberton, Canada, Tegan is one of the fastest kids that have been pumped out of the sea-to-Sky region of British Columbia. Among them only a few are as quick as Tegan Cruz. It helps when you’re raised on a farm with a pump track in the Coast Range’s steepest terrain and a quick drive to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Add in a tireless work ethic and a brother who races World Cup, and you have a recipe for success. At 15 years old, the “Tegster” could be Canada’s next rising star. The 2021 race season will see Tegan focus regionally on races within B.C. as well as a few trips to Europe, should travel restrictions allow. Tegan's statement for 2021 season is: "I FEEL FORTUNATE AND EXCITED TO BE RIDING WITH AND LEARNING FROM A WORLD CHAMPION, AS WELL AS TEAMMATES WHO HAVE TASTED THE WORLD CUP PODIUM. ETHAN AND I HAVE HAD MANY GREAT TIMES RIDING TOGETHER AND TRAVELED A BIT OVER THE YEARS. I LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING A YOUTHFUL ATTITUDE AND DEFINITELY SOME LAUGHS AND SMILES." Tim Vanderjeugd, Trek Bicycle Director of Sports Marketing for Trek Factory Racing MTB says: “Trek is thrilled to partner with RockShox and welcome Vali, Jamie, Tegan, and Ethan onto this exciting new team. These riders will be an important part of the Trek family as they help usher in the next generation of World Cup contenders. We can't wait to see what they do in the season to come. Bring on 2021!” Höll and Edmondson will focus on the UCI DH World Cup calendar this season. In addition, the team will fit in Crankworx events along with select Enduro World Series races. Team Partners Technical partnerships are the core of the Team Trek Factory Racing for gravity disciplines: RockShox supplies the team with all Suspension material and hydraulic seat posts, while Trek provides the frames. But there are a lot more prime partners involved in the technical supply of material, gear and equipment for the team: SRAM – Drivetrain, Brakes Maxxis – Tires DT Swiss – Wheels, Hubs, Spokes Ergon – Saddles, Grips Troy Lee Designs – Race Kits, Gloves, Helmets Chris King – Headsets Quarq – Power Meters Truvativ – Handlebars, Stems, Seat Posts Zipp – Road Components 2021 Team Calendar Here follows the schedule with primary and secondary racing programs for the RockShox Trek Factory Racing Team in 202: PRIMARY – UCI DH World Cup April 24-25: Maribor, Slovenia May 22-23: Fort William, Scotland June 12-13: Leogang, Austria July 3-4: Les Gets, France August 24-29: World Championships Val di Sole, Italy September 4-5: Lenzerheide, Switzerland September 18-19: Snowshoe, WV. USA SECONDARY National Championships – Austria, Canada, UK Enduro World Series CRANKWORX Events Regional Events Source: SRAM.com
Who is Fabio Wibmer? Wibmer Fabio is literally a two-wheels phenomenon that in 2020 was sponsored by none other than Canyon bikes. If by any chance you still don't know Fabio Wibmer, this video will make you understand very well who he is and what his lifestyle is like. An extreme but playful rider, always smiling, who transmits an absolute positivity like only few can do. His absolute class on any two-wheeled vehicle made him a real YouTube star in just a few years and his videos - in which he always pushes the limits of street trials and extreme freeride - count millions of views on the main social networks such as, for example , YouTube. 2020 by Fabio Wibmer What a crazy year 2020 was for Fabio and the whole Sick team! He himself says it was one of the best years, but also one of the hardest. Some of the videos published during the year of the COVID-19 pandemic are among the Austrian rider's all-time favorites. Among these: "Israel my playground" where Fabio rider big in Israel and "Home Office", where the whole Sick team invents funny ways to overcome the boredom of the bike-lockdown. The year got off to a great start, but unfortunately ended with a bad crash with the dirt bike, which cost him a broken bone in his foot. Fabio is currently recovering from his injury and he can't wait to get back in shape and make great new videos in 2021. Best of 2020 - Fabio Wibmer In this over 6 and a half minutes video you will find a summary of the craziest and most spectacular actions conceived and created by Fabio and his Sick team in 2020. Evolutions at the limit of the physics and acrobatic ability of one of the strongest freeriders in the world. Defining Fabio is not easy: he mixes dirt, bike trials, enduro, BMX, freestyle, ... in his style, creating a riding so spectacular and powerful that it is hypnotic. In this video you will find drops from the roof with landing on a tree, dusty curves in the desert, jumps from one block of salt to another in the middle of the sea, ... stuff you will not believe. What are you waiting for? Click on the video below and enjoy the images rolling over a fantastic soundtrack.
Over the years, the game of Snowbiking has continued to grow and to attract genuine publicity and hype from action sports athletes and enthusiasts from Canada, USA, Japan and the world at large. Today at Eurekabike, we decided to introduce you to this amazing vehicle: the snowbike. A snowbike is a fun, smooth, and silent snow machine that offers a joyful ride on trips along the trails. The Snowbike is a perfect innovative solution for commuting on snow in the winter season. The Snowbike is composed of a snowboard - that replaces the front wheel - and a snow track in place of the rear wheel. The Snowbike is intriguing, as it's kits are way much cheaper than a new snowmobile and allow bicycle enthusiasts to ride their bikes all year round even in hard snowy conditions. The snowbike is capable of tackling almost any type of hard iced, deep powder, slushy or groomed snow terrain. It is lightweight and easily transportable just like an electric bicycle One outstanding feature of the snow bike is how easy it is to assembled and disassembled. The snow bike offers great stability/steering performance, and it is easy to learn to ride for everyone. Description The Snowbike features a fully electric motor assistance or a semi-assistance, which creates the option of natural pedaling or assisted pedaling. The electric snow bike is powered by a small size, high speed, geared motor. The motor is lightweight and highly durable just like most e-bikes' ones. This creates the need for a rechargeable battery which can be fitted or mounted onto the water bottle housing on the bike or directly on the frame's downtube. A small display computer is fitted to the handlebar of the bike to provide you with a variety of functions such as motor controls and battery status, to provide useful trip information. This computing system provides speed limit PAS (Pedal Assist System) or Torque limit PAS levels, usually ranging from 0 to 5. Other specifications of the display computer include, exactly as it happens for standard ebikes: • Trip time and speed display • Trip distance display • Cruise function • Real-time battery capacity indicator; • ... How can I buy a snowbike? The idea of snowbikes is still relatively new, no wonder you can't yet walk into a store and purchase one, like you can do with snowmobiles, dirt bikes or your favorite MTBs. The good news for anyone who wants their own snowbike however, is that Snowbike conversion kits are now available for purchase online or at physical shops in some countries. For example, a company called Envo builds and distributes snowbike kits to dealers. These conversion kits allow you to turn your average mountain bike into a Snowbike right from the comfort of your home, and in a matter of an hour. You can of course convert the bike back to wheels and hit the dirt as soon as the snow melts too! Did I hear you say "Win, Win?" To date we have no snowbikes to showcase on EurekaBike, but you can have a look to other strange bikes and find some more interesting information.
The 2021 Orbea Rise has been presented through this new video that is in trend with the style that has become a standard for teasing users about the high end models of top bicycle brands. The video starts with a dialogue between two fellow riders, a boy and a girl, around a campfire: "It has always been like that? I've always got lost and it is in these moment when I find myself. And then endless adventure truly absorbs me. When I discover new places we become one, my bike and I. Moving through the world we are agile, adaptive, ... and that's addictive." Trust, acceptation of challenging condition, falling and rise (the name of this bike model, not a case). A sense of gratitude, peace, respect. Feeling powerful for how high you have risen. And looking forward to where to go next. With a bike that twists and climbs, silently in the woods. Body and mind living for the moment. And the girl asks again: "So, it has always been like this?". "I guess it has always been like this, just now, we can go even further". The Orbea Rise 2021 sets a new standard in mountain bike: the one that delivers less "e" and more "bike". And that is called Rider Sinergy: a philosophy that only works when range, power and interface are considered together. And this is Rise. A unique collaboration with Shimano ended up in a power unit that responds with more power the more power you put on pedals. No lag or drag: elastic and natural. The system mimcs your power curve, and expands it. Watch this awesome video that brings together riding emotions and a complete technical explication about the best aspects of the Orbea Rise with the new Shimano EP8 motor, specially tuned for the Rider Sinergy.
A helmet, for what we are used to know, is a form of protective gear that is worn to achieve the fundamental - but pretty much only - function to protect the rider's head. More specifically, a helmet complements the skull in protecting the human brain from injuries and accidents. Helmets come in multiple shapes, and sizes depending on bike speciality and riding style. Over the years, the use of protective gear continued to sour and this has resulted in the addition of different styles and features to these equipment. But... what if this standard idea of a helmet had been reinvented so radically that it created the concept of a new type of product? At WertelOberfell, an innovative design firm based in Munich, Germany they recently came up with a cutting edge helmet, designed for cyclists: the ESUB Tracks. The product is an energy self-sufficient bicycle helmet, designed to keep you safe and to provide riders with many more integrated functionalities. A single glance at the ESUB Tracks is enough evidence of all the work and detailed analysis that went into the production of the helmet, taking into consideration the different obstacles cyclists face on the road. The helmet is on a class of its own as it is made up of several smart features, powered by organic photovoltaics cells that provide all the energy it needs to keep you safe. It took a lot of science, innovation and engineering skills for the team at WertelOberfell to turn an ordinary helmet into this smart object. ESUB Tracks is made up of: printed organic batteries and a Nano Arduino, a microcontroller compacted in a single unit at the rear of the helmet. The microcontroller oversees all the incorporated electric components, while the helmet’s surface provides the energy. WertelOberfell achieved the innovative design of the ESUB Tracks by wrapping flat, bionic printed solar cells all around in order to use the outer layer of the helmet as a PV module that absorbs sunlight and converts it into energy. This form of energy self-sufficiency allows the helmet’s batteries to constantly recharge, powering all the smart features and electric components that distinguish ESUB Tracks. ESUB Tracks is factory-fitted with several cool features, one being an integrated headset. The headset is made up of printed piezoelectric material, (materials to generate an electric charge in response to applied mechanical stress) heat-pressed onto leather straps with an embossed interior layer that slightly presses against the user’s ear, ensuring audible sound. The speakers are connected via Bluetooth with your smartphone and provide crystal clear audio without affecting the sound levels that surround the user. Embedded at the backside of the ESUB Tracks there is its sensor domain. ESUB Tracks takes advantage of the rear proximity sensors, to protect cyclists against accidents by alerting them to what’s going on behind them. The rear proximity sensors let users know when automobiles or other cyclists get too close. Additionally, a haptic or tactile feedback is integrated in the sensors so that the helmet vibrates whenever it senses some sort of road danger or a vehicle in close proximity to the user. This features come in handy for road bikes and city bike users. Just below the user’s chin, a printed piezoelectric microphone is placed, with voice command recognition so that if a cyclist has to make a turn, then the microphone registers the voice commands such as turn signals, with no hand motion required. To top it off, ESUB Tracks integrates self-adjusting chin straps that fastens, until the helmet fits comfortably and safely atop the cyclist’s head, no manual adjustments is needed. Wouldn't you buy such an amazing helmet? Well, it depends on cost and availability, for sure. For now this stunning obkect seems to be just a prototype, so you'd better stay easy if you wanted to run to your local bike shop and buy it straight away. Soruce: Yanko Design
Get ready for this sick edit featuring the mountain bike French legend Remy Metallier, shredding the Squamish (British Columbia) woods with crazy an uninamaginable lines that will take your breath away. This video shows how much far the limit of mountain bike riding has moved nowadays: a freaking high limit, compared to the level of just a few years ago. Mountain bike technology has risen year by year with stiffer frames and forks, improved hydraulycs in suspensions, lighter and more resistant components, but looking at this buddy sending such huge drops, gaps and such tricky and insanely steep lines with just a tiny helmet and his backpack on, is something that anybody was probably not expecting. Remy Metallier is sending Red-Bull-Rampage-like lines (with no freestyle tricks, for sure...) but in the middle of woods full of trees and big slimy rocks... on an enduro single plate fork bicycle. This just says it all. Look at this video, enjoy the madness and... don't try this at home!
Video teaser of Enduro bicycles have become more and more similar to small movies lately. Specialized has always been exploring this new way of marketing their MTB product and they presented this awesome video where they link a very emotional story with stunning images of riding that highlight the qualities and the characteristics of thier product. Enjoy this story about a group of old friends that experience the perfect riding experience in 2020 sulle loro Stumpjumper EVO. One of them is shocked about being so much in the zone and disappears from the fellowship for 43 years to continue living that moment on and on. Finally, in 2063 a task force finds him hidden in the woods where he has kept riding for years just to continue living the perfect sinergy between man bike and the trail. If you have experienced some emotional rides in your life, we challenge you not to feel goosbumps at least a few times while watching this video.
The EWS Enduro World Series today released this exciting video which, in our opinion, perfectly portrays the beauty of the sport of Enduro mountain biking. The video compares the EWS Bluegrass event in Finale Ligure in 2019 with the same Enduro World Series race, as it took place in COVID Times, in 2020. The contrast is shocking and the video has an impact for being able to highlight this contrast with delicacy and positivity. The crowded trails of 2019, with thousands of cheering fans committed to making the iggest noise to support the athletes have given way to almost deserted streets in the historic center of Finale Ligure. Streets where riders wore masks on the starting stage and where interviewers kept a strict social distance. No hugs on the podium, Not big company and fun together in the paddock ... All very strange, unusual, new, all a little sadder, ... All different, except the most important thing: the will. The will to compete that every athlete, team, follower have shown and the will to be there of a few diehard fans who have populated the trails of Finale with responsibility and courage in a context where the most important thing was to send a message of unstoppable desire to live a normal life again. A message that lends itself so well to the union with this wonderful enduro MTB sport: "Wherever however, this is our Finale".
The Enduro World Series (EWS) concluded in suitably dramatic fashion in Italy at the Bluegrass EWS Finale Ligure. In a venue steeped in the history of the sport, riders took to the start line for the third and final race of the year. Featuring nearly 60km of pedalling and four challenging stages, this race was designed to push riders to the max, and it more than delivered. Enduro Live Results: In the men’s race Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team) also set his stall out early, as he too put ten seconds into the rest of the field after stage one. Pietra winner Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Zipp Collective) was in second, but wasn’t to stay there after a puncture followed by a crash on stage two put him out of the running. Melamed went on to win stages two and three, cementing his lead to an unassailable 17 seconds heading into the fourth and final stage. It was Jack Moir (Canyon Collective) who won the stage, but it wasn’t enough to unseat Melamed, who sailed to the third EWS win of his career. Florian Nicolai (Trek Factory Racing) scored a second place finish as he did in Pietra last weekend, with Moir also replicating his third place. Italian Martino Fruet brought the Master Men win home, followed by Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Enduro Team) in second and Karim Amour in third. Daniela Michel of Switzerland won Master Women. In the women’s race Morgane Charre (Pivot Factory Racing) was in control from the very first stage, putting over ten seconds into Vittoria EWS Pietra winner Melanie Pugin in second place. A mechanical for Pugin on stage two saw Charre able to extend her lead, and despite Pugin winning the final two stages, it wasn’t enough to stop Charre taking her first EWS win. Pugin finished the day in second place, with Estelle Charles posting a career best third place. In the U21 Men Brady Stone (Theory Global Enduro Team) clinched the win, with Luke Meier-Smith in second and third place went to Jamie Edmondson. Harriet Harnden (Trek Factory Racing) won her third straight victory in U21 Women with Sophie Riva of Italy in second place. With no individual championship in 2020 it was left to the teams to battle it out, and it was Pivot Factory Racing who came out on top, followed by Trek Factory Racing in second and Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team in third. That’s it for the 2020 Enduro World Series, all that remains is to say thank you to all the teams, riders, organisers, staff and volunteers for their support in this most difficult of years. Here’s to 2021. Follow this link of the video highlights of the EWS 2020 round 3 in Finale Ligure, Italy: Results (first 25 of Men category): 1 Jesse Melamed CAN Rocky Mountain Race Face 00:21:21.60 2 Florian Nicolai FRA Trek Factory Racing +00:08.98 3 Jack Moir AUS Canyon Collective +00:13.11 4 Theo Galy FRA Sunn Enduro Factory Team +00:19.74 5 Edward Masters AUS Pivot Factory Racing +00:35.57 6 Charles Murray AUS Pivot Factory Racing +00:36.97 7 Jose Borges POR Miranda Factory Team +00:37.47 8 Kevin Miquel FRA Sunn Enduro Factory Team +00:37.54 9 Slawomir Lukasik POL - +00:37.92 10 Martin Maes BEL GT Factory Racing +00:40.59 11 Dimitri Tordo FRA Canyon Collective +00:41.27 12 Zakarias Blom Johansen SWE Cube Action Team +00:46.15 13 Youn Deniaud FRA Giant Factory Off-Road +00:46.33 14 Matteo Raimondi ITA - +00:47.15 15 Alex Rudeau FRA Commencal Enduro Team +00:47.56 16 Gregory Callaghan IRE Unior Devinci Factory Racing +00:49.1 17 Christian Textor GER Team BULLS +00:49.54 18 Antoine Vidal FRA Commencal Enduro Team +00:50.29 19 Guillaume Larbeyou FRA - +00:52.2 20 Joseph Nation AUS - +00:54.49 21 Cole Lucas AUS Ibis Enduro Team +00:55.71 22 Pedro Burns Contreras CUB Trek Factory Racing +01:02.01 23 Rhys Verner CAN Kona Factory Team +01:02.98 24 Stanislav Sehnal CZE - +01:03.27 25 Edgar Carballo Gonzalez ESP Orbea FOX Enduro Team +01:04.39 For more results see the source at this link. Source: Enduro World Series Official Website
Campagnolo presents its revolutionary 13-speed groupset dedicated to the sparkling world of the Gravel: the Campagnolo Ekar 1x13 groupset. The Campagnolo Ekar 1x13 (dedicated to specific use on Gravel bikes) has arrived as one of the most interesting 2021 news in the entire cycling panorama. Gravel is one of the fastest growing trends in the world cycle in recent years and for 2021 the growth shows no signs of decreasing, indeed. More and more models dedicated to Gravel use are presented by bike manufacturers, but not only. Campagnolo returns to off-road Campagnolo, the historic company producing groups and components for cycling, has recently presented a real technological revolution: the first groupset in history with a 13-speed cassette. It is no coincidence that an important brand like Campagnolo has chosen the Gravel segment as a test bed for this innovation. The Gravel is in fact classified as a sub-category of the road bike (segment where Campagnolo has been among the market leaders for decades), but the use of these bicycles in off-road conditions puts nowadays these components at a stress level very close to the world of mountain biking; an excellent test bed for strength and reliability before (perhaps next year?) to move on to the launch of a 13-speed groupset dedicated to the real mass market of racing road bikes. Campagnolo has abandoned the production of MTB groupsets for about 30 years now, and who knows if this return to Gravel is not also a prelude to a future commitment of the Italian manufacturer to reappear with proposals dedicated to mountain biking. Ekar is the name of a mountain that is located above Bassano del Grappa, in the province of Vicenza, near the Campagnolo headquarters. An iconic name for a group designed for use on gravel roads that can also become real MTB trails. Overview of components and main innovations at a glance Cassette Let's start with the cassette, which is the interface around which all Campagnolo 13v technology revolves. Finding space for 13 sprockets is not trivial, but Campagnolo has solved the problem by taking to the extreme a technical solution already used in some 12-speed MTB models: the cantilevered last sprocket. Thanks to a new body, the last sprocket (the smallest) is mounted cantilevered thus allowing a housing that does not require to modify the space of the frame or the stops of the hubs. The box is supplied in three versions: 9-36 (for more sporty use on non-steep terrain) 9-42 (intermediate solution) 10-44 (for extreme off-road use or long journeys) An interesting feature of this cassette is that it has been designed to be compatible with most wheels that already use the 12v system. This choice immediately opens up the great potential of the aftermarket for the Ekar 13v. Chain The chain, necessarily thinner than the previous 12v, has no reliability or resistance problems even in the heaviest use on mountain trails, as reported by several testers who have used the Ekar 13v group for weeks. Levers The controls have undergone a major redesign to improve ergonomics, in particular as regards shifting with low hand grip. In gravel, this grip is in fact essential to maintain maximum control of the bike on rough terrain, which is why particular attention was paid to this aspect by Campagnolo engineers. The new Campagnolo lever has a C (or S) shape that allows easy operation even with the lower handlebar grip. This interface allows you to change up to 5 gears up with a single deep stroke on the lever, while to go down the lever is designed to be operated one gear at a time to avoid mechanical problems and improve the traction. The shifting of the Ekar, in full Campagnolo style, always remains very sharp and precise, while also remaining fluid despite its racing character. Crankset The full carbon crankset of the Ekar is a very valuable piece, so much so that it comes out of the mold already with its final finish, without requiring any other processing. Given the prevalent off-road use, the crank arms are supplied with two rubber socks, in order to protect the ends arm-ends from debris and accidental hits on stones and rough terrain.
Imola 2020 World Cup, Filippo Ganna wins the elite men's individual time trial on Friday, giving Italy its first gold medal at this year's World Cup. Filippo Ganna secured his first career time-trial world title last Friday (25 September 2020), confirming his status as a pre-race favorite on a windy day at the UCI Road World Championships in Imola. Ganna completed the 31.7km course in a time of 35'54". Wout van Aert took second place with a delay of 26", while Stefan Küng completed the podium, 29" behind Ganna. Geraint Thomas finished fourth ahead of the two-time winner Rohan Dennis, fifth. Ganna's statement: "It's a dream for me and I'm really happy. I personally thank the whole Italian team and also Ineos Grenadiers. I don't have the words. I have won four rainbow jerseys on the track. This is my first time in the time trial. I will celebrate with my family". Summary of the men's Elite Time Trial race at the Imola 2020 World Championships The flat round course saw a fast race in windy conditions. Max Walscheid and then Edoardo Affini were among the first riders to spend at least some time in the leader's chair before Thomas crossed the line almost a minute faster than the first, taking the provisional lead. The 2018 Tour de France champion's time withstood the attacks of many talented riders before Van Aert finished 11" faster after a fantastic second half of his run. However, the Belgian did not keep his lead, as Ganna accelerated being faster even in the intermediate. Küng crossed the line just three seconds further than Van Aert, and then Tom Dumoulin came a little more detached at the halfway point - for lingering over a loss of balance in a corner - but Ganna crossed the line 27" faster than Van Aert taking the provisional lead of the race. After Ganna, only Dennis remained on track. Although the defending champion was the second-fastest rider in the intermediate, he failed to catch up in the second half of his race and reached the finish line 40 seconds late. Ganna's victory marks the first ever Italian title in the men's elite time trial and a first gold medal for Italy in a men's elite event since Alessandro Ballan won in 2008. Top 10 1 GANNA Filippo (Italia) 35:54 2 VAN AERT Wout (Belgio) 0:26 3 KÜNG Stefan (Svizzera) 0:29 4 THOMAS Geraint (Gran Bretagna) 0:37 5 DENNIS Rohan (Australia) 0:39 6 ASGREEN Kasper (Danimarca) 0:47 7 CAVAGNA Rémi (Francia) 0:48 8 CAMPENAERTS Victor (Belgio) 0:52 9 DOWSETT Alex (Gran Bretagna) 1:06 10 DUMOULIN Tom (Paesi Bassi) 1:14 Sports Biography of Filippo Ganna But who is the athlete Filippo Ganna? On Eureka.Bike we want to reconstruct for you the career of this young and winning rider to date. Filippo Ganna was born in Verbania on July 25, 1996 and is an Italian road racer and cyclist who races for the Ineos Grenadiers team. On the track he became world champion in individual pursuit in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Road professional since 2017, in 2019 he was national time trial champion and world specialty bronze medal. In 2020, he just became world road time trial champion in Imola. The beginnings 2011-2012 Filippo competes in the Allievi category with the Ossolano Pedal from 2011 to 2012, achieving 20 victories. 2013-2014 In 2013 he made his debut among the Juniors with the Castanese Verbania, of Alberto Donini and Terenzio Baronchelli, collecting 6 successes, five of which time trial; the following year he won seven road races, including the national title against time and the Chrono des Nations category, and the title of national junior champion in individual pursuit. 2015 In 2015 he made his debut among the Under 23s with the Viris Maserati-Sisal Matchpoint of Vigevano: in the season he won three races, including the Chrono Champenois in Bethény . In the second part of the season he competes as an intern for Lampre-Merida, a World Tour formation directed by Giuseppe Saronni, also participating in the Under 23 time trial of the world championships in Richmond. 2016 n 2016, competing with Team Colpack, he won the Grand Prix Laguna Poreč, a competition valid for the UCI Europe Tour. Called up for the track world championships in London, he sets the new Italian record in the individual pursuit (4'16 "127) and then manages to win the world title in the specialty by beating the German Domenic Weinstein in the final with a time of 4 '16 "141. In the same world championship he finishes fourth in the team chase with the quartet of the National team. He later conquered the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, the first Italian to do so in the history of the race. In July he wins the European Under-23 individual pursuit title with a time of 4'14 "165, further improving the Italian record, and wins the silver medal in the Under-23 team pursuit, establishing another national record. August participates for the first time in the Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, obtaining the sixth final place in the team pursuit with the blue quartet completed by Simone Consonni, Francesco Lamon and Michele Scartezzini. In September at the European Under-23 road championships he is therefore second in the time trial, 30 "behind the German Lennard Kämna, over a distance of 25.4km; in the road test, with arrival on the tear of Plumelec, he is ranked sixth in the sprint won by Aljaksandr Rabušėnka. Pro carrier 2017 Ganna became a pro in 2017 with UAE Team Emirates, Emirati World Tour formation (formerly Lampre-Merida). In March he made his debut in the classics of the North, at Ghent-Wevelgem, but was forced to retire due to a fall. Having recovered for the track world championships in Hong Kong, in mid-April, in the world championship he first won the bronze with the team pursuit quartet (completed by Simone Consonni, Francesco Lamon and Liam Bertazzo) and then the silver medal in the individual pursuit, beaten in the final by the Australian Jordan Kerby. Returning to road racing in May, he finished fifth in the time trial of the Tour of California and then ninth in the Elite time trial of the European Championships in Herning. At the end of the road season, he returns to the track and in the first days of November he obtains an important confirmation, winning the team pursuit test of the World Cup stage in Pruszków with his team mates. 2018 Back on the road, in January 2018 he is in excellent shape at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina. After finishing fourth on the final stretch that characterizes the second stage, he ranks second in the third stage, an individual time trial of 14.4 km. Thanks to these placings, for the first time in his career, he wears the leader's jersey of a stage race. He loses the leader's jersey at the end of the fifth stage, an uphill finish, in favor of Gonzalo Najar, relegating to third place in the general: thus concluding the race in third place in the classification, his first podium in a professional stage race, winning also the ranking of best youngster. A few weeks later, at the track world championships in Apeldoorn, he won bronze in the team pursuit, also setting the new Italian record. In the individual pursuit he therefore wins his second world title by beating the Portuguese Ivo Oliveira and setting the new Italian record (4'13 "622 in the semifinal, 4'13" 607 in the final). Subsequently he made his debut in the Tour of Flanders, retiring after having been on the run for a long time, and in the Paris-Roubaix which finished out of time. At the Italian Time Trial Championship he comes second, behind Gianni Moscon. 2019 For the 2019 season he joins Team Sky. He gets his first success as a professional, making his debut with the new team, imposing himself in the first stage of the Tour de la Provence, an individual time trial of 8.9 km. In March he won his third world title in the individual pursuit, beating in the final, as in 2016, the German Domenic Weinstein. In June he participates in the national time trial championships, on the Bedonia track: he becomes national champion of the specialty, preceding Alberto Bettiol by 52 hundredths of a second. On 25 September 2019 he won the bronze medal in the individual time trial at the road world championship in Yorkshire. 2020 In February 2020 in Berlin he graduated as world champion in individual pursuit for the fourth time, setting the world record of 4'01 "934 in the qualifiers (the previous record, 4'02" 647, set in the World Cup in November 2019, already belonged to him); in the same world championship he is also a bronze medal in the team pursuit. In September 2020, in Imola, he became world champion in time trial on the road covering the 31.7km of the route at almost 53km/h on an hourly average, beating the Belgian Wout Van Aert and the Swiss Stefan Küng, respectively in second and third on the podium.
With their new Mod shock, Formula caters to the rear end of suspension bikes. This isn't their first rodeo into dampers either - they have experience in designing and manufacturing them for motorbikes since as far back as 1993. Function, Details & Features The Mod is a coil spring shock that uses a monotube design. That mono, or single, tube is the one we see on the outside with the threaded spring collar on. On the end of the shock shaft is the main piston that moves back and forth inside the outer tube, which is full of oil, flowing through it to control the compression and rebound of the damper. That monotube design means that the vast majority of the damping force is generated from the main piston and valving on it. Formula will also sell the shock tuned for the bike that it will be going onto. There's a 30mm diameter piston on the inside that allows, along with an increased number of oil passages, to increase the oil flow inside the shock for better heat management and consistency in performance. Compression and low-speed rebound are externally adjustable with the red rebound knob on the shock eyelet and the compression knob on the end of the reservoir. There is also a lockout lever to up the overall firmness of the shock for climbing. Inside the reservoir is an expandable bladder that separates the oil from the air inside the reservoir volume, since as the shock compresses some compensation for the volume of shock shaft needs to happen. Formula say that the bladder design offers less friction than a standard IFP, or internal floating piston, design due to the reduction in moving parts. Situated on the end of the shock shaft is the bottom out bumper, which has been carefully designed in shape and material to assist in managing the energy in the last portion of travel. Often overlooked, the bottom out bumper is pretty damn important for your shock's performance and not just to stop metal on metal contact. Formula stated that while they could have gone for a less visible bottom out bumper color, the engineers said that if they wanted the right performance, the sandy color, and its associated material, was the only option to get it. CTS Adjustability As the oil moves from the main shock body to the reservoir during use the valving assembly on the neck also generates damping, and is the place where we find one of Formula's unique selling points - Compression Tuning System (CTS). First seen on their forks, it's an interchangeable assembly that can change the feel of the shock. Perhaps this is a system inspired by true twin tube damper designs, where all the damping was generated by these externally accessible valves, giving the riders or engineers ability to adjust the vehicle performance quickly and easily in a racing situation. But the essence is the same with the CTS system and allows the rider or mechanic to swap out the small assembly for one of three options. Gold is the softest setting and is for light riders or those searching for a softer than usual suspension setup. Orange is for more aggressive riders looking for more support, and green is for heavier riders or riders with a very aggressive riding style wanting increased support all the way through the travel. The thought of opening your shock to swap the CTS might be daunting, but it is actually very easy: it's a doddle to do for anyone with a basic mechanical idea of bikes, and it's even surprisingly simply for people who aren't as confident in the workshop. That ability for the user to change the whole feel of their shock, and fork too with the Formula forks, can offer quite the advantage over the competition if you like to chin scratch and experiment, or even for the shop mechanics who could offer the service to Formula equipped customers. Options, Price & Availability The Mod is available in the following variations: 210 x 55mm (standard eyelet length) 230 x 65mm (standard eyelet length) 185 x 55mm (Trunnion mount length) 205 x 65mm (Trunnion mount length). Springs are available from 300 to 600 in 50lbs increments in ultraviolet and titanium colours. Hardware for the Mod is available in 8mm diameter with 20, 22, 25, 30, 35 and 40mm widths and 10mm diameter in 22, 25 and 30mm widths. It is priced for retail at 699,00€ including the Mod shock absorber, three CTS valves and a shock pump. It's available immediately for pre-order with shipping starting from 2nd November 2020. Source: Pink Bike
The Vittoria EWS Pietra Ligure 2020 will remain in the books for two things above all: the return of the epic single day race and the French reigniting their reputation as the dominant force in enduro. The race threw in plot twists and drama along the day. In the Men’s race there was less of a clear trajectory; Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Zipp Collective) may have won the first stage, but it was Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team) who won the second stage of the day. Rhys Verner (Kona Factory Racing) took the Queen Stage, but by this point Dailly was leading the race and it would stay that way, with the Frenchman ending the day with an impressive 20 second lead over his nearest rival, Florian Nicolai (Trek Factory Racing), who took second place. Jack Moir (Canyon Collective) rounded out the top three to mark his first time on an EWS podium. Karim Amour brought home the win in Master Men, followed by Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Enduro Team) in second and Bruno Zanchi (Team Fridstas Mondraker) in third. In the Women’s category Isabeau Courduier (Lapierre Zipp Collective) rolled to the start line as the clear favourite, despite carrying an ankle injury she picked up a week earlier. After her perfect 2019 season and her win in Zermatt last month, it’s little wonder she was expected to clean up in Italy. Her campaign started off well, winning the first two stages of the day, but once fellow Frenchwoman Melanie Pugin took the all important Queen Stage, stage three, her fate was sealed. Pugin, fresh from her win in the EWS-E race in Zermatt last month, took control of the race from here on out and went on to win the next two stages decisively. Courdurier’s winning streak may have come to an end, but she still managed a podium finish in a very respectable second place. Morgane Charre (Pivot Factory Racing) would put on a consistent display to take third place, making it an all French podium in the women’s field. In the U21 Men Antoine Vidal (Commencal Enduro Team) added another win to his growing list of victories, with Brady Stone (Theory Global Enduro Team) in second and Jamie Edmondson of the UK in third. Hattie Harnden (Trek Factory Racing) won the U21 Women just as she did at the last round in Switzerland, with the Italian Sophie Riva in second. In the Team competition Pivot Factory Racing were team of the day, followed by Lapierre Zipp Collective in second and Rocky Mountain Race Enduro in third. With no overall individual series points on offer this year, it's the only the teams fighting it out for the series rankings, and its Pivot Factory Racing who once more lead the scoreboard. Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team is in second and Trek Factory Racing third. The Series now moves just a few kilometres up the coast for the last race of the year, Bluegrass EWS Finale on Saturday, September 26. Follow this link ofr the video highlights of the EWS 2020 round 2 in Pietra Ligure, Italy: Results (first 25 of Men category): 1 Adrien Dailly FRA Lapierre Zipp Collective 00:21:30.49 2 Florian Nicolai FRA Trek Factory Racing +00:20.58 3 Jack Moir AUS Canyon Collective +00:22.64 4 Dimitri Tordo FRA Canyon Collective +00:22.79 5 Edward Masters AUS Pivot Factory Racing +00:27.16 6 Kevin Miquel FRA Sunn Enduro Factory Team +00:30.51 7 Jesse Melamed CAN Rocky Mountain Race Face +00:39.04 8 Youn Deniaud FRA Giant Factory Off-Road +00:43.47 9 Guillaume Larbeyou FRA - +00:44.98 10 Louis Jeandel FRA - +00:45.57 11 Rhys Verner CAN Kona Factory Team +00:46.34 12 Damien Oton FRA Orbea FOX Enduro Team +00:47.93 13 Theo Galy FRA Sunn Enduro Factory Team +00:55.95 14 Charles Murray AUS Pivot Factory Racing +00:56.48 15 Patrick Luthi SUI - +00:56.66 16 Elliott Heap GBR Chain Reaction Cycles +00:59.51 17 Cole Lucas AUS Ibis Enduro Team +01:03.7 18 Marcello Pesenti ITA - +01:04.2 19 Gregory Callaghan IRE Unior Devinci Factory Racing +01:06.77 20 Joseph Nation AUS - +01:07.6 21 Mirco Vendemmia ITA - +01:13.34 22 Tim Bratschi SUI - +01:13.79 23 Thomas Lapeyrie FRA - +01:14.16 24 Baptiste Gaillot FRA - +01:14.81 25 Bernard Kerr GBR Pivot Factory Racing +01:16.12 For more results see the source at this link. Source: Enduro World Series Official Website
The Tour de France is without a doubt the most outstanding and highly respected bike riding competition in the world. And the young 22 years old Slovenian Tadej Pogačar, just won unexpectedly this prime competition. Also known as “Le Grande Boucle” or “Le Tour”, Tour de France is a cycling competition that is held in France every year (sometimes neighboring countries) and takes place in 21 stages with a course that covers approximately 3,500 kilometers. Tour de France is split into 21 stages: nine flat stages, three hilly stages, seven mountain stages (including five summit finishes), two individual time trials and two rest days. One stage is performed every day, covers roughly 225 kilometers, and takes about five and a half hours to complete. Each stage has a winner, and the rider that completes the most stages in the shortest amount of time goes onto win the overall title. This is the World Cup, Super Bowl and Stanley Cup of bicycle racing. Cyclists from around the world gather in France to compete for the chance win the prestigious Tour de France trophy and a cash prize of €450,000. This is a sport that engages 3.5 billion television viewers, and over 12 million spectators annually. It’s a thrilling show and it is completely free to attend. But how could Tadej Pogačar reach such a great achievement at such a young age? Let's try to understand it having a look into his carrier. At the age of 9 Tadej changed his football jersey for a race jersey with a matching bike. Pogačar joined his brother Tilen at the Rog Ljubljana cycling club. The talent of the Slovenian youngster showed quickly as it didn’t take long for Tadej to start winning races. The older Tadej got, the more he started to impress in the races. The Slovenian cycling federation took note and when Tadej Pogačar entered the junior ranks at the age of 16 he was consistently selected to ride for the National team. In 2015 he rode the Course de la Paix his first big stage race and one of the biggest junior races in the world. Tadej did very well as he finished 8th in the GC and 2nd in the young rider classification (behind Brandon McNulty). One year later in the same race, Pogačar took his first big international youth win. He won a stage finishing on a small hill. It wouldn’t be the only international success for him that year as he also managed to win the final GC of the Giro della Lunigiana and finishing on the podium in all three stages of that race. For the 2017 season Tadej signed a deal with local continental squad ROG – Ljubljana. The young Slovenian showed he didn’t have any trouble with the transition from the u19 to the u23 category as he was found near the front of almost all the races he rode. The biggest performance of the year came in his home country were he rode his very first professional race, the Tour of Slovenia. The race was won by Tour de France stage and mountain classification winner Rafael Majka. However Pogačar surprised many including himself by riding towards a fifth place in the final GC, not bad for an 18 year old in his first professional race! In the 2018 season Tadej not only confirmed his talent, but he clearly made another big step in his progression towards the top. In the Grand Prix Priessnitz the race he won as a junior (course de la Paix), he now took his first international win as an U23. On the final stage of the race, Tadej put in a huge solo effort to win with a minute margin which also gained him the overall win. A week later Pogačar entered the Slovenian time trial nationals among the pro’s and managed to finish 2nd behind Tratnik who just the year before finished 10th in the World ITT Championships. A few days later it was time for the Tour of Slovenia, a big target for Tadej. Tadej fought against Roglic and Uran (who the year before finished 2nd in the Tour de France) and managed to do one better than last year as he finished 4th overall. Team UAE saw how well was riding and in July of 2018 Tadej signed his first professional contract as he would join the World Tour at the start of 2019. But the highlight of 2018 was yet to come, as at the end of the year Pogačar competed in the Tour de l’Avenir. A race known as the Tour de France for riders under the age of 23. Most riders who do well here have a very bright future ahead of him. Tadej who aimed for a top 5 place in GC, won the race thanks to his consistency and finished almost 1 and a half minutes in front of his nearest competitor. Tadej's debut for team UAE came early 2019 as he rode the Tour Down Under in Australia. He did well helping his leader Ulissi, but also managed to finish 15th himself which again showed Tadej had no problem at all with the transition to a higher level. His European debut for team UAE, came a month later in the Volta ao Algarve a stage race in Portugal. In stage two the riders faced an uphill finish and surprisingly Tadej took victory ahead of Team Sky’s Wout Poels. The day after Tadej extended his lead by finishing 5th in the ITT, finishing only behind some ITT specialists. The race finished with another mountain top finish and while Tadej was attacked a lot, he managed to bring home the final victory. A start to a brilliant season was made, Pogačar showed consistency throughout the whole season and not much after his victory in Portugal he would finish 6th in the Itzulia Basque Country race, a stage race with a lot of history and a field full of stars. A month later Tadej would win his first World Tour race as he took the queen stage and the final victory of the Amgen Tour of California. He continued his great season by taking his first professional national title by beating Mohoric and Tratnik in the ITT nationals. Because of his great showings throughout the year, the team decided the 20 year old Tadej could make his debut in a Grand Tour. He was the youngest rider in the race (over a year younger than the 2nd youngest), but again surprised himself and the world. The race would turn into a career highlight (so far) as he managed to win three stages and finish on the overall podium. He ended up third behind his own country man Primoz Roglic and the legend Alejandro Valverde. Tadej set the bar high in 2019, but he did manage to outperform himself again in 2020. He did this by taking the biggest win of them all, the final victory in the Tour de France! He did it in style as well, as he did not only wint he final overall. He took three stages, the mountain classification and the young rider classification along the way. It was an unexpected win, Tadej went into the final time trial 57 seconds behind ITT specialist Primoz Roglic. Pogačar rode the best time trial of his life and outclassed everyone. He won the time trial and took the Tour de France win for 59 seconds ahead (final GC) of Roglic. Before the last time trial stage at 2020 Tour de France, Tadej managed to remain absolutely concentrated on his target and showed off an outstanding capacity to manage psychological pressure when about to race again a more experienced rider like Primoz Roglic. Here is a cool video documentary of the last stage of 2020 Tour the France won by Tadej: Source: Tadej Pogacar official website
The first opportunity to understand where the bicycle industry is going was presented in Italy on September 11, 12 and 13 in Rimini. In fact, a very special edition of the Italian Bike Festival took place in the famous seaside resort, the fair, or rather the festival, dedicated to the novelties of the "cycle" industry. To all intents and purposes, Rimini was the first exhibition event of this unfortunate 2020 marked by Covid and social distancing. The Italian Bike Festival has confirmed itself as very good format in general for an event dedicated to both the public and professionals. Not only, it was also a truly perfect event to feed the passion for the world of cycling and its lifestyle, even in these difficult times. At the Italian Bike Festival there was a serene air, despite everything. The classic air of late summer in one of the towns that represent the well-being and carefree fun in Italy and in Europe. Rimini turned out to be the best place to organize an event like the Bike Festival, not only from the logistical point of view, but also from that of the mood, which is anything but negligible and not to take for granted in this period. Organizers, exhibitors and participants were very attentive to compliance with Covid regulations. On one it was strange to see everyone with masks and bottles of hand sanitizer in every corner, but on the other hand the climate of the Riviera helped a lot to alleviate these discomforts, certainly giving a hand to everyone in experiencing an event with the right mood, even in this period. The formula with free ticket, the outdoor stands and the possibility to test the bicycles (but in reality the rules of the moment forced the testers to try the new models only in the specific Off Road Arena equipped inside the fair area) turned out to be as good as ever and brought a lot of people to the city, including us in the press who, there in Romagna, got a clear idea of where the bike market is going. From the point of view of contents, here below we report the main news seen in Rimini. Gravel Commercially speaking in Italy the last twelve months have literally seen the segment of gravel bicycles explode. The big ones, but also the small brands, are therefore investing more and more in this type of bikes, diversifying a product offer that is becoming increasingly rich and heterogeneous. Most consumers are turning to gravel bikes capable to feel comfortable wherever, especially on off-road terrain. Frames with more and more space granted to the tires, increasingly comfortable geometries and if that weren't enough bicycles that are equipped not only with a suspension front fork, but in some cases also with rear suspension systems, give these more recent gravel bikes connotation and characteristics that do not make them look bad on terrain that until yesterday was the prerogative of MTBs only. Exemplary in this sense is the Cannondale Topston Carbon Lefty, with her front fork capable of 30 millimeters of travel, and her rear triangle capable of flexing when the bike passes over the rough paths or roots. Discover all the Cannodale news for 2021 on our brand page dedicated to the American brand. The Italian Basso also follows the same line, and presented officially in Rimini the brand new Tera: more or less as happens for the Topstone Carbon Lefty, the Basso Tera also has a rear stay capable of absorbing the vibrations of the ground thanks to a point of joint positioned on the vertical tube. E-road bike In the "electric" field, noteworthy are the innovations that two major brands have presented with respect to the currently most controversial segment of the cycling industry, that of e-road bikes, that is, real racing bikes but with electric assistance. In Rimini Wilier Triestina unveiled the Hybrid, that is the version with an aluminum frame and more affordable price of a model that, in the more expensive carbon variant, was introduced a year ago, with the Cento10 Hybrid. On its own side, the Swiss Scott presented the Addict eRide, an e-road bike that stands out because it has a battery and a motor (included in the hub) and it wights only 10.25 kilos! More than the technical characteristics themselves, novelties of this kind make people talk and discuss about the actual usefulness that electric assistance has on the type of bike that more than any other has a vocation, a history and above all a type of use that is decidedly more devote to the "muscular" than to the "assisted". In reality, perplexities of this kind clash with the intentions of big industry, which evidently believes in this direction and is investing in this new segment. Time will tell if all of this really makes sense or if it was just a temporary fashion ... A new generation of MTB motors If there is a sector where the electric assistance has really hit the mark, this is the world of mountain biking, where for years the sales of eMTBs have outclassed those of muscle MTBs (at least in the medium and high range segment). It is no coincidence that manufacturers are experiencing a great deal of technical ferment in the off-road motor units; one of these is Shimano, which with its new motor for eMTB Shimano EP8 has introduced a specific high-performance motor, with technical characteristics of great relevance. The EP8 is lighter (2.6 Kg) and more compact than its predecessor, the Shimano Step E800, it has a greater torque power (up to 85 Nm), but above all it features an architecture and a power management stretegy designed not to distort the approach to real mountain biking. "Even if assisted - the Shimano managers say - the bicycle must remain a bicycle". And this is even more true in mountain biking where a too exuberant engine can even end up being counterproductive, because it "drags" you into the technical steps causing the risk of making you lose your balance. The new EP8 responds with dimensional characteristics identical to those of the normal muscle MTB crankset and its assistance is extremely progressive. It takes into account the sprockets that are being used at that moment and also allows you to customize the delivery of power both through the levels available and through the possibility of setting two different riding profiles, for example based on the path that your are riding. Return to lightness In Rimini it was Mario Cipollini himself who unveiled the Cipollini Dolomia to the public for the first time, a super light model of the brand that bears his name: the Dolomia is a model that gives its strong point its extreme lightness. This bike, she and her 780 grams for a frame in size L, more than anything else stands out because they put the weight reduction back at the center of attention after many seasons in which the most important requirement by the manufacturers had been aerodynamics, the capacity of cleaving the air. The Dolomia is certainly not the lightest bike in the world, but the fact that it puts weight reduction at the top of its top priorities is a relevant news and we are sure that soon, after it, other "feather-light" models will arrive, perfect for climbers. and for light riders. Mario Cipollini, however, guarantees that this super light bike also performs very well on descents and sprints. Having developed and tested it personally, Mario is keen to point out that the Dolomia perfectly tolerates the mass (and the power) of a rider of his caliber, always being stable and giving the confidence you need in every situation, even when it is pushed to the limits by the 90kg of power of the former champion and legend of Italian cycling. This result was obtained above all thanks to the construction process of the frame which, unlike most of the competitors, is made in a single piece. This technology involves the use of an autoclave and maximum precision molds, but above all an craftmanship contribution to the product that only the 100% made in Italy production can guarantee. The carbon fibers are in fact layered with such precision, even in the critical points, that the painting of the Cipollini frames leaves these areas not painted on purpose, areas that are usually considered to be hidden with stickers and graphics by other manufacturers. The Cipollini Dolomia 2021 teaser video below: Source: Viaggi in Bici
Fabio Wibmer's achievements and style stand for the Magura motto #whostopsyou like no other: overcome your own limits, master new challenges and let nothing stop you from achieving your goals, not even many failed attempts. A Magura brake will always stop you safely when it really counts. Together with Magura, Fabio selected this crucial component of his bike and chose the MT5 line for his stunts. To underline this choice, Magura decided to dedicate a Signature Series to Fabio Wibmer, one of the few legendary riders that embody the spirit of pushing the bundaries and limits of mountain biking. The Magura MT5 Fabio Wibmer Signature brake was built in accordance with Fabio's wishes and thanks to the proven Magura 4-piston brake calliper, it offers massive braking power and the finest degree of modulation, giving Fabio the best possible fingertip control. This is the optimal foundation for creating the self-confidence to hone his outstanding skills. Optimized for StreetTrial, Bikeparks or Mountainbike Trailriding. Here below you'll find the video published by Magura to celebrate this particular product Source: www.magura.com
Trek has finally presented the 2021 Trek Slash 9.9 with more travel, updated geometry and a practical storage compartment. The Trek Slash caused quite a stir when it was launched in 2016 and played a key role in shaping the 29er enduro bike category. Hardly any bike was as popular in the scene as the 29er preceding it. Will this 2021 model be the new benchmark? Quick Overview The most important updates of the 2021 Trek Slash are: Increased the suspension travel by 10 mm to 170 mm at the front and 160 mm at the rear; Geometry has also been deeply revised: the reach is longer, the seat tube angle is almost 2° steeper and the head angle is slacker (now 64.1°). The bottom bracket was lowered by a further 6 mm, despite having more travel, bringing the BB drop to 29 mm; As with the Fuel EX, the American brand have equipped the Slash with a storage compartment in the down tube of both the carbon and aluminium frames; New Thru Shaft Super Deluxe shock specially made by RockShox; Trek have also improved many details of the Slash putting a revised Knock Block that doesn’t limit the steering quite as much, a threaded bottom bracket and bigger frame protectors; On top of that, the new Trek Slash comes with a 34.9 mm dropper post offering up to 200 mm of travel. Frame Like its predecessor the new Trek Slash is available as an aluminium or carbon version. The kinematics and geometry of both versions are identical. Trek is also the first company to integrate the practical storage compartment in the down tube on an aluminium frame: awesome! The rear linkage also pivots on the rear axle as for previous models. As such, the rear suspension should remain active while braking. Trek also continue to rely on their so-called Mino-Link on the new model, allowing you to adjust the geometry by around 0.5° and the bottom bracket height by 6 mm. The Thru Shaft technology on the shock already proved itself on the predecessor. It creates less internal friction thanks to the continuous shaft and the lack of IFP and its seals. For the new model, Trek worked with RockShox to improve on this technology. Instead of using a specially manufactured body, it is now based on the Super Deluxe which allows you to adjust low-speed compression in three stages and thus tune the bike to suit different trails. Flow trails = more compression; Steep natural trails = less compression. Another update is that the rebound clicks are now numbered, making it much easier to play with the setup. If you’d prefer using a different shock on the Slash, you can do so without any problems. Most 230 x 62.5 mm Trunnion mount shocks should fit into the rear triangle (e.g. FOX DHX2, FOX X2, RockShox Super Deluxe Coil, FOX DPX2 and MRP Hazard). According to Trek, the Slash is also compatible with coil shocks. The only shock that won’t fit is the classic Super Deluxe air shock because of the position of the lockout lever. Despite having longer travel, Trek have managed to retain the kinematics of the previous Slash, only increasing the overall progression by 2%. At first glance, the Super Deluxe in the Trek Slash looks like any other RockShox shock. However, it doesn’t have an IFP chamber, which would usually pressurise the damping oil. Instead, the damping shaft can move through the shock, sticking out of the bottom. Due to the lower pressure in the damping system, the damper should respond more sensitively and work more actively. Trek have reworked the details too, equipping the Slash with a threaded BSA bottom bracket, which is much easier to replace than a press-fit version. The down tube protector has been lengthened, but it can also be split in two to save weight (is that some nerd engineer mental journey?). The cables are routed internally and are secured in place at two positions in the storage compartment, negating the need for foam sleeves or dedicated cable channels inside the frame. Trek have also designed the new Slash to accommodate longer dropper posts, speccing a 200 mm travel Bontrager model on the XL bike. Size L comes with a 170 mm version, while sizes ML and M are fitted with 150 mm travel posts. The smallest size S gets a 125 mm model. The travel of the dropper post can be reduced with spacers if needed. The chainstay protector has also been revised. Although the chain runs very close to it, you don’t hear any slapping. For the rear end, Trek continues to rely on the established 148 mm Boost standard that they introduced. To increase the clearance around the chainring, they choose to fit the latest SRAM or Shimano cranks with a 55 mm chain line. Geometry Analysis You can tell the age of the previous Slash by its short reach and the very slack seat tube angle. Trek have updated both of these aspects on the new model. In size L, the new bike has a reach of 486 mm, 33 mm longer than previously. The chainstays have only increased by 2 mm to 437 mm. The seat tube angle has been made 1.9° steeper, but at 75.6° it’s still pretty slack by today’s standards, especially as the effective angle slackens the further the dropper post is extended. The bottom bracket is lower than its predecessor too, but the 29 mm drop isn’t extreme. The intermediate ML size, on the other hand, is an excellent addition as it will make things much easier for all those riders who find themselves between two frame sizes. In general, we like that Trek is offering the Slash in five sizes, thus making an optimal fit available to as many riders as possible. Overview of the various Trek Slash 2021 models Trek are offering the new Slash in two aluminium models and three carbon versions. The 9.8 and 9.9 carbon models are further split between versions with a SRAM or a Shimano drivetrain and different colours, including a completely customised paint job thanks to Trek’s Project One concept. Pricing for the new range starts at € 2,999 for the Slash 7. However, the most attractive model for most riders will be the € 3,499 aluminium Slash 8, which leaves little to be desired in terms of its components. The most affordable carbon model is the Slash 9.7, retailing for € 4,499. Topping the range is the Slash 9.9 XTR Project One bike for € 9,099. Both the carbon and aluminium frames are available separately for € 3,999 and € 2,499, respectively. Compared to the complete bikes, this doesn’t seem like a very sensible option for most buyers. Conclusions With a series of updates, Trek aims to put the Slash back on the podium. Thanks to its plush suspension and capable geometry, it’s ready to take on the most demanding trails. The integration of the storage compartment, the comeback of the threaded BSA BB and the longer dropper post are great. However, there’s little innovation and the unsuitable tires, the small brake rotor, the still slack seat tube angle and the lack of adjustability on the rear shock cloud the otherwise completely positive impression of this 2021 Trek Slash. Tops plush suspension practical storage compartment in the down tube (also on the aluminium frame) composed handling in rough terrain beautiful paint job additional ML frame size for the perfect fit Flops unbalanced in flat and open corners minimal adjustment options on the rear shock tires and small rear brake rotor don't do the bike justice Look at the funny video they made at Trek for the Slash 2021! Find here the Trek Slash 2021 Official Promo Video And look at this raw and real test of the Trek Slash 2021 by Vital MTB: Source: Enduro-MTB.com, Trekbikes.com
Valiants was born in late 2017 from the mind of its founder Jacopo Vigna, with the aim of offering to the people passioned about two wheels niche sports the best products and services possible. Valiant is everyone who feels the need to overtake his own limits. The brand is named Valiants in honor to the philosophy and lifestyle of the ones who feel brave enough to live their life to the fullest, and on the edge of their personal improvement. Being Valiant is a personal state mind and millions of people have the right to feel this way. That's why Valiants addresses mostly the every-day practitioners along with the pro-riders. In Valiants the mindest is to believe that there are so many Valiants like you out there and that you all need an online reference point where to gather, find quality information, buy products and share contents and emotions. Valiants is a brand which every action sports lover, specifically bicycle fans, shall feel part of. No matter what sports you practice, you are one of us: you are Valiant. At Valiants we constantly put our passion and our will to solve the daily needs of two wheels sports practitioners. Being Valiant is about running 1 kilometer around the block as well as dropping a nine metres road gap with your bike: the shivers you feel when you get through your quest for the limit are the same from everyone. Every bit of work at Valiants is targeted to help you creating, collecting, sharing and enhancing the emotions that give you shivers. You can find products for bicycle niche markets such as biketrials, kids high-quality bicycles, shipping and workshop services as well as gear and protections at the Valiantsshop e-commerce at this link: www.valiantsshop.com. Source: Valiants
In this video Trek follows the trend to tease mountain bike passionates by producing mini-movies that are meant to tell a catching story while presenting the features and strong points of their products. The presentation of the 2021 Trek Slash makes no exception and Trek came out with this funny and easygoing video that will make you laugh all the time, while filling your eyes with some scenes featuring remarkable riding skills. The all-new Slash is the trail bike of trail bikes. This long-travel 29er enduro bike is built to be fast, smooth, and fun in the wildest terrain. If your game is enduro, it rips while remaining light and planted on punchy climbs. If you're into park runs, Slash can deliver laps on laps of rowdy fun.