This week has seen a slew of new bike releases with Canyon, Trek, BMC and Santa Cruz all announcing new machines.
Canyon has updated their all-around race bike, the Ultimate. While there might be an air of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” about the new bike, Ashley Quinlan’s first riding impressions suggest Canyon has achieved its goal of reaching the perfect balance for many cyclists.
Also on Thursday, Trek released the new Domane, which ditches the front IsoSpeed to create a faster bike.
The brand also announced a new version of its Fuel EX which, from first impressions, rewards aggressive pilots. Tom Marvin was on hand to write an early ride review.
Santa Cruz has released a new version of their trail bike, the 5010. The previous iteration was the last 27.5-inch-wheeled bike in the brand’s lineup, and with this new version moving to a mixed-wheel setup , Santa Cruz has bid farewell entirely to bikes with 27.5-by-two wheels.
BMC has unveiled the Kius gravel bike which takes inspiration from its Teammachine road bike with an ultralight frame and aerodynamic touches.
Away from bikes, Zwift announced the release of a smart trainer. The new hardware could compete with many competitors, especially with its relatively low retail price.
While Zwift’s smart trainer and brand CEO using “Zwift” as a verb may hint at the possibility of genecide, it’s not the only training platform in town. We’ve published our guide to RGT Cycling, having updated our guide to the best training apps last week.
We also delved into the world of gravel dropper posts and tire sizes, profiled Hope’s HB.916 and reviewed the 2023 Giant Propel Advanced SL 0.
Hutchinson Challenger tire
The Hutchinson Challenger is an economical road bike tire for training, endurance and sports, according to Hutchinson.
It has a new dual compound design with harder rubber in the center of the tire and softer rubber on the outer edges.
The harder center section is said to minimize the risk of end-of-stroke cuts, while the softer edges are for “superior cornering grip.”
The sides of the tire have grooves to help cornering grip and a dimple on the tire improves safety and grip.
A 66 TPI casing under the rubber balances protection and performance while providing puncture protection.
Hutchinson says the rubber on the Challenger is thicker than on its other tires, increasing potential mileage to 8,000 miles.
The Challenger is available in 700x25mm, 700x28mm and 700x30mm with a tubeless version due in 2023.
MAAP Roam Jacket
MAAP’s unisex Roam jacket is designed for commuting, but seems to be inspired more by walking jackets than classic cycling rain jackets.
The jacket is cut to be slightly oversized to fit your normal clothes. I suspect it’s a response to the trend of wearing larger mountaineering-style coats from brands like Arc’teryx as casual wear as well.
After all, MAAP isn’t averse to playing with fashion trends and hype, as proven by its collaborations with Perks and Mini.
MAAP says the jacket uses a mid-weight 265gsm 3-layer shell that is waterproof and windproof, with an additional water-resistant coating. The jacket has taped seams for added protection against the elements.
While many commuter or mountaineering jackets will have velcro cuffs, the Roam jacket has an internal elastic cuff with a stiffer outer layer, which should integrate with the gloves in the same way as the double cuff of the Castelli jacket Alpha RoS.
The jacket has a hood with a rain visor and there are elastic straps to adjust its fit.
Reflective details are dotted throughout the jacket and there are two front pockets.
- £220 / $295 / AU$386 / €260
Gore Lupra jacket and Trail KPR Daily jersey
Gore has introduced several new items to its mountain bike collection for this winter season, including the Lupra Jacket and KPR Daily Trail Jersey.
The Lupra jacket is a breathable and lightweight mountain bike jacket. Gore says it can be worn on the bike in the hills. It is also said to offer greater freedom of movement than traditional rain jackets.
Behind these claims is the Infinium fabric from Gore-Tex, known for its water resistance, breathability and elasticity.
On the front of the jacket there is Gore-Tex Windstopper fabric to block cold air.
The jacket is “designed for cycling”, with a slightly longer back to provide wheel spray protection and cropped elbows to suit a riding position.
The Lupra’s hood is said to fit over a helmet and can be worn with a backpack, according to Gore.
As well as being suitable for the demands of cycling, Gore says it has enough style to be worn off the bike. And like the MAAP Roam Jacket, it seems to be fairly neutral and doesn’t scream “bike”.
More obviously, the “bike” is Gore’s Trail KPR Daily Jersey. Gore claims the mountain bike jersey is lightweight and rugged, offering “near-skin comfort.”
It features a crew neck, longer back for coverage, and a double-ply cuff and hem for durability.
The jersey is made from 100% recycled materials that are breathable and dry quickly.
- Gore Lupra Jacket: £179.99 / $180 / €179.95
- Gore Trail KPR Daily Jersey: £59.99 / $60 / €59.95
The Brompton: Engineering for Change by Will Butler-Adams and Dan Davies
The Brompton: Engineering for Change is co-authored by Brompton CEO Will Butler-Adams and Dan Davies, a journalist and economist who has written for the FinancialTimes and the new yorker.
The book tells the story of Brompton, from founder Andrew Ritchie’s early folding bike designs in 1975 to Butler-Adams who joined the company in 2002 as an engineer, then staged a takeover and became CEO.
It focuses on the challenges Brompton and Butler-Adams have faced over the years, how the company grew from a few hundred bikes a year to over 90,000, and why people fell in love with these folding bikes. on small wheels.
But Butler-Adams also uses it to make his case for the changing perception of manufacturing and the need for detailed changes to urban transportation, often with a candor that makes for refreshing reading.
Cycling shorts magazine
Cycling shorts is a zine “inspired by the wonderful world of cycling” that aims to explore different aspects of cycling culture while highlighting alternative ways of thinking about life on two wheels.
This first issue, which follows a first pilot, contains articles on cycling and pregnancy, and the therapeutic benefits of cycling with others, to name but two, as well as an interview with the co- Thighs of Steel founder, Harri Symes.
The zine includes reading and listening lists highlighting articles and podcasts that address cycling’s problem with diversity as well as its emancipatory potential.
The zine also has a directory of “people doing good things,” from frame builders and bike co-ops to grassroots organizations that get more people into the sport.
The project is non-profit and the organizers encourage people to contact them and get involved.
- £4 (unpaid), £6 (employee), £10 (supporter)