As the teams were organizing to launch their sprinters to the line, World Champion Annavan der Breggen (NED) of the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team attacked and ran away to a solo victory despite a wicked headwind. Van der Breggen is a returning race champion, having won the event in 2017.
We continue our brief series on the history of some of the famous events in the UCI Road World Championships history, including the recent Amstel Gold race. We also discuss SRAM’s acquisition of PowerTap, and why some of us think power meters are unnecessary for regular riders. We finish up with a closer look at our review of Jones Bikes SWB Complete build.
We see the bike media et. al. falling over themselves to encourage a public dependence on component electronics. And both ebikes and component electronics have an intrinsic designed obsolescence, by virtue of these systems having a limited number of battery cycles. There won’t be ‘vintage’ drivetrains in 20 years as none of the batteries will be usable. I have a birthday coming up, maybe I’m being overly nostalgic to consider this.
Topics include the new Shimano Ultegra R8000 and SRAM GX 12 releases, a review of the Bicyclist Provisions Matrix in the latest issue of the magazine, and a 50-mile proposed path that will connect Coachella Valley to the Salton Sea in California.
It was obvious from the handling characteristics that State had studied frame geometry thoroughly. The biggest surprises were the Vigilante tires which had minimal rolling resistance on the road but hooked up well in the dirt and the front fork which afforded a scrumptious magic carpet conveyance over impediments in the trail.
This episode covers some interesting gear news. We share our thoughts on SRAM’s decision to do away with front MTB derailleurs on future groupset designs and discuss news from the UK that shows a promising future for bike-friendly cities with elements that could be implemented in SoCal and US domestic cities.
Immediately after swinging a leg over the top tube and taking those first pedal strokes, I knew I was in for one enjoyable ride. The titanium frame offered an incredibly smooth ride, while the carbon ENVE fork managed tight handling and stiffness up front.