Tubs vs clinchers – which are faster?

Choosing between tubs and clinchers is getting harder for anyone contemplating a high-end wheelset purchase. We borrowed two sets of ENVE’s new SES 4.5 and did our own quasi-scientific test.

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Note – our tester Jamie was wearing a GoPro during testing, but all other riding footage was shot separately, so the drafting effect of the follow-car would not be a factor.

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Could Enve's CX be the ultimate carbon tubulars for 'cross racing?

High-end carbon tubular wheels for cyclocross racing have historically been little more than little more than repurposed road items (not unlike the sport of cyclocross itself, in fact). The new Enve CX wheels, however, are fully purpose-built for the task with a rim shape designed specifically around high-volume tubulars.

According to Enve, three factors make its new wheelset ideal for cyclocross.

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The tyre bed on the new Enve CX wheels is perfectly matched to 33mm-wide cyclocross tubulars

First, the shape of the tyre bed has a larger radius than what would typically be found on a wheel primarily designed for road use. At least in theory, this equates to better contact between a 33mm-wide tubular ’cross tyre and the rim for a stronger and more consistent bond that’s also easier to glue.

Related: Effeto Mariposa Carogna tubular glue tape

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Topeak Ridecase

Topeak’s RideCase is an engineering grade plastic phone case with a rigid composite fibre base plate. It has an integrated foldout metal flipstand, that props the phone vertically or horizontally when off the bike.

Two mounting options allow fitting directly to the stem, or clamp around the bar or stem. The case plus stem mount weighs 81g, or 98g with the bar mount too.

We fitted ours using the stem mount, replacing the steerer’s usual top cap. Tightening the bolt also locks the adjustable angle of the supporting arm, then the RideCase just slides onto the mount and clicks into place.

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An integrated foldout metal leg will prop the case vertically or horizontally

The RideCase requires the iPhone to have any back and side coverings removed, and provides no additional surface protection, though an alternative weatherproof RideCase is available. The phone is secure within the case, and the supporting arm strong enough to lift the bike with, which gives great confidence that your flashy phone won’t bounce off.

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Kinesis Decade VIRSA X5

The Kinesis range has always been a go-to for cost-effective frames and the brand’s steel Decade VIRSA is no exception. The complete bike package doesn’t really do the chassis justice though.

Sorted steel tubes

If you’ve been in the biking game for a couple of decades you’ll recognise the Tange Prestige name and this latest ‘Japan’ version is a top-quality double-butted steel tubeset. Kinesis has used it to create a versatile frame that’ll stand the test of time too.

The ring-reinforced 44mm head tube can take a tapered fork, and the closed triangular box gusset behind the head tube and the relatively big top and down tubes (31mm and 38mm in diameter, respectively) mean the frame can cope with 130mm (5.1in) travel forks without worry.

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At the far end, switchable ‘Swopout’ dropouts from Upgrade Bikes stablemates DMR allow any sort of rear axle configuration. Our sample came with a fixed-lever 142x12mm axle but there’s even a horizontal dropout option that combines with the slotted sliding brake mounts for easy singlespeed conversion. Dented, tapered stays just about give room for a muddy 2.3in tyre and the wishbone seatstays are a classic steel bike design feature.

The 27.2mm seat tube limits dropper post choices but the lack of seat tube bottle mounts means you can slam a conventional post if you need to. Three colours are available and at £349.99 for such a high quality, versatile frame it’s a bargain.

Some compromised kit

There are some really good own-brand kit highlights in this fixed-spec package too. The Maxlight IX wheels are light and lively with tubeless-ready rims of a reasonable width, creating a great rolling chassis with the Decade VIRSA frame. The Kinesis Strut carbon flat bar is one of our favourite trail/XC bars too, with a really comfy feel and very low weight for under £100.

Ripping ride – if you tweak the build

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Top five mountain bikes of 2016

If you’re looking for a new off-road ride, you’ll be glad to know there’s no shortage of fresh and exciting technology coming to the market. Here’s a look at five of the most interesting mountain bikes for 2016.

We kick things off with Transition’s Patrol Carbon, its first carbon mountain bike and pass through Yeti’s SB4.5c, a short-travel trail bike with aggressive geometry that’s dubbed the stiffest ride the cult Colorado firm has yet produced.

Also on our list is Evil’s The Insurgent, a new enduro model with 150mm of rear suspension and adjustable geometry, and Mondraker’s Dune Carbon, an all-mountain bike that allows riders to tweak the head angle and chainstay to fine-tune handling.

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Our list finishes with BMC’s Teamelite 01, which offers a new take on the softail suspension concept.

What bikes are you most looking forward to in 2016? Let us know in the comments.

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Quiz: can you guess the tyre from the tread?

More than any other upgrade, pairing the proper tyres with the terrain will make you a faster, more capable rider. If you’re a seasoned mountain biker, you’ve probably tried your fair share of tread patterns. 

But how knowledgeable are you when it comes to identifying one tyre from another? Take our quiz and put your knobby knowledge to the test.

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Completed the quiz? Let us know how you did at our Facebook page.

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BikeRadar bargains: Cut price caliper brakes

Everyone wants a heads-up on well-priced parts, right? Well, that’s exactly what you get with BikeRadar Bargains.

This week the deals are all focused around road bike brakes, we’ve stuck to caliper options as that’s what most of us are still riding on tarmac, and have included deals on sets as well as individual calipers. Get ’em while they’re still there! 

Brake sets

Shimano 105 BR-5800 black calipers (pair) £69.98 £41.99

Like the rest of Shimano’s 5800 series 105 groupset, these offer superb value for money and work brilliantly. 

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Save 40% when you buy now from Merlin Cycles

Shimano 105 BR-5800 silver calipers (pair) £69.98 £39.95

Not into the stealthy look? Black doesn’t match with your bike? Not a problem, Merlin is selling the same 105 brakes as above but in this more traditional silver finish, they’re a bit cheaper than the black ones, too.

Save 43% when you buy now from Merlin Cycles

SRAM Apex brake calipers (pair) £49 £36.99

Shimano Ultegra BR-6800 calipers (pair)  £109.98 £68.50

Campagnolo Chorus Skeleton brake calipers Dual / Mono pivot (pair)  £146.99 £101.99

Individual calipers

SRAM S-700 hydraulic rim brake & shift lever (each) £302 £174.99

Shimano Ultegra BR-6700 caliper brake (each) £49.99 £29.99

Shimano BR-2400 Claris caliper brake (each) £25 £15.26

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Dear Santa… Jason McRoy's S-Works FSR Team is for sale

Mountain bikers of a certain vintage will remember being inspired by Jason McRoy in the original VHS version of the video Dirt back in the 90s.

It’s now 20 years since he was tragically killed in a motorbike accident, but one of Britain’s finest mountain bikers ever to have thrashed down a steep hill continues to inspire the next generation of riders. So we’re excited to have found JMC’s original Specialized S-Works FSR Team for sale.

Related: Jason McRoy, a tribute

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It comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Jim McRoy, Jason’s Dad, and is being listed at £5,500 on eBay.

BikeRadar spoke to the people selling it, and they say the bike’s currently in Cheshire awaiting its next owner. It’s already been taken to the North West Mountain Bike Centre in Stockport to be checked out by owner Andy Kyffin, who used to be Jason’s race mechanic.

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