Scott Voltage YZ 0.1

After years spent watching Scott’s pro riders fly about on a Voltage hardtail that wasn’t quite the same as the one in the shops, the Swiss firm has finally made it available to us mere mortals. Would it meet our expectations?

Massively stiff, but some unconvincing kit

Jump bikes still use 26in wheels and geometry only tends to vary by 10mm here and a degree there. A couple of things do make the Voltage stand out though. The seat tube ends in front of the BB shell, not on top of it, allowing for chainstays that are just 375mm long (with the hub slammed in the dropouts).

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The Shimano rear brake is pretty sketchy in operation

This makes for a back wheel happy bike – something we found a little tricky to get used to, coming off longer machines such as the NS Soda Slope. The Scott is super low too – the 261mm seat tube leaves plenty of room to boost hops and jumps, and adds to the massive overall stiffness of the bike.

It’s a good sign when you see a RockShox Pike on the front of a bike – it’s one less thing to worry about. Unfortunately the cheap Shimano rear brake’s lack of bite left us nervous that we’d loop out when manualling and the freehub felt like a bad freecoaster, with massive gaps between engagement.

Rear wheel-centric ride

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Femke Van den Driessche denies using motor at cyclocross World Championships

Originally published on Cycling News

Belgian cyclocross rider Femke Van den Driessche has denied any knowledge of the motor that was discovered in her bike at the World Championships in Zolder on Saturday, our sister site Cyclingnews has reported.

In an emotional interview with the Belgian broadcaster Sporza, Van den Driessche – joined by her father – said she had been surprised by its presence, and that she was innocent.

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“I didn’t know anything about it. I don’t know how that bike got there. I was surprised to see that bike standing there. It’s not my bike. There’s been a mistake,” she told Sporza. “There was nothing in the bike that I used at the start of the race. I train hard for it too, you know. Then it’s no fun to be accused like this.

“If I would’ve been on a bike like that I would’ve been more consistent. I’ve always peaked towards those moments. I worked really hard for it. I haven’t got anything to say about it but it’s really terrible.”

The 19-year-old Van den Driessche found herself engulfed by a storm after the inaugural women’s under-23 race when the UCI found a motor inside the frame of her bike during routine checks. The Belgian press reported the finding of electrical cables in the seatpost and a motor in the bottom bracket.

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Simon Clarke’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod

Having spent the last four years winning races and stages with Orica-GreenEdge, 2016 marks the move of Australian Simon Clarke to the refreshed Cannondale Pro Cycling team.

Having won a stage in each of the three Grand Tours (two were team time trial wins), Clarke has done something few cyclists can claim. With a new team and more freedom, Clarke now has his sights set on the Spring Classics such as Milan-Sanremo and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, events he previously supported the likes of Simon Gerrans in.

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Simon Clarke on the front at the 2016 Tour Down Under with teammates, former and current, in tow

With a new team comes a new bike, and Clarke has traded in his Scott Addict and Foil for Cannondale’s latest – the SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod. It’s a bike that’s far more similar to the low weight and smoother ride of his previous Scott Addict than the aero rocket that is the Foil.

Interestingly, there is a clear connection between the original Scott Addict and Cannondale’s SuperSix EVO, and that’s engineer Peter Denk. Although the renowned German has since moved on, his influence still shows in both companies’ bikes.

Hi-Mod – just a snappy way of saying high-modulus

Cannondale, SRM, FSA and Shimano mix

  • Frame: Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod, 52cm
  • Fork: Cannondale SuperSix EVO, 1-1/8in to 1-1/4in tapered steerer
  • Headset: Cannondale tapered
  • Stem: FSA OS-99 CSI, 130mm, 6-degree
  • Handlebar: Vision Metron 4D Compact, 40cm
  • Tape: Fizik Superlight Soft Touch
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
  • Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070, plus Di2 SW-7970 Satellite Rear Shifter
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-25t (11-28t for climbing stages)
  • Chain: FSA Team Issue 11-speed
  • Crankset: Cannondale SISL2 SRM, 172.5mm, FSA Super Type 53/39t chainrings
  • Bottom bracket: BB30A, steel bearing
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Wheelset: Mavic ‘Special Service Course’ 60 Tubular
  • Front tyre: ‘Mavic SSC’ tubular, 25mm
  • Rear tyre: ‘Mavic SSC’ tubular, 23mm
  • Saddle: Fizik Antares R1 Braided
  • Seatpost: FSA K-Force SB25 25.4mm
  • Bottle cages: Kinetic Twenty20 (2)
  • Computer: Garmin Edge 520
  • Rider’s height: 1.75m (5ft 9in)
  • Rider’s weight: 63kg (139lb)
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t: 718mm
  • Saddle setback: 70mm
  • Tip of saddle to centre of bar: 577mm
  • Saddle-to-bar drop: 65mm
  • Head tube length: 125mm
  • Top tube length (effective): 534mm
  • Total bicycle weight: 7.14kg (15.85lb, as pictured, without computer)

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Race Face Ride XC crankset

SRAM might have started the whole chain-safe single-ring revolution but Race Face is the brand that’s grabbed the idea and spread it as far and wide as possible through its crank range. That includes the Ride XC package, which delivers a proven durable axle and arm with quality single-chainring – and even a bottom bracket.

Race Face’s forged Ride XC cranks have been around for years, gradually evolving to their current adequately stiff, acceptable weight state. If that sounds like we’re damning them with faint praise remember that these cranks considerably cheaper than the nearest opposition.

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While it had some teething troubles at first, the splined EXI axle standard has also gradually evolved to become a consistently secure and quiet system that runs without issue as original equipment on a huge number of the complete bikes we test. The bottom bracket bearings are sound too and even if you need a different standard to the conventional threaded cups supplied at least you’ve got something to barter with.

The narrow/wide ring mounted onto the one-piece drive-side arm and spider is a proper top quality laser-etched piece, and the complete package is available with 32- or 34-tooth rings. The Ride’s spider is also double- or triple-ring compatible but there’s no 30mm axle option.

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Litespeed C1

For those who know Litespeed for its titanium, seeing the name on carbon is still a surprise. The C1 sits just beneath the C1R at the top of its aero road range, and shares its shaped AeroLogic tubes.

Burly junctions

Our ML model’s 16cm head tube allowed plenty of scope for setting the 3T cockpit up in a low position. Its minimal frontal profile comprises narrow fork legs with a compact crown, a slim hourglass head tube opening up to a truly vast junction with the tapering top tube, and giant wing-profiled down tube. The seat-tube has a large cutout for the rear wheel and tyre up to 25mm, and creates a beefy connection with the BB30 bottom bracket area, which is swamped in a sea of carbon.

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Yet another take on the aero road bike down tube

Power transfer is handled by the asymmetric chainstays – fairly round on the left side, and much larger and deeper on the drive side. The gear cables are housed in an unbroken outer casing from shifter to bottom bracket, but allowing enough cable for the bars to turn means they still bow out on each side of the stem, and our knees hit them on every standing pedal stroke.

Adding a cable tie behind the stem is an effective but inelegant solution, and on an aero bike we wouldn’t expect the rear brake cable to run externally between two top-tube stops.

Litespeed by name…

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Quiz: Match the A-list celebrity to their bicycle

Celebrities may not actually be aliens after all, if their interest in riding bikes is anything to go by.

From Harrison Ford to Hugh Jackman, Justin Bieber to Bono, it seems they’re all answering the siren call of Lycra, carbon frames and leg burn. Good for them, we say. But which celebrity rides which bike? 

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There are 11 stars of film, music and TV here, with their chosen mounts including carbon road bikes, hardtail mountain bikes, folders and fixies. See if you can guess who rides which bike…

So how did you get on? Tough, wasn’t it? Never mind, share your result on Twitter and come lament with us on Facebook.

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The Fontus Ryde and Airo self-filling water bottles turn air into water

Imagine never running out of water because your bottle refills itself as you ride.

While it sounds like the stuff of science fiction, the science is very straightforward. Fontus, named after the Roman god of springs and wells, is a small startup developing a pair of self-filling water bottles that collect moisture from the air and condense it into drinkable water, allowing you to ride further (and perhaps putting some domestiques out of their jobs!)

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The Fontus Ryde is powered by solar cells that cool a series of hydrophobic teeth. As air moves over these teeth the temperature of the air drops, causing water vapor in the air to condense into water droplets. The droplets run down the teeth and are collected in the bottle.

The Ryde relies on the forward movement of the bicycle to push air through the condensing system. Presumably the speed of the rider could also have an effect on the rate condensation.

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Aqua2Go Pro Washer

At this time of year, your bike’s going to get dirty no matter where you ride so if you want it to last you’ll need a regular cleaning regime. Aqua2Go’s Pro washer weighs 5.22kg, stands 48cm tall with a footprint of 28cm x 35cm – not bad considering that includes the 6m hose, spray gun and battery.

Most of its volume is taken up by a 20-litre water tank, which is above average for this type of washer. Filling it up obviously adds considerable weight, and there are a pair of skate wheels on one side and a fold-out handle for pulling it along flat surfaces and a top handle for lifting it up.

Related: Buyer’s guide to bike cleaning products

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Usefully, the mains-chargeable lithium-ion battery doubles as an LED torch when removed from the unit, and can power other devices from its lighter socket or USB port. You can also power the washer from a car’s 12v lighter socket; in this mode you can remove the pump and there’s a hose fitting for using an alternate water source.

A full two-hour battery charge will give around 30 minutes use. You’re advised not to use the unit for more than 20 minutes continuously but at its maximum flow rate of 2.2 litres per minute, the washer tank will be empty in under 10.

With a maximum water pressure of 145psi/10 bar and adjustable spray intensity, it easily slices through even the thickest mud, and effectively cleared three bikes of cyclo-cross race gloop.

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