Trek Silque SL

Trek was the first major brand to introduce ‘Women’s Specific Design’ (WSD) bikes nearly 20 years ago, and the range now covers 15 different road bikes – spanning entry-level to superbike realms – as well as 14 mountain bikes and seven city bikes.

Thanks to the Silque, Trek is ahead of the curve if you’re looking for the smoothest road ride possible – and this Ultegra equipped SL is a particularly strong example of this unique bike.

Pivotal plushness

Perhaps the most remarkable part of this genuinely radical frame is that it’s easy to totally miss the parts that make it unique. Visually the only trace of the ‘IsoSpeed decoupler’ is a small rubber ‘spray deck’ around the junction of the top tube and the seat tube that pierces straight through it. There’s another rubber wrap around the sides and underside of the top tube too and that’s what hides the crucial pivot that pins the two tubes together.

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Trek’s unique IsoSpeed technology allows the seatpost to pivot

Yes, we did say pivot. Rather than a standard fixed joint between the vertical and horizontal axis of the frame, the Silque (like it’s Domane unisex equivalent) uses a pivot that lets the seat tube flex back and forth as the bike rattles across rough roads.

Stress relief

Epic ride kindness

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Katusha’s wireless shifting Canyon Aeroad CF SLX

A pro since he was 20, the now 28 year-old Rein Taaramäe is a multiple road and time trial champion of his home country – Estonia. Much of Taaramäe’s professional cycling career was spent riding for Confidis, and in that time he collected plenty of victories and podiums, but perhaps none bigger than his 2011 stage win at the Vuelta a España.

Riding for Astana in 2015, Taaramäe won both the Arctic Race of Norway and Vuelta a Burgos. Switching things up for 2016, the Estonian rider joins the Russian outfit Katusha – which recently avoided a ban despite two riders testing positive for prohibited substances over a 12-month period – on a one-year contract.

Much as Taaramäe is new to the Canyon-sponsored team in red, so is American component-powerhouse SRAM. Last year, Ag2R was the only WorldTour team on SRAM components, and now Katusha makes that two.

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For the 2015 season, we speculated that SRAM had taken some time out of its previously intensive sponsorships while it perfected its eTap wireless shifting group. The company strongly disputed such claims at the time, but it seems there may have been some truth to our conjecture after all. 

The house of SRAM also includes the global brands of Zipp and Quarq, and such a sponsorship sees these components supplied too. This covers power meters and wheelsets only, and the American sponsorship doesn’t extend to cockpit components. That’s an area Canyon not only takes care of, but is actively expanding in. 

Aero + road = Aeroad

Ready for flight, Canyon at the cockpit

Wires at the brakes only

  • Frame: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX, size large
  • Fork: Canyon Aeroblade SLX
  • Headset: Acros, Canyon
  • Stem: Canyon V13, 120mm x -6 degree, 1 1/4in steerer
  • Handlebar: Canyon H32 Ergo CF, 42cm width
  • Tape: Selle Italia Smootape Gran Fondo
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9010
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9010
  • Brake levers: SRAM eTap
  • Front derailleur: SRAM eTap wireless
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM eTap wireless
  • Shift levers: SRAM eTap wireless
  • Cassette: SRAM X-Glide 1190, 11-28T
  • Chain: SRAM RED 22
  • Crankset: SRAM eTap Quarq power meter, GXP, 175mm, 53/39T
  • Bottom bracket: SRAM GXP pressfit
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade 2 CroMo
  • Wheelset: Zipp 404 Firecrest tubular
  • Front tyre: Continental Competition, 25mm
  • Rear tyre: Continental Competition, 25mm
  • Saddle: Selle Italia SLR ‘Team Edition’ Carbonio
  • Seatpost: Canyon S27 Aero VCLS CF
  • Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race (2)
  • Computer: Garmin Edge 520 (not pictured)
  • Rider’s height: 1.84m (6ft)
  • Rider’s weight: 67kg (148lb)
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t: 780mm
  • Seat tube length, c-t: 551mm
  • Saddle setback: 84mm
  • Tip of saddle to centre of bar: 610mm
  • Saddle-to-bar drop: 100mm
  • Head tube length: 167mm
  • Top tube length (effective): 572mm
  • Total bicycle weight: 7.28kg (16.05lb) (computer not included)

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Specialized, SRAM auction eTap Tarmacs for World Bicycle Relief

Tomorrow, February 16, Specialized and SRAM will auction five S-Works Tarmacs equipped with Red eTap, with all proceeds donated to World Bicycle Relief. These will be the first Specialized bikes available with SRAM’s wireless electronic 11-speed group.

World Bicycle Relief is a non-profit that provides bicycles to students, health workers, and entrepreneurs across rural Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. World Bicycle Relief has delivered over 275,000 bicycles and trained more than 1,000 mechanics.

Related: SRAM Red eTap review

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“World Bicycle Relief is innovating to ensure people have access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity. We are inspired by this extraordinary auction whose proceeds will go to fighting the barrier of distance that separates individuals from their independence and freedom,” said FK Day, founder and president of WBR and executive vice president of SRAM.

World Bicycle Relief’s slogan ‘the power of bicycles’ features in small script within the Zipp logo

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Stan’s NoTubes Race Sealant to seal bigger holes, faster

To celebrate 15 years of tubeless tech, Stan’s NoTubes is unveiling a new branch of the company dedicated to developing high-performance products to meet the needs of racers. The first product released from the Stan’s Race Development program is a new sealant designed to work faster, seal larger punctures and perform over a wide range of temperatures.

NoTubes claims its new Race Sealant has twice the number of sealing crystals and includes larger crystals than its standard sealant. The company claims this gives it superior sealing power, allowing it to work quicker and to seal larger punctures.

This increased sealing power comes with a few drawbacks. For starters, the fact that “it will clog the hell out of injectors,” NoTubes states. The larger and more numerous crystals will also clog tubes and tubulars. NoTubes only recommends that it be poured directly into tires.

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The latex base has a lower viscosity than the standard formula, meaning it should perform better in temperatures as low as -30F/-34C.

According to NoTubes, the formula is as environmentally-friendly as its standard sealant. Riders wishing to give their standard sealant a bit of an edge can add in some of the Race Sealant, as the two are compatible to mix.

NoTubes Race Sealant comes in 32oz / 946ml bottles. It’s available now and retails for $39 / £30, which is approximately $14 / £7 more expensive than the standard sealant. (Australian pricing has yet to be announced.)

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SRAM's 12-speed MTB group: making sense of the gossip

As you may be aware, leaked photos are floating around the backwaters of the internet of a soon-to-be released 1×12 speed SRAM drivetrain with a whopping 10-50t range. SRAM has declined to comment on any of our questions about this group, but let’s assess what this drivetrain might mean for mountain bikers when it’s released.

What’s between the little ring and the granny gear?

While the range of this drivetrain appears to have been leaked, the exact tooth counts between 10 and 50 remain unknown. Is it possible that SRAM would simply carry over the tooth counts of its 1×11 drivetrain with the addition of a 50t cog? It’s not only possible, but likely. 

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The leap from a 42 to 50t cog is a rather large jump, 19 percent, to be exact. However, this is not out of step for SRAM; consider that there’s a 20-percent jump from the 10 to 12t cog, and a 17-percent jump from 36 to 42t on SRAM’s current 1×11 cassettes. There must be large gaps at some point on a 12-speed cassette with such a wide range. It might make sense to put them at the ends of the cassette. Afterall, the 50t cog is a bail-out gear if ever there was one. 

So let’s assume the steps carry over with a 50t cog. If this proves to be the case, the tooth count would look like this: 10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32-36-42-50.

A single-ring drivetrain to silence the doubters

How to fit another cog onto the cassette?

So what could all this advancement mean for the average rider?

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Meet some of cycling’s biggest stars at iceBike* 2016

Some of the biggest names in cycling will be turning out at the first ever iceBike* public weekend at Arena:MK on Saturday 27 February and Sunday 28 February.

Throwing its doors open to the public, free of charge, iceBike* 2016 will be welcoming a host of special guests to the show to give visitors a chance to meet some of their heroes from across the cycling world. Attendees will be able to meet and greet the likes of Shanaze Reade, Manon Carpenter, Blake Samson and Marc Beaumont. A mystery Team Sky rider whose name will be revealed closer to the show will also be attending.

Not only this, but Saturday will see the launch of the Madison Genesis team and the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, both of which will be hosted by popular cycling personality and ITV presenter, Ned Boulting. The Madison Genesis Team launch will feature the new-look team in its first official public appearance ahead of the 2016 season, as well as showing off the Genesis Zero team bike and fresh team kit. Dave Povall will also be making his first public appearance since being announced as team co-manager earlier this week.

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Britain’s leading televised cycling race series, the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, will also reveal its stages and race details on the Saturday. 2015 saw one of the most exciting seasons to date, with the final standings going right down to the last race, so to be first to know what to expect from 2016, get down to iceBike*, get all the latest information and see the teams in person. Ned Boulting will once again be taking to the stage to host the launch and speak to the organisers and racers.

BMX, turned track rider, Madison Genesis’ Shanaze Reade will be meeting fans and signing autographs on Saturday morning at Arena:MK. Meanwhile, the Madison Saracen Factory Race Team will be at the show across the weekend, so to get up close with Manon Carpenter, Mark Beaumont and Matt Simmonds, be sure to register your place.

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BikeRadar's huge Deal Finder service is now live

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>>> Try the new BikeRadar Deal Finder <<<

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At launch our new Deal Finder service already covers the majority of online bike retailers from across the UK, USA and Australia – making it the biggest of its kind in the bike market.

This very much a version 1 though: we have a raft of improvements planned to come in over the coming weeks, including regular deals emails. Feedback is welcome, just hit the ‘Submit Feedback’ button at the bottom if you’ve got ideas on how to improve it.

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