Storck Scenero Disc

Cast your gaze back but a few years and the very thought of a disc brake-equipped road bike would have been anathema. Now they’re 10 a penny.

Futureproof stopping

Okay, given the price of this Storck perhaps they’re not quite that common, but they’re certainly going to be part of the future. Even the never-knowingly forward-looking UCI has sanctioned their use in road races. So, what advantages do disc brakes have?

Related: Road disc brakes: everything you need to know

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Well, quite a few. They may not win the low-weight battle, but when it comes to braking the discs have it – every time and in all conditions. They also enable the rim to do away with the braking track, leaving it free to concentrate on strength and aerodynamics, which greatly improves wheel lifespan.

The thru-axles and stem require a T25 Torx key, and this is where it lives

Efficient speed-merchant

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Seven ways to get fit this year

As much as we’d all like to just ‘be faster and fitter’, a vague goal like that is never going to be achievable without specific action. We asked seven cycling fitness experts to offer their advice and to suggest some fun and practical ways to make small but effective changes in your routine that will result in you becoming faster and fitter.

1. Find a group ride – or create one

“There are a variety of studies showing that any sort of resolution — especially those around fitness — are much more successful when at least one other person is involved,” said John Verheul of JBV Coaching. “There’s just a higher degree of accountability. You’re not just letting yourself down when you don’t ride, you’re letting down your partners as well.

“So maybe you live somewhere where group rides don’t exist, or there are very few riders at your ability level. That’s okay; start out with one or two other people, so there’s a shared commitment. Another benefit is that you will improve at group riding.”

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Camaraderie and a good draft are two of many reasons to ride with a group

2. Treat yourself to a new piece of gear

If you’ve bought you a new bike recently, good for you! You’ll certainly be itching to ride it. If not, investing in something like a good pair of bib shorts to give you an incentive to get out the door.

3. Adjust your day by one hour

4. Get a training plan

5. Get a training tool

6. Get professional help

7. Sign up for an event

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11spd: This week’s best new bike gear

Enjoying the holiday season? We sure are.

However, a Friday is a Friday and no Christmas dinners or New Year’s parties will stop us from bringing you the latest bike gear to land at our doors. Yep, it’s the very first 11spd gear round-up of 2016, and rest assured, we’ll be back every Friday.

Below we look at some of the newest mountain and road bike gear we’ll be testing for the first few months of this year.

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Scott Solace 10 Disc

We’re not going to lie, we’re pretty excited about this bike. Pitched as a sporty endurance bike, this 2016 Solace 10 Disc features a full carbon frame that’s designed to be stiff through the head tube, down tube, bottom bracket and chainstays, while comfortable through the remaining tubes.

The frame also features all the latest trimmings, including 12mm thru-axles, flat-mount disc calipers, tapered head tube and interchangeable internal cable routing.

Avanti Corsa ER 2

Fuji SL 1.5

OTTO derailleur tuning system

Polar M450

Capo Special Edition M90 kit

Park Tool DAG-2.2

Dharco women’s clothing

Thule 594XT Sidearm

Taggio Pro pump head

Specialized Women’s 2FO ClipLite shoes

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The top six road stories of 2015

After years of slow evolution in the road bike world, 2015 ushered in a few big trends.

This year we saw aero bikes that delivered that elusive mix of speed and great ride quality. We were swept up in a tidal wave of gravel/adventure/still-don’t-have-a-singular-term-for-them bikes, which in turn celebrate two other big trends in road bikes: disc brakes and wide tires. Finally, 2015 was the year of digital quantification — witness the slew of power meters, cycling computers, integrated heart-rate monitors, fitness tools, etc. — as well as virtual cycling, with Zwift having entered the roadie lexicon.

Here we take a look back at the six big stories of 2015.

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Aero road bikes

Cervélo can be credited with the first major aero road bike, dating back to the 2002 Soloist. But Trek and Specialized stole the show this year, with the Madone and the Venge ViAS, with impressive wind-tunnel numbers and equally impressive ride quality. The Madone and the ViAS have very different road manners, the former being eerily smooth and the latter feeling just like a Tarmac.

Scott thoroughly overhauled its Foil this year, ramping up the comfort (hooray!) but tucking the rear brake under the chainstays (boo!). And Cervélo’s latest S5 hit shops this year as well.

Disc brakes on road bikes

Gravel / adventure bikes

Fat is fast: 25mm FTW

The digital, quantified cyclist

Virtual cycling

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Quiz: BikeRadar's 2015 trivia challenge

As 2015 drifts away and is replaced by a sprightly new year full of promise, what better way to see it out than with a spot of trivia? Put down the drink for a moment and find out just how much cycling-based information you’re absorbed over the past 12 months.

How did you do? Share your smarts or your shame over at our Facebook page. If you want to check out all the kit that our editors loved this year, then take a look at our Gear of the Year articles too.

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Here’s wishing you a happy New Year from everyone at BikeRadar. We’ll see you in 2016!

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Torch T2 helmet

Adding lights to your helmet is a popular and very good idea – it places them above the line of car lights and makes you easier to identify as a cyclist.

Torch has taken that idea and built the lights into its T2 helmet so they look much sleeker and you can’t forget or lose them. The T2 features five LED lights front and rear, and recharges from a USB port in 1.5 hours.

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The T2 features five LED lights front and rear

The run time is six to 36 hours depending on which of the four modes (high/low, constant/flash) that you use. It weighs a very reasonable 359g and comes in eight colours but only one size, said to fit 54-61cm using the two supplied sets of pads and the dial-adjusted retention system.

It’s a good shape, providing lots of coverage without looking huge, and the vents are effective. The fit is decent but compromised by the single shell size and the unpadded retention device.

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Santa Cruz Bronson II C S AM

For 2016, Santa Cruz has radically overhauled its Bronson all-rounder to create an addictively aggressive, adrenaline-pumping trail weapon that we couldn’t get enough of.

Yep, it’s longer, lower and slacker

It’s obvious at first glance that the revamped frame is longer, lower and slacker. The VPP linkages have been repositioned too, so the suspension doesn’t stiffen as much under power, and the rear end has the latest extra-wide Boost spacing.

Related: Santa Cruz gives 5010 and Bronson new angles

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The top-end CC carbon frame is available on its own or as a full build, while the cheaper C-level version tested here only comes on complete bikes. It’s heavy for carbon at 3.16kg (6.95lb) but is equally stiff and strong as the premium version.

The lower suspension link has been moved up above the BB to avoid rock strikes

Positively different

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BikeRadar gear of the year: Tom Marvin's 2015 MTB picks

While guiding the tech content on What Mountain Bike magazine I come across a lot of bikes and gear throughout the year, but I unfortunately have to punt a lot of it the way of other testers. Fortunately, that also means I get to cherry pick which bits and pieces I ‘need’ to test myself. I boosted my air miles this year testing a raft of new bikes. Here are some of my favourite bikes and components from the past 12 months.

Scott Watu Helmet

Don’t be fooled, there’s no reason to drop north of a hundred quid on a lid if you want a comfortable, well-vented helmet for XC and light trail riding. Just £35 / $45 will get you a Scott Watu, and once you’ve cut the big netting out of the front vents, you’ll have just that. A comfortable, not-too-sweaty helmet that fits pretty well and sure as hell doesn’t cost the earth. Unless you lie at the extremes of the head-size bell curve, the one-size-fits-all system should provide a secure and stable fit, while the adjustable straps are also pretty comfy. My bargain of the year.

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£35 / $45

Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Trail

From budget to budget-blowing, Oakley have a legendary reputation for lens quality, and the new Prizm Trail lens takes that and makes it even better. Everyone who’s donned the Prizm Trail lens has come back impressed with its stellar performance in nearly all light conditions. The Grapefruit base colour accentuates the trail surface, while the mirrored finish keeps everything from getting too bright. It’s basically a low-light enhancing lens designed to wear on bright days.

100% ITrack gloves

Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 29

Airshot

Specialized Command Post IRCC

Lezyne Flow Caddy

Check out all of our 2015 Gear of the Year articles

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