Bicycling April 2018

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2 min.
cannondale synapse carbon disc ultegra se

THE SYNAPSE HAS BEEN a Cannondale stalwart since 2006, a race-ready endurance bike proven in the grueling European Spring Classics. The all-new 2018 frames are disc-brake only with clearance for up to 32mm tires. They retain the line’s thin 25.4mm seatpost and spindly seatstays (both tuned for comfort), and are engineered for consistent handling across the size run. The frames are slightly asymmetrical at the fork and rear triangle, a design that the company says improves stiffness and offsets discbraking forces. At a time when some companies have gone with active suspension (actual shocks in the front or rear) on endurance bikes, Cannondale has opted to improve flex by fine-tuning the frame’s carbon construction and tube shaping. The Synapse’s endurancerace geometry (a slightly taller head tube and shorter top tube than…

2 min.
scott foil 10 disc

“VERSATILE” DOES NOT jump to mind when you think about aero bikes. Fast? Sure. Purpose-built? That, too. Finicky? Sometimes, with convoluted cable routing and tight tire clearances. But given its charms, and the fact that the rim-brake version of Scott’s Foil won the 2016 Paris-Roubaix—a brutal race that stiff-riding aero machines are not generally suited to—you can plausibly argue it’s the most versatile of the current crop of bikes in its class. Scott’s Foil series uses a truncated airfoil-tube shape, sometimes called a Kamm tail, that’s popular among bikemakers because it offers many of the advantages of aerodynamic frame designs with a better ride than conventional airfoil shapes. The Foil Disc is as stiff as non-aero race bikes and, once up to speed, seems to hold that momentum with less effort, like…

3 min.
pinarello dogma k10-s disk

THIS IS NOT A GRAVEL BIKE, let’s get that straight. (At a staggering $8,450 for the frameset, taking this bike on gravel would be like rallying a Ferrari in Paris- Dakar.) This is the successor to Pinarello’s K8-S Classics race bike, and a likely choice for Team Sky in this year’s events. An integral part of its race-focused speed and efficiency is its electronic suspension. Wait, what? That’s right: The DSS rear suspension that Pinarello first put on the K8-S in 2115 now has automatic electronic control. Called eDSS, the guts of the system are similar: an elastomer spring that, along with flexing chainstays, provides 11mm of travel. A small piggyback reservoir contains an electronically controlled hydraulic damper, which is connected to gyroscopes and accelerometers located in the seat tube that…

1 min.
specialized chisel expert

The fork! The RockShox Reba RL 29 is a solid, tunable fork that’s lighter than many other models on bikes at this price point. It has a quality damper for better performance over a range of terrains and temperatures, and comes with a women’s tune to optimize it for lighter riders. The frame! Light, stiff aluminum construction helps all the power you put in translate into forward motion, and the trail-friendly geometry of this hardtail (a little slacker and more relaxed) means that you can tackle techy trails with confidence. This year, Specialized is taking a new approach to its women’s models: The frame is unisex, with women’s touchpoints—and fun acid pink paint. The wheels! Roval wheels come outfitted with Specialized Fast Trak tires (rims and tires are both tubelessready out of the box). Testers…

1 min.
trek crockett 7 disc

THE $3,000 RULE If you have $3,000 for a ’cross bike, get one with an alloy frame like the Trek Crockett Disc 7, so you can get solid, raceready parts like these. 1 SRAM Force 1 The full Force 1x11 group is the standard-bearer for shifting among ’cross racers for its light weight, simplicity, and excellent braking. The 40-tooth chainring combined with an 11-32 cassette offers the gearing you need for just about any racecourse. 2 Carbon fork Trek mates its 300-series Alpha alloy frame to a full-carbon fork for precision steering and additional compliance on rough ground. 3 SRAM Force hydraulic disc brakes Flat-mount brakes save weight over earlier post-mount models. SRAM’s latest hydraulic levers add the ability to dial in lever reach to your liking. 4 Bontrager CX3 Team Issue tires Supple and…

2 min.
devinci troy carbon x01 12s

READ ALMOST ANY OF MY mountain bike reviews over the last few years and you’ll see a strong preference for 29er wheels on most bikes with less than 160mm of travel. However, every now and then a 27.5-inch model comes along and reminds me how fun and flickable that size can be—like the 140mm-travel Devinci Troy. About halfway into the first ride I quit thinking about the details and just enjoyed what turned out to be one of my favorite trail bikes regardless of wheel size. Launched last year, this bike was a tad ahead of its time. It’s sure-footed even on the rough and steep trails that many would consider enduro-bike territory. That’s because, compared with the original Troy, Devinci gave this second-generation model a beefier carbon frame and much…