Saturday, June 30, 2012

Video: Tour de France Prologue highlights


Cancellara superb as the Swiss master takes first yellow jersey

Source: Cyclingnews News Headlines

Spartacus Smashes Prologue, Takes Yellow

Tour de France opener goes to Swiss, Wiggins strong in second

Original: Bicycling Magazine

Van den Broeck not bothered by Tour prologue time loss


Lotto-Belisol rider appreciative of fan support on home soil

Source: Cyclingnews News Headlines

Wiggins happy with second in Tour de France prologue


It was the ideal start for the team, says Sky boss Brailsford

Source: Cyclingnews News Headlines

Video: Sean Yates on Sky's Plan for Wiggins

British squad betting on podium in Paris

Via: Bicycling Magazine

Windham Mountain Bike World Cup highlights busy cycling weekend

Beginning Friday, June 29 the Windham Mountain Bike World Cup wil offer world-class racing and activities for all ages.

Source: USA Cycling News Headlines

Tour shorts: Gerrans identifies target stages, hope for RadioShack-Nissan's GC


Plus: Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank go gourmet and Sky extend Pinarello deal

Source: Cyclingnews News Headlines

Video: Cavendish hasn't lost speed, says coach


Sky's Rod Ellingworth issues warning to rival sprinters

Source: Cyclingnews News Headlines

Video: 'Tour Talk' From Belgium

Frankie Andreu and James Startt report from the Tour de France

Hat Tip To: Bicycling Magazine

NeilPryde BURAsl frame – First ride review

Although veterans of carbon fiber construction in watersports, NeilPryde are quite new to cycling. At PressCamp, BikeRadar took the company’s third bike, the forthcoming BURAsl, for a test ride in Utah. It proved to be quite a snappy little climber.

Ride & handling: Light and stiff

“We didn’t set out to design the world’s lightest bike,” said Mike Pryde, a lifelong cyclist and son of company founder Neil Pryde. “We have three target criteria – high bottom bracket stiffness, high head tube stiffness and low weight.”

NeilPryde claim that a stripped-down 56cm frame weighs just 740g, while one with hardware comes in at 772g. Paired with a 308g fork, the frameset weighs 1,080g. Some super-light frames look impressive on the shop scale but feel whippy out on the road. We’re pleased to report that the BURAsl isn’t one of these bikes.

The Hong Kong company used Cervélo’s R5 as a benchmark for testing, and NeilPryde claim the BURAsl has exceeded that bike in terms of stiffness.

The bottom bracket/chainstay area simply doesn’t budge under heavy torque, and hard accelerations are perfectly efficient. While the 3T cockpit we tested had a small bit of flex under a high-torque sprint, the head tube underneath was an immovable fortress.

Enormous chain stays make for impressive lateral stiffness when out of the saddle:

Massively tall chain stays make for snappy acceleration

Descending back down, the bike tracked nimbly and predictably through corners.

Bombing over deep cracks in the pavement, head tube stiffness was again apparent, but this time in a jarring fashion. We’d need more time on the bike to suss out this aspect of comfort compared to that from other bikes in the BURAsl’s class.

Frame & equipment: Internally and externally braced

As of press time, NeilPryde hadn’t decided on a final spec for the BURAsl. We rode the bike with ENVE 25 climbing wheels, a 3T cockpit and Shimano Dura-Ace group. 

The only bits of metal on the BuraSL frame are the derailleur hangers. A press-fit 30 bottom bracket shell means no metal at the BB, either, and the headset cups, dropouts and cable stops are all manufactured from molded carbon fiber.

Many of the tubes are quite wide – the head tube, top tube, down tube and bottom bracket, for example. On top of that, NeilPryde have added carbon braces under the top tube, at the head tube and seat tube, for further stiffness. The chain stays are enormous, and many parts of the frame have internal ribs to strengthen the tubes even more.

The rear brake cable exits the head tube in a unique fashion:

NeilPryde have added triangulated trusses underneath the top tube for stiffness

To take the edge off of all this severity, the ‘chopstick’ seat stays are miniscule, and the seatpost is the standard 27.2mm diameter. Geometry is identical to that on NeilPryde’s two existing bikes, the Diablo and Alize.

We’ll be looking forward to riding the BURAsl more, but so far NeilPryde's third stab at a road bike has us impressed. A frameset will cost US$4,250, with complete bike prices to be confirmed.

Source: Road Bikes & Gear

Cadel Evans: Being defending champion makes things easier


"Winning one Tour was great, winning would be even better," says Australian

Source: Cyclingnews News Headlines