This week at BikeRadar we turned back the clock as we took a look at Simon Bromley’s 2009 Giant TCR Advanced SL.
It’s a bike that perhaps you wouldn’t expect to see from BikeRadar’s technical writer, but one that attracted a very positive response from readers. In the feature, Simon delves deep into the spec choices of the bike that he first built up from a frame back in 2014 and explains why it remains such a capable bike today.
Many of you will know Go Outdoors brand Calibre has a knack at pushing out mountain bikes that can humiliate big brand competition, so when the company turned its attention to a more premium trail bike we had high hopes.
Turns out we were right to get excited because the £1,500 Calibre Triple B trail bike concluded testing with a perfect score and naturally made its way into our best mountain bikes for under £2,000 list.
Another top scorer came from German brand Focus, with its aero-focused Izalco Max Disc 8.8 narrowly missing a full five stars.
In the headlines this week was Specialized’s latest Demo downhill race bike, which gained the ‘mullet’ mixed wheel size treatment for the 2020 model year.
Fox 38 Float Factory Kashima GRIP 2
Designed for long-travel enduro bikes, the Fox 38 fork is available with 160 to 180mm travel, meaning at its shortest length there is an overlap with the latest Fox 36 fork.
In that scenario, Fox recommends choosing the 38 over the 36 for aggressive riders, in particular those using 29in wheels, due to its stiffer chassis.
It’s important to realise the 38 isn’t just a scaled-up 36. The chassis is totally different with its own arch, crown, steerer tube and axle. An elliptical steerer tube is also used to increase fore-aft stiffness. There’s around a 150g weight penalty when compared directly with a 36.
Other trick features include bleed ports to release excess air pressure that can build up in the lower and reduce sensitivity. Underneath the bleed ports is a raised tapered section of the fork casting, these air/oil channels are said to bring a wealth of advantages that amount to better lubrication, less friction and slower wear
Inside there’s also an internal air sleeve air spring that’s unique to the 38, and in this version an updated GRIP2 damper that uses VVC (variable valve control) on the compression as well as rebound valving.
For more detail on the Fox 38 head across to our initial write up. Meanwhile, these are soon to be tested by Alex Evans, so stay tuned for a full review.
Rapha Core Lightweight jersey
Rapha’s Core jersey is one of our favourites thanks to its quality fit and decent performance for the cash, so we are particularly keen to try out this lightweight version that’s been designed for warmer weather.
The front panel and sleeves are a mesh fabric (so don’t forget the suncream), while the back is made from a dense-knit 105gsm material, compared to 125gsm on the regular Core jersey.
You still get the full-length zip, signature armband and wide elastic gripper of the original, plus the same fit across the size range.
Naturally, there’s also a women’s version and a wide range of colours.
Enve Foundation Collection 45 wheelset