Explore the week's tech news and features highlights with championship-winning bikes like Pauline Ferrand-Prevot's Pinarello Dogma XC HT, Canyon's Lux Trail that's promised to redefine cross-country MTBs. We also dive into essential winter cycling tips, Specialized's Kenevo SL update, and entries opening for the Muck n' Mac Fest gravel event. These are the top tech and riding stories of this week – keep reading to find out more.
Bike check: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot's Pinarello Dogma XC HT
2023 Pauline Ferrand Prevot Pinarello Dogma XC HT Rouleur-2.jpg, by Suvi loponen
This Pinarello Dogma XC HT, showcased at Rouleur Live, earned its World Championship-winning reputation with Pauline Ferrand-Prevot's victory and is expected to hit the market in March 2024. It's rolling on prototype Princeton P1 carbon rims with prototype Continental Ruban tyres and top-end components. We've taken a little look at this podium-worthy bike.
Canyon sets to redefine cross-country MTBs with Lux Trail
Canyon has introduced the updated Lux Trail, aiming to redefine cross-country mountain bikes with a ground-up redesign. Evolving from the Lux World Cup model, the Lux Trail features 120mm front and 115mm rear suspension, tailored geometry with a slacker head angle, and a steeper seat tube angle. The suspension kinematics mimic the Lux World Cup's single-pivot layout, emphasising small bump sensitivity and longevity. The bike includes on-bike storage solutions for marathon XC racers, and it's available in carbon frames with various build kits.
How to set up your mountain bike for winter
From installing mudguards for protection to choosing more aggressively treaded tyres with a softer compound for enhanced grip, to lower tyre pressures – these are just some of the top things you can do to make your bike excel in winter conditions.
Gravel-specific products you never knew you needed
Gravel is here to stay, and you might have noticed it's opened the door for a lot of 'gravel' branded products, as well. Not all of them are gimmicks and in this feature, we have a look at some gravel-specific things that will enhance your gravel riding experience.
Specialized updates Kenevo SL with 1.2 SL motor
Specialized has updated the Kenevo SL e-MTB for 2024, introducing the SL 1.2 motor, offering 33% more power and 43% increased torque, now at 320 watts and 50Nm, respectively. The bike incorporates six geometry settings, enabling adjustment of the head angle from 64.5 to 62.5 degrees and the bottom bracket height by 6mm.
The new Kenevo SL2 comes in three models, ranging from £6,500 to £12,500 in price.
Six tips to upgrade your winter cycling experience
How do you make winter riding better? There are some very simple tricks to that, for example, layering, carrying a hot drink in a cycling thermos flask, ensuring proper nutrition for longer rides, establishing a bike cleaning routine with basic tools, and prioritising a post-ride routine for personal care.
The tips in this feature aim to improve your overall winter cycling experience affordably – so have a read.
Muck n' Mac Fest gravel event opens entries
2024 Muck n Mac fest riders, by Muck n Mac
The entries are open for the Muck n' Mac Fest gravel event at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders on May 3-5, 2024. The event features competitive racing, including six timed stages over Saturday and Sunday in a general classification format. The festival around cycling offers live music, films, an expo, camping, yoga, and family-friendly activities. Weekend entries start at £100, with one-day passes at £65 and non-riding companions for £20.
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