Get up to speed with the top cycling stories of the week all in one place. From Cannondale's vibrant Lab71 Scalpels to the release of the Mavaro Neo SL e-bike with suspension, we've also seen Manitou introduce an improved Circus Pro 34 dirt-jumping fork, and Zipp unveiled the 1Zero HiTop SW cross-country carbon wheels for lightweight efficiency. Plus, we've been on a quest to discover the allure of titanium bicycles, known for their strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion resistance.
Cannondale ‘remixes’ new colourway for Scalpel Lab71s
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The Cannondale Factory Racing team revealed striking new colour schemes for its Lab71 Scalpels at the Snowshoe UCI World Cup event. These designs deviate from the brand's usual subtle colourways, aligning with the vibrant patterns on the CFR team's jerseys. Each Lab71 Scalpel boasts a unique design and, unlike consumer versions, these pro bikes showcase a colourful Lefty fork, offering a fresh look for the team late in the season.
Cannondale releases Mavaro Neo SL e-bike with suspension and chunky tyres
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Cannondale has unveiled the Mavaro Neo SL e-bike, designed for urban and mixed-surface riding. Equipped with 50mm of front suspension travel and wide tires, it offers a practical and affordable take on the urban bike concept. The e-bike features a Bafang G020 rear-hub motor, providing 350W peak power and 45Nm of torque. It offers a range of up to 67 miles on a single charge. The Mavaro Neo SL comes in two models and three frame styles, catering to various rider preferences. Prices start at £2,200.
Manitou introduces the all-new Circus Pro 34 dirt-jumping fork
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Manitou has launched the second-generation Circus Pro 34 dirt-jumping fork, offering improved performance and 176g lighter weight. It features an updated front-brake configuration for a better dirt-jumping experience, including the option to route a brake line through the fork. The fork offers adjustable travel from 80mm to 140mm and 20 clicks of rebound adjustment. The Circus Pro 34 fork is available for $840 (£695) and caters to both boost and non-boost front wheels.
Zipp unveils the 1Zero HiTop SW cross-country carbon wheels
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Zipp has introduced the 1Zero HiTop SW cross-country carbon wheels, expanding its mountain bike range. Designed for cross-country riders prioritising lightness and efficiency, the wheels feature a 30mm internal diameter rim to accommodate 2.3-2.5in wide tires. They incorporate a box section structure for better terrain absorption and reduced rider fatigue.
The HiTop SW model even includes an integrated TyreWiz 2.0 device for real-time tyre pressure information. The 1Zero HiTop SW is priced at £2,000, while the more affordable HiTop S version without TyreWiz 2.0 costs £1,400.
Titanium bicycles - everything you need to know
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Titanium bicycles are prized for their strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion resistance, making them a top choice for off-road enthusiasts. Despite being more expensive than other materials, titanium frames and components are considered a long-term investment due to their durability and repairability – and this feature explores exactly why the premium material is so great and a serious contender for carbon fibre.