Once again, the weekend has come around and it’s time to compile our tech stories of the week. This week we’ve been really pushing out the feature content and exploring the topic of commuting (aptly, as it was just the cycle to work day this week, as well). We’ve also seen new releases from Shimano, Pivot, YT Industries and Specialized.
Are gravel bikes good for commuting?
2023 Bombtrack Beyond Sus Gravel bike full bike, by Bombtrack
The short answer? Yes, they are. This feature explores all the angles of why gravel bikes make a great choice for commuting by offering more comfort, better capability and ample storage options.
Gravel bike vs hybrid bike - what are the differences?
Gravel bike vs hybrid bike, by Aaron Borrill
Following the feature on gravel bikes’ suitability for commuting, we’ve also compared the off-road bike to the most common commuting bike - the hybrid. Hybrid bikes are affordable, user-friendly, and low-maintenance options, catering to riders of all skill levels with their comfortable design and flat handlebars. On the other hand, gravel bikes are lauded for their speed and adaptability on various terrains, making them also ideal for longer rides.
Shimano introduces all-new Gravity Enduro and Flat shoes
Shimano has published its latest Gravity Enduro (GE) and Gravity Flat (GF) series of mountain bike shoes, catering to aggressive trail, enduro, and downhill riders. The GE series features SPD-compatible shoes and the GF series is designed for flat pedal trails and downhill riders. Both series are available in men's and women's fits, and the shoes range from £120 to £220, with the GF4 offering a wider size range.
Pivot's Shuttle AM gets a complete overhaul
Pivot has given its Shuttle AM e-MTB a proper update, bringing it in line with the rest of the brand's range. The major changes include a new vertical shock layout, providing space for a full-size water bottle and boosting frame stiffness. The bike now features a Bosch drive system, replacing the Shimano motor, and there are three different builds available. The top model boasts Bosch's limited-edition Performance CX Race motor and a 750Wh battery. Prices start at $9,000, with UK prices to be announced soon
Specialized releases affordable Power Expert Mirror saddle
2023 Specialized Power Expert Mirror saddle, by Specialized
Specialized has introduced a new Power Expert Mirror saddle to the market, featuring 3D Mirror Technology at a more affordable price point. This one retains the popular Power saddle's short-nose shape with a cutout design for optimal blood flow, but comes in 130mm, 143mm, 155mm, and 168mm widths and is priced at £160, significantly cheaper than other Specialized Mirror saddles.
YT Industries expands its Performance Wear range
YT Industries has broadened its Performance Wear range with the addition of Gravity
and Trail legwear. The new collection includes Gravity Pants and Shorts, designed to handle the toughest mountain biking conditions. The items are available in both men's and women's sizes, feature pre-shaped knees for pad compatibility and come with DWR coating. Prices range from £80 to £110.
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