This week, we take a look at new bikes from major brands and take a peek at the future of professional gravel racing. In terms of buying advice, we've tested all the best MTB cycling sunglasses so you don't have to. We've also sat down with another industry professional – James Lawrence, YT's Retail & Sales Development Director.
Future of professional gravel racing
2023 UCI World Gravel Championships Italy SWPix12.jpg, by SWpix.com
Professional gravel racing and its potential future is a hot topic right now. With the recent inclusion of a UCI World Championship race, the sport has matured, raising questions about the balance between structure and freedom – and we've explored how it draws parallels with the early days of cross-country mountain biking. But as UCI-sanctioned gravel racing grows, is it possible for the dedicated gravel pros and WorldTour road racers to line up in the same start grid without quarrels? Read on to find out.
Cane Creek's Tigon shock combines air and coil tech
Cane Creek has introduced the Tigon shock, which combines air and coil technologies. The shock utilises the RAMP Tube Technology and features a larger shaft similar to an air shock, capable of withstanding more frame forces. There is a secondary air spring and coil spring to control shock progression, offering up to 35 per cent progression compared to traditional shocks and improved grip. The Tigon also includes high- and low-speed compression adjustment, rebound adjustment, and a two-position climb switch. Available in various sizes, the Tigon is priced at £800.
Best mountain bike sunglasses 2023
Despite their name, sunglasses are vital for all-year-round eye protection. Most of the best cycling glasses come with interchangeable lenses which means you can swap on a clear lens for winter. A lot of brands also run sales through the winter to shift old models, which means you can grab a bargain.
So if you are on the lookout for a new pair of glasses, read this buyer's guide which lists all of the best cycling sunglasses we've tested.
Giant overhauls Stance trail bike
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Giant has updated its Stance trail mountain bike with a new Giant STL suspension fork and a Contact Switch AT dropper seatpost. The Stance lineup now includes three models: Stance 29 1, Stance 29 2, and Stance (27.5-inch). The Stance 29 1 maintains the Crest 34 SL RCL fork but with 140mm travel, while the other two models feature the new Giant STL Suspension Fork. The revamped model prices start at £1,999.
Transition's TransAm makes a return for 2024
Transition is reintroducing its TransAm hardtail mountain bike after a seven-year hiatus, offering updated geometry and a choice of two colours for a limited time. The bike is designed for mucky winter riding, featuring a modern frame with adjustable sliding dropouts, accommodating single-speed setups and various wheel configurations. It boasts an aggressive geometry with a 64-degree head tube angle and a 150mm travel fork. The full build includes a Marzocchi Z2 fork, SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, Maxxis tyres, and a range of dropper post options. The frame-only option costs $900, while the full build is priced at $3,700.
Industry Insider: MTB Career Insights with James Lawrence
James Lawrence Industry Insider, by off-road.cc
James Lawrence is one of the most driven individuals in the cycling industry. He's been at YT Industries for half a decade now and holds the title of Retail & Sales Development Director at the leading MTB brand. How did he get to where he is now? Read to find out.
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