Pinarello announces its first e-MTB, the Andromeda Hybrid 9.9

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Shimano to open urban pop-up store in New York City this summer

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Shimano bike component sales nearly flat in first quarter

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Kids’ bikes at Sea Otter: from first-time pedalers to high-zoot rippers

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Shimano RW5 review

Nobody likes to ride with cold, wet feet in winter. And while overshoes are an option, there are also purpose-built alternatives such as the Shimano RW5 .

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This takes Shimano’s new Road Performance line and adapts it to a winter boot. The main similarity is the sole, as the RW5 shares the hybrid nylon-carbon unit. The main body of the sole is reinforced nylon, with the cleat plate made from carbon fibre moulded into the nylon. This adds rigidity to the foot just where you want it, over the cleat.

The upper is protected by a wrap-over Velcro flap, which is part of a full wetsuit-like neoprene cuff

The sole does have a little more give at the mid-foot than Shimano’s pro-level shoes, but that’s welcome on longer rides where a bit of foot flexing is more important than efficient power transfer.


Weight-wise the RW5s are 800g a pair, which may sound heavy but when you take a standard pair of shoes and add in heavy-duty waterproof overshoes, these are in the same ball park overall.

Like their summer compatriots, the RW5s use cleat fittings that are compatible with both standard three-bolt road cleats and two-bolt mountain bike-style SPD cleats. So, if you prefer the convenience of a double-sided pedal for commuting these will be ideal for wet, winter rides to work.

The sole does retain vents but any concerns about water getting in are put aside by the full Dryshield membrane that encapsulates the whole of the upper and above the outsole. This impenetrable rubber-like thick membrane keeps water out and Shimano has lined the boot with a soft-touch fleece-like material that adds plenty of warmth. The retention drawcords make them easy to get on and off.

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Nukeproof looks to the sky with top-tier Horizon finishing kit

Since coming under the wing of Chain Reaction Cycles, Nukeproof has been going from strength to strength and has now launched the first products from its up-coming, top-line Horizon range. Starting with flat pedals, there will be new cockpit components and wheelsets on the way soon too.

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New Horizon pedals

Nukeproof’s Horizon pedal actually appeared a couple of years ago, alongside its other Proton, Neuron and Electron offerings. It was probably most notable in its Sam Hill Signature model, given that Sam is one of the few DH and EWS riders using flats these days.

The two new caged versions will come in CL and CS version, with the CL having a larger cage. The 6061 aluminium cages are there to add side-foot stability, aid power transfer when used with shoes without super stiff soles and give a feel more akin to a flat pedal.

The alloy cages feature 11mm pins that are replaceable and come with washers to adjust their length — 13mm pins are also available. These are there to modify the feel of the pedal when run with flat-sole style clipless shoes. The CL comes with six pins per side, while the CS has four.


Nukeproof has made its own mechanism for the pedal, which unlike Shimano doesn’t pivot within the cage. With Shimano holding a large share of the clipless pedal market, Nukeproof decided that making the pedal compatible with Shimano cleats was important. However, following rider feedback, it has merged the benefits and feel of a SPD mechanism with the usability of the Crank Bros system.

With both the front and rear section of the sprung mechanism, it’s possible to engage with the pedal with a forward, vertical or even rearward push of the feet, unlike the required forward push from a Shimano pedal. The cleats are shaped to aid this and four degree and eight degree float options will be available. Mechanism tension is also adjustable.

Weights (per pair)

  • Pro: 430G
  • CL: 526g
  • CL Ti: 430g
  • CS: 432G  
  • CS Ti: 352g (estimate)

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Box Components’ 1×11 drivetrain now available from distributors

ANAHEIM, Calif. (BRAIN) — Box Components said its new 1×11 mountain bike drivetrain is now available from U.S.

Shimano Europe opens third distribution center, in Lyon, France

LYON, France (BRAIN) — Shimano Europe has announced plans to open a new distribution center here to serve its French and Italian customers. It will be the third distribution center for Shimano in Europe, joining locations in the Netherlands and Poland. Shimano also has a distribution warehouse in Istanbul for the Turkish market. The Lyon facility will offer delivery of bike parts and accessories from Shimano brands including PRO bike parts & accessories, Pearl Izumi clothing, Lazer helmets and other related brands

Stif Cycles Morf first ride review

Yorkshire-based Stif Cycles has long sold bikes from the likes of Orange and Santa Cruz, but this is the first time in its 33-year history that it has actually had its own name on a head tube. The Morf is that bike — a long, slack, 650b-wheeled hardtail, which has been designed by Stif staffer Sammy Smithson, in partnership with frame designer Brant Richards, to be a true ‘do it all’ ride.

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Stif Cycles Morf spec overview

  • Fork: Rockshox Pike Solo Air RC 130mm
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano XT M8000 GS RD
  • Shifter: Shimano XT M8000 SL
  • Brakes: Shimano XT M8000
  • Rotors: Shimano RT86 ICE TECH 180mm
  • Crankset: Shimano XT M8000 32T w/BB 175mm
  • Cassette: Shimano XT M8000 CS 11-42T
  • Chain: Shimano HG70011
  • Handlebar: Burgtec RideWide, 30mm rise, 800mm wide, 31.8mm clamp
  • Stem: Burgtec Enduro mk2 35mm long, 31.8mm clamp
  • Grips: Burgtec Lock-On
  • Headset: Hope 2H with Hope top cap and bolt
  • Seatpost: KS LEV Integra with Southpaw 150mm travel
  • Saddle: Burgtec the Cloud with cromo rail
  • Front wheel: Hope Pro4 hub laced to WTB Frequency Team i25 TCS rim
  • Rear wheel: Hope Pro4 142×12mm laced to WTB Frequency Team i25 TCS rim
  • Front tyre: Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR 27.5 x 2.3 tubeless
  • Rear tyre: Maxxis Minion DHF 60/62a EXO TR 27.5 x 2.3 tubeless
  • Tubes / sealant: WTB TCS Sealant and WTB TCS valves

Stif Cycles Morf frame and kit

The intention with the Morf’s geometry was to give this rigid-rear-ended machine similar riding characteristics to a modern full-suspension trail bike. It has a fairly long reach (435mm on the medium size), a raked out 65-degree head angle and the chainstays have been tightened up to a very short 420mm. The bottom bracket height is a reasonably average 311mm.


The frame is made from 4130 chromoly steel. There’s a bend in the down tube to prevent any clashes with the fork crown and Stif has used ovalised tubes at the rear end to give a small amount of flex and bump absorption. There are a few neat details, such as an inboard mount for the rear brake and replaceable bolt-through dropouts. The frame’s signature feature is the ‘12 Bore’ chainstay bridge, which allows the back end to be made as short as possible while also providing clearance for 2.4in tyres.

The complete bike (the frame is available on its own for £499 / $623.75 / AU$838.32) comes with a burly RockShox Pike fork, in 130mm (5.1in) travel guise. Stif says that a longer fork would make the front end dive and steepen the bike’s geometry too much as it neared full travel. The brakes and 1×11 drivetrain are both Shimano XT, and although no chain device is supplied, there are tabs for fitting one.

Stif Cycles Morf ride impression

Stif Cycles Morf early verdict

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