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The BikeRadar Podcast
BikeRadar delve into the world of road and mountain biking to bring you the best tech content in cycling. Join the team for their monthly episodes and occasional bonus episodes.
11 hours ago
Tech Q&A | SRAM vs. Shimano, tubeless, gravel tyres and more
Rob Spedding, Rob Weaver and Matthew Loveridge answer your tech questions, from the endless groupset wars to suspension setup and the most versatile gravel tyres. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
3 days ago
Why is XC so hot right now?
XC is having a vintage year in 2020, with a raft of new bikes being released. While the Olympics might not be happening, bike development hasn't stopped. We're also seeing the massive growth in 'downcountry' bikes - slacker short-travel trail bikes with plenty of XC DNA woven into their carbon frames. We've tested numerous here at BikeRadar, so Tom and Alex sit down and chat all things fast and flat-out. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 27, 2020
BikeRadar Meets | Ned Boulting on July without the Tour de France and his hopes for the delayed 2020 race
We catch up with the voice of ITV’s Tour de France coverage as he waits anxiously for the 2020 race to get underway and tells us how much he’s missed professional cycling and reveals the secrets of Gary Imlach’s shirts… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 24, 2020
News Review | road bike weights, Orbea Oiz, Merida’s new Scultura and e-gravel
Jack, Simon and Matthew look back through the hottest news stories from the past couple of weeks on BikeRadar. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 20, 2020
July's Tech Review
At BikeRadar we see a huge number of new bikes products come through the door. Individually they're interesting enough, but once you've seen a number over the course of a few months, trends become clear. Tom Marvin, Robin Weaver and Warren Rossiter look back through a few recent product releases to see what trends are hot right now in cycling. As the year goes on, we'll be back with more Tech Review podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 17, 2020
Christini's AWD e-fat bike and more!
With drive going to both front and rear wheels, we thought Christini's new ebike was worth talking about. We also delved in to the new Trek Domane AL, Rapha's inclusive Women's 100 campaign, and the oh-so-sexy Continental GP5000 Tan Wall tyres. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 13, 2020
What's the deal with hookless rims? Making sense of road tubeless
Hookless rims are fairly new in road cycling, but what are they, and where have they come from? They’ve also proved fairly controversial, as without a fully recognised standard measurement for hookless, and in the wider sense, road tubeless, many rim and tyre manufacturers are stating only limited compatibility between brands. Simon, Matthew and Jack delve in to the subject in our latest podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 10, 2020
Controversial Road Debates
Our trilogy of road cyclists, Jack, Matthew and Simon, wade in to some of the biggest debates in road cycling. You can probably guess what they are, but what do our line-up of commentators think? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 6, 2020
Warren and Rob are back answering our listeners tech-based questions. From MTB shoes and suspension care to road bike fit and 1x gearing options, there’s plenty of variety in this month’s podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 3, 2020
Bike Shorts 11 | Shimano’s SPD sandals and other fashion faux-pas
Shimano have just bought back their legendary SPD sandal in a 25th anniversary limited edition, and you’ll not be surprised to hear that Jack Luke was aghast with excitement at this news! He bought in Simon and Matthew to discuss this rather divisive item of footwear, along with a chance to admit to some of their own, let’s just say, ‘interesting’ fashion choices of recent years. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 29, 2020
Mountain biking’s most controversial debates
Everyone has an opinion on everything, and when it comes to mountain biking there’s plenty to have an opinion on. Some aspects of our riding culture can be pretty divisive, while others must come down purely to personal preference. We take a look at six of the most controversial debates, and hash out our own feelings and arguments, to see which of our mountain bike editors are really right. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 25, 2020
What can we all learn from each other?
Road cyclists and mountain bikers occupy very different worlds – from skids and jumps to Strava KOMs and Wattage data. But there’s plenty of common ground between us all (and we’re not even mentioning gravel cycling!). So, what can roadies learn from their dirt-covered cousins, and vice versa? We discuss this in the latest BikeRadar Podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 22, 2020
BikeRadar Meets | John Cordoba - Specialized’s road and gravel lead
John Cordoba is the project manager for road and gravel at Specialized. He’s the guy that sets the vision for their latest bikes, outlines the design and engineering goals and then works with the R&D team, engineers, and designers to make it all happen. John sat down with our Senior Road Technical Editor, Warren Rossiter, in our latest podcast. Key to our discussion is the Roubaix, including bit of history of the bike – where its aimed at its racing success and what it took to make the 2020 Roubaix. Plus we discuss the Futureshock suspension on the Diverge, Sirrus, and e-bikes… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 19, 2020
The best cheap road bike upgrades
While it’s tempting to look at those super-spendy upgrades for your bike, it’s not always necessary to spend the big bucks. Matthew and Simon talk through their top tips for making your road bike that little bit better, without it costing the earth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 15, 2020
How bike launches work
Bike launch season should be well under way, with brands showcasing their latest models to a select group of cycling media. While they may look like a bit of a jolly for the lucky few, there’s serious business going on behind the scenes. With hundreds of launches between them, our technical editors Warren and Tom have seen it all – from the great to the terrible. Rob Spedding asks the questions you all want to know – how do bike launches work? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 12, 2020
How to go faster for free
Everybody wants to go faster, but not everybody wants to drop a ton of cash doing it. So, what are the tricks of the trade that don’t cost the earth – or, anything at all? Our Simon is dedicated to going faster, and while Jack isn’t so bothered, he certainly likes going further, so they’ve teamed together to give you the lowdown on the cheap or free tricks to get your bike rolling faster and further. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 8, 2020
How much should you spend on your next road bike?
With prices ranging from a couple of hundred quid all the way to 5-figure sums, road bike prices are as diverse as the bikes themselves. But, how much should you really look to spend? Where do the cost versus performance lines intersect? Can you get a decent bike for a few hundred quid, and if you spend more, will it be vastly different? Our team of road bike enthusiasts dissect the pricing structures, giving you a run-down of what to look for at varying price points. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 5, 2020
Friday Shorts | Tech Q&A session with Rob and Warren
We’re back again with a selection of listeners tech questions, with our senior technical editors Warren and Rob providing the answers. This week we’re covering off beginner essentials, power cranks, commuting versus gravel tyres and a tricky case of a full suspension bike not feeling right down rocky descents. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 1, 2020
The best cheap MTB upgrades
How and where should you spend money making your mountain bike better? Or, are there ways to improve your ride without spending a penny? Seb and Tom go through the best ways to improve your bike’s performance without digging a huge hole in your bank balance. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 29, 2020
Friday Shorts | How to buy a second-hand bike
With cycling booming in popularity, the second hand market has been going crazy in the past couple of months. Buying a bike second hand can be daunting though, and without the security of buying through a dealer, mistakes can be made. Drawing upon our own experiences, we’ve put together some handy hints and tips to help you in your search for a new-to-you ride. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 26, 2020
BikeRadar Meets | Chris Porter pt.2
We’re picking up again with Chris Porter, for part two of our Meets interview with the bike and suspension engineer. If you’ve not listened to part one, check in your podcast provider’s listings for the BikeRadar Podcast to find it, as this second part will make lot more sense if you’ve heard the first! This podcast does include some strong language. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 25, 2020
BikeRadar Meets | Chris Porter pt.1
In this podcast Technical Writer Seb Stott meets Chris Porter, the man behind Geometron Bikes and Mojo Rising suspension. He’s a man who’s been heavily involved in mountain bike and suspension design for decades, playing an influential part in the development of bike geometry, certainly in recent years. With experience ranging from motor bike journalism to DH racing and management, as well as the development of his own bikes and suspension products, he’s a wealth of knowledge and ideas on the subject. This is a long interview, so we’ve split it in to two parts, with the second coming shortly. This podcast does include some strong language. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 22, 2020
Our bicycle commuting top tips
With £2bn pledged for green transport in the UK following the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, there’s great potential to get more bums on saddles when it comes to the daily commute. Cycling to work is healthy, cheap and often faster than driving through a city – it’s also preferable to sitting on crowded public transport! Between our technical editors Tom and Alex, and Content Director Rob, we’ve amassed decades of commutes over many thousands of hours – from hour long rides each way to short spins through town. We therefore thought we’d share our top tips to help you make the most of your cycle commute. We cover the bike you have, or might want, kit to ride in, and a host of other bits and pieces. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 18, 2020
Road Tech Talk | Are road e-bikes cheating?
The debate has raged for years in mountain biking, but with electric-assisted road bikes having a growing presence on the road, we debate whether they’re ‘cheating’ or just another way to get out on two wheels and enjoy the roads. Our Senior Road Technical Editor Warren is a big fan, citing the ability to explore further, and getting those less able out on the roads, whereas Simon Bromley, BikeRadar’s Tech Writer is a little less convinced. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 15, 2020
BikeRadar Meets | Is Cycling Really Set for a Golden Age? With Laura Laker and Adam Tranter
BikeRadar virtually meets with leading cycling and active travel journalist Laura Laker and Adam Tranter (the cycling mayor for Coventry) from the Streets Ahead podcast, to discuss whether some good will come from the current situation in the form of more funding for cycling and more people on bikes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 11, 2020
How much should you spend on your next mountain bike?
While it’s easy to get drawn into the assumption that you need to spend thousands on your next mountain bike, that’s not necessarily the case. Tom and Seb go through the price ranges, and discuss what you can get, what to expect and the pros and cons of spending a little, or a lot, on your next mountain bike – with a few recommendations chucked in along the way. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 8, 2020
Bike Shorts 10 | Tech Q&A
We headed to our social channels and drummed up a dozen or so tech questions for our tech team. Warren, our Senior Road Technical Editor and Rob, our Senior Technical Editor in Chief sat (remotely!) with BikeRadar’s Technical Editor Tom to go through questions ranging from mountain bike drivetrain compatibility through to the use of road tubeless systems. We will record more Q&A sessions in the future, so keep an eye on BikeRadar’s social channels for next time! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 1, 2020
Bike Shorts 09 | E-Racing, is this really a thing now?
While not entirely new, the current COVID-19 situation has lead to mass cancellation of ‘real’ bike races, and much more prominence of cycling in the e-sport arena. Can it be a genuine replacement for the classic races we all love to watch, or is it merely a way to keep the pros’ legs spinning and a little bit of money flowing in to teams’ pockets. Our trio of roadie-fan boys, Jack, Simon and Matthew have been tuning in, so perhaps you don’t have to. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 27, 2020
BikeRadar Meets | Graeme Obree
Obree is one of the most unique cyclists in the world. Famous for his Hour Records on hand built bikes constructed with washing machine parts, and disrupting and aggravating the UCI’s rules and regulations, he’s a man who’s influence is far more wide-reaching than you might imagine. Simon Bromley sat down with Graeme at the launch of Endura’s latest winter kit – this is an interview you do not want to miss. This podcast was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 24, 2020
Bike Shorts 08 | Our favourite mountain bikes
BikeRadar’s mountain bike tech team got together, thanks to the powers of online video chat, to discuss their favourite ever, and current favourite mountain bikes. From bikes they raced, to bikes that changed the way they rode, Tom Marvin, Seb Stott and Rob Weaver look back at the bikes that made the biggest impact on their riding, and what gets pulled out of the garage now when there’s time for a spin in the woods. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 20, 2020
How Jack and Joe started their cycling careers
BikeRadar’s own cycling influencers Jack and Joe are dab hands at road cycling, with a passion for the most niche of racing – hill climbs! But, they came to cycling through very different paths, and have a varied background on two wheels. In this podcast, they talk through the early years of their cycling lives, how they got to where they are now, and what and who influenced them the most. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 17, 2020
Bike Shorts 07 | How we’re all dealing with the lockdown
We’re a month in to the lockdown, so how are the BikeRadar team getting on when it comes to riding? With testing having been stopped, and social distancing measures in place, riding bikes is certainly different to how it usually is, but that’s not stopped the BikeRadar guys and girls getting out on their bikes, in a sensible, safe, and guideline-following manner. From virtual group rides, to new bike builds, we’ve still got plenty going on, and more than enough to talk about! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 13, 2020
Road Tech Talk | Shaving weight - how to go super-light
Lighter bikes are faster up hills - that's pretty much a fact. And, when the goal is to get to the top of the hill as fast as humanly possible - i.e. during a hill climb race - getting a bike as light as possible is vital. Joe and Jack, from the BikeRadar team are aficionados of the hill climb bike - over the years they've competed nationally at hill climbs, with their bikes weighing around the 5kg mark. So, how did they get their bikes quite so light? In this Tech Talk, the guys go through the different components on a bike, discussing where's best, and where not to try and lose some weight. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 10, 2020
Bike Shorts 06 | Paris-Roubaix – the weird and wonderful
The infamous cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix have led many teams and riders to experiment wildly throughout the races long history, but we’ve also seen plenty of winners riding relatively normal bikes too. With the 2020 edition sadly cancelled, Jack and Simon discuss some of the weird and wonderful bikes used to try and tame the Pavé over the years, which ones are their favourites and the lengths the pro’s and manufacturers will apparently go to avoid simply running wider tyres. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 6, 2020
BikeRadar Meets | Nico Vouilloz, 10 times World Champion
BikeRadar sat down with ten-time World Champion Nico Vouilloz to discuss his current projects with Lapierre, his DH career, the state of mountain bike racing currently and how the French have seemed to dominate the rankings over the past couple of years. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 3, 2020
Bike Shorts 05 | The best-ever road bike?
Our roadie-tech gurus Simon Bromley and Matthew Loveridge from BikeRadar sat down with our Content Director Rob Spedding to discuss their favourite ever road bikes, and, which ones they’d actually buy with their own money. Did they go super niche, or stick with the mainstream? You’ll have to listen to find out! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 30, 2020
Trail and Enduro Bike of the Year Special
After a full winter of wet and muddy testing, and then a week thrashing the top-contenders in Spain with BlackTown Trails, we’ve crowned our Trail Bike of the Year, and Enduro Bike of the Year. With MBUK in the shops and BikeRadar rolling out the reviews online and on YouTube, we thought we’d bring together Rob Weaver, Tom Marvin and Luke Marshall, who put the entire test together, to discuss the process, the bikes and the eventual winners. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 23, 2020
Road Bike of the Year Special
After months of testing and many hundreds of kilometres, the team from Cycling Plus and BikeRadar have crowned our Road Bike of the Year 2020. In this podcast we learn more about the contenders and eventual winner, with our Senior Technical Editor on Road, Warren Rossiter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 16, 2020
Road Tech Talk | Have we reached ‘peak bike’?
We’ve had great leaps in bike tech over the years that have greatly improved our road bikes – frame materials, compact geometry, electronic groupsets and disc brakes, amongst others. But where will things go next – is there another round of vast improvements yet to come, or have we, as we suspect, reached ‘peak bike’? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 9, 2020
What’s the hardest mountain bike discipline?
Between the team at BikeRadar, we reckon we’ve raced pretty much every mountain bike race format going. But, what’s the toughest type of mountain bike racing you can do? MBUK’s Luke Marshall has raced at World Cup DH level, while Seb Stott has competed in a number of EWS events. They, along with Tom, who’s targeted the more niche end of racing, weigh in with their race-based experience. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 2, 2020
BikeRadar Meets | Wind Tunnel Testing at the Boardman Performance Centre
In the autumn we headed to the Boardman Performance Centre, where they’ve built a bike-specific wind tunnel, that’s open to the public. We wanted to find free and cheap ways to cut our time in a 100 mile sportive, using the data provided by the wind tunnel. After our time there, we sat down with Barney Wainright, Head of Science to talk through our results. We then spent some time with Lee, the centre’s Lead Physiologist, discussing training and fitness testing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 24, 2020
Have gravel bikes made Cyclocross better?
Though appearing niche from the outside, cyclocross (or CX) is enjoying a resurgence in the UK, with races attracting ever increasing numbers of participants. Warren Rossiter and Robin Wilmott talk us through this resurgence, and the impact of the burgeoning gravel scene on the CX bikes we’ve seen released in recent years – namely, the gravel bike replacing the CX bike as the ‘ideal’ commuter bike, thus allowing CX bikes to return to their racing roots. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 17, 2020
Road Tech Talk | Do road bikes really need suspension?
More and more modern road bikes are being designed to incorporate suspension so Warren, Tom and Rob discuss the – surprisingly long – history of road bikes with extra cushioning. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 10, 2020
The things bike companies still get wrong
Bike companies, in general, do a great job when it comes to designing bikes, but Tom and Seb can’t help but think there are a few too many details that they keep getting wrong… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 3, 2020
BikeRadar Meets | Ian Weatherill, Hope Technology’s Co-Founder
Hope Technology is one of the most influential British bicycle componentry brands in the world. From their early days producing high-end hubs and disc brakes, Hope Tech’s UK-based factory still manufacturers their wide range of highly regarded components. They’ve now expanded into mountain bikes, with the HB.160 and HB.130, as well as their ground-breaking HB.T track bike, ready to ride in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics under Team GB. Ian Weatherill co-founded Hope Technology after a spell manufacturing high-end parts for the aerospace industry, and sat down with Technical Editor Tom Marvin for this BikeRadar Meets Podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 27, 2020
What is the hardest race in the world?
Road racing is as brutal as it comes – hard men and women pit pure strength against one and another in a bid to reach the finish line ahead of the pack. But with racing covering everything from 200m sprints to races across continents, we decided to weigh in and discuss which drop-bar race format is the hardest in the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 20, 2020
Bike Shorts 04 | classic forks, high-tech manufacturing, and new balls please
We’re back with our BikeRadar Shorts series while the office is nice and busy! We take a quick look at the new Marzocchi Z1 Bomber Coil, the re-rise of the alloy bike, along with 3D printing and steel-infused carbon fibre, and we pay our respects to Chris Hamilton’s nether regions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 13, 2020
How we test bikes
It might seem like the most glamorous job going in the bicycle industry, jetting here there and everywhere to ride Gucci bikes. But while that happens, there’s a lot of work going on that you just don’t see, when it comes to testing and reviewing bikes. Between them, Technical Editor Tom and Technical Writer Seb have tested hundreds of bikes over the years, and in this episode we talk you through the process of bike reviewing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 6, 2020
BikeRadar Meets | Emily Chappell, Ultra-Endurance Racer
What can you learn from racing across continents? Ultra-endurance athlete Emily Chappell talks all things Transcontinental, from bike setup to fuelling foods, breaking through mental barriers and pushing yourself when you feel like a fraud. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 1, 2020
BikeRadar Podcast New Year Special – 2020 Tech Predictions
Happy New Year BikeRadar listeners! We got the BikeRadar team together to look forward to what they’re excited about coming in 2020. Some of the team are looking forwards to tech we know is arriving, others have gazed into their crystal balls to predict what we might see. One of us is disappearing for 3 months, and he’s certainly looking forward to that! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 30, 2019
Four things the bike industry doesn’t want you to know
Known for their ultra-inquisitive minds, dep-ed Jack and BikeRadar writer Simon have been investigating secrets within the bike industry that they really don’t want you to know. How scandalous are they? You’ll have to listen to find out! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 25, 2019
BikeRadar Podcast Christmas Special – 2019 Tech Retrospective
In our Christmas Special, the BikeRadar team take a look back at the tech that’s impressed them in 2019, whether that’s on dirt or tarmac. There are a few obvious candidates, and one or two more controversial items. Have a great Christmas everyone! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 23, 2019
Road Tech Talk | Lightweight versus aero – what’s more important?
Everyone strives to get their road bikes as light as possible, as that’s the best way to go faster, right? Well, it’s not so simple, as aerodynamics play a huge role in speed. Our Senior Road Technical Editor, Warren Rossiter, discusses the merits of lighter weight bikes, and those with a more aerodynamic focus in our latest Road Tech Talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 16, 2019
Mountain bike tech way ahead of its time
Nothing’s ever new in the cycling world, so while your dropper post, linkage fork or powered drivetrain might feel like cutting edge tech, it’s actually all been done before. In this episode of the BikeRadar Podcast, Tom and Seb look at tech that appeared, disappeared, and then reappeared in a more modern form. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 13, 2019
Bike Shorts 03 | Helmets
In this episode of Bike Shorts – our roundup of the hottest news from the past week on BikeRadar.com – Jack Luke and Simon Bromley talk through Virginia Tech’s latest independent test of 86 road and mountain bike helmets. While on the subject of helmets, the pair also discuss… well, a pretty gruesome injury that serves as a reminder for why you must always use bar end plugs. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 9, 2019
BikeRadar Meets | Paul Jones
In episode two of BikeRadar meets, hill climb aficionado, friend of BikeRadar, author of A Corinthian Endeavour and I Like Alf, and all-round nice guy, Paul Jones, sits down with Jack Luke and Joe Norledge to talk through his previous work and his own cycling endeavours. The trio also talk through Paul’s upcoming book on the Land’s End to John o’ Groats record, as well as some of the characters who have made the story of this remarkable record one that is worth telling. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 2, 2019
Road tech way ahead of its time
While everything in fashion is circular, so, it appears is bicycle tech. While new technology is often hailed as ground breaking or never before seen in cycling, you might be surprised as to what’s been around in the past. Our Dep Ed Jack and tech-specialist Simon delve into the annals of cycling history to pick out the tech that was well ahead of its time. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 25, 2019
Road Tech Talk | 1x on the road
In the first of our new Road Tech Talk podcsst series, BikeRadar’s Matthew Allen and Warren Rossiter give us the low-down on 1x, or single ring, drivetrains for drop-barred bikes. Where have they come from? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Should you consider them for your bike? All this, and more, is covered. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 18, 2019
Future trends in mountain biking
What are we going to be riding in five year’s time? Tom and Seb discuss where the industry is heading. Cheap bikes, electronics, and rider comfort all come up in discussion. Let us know where you think it’s all going! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 12, 2019
Bike Shorts 02 | Is Shimano making a gearbox?
Shimano has filed a patent for a bicycle gearbox, potentially signalling a major upheaval in drivetrain tech. BikeRadar’s Matthew and Tom talk through the concept and explore why you might want to ditch your derailleurs. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 11, 2019
BikeRadar Meets | Jeff Steber, Intense Cycles Founder
Jeff Steber, the man behind Intesne Cycles, has to be one of the most influential bike designers on the planet. Over the past 3-and-a-bit decades, Intense Cycles has produced some of the most prolific downhill mountain bikes, piloted by some of the world’s greatest riders, including Shaun Palmer and Aaron Gwin. We discuss the current state of the mountain bike market, and where it may be heading, as well as the history of Intense Cycles, their riders, and how having a rich history of pros on the team has been a positive influence on the design of their bikes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 4, 2019
Future trends in road cycling
We cast an eye in to the future to see what might be coming round the corner in the world of road cycling. Yet more aerodynamics, gravel bikes and e-sports are all on the horizon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 28, 2019
MTB Tech Talk | Does weight really matter?
Look at any review and you’ll see, in a fairly prominent position, the weight of the bike or component – but does weight really matter? BikeRadar’s tech-head Seb has done the maths, and reckons we might be making a mountain out of a molehill… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 21, 2019
How MTB racing has influenced bike design
The rigours of racing between the tapes demands high performance from both competitors and their bikes, and so the development of bikes, and the components fitted to them, are inextricably linked to racing. At BikeRadar we’re lucky to have two members of the team, Rob Weaver and Luke Marshall, who have competed at World Cup level downhill. They, along with our tech-expert Seb Stott, dig deep in to how the world of racing has, or hasn’t, influenced the design of the modern mountain bike. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 14, 2019
MTB Tech Talk | Why do derailleurs still exist?
Pretty much since the advent of gears on bicycles, the derailleur has been the dominant mechanism for shifting the chain between gears. However, being dangled by the rear wheel, exposed to the elements, is a risky place to hang out. Internal gear hubs and mechanisms have long been touted as the future of mountain bike drivetrains, yet have never had the impact they’ve promised. Why is that? And what could the future hold for gear shifting on mountain bikes – Seb and Tom discuss. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 7, 2019
Do you really need more than one bike?
The ideal number of bikes to own is N + 1 is a popular saying among cyclists – with N representing the number of bikes you already own. But does the new breed of highly versatile, go anywhere road (or gravel) bikes mean that, really, one bike is all you need? Bikeradar’s Tom Marvin, Warren Rossiter and Rob Spedding try to work out if they need to buy more bikes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 30, 2019
MTB Tech Talk | Suspension springs
Both your fork and shock rely on their spring to support your weight. This comprises of either a pressurised air spring, or a steel or titanium coil spring. While air springs dominate, for good reasons, it’s not a foregone conclusion as to which may work best for you. Technical Editor Tom Marvin and BikeRadar’s tech guru Seb Stott introduce you to both types, their pros and cons and, ultimately, which you should pick. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 23, 2019
Purism be damned, this is why we love e-MTBs
E-bikes; are they an industry conspiracy designed to sell you yet more bikes, or just another way to enjoy yourself out of doors? We’re certainly in the later camp and, in this week’s podcast, Matthew Allen, Tom Marvin and Jack Luke discuss their undying love for the most controversial subject in cycling. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 16, 2019
MTB Tech Talk | Wheel size
Debates over wheel size in mountain biking seemingly never end. First there was 26” wheels, then 29er stormed on to the scene – their larger diameter finding fans in the XC world, but older geometries just didn’t work out when travel numbers grew. Then, out of nowhere the 650b wheel arrived and killed off 26” almost instantly. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 13, 2019
Bike Shorts 01 | SRAM’s universal hanger, everlasting bottom brackets and farewell to tubulars
In the aftermath of the Eurobike trade show, BikeRadar’s Jack and Matthew discuss some tech highlights including SRAM’s solution to bent derailleur hanger woes and an exciting new bearing design from SKF. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 8, 2019
Road Tubeless, the what, why and how.
Mountain bikers have been rolling without tubes for over a decade, with less punctures, more speed and more grip, so why has it taken their skinny tyre’d brethren to ditch the tubes? Tom, Matthew and Jack discuss what’s happening in the world of road tubeless tyres. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 26, 2019
MTB Tech Talk | Linkage forks
If you've got a suspension fork on your mountain bike it's most likely to be a telescopic fork, whereby the stanchions slide in and out of your fork's lowers. However, the past year or so has seen a number of linkage forks come on to the market. Check out the associated article on BikeRadar.com for a full set of show-notes, with links to relevant articles and videos. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 9, 2019
BikeRadar Monthly 04 | Is it time to ditch 'The Rules'?
'The Rules' are a set of maxims by which the keen road cyclist often feels he or she should live by. It could be argued as a tongue in cheek dig at the MAMIL who wants to emulate their road racing heroes, but there's some method in the madness because many of the rules are actually rather sensible. That said, there are numerous that clearly poke fun at the over-keen amateur cyclist, so we've picked a few of our favourites and delved deeper into their meaning. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 26, 2019
MTB Tech Talk | Mountain Bike Geometry
In this episode, BikeRadar's technical editor Tom Marvin and technical writer Seb Stott cover the somewhat huge topic of mountain bike geometry. While Tom advocates for slightly 'smaller' bikes, Seb is definitely a fan of the super long and slack. Geometry is key in dictating how a bike rides - long, slack bikes tend to be calm, confident and fast, whereas shorter bikes might be a touch more agile and involving to ride. There's no right or wrong, but that's not to say that Tom and Seb don't have opinions on the subject. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 12, 2019
Why do bikes all look the same?
This month Tech Ed Tom is joined by senior writer Jack and tech guru Seb to discuss the finer points of bicycle design – why is that all road bikes these days look the same, and yet all mountain bikes seem to be unique in their aesthetic? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 28, 2019
MTB Tech Talk | Suspension Damping
In this episode, Tech Editor Tom and Tech Specialist Seb discuss the intricacies of suspension damping. Suspension dampers are there to control your fork or shock’s action through its stroke – without them your suspension would effectively be like a pogo stick, so they’re very handy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 14, 2019
SRAM or Shimano, battle of the groupsets + more
Bikeradar's tech team tackle the ever present debate between the world's biggest groupset manufacturers - should you pick SRAM or Shimano. We also discuss where best to spend your money - should you upgrade yourself or your bike? Finally, we give insight into the life of a Bikeradar technical editor - the process of testing bikes and kit. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 4 min
May 31, 2019
MTB Tech Talks | Fork Offset
This is the first episode of our bonus podcast series Tech Talks. In this episode our Tech Talk regulars Tom and Seb discuss all things to do with the often misunderstood, seldom discussed fork offset! Join Tom and Seb every month with a new episode of discussion, debate and opinions on specific biking topics. Article; https://bit.ly/2HN4bfF See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 17, 2019
Super bikes, helmet tech and e-road.
BikeRadar’s tech-ed’s tackle the rise of the hype-priced bikes, the latest generation of super safe helmets and e-road bike motors. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 10, 2019
MBUK’s Trail Bike of the Year Special
Twenty trail bikes whittled down to one – which is the best out there and why? BikeRadar and MBUK join forces to find the Trail Bike of the Year 2019. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 25, 2019
Cycling Plus' Bike of the Year Special
We’ve just completed the largest road bike test around to find out what are the best bikes on the market right now. Here we take a detailed look at the front-runners, eventual winner and discuss what this means for the industry as a whole. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.