Top Stories from CyclingTips: Mathieu VDP’s Insane Amstel Gold, Shimano GRX, T47 Threaded BBs & More

May 17, 2019
by Sarah Lukas  

What's going on in the curly bar world? CyclingTips Digest showcases articles from our road bike sister-site, CyclingTips. In each installment, you might find endurance coverage, power-to-weight ratios, gravel bike tech and, of course, lycra.

Raw Talent: A Conversation with Annika Langvad
By: Neal Rogers

Annika Langvad can’t stop winning.

The Danish cross-country champion closed out the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, with a pair of XC victories to add to her overall wins this year at the Sunshine Cup, in Cyprus, and Absa Cape Epic, in South Africa, riding alongside partner Anna van der Breggen. (Read more.)
Raw talent A conversation with Annika Langvad

Shimano GRX: World’s First Dedicated Gravel Groupsets
By: Dave Rome

If you ever wanted proof for how big the gravel segment has become, this is it. It’s been a long time coming, and Shimano has finally answered the prayers of many by announcing groupsets dedicated to gravel. With wide range gearing options, 10 or 11-speed in 1x or 2x, Di2 or mechanical shifting, optional in-line brake levers, some clever ergonomic upgrades and no new freehub or bottom bracket required – Shimano may be late to the party, but they've arrived in style. (Read more.)
Shimano GRX World s first dedicated gravel groupsets

Power Analysis: Mathieu van der Poel’s Insane Amstel Gold
By: Zach Nehr


These were the words that Mathieu Van der Poel muffled breathlessly as he lay on the ground after crossing the finish line of the 2019 Amstel Gold Race. It was the most exciting race, the most improbable of finishes, and one of the most incredible displays of individual strength that we’ve ever seen. (Read more.)
Power analysis Mathieu van der Poel s insane Amstel Gold

Giant USA Announces Frame Damage Replacement Program
By: Iain Treloar

Last month, Giant USA quietly announced its new Composite Confidence program, which adds two years of damage replacement or repair coverage to an existing limited lifetime frame warranty.

The battle for the hearts and minds – and wallets – of the buying public is hard fought. Brands have a few weapons in their arsenal when they enter the fray: they can seek to differentiate themselves on quality, or on price, or on marketing. But bikes from the major players are, with few exceptions, pretty good. So how do you make a bike stand out (Read more.)
Giant USA announces frame damage replacement program

A $75 MIPS Helmet Beats WaveCel in Virginia Tech Rankings
By: Iain Treloar

Last week, Virginia Tech released the latest update to its list of independently tested helmets, adding a dozen or so models.

That’s not the biggest news.

This is: a US $75 MIPS-equipped Lazer is now the safest helmet Virginia Tech has tested, knocking Bontrager’s WaveCel-equipped Specter helmet out of the top spot. (Read more.)
A 75 MIPS helmet beats WaveCel in Virginia Tech rankings

Trek Rumored to be Switching to T47 Threaded Bottom Brackets
By: James Huang

The T47 oversized threaded bottom bracket shell design was introduced in 2015 to much fanfare and claims that it would finally provide a truly universal standard that everyone in the industry could support. The handful of years since have seen mere glimmers of that hope — mostly amongst the custom crowd — but now Trek is rumored to be the first major brand to take the plunge. That’s a big, big deal. (Read more.)
Trek rumored to be switching to T47 threaded bottom brackets

The Case for Wearing Pro Team Kit
By: Caley Fretz

Three or four years ago, at a product launch, I was handed a small baggie containing some brown and blue cloth I’d later learn was a team replica AG2R-La Mondiale kit. I laughed to myself as I opened it. Team kit?! Who wears pro team kit? Only posers and real pros wear team kit. (Read more.)
The case for wearing pro team kit

The Secret Pro: Taxes, Zwifting, and the Things we Talk About
By: The Secret Pro

Hello, dear readers. I’m back. Back with some rumours, some goss, a little bit of inside-the-peloton chatter, and, hopefully, some insight into what it’s like to live like us. I’ve spent a lot of time responding to controversy lately, so I wanted to tackle topics that may not make headlines, but are more relevant to our day-to-day lives. (Read more.)
The Secret Pro Taxes Zwifting and the things we talk about


  • 58 0
 PINKBIKE, it would be super rad if you could get a "Secret Pro" column going for DH, Enduro or XC. Just sayin'.
  • 19 0
 Agreed - his columns are one of my favourites anywhere in cycling.
  • 3 0
 That would be bloody good!
  • 2 1
 always thought something like that would be really cool
  • 3 1
 maybe our pros don't know how to write good
  • 6 0
 agreed. Need some off the record comments on mullet bikes, contaminated supplements, courses, practice, etc...
  • 4 0
 +1, please do this. It's one of the best columns out there.
  • 2 0
 you can always recycle some of this articles and replace some words with "stoked";D
  • 5 0
 @generationfourth: Eliot Jackson is one guy I thought wrote good, analytically and insightfully. I think he'd make a wonderful writing pro.
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 "What's going on in the curly bar world? CyclingTips Digest showcases articles from our road bike sister-site, CyclingTips. In each installment, you might find endurance coverage, power-to-weight ratios, gravel bike tech and, of course, lycra."
From the little thumbnail & title thing on the homepage, this covers stuff from Cycling Tips, Pinkbike's gravel and road sister site. So what you're saying is, CyclingTips will provide the coverage of Albstadt?
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 CyclingTips has a lot of really well written articles, it must be said. Bikes are bikes, and bikes are awesome!
  • 17 0
 That Van Der Poel story was crazy.
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flag tigerteeuwen (May 17, 2019 at 5:36) (Below Threshold)
 Care to copy and paste it? I didn't feel like signing up.
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 @tigerteeuwen: Just click "Keep Reading". Its not a paywall.
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 What a monster, and plenty of time left.
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 @ehamm122: didn't know that was an option.
  • 9 1
 I did a road time trial recently and actually really enjoyed it. I never thought I'd see the day that I'd want to read about road bikes on Pinkbike, but definitely compared to e-bikes.
  • 7 0
 Back in the days people in gravity racing (DH, DS, 4X etc) would use short road specific rear mechs. Shimano 105 was often good enough. Especially as there was no clutch mechanism, a shorter cage just swings less hence keeps chain tension more steady. i wonder whether we'll now get to see gravel rear mechs on mountainbikes. Of course mountainbike specific rear mechs improved loads though except for maybe Zee and Saint and maybe a few others, most of these also grew an unsightly long cage. That GRX mech could be an interesting alternative.
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 I think we have 12 speed cassettes to thank for the long derailleurs. Especially SRAM went crazy with derailleur length. Shimano is doing better since the introduction of Shadow derailleurs.
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 @Mac1987: Yeah, I don't like long rear mechs. You don't need the long recommended cage with a 2x system if you accept that if you shift small-small the chain will be slack. In the usable range the chain will be fine and even when shifting big-big (rider error too) nothing will break. As long as you accept that when shifting small-small the chain will be slack.

I currently ride with the Shimano Zee rear mech and a 11-36 cassette. Nice and short, decent range. I think I could fit an expander ring even because I ride a hardtail so no need to compensate for chain growth when going through the travel. I installed the Wolftooth Goatlink the other day just for the improved chain wrap but I think I could now get away with a 11-40 cassette should I ever need to.
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 Over the years I have run the FR Zee with 40 tooth expanders and a Sunrace 11-40 cassette, on a couple of full suspension frames. No links necessary. Need to make sure chain length And b-tension are spot on, but works pretty flawlessly. It’s usually just enough range for me; and worth the compromise given how far out of harms way your drivetrain is, especially with a 29” wheel. It also has the benefit of being a super cheap setup. @vinay:
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 T47 RULES!! It should be on all bikes!
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 Should I upgrade my 2018 alu gravel bike to the GRX 1x11 when it's released, or wait to see if the 2020 carbon one comes with it and just upgrade? Price is not so much an issue, but I'd like to sell my 18 while it still has some value
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 Great to see this here!
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 Anyone noticed the creepy statue in Annika's video at 2:30? Wink
  • 1 0
 Hahaha! That was some weird shit right there...
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