Top Stories from CyclingTips: Evil Bikes Goes Gravel, Top Stories of 2019, & Tech of the Decade

Jan 21, 2020
by Sarah Lukas  



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




Nerd Alert Podcast: The tech of the decade and predicting the future
By: CyclingTips

It’s Awards Season!

To kick off the first Nerd Alert of 2020, James, Dave, and Caley sit down to award the best tech of the last decade, and discuss where those developments are going. What tech truly changed the way we ride in the last ten years? Is the future of road disc brakes finally quiet? Will mechanical shifting stand the test of time? What will gravel bikes look like in ten years’ time?

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The best of CyclingTips in 2019: Our favourite and most successful stories
By: Matt de Neef

The holiday season is just around the corner and all of us here at CyclingTips are looking forward to a relaxing break. Before we sign off for the year though, we thought we’d take a look back at the year that was.

Throughout 2019 we’ve published somewhere in the vicinity of 1,800 articles — that’s a whole lot of news, analysis, tech features, adventure stories, race coverage and more. Check out the 15 stories that got the most page views this year.

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The most mountain bikey gravel bike ever: Evil Bikes’ Chamois Hagar
By: Dave Rome

Evil Bikes – one of the most gravity-focussed mountain bike brands – is getting into gravel. And the Washington-based company’s first foray into the dropbar world is one that’s sure to raise an eyebrow with geometry numbers that scream trail mountain bike louder than the rock singer that inspired the new bike’s name. This is the Chamois Hagar.

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Nine of the best cycling phone cases and wallets versus the zip-lock bag
By: Dave Rome

The mobile phone wasn’t even a sci-fi concept when cycling jerseys and their handy pockets were created. And while the cycling jersey pocket has remained much the same since then, the things we carry certainly have not.

Phones are taller, slimmer, heavier, slipperier and more delicate than ever. And with all that has come a growing number of phone cases and wallet-replacements designed specifically with cyclists in mind.

Dave Rome tested eight popular cycling brand phone wallets plus a couple of even more popular (and cheaper) alternatives.

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2019 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: Winners announced!
By: CyclingTips

For the fourth year in a row, we’ve been thrilled and moved by the entries in the Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards. Today, we’re excited to bring you the 2019 winners, whittled down from over 1,200 images shot by photographers in 36 countries.

The Awards are an annual highlight for us at CyclingTips, allowing us to shine a light on the best of road cycling photography while also playing a part in raising funds for worthy causes including cancer research.

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Scooter crashes, dirty shoves and sand storms: What goes on at WorldTour training camp
By: Dave Everett

And for those of you who don't mind even more road in your life, check out this WorldTour training camp that Dave Everett attended.

"I’m here because the latest incarnation of the Israel Cycling Academy is hosting their second get together of the upcoming season. They’ve had a few days in Croatia together, but after what I’m later told was a horrendous 14-hour trip from there to here, they’ll be spending five days launching the team."

(Watch here.)



77 Comments

  • 161 0
 I really like that Evil, however I think it'd be even better with 2.5"tyres, renthal riser bars and around 170mm travel up front and 160 rear
  • 14 3
 I don’t get why everyone is so jazzed about a carbon Surly either....
  • 37 1
 I'm just surprised Evil made it into a PB article. Maybe they have a chance to get a bike into one of the field tests.
  • 3 0
 @steveczech: hopefully soon with an enduro killing new wreck(steep sa; lower stack)
  • 2 0
 @jrocksdh: That would be awesome. Love my Wreckoning on everything except sustained climbs (that steeper SA would definitely help).
  • 4 0
 Peak gravel right there. I'd own one, but not at retail.
  • 32 0
 Sean Connery was asked, who replaced Dave Lee Roth as the lead singer of Val Halen? To which he replied, “Chamois Hagar.”
  • 3 0
 @Superburner: and they were shot after that. Bring back DLR VH.
  • 5 3
 @Superburner: this is probably way over most of the reader's heads as far as references go but it's awesome! #vanhagar
  • 5 0
 @shockdonkey: Yeah only genius' like shock donkey could get that totally impossible to figure out analogy... /s
  • 1 0
 It would be even better with 200mm of travel front and rear.
  • 3 1
 @jimeg: For real. Beautiful lookng bike but truly absurd price for a Chinese mold popout
  • 2 0
 keep the 7 bottle cage mounts though?
  • 17 0
 @steveczech: we’ve asked them for a bike for both the 2019 and 2020 field tests. We’ll keep asking...
  • 4 1
 @brianpark: Well... you definitely can't do a field test if they don't send a bike for testing. Makes sense to me! Thanks, Brian.
  • 1 0
 It would look even better with 200mm travel up front..
  • 50 15
 Haha gravel bikes; marketing excuse for the mountain biker who's too ashamed to admit he's becoming a roadie.
  • 16 0
 Favorite bikes for the Kom hunters on fire roads.
  • 16 0
 Gravel is the new plus bike
  • 14 0
 Double the market though @fishybob ... also for the roadie who's too ashamed to admit to his spandex buddies that he's becoming a mountain biker.
  • 5 0
 @nojzilla: common... they aren't that bad.. i like my 2.8 tires on my HT in winter.. great grip and good fun...
  • 2 0
 @Clem-mk: or just guys like Geoff Kabush who excel at both disciplines.
  • 12 8
 Congratulations on a dumb comment!!!
  • 3 1
 @markar: how so Huckleberry?
  • 4 0
 or a mountain biker with respect for trail sustainability. we're not all selfish dude-broz
  • 2 0
 Not really. Where I am trails close after rain due to the clay soil, so a gravel bike is great for getting out into nature and off road away from cars while the trails are closed and keeps the wear off the mountain bike tires and drivetrain. Also it is something to ride with my wife who likes biking but doesn't really enjoy mountain biking.
  • 29 0
 It’s the gravel bike that Levy dreamt up for the year 2030!! How slack?!
  • 23 0
 Their comments section is more civilized.
  • 16 0
 Would you mind if we'd engage in a fistfight, right after tea?
  • 15 2
 What do they have to argue about? A road bike's a road bike, give or take a little give in the materials and 4-5 grams here and there. Best bum cream? Length of your sausage smugglers?
  • 17 0
 Just wait til they cover a doping story.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: As long as helmets are off, I like my chances.
  • 18 1
 Might as well just get a sick XC carbon hardtail instead.
  • 12 0
 What if we took those waterproof, pocketed phone bags... and electrical taped them to the frame?
  • 21 18
 it's called electrical tape because it conducts electricity
  • 10 6
 its used to electricaly isolate stuff...
  • 1 1
 wait...that's illegal!
  • 5 7
 @f00bar: wrong, another name for it is insulating tape. Therefore it does NOT conduct electricity.
  • 2 0
 Turquoise for the dentist’s?
  • 5 0
 @DHhack:Turquoise for the dentist's what?
  • 5 0
 @stumpymidget: apparently some of you still don't know how to recharge batteries

www.youtube.com/watch?v=brdmnUBAS00
  • 2 0
 @f00bar: got a good chuckle out of that one. Cheers dude!
  • 11 2
 I think I like Cycling Tips better than Pinkbike, see ya!
  • 4 6
 @yerbikesux PB own Cycling Tips
  • 2 0
 then you can have just the tips
  • 8 0
 That Evil is the Grim Donut of gravel bikes.
  • 7 0
 "I didn't sell out son, I bought in"
  • 2 0
 I just bought a gravel bike. I really wanted to try the Chamois Hagar despite what I think is a lame name, but man that price tag. Ouch. I got a sick Norco Steel Search with an Apex build for under 1800 dollars. As cool as I think the Evil is I can't stomach that much on a gravel bike.
  • 6 1
 Sorry gravel bikes, but there's only one way to rock!
  • 3 0
 Damn right! ...and that frame should be red with a name like that.
  • 3 0
 @mikeyrides: 100% should have been offered in “rocker red”.
  • 3 0
 This uptick in gravel bikery seems to be a response to feeling like we've lost what mountain biking used to be and have moved on to what it is.
  • 2 0
 Ya know, cross country used to be reeeeeally popular when it was what gravel biking is now. Maybe there's a reason for that?
  • 2 0
 @Bob-Agg: that's exactly right. And I think that's totally fine.

I love my over capable trail bike. And I'd give this gravel bike a shoot if i could. It's different. The feeling on a cx or gravel bike on the trail is different from a xc bike.. but not so far off my 1990 mtb. It pedals great-better and can do some light trail duty with light descending. And that's plenty fun.
  • 2 0
 @Bob-Agg: Yeah. Riding a bicycle for long distances over a whole variety of different surfaces is really fun. Having a bike that seems designed for exactly this type of riding makes it even more enjoyable.
  • 1 0
 @Bob-Agg: I miss the efficiency. That's why I still have a hardtail and absolutely love it. I do, however, have a 160 fork on my hardtail. Is there a full suspension that's designed specifically for efficiency(like a CC bike would be) that's set up with a slack head and is good for descending? I'm having knee surgery next week and the doc indicated that my hardtail-riding days are numbered.
  • 5 0
 Matt de Neef , please change your name to Un de Neef , thank you .
  • 1 0
 The evil is super cool imo, but as an owner of a salsa Fargo I fail to understand why they don't spec it with larger 29in mtb tires.
Everything about it screams to take it on legit mtb trails except those tires. It's not like your average hardcore roadie/gravel grinder is going to buy this bike so rolling resistance shouldn't be an issue.
  • 2 0
 It’ll take a 29x2.1 but those are pretty chunky for most riding. But then again I’m a slob still riding 700x40.
  • 2 0
 Happy fool day Evil Bike.
  • 2 0
 Gravel bikes. Finally a use for all those 29 x 2.0 tires.
  • 1 0
 Kill this thing before it grows and has children. Evil justify his name this time...
  • 1 0
 When you are a small brand and trying to play with the big boys. Stick to the 3 bike models you make. Shiat ugly bike
  • 1 0
 So Evil releases a gravel bike out of the blue with virtually no mountain bike inventory.
  • 1 0
 Dave Everett, more like Dave Gallagher!
  • 1 0
 That's too evil for evil
  • 1 2
 The Evil bike.... something something dropped bars... something something dropped panties....
  • 2 5
 Why do Gravel bikes exist? There already is a category of bike and rider that wears lycra and wishes it had the stones to ride a mountain bike, It is called Cross Country racer/bike.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, an XC hardtail can work fine as a "gravel bike", but it's at a different point in the DH Bike to Road Bike spectrum. I wouldn't want to do a lot of pavement or smooth gravel on a hardtail mountain bike because it's not as fast. The upright riding position, wide bars, and lower gearing are the problem. If you built up an XC hardtail with a long stem and some drop bars, and raised the gearing to handle the higher speeds... well, then you'd basically have a gravel bike. This could certainly be done, though my gravel frame also has bosses for bikepacking, and works really well as a touring bike for long road rides if you swap out some skinnier tires - tires too narrow for mountain bike rims.

I don't have the bucks for a half-dozen bikes, so the two I do have need to cover a lot of terrain. The gravel bike handles everything from road to light singletrack, and the full-suspension mountain bike handles everything from gravel to the steep and butt puckering.

Honestly, if I had a 3rd bike somewhere in between, I'm not sure it would get ridden that much.

Edit: That said, I have no idea what this Evil bike is supposed to be for.
  • 1 0
 @pixelguru: honestly i could see it where i mtb in Marin. Few trails (2 maybe 3 and they're short.. 2 of them not even legal to ride) are trail worthy. Most is just poorly maintained to decently maintained fire roads.

So to get there and get my fix I ride among gravel bikes. I get up slower and down infinitely faster as they try to pick a line where they don't die as soon as there some kind of single track. These guys would be far happier with a more aggressive geometry. They still couldn't do the 3 trails I do but that's not the point. They could descend the light stuff i descend to get there and not do the single track stuff as slow.
  • 23 24
 That Evil is fucking hideous.
  • 14 0
 just switch the drop bar for a regular flat bar and voila! you've got yourself an old school mountain bike
  • 14 0
 I just wonder if they could make a bike with chainstay that don't have permanent contact with the cain on some given gears. May be we should clarify to chainstay does not mean it's where the chain stays?
  • 14 0
 @f00bar: or take your old school mountain bike and put a drop bar on it. Got yourself something pretty evil.
  • 12 3
 They have high standards of hideousness to maintain from their MTB range though, to be fair.
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