Road magazine has chosen the 2015 Defy Advanced SL as its Endurance Bike of the Year, praising the new model for its light weight, versatile performance and smooth riding quality on all types of road surfaces and terrain.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Mennello Museum of American Art (900 East Princeton Street), with the ride starting at 8 a.m. Free coffee and bike tune-ups will be provided to participants.
The road bike has been splitting into niches for years, with models assigned to categories then sifted into subcategories so often that even those of us at BICYCLING sometimes have trouble deciding whether we're on a gravel, plush, adventure, classics, or (perhaps my least-favorite moniker) an endurance bike.
Bianchi constantly update their range-topping Oltre frame. Marcel Wüst tests the latest iteration, the XR2, and finds it just as hard to resist. The Bianchi Oltre will be used by the LottoNL-Jumbo team in 2015.
Another year, another Bianchi Oltre. This is the fourth version I’ve tested, having previously ridden the Oltre, the Oltre XR and the Oltre XR Superleggera. It seems that Bianchi can’t resist launching a new model as soon as they find a way to make an improvement and you have to respect that attitude. The difficulty for me is that, as with other manufacturers that produce new models with amazing regularity, every time I receive the latest one I wonder if I’m going to notice the differences. Trimming 50g from the weight of the frame is entirely worthwhile but it’s near impossible to feel.
Team Giant-Alpecin was presented to the media and key sponsors on Wednesday, January 7, showing off new bikes and new kits at the 2015 team launch in Berlin. The team’s lineup consists of 27 riders from nine different countries, including returning stars Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb of Germany. In addition to the men’s WorldTour team, the associated Liv-Plantur women’s team was also introduced in Berlin.