SRAM are announcing the end of the front derailleur in mountain biking. The 1x drivetrains on offer from several manufacturers coupled with the range of gears on offer from an 11 speed cassette have rendered the front mech obsolete.
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With SRAM now offering a 1x option for road bikes – seen in crits and triathlons – this raises the question of whether front mechs will be phased out in all but the hilliest stages of big races.
The demands in a road race are obviously very different to those in a mountain bike race, but for events like the Cobbled Classics, and in particular the releatively flat parcours of Paris-Roubaix, there must surely be scope for removing the front mech.
Michal Kwiatkowski’s Poggio descent
Former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski fancied his chances of victory at last weekend’s Milan-San Remo with this downhill attack on the descent of the Poggio. Watch his crouch and pedal technique.
According to his Strava activity, the Team Sky rider hit 66km/h on the way down, and averaged 54.7km/h for the 3km segment.
It wasn’t enough though, and the race ended in a sprint which was won by Arnaud Démare.
This video isn’t new, but has found a new audience on YouTube this week, and it’s definitely worth a look. The bike handling skills are incredible.
Mini-flipping around the world
I dread to think what this rider’s carbob footprint was for the trip, but he takes on a challenge and beats it.
Watch how Brett Rheeder takes his little ramp and his bike on a mini-flipping world tour. Also note how much the ramp moves when he launches from it.
Dwars Door Vlaanderen 2015: WorldTour riders left wanting
The 2016 Dwars Door Vlaanderen takes place today, Wednesday March 23. Last year’s race proved one of the most entertaining of the Classics season, and it was great to see a smaller team come out on top, so here’s a look back the 2015 highlights.