Fabian Cancellara entered the cobbled classics as the undisputed favorite. He was widely expected to win both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. He did neither. Neal Rogers explores what went wrong in Marked Man.
Following up on the popular success of the first bike test issue in April, the VN Bike Lab returns with four endurance bikes tested head to head. For this review, we lab tested bikes for torsional stiffness and vibration damping, and then we took them to Europe to ride and race in the cyclosportifs of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. We then ranked the bikes in eight categories.
The endurance bikes tested were all spec’ed with Shimano Ultegra and cost between $3,000 and $3,700. The bikes: Bianchi Infinito, Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3, Lapierre Sensium 300 and the Specialized Roubaix Expert.
Meanwhile, back in the United States, we take a look this year’s battle at a quintessential American event, the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Lennard Zinn tests four lightweight wheelsets, and national champion Ben King writes a column about who inspires him to keep working hard.
Cover - VeloNews Magazine – June 2011
Bianchi Infinito Ultegra by Caley Fretz
Endurance Bike Test
Stiff & Stones
Four endurace bikes put to the test in the labratory and on the cobbles of Belgium and France
Two clicks by Brian Holcombe, photos by Jonathan Devich
Ben Jacques-Maynes agonizingly close in redlands - again
Origins in their words
All material pulled from interviews conducted by Neal Rogers
Marked Man by Neal Rogers
In a league of his own at the cobblestone classics, Fabian Cancellara's strength dictated his rivals tactics - and opened the door for Johan Van Summeren and Nick Nuyens to take the biggest wins of their careers