I’ll get right to it, the Vince Wheels Sopportazione road disc wheel set are great. I did not want to give them back. Everyone should own a solid all around set of road disc wheels and these are a superb contender. A great replacement for a factory set that may have come with your bike from new.
Built with the now much copied Pacenti SL25 rim which are 26mm deep and 24.5 wide with an internal width of 20mm. That wide internal width opens the tyre and creates a nice round cross section rather than a light bulb shape with traditional rim widths. This improves comfort, cornering and makes a 25mm tyre feel and look like a 28mm improving rolling resistance to make you ride faster. The rims are tubeless compatible too.
Hubs are the AIVEE Edition One Disc. Not a hub i have ridden before so i wasn’t sure what to expect. These hubs are pretty light, 122g for the front and 231g for the rear, use EZO bearings and a titanium ratchet. They roll along easily so i had no complaints there. Disc mount is ISO 6 bolt and axle choice is 9mm quick release or 15/12 Thru axle available for either Shimano or Campagnolo.
Spokes are Sapim Race, a light traditional j bend butted spoke and great choice for a wheel build. Sapim Polyax Brass nipples are used too. Overall weight for the wheels comes in at 1686g with 28/28 cross lacing. The Pacenti decals are replaced with sleek black versions which you can spec to any colour should you want to. Overall i think the Vince Wheels branding is nicely done, not over the top and the black Pacenti logo looks slick alongside the blue logo. Another neat touch are the two blue spoke nipples, I really like those.
So why are they called Sopportazione? Vince Wheels was started by Ian Vince who’s last name has an Italian translation meaning ‘to win’. Sopportazione means sufferance. The Sopportazione wheels are from the Gamma Firma range which Ian has put together for those looking for high quality hand built wheelsets without the hassle of component choice.
These are great all rounders for road, gravel or cross using 25-35mm wide tyres. A very good spec for £495 and much preferable over a big name factory wheel for the same price. I like how they felt stiff when standing and sprinting and were really pleasant and effortless to ride when seated.
Thanks to that wide rim they can handle a rough surface on a country lane and absorb big bumps without making you feel them too much through the handlebars. These are a pair of wheels that are light enough to feel fast and easy to get going while comfy so you will want to keep riding for longer. I guess it comes down to would i spend my own money on some? Yes. Definitely a yes.
How many photographers are at the Tour de France? Well, untold amounts but on bikes following the each and every stage, there are 18.
That’s really the tip of the amazing iceberg, one of our favourites is Beardy McBeard (great name) and you can either follow on his website or the hashtag #beardyscaravan over at Instagram. Generally there is so much to visually take in and we can’t get enough.
Back with another Tour de Factiod. This time Tour de France crashes. How many sprinters have crashed into barriers on a sprint finish? Since 1991 that is. The interesting thing hear is that whilst there are many crashes, this very dangerous crashes are far and few between. The worst two were in the 90’s, those Tour de France crashes were something else. Djamolodine Abdoujaparov, 1991 and Laurent Jalabert, 1994.
Café du Cycliste have created a patch for every one of the cols that surround their headquarters in Nice, France. Once you’ve ridden the climb, you can claim the patch. Everyone loves a patch, right? Or just collecting cycling related memorabilia in general. I could probably hydrate a small town with the amount of bidons I have collected and keep their heads cool with my caps!
Derborence is a beautifully shot video of pure ride inspiration from Emanual Schafer. It features Patrick Seabase riding through the Swiss hamlet in the municipality of Conthey, in the canton of Valais, in Switzerland.
How many times has the Tour started with an individual time trial? Not as many as you might think.
The first time trial was between La Roche-sur-Yon and Nantes (80 km) in 1934. The prologue is before the first stage, to decide who wears yellow on the opening day. The first prologue was in 1967. The 1988 event, at La Baule, was called “la préface” but basically the prologue.There are usually two or three time trials in each Tour. The final time trial has sometimes been the final stage, more recently often the penultimate stage. The launch ramp, a sloping start pad for riders, was first used in 1965, at Cologne. But a Stage 1 start as an individual time trial has only happened five times!
2017 is one of those rare years. I’m not entirely sure but it’s my opening fact for celebrating the Tour de France. Since we started this website we’ve celebrated it in some way. This year it’s all about the facts. We hope you enjoy.
The 5th Floor have teamed up with Specialized Bicycles to launch their new custom Specialized Allez Sprint track bike for the next 3 rounds of the 2017 Red Hook Criterium series. The 5th Floor Specialized Allez track bikes feature a custom paint job designed by one of their riders, Rudy Melo. The design is based on their 2017 kit design by adidas.
The Allez Sprint Track, which is based on Specialized’s road Allez Sprint, is still not available to the public. The 5th Floor will join Specialized’s fixed crit team, Specialized Rocket Espresso, in being the only team to use these bikes. See these bikes in action at the next round of Red Hook Crit in London on the 22nd July which we will be attending again this year! See our footage from last year here.
You’re going to be one lucky person to get your hands on the Rapha Silca HX-One but damn it looks good. Who wouldn’t want one really?
The HX-One is a lifetime set of tools that can be opened and closed with just one hand thanks to a magnetic closure system. Each tool also fits into and out of its slot with a satisfying click’ so that even when stretched one-handed from work stand to workbench, you can be confident in your placement. That’s how Rapha explain it, that’s what were dreaming.
Then they say this, several special features have been included for this RCC edition. The box is made of a hard-wearing walnut wood and has a custom RCC club crest inlaid. The keys have been treated with a hard-wearing powder coating and RCC markings for excellent grip and strength, and have a high tolerance satin chrome steel body which makes them an extremely accurate fit with hex bolts and fasteners, and reduces the chance of rounding out your screw heads. Whew-we! Is it sad to be this excited about some tools? No!
Only 500 of these ridiculously luxuriously expensively nice RAPHA SILCA pieces exist. You’re probably not going to buy one but…
The Specialized S-Works Diverge has just been launched for 2018 (but it’s still 2017 so it’s ok to call it a 2017 bike?). The catchphrase is, Shockingly fast, seriously fun. Well if you give it to Peter Sagan it is!
It seems the idea of bikes, even at the top-end, being multipurpose road machines is firmly planted in the market and we couldn’t be happier that these bikes are here to stay. The Specialized S-Works Diverge is pretty much the creme-del-la-creme of all road machines.
The diverge range is well thought out at all levels, so even the TBC but eye-watering price of the S-works being too much for most… further down the range there are still great options. The S-works frame has heaps of features, Specialized’s FACT 11r carbon, Open Road Geometry, 12x142mm thru-axle, Future Shock Progressive suspension, 20mm of travel, flat mount disc. It’s bouncy! It’s also kitted-out with some well thought out kit, Di2 XTR married to Shimano R785 Di2, hydraulic disc levers is something unexpected but very desirable. They topped it off with three water bottle mounts, mounts for racks and fenders, and their Road SWAT™ kit that fits a tube, CO2, CO2 head, valve extender, and money clip. The whole thing is ridiculous for it’s needs but you can’t help but want it.