Understanding the benefits of upgrading your road bike


UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS OF UPGRADING YOUR ROAD BIKE

With spring finally here, days are getting longer and warmer which means one thing – more riding! This means there is no better time to upgrade your ride to get the most out of your riding, the bike and the weather for an incredible summer of cycling. Whether this is your second summer of cycling or you’re a seasoned sportive rider, there is always scope to upgrade and improve your overall performance.


Upgrading Your Current Ride

There are many benefits to upgrading your current ride, and some simple changes can transform the way your bike rides and how it performs out on the road. We run through some popular upgrades that will turn your current ride into a revamped speed machine.

THE GROUPSET

Your groupset is an integral part of your bike and has a big impact on both your performance, and the performance of the bike. Making up the drivetrain and brakes, the groupset is a substantial upgrade to make, but if made can make shifting gear smoother and more precise, increase your gear range (i.e. 10-speed to 11-speed), lower the overall weight of your bike and make braking sharper. This can all lead to the holistic improvement of your bike and will make this summer the best summer of cycling ever.

 

SHIMANO TIAGRA

 

The range of componentry that steps up from the basic Sora series, Shimano Tiagra gives you a great performing groupset at a very reasonable price. Ideal for the leisure enthusiast rider and those wanting a reliable groupset for the daily commute, Tiagra has a precise shifting action that offers adaptable performance from commuting to all-day sportives.

 

SHIMANO 105

 

Very popular amongst enthusiast sportive riders for its outstanding longevity and competitive pricing, Shimano 105 gives you an undoubtedly perfect combination of performance and cost. Lighter and stiffer than Tiagra, 105 shifting is more precise making it a great groupset for someone looking to enter the world of performance.

 

SHIMANO ULTEGRA

 

Known for its ‘trickled-down’ qualities from Dura-Ace, Shimano Ultegra is without a doubt a high performance groupset. Lightweight and highly advanced, Ultegra stands alone as a top-end groupset that shifts perfectly and brakes astonishingly well. A fantastic go-to groupset, Ultegra offers elite performance without the price tag of Shimano’s series topping Dura-Ace.

 

SHIMANO DURA-ACE

 

The pinnacle of Shimano’s mechanical gearing and braking system, Dura-Ace is pro-worthy and the groupset you will see on many top-range road bikes. Superior in every-way, Dura-Ace delivers optimal performance with outstanding lightness to make the finest groupset on the market.

THE WHEELS

The upgrade that could give you the biggest noticeable change to your ride is the wheelset. Moving from a set of standard ‘training wheels’ to a performance orientated set will most likely save at least 250-300g of weight and create a stiffer ride meaning power transfer is heightened. Furthermore, the aerodynamic benefit that is obtained by going for a set of wheels with a deep-section rim can improve your performance and boost your rolling speed.

 

 

FULCRUM RACING 5

 

The Fulcrum Racing 5 LG wheelset is a best-in-class high performance clincher wheelset. The same qualities that have made the Racing 5 such a popular wheelset in the past combine with new elements to make an affordable but race ready wheel. The new 20 spoke design, in addition to the asymmetric rear rim profile, offers notable performance increases in terms of increased lateral and torsional rigidity as well as increased reactivity. The Racing 5 LG wheelset is campagnolo compatible.

 

MAVIC KYSYRIUM ELITE

 

The Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheelset has been completely reinvented and now has a superlight yet wide ISM 4D rim allowing 25c tyres (included) for an improved ride quality. At only 870g for the rear and 680g for the front, the Ksyrium Elite has been the wheel of choice for those wanting lightweight performance.  capabilities

 

MAVIC COSMIC CARBONE 40

 

Providing the best combination of reliability, lightweight and versatility, the Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 wheelset is packed full of high-end design features of which Mavic have become known for. Featuring a 40mm wind tunnel optimized rim profile for blisteringly fast speeds, and a carbon structure enhanced by Mavic’s TgMAX technology for increased durability and breaking performance, the Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 is a must have for fast riding, dedicated road racers and enthusiasts.

 

ZIPP 303 FIRECREST WHEELSET

 

Fast, durable and aerodynamic, the Zipp 303 Firecrest Wheelset has emerged as one of the world’s most formidable wheels in the pro peloton. With great features such as carbon clinchers, Firecrest shaping and ABCL rim dimples, it’s no wonder that the 303 has had wins in the Tour De France and the Pairs Roubaix.

 

 

Top 10 2016 Road Bikes From Tiagra To Dura-ace

 

TIAGRA ROAD BIKES

 

Trek Emonda S4 2016

 

Built around a lightweight 300 Series OCLV Carbon frame with a matching Émonda Carbon E2 Fork and a Full Shimano Tiagra 20-speed groupset, the bike offers enhanced efficiency, performance and handling throughout your rides. Combining an ultra-low weight with sleek looks and a range of high end components, the 2016 Trek Émonda S 4 is a must have for dedicated road riders and racers who have their eyes on sportive rides.

Specialized Ruby 2016

 

A comfortable yet responsive ride is gained through a FACT 9r carbon frame and full monocoque FACT carbon fork which will let you put down the power when needed. The geometry of the Ruby puts you in the correct riding position for those all-day weekend epics and Specialized renowned ‘Zertz’ inserts in the fork and A-stay dampen down vibrations from the road. Equipped with the work-horse capability of the Shimano Tiagra groupset and the strong yet light weight AXIS 1.0 wheelset with Specialized Espoir Elite tyres, the Ruby 2016 will keep you going mile after mile.

105 ROAD BIKES

 

Cube Attain GTC 2016

 

Thanks to lightweight yet durable GTC Monocoque Twin Moulded Carbon frame paired with a CSL Race Carbon bladed fork, the Cube Attain GTC is fast while maintaining high levels of efficiency so you can ride faster for longer. To keep things running smoothly the bike uses Shimano 105 componentry for reliable shifting and breaking while Mavic Aksium wheels and an eye catching colour palette make the Cube Attain GTC 2016 the perfect entry point into the world of carbon road bikes.

 

Cannondale Supersix Evo 105 2016

 

Described as “The ultimate road-racing machine”, the 2016 Cannondale Supersix Evo 105 can out-climb, out-descend, out-corner and out-last the competition so you can strive towards the podium finish you deserve. Thanks to a Supersix Evo BallisTec Carbon Speed Save frame paired with a road buzz dampening, colour matched full carbon fork, the bike is able to deliver pin point accuracy and control on both steep accents and descents. Pair this with an ultra-reliable Shimano 105 groupset and you can achieve speeds like never before. Lightweight, stiff and nimble, the 2016 Cannondale Supersix Evo 105 is built for dedicated athletes who put maximum effort into every mile out on the roads.

ULTEGRA ROAD BIKES

 

Giant TCR Advanced 1 2016

 

Pairing an innovative Advanced-grade Carbon Composite frame with a compact-road geometry design, the Giant TCR Advanced 1 bike delivers precision steering and handling throughout your rides. With an ultra-reliable 22 speed Shimano Ultegra Drivetrain providing smooth shifting mile after mile, the nimble Giant TCR Advanced 1 2016 is perfect for dedicated road riders and racers who want a fantastic componentry package on a carbon composite bike with a competitive price tag.

Wilier GTR Team Ultegra Race 2016

 

With special smooth rear design technology, road vibration is dampened and dissipates over all kinds of road surfaces. The Easy Drive System forms the integrated head tube and fork design to produce unrivalled steerability for confident cornering and descending. The oversized, squared profile that characterises Wilier’s fork crowns maximises strength and stability. Constructed out of 46 TON Carbon, the GTR Team Ultegra Race is exceptionally strong creating unequalled strength, stability and durability. Set up with a Mavic Aksium wheelset and a Shimano Ultegra groupset, the Wilier GTR Team Ultegra Race is ideal for those wanting to take their riding to the next level.

Specialized Tarmac Comp 2016

 

Built around the stunning FACT 9r Carbon Frame with a matching Carbon fork, the Tarmac Comp bike handles like a dream out on the roads while pro-performance quality Shimano Ultegra groupset make sure everything is running smoothly throughout your rides. Lightweight, sleek and ready to race, the 2016 Specialized Tarmac Comp is a must have for dedicated road racers who have their eyes set on a podium finish.

DURA-ACE ROAD BIKES

 

Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0 2016

 

Sitting at the top end of Giants TCR road offering, the Advanced Pro 0 delivers a superb chassis that is ultra-lightweight and stiff enabling power to be efficiently transferred onto the road. The Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0 boasts Giants SLR 0 carbon wheelset and the superior Dura-Ace groupset for exact shifting and precise braking.

Willier GTR SL Dura-Ace 2016

 

Featuring Shimano’s cutting edge Dura Ace 2.0 componentry, the Willier GTR SL Dura-Ace is able to deliver ultra-reliable shifting mile after mile. The full carbon frame with endurance geometry paired with a carbon fork keeps your rides smooth and in control. With a wide spectrum of high end parts such as sleek Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheels, an FSA Gossamer Crankset, a carbon seatpost and Promax R1 brakes, the Wilier GTR SL Dura Ace 2016 is truly a force to be reckoned with out on the roads.