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Product Spotlight Archives for April 2018
Paris-Roubaix Rides: The Cobblestone Picks from Scott and Giant
April 2, 2018, 12:00 am

The perfect bike for Paris-Roubaix. Hard to pick, but we take a look at what our brands offer for the biggest race of the year. 

The Queen of the Classics is upon us, capping off what has been a thrilling spring Classics season already. The Hell of the North is the oldest of the cobbled races and is always saved for last, serving as the biggest prize for the strong riders. For many, it's the last opportunity to salvage something from their spring, and with Quick-Step dominating nearly every cobbled race this spring, there's never been more pressure for teams like Mitchelton-SCOTT and Team Sunweb. We always root for the brands we carry and believe in, and heading into Sunday, we think they've got riders ready to make their mark. 

We certainly know they've got the bikes to make it happen. The cobbled race always bring out some adaptations to make the long days and brutally tough pave more bearable. These ancient roads create a full-body beating for riders, and there's only so much you can do to make them a bit easier to ride over. The big keys to comfort on the cobbles are in the tires; the wider, the better, and the lower the tire pressure, the better. 

Most riders will opt for 25 or 27mm width tires for races like Paris-Roubaix, though some will go as wide as 30mm if their bikes can clear that width in the frame. Almost every rider will use tubulars, and run them down to 70 psi for the smoothest rider possible. It's also a trend for riders to put another layer or two of bar tape to help dampen the vibration of the road, inserting some gel pockets underneath as well. 

Mitchelton-SCOTT: At the Tour of Flanders this past weekend, six of the seven riders in the team opted for the Scott Foil, the same frame that Matt Hayman rode to win the Paris-Roubaix in 2016. The Foil is Scott's aero-road option, boasting one of the most aerodynamic frames out there. For a long time, many teams didn't even try their aero bikes in the Classics, just assuming that they'd be too stiff. Well, Hayman put an end to that thinking, and now almost all of the team wheeled on the Foil for Flanders, and we expect them to stick with it at Paris-Roubaix. 

Interestingly, the team's top finisher on the day, Matteo Trentin, went with the Addict, Scott's more traditional, all-around frame that's pressed into service for climbing and stage racing. The frame and fork weigh in at just 1100 grams and has a slightly more forgiving ride characteristic than the Foil. 

Team Sunweb: Giant Bicycles offer Sunweb plenty of choices for all sorts of terrain, but the squad has consistently opted for the TCR Advanced for almost all of their outings. Giant's frame offers a lightweight frame that really does it all, balancing weight with aerodynamics and a stiff but not brutal ride. Team Sunweb had a rough go of it at Flanders, with Mike Teunissen posting the best finish with 18th. Teunissen may be the team's best bet for Paris-Roubaix this Sunday after a strong spring campaign that saw him in the hunt in nearly all of his starts. You'll see Sunweb on the TCR Advanced and running the widest tires they can; most fit a 27mm up front with a 25mm tire int the rear due to very close tolerances in the rear stays. 

Building Up A Dream: Niner RLT 9 STEEL
April 10, 2018, 12:00 am

We're sticking with steel for our next Dream Build with Niner Bikes. 

Spring Is Around The Corner: Rides To Look Forward To
April 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Winter won't last forever. There are some great events on the horizon, and we've some rides you can't miss. 

Spring Has Sprung! Here's Where To Ride
April 23, 2018, 12:00 am

Spring is finally here! Hit the roads this week and get ready for the trails to thaw. 

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