The team at Sundays are cycling fanatics and love staying up to date with the latest news and gadgets in the world of cycling! Each week, we will cover a couple of articles that have popped up on our radars…if you would like us to investigate a specific topic let us know!
The groupset debate!
Staying up to date with the latest cycling tech can be both expensive and difficult depending where you live in the world. There has been a big drive towards wireless groupsets in the MTB scene during the last 12 months, with Sram launching and testing their wireless 1×12 groupset. Nino Schurter, for one, has been a triallist and has been pictured riding with this technology in the World Cup this season. This innovation has been Sram’s response to Shimano’s XTR Di2 groupsets which have been around for a couple of years! On the road, wireless groupsets have been tested on road bikes since 2009 when Shimano released their first Di2 Dura Ace groupset to the market. Sram released their first proper wireless etap groupset in 2015.
To get your hands on a wireless groupset whether it be for your MTB or road bike is a big purchase, definitely more than your standard wired groupset. Or is it?
One of the team found an article on the X Shifter. It’s pitched as the “world’s most affordable wireless shifting system”. Our initial investigation suggests that it’s a product with great possibilities and best of all it’s affordable! Check out all the details here.
Does it really make a difference if you buy the entry level groupset or should you splash out and purchase the top of the range? A few of the Sundays Insurance team are practically weight-conscious when it comes to bicycle components, any guesses whose article choice this was? In the chosen article, Bike Rumor, the differences are detailed throughout SRAM’s 1 by 12 Eagle groupset range. This detailed review highlights that weight is one aspect of the debate in order to justify your top of the range purchase, but there are also a number of other things that you should consider. Read the full review, to enhance your understanding on the price differentials between these groupsets. Finally, you are able to justify, in concrete terms, to your wife/husband/partner why you need the XX1 –although a few people will still disagree!
Cancellara-Gaimon fondo showdown
It’s building up to be one of the biggest races in history! Cycling fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the Cancellara-Gaimon fondo showdown where Phil Gaimon and Fabian Cancellara will battle it out to see who is the best cyclist. Both are retired pros and both are legends in their own right. A little bit of controversy in Phil’s “Draft Animals” memoir in 2017, sparked this challenge. The fondo takes place on the 1st of July (Sunday) and it has all the makings of a spectacular day, everything you would want from a circus! Get all the history from Cycling tips, here.
Sydney Rides Photo Competition
Cycling forms a big part of our lives at Sundays and we are truly passionate about everything to do with bicycles! In our weekly reading we came across a competition being run by the City of Sydney, its called the “Sydney Rides photo competition”. They are encouraging you to submit your photographs that are inspired by a bike, a picture really is “worth a thousand works”. Check out the entry details here, you have nothing to lose so next time you are out on your bike, take a couple of pictures!
That’s a wrap for this week’s mash up, what rides do have planned for the weekend? Tag us in your pictures and remember there is always time to stop for coffee!