The BikeRadar Podcast

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BikeRadar delve into the world of road and mountain biking to bring you the best tech content in cycling. Join the team for their weekly episodes and occasional bonus episodes.

All Episodes

Having recently published his review of the new Orbea Orca Aero M10iLTD, senior technical writer, Simon Bromley, sits down with technical editor, Sam Challis, and digital writer, Stan Portus, to discuss his findings. Covering all the important points, such as the aero water bottle and downtube storage box, the overall weight and the extensive customisation options available through Orbea’s MyO programme, they round off the podcast with their thoughts on how the bike sits in the current market and whether any of them would be willing to part with their own cash to get their hands on one.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 29

41 min 57 sec

BikeRadar’s Deputy Editor, Jack Luke, sits down with Tom Marvin to talk through some new tubeless valves from Reserve that we’re unreasonably excited about and the all-new Giant Anthem. Sam Challis also makes his BikeRadar Podcast debut and talks us through the new Orbea Terra gravel bike and the Brompton P-Line folding bike.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 26

32 min 59 sec

MBUK Staff Writer Will Soffe talks to the 20 year-old French downhill sensation. After mentoring from MTB legend Nico Vouilloz, Thibaut started off his World Cup career with back-to-back UCI Junior World Cup series wins. He led the 2021 series until a crash in the penultimate round and broken leg in qualification at the final round relegated him to second overall behind Loic Bruni.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 22

29 min 9 sec

George and Simon return for the final episode in our indoor training mini-series. This time it’s all about motivation and how you can stay on top of your training this winter. BikeRadar’s pick of the best indoor cycling apps – https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-indoor-cycling-apps/Zwift: everything you need to know – https://www.bikeradar.com/features/zwift-your-complete-guide/RGT Cycling: everything you need to know – https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/rgt-cycling-guide/Rouvy – everything you need to know – https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/rouvy-everything-you-need-to-know/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 19

58 min 17 sec

With the lowest carbon footprint of any mode of public transport, cycling has long been touted as an effective way to meaningfully reduce carbon emissions. Yet COP26, which officially wrapped up last week, didn’t seem so bothered by the benefits offered by life on two wheels. In this episode of the BikeRadar Podcast, Stan Portus and Jack Luke sit down to go over what Chris Boardman and Cycling UK had to say about the conference.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 15

20 min 31 sec

BikeRadar’s editor-in-chief, George Scott, is joined by Mac Cassin, senior physiologist at Wahoo Fitness, for episode three of our indoor training series. Want to know how to get the most out of your indoor training sessions? George quizzes Mac on training zones, workouts, training plans, bike fit, nutrition and much more. To read more on the topics discussed, follow these links:Training zones – https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/training-zones/Base training ­– https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/base-training-cycling/Sweetspot training – https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/sweetspot-training/VO2 max – https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/vo2-max/Power vs heart rate – https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/power-vs-heart-rate/How to train with a power meter – https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/how-to-train-with-power/Functional Threshold Power – https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/what-is-ftp-and-why-it-matters-for-cyclists/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 12

56 min 17 sec

George and Simon are back for part two of our indoor training series. This time round, we take a closer look at how to choose the best smart trainer for your riding, covering the key features to look out for, what you need and what you don’t.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 10

1 hr

In this episode, BikeRadar.com’s senior technical writer, Simon Bromley, is joined by Dr Xavier Disley of AeroCoach to discuss Alex Dowsett’s recent attempt at the men’s Hour Record. They take an in-depth look at the equipment, physiology and logistics behind this latest attempt at the record, and discuss who might step up to have a go at it next.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 8

1 hr 15 min

In the first episode of our four-part series on indoor training, George and Simon discuss their personal indoor training setups and share some vital tips on how to get the most out of a smart trainer.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 5

54 min 37 sec

Senior Technical Editors, Rob and Warren, answer our audience's tech-questions in this episode of the BikeRadar Podcast. From tyre construction to weird clunks, and the future of mechanical groupsets to gravel tyre inserts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 1

46 min 8 sec

MBUK's Will Soffe has spent years spannering, coaching and setting up bikes for everyone from regular riders up to racers at World Cup XC and DH level, so he knows a thing or two about getting a bike 'just so'. In this episode, BikeRadar's Tech Eds Tom and Alex chat to Will, to gain some insight into how you can get your bike set up perfectly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 25

34 min 15 sec

In this podcast, Technical Editor Tom Marvin talks again to Sam about the realities of being a mountain bike guide, the organisation, and how to become a guide yourself.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 22

41 min 29 sec

Sam Morris has been a professional mountain bike guide in the French Alps for over 20 years. In that time, guiding has gone from a summer escape for a lucky few to a fully professional role. Sam has built one of the most respected guiding companies around (bikevillage.co.uk) and, having become involved in efforts to professionalise the industry, almost by accident became the President of the European Bike Guides organisation, who aim to have a pan-European top-level qualification for mountain bike guides. In this podcast, Technical Editor Tom Marvin talks to Sam about the realities of being a mountain bike guide, the organisation, and how to become a guide yourself.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 18

53 min 28 sec

Simon and Jack sit down to discuss the latest hot tech news for road, gravel and mountain bikes. Simon quizzes Jack on his first ride impressions of the new Specialized Crux, then it’s tech takeaways from Paris-Roubaix. On top of that, there’s news of Continental’s GP500 S TR tubeless tyres, the Orbea Ocra Aero and RockShox’s Flight Attendant wireless suspension system.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 11

34 min 15 sec

The new Specialized Crux is claimed to be the world’s lightest gravel bike, with top-end builds weighing as little as 7.25kg. That impressive weight is matched with a similarly impressive price tag, with the top-end model setting you back a whopping $12,000. BikeRadar’s Deputy Editor, Jack Luke sits down with Specialized’s Road and Gravel Category Leader, Stewart Thompson to get the inside story on the development of the new bike. Learn more about the new bike on BikeRadar: https://www.bikeradar.com/news/new-specialized-crux/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 7

11 min 32 sec

With Mountain Biking UK magazine celebrating it’s 400th issue, we sit down with the mag’s editor, James Costley-White, staff writer Will Soffe, legendary photographer, Steve Behr, freelance journalist Aoife Glass and tech ed in chief, Rob Weaver, to discuss their ultimate mountain bike heroes which feature inside this landmark issue. We talk through who made it into the top 50 list and why they deserve to be there.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 4

52 min 20 sec

BikeRadar’s Technical Editors discuss whether carbon fibre wheels improve on-trail performance and feel, and are worth their asking price. Off the back of Tom’s MBUK and BikeRadar wheels group test – where he tested 12 wheels ranging from £360 to £1,899 in both aluminium and carbon fibre – he noticed that he couldn’t feel any discernible difference between the two materials. True to BikeRadar’s mission to give you guys the best buying advice out there, Tom talks through his findings.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 27

41 min 50 sec

Tyre width is one of the most hotly debated topics in road cycling. While road cyclists traditionally used very narrow tyres, it now seems like every new road bike is coming with big tyres and lots of extra clearance. Are you sacrificing speed for comfort and grip when you get wider tyres, though, or are wider tyres faster than narrow ones? Having recently put these questions to the test, Jack and Simon give you the lowdown on the best tyre width for road cycling.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 20

27 min 3 sec

This week Tom quizzes senior road tech Ed Warren on his top ten best upgrades for your road bike.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 13

1 hr 23 min

Power meters are becoming a must-have accessory for many cyclists, but with so many options and price points available, knowing which one is right for you can be tricky. With that in mind, Jack and Simon sit down to discuss everything you need to know about power meters; what they are, how they work and the advantages and disadvantages of every type.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 6

40 min 4 sec

Jack grills Matthew, our lucky tech-head who’s been riding the brand new Dura Ace groupset, on all the details of the new top-end groupset from Shimano. What are it’s features, how does it feel to ride, and just how much does it cost?To read every ounce of detail on this, and the co-released Ultegra groupset, head to BikeRadar.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 31

30 min 1 sec

SRAM and their family of brands have just dropped a host of new gravel components - a new trio of groupsets, a gravel suspension fork, innovative dropper and interesting wheels. Fresh from his first ride on the new kit, Warren gives us the deep-dive on what it's all about.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 23

52 min 54 sec

Rob and Tom sit down with Ryan, the founder of TotalMTB, a non-profit organisation set up to increase awareness of mental health issues. They discuss how riding bikes can help contribute towards improving mental and physical health.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 16

48 min 25 sec

Tom, Will and Matthew love their vehicles, and between them have probably tried every combo of getting a bike to and from the start of their rides - hatchbacks, estates, vans - it's all been done. So, what pearls of wisdom have they gleamed from their experiences?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 9

47 min 17 sec

Join BikeRadar Technical Editors Tom Marvin and Alex Evans, and MBUK’s Will Soffe as they discuss the most memorable, shocking, fun and agonising mountain bike races they’ve taken part in over the last 18 years.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2

54 min 34 sec

Tom, Rob and Luke had an enjoyable start to the week watching the Olympic XC mountain bike races. In doing so, they noticed some interesting bits of tech on the top three bikes from each of the races. In this episode of the podcast, they take an in depth look at the bikes that podiumed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics XC race.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 30

57 min 41 sec

Tracy Moseley is one of the most successful mountain bikers ever, having clinched multiple overall victories and World Championship titles in the sport of downhill and enduro. Although she’s retired from racing full-time, she’s still very heavily involved in the sport. Rob managed to catch up to talk through her incredible and career and find out more about what she’s up to now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 26

57 min 2 sec

That’s a wrap on the 2021 Tour de France. In this episode of the BikeRadar Podcast, George, Simon and Jack take a look back at the 2021 race and dish out some awards – the best rider, surprise package, stage and bike, as well as the biggest tech fails and disappointments.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 21

59 min 20 sec

Ahead of the Tour’s final time trial, Dr Xavier Disley of AeroCoach joins Simon to review the results of the first time trial, on stage 05, and look ahead to stage 20. They discuss contenders for the stage win, how the GC riders may fare, what tech choices riders looking to gain time (or at least not lose any) should be making, and why time trial specialists don’t always beat the GC riders in Grand Tour time trials.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 16

1 hr

Simon Bromley and Matthew Loveridge assess the state of the modern aero road bike – are bike makers getting it right?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 14

48 min 15 sec

Following on from the highly eventful round of Downhill World Cup in Lets Gets, France, just recently, the MBUK and BikeRadar team and have been trawling the race footage every related web page to find out just what the riders and mechanics are doing with bike set up to allow them to ride as fast as possible. Rob, Luke and Will do their best to dissect the latest tech and attempt to pick out the trends.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 12

50 min 32 sec

With the biggest race of the year underway, the BikeRadar team have been glued to the coverage looking for juicy tech stories. Having had almost two weeks to digest everything, Jack and Simon sit down to discuss the biggest trends and latest tech spotted at the 2021 Tour de France.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 9

37 min 35 sec

EF Education-Nippo rider Lachlan Morton is currently riding the Alt Tour – a remarkable 5,510km challenge to beat the Tour de France peloton to Paris, riding the full Tour route and every transfer in between, all unsupported. Having covered more than 3,000km in the first ten days, Lachlan chats to BikeRadar’s editor-in-chief, George Scott, about the challenge so far, scaling the Alps and Mont Ventoux, his bikepacking setup and how he’s riding on a diet of cider, prosciutto and melon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 7

24 min 22 sec

Matthew, Simon and George discuss four of their favourite Tour de France climbs – the iconic Mont Ventoux, Col du Tourmalet, Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez. What’s it like to ride a giant of the Tour? And which climb should be on your bucket list?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 5

43 min 1 sec

Our Senior Road Technical Editor Warren talks through some of the most influential bikes from tours gone by. Some bikes radically changed the shape of the modern road bike, while others disappeared into obscurity. Part of our Tour de France podcast series.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2

45 min 49 sec

In the wake of what appears to be a brand new Shimano Dura-Ace making a sneaky appearance at the Baloise Belgium Tour, Matthew, Simon and Jack talk through the details and discuss the implications for the future. Is new DA really semi-wireless? Do we like it? Is 12-speed GRX next?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 28

22 min 8 sec

George Scott, Jack Luke and Simon Bromley sit down on the eve of cycling’s biggest race to discuss the 2021 Tour de France. Who will win this year’s race? How is the green jersey competition shaping up? Can Mark Cavendish add to his total of 30 Tour de France stage wins? What does the Tour hold in store for Chris Froome? What new bikes can we expect to see in France? And what are our tech predictions for the next three weeks? All that and more in the first episode of our Tour de France series on the BikeRadar Podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 25

1 hr 10 min

It's an age-old debate - which kind of mountain bike is best - a hardtail, with no rear suspension, or a full suspension machine. Al, Will and Tom try and get to the bottom of the debate - but who gets there faster?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 21

48 min 56 sec

BikeRadar meets Cervélo's director of product Maria Benson to talk all things Cervélo from the bold new Aspero 5 to the award winning Caledonia 5 and where next for the legendary brands race bikes  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 14

28 min 15 sec

Jack Luke, Matthew Loveridge and Simon Bromley sit down to discuss the biggest news from the past week, including the new Pinarello Dogma, Rapha’s MTB kit, a silly story about Everesting in cars and Simon’s experience testing the Giant TCR.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 7

29 min 40 sec

With the 2021 Giro d’Italia coming to close, Simon Bromley and Jack Luke of BikeRadar.com sit down to discuss the tech successes (and failures) that caught the eye.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 31

33 min 5 sec

Following the launch of Canyon’s all-new carbon gravel bike the Grizl, Jack Luke and Matthew Loveridge talk through how the new bike compares to its wacky predecessor the Grail, and whether any bike deserves a five star review.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 24

19 min 27 sec

Chris Boardman and the Boardman Bikes team talk bike of the year victory, new tech, old tech, gravel, ebikes and the future of Cycling in the UK.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 21

43 min 11 sec

BikeRadar's MTB tech team talk through what they feel are the most influential bikes to have been released this millennium. From super-secretive DH bikes to steel hardtails that defined a genre.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 17

56 min 48 sec

Senior Road Technical Editor Warren Rossiter talks us through the best road bikes in 2021, following an extensive winter of testing here in the UK. With categories ranging from gravel to endurance, via race bikes too, his winning bike might surprise you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 14

1 hr 3 min

Steve Behr is a legend of mountain bike photography, having snapped the world’s best riders regularly over the past few decades and an inductee in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. From downhill racing to mad-cap capers with some of the biggest personalities in the sport, Steve has snapped them all. What’s more, he’s been a stalwart of BikeRadar’s sister magazine MBUK, with his photos appearing nearly every month since issue 1 or 2 – we’re on issue 396 now! In this episode, Rob Weaver talks to Steve about his work with the world’s best riders.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 10

48 min 42 sec

Jack Luke goes into this week’s episode of the BikeRadar podcast ready to stage an intervention over Simon’s compulsive Getty sniffing habits but is left red-faced when his lunchtime labours bear fruit, spotting an as of yet unreleased Canyon TT bike. The pair also discuss whether or not bikes really are getting more expensive and Shimano’s new Linkdrive drivetrains.URL - https://www.bikeradar.com/features/why-are-bikes-so-expensive/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 3

38 min 11 sec

BikeRadar's senior road technical editor Warren Rossiter delves deep into this encyclopaedic knowledge of road bikes, and brings us a countdown of the bikes that have most influenced road bike design from the past 20 years. The bikes include the Giant TCR, the Cervelo Soloist and Specialized Venge Vias, all of which changed the shape of the road race bike, as well as models such as the Specialized Roubaix and GT Grade.Want a fiver off freshly roasted and ground speciality coffee beans delivered straight to your door? Use the code ‘BikeRadar’ with Pact Coffee when you sign up for a coffee plan at the link below.https://www.pactcoffee.com/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 26

1 hr 3 min

With our Trail Bike of the Year and Enduro Bike of they Year tests complete, our technical editors Tom and Rob talk through the testing process of our biggest mountain bike test of the year, as well as looking at the top contenders in each category.Want a fiver off freshly roasted and ground speciality coffee beans delivered straight to your door? Use the code ‘BikeRadar’ with Pact Coffee when you sign up for a coffee plan at the link below.https://www.pactcoffee.com/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 23

1 hr 14 min

Matthew Loveridge and Jack Luke discuss the road tech that failed to catch on or was simply a victim of the times, from hydraulic rim brakes to – controversially – 1x drivetrains for the road.Want a fiver off freshly roasted and ground speciality coffee beans delivered straight to your door? Use the code ‘BikeRadar’ with Pact Coffee when you sign up for a coffee plan at the link below.https://www.pactcoffee.com/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 19

38 min 34 sec