Extralite CyberFront and CyberRear SP hub review

Custom wheelbuilders have a great range of high-end hubs at their disposal, but when weight is an important priority, the field narrows considerably. Extralite’s CyberFront and CyberRear hubs stand out as some of the lightest on the market. In this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at these hubs. Extralite is […]

Class over kilos: The promising return of Carlos Betancur

Carlos Betancur has been the butt of many jokes in recent years. After an impressive start to his pro career, the enigmatic Colombian has struggled with his weight and last year lost his contract with Ag2r-La Mondiale after proving unreliable on and off the bike. But in 2016, the Colombian seems to be back on […]


Hidden motors: UCI defends current testing protocol

Addressing suggestions that its current checks for hidden motors could be sidestepped by unscrupulous teams or riders, the UCI has explained why it believes the current course of prevention is the correct one. It has also highlighted shortfalls with alternative methods which have been suggested. The governing body recently handed down a six year ban […]

Leaked notes reveal that UCI will restart disc brake trial in June

Professional road racing’s tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship with disc brakes is set for another interesting twist after last month’s abrupt halt to the trial period that was originally scheduled to run for the entire 2016 season. CyclingTips has learned that discs will once again be in the pro peloton beginning in June — albeit with […]


Jack Haig’s Diary: ‘The WorldTour is no joke’

The Volta a Catalunya is known as one of the hardest stage races in the world and as Jack Haig (Orica-GreenEdge) found out recently, that reputation is well deserved. In his latest diary entry for CyclingTips, Jack writes about Catalunya — his first WorldTour stage race in Europe — his call up to the Tour […]


Absolute Black oval chainrings review

Riders that have been involved in the sport for 10 or more years are likely to roll their eyes at the suggestion of oval chainrings. Different versions of the idea have been presented to the market on a multitude of occasions, but none have ever achieved mainstream use. The argument goes that round chainrings have […]


Why do so many elite cyclists have asthma?

In the wake of the Simon Yates adverse analytical finding for the anti-asthma medication Terbutaline, CyclingTips has sought to answer a question many are asking: just why do so many pro cyclists have asthma? Given that said cyclists are amongst the fittest athletes on the planet, many are arguing on social media that there is […]


Stephen Ettinger Diary: Time traveling

As I laid awake at 3am Tuesday morning, in an anonymous Airport hotel in Sydney, I came up with this really great, witty little opening for this little collection of anecdotes. But I finally fell asleep at 6am, a whopping 30 minutes before our alarm went off. As I helped a very broken and high-on-painkillers […]


Bikes of the Bunch: Team Telekom Pinarello Prince LS

In today’s instalment of Bikes of the Bunch, Hamish Low shares the story of his Team Telekom edition Pinarello Prince LS. Team Deutsche Telekom has to be one of the most iconic names in recent cycling history. With the likes of Bjarne Riis, Erik Zabel, Jan Ullrich, Andreas Kloden and, of course, Alexander Vinokourov, the […]


Orica-GreenEdge owner Gerry Ryan on Simon Yates’ positive test: ‘It’s never been through the due process’

Orica-GreenEdge owner Gerry Ryan has expressed disappointment at the handling of Simon Yates’ ‘adverse analytic finding’ for the banned substance Terbutaline, saying he’s frustrated the news was leaked by someone inside British Cycling before due process was completed. “Three days ago, someone within British Cycling told an Australian friend of mine, that there’s a rider […]