Product reviews

Malvern Star Oppy S2 review

Malvern Star is well known to Australian cyclists, such that many of today’s riders likely had their start on one of the brand’s bikes when they were kids. Established in 1903, Malvern Star is returning to its traditional routes with a new range of heritage bikes. In this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes […]


Pearl Izumi Elite Escape LTD jersey and In-R-Cool bibshorts review

Pearl Izumi began in 1955 with a man in Japan — Kinji Shimizu — delivering clothing to his local customers on his bike. He was fascinated with fabric, but it wasn’t until 1964, when his son was given a chance to ride in a new nylon cycling jersey made in Italy, that he started making […]


Eleven vélo Superfine Merino kit review

Wool may seem like an old-fashioned material for cycling garments, but Eleven vélo believes that Superfine Merino has a lot to offer cyclists and has devoted much of its catalogue to the use of the wool. Eleven vélo is based in Sydney, Australia and has been working with Superfine Merino since 2001. A large part […]


Scott 2016 Foil Premium review

Matthew Hayman brought a whole lot of interest to himself and the bike he was riding — Scott’s new Foil — when he won Paris-Roubaix earlier this year. We had our first look at the new bike last year, now Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom reports on the performance of the second-generation Foil after spending […]


Reviewed: Irwin Cycling’s medium, deep carbon clincher wheelsets

Irwin Cycling has been manufacturing wheels for a decade, first for other companies, and more recently, under its own name. With wheelsets to suit road and off-road riders, the company boasts its own testing facility that ensures the quality of its products as much as it helps ongoing product development. In this review, Australian tech […]


First-look review: Shimano RP3 shoes

Shimano entered the cycling shoe market in 1990 when it unveiled its M100 shoe in conjunction with the M737 pedal for off-road riding. Twenty-six years later, Shimano’s shoe catalogue is stacked with almost 50 different shoes to suit a variety of riding disciplines (road, off-road, and touring). There are four categories in Shimano’s current road […]


Is Campagnolo planning to do away with its thumb button for electronic shifters?

Campagnolo recently filed a patent application that outlines a new design for the company’s electronic road shifters. Bearing the title, “Bicycle control device and method for manufacturing it”, the application clearly shows a new lever/button design that replaces the company’s iconic thumb button. The new design re-positions the button near front of the lever body, […]


May 2016 Product Picks: Easton, Edco, Gore Bike Wear, Rudy Project, Just Enough Tools, and Ass Savers

It’s back! After a one-year hiatus, we’ve resurrected our monthly product showcase where we highlight gear that has landed on our doorstep, providing firsthand impressions of their performance — good or bad. This month, we’re featuring some parts and accessories from our new U.S. office in Boulder, Colorado. Click the links below to skip through to a particular […]


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 […]


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 […]