Product reviews

In search of the best derailleur hanger tool

Sticking out in the wind, controlling your rear gears and just waiting to be bent. The rear derailleur sits in a precarious position and so the little hanger it’s bolted to is commonly designed as a weak point. Best ruin a replaceable piece of aluminium than write off an expensive derailleur, or worse, the frame. …

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Shimano S-Phyre RC900 road shoes: Release details and review

Ever since Sep Vanmarcke finished third in Flanders back in April, rumours were circling for exactly who produced his unlabeled footwear. Since then, a small number of Shimano-sponsored WorldTour riders have been smashing pedals in what looked to be the next phase in Shimano racing shoes. Yet with a true one-piece upper, Boa dials and no …

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Rails, channels and facelifts: what all of the options mean for Fizik’s Aliante saddle

Fizik is well known for its race-oriented saddles, and in recent years, the company has enlarged the number of options for any given model. Options now include different rail materials (steel, aluminium and carbon) and pressure channels (nil, 7mm and 20mm). But what do all of these options mean for the comfort and performance of …

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Verve Cycling InfoCrank powermeter review

Verve Cycling is a relatively new Australian company and their first product is the InfoCrank powermeter. Rather than emulate strategies adopted by other companies, the InfoCrank was conceived as an integrated powermeter purpose-built to provide accurate power measurements without the need for ongoing calibration, or indeed, zip ties. After taking a look at the first …

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August 2016 Product Picks: BDop, Clément, Didit, Phew, Silca, Wheel Fanatyk

In this month’s edition of Product Picks, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at an aluminium cassette from BDop, race tyres from Clément, winter gloves from Phew, Silca’s new range of tubeless vales and rim tape, a spoke tension meter from Wheel Fanatyk, and trophy decals from Didits. Click the links below to …

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Bixxis Prima frameset review

Bixxis may be a new brand name to many but the man behind these custom-built frames — Doriano De Rosa — has a deep history, both in the sport and as a framebuilder. After spending 40 years working for his father’s company, Doriano has started his own to “get back to basics”. In this review, …

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Cycliq Fly12 camera and front light review

Cycliq achieved great success with their first product, the Fly6, a combination rear light and video camera that was designed to “watch your six.” Now the company is offering the Fly12, a combination front light and video camera. Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom recently spent a few weeks with the Fly12 and this is what …

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Bike review: GT Grade Carbon Ultegra

GT launched the Grade two years ago, billing it more as an endurance bike with extra versatility, rather than just a gravel machine. The tire clearance, geometry, and feature set were decidedly progressive then, but how does it fare today? After more than three months on a top-end Grade Carbon Ultegra model, U.S. tech editor …

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Festka One frameset review

Festka is a bespoke frame-building company based in Czech Republic. The company is perhaps best known for its adventurous paint schemes however buyers will find there is a deep catalogue of options, including a choice of steel, carbon or titanium. In this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at the One, …

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July 2016 Product Picks: Lazer, Giro, Lizard Skins, Mio, OruCase, and Fabric

Product Picks heads back to CyclingTips’ U.S. base in Boulder, Colorado, covering a wide range of hard and soft goods for both bike and body. Need a new helmet or shoes? Want to dress up your road bike on the cheap, or travel under the radar? Looking for novel ways to measure your heart rate …

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