Tech features

Photo gallery: Tech highlights from the 2016 Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California is the premier road racing event in the United States. and many teams pull out all the stops in terms of equipment. CyclingTips U.S. tech editor James Huang scoured the pits at the start in San Diego and came away with a few gems, including gold-plated Speedplay pedals, new tools from Feedback […]

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Pro bike: Mark Cavendish’s Cervélo S5

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) capped off his Amgen Tour of California in the best way possible, winning the final stage in a convincing sprint and adding to his tally of nine stage victories and two overall points classification jerseys. This time around, though, the ‘Manx Missile’ not only raised his hands in victory while racing […]

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Photo gallery: Giro d’Italia tech round-up

In his tech round-up from the 2016 Giro d’Italia, CyclingTips reporter Dave Everett scours the pits of the season’s first Grand Tour to see what pieces of new and exciting tech are on display. Vincenzo Nibali’s custom Specialized Tarmac and new bikes from Italian brands Colnago and De Rosa are among the goodies.

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Pro bike: Rohan Dennis’ BMC TimeMachine TM01

Australian Rohan Dennis finished second overall at the Amgen Tour of California last year and with time running out on the 2016 edition, his best hope at erasing his deficit in the GC standings lies in the 20.3km-long stage 6 time trial in Folsom. Dennis finished second on an identical course in 2014 on a […]

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Bikes of the Bunch: Garry Millburn’s Speedvagen Cyclocross Disc

In this week’s edition of Bikes of the Bunch we feature a custom steel frame belonging to Australian cyclocross racer Garry Millburn. Garry, who has represented Australia at the Cyclocross World Championships, recently started working with apparel brand MAAP and the bike you see below is the result of a collaboration between MAAP and The […]

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SpeedX’s ‘smart’ road bikes: The story of cycling’s most successful crowdfunding campaign

Earlier this year, Chinese technology brand SpeedX set crowdfunding records when it shared its Leopard and Leopard Pro ‘smart’ road bikes with the world. Promising an integrated cycling computer and data collection, all in a competition-level carbon frame, SpeedX caught the attention of cyclists around the world. So where did SpeedX come from? Why has […]

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Pro bike: Peter Stetina’s custom-painted Trek Émonda SLR

It wasn’t long ago that some questioned whether Peter Stetina would return to the sport after shattering his kneecap at the 2015 Pais Vasco, but the Trek-Segafredo rider now has a shot at the Amgen Tour of California podium, thanks to some dedicated recovery with months of hard training, a new team, and a shiny new Trek […]

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Pro bike: Peter Sagan’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac

Peter Sagan is one of the most colorful world champions in recent memory, entertaining — and occasionally surprising — fans both on and off the bike. In celebration of his year-long reign as arguably the top road racer in the sport, Tinkoff-Saxo bike sponsor Specialized has provided Sagan with a similarly colorful S-Works Tarmac. U.S. […]

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Photo gallery: Giro d’Italia time trial tech

With two time trials down at this year’s Giro d’Italia the race is starting to hot up. We had a trip around the pits to check out what new time trial kit was being used. Some of the standout tech came from French bike manufacturer Lapierre (FDJ was on a new steed) and wheel brand […]

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Friction Facts: How lubricants and seals affect cartridge bearing friction

Friction Facts is a lab based in Boulder, Colorado, that specializes in quantitative mechanical friction testing of bicycle drivetrain components. While some may dismiss some of the lab’s findings as trivial, racers who seek every last possible advantage might be surprised at where they might find some extra speed — and how much is actually […]

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