Tech Features

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 button is situated at the 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 […]

“As a woman, you’d be interested in eTap?”: SRAM eTap ridden and reviewed

When I attended Interbike last fall, I was eager to play with SRAM’s eTap groupset. The much anticipated technology had been well featured since Eurobike and after seeing so many images, videos and article on it I wanted to see what all the fuss was about myself. So there I was at the SRAM booth […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Component, accessory highlights from the 2016 Sea Otter Classic

The Sea Otter Classic isn’t just about bikes; there are heaps of new parts and accessories previewed for the coming season as well. Here’s a look at some of what you’ll soon find on store shelves. New carbon clincher wheels from Praxis Cycles, Knight Composites, and Vittoria Long known for hard-wearing and fast-shifting LevaTime forged […]


Opinion: How the UCI and manufacturers collectively bungled the disc brake trial

There’s been no shortage of controversy when it comes to disc brakes and professional road racing. After a long, drawn-out deliberation on whether the technology would be considered at the highest level of the sport, the sport’s governing body, the UCI, finally settled on a trial period during which the merits of disc brakes would be evaluated. […]


Cannondale Slate Force CX1 review

The last few years have seen the rise of a new sub-category of road bikes — so-called “gravel grinders” — that have been designed to better handle unpaved terrain. Cannondale’s latest entry into this market is called the Slate and it borrows heavily from MTB. Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom spent a few weeks riding […]