Product reviews

First-look review: 2017 Orbea Orca and Avant

First up: a full disclosure. I’m a sucker for all things Basque. Be it the culture, the heritage, the classy riders that the region seems to continually churn out, the amazing landscapes, or the food — it all makes me a little romantic, a little misty-eyed. So when the invitation came through from Orbea to …

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September 2016 Product Picks — Ritchey, WickWërks, Topeak, Scott, MilKit, and Sako7

September signals the start of autumn for CyclingTips readers in the northern hemisphere, but on the flip side — literally — it ushers in the beginning of spring for those south of the equator. In either case, it’s also time for some of the best riding conditions of the year. In this edition of Product …

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Ribble R872 bike review

Ribble Cycles is well known to cyclists in the UK, and thanks to the rise of online trading, a growing number of customers from around the world. A large part of Ribble’s business is centered on its own brand of bikes, where shoppers get the opportunity to order a custom-built bike from a selection of …

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VYNL Road frame review: Aluminum, better than ever?

In a cycling industry rife with carbon fiber everything, the idea of launching a premium bike company centered solely around TIG-welded aluminum frames is unconventional, to say the least. Nevertheless, that’s what the folks at VYNL have done with their collection of “honest race bikes, made in the USA.” VYNL’s road model is as straightforward as can be …

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First-look review: Specialized Roubaix 2017

The original Specialized Roubaix was arguably one of the first ‘comfort performance’ road bikes on the market, a category that a plethora of manufacturers now build bikes for. For 2017 Specialized hasn’t just updated the Roubaix — rather they’ve revamped it, producing a bike with technical features, and one in particular, that they hope will …

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Alto Cycling CC40 wheelset review

Born out of the enthusiasm of two professional racers and mechanical engineers, Alto Cycling has designed its own wheel system to make a grab for a piece of the ultra-competitive wheel market. In this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a close look at the company’s CC40 carbon clincher wheelset. Bobby Sweeting and Shawn …

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MAAP Base clothing review

It’s been a couple months now since MAAP launched its 2016 winter catalogue with the Base collection. CyclingTips’ Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom put the clothing range to the test and wrote the following review. True to its name, each Base garment has a simple, utilitarian design and is intended for long training days. However …

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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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