Product Reviews

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 […]


Specialized S-Works Sub6 shoe review

Laced shoes are coming back in a big way, particularly on the road. US tech editor James Huang checks out Specialized’s latest S-Works Sub6 model and compares them with two key competitors: the Giro Empire SLX and the standard S-Works 6. What once was old is new again — but better Back in 2012, it […]


Parlee Altum frameset review

Parlee has a reputation for high-end custom-built carbon fibre frames, but in recent years the company has turned to Asian manufacturing in order to expand its catalogue. The Altum series comprises three models (Altum, Altum-R, Altum Disc) that were introduced last year. In this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a looked at the […]


Pearl Izumi PRO Leader III shoe review

Peel back the insole of virtually every cycling shoe on the market and you’ll see a sad little tan layer of material that basically looks (and feels) almost like cardboard. It’s called a lasting board and it’s been a staple in shoe construction for ages. But if you do the same with the Pearl Izumi […]


First-look review: Feedback Sports Omnium portable trainer

Doug Hudson established Feedback Sports in 2004 and the company’s first product was a digital scale for weighing bikes. The U.S. company has expanded its catalogue in recent years, and is perhaps best known for its distinctive red anodised workstands, which have become a common sight at races. The Omnium portable trainer is one of […]


Legend Il Re frameset review

Legend is a bespoke framebuilding company that was founded by Marco Bertoletti in 2009. While the company doesn’t have a long history, Bertoletti does: his framebuilding experience goes back nearly 40 years and includes a variety of esteemed brands as well as numerous professional riders. In this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom spends some […]


First-look review: PRO Turnix, Falcon, and Griffon saddles

According to PRO, measurements from over one million riders were used to design its saddle range, which comprises five models and more than 30 different products with options for men and women. PRO’s road saddle range for men comprises three models: Turnix, Falcon and Griffon. Each saddle has a distinctive shape (Griffon-round; Turnix-semi-round; Falcon-flat), with […]


Giant Rev helmet review

Bicycle helmets are curious little items. On the one hand, they’re little more than simple chunks of molded polystyrene foam riddled with holes and covered with a plastic shell — basically a candy-coated Styrofoam coffee cup that you can’t eat and doesn’t actually hold coffee. In light of that, it’s perhaps not exactly surprising to […]


First-look review: Mavic launches new Cosmic Pro Carbon SL-C and Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL-C wheelsets

Last year Mavic celebrated its 125th year in the cycling industry, and this year the yellow cars of Mavic will perform their 40th year of neutral service for teams at the Tour de France. The company was one of the first to introduce factory-built wheelsets but it has been very slow to develop an all-carbon […]


First-look review: Knog Blinder MOB lights

Knog is well known for its lights and the brand has slowly been building its Blinder range. The new Blinder MOB comprises five distinct models — Eyeballer, Four Eyes, The Face, Kid Grid, and Mr Chips — that have been designed to meet different lighting needs for urban cyclists. The key distinction lies with the […]