Matt Wikstrom

Bikes of the (future) bunch: Custom eTap builds

In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, we feature three custom builds put together by Above Category with SRAM’s new wireless Red eTap groupset. For those that are unfamiliar with Above Category, it is a shop located in Sausalito, near San Francisco in California. Chad Nordwall is the owner and he has built his […]

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First-look review: Silca Super Pista and Impero pumps

There was a time when Silca’s Pista and SuperPista pumps were as common to road cycling as 32-spoke wheels. Established in 1917, Silca was a family-run business until the owners recently sold the company to Josh Poertner. Poertner has rejuvenated the brand with new world engineering and a proud made-in-Indianapolis ethos. That doesn’t mean he […]

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Jaegher Interceptor frameset review

Jaegher may not be widely known for its frame building, but the Belgian company has been creating steel bikes since 1934. Four generations of the Vaneenooghe family have devoted themselves to the business, which takes its name from the Flemish word for hunter. The story of Jaegher begins with Odiel Vaneenooghe, a champion cyclist who […]

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Bombtrack Tempest review

Bombtrack is a relatively new company that started with high-quality single-speed bikes, but now the company is delving into multi-speed bikes. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at the Tempest, which Bombtrack describes as a road bike with “slim and clean lines synonymous with a classic steel frame but in […]

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O come all ye faithful: the joy of Christmas-New Year riding

It’s Christmas time which, for most of us, means time spent with family and friends, reflecting on the year that’s been and eating far more food than we need to. And for many of us cyclists, the Christmas to New Year period also provides a rare opportunity to get out for some quality time on […]

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First-look review: Giant Conduit shoes

There are over a dozen shoes in Giant’s current catalogue, with more than half devoted to road use. The Conduit is Giant’s second tier road shoe that promises sprint efficiency and all-day comfort. A carbon composite outsole dubbed “ForceDrive” stiffens the Conduit from the bottom up while a pair of Boa’s IP1 closures work from […]

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Canyon fourth generation Ultimate CF SLX review

The Ultimate has been a cornerstone of Canyon’s road bike range for over a decade, representing the company’s vision for the world’s best road bike. There have been three generations of the Ultimate since the turn of the century, and earlier this year, the next generation was unveiled. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom […]

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Verve Cycling InfoCrank 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. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look […]

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Eecycleworks eebrakes review

Eecycleworks introduced the eebrake to the world in 2008 and the company has been steadily refining it ever since. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom assesses its performance against calipers from industry leaders such as Shimano and Campagnolo. Craig and Bruce Edwards established eecycleworks in the US in 2007, and while Bruce subsequently stepped […]

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Will the front derailleur become obsolete on road bikes? A review on SRAM’s 1x

Road riders have been using double chainring cranks for decades but there is growing interest in 1×11 transmissions. SRAM is the first manufacturer to develop a 1×11 transmission for road use, and in this report, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at the promise of the new system. The front derailleur was a […]

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