Black Inc Black Fifty C wheelset review

Black Inc is a relatively new carbon wheel manufacturer that has the backing and support of some ex-professional riders, including Baden Cooke and David Millar. There are three basic models in Black Inc’s current catalogue, and in this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom tests one of them, called the Black Fifty. Despite its short history, […]


Essor USA Pace 32 wheelset review

Essor USA is a new brand created by the guys behind State Bicycle Co. and VeloVie. Essor’s goal is to offer high quality carbon wheelsets at the lowest possible price. In this review, CTech Editor Matt Wikstrom spends some time on Essor’s Pace wheelset, a 32mm carbon clincher that retails for US$1,299 (AUD$1,390).


The Birth of a Bicycle Rim in 66 seconds

Check out how a Velocity rim is made from start to finish, in just over one minute.


Wheelbuild from start to finish

Watch Austin hand-build a wheel from start to finish.


3T Accelero 40 Team wheelset review

3T is well known for its stems and handlebars but the company also has a range of wheelsets on the market. In this review CTech editor Matt Wikstrom looks at their Accelero 40 Team wheelset which features a 43mm deep carbon/alloy hybrid rim and retails for a little under $1,800.


Zipp Firecrest 202 Clincher Review

Zipp introduced their Firecrest shape a few years ago while developing full carbon clinchers and have slowly been updating their entire wheel range with the new design. The company’s 202 wheels are the last to receive the Firecrest facelift and they are being marketed as a “do-it-all classic wheelset”.


SMART ENVE 3.4 Tubular Review

Enve have done away with their traditional aerodynamic rim profile for a new design that reduces aerodynamic drag with gresater stability in the wind. Buyers also have a choice of hubs, allowing them to tailor this new wheelset according to their needs and tastes, but this is far from a budget wheelset.


HED Jet 6 FR Wheel Review

A few weeks ago I was introduced to a gentleman named Brent Dawson through one of my teammates. Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s Brent was pro cyclist, Junior World Teams Pursuit Champion and Elite Australian Criterium champion. He’s still a gun rider in his own right, but his main business now is […]


Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Review

Zipp released the new Firecrest wheels in the middle of last year. What’s new about them? The biggest difference over their previous models is rim shape. These are not just a revamped version of the 404 tubulars. Zipp widened the sidewalls on the Firecrest. As you can see in the illustration below, they are very wide at […]


Better Braking Performance In The Wet

The job I most admire in the pro peloton are the mechanics. They have the toughest job by a long shot and have heaps of ingenious tricks to get the most out of their gear.  Check this out: Barloworld mechanics hand-etched the sidewalls of these Mavic R-SYS wheels to get better braking performance in the wet […]