Product reviews

Campagnolo Potenza 11-speed groupset review

Campagnolo has replaced its Athena groupset with Potenza. The all aluminium 11-speed groupset features some trickle-down technology from Campagnolo’s racing groupsets and has been designed to compete directly with Shimano’s Ultegra groupset. After attending the launch in March, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom updates his report with the results of long-term testing. If you read …

December 2016 Product Picks: Smith Optics, Bontrager, Edco 3ax, Bar Fly, Fix-It Sticks, Tacx, and Wind-Blox

In this month’s edition of Product Picks, U.S. technical editor James Huang provides his feedback on Smith Optics’ latest lens technology, some budget-minded footwear from Bontrager, a novel pedal concept from Edco 3ax, Bar Fly’s latest two-in-one gadget, Fix-It Sticks’ innovative take on the lowly multi-tool, Tacx’s stylish water bottle and cage, and a neat …

Spurcycle vs. Knog Oi: Battle of the Bells

Bicycle bells are required in some countries as well as many local municipalities, but the exact rules and levels of enforcement vary widely – and even then, they’re rarely found on high-performance bikes that focus more on speed. So when I rolled up to a group road ride one morning in Seattle, Washington – an …

DeAnima Unblended frameset review

DeAnima is a small bespoke workshop located in the north of Italy with an impressive heritage that belies its modest branding. Over the last couple of years, the company has been refining and producing a race-oriented carbon fibre frameset, which it has dubbed the Unblended. In this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a …

Kinesis Aithein frameset review: Setting budgets ablaze

There’s a certain sweet satisfaction that comes along with emphatically dropping someone who is riding a vastly more expensive bike than what you’re on. As they say, it’s the legs and lungs that ultimately do the talking. At less than the cost of even average wheelsets these days, the Kinesis Aethein certainly qualifies as a …

Polygon Bend RV review

Interest in gravel riding has been growing in recent years, and while some have been re-purposing cyclocross bikes for the activity, the number of purpose-built entry-level bikes is on the rise. The Bend RV made by Polygon Bikes is a recent addition to this market, and in this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes …

Bell Zephyr helmet review: Say goodbye to sweat in your eyes

Sweat management is one of the least-discussed aspects of helmet performance, and yet one of the most annoying when it isn’t done well. With the new Zephyr, Bell has not only managed to create a fantastic all-around road helmet packed with the latest safety features, but also one that utterly squashes the perennial issue of perspiration …

Giant TCR Advanced Pro Disc review

After overhauling the TCR Advanced for 2016, Giant has quickly moved on to create a disc brake version for 2017. While disc-equipped race bikes are yet to be approved for use in competition, Giant is testing the water with three models and Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom spent a few weeks riding one of them …

Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 groupset review: Veering ever closer to perfection

Shimano is far from a perfect company, and the Japanese giant has had its fair share of misses, such as the lackluster Dura-Ace 7900 group (and its related Ultegra and 105 brethren) and the failed attempt to introduce the Dual Control concept to the mountain-bike world. With few exceptions, though, even Shimano’s duds have been …

November 2016 Product Picks: Pedalit, Fyxo, Schwalbe, Arundel, OORR, Kogel

In this month’s edition of Product Picks, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at bike cleaning products from Pedalit, Fyxo’s 2017 wall calendar, Kogel ceramic bearings, Arundel bottle cages, Schwalbe’s G-One gravel tyres, and OORR’s latest kit. Click the links below to skip through to a particular review: Pedalit Pro Bike Care Pack …

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