Product reviews

Park Tool PRS-22 Team Issue repair stand review

Take a stroll through the pits of any professional road race and you’ll only see mechanics working from race repair stands. These stands differ from the tube-clamp stands more commonly found in bike shops in that they support the bike from beneath, with the only clamped part of the bike being the wheel dropout. Along …

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Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2 review

Canyon has updated its road catalogue by adding a disc brake version for every carbon road bike in its collection. This includes the company’s long-running flagship, the Ultimate CF SLX, and in this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at what the update has to offer. It has been about five years …

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Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals review

The pedal market has been a little boring in recent times, with the market-leading brands set in their ways and offering little if any innovation. No company is more dominant in this space than Shimano, and its SPD-SL road pedals have hardly changed in recent years. Released alongside the new groupset, Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace R9100 …

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Yokozuna Motoko disc brake review: Mechanical/hydraulic hybrid means no new levers required

Riders interested in switching to disc brakes on the road have little choice but to get a new frameset and wheels. However, they don’t have to get a complete new groupset, too, as several good cable-actuated disc-brake calipers will get the job done while allowing them to keep their existing gear. One of the latest entries is …

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FSE EVO 35C carbon fibre clincher wheelset review

The introduction of carbon fibre rims more than two decades ago ushered in a new era of aerodynamic wheel design. In the time since, rim profiles have been refined and updated, but laminated construction processes have remained largely unchanged. FSE (Filament Spin Evolution) has been working on a new approach — filament winding — for …

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Pinarello GAN GR-S Disc review: A gravel bike for the loyalists

Pinarello entered the red-hot gravel bike market earlier this year with two entries: the GAN GR Disc plus and the decidedly more progressive GAN GR-S Disc model, which uses the same rear elastomeric mini-shock as on the Dogma K8-S. All the gravel bike requirements are checked on the GAN GR-S Disc, including disc brakes, thru-axles, …

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Tacx Flux smart trainer review

After creating its opulent Neo direct–drive smart trainer a couple of years ago, Tacx went to work on a lower priced alternative. The result is the company’s second direct-drive trainer called the Flux. The new trainer is built around a belt-driven 7kg flywheel and it boasts many (but not all) of the same features as …

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February 2017 Product Picks: Effetto Mariposa, skingrowsback, Pedalit, Dual Eyewear

In the second edition of Product Picks for February 2017, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at some helmet padding from Effetto Mariposa, bifocal sunglasses from Dual Eyewear, laundry bags from skingrowsback, and body care products from Pedalit. Click the links below to skip through to a particular review: • Effetto Mariposa Octoplus …

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PRO Toolbox XL review: A toolset for the eager home mechanic

Bicycles are strange beasts. They’re often so simple in function, yet require an excessive number of tools to put together and service. Where car mechanics can get extremely far in their job with a standard set of spanners, sockets and pliers, bicycle mechanics are forced into multiple single purpose tools in order to perform relatively …

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February 2017 Product Picks: Northwave, Bell, Silca, and Pearl Izumi

For this edition of Product Picks, U.S. technical editor James Huang is all about covering the extremities: Northwave’s radical-looking Extreme RR road shoes for your feet; Bell’s Stratus helmet, the less-expensive alternative to the Zephyr flagship model, for your head; and Pearl Izumi’s PRO Softshell Lite gloves for your hands. Silca’s novel Seat Roll Premio …

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