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Ten products I loved in 2016: James Huang

Cycling media outlets are invariably littered with all sorts of gift ideas for your Lycra-clad loved ones around this time of year. But we like to do things a little differently at CyclingTips, so our editors have decided to instead share with you the items that we reach for ourselves. Purchase them for others if you wish …

After the death of a Canberra cyclist, should you be concerned about catastrophic fork failure?

On 31 January 2015, Richard Stanton was making his way home after an early morning ride and post-ride coffee in Canberra, Australia. He was travelling at around 35km/hr when the fork separated from his bike. A catastrophic failure of the alloy steerer resulted in profound head and neck injuries and he died three days later …

Opinion: Poll reveals that pro riders still don’t want disc brakes, so why are we forcing the issue?

Results from a recent survey conducted by the CPA (Cyclistes Professionnels Associés) to its members revealed an overwhelming sentiment —  professional road racers do not want disc brakes. Part of the reason for the negative response is perhaps due to an inability of the UCI and CPA to agree on the testing conditions. Whereas the UCI feels …

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 …

Staying local: Why two bike brands are sticking with domestic production

Now more than ever, the business of building bikes, components, and accessories is an international operation with various aspects of the process scattered across the globe in an effort to reduce costs, increase profits, and meet customer demands for price, quantity, and quality. There’s more to the business of making things than pure economics, however, …

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 …

The new sub-compact and the future of wide-range gearing

The next phase in road cycling presents new challenges. Riders are no longer sticking exclusively to smooth tarmac with their road bikes, and many are starting to expand their riding horizons onto the dirt and gravel paths. That new terrain is demanding more versatile equipment choices to match, and as the terrain gets steeper and …

Bikes of the Bunch: Rogers Bespoke ‘Cross bike

In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, Ciaran Durney shares the story behind his custom cyclocross bike built by Rogers Bespoke, a custom framebuilder based in Adelaide, Australia. By Ciaran Durney I really like the idea of bespoke frames. I like the idea that someone is building a frame that’s specifically for you. I …

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 …

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