Tech

New kits, kicks and lids of the 2017 WorldTour

The clothing of professional cycling is a crucial part of the sport’s commercialisation. Without this canvas space, the rolling billboard that is the WorldTour just wouldn’t be the same. Teams come and go and sponsors change, leading to new colours, new clothing and new accessories to see. And every season, some kits are simply better than …

Specialized Venge ViAS Expert Disc Ultegra review: Aero, disc, and all business

Disc brakes and aerodynamic efficiency have traditionally been considered to be mutually exclusive, especially when compared to the latest crop of ultra-integrated rim-brake calipers that sleekly blend into the surrounding structures. Specialized claims the new disc version of its Venge ViAS can go head-to-head with the rim-brake version, however, both in the wind tunnel and …

New 2017 bikes and components on display at the Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under is the first WorldTour race of the year and it’s not just new bikes that are on display. There’s also an array of new tech being used by the teams of the 2017 TDU. Some teams are testing new equipment ahead of the European season, others are using the new …

Bikes of the 2017 WorldTour

The 2017 WorldTour has arrived and its first race, the Santos Tour Down Under, is the perfect chance to see all the new team bikes in one place. Much like we did in 2016, here are the WorldTour bikes we’ll see in action throughout 2017.  While the re-trial period for disc brakes is now underway, …

Peter Sagan’s gold Specialized Venge ViAS Disc

This morning, the day before the Santos Tour Down Under’s official start, world champion Peter Sagan went out for one last training ride around Adelaide. While Sagan certainly isn’t unique in getting out for a final pre-TDU spin, the bike he rode certainly was. The gold of Sagan’s custom-painted Specialized ViAS Disc was near-blinding in …

January 2017 Product Picks: Pearl Izumi, Versus, Epic Ride Weather, Skingrowsback, and more

In this month’s edition of Product Picks, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at some gloves from Pearl Izumi, socks from Versus, a backpack with modular contents from Skin Grows Back, tubular tape from Effetto Mariposa, and a novel weather forecast app from Epic Ride Weather while David Rome shares his thoughts on …

Fitness trackers and cycling: a match made in heaven, or the odd couple?

Fitness trackers were once touted as the next big thing in consumer electronics, and two companies — Fitbit and Garmin — have set their sights on cyclists with two tiny wrist-based models packed with features such as optical heart rate monitors and GPS. On paper, both sound like they could potentially replace a handlebar-mounted computer …

Opinion: When it comes to carbon bicycle frames, durability should also be a performance metric

I recently wrote an article discussing some of the new technologies that have been proposed to help improve the damage tolerance of carbon fiber frames, forks, and components. On the one hand, so-called hybrid composites — made of a mix of carbon, plastic, and steel fibers — help carbon composite structures mimic metals by deforming …

Ten products I loved in 2016: David Everett

Our gregarious roaming reporter, David Everett, closes out our collection of editors’ personal favorites for 2016. The weather is now deep into winter in his European home base, so several of the products are skewed to keeping you warm and dry. The rest are a mix that may interest regular travelers or cyclist who like …

Enve SES 4.5 AR Disc wheelset review: Changing the game

Of all the wide-profile road wheelsets on the market, none are pushing the envelope more than Enve Composites with its radically forward thinking, ultra-fat, SES 4.5 AR Disc. If you prefer higher-volume road tires and disc brakes, but still want to go as fast as possible, these are the wheels you want. Pushing the dimensional …

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