Product reviews

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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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150 and R9170 first-ride review

Electronic shifting wasn’t invented by Shimano, but it was the Japanese company that first nailed the concept with the original Dura-Ace Di2 7970 groupset in 2008. Since then, the world of high-end road bike transmissions has never been the same. The new Dura-Ace Di2 R9150 groupset benefits from two generations and almost a decade of …

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Cannondale CAAD12 vs SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD: road disc bike comparison review

The number of road disc bikes in Cannondale’s catalogue has been steadily growing over the last few years with the most recent addition being the SuperSix EVO Disc announced last year. This means performance-oriented riders now have a choice between two distinct disc-equipped race bikes — the SuperSix EVO and the CAAD12 — made from …

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Prime RP-38 carbon clincher road disc wheelset review

Prime is a new wheel brand brought to life by Chain Reaction Cycles, the online retailer based in the UK. It is no small undertaking, though, since the in-house collection comprises over two dozen different wheelsets with a choice of alloy and carbon rims and prices that will catch the eye of any thrifty online …

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January 2017 Women’s Product Picks: Voler, Queen of the Mountain, The Offset Hook, Club Ride Apparel and Bontrager

In this edition of Women’s Product Picks, we take a look at kit by Voler and Queen of the Mountain, Club Ride Apparel’s versatile top, Foothill Products’ ingenious way to store wheels, and Bontrager’s hi-vis women’s jacket Click the links below to skip through to a particular review: Voler Prestige Pro Kit Foothill Products The …

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 …

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