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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 …

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, …

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 …

The new normal: the current thinking behind wide road wheel design

It was only just a handful of years ago that 15mm was considered an optimal width for everyday road wheels, narrow enough to slice through the air, light enough to feel faster on the climbs, and a suitably broad foundation for the 23mm-wide tires commonly used at the time. Today, most modern high-performance road wheels …

Bikes of the Bunch: Stelbel Rodano

In today’s edition of Bikes of the Bunch we feature a custom-built steel frame belonging to Victorian rider Arie Wetsteyn: a Stelbel Rodano. The story of Arie Wetsteyn’s Stelbel Rodano begins with his love of Italian cycling. After a riding trip to Italy a few years back Arie was inspired to build up a 1991 …

SwiftCarbon Hypervox frameset review

SwiftCarbon recently introduced a new bike to its road catalogue, taking some of the elements that defined the Ultravox and giving them an aero edge to produce the Hypervox. The new design is a bold and purposeful race bike and according to SwiftCarbon, demonstrates that there is no need for gimmicks to create a fast …

The rise of crowdfunding: Why bike companies are turning to public money

The recent collapse of Brim Brothers has highlighted the risks associated with backing projects on crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo. As always, there are no guarantees that a backer will get what’s been promised. Nevertheless, crowdfunding continues to be a popular way for companies to launch new products, with Kickstarter alone currently hosting almost 400 cycling-related …

Bikes of the Bunch: Paris Galibier

In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, Paul Braybrook shares the story behind the modern remake of Paris’ unique and iconic Galibier. by Paul Braybrook I developed a keen interest in vintage race bikes a few years ago and was initially drawn to the typical Italian scene of Colnagos and Bianchis. This led me …

When a crowdfunded product fails: The rise and fall of the Brim Brothers power meter

After eight years in development, a highly successful crowdfunding campaign, CEO Barry Redmond announced last week that Brim Brothers was shuttering its doors. We speak to him to see what went wrong.

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