Tag: 2021 CyclingTips Field Test 2

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Gravel bike geometry 101: How trail, stack, and reach affect fit and handling

A geometry chart can tell you a lot about a bike’s fit and handling, but only if you know what the numbers mean.

2022 Specialized Tarmac SL6 Sport review: Flagship performance, distilled

This may be old technology by Specialized's standards, but it just offers more proof that road bikes have already been very good for a ve...

2022 Trek Madone SL 7 eTap review: Speedy and comfy, but seriously heavy

Unusually good ride quality and the handling is brilliant, but it’s hard not to notice the heft when you point it uphill.

Specialized Diverge Expert E5 Evo review: Fun, not that fast, with flat bars

The flat bars are polarizing, but the dedicated geometry makes the most of it.

Cannondale SuperSix Evo CX review: Wickedly quick with brilliant handling

The outstanding geometry and tire clearance comes with a big catch, though.

Marin DSX 2 gravel bike review: Budget flat-bar fun, but bring extra tubes

A fun and entertaining machine that won’t break the bank, but also a rough ride and a short reach.

2022 Canyon Endurace CF SLX 9 Disc eTap review: Smooth and sleek value

Sleek lines, a smooth ride, great handling, low weight, and lots of tire clearance in a value-oriented package.

The price we pay for integration

Those newfangled one-piece integrated front ends and fully hidden cabling look slick, but what’s the real price we pay for them?

Bianchi Arcadex review: Stiff and short

Super efficient under power, but a brutally stiff ride, odd geometry and aesthetics, and some odd routing and spec choices.

BMC Roadmachine 01 Two review: Premium endurance at a premium price

Gorgeous and distinctive integrated design, a lovely ride, and a top-shelf build kit. Just try not to choke when you see the price tag.

Modern flat-bar gravel bikes are basically just old mountain bikes

But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Fezzari Shafer review: Modern geo and great performance at a killer price

Fezzari’s revamped Shafer gravel bike has traded its old me-too personality for modern progressive handling, more capabilities, and value...

Cervélo R5 review: Iterations on a theme

Stiffer isn't always better.

Ten bikes, four testers, and… smoke? Welcome to the third CyclingTips Field Test

We kept things close to home this time around, with four testers thrashing a smattering of road and gravel bikes — and even some flat-bar...