Bike reviews

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 …


VYNL Road frame review: Aluminum, better than ever?

In a cycling industry rife with carbon fiber everything, the idea of launching a premium bike company centered solely around TIG-welded aluminum frames is unconventional, to say the least. Nevertheless, that’s what the folks at VYNL have done with their collection of “honest race bikes, made in the USA.” VYNL’s road model is as straightforward as can be …


9 things I’ve learnt as a bike reviewer

Four years ago we hired Matt Wikstrom as our CTech Editor. I felt it was important for our credibility and trust to make sure our commercial relationships were strictly separated from our product reviews so they remained unbiased. While many still remain skeptical of product reviews in general, I’m proud of the job Matt has …


Giant TCX Advanced Pro 0 review

Giant’s TCX cyclocross range includes five models, from the entry-level SLR 2 (RRP $1,900) up to the Advanced Pro 0 ($6,699). Over the past few months CyclingTips founder and publisher Wade Wallace has been putting the Giant TCX Advanced Pro 0 through its paces. He wrote the following review. The TCX Advanced Pro 0 is …


Specialized Diverge review

I love getting out and testing new bikes but many fall short of getting me truly excited. I’m often left wondering what I’m going to write in a review that’s different from every other review I’ve written. From the moment I threw my leg over the Specialized Diverge, I knew I was not going to …


Trek 5 Series Madone and Domane comparison review

With the Madone and Domane, Trek offers riders a choice of two very different road bikes. The former is fashioned for performance, while the latter is devoted to endurance. In this review, CTech Editor Matt Wikstrom rides both models in Trek’s 5 Series to see what they have to offer.


Boardman SLR 9.8 Review

The SLR 9.8 is a lightweight carbon bike with high-end componentry. All that is missing is the high-end price.


Scott Foil Review

The Foil is Scott’s dedicated race chassis that continues the company’s reputation for producing lightweight frames however the new model also promises the benefits of aerodynamic tubing.


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