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IRC Boken Doublecross tire review: A curious approach to mixed-terrain speed

A stiff casing, smooth center tread, and aggressive side knobs make for interesting performance.

SRAM Rival AXS review: This is the wireless setup you’ve been waiting for

It’s heavier than Force and Red, yes, but it arguably works even better and is way, way less expensive.

Spotlight: SLF Motion Evo Speed System oversized rear derailleur pulley cage

Friction-cutting oversized pulleys, ceramic bearings, and real carbon fiber construction.

Specialized Power Mirror saddle long term review

Welcome to the second in the Brew Review series. In this episode I delve in to a saddle I've been lucky enough to use for the past 6 mont...

Time Cyclo 10 pedal review: a hit in theory, a miss in reality

Time’s ATAC mountain bike pedals aren’t as popular as they once were, but they still enjoy a cult-like following for their enviable all-w...

Favero Assioma Duo power meter pedal review: simply great

Power meter pedals have been around a fair while, but only in recent years have they got to a point where I’d want them on my own bike. G...

Terske titanium tubeless valves: predictably expensive, unexpectedly good

You’re probably familiar with the concept of a forever bike, commonly made of steel or titanium, that’s built to your specifications and ...

The zombie chain: Wippermann Connex 11sX chain review

Unfortunately, I don’t often get to ride any one particular bike (or component) enough to truly evaluate its long-term durability. One no...

Eyropro handlebar review: A solid design with a few kinks to work out

Remember those goofy Coefficient Wave handlebars I reviewed a few months ago? Well, it turns out that I inadvertently set off an ugly leg...

Finding the best bicycle chain: What over 3,000 hours of testing revealed

Want to know which 11- and 12-speed chains offer the best durability and performance? With exclusive test data from Zero Friction Cycling...

Coefficient Wave handlebar review: An open mind, relaxed wrists

The cycling world is often a slave to fashion: what’s cool, what looks right, what’s acceptable — and what isn’t any of the above. This h...

CeramicSpeed OSPW pulley wheel system review: Oversized, overpriced

The bike industry is full of products that claim to make you faster. Some focus on reducing your aero drag, others trim weight, and some ...

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed: Details and first-ride review

It was hardly a secret that Campagnolo would upgrade its Super Record EPS electronic groupset to 12-speed; the company even told us that ...

Shimano PD-ES600 Ultegra SPD pedal review: Lost opportunities

I’ve been a pretty big fan of Shimano’s PD-A600 single-sided pedal for mixed-terrain riding, as it offers the sleek form factor and low w...

Rotor Uno long-term groupset review: Different strokes

Every road derailleur on the market today is based on either a network of braided steel cables and housings, or some combination of elect...

Praxis Zayante Carbon crankset review: Options galore

The way we all ride bikes has been changing dramatically in recent years, with the all-road, gravel, and adventure categories all seeing ...

Shimano Ultegra R8000 mechanical groupset long-term review

Shifting is pretty damn good these days. When everything is properly set up and well maintained, you’re able to shift without having to t...

Redshift Sports ShockStop stem review: It's good to be wrong sometimes

I’ve been riding bikes long enough to vividly remember the heyday of suspension stems. Back then, the stage was dominated by Girvin and A...

CT Recommends: Best road bike pedals

What good is a pair of road cycling shoes without pedals to go with them? In this third round of CT Recommends, we take a look at what CT...

Shimano PD-A600 pedal review: Single-sided gravel goodness

Shimano’s single-sided PD-A600 SPD road pedal isn’t new; far from it, in fact. First introduced in 2010, it was originally billed as an U...

Schwalbe X-One Speed tire review: Grippy and quick, but pressure-sensitive

The Schwalbe X-One Speed fills the gap between the dirt road-friendly G-One Speed, the ultra-popular G-One Allround, and the aggressively...