Matt Wikstrom

O come all ye faithful: the joy of Christmas-New Year riding

It’s Christmas time which, for most of us, means time spent with family and friends, reflecting on the year that’s been and eating far more food than we need to. And for many of us cyclists in warmer parts of the world, the Christmas to New Year period also provides a rare opportunity to get …

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Shimano targets entry-level bikes with hydraulic disc brakes for its Tiagra groupset

From July 2016, Shimano will be offering a new hydraulic disc brake option for its Tiagra groupset. The move is a sure sign of the company’s ongoing faith in road disc brakes, but more significantly, it will bring hydraulic braking into the realm of entry-level road bikes. Tiagra has long served Shimano’s road catalogue, first …

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First-look review: PRO Turnix, Falcon, and Griffon saddles

According to PRO, measurements from over one million riders were used to design its saddle range, which comprises five models and more than 30 different products with options for men and women. PRO’s road saddle range for men comprises three models: Turnix, Falcon and Griffon. Each saddle has a distinctive shape (Griffon-round; Turnix-semi-round; Falcon-flat), with …

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Campagnolo unveils disc brake prototypes

As representatives from the cycling media gathered in Gran Canaria for Campagnolo’s recent press camp, many were anticipating an announcement about a disc brake system. It came, but only on the last day with a brief peek at the prototypes that will be used by Movistar, Lotto-Soudal, and Astana for the upcoming Spring Classics. Campagnolo …

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Campagnolo announces new mid-range ‘Potenza’ groupset

Campagnolo recently hosted a press camp in Gran Canaria and the headline act was “Potenza”, a new mid-range groupset that will replace Athena at the end of the year. The all aluminium groupset features some trickle-down technology from Campagnolo’s racing groupsets and has been designed to compete directly with Shimano’s Ultegra groupset. Potenza is an …

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First-look review: Knog Blinder MOB lights

Knog is well known for its lights and the brand has slowly been building its Blinder range. The new Blinder MOB comprises five distinct models — Eyeballer, Four Eyes, The Face, Kid Grid, and Mr Chips — that have been designed to meet different lighting needs for urban cyclists. The key distinction lies with the …

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Campagnolo Super Record 2015 groupset review

Campagnolo overhauled all of its racing groupsets for 2015, introducing new features to its 11-speed transmission, including a very obvious facelift for the cranks. In this review, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a close look at the new Super Record groupset. The lifespan of any product in the bicycle industry is roughly five years, …

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Bikes of the (future) bunch: Custom eTap builds

In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, we feature three custom builds put together by Above Category with SRAM’s new wireless Red eTap groupset. For those that are unfamiliar with Above Category, it is a shop located in Sausalito, near San Francisco in California. Chad Nordwall is the owner and he has built his …

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First-look review: Silca Super Pista and Impero pumps

There was a time when Silca’s Pista and SuperPista pumps were as common to road cycling as 32-spoke wheels. Established in 1917, Silca was a family-run business until the owners recently sold the company to Josh Poertner. Poertner has rejuvenated the brand with new world engineering and a proud made-in-Indianapolis ethos. That doesn’t mean he …

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Jaegher Interceptor frameset review

Jaegher may not be widely known for its frame building, but the Belgian company has been creating steel bikes since 1934. Four generations of the Vaneenooghe family have devoted themselves to the business, which takes its name from the Flemish word for hunter. The story of Jaegher begins with Odiel Vaneenooghe, a champion cyclist who …

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