Product reviews

Bell Zephyr helmet review: Say goodbye to sweat in your eyes

Sweat management is one of the least-discussed aspects of helmet performance, and yet one of the most annoying when it isn’t done well. With the new Zephyr, Bell has not only managed to create a fantastic all-around road helmet packed with the latest safety features, but also one that utterly squashes the perennial issue of perspiration …

Zipp 404 NSW Carbon Clincher wheelset review

The “nest” is Zipp’s nickname for where its most advanced development work occurs — a wholly separate part of the company’s facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, with limited employee access, no windows, and a permanently locked door that requires special keycard access. It is in this room that Zipp conceived its latest 404 NSW carbon clinchers, …

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Specialized Allez DSW SL review

It’s a rare occurrence when a new technology truly moves the bar in the cycling industry. Specialized did just that when it first introduced the SmartWeld head tube on the Allez alloy road bike in 2012, and now it’s expanded the concept to a groundbreaking hollow bottom-bracket shell. According to U.S. technical editor James Huang, …

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October 2016 Women’s Product Picks: helmets, shoes and saddles

In this edition of Women’s Product Picks, we take a look at Specialized’s women’s helmets and top-end shoes, Bontrager’s Meraj shoes and race-specific saddle, as well as Prologo’s women’s endurance saddle. Click the links below to skip through to a particular review: Specialized Women’s Airnet helmet review Specialized Women’s Prevail II helmet review Prologo Kappa Dea2 …

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September 2016 Product Picks — Ritchey, WickWërks, Topeak, Scott, MilKit, and Sako7

September signals the start of autumn for CyclingTips readers in the northern hemisphere, but on the flip side — literally — it ushers in the beginning of spring for those south of the equator. In either case, it’s also time for some of the best riding conditions of the year. In this edition of Product …

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Bike review: GT Grade Carbon Ultegra

GT launched the Grade two years ago, billing it more as an endurance bike with extra versatility, rather than just a gravel machine. The tire clearance, geometry, and feature set were decidedly progressive then, but how does it fare today? After more than three months on a top-end Grade Carbon Ultegra model, U.S. tech editor …

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Review: Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 TSA Bicycle Travel Case

Traveling with your bike is one of the great joys for avid bicyclists. You get to challenge yourself by riding in new conditions and terrain, experience new and foreign places in a very intimate way, and it’s plain practical as you’ll have your transportation already with you. But the actual traveling bit –the plane, car …

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Ridden and reviewed: Women’s road shoes

Shoes are a highly personalised item. What works for one person is not guaranteed to work for another. Wide or narrow toe box, high or low arch support, laces or straps or Boa –everyone has their own preference. This makes reviewing shoes quite difficult. | Related: Read our kit reviews. You know you have a …

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Specialized Crux Pro review

Before the ride For this review, I enjoyed a full custom build courtesy of Campagnolo. Starting with a 2013 Crux Pro carbon frameset, an 11-speed Chorus groupset with Campy’s CX cantilever brakes and CX Power Torque carbon cranks were added with Bora Ultra 35 carbon tubulars. The remainder of the parts were supplied by Specialized, …

Shimano R321 and R171 shoe review

Shimano is best known for its groupsets and wheels but you’d be mistaken to think of the company’s extensive line of soft-goods as an after-thought. With the success of Shimano’s R320 road shoe, the company has given its flagship shoes a facelift and has launched a new top-end model, the R321, along with a more …

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