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Spurcycle vs. Knog Oi: Battle of the Bells

Bicycle bells are required in some countries as well as many local municipalities, but the exact rules and levels of enforcement vary widely – and even then, they’re rarely found on high-performance bikes that focus more on speed. So when I rolled up to a group road ride one morning in Seattle, Washington – an …

Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 groupset review: Veering ever closer to perfection

Shimano is far from a perfect company, and the Japanese giant has had its fair share of misses, such as the lackluster Dura-Ace 7900 group (and its related Ultegra and 105 brethren) and the failed attempt to introduce the Dual Control concept to the mountain-bike world. With few exceptions, though, even Shimano’s duds have been …

From coffee dregs to cycling threads: OORR’s eco-friendly, coffee-infused apparel reviewed

With so many new microbrands popping up left and right in the cycling industry, it can be hard to keep track of what’s all on the market and what is worth trying and buying. As you can imagine, we get tons of requests from brands wanting to get their products in front of our audience. …

Reviewed: Liv Avail Advanced 1 women’s road bike

Liv split from big brother Giant in 2014 to become the world’s first bike brand dedicated only to women. It’s fair to say that in the last three years, Liv’s products have been established as the most recognisable in a crowded women’s specific marketplace. A lot of this has been achieved at a grass-roots level: …

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Sun’s out, guns out: women’s spring kits reviewed

It’s finally sunny and temperatures are warming up. This means it’s that fun time of year when we celebrate #NewKitDay and show off our new threads at the weekend group ride. We tried and reviewed a bunch of kit to help inform you before your next purchase.   About the tester: 1,65m and 60ish kg  (all …

Fi’zi:k R1B Uomo road shoe review

Fi’zi:k has been in the cycling footwear business for six years now, and while they’re sadly no longer made in Italy, they still very much embody what you expect from an Italian shoe. Whether being quintessentially Italian is a good thing, however, will inevitably depend on your feet. Here’s what U.S. tech editor James Huang …

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Liv Attacca aero helmet reviewed

Nowadays it seems that if your helmet isn’t aero, it’s no good. All big brands have jumped on the bandwagon, each  with their own aerodynamic interpretations. Giant and its Liv women’s line are no different. When they debuted their new line of helmets at Sea Otter last year it included four aero helmets, two per …

The New Specialized Tarmac review

This month Specialized announced the newly designed Tarmac which continues the evolution of their successful Tarmac SL4. But calling it the SL5 would imply that it’s just a lighter, stiffer, faster step-up from the previous model. However, the intent was much more ambitious than that …

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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.

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Reynolds Assault Wheelset Review

Reynolds takes all of their experience with high-end carbon wheelsets and distills it to produce the Assault wheelset with carbon clincher rims for less than $2000. At the same time they claim this wheelset will out-shine both alloy and carbon wheelsets on offer from their competitors.

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