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Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 pedals review

The pedal market has been a little boring in recent times, with the market-leading brands set in their ways and offering little if any innovation. No company is more dominant in this space than Shimano, and its SPD-SL road pedals have hardly changed in recent years. Released alongside the new groupset, Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace R9100 …

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PRO Toolbox XL review: A toolset for the eager home mechanic

Bicycles are strange beasts. They’re often so simple in function, yet require an excessive number of tools to put together and service. Where car mechanics can get extremely far in their job with a standard set of spanners, sockets and pliers, bicycle mechanics are forced into multiple single purpose tools in order to perform relatively …

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Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150 and R9170 first-ride review

Electronic shifting wasn’t invented by Shimano, but it was the Japanese company that first nailed the concept with the original Dura-Ace Di2 7970 groupset in 2008. Since then, the world of high-end road bike transmissions has never been the same. The new Dura-Ace Di2 R9150 groupset benefits from two generations and almost a decade of …

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New kits, kicks and lids of the 2017 WorldTour

The clothing of professional cycling is a crucial part of the sport’s commercialisation. Without this canvas space, the rolling billboard that is the WorldTour just wouldn’t be the same. Teams come and go and sponsors change, leading to new colours, new clothing and new accessories to see. And every season, some kits are simply better than …

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New 2017 bikes and components on display at the Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under is the first WorldTour race of the year and it’s not just new bikes that are on display. There’s also an array of new tech being used by the teams of the 2017 TDU. Some teams are testing new equipment ahead of the European season, others are using the new …

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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 …

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Shimano S-Phyre RC900 road shoes: Release details and review

Ever since Sep Vanmarcke finished third in Flanders back in April, rumours were circling for exactly who produced his unlabeled footwear. Since then, a small number of Shimano-sponsored WorldTour riders have been smashing pedals in what looked to be the next phase in Shimano racing shoes. Yet with a true one-piece upper, Boa dials and no …

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All over the map: The truth behind global shifts in component pricing

I’m sitting in a swanky restaurant across from a renegade Shimano employee who insists, tongue-in-cheekily, on being identified only as “Source Ninja.” Really. Ninja is schooling me in the byzantine mystery of Shimano’s shifting pricing, both in the North American and worldwide markets. “It’s just typical lack of Shimano communication,” he says. Cyclists who have …

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Daily News Digest

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 and 9150 – Everything to know; Your guide to the 2016 Giro Rosa, women’s cycling’s biggest tour; BikeExchange steps up as new naming sponsor for ‘Orica-BikeExchange’; Twenty and thwarted: Why a world champion left pro cycling after just one season; Varnish will not appeal non-selection for Rio; Carmen …

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Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 and 9150 – Everything to know

Three years. That’s the approximate shelf life of a major-brand product in the bicycle industry. Whether it’s a carbon frame or an entire groupset, it has proven to be a consistent number. And that number has been overdue for the market leader, with Shimano finally unveiling its much-rumored Dura-Ace 9100 mechanical and Dura-Ace Di2 9150 groupsets. While those …

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