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Bikes of the 2017 WorldTour

The 2017 WorldTour has arrived and its first race, the Santos Tour Down Under, is the perfect chance to see all the new team bikes in one place. Much like we did in 2016, here are the WorldTour bikes we’ll see in action throughout 2017.  While the re-trial period for disc brakes is now underway, …

Peter Sagan’s gold Specialized Venge ViAS Disc

This morning, the day before the Santos Tour Down Under’s official start, world champion Peter Sagan went out for one last training ride around Adelaide. While Sagan certainly isn’t unique in getting out for a final pre-TDU spin, the bike he rode certainly was. The gold of Sagan’s custom-painted Specialized ViAS Disc was near-blinding in …

Unveiling a bike fit for a world champion: Dideriksen’s new steed

  It’s become a tradition that the rainbow stripes of the world championship jersey are paired with a special bike to match, and so Specialized today unveiled the custom S-Works made for road world champion Amalie Dideriksen. At first glance it looks like a traditional white base, with a subtle colourful crystalline outlining of the …

Ten products I loved in 2016: Anne-Marije Rook

The greatest testament any editor of a cycling publication can give to a piece of gear is what he or she uses themselves. Call this a gift guide if you like, but think of it more as insight into what the individual editors at CyclingTips value in terms of equipment and clothing for their own …

Ten products I loved in 2016: David Rome

The greatest testament any editor of a cycling publication can give to a piece of gear is what he or she uses themselves. Call this a gift guide if you like, but think of it more as insight into what the individual editors at CyclingTips value in terms of equipment and clothing for their own …

The new sub-compact and the future of wide-range gearing

The next phase in road cycling presents new challenges. Riders are no longer sticking exclusively to smooth tarmac with their road bikes, and many are starting to expand their riding horizons onto the dirt and gravel paths. That new terrain is demanding more versatile equipment choices to match, and as the terrain gets steeper and …

First-look review: 2017 Specialized Epic Hardtail

For the past 35 years no other mountain bike model name has been more iconic than the Specialized Stumpjumper. So it was big news when Specialized released its new race hardtail and for the first time ever it didn’t carry the legendary name. The Specialized Epic Hardtail follows on from the brand’s long-standing Epic FSR …

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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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Video: Little Trail Hunter

I’m not one for re-posting every piece of branded content we come across, but every once in a while something comes along that connects with me so strongly that it gives me chills up my spine and puts a smile on my face. Specialized’s ‘Little Trail Hunter’ did just that. Three years ago before I …

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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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