Bike Reviews

Honda CBR 650F Review

The 150 and 250 CBRs have given Honda a good indicator at India’s growing need for sports bikes and so the CBR 650F arrived with huge expectations. But the launch of the bike in August turned out to be a disappointment with the ex-showroom price of 7.3 lakh despite the bike being a CKD. So does it pack enough performance ... Read More »

Buyer’s guide to bike saddles

Bike saddle choice is incredibly subjective and can be confusing. Price can vary dramatically and it’s not always obvious what you’re paying for. In this guide we explain the different features of saddles, how saddles go up in price and some advice on how to pick the correct one for you Riding a road bike shouldn’t be uncomfortable, yet many ... Read More »

2015 Bajaj Avenger range launched in India

Bajaj launched the 2015 Avenger 150 Street at Rs 75,000, while the Street 220 and the Cruise 220 are both priced at Rs 84,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). The Bajaj Avenger has been launched in three variants – Avenger Street 150, Avenger 220 Street and Avenger 220 Cruise. The Bajaj Avenger is among the most popular cruiser motorcycles on sale in India ... Read More »

Long Termer: Swarf Spline 29

Letting the Spline go is going to be a wrench. The bike has transported me up hill, down dale, over, under (and, on a couple of memorable occasions, through) some key landmarks of mountain biking in the UK, and it’s never disappointed. With a 120mm fork, the bike runs a slack 67.5° head angle and a steep 75° seat angle. With ... Read More »

Round up: 10 of next year’s most intriguing road bikes

The prevailing trend in road bikes? Choice. There is literally something for everyone in the latest crop of new roadsters hitting bike shop floors (and internet showrooms) right now. Frame geometry options range from slammed and racey to upright and comfy. Braking comes courtesy of disc brakes, traditional brakes, and direct mount traditional brakes. Shifting is mechanical, electronic, or even ... Read More »

Grinduro: The newest cycling discipline

I haven’t had much fun with drop bars in the past decade, because in that time, the progression of technology has made riding mountain bikes so much more fun. But in the last couple years, some of that technology has trickled over to road and cyclocross bikes. Hydraulic disc brakes and tubeless tires are among the most significant improvements that ... Read More »

Cervélo, Zipp, Shimano dominate Kona bike and gear count

Once again the big winner was Cervélo, which accounted for nearly twice as many bikes as second-place finisher Trek (522 to 275). Specialized (218), Felt (153) and Argon 18 (101) rounded out the top five in the bike count. The other truly dominant players are Zipp and Shimano, which ruled the wheel and drivetrain categories respectively. ENVE, Reynolds, Mavic and ... Read More »

First Look: Sidi Kaos Air Carbon and Level Carbon women’s shoes

Sidi is one of the biggest brands in cycling shoes and they have stood the test of time, despite an influx of new players to the market. Highlighted here are two all new models for 2016, the Kaos Air Carbon and the Level Carbon for women. Sidi Kaos Air Carbon The Kaos is a popular shoe in Sidi’s lineup with ... Read More »

Giant unveils new 2016 Trinity triathlon bike

With the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii as backdrop, Giant introduced its all-new Trinity triathlon bikes this week. The new range of composite triathlon bikes includes two series: Trinity Advanced Pro and Trinity Advanced. A fully UCI-legal time trial version of the new bike, the Trinity Advanced Pro TT, is also being introduced as a frameset for road racers. The ... Read More »

First Look: Vee Apache Chief tubeless-ready road tire

Once a little known overseas brand, Vee Tire is making serious waves in the U.S. with both road and MTB offerings. The updated Apache Chief that was launched at Interbike utilizes Synthesis technology, a specially woven (and highly visible) lightweight tissue located on the sidewall. The end result, claims Vee, is an all-around tubeless-ready tire that rolls well, is durable, ... Read More »