Bike Reviews

Transition Rapture frameset£499.00

The Rapture’s handling is best described as neutral. Even when leaned hard into corners there’s never a sense of oversteer. The bottom bracket is low enough to make it feel carvy without being slammed to the point of catching pedals when spinning through off-camber sections. The 4130 chromoly steel frame doesn’t ride as sprightly as high-end steel tubesets do, but ... Read More »

Fast, nimble, stable – and it scythes through rush-hour traffic. It’s the motorbike you can ride on a car licence… and I’ve gone and bought one

According to the RSPB, there are fewer than 30 breeding pairs of these small, delicate waders left on our shores. Which is interesting, but also wrong. I have some breaking news: they’ve just been knocked off their perch by the motorcycle taxi-bike driver. Some strange folk don’t believe there are such things as Limobikes and Limobike riders. +7 The Piaggio ... Read More »

Tested: Trek Fuel EX 9.8 29 Mountain Bike

As we started the climb up Zen Trail, on our fourth ride of the day, I silently thanked the Fuel for its svelte figure, superefficient suspension, and a highly responsive front end that allowed me to easily loft those big wheels up and over rock step-ups. The bike was helping me out, even as the sun beat down on me, ... Read More »

Withings Activité Steel review

The fact is that the Activité Steel is a wristwatch, which has inherent pitfalls. I’ve had very occasional short bouts of steps – moving between chairs in the living room, for instance – not tracked. Similarly, on one day I gained a couple of steps while sitting in my chair doing work. I also racked up some decent mileage by ... Read More »

2015 Mahindra Mojo Review

When you name a bike Mojo, you better make sure it lives up to its name or else you are asking for not so happy headlines hitting the press or social media. Well that they should be justified in doing so considering the long period of development, Mahindra Two Wheelers has taken to make sure the Mojo is 100 per ... Read More »

Hardcore Handsome: ‘Recon Mixed’ Bike Shoe Review

Buffed faux-leather and shoelaces distinguish the Recon Mixed bike shoes, conjuring up old-school aesthetics that existed before the days of Velcro and carbon-fiber soles. But hidden in the design of this high-end cycling footwear are new technologies giving a rider versatility and performance with a refined look. Made for mountain bikers as well as chameleons who also roll on pavement ... Read More »

The Process: 2016 Bible of Bike Tests

For the seventh year running, Bike’s editorial staff and a dedicated crew of core contributors has converged on another of North America’s finest riding destinations to test the upcoming year’s most promising bikes, components and soft goods. This project—known as The Bible of Bike Tests—usually spans much of October and involves more than 15 people to test gear, photograph and ... Read More »

Review: Magnic Light iC combines best features of battery and dynamo bike lights

When it comes to power for bike lights, there are two main options: batteries that have to be charged/replaced, and dynamos. The latter either push against the side of the tire, have to be pre-built into one of the hubs, or require magnets to be mounted on the wheel – in all cases, dynamos also create a slight braking effect ... Read More »

Tested: Speedplay’s Impressive Syzr Pedal

Not much has changed with clipless mountain bike pedals over the last 20 years—and that’s not an exaggeration. Most are still based on variations of Shimano’s SPD or Time’s ATAC system. Shimano’s pedals grab a steel cleat with a spring-loaded jaw; Time’s use wire bails that hook over bronze cleats. The new Speedplay Syzr looks a lot like the original ... Read More »

Tested: The Simple, Super-Fun Charge Cooker

You might not be familiar with UK-based cycling brand Charge, and you’re not alone. Charge’s bicycles have historically only been available to US cyclists through Performance bike shops, but starting this fall, expect to see them everywhere: They will be available through Cannondale dealers because the bike brands are owned by the same company, Dorel Industries. Based on our experience ... Read More »