Bike Reviews

BMW Concept Stunt G 310 revealed

Two years ago, BMW-TVS had announced a jointly developed sub-500cc motorcycle for emerging markets. We get a taste of things to come in the BMW Concept Stunt G 310 If you own a sub-200cc motorcycle and are looking to upgrade to something bigger, things can’t get any better than this. Today, the list of bikes you can buy in the ... Read More »

Pro bike: Nico Vouilloz’s Lapierre Spicy Team

It’s fair to say the words Nicolas Vouilloz and legend go hand in hand. With 10 world champion downhill titles and numerous individual wins – in everything from the Enduro World Series racing to rally car driving – under his belt, his talent is undeniable. But it’s his attention to detail, too, that’s always set him apart. It’s not surprising ... Read More »

Pro bike: Jolien D’hoore’s Colnago V1-r

At the start of 2015, Belgian Jolien D’Hoore cited her Colnago V1-r as one of the things she was most excited about in her first season with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling, and given the stellar year she’s had it seems her enthusiasm for her new bike was well placed. Her biggest results include first overall and the green jersey at ... Read More »

Pro bike: Lizzie Armitstead’s S-Works Amira SL4

With Peter Sagan winning the men’s race the following day, it was two-from-two for Specialized who have already supplied the Slovakian with a custom bike for his exploits. The Boels-Dolmans rider prefers to ride the women’s specific Amira and Specialized have provided the 26-year-old with a white frame featuring the colours of the UCI rainbow in a style reminiscent of the Mapei graphics ... Read More »

KTM RC 390 Café Racer – Marla review, test ride

For those of you who have watched the movie Fight Club, or even read the book, there is little explaining to be done. For those of you who have not, Marla Singer was a character, and oh, some character. She was strong-willed, and completely off her rockers. Why am I telling you about her, you ask? Well, this KTM RC ... 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 »

Microsoft Band 2 review: Still flawed, but a step in the right direction

You really can’t accuse Microsoft of phoning it in when it built the original Band. Between jamming 10 different sensors into a glorified wristband and creating a new health platform to interpret your data, the company shot for the stars… and wound up with one cumbersome wearable. Thankfully, the $250 sequel fixes nearly every gripe we had with the original ... Read More »

Vitus Escarpe 290 VR

To be fair, the low price is due to an ongoing price reduction from the original £1,700 / $2,703 / AU$3,740, only made possible because the bike is shipped direct to your door after a full setup check at the Chain Reaction Cycles megastore in Ireland. It’s hardly a level playing field for conventional dealers, but ultimately what value you ... Read More »

Rosberg rules Mexico, as Webber wins in Shanghai

WITH the 2015 title won and Lewis Hamilton still in celebratory mode, the remaining races in the Formula One world championship would never match the tension or importance of the earlier races.  But in Mexico, Nico Rosberg was determinedly on a mission to show the world – and himself – that he could beat his world champion team-mate. For the ... Read More »


There’s been plenty of scoffing by ‘advanced’ riders about plus bikes only being suited for ‘beginner or intermediate’ cyclists. But there was similar scoffing about 29ers and dropper posts. Change is scary. MTB trends are usually met with some variation of “hey, you kids, get off my lawn!” It is true wide tires mitigate a good amount of rear-wheel slip, trail ... Read More »