Bike Reviews

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 »

Bike Unchained guide – Tips and tricks to help you build an unbeatable team

Bike Unchained has you traverse three of the world’s most breathtaking mountains – Whistler, the Alps, and Japan – to take on a variety of different thrilling events. These require you to jump off ramps, perform tricks, and go really, really fast, rewarding you with experience, gold, and upgrades for your racers and their bikes for successfully completing them. Oh ... Read More »

Wiggle launches smartphone retail app

Wiggle has launched a Retail App, claiming it is the first UK pureplay cycle retailer to do so. The growth of mobile in e-commerce was a driver behind the launch of the new app, which is available in the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and USA, with international rollout scheduled for late 2015. The first release (IOS) includes search, straightforward ... Read More »

Hero Maestro Edge, Duet review, first ride

Critics wasted little time to frown at Hero when they parted with longstanding Japanese partner and global heavyweight, Honda. Hero stood their ground to become Hero MotoCorp in 2011, as Honda went their own way, confident they were on firm enough footing not to need an Indian partner. It’s been a hard fought battle since, as the giants clashed for ... Read More »