Bike Reviews

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 »

Specialized CruX Elite X1 review

The CruX typifies North American cyclocross frame design, with a low bottom bracket to carve through corners and a relatively slack head angle that gives the rider confidence at speed. Its handling is not as intuitive through tight, low-speed turns as some European cyclocross bikes with high and tight geometry, but it doesn’t require an excessive amount of rider input, ... Read More »

Canyon Speedmax CF SLX goes big on integration

Which brings us on to fluids – and Canyon’s pro triathletes like Jan Frodeno will need plenty of them. The Speedmax CF SLX touts an integrated water bottle, developed with wheel merchant Profile Design using computation fluid dynamics (CFD) to create the most aerodynamically efficient setup possible at 50kph (31mph). Finally, there’s an integrated Garmin mount out front. UCI legality ... Read More »

Yamaha FZ-S FI10,000km long term report

My daily commute of close to 60km meant that the Yamaha FZ-S FI crossed the 10,000km landmark in the seventh month since the bike was allotted to me. I must say that despite the 10,000km marathon, the Yamaha FZ-S FI doesn’t doesn’t show many signs of wear and tear. The comfortable riding posture of the bike meant that I didn’t ... Read More »