Bike Reviews

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 »