Eecycleworks eebrakes review

Eecycleworks introduced the eebrake to the world in 2008 and the company has been steadily refining it ever since. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom assesses its performance against calipers from industry leaders such as Shimano and Campagnolo. Craig and Bruce Edwards established eecycleworks in the US in 2007, and while Bruce subsequently stepped […]


The Program film review

After a long build-up, the Lance Armstrong biopic, The Program, hits Australian cinemas this Thursday. CyclingTips editor Matt de Neef headed along to a preview screening of the film. Here’s what he had to say … The Program traces Lance Armstrong’s cycling career from the 1994 Fleche Wallonne right through to his now-famous doping confession […]


Why whistleblowers are crucial for cycling and other sports: part 1

A year ago, the notion of Russia potentially being out of the 2016 Olympics would have seemed unimaginable to many. It’s one of the most powerful nations on earth, took 24 gold medals and 81 medals in total at the last Summer Games, and was then regarded as one of the top contenders for Rio […]


Reflecting on the inaugural CyclingTips Giro della Donna

The first ever Giro della Donna was held yesterday under sunny skies and attended by a thousand smiling faces. It was a massive buzz for the team and I to show that CyclingTips is more than a website, and to have the opportunity to ride bikes with many of our loyal readers. I was fortunate […]


Bikes of the Bunch: custom 953 RS Frezoni

In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, Alex Davey shares the bike that he commissioned Joe Cosgrove to build in 2014. He wanted a bike that would honour the craft, the materials, and the componentry. Joe Cosgrove is well known for his frame painting — he paints all Llewellyn frames — yet he originally […]


What caused the Yunnan Gran Fondo crash?

Finish-line crashes are common at all levels of bike racing but we’ve never seen anything like this incident on stage 4 of the Colourful Yunnan Gran Fondo in China on November 12, 2015. Daniel Carruthers, a New Zealand national who has been living in China for many years, attended the event and witnessed the crash […]


Artistic cycling: a first-person perspective

What do you get when you combine gymnastics and fixed-gear bikes? Artistic cycling, that’s what. Not only is this discipline popular in Europe, it’s recognised by the UCI and artistic cycling world champions have been crowned since 1956 for men, and since 1970 for women. Céline Burlet is one quarter of 4er Kunstrad Sirnach, the […]


A weekend away with our Jaguar ‘Why I Ride’ competition winners

In what was a fitting end to our Jaguar ‘Why I Ride competition, our six winners gathered in the Cathedral Ranges in Victoria last weekend, for two days of hard riding, eating, drinking, relaxing and sharing battle stories at each day’s end. The winners were picked from thousands of entries and each had an inspiring […]


Will the front derailleur become obsolete on road bikes? A review on SRAM’s 1x

Road riders have been using double chainring cranks for decades but there is growing interest in 1×11 transmissions. SRAM is the first manufacturer to develop a 1×11 transmission for road use, and in this report, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at the promise of the new system. The front derailleur was a […]


Cycling and depression: can riding help beat the ‘black dog’?

For those who have never experienced depression, it is nearly impossible to understand. The mentally healthy among us try to help those with depression with well-meaning advice (or hurtful barbs) dispensed in a manly manner: “Harden up mate. Drink some concrete.” Or “he just needs to get over it.” For those with depression, it is best described […]