Tech Features

Zipp Firecrest 202 clincher disc wheelset review

Zipp’s 202 has evolved from a lightweight tubular wheelset to versatile carbon clincher. The company recently released a disc-equipped version of the 202 to appeal to performance-oriented riders that have migrated to road disc brakes. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom considers the impact of road discs on the performance of the Firecrest 202 […]


Specialized FLUX lights review

The Australian summer has faded and the early mornings have become progressively darker. It’s that time again to either make sure your lights are charged and up to scratch, or if it’s been a couple years perhaps start looking a new set. With significant effort and investment, Specialized are becoming known for their soft goods […]


What’s cool in cycling kits in 2015

Last year we shared some of our favourite cycling kits on the market and in that time many more designs and brands have emerged, and some have gotten even cooler. With custom kit becoming easier and cheaper to source, design, and manufacture, many small labels have emerged to target anything from a group of their […]


How Giant build their carbon frames

A few months ago we were privileged enough to take a factory tour of Giant’s manufacturing facility in Taichung, Taiwan. It was a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the largest carbon frame manufacturer in the world who have been building carbon bikes for 27 years (more than 42 years of bike building experience in total). The […]


Curve 38mm carbon clincher review

Curve is a small wheel brand that is based in Melbourne, Australia. The company started as a collaboration between a couple of riding mates and offers a range of high performance wheelsets for road, off-road, and cyclocross riders. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at Curve’s 38mm carbon clincher wheelset. Curve […]


First-look review: Fizik R3B shoes

In this first-look review, Matt Wikstrom checks out Fizik’s newest shoe design that features Boa’s latest reel and cable system. Fizik is well known for its saddles, however the company has been offering shoes in its catalogue since 2011. There are three models in the road range—R1, R3, and R5—where R1 is the most expensive […]


PowerTap releases new pedal and chainring powermeters

PowerTap, highly regarded as one of the pioneers of powermeter technology, has released two new powermeters into the company’s portfolio at the Taipei Cycle Show today: the P1 pedal and the C1 chainring. With the introduction of these new products, PowerTap strengthens its market position with a complete portfolio of powermeter products for multiple locations […]


The bikes of Langkawi

CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett is currently over at the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia following the race for CT. He sent back the following gallery of images showing some of the interesting bikes and bike setups on show at the 2.HC race. Over the past few years we’ve published a few nice galleries (if […]


Why Trek used velodrome testing to prepare for the Paris-Nice uphill time trial

The 2015 edition of Paris-Nice is currently in progress with the race set to finish on Sunday with an individual time trial up the Col d’Eze just outside of Nice. That final stage will almost certainly decide the race overall so it makes sense that teams have been preparing specifically for it. But doing that […]


Scott Addict 20 and Team Issue review

After a short hiatus, the Addict returned to Scott’s road range in 2014. The frameset was re-designed to offer more compliance than the original Addict while continuing as a lightweight chassis. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom rides the 2015 Addict and compares the mid-priced Addict 20 with the high-end Team Issue bike.