Tech Features

How do disc brakes change the design of road bike wheels?

Now that hydraulic disc brakes are available for road bikes and manufacturers are embracing the new format, what will happen to road wheels? In this article, CTech Editor Matt Wikstrom considers the effect disc brakes will have (and are having on) wheel design, while considering a prototype disc-specific carbon wheelset built by Wheelworks.

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Polygon Helios A9X review

Polygon is an Indonesian company that offers buyers a lot of value with its bikes. The company’s Helios A9X has a high-end build but just a mid-level price of $5,999. CTech editor Matt Wikstrom recently spent some time with the bike to judge how much performance the Helios A9X has to offer.

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Shimano XTR Di2 Groupset Review

I would argue that mountain bike technology is more advanced and progressive than what we typically see on road bikes. The many variations of disciplines, relaxed UCI technical rules, and perhaps a tendency for riders to let go of traditions make the mountain bike an open slate for innovation and experimentation. However, the first bit […]

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First-look review: PRO Toolbox

In this first-look review, mechanic/photographer Andy Rogers checks out the Toolbox made by PRO Bike Gear, Shimano’s in-house component and tool brand.

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Quarq ELSA RS power meter review

Quarq has been refining its crank-based power meters since 2006. The company’s latest road crank, ELSA RS, features a four-bolt spider specifically designed for Shimano chainrings. In this review, CTech Editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at what the ELSA RS has to offer.

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Mister Ghibli

The Campagnolo Ghibli has been a set of wheels that have carried many athletes to historic wins. Meet the man affectionately known as ‘San Franco della Ghibli’ who builds these labour intensive works of art. You can read the full story of the Ghibli wheel and about Franco Rigolon, in Rouleur issue 50. Here are […]

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Powermeter shoes and a factory tour: behind the scenes with Luck

Editor’s Note: One of the many highlights from this year’s Eurobike was Spanish shoe manufacture Luck’s prototype power meter that was built into the sole of one of the company’s top-end shoes. After the original article featuring the shoe caught many people’s attention, CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett visited the Luck factory to learn more […]

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Mixing groupsets: what works together and what doesn’t

With three major groupset manufacturers, transmissions of anywhere from seven- to 11-speed, and an excess of aftermarket cranksets and wheels on the market, consumers will inevitably suffer from a clash of component compatibilities, particularly when upgrading. In this post CTech Editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at the known incompatibilities between groupsets from different brands […]

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First-look review: SH+ Sunglasses

SH+ is an Italian company that is devoted to ski and cycling helmets, goggles, gloves and eyewear. There are nearly a dozen models in the company’s eyewear catalogue and all feature bold styling and bright colours. For cyclists, there is the RG-4600 with a single wrap-around lens, the half-framed RG-4720, and the full-framed RG-4700. All […]

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A brief history of cycling sunglasses

Sunglasses have evolved from a humble yet essential piece of protection in the cyclist’s kit bag to an expensive fashion statement. Dave Everett and Wade Wallace look back through the archives to find some of the more memorable and outlandish examples of cycling-specific eyewear that we’ve seen in recent decades.

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