Tech Features

What is the lifespan of a carbon frame?

The bicycle industry has embraced carbon fibre in the same way that steel once served traditional manufacturers. Renowned for its high strength to weight ratio, carbon has revolutionised the bicycle industry, but how long can a buyer expect a frame to last? CTech editor Matt Wikstrom investigates the answer by talking with three engineers working […]


First-look review: Happy Socks Athletic Collection

“Happy Socks was created with one vision in mind; turn a pair of socks – an everyday accessory – into a designed colourful item that also spreads happiness.” So reads the Happy Socks website. Happy Socks’ Athletic Collection offer solid construction with light compression, arch support and a cushioned sole bringing comfort and performance no […]

Hidden motor demonstration with Greg LeMond

ALPE D’HUEZ, France (CT) – There has been plenty of talk of hidden motors at this year’s Tour de France, yet some people remain sceptical about the technology and the threat of its use. In order to address this, triple Tour winner Greg LeMond took delivery of a bike with a motor late on Friday […]


Tour de France tech: Custom paint jobs

It’s all about standing out at the Tour de France. Teams and riders fight for publicity over three weeks, whether it be getting in breaks that will ultimately fail, trying to winning a stage, wearing one of the leaders’ jerseys or in the case of some, having products that catch the attention of the media. […]


Tour de France tech: A closer look at FSA’s prototype electronic groupset

GAP, France (CT) – The cycling tech world has been abuzz since the second rest day of the Tour de France with the news that FSA has a few prototype versions of its long-awaited electronic groupset on team bikes at the Tour. FSA is predominately know for its bars, stems, seatposts and chainsets. The company […]


Moots Vamoots CR review

Moots have been making titanium frame since 1991 and they’re widely recognised as masters of the demanding metal. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom rides the Vamoots CR, a road frameset designed to provide enthusiasts with a large measure of race performance without compromising its versatility. Moots began life in 1981 and has always […]


First look: FSA’s electronic groupset

It’s been known that FSA has been developing an electronic groupset for a year now, since we spotted it at the 2014 Tour de France, and as expected it’s finally been shown to the public at the Tour de France. GCN takes a closer look at the prototype on one of Michal Kwiatkowski’s bikes in […]


Behind the scenes of Dimension Data’s rider tracking at the Tour de France

On the eve of the 2015 Tour de France, the Tour’s owners – ASO – and the race’s new technology partner – Dimension Data – announced a collaboration that would allow the broadcast of real-time location data from riders within the race. CyclingTips editor Matt de Neef caught up with Dimension Data’s Technical Program Lead […]


Tour de France tech: time trial bikes

Stage nine and the TT machines were rolled out once again. We’d already seen the time trial bikes in action on stage one of this year’s Tour de France and we covered some of the smaller kit and custom bikes after the stage. But with the Tour being what it is where every second counts, […]