Tech Features

The bikes and tech of Paris-Roubaix 2015

The pavé of Paris-Roubaix demands something a little different of riders and bikes than any other race on the calendar. Mechanics and bike and component manufactures can work weeks, months or even years to get new equipment ready for Paris-Roubaix. CyclingTips’ roving reporter headed to the start of this year’s race in Compiègne to check […]


Bikes of Flanders: Sep Vanmarcke’s Bianchi Infinito CV

In the past few days we’ve been featuring some of the interesting and unusual bikes that were on display at Sunday’s Tour of Flanders. In this instalment CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett learns a little about Sep Vanmarcke’s custom Bianchi Infinito CV. Over at LottoNL-Jumbo’s hotel on the eve of the Tour of Flanders, one […]


Tour of Flanders tech: detailing the unusual

The Tour of Flanders isn’t quite as demanding on bikes and other equipment as Paris-Roubaix, but it’s still a race that demands something a little different to most races on the UCI calendar. CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett spent some time at the Tour of Flanders startline in Bruges on Sunday to find out what […]


Bikes of Flanders: Lotto-Soudal’s New Unnamed Ridleys

Heading to team hotels before the start of any big race is always a privilege, it’s also a prime place to get chatting with the mechanics of the teams as they toil away outside on the team bikes while the riders are inside keeping warm with their legs up. On a visit to the hotel […]


Wiggins claims Pinarello K8-S bike is revolutionary: “The difference is unbelievable”

Unless you haven’t had internet access over the past couple days you’ll have seen Pinarello’s new bike that they hope will deliver a Sky rider to the top of the podium for the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix. The new frameset is called the Dogma K8-S. Much has already been written about the development of […]


Garmin Forerunner 920XT review

Garmin recently added a new model to its Forerunner range, updating and expanding on the capabilities of the 910XT to yield the 920XT. Purpose-built for triathletes, this device may also appeal to cyclists that want a portable GPS device. In this review, Matt Wikstrom and Jonathan Reece take a closer look at all of its […]


How does stem length affect a bike’s steering and handling?

Today’s marketplace provides a wide variety of stem lengths and angles, allowing riders enormous flexibility for fine-tuning their reach to the handlebars. While comfort and an effective position trumps all other considerations, Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at the influence of stem length on the steering and handling of a road bike. Almost since […]


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 […]