Tech Features

Visiting the home of Canyon bikes in Koblenz, Germany

On a recent trip to Germany for the annual cycling Disneyland that is Eurobike, we took a detour to the town of Koblenz, sitting on the banks of the River Rhine roughly an hour west of Frankfurt. For many it’s just an ordinary German town, but for bike fans and especially German cycling fans it’s a destination — […]


Black Inc Black Fifty C wheelset review

Black Inc is a relatively new carbon wheel manufacturer that has the backing and support of some ex-professional riders, including Baden Cooke and David Millar. There are three basic models in Black Inc’s current catalogue, and in this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom tests one of them, called the Black Fifty. Despite its short history, […]


Will wireless shifting be a game-changer? SRAM introduces eTAP

For the past three years we’ve seen spy shots, speculated amongst ourselves, spotted fake cables, and seen it openly on the bikes of development teams and on WorldTour teams at the Tour de France. We’ve all keenly watched SRAM’s progression into the world of electronic shifting and there hasn’t yet been a dramatic raising of […]


Review: The virtual world of Zwift – Just a game, or will it change the way we train?

It’s been nearly a year since Zwift first launched as an invite-only beta and since then its popularity has grown at an impressive rate. It seemed as if every second ride on Strava over the Australian winter was recorded with Zwift, with more and more riders turning to the emerging platform to keep their indoor […]


First-look review: Bodie’z Protein Water

The team behind Bodie’z Protein Water claim their product is “one of the most technologically advanced formulated supplementary sports products on the market”. In addition, the use of “highest quality whey protein isolate and ingredients” reportedly makes Bodie’z Protein Water a “revolution”. The range contains two drinks: – “Energise”: an orange-flavoured pre-workout drink which contains […]


9 things I’ve learnt as a bike reviewer

Four years ago we hired Matt Wikstrom as our CTech Editor. I felt it was important for our credibility and trust to make sure our commercial relationships were strictly separated from our product reviews so they remained unbiased. While many still remain skeptical of product reviews in general, I’m proud of the job Matt has […]


Ritte race framesets review: the Ace and the Snob

Ritte is a rider-owned brand based in Los Angeles, California. The company is passionate about road racing but it still has a sense of humour about it. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom compares two of Ritte’s race-oriented road framesets, the carbon fibre Ace and stainless steel Snob. Ritte Cycles began life as a […]


First-look review: C-Bear bottom brackets

In an era where so many carbon frames suffer from creaking bottom bracket bearings, C-Bear uses precise CNC-machining to create aluminium bottom brackets that do not rely on adhesives or other bonding compounds for a sure fit in the frame. In addition, every bottom bracket is engineered to suit a specific crank and bearing combination, […]


First-look review: RedWhite bibshorts

Established 2014, RedWhite may be a young company but they’ve concentrated on doing one thing well. In this instance, it is a mid-priced all-day bibshort. Based in Singapore, RedWhite’s design team diligently experimented with a multitude of designs, fabrics and manufacturers before settling on the final product, which they named, simply, “the BIBS”. The BIBS […]