Product Reviews

Specialized Road Disc Review: new Tarmac versus Roubaix SL4

While the pro peloton is only just starting to experiment with disc brakes, consumers have had access to road disc bikes for a few years. Specialized was an early adopter however a pure-bred race bike with disc brakes was missing from their catalogue until recently. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom compares the company’s […]


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 […]


First-look review: KindHuman leather gloves

KindHuman is a Canadian-based company established by Adam Abramowicz and Gavin Brauer. Based on a rider-direct sales model, the company offers complete bikes (road, CX, MTB, TT/Tri), framesets, men’s and women’s apparel and a variety of accessories via their online shop. All of KindHuman’s products are performance-oriented, which will appeal to racers, while pricing reflects […]


First-look review: GoodSport sports cream

GoodSport takes advantage of the natural medicinal properties of manuka oil to produce a simple anti-chafing cream. GoodSport is a family enterprise that began with a dairy farm. Located on the outskirts of Katikati on the North Island of New Zealand, the farm was acquired in 1950 by Tony Lett’s grandparents. The dairy was a […]

Pro-Lite Bortola A21W and Bracciano A42 wheelsets review

Amongst Pro-Lite’s considerable range of road wheelsets are the Bracciano A42 and Bortola A21W. While the two wheelsets share mid-range pricing, there are significant differences, the most obvious of which are the rim profiles. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom compares the performance of the two wheelsets. Pro-Lite is a Taiwanese company that, according […]


First-look review: Castelli Race Bags collection

Castelli’s Race Bags collection has been designed with cyclists in mind. All products in the range feature the company’s striking black and red livery and most have cyclist-specific features. We were sent a Rolling Travel Bag, Rolling Travel Bag XL, Gear Backpack, Gear Dufflebag, an Undersaddle Mini and an Undersaddle XL to check out. Rolling […]


Trek Émonda comparison review: SL6 versus SLR6

In developing the Émonda, Trek devoted considerable resources to designing a lightweight race bike and trumped the industry with a 690g frame. CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a close look at the new bike and assesses the influence of different grades of carbon fibre by comparing the mid-level Émonda SL6 with the upper-level SLR6. Trek […]


Curve 24mm Road Disc Wheelset review

At present, riders looking for a high-end wheelset for a road disc bike must contend with a variety of incompatible standards and a limited range of products. As a custom wheelbuilder, Curve Cycling is equipped to hand pick components to suit a rider’s (or bike’s) specifications. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom assesses Curve’s […]


First-look review: Thule Commuter Pack

Thule has long been known for the quality of their bike transport products so it’s great to see the same attention to detail being paid to their range of soft goods. Here we look at the Commuter BackPack, and Legend GoPro Case. Thule Commuter BackPack On first picking up the Thule commuter pack you immediately […]


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 […]