Product Reviews

First-look review: Shimano RP9 road shoes

New to Shimano’s road shoe range for 2015 is the premium RP9, designed to “bridge the gap between competitive level performance and new road cyclists”. Sitting just below the ‘performance’ R321 shoe, which we reviewed earlier in the year, the RP9 retains a number of features from the flagship model, the key being the heat-moldable […]


Sportful 2015 spring/summer clothing review

Sportful began with a bright orange ski-suit in 1972 and has grown to produce a wide range of apparel for a variety of outdoor activities. The company has been making cycling apparel since 1985 and in this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at a few garments from their 2015 spring/summer collection. The […]


First-look review: Morvelo Nth Series jersey and bibshorts

For those unfamiliar with Morvelo’s story, the company was started by a couple of graphic designers in 2009. Morvelo expounds a simple motto, “ride everything”, which is most evident in its collection of films including the recent Doorstep Epic adventures that tap into the essence of bike riding. Morvelo’s catalogue comprises a wide range of […]

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 […]


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 […]