Matt Wikstrom

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 […]

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First-look review: Search and State S1-A jersey and S1-S bibshorts

Search and State produces all of its clothing entirely within the garment district of New York City. The result is simple, well-tailored apparel. Mention the garment district of New York City and images of rolling racks of clothing come to mind. Less than one square mile, the district enjoyed an enormous boom at the turn […]

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 […]

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SRAM RED 22 hydraulic groupset review

SRAM’s RED 22 hydraulic road groupset may have suffered a major hiccup after its initial release, but the company has rectified the issues that prompted the major recall and now RED 22 offers more braking choices than any other groupset on the market. In this review CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at RED […]

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Assos autumn/spring clothing review

While readers in the northern hemisphere are enjoying the onset of warmer weather, riders in the southern hemisphere must contend with falling temperatures. In both instances, there is a need for versatile layers of clothing. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at some clothing from Assos that is designed to contend […]

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Colnago V1-r disc review

Colnago and Ferrari have been collaborating for almost 30 years to develop and refine carbon road bikes. The V1-r is the latest iteration in this program, an aero road chassis that offers buyers a choice of rim or disc brakes. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at the new disc-equipped […]

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Polar V650 GPS cycle computer review

Polar is well known for wireless heartrate measurement and the company has also been involved in the cycle computer market since the early ‘90s. Now Polar is embracing GPS with the release of the V650, a cycle computer that uses Bluetooth Smart for data collection. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom looks at what […]

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Bont Vaypor S shoe review

The Vaypor S is Bont’s new flagship racing shoe and one that continues with the company’s distinctive fit while incorporating Boa’s new IP1 reels. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom investigates the philosophy behind Bont’s shoe design as he considers the performance of the Vaypor S. Bont is an Australian company created in 1975 […]

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Lapierre Aircode 700 review

Lapierre has a proud French heritage that spans three generations and almost 70 years. The Aircode is the company’s first aerodynamic race bike that was developed in collaboration with team FDJ.fr. CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at the new bike in this review. Gaston Lapierre founded his namesake business in 1946 with […]

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First-look review: Scott Premium road shoes

There are eight models in Scott’s road shoe range that differ in weight, materials and the kind of fit they offer. The Premium road shoe sits at the top of the range and is purpose-built for racing. As a high performance shoe, the Premium offers everything that you’d expect from a stiff carbon sole, light […]

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