Matt Wikstrom

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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First-look review: BBB ControlShield winter jacket and Legshield bib tights

The weather is starting to cool down in the southern hemisphere so it is a good time to make sure the winter wardrobe is well stocked for the months ahead. In this first-look review, Matt Wikstrom tests out a softshell jacket and winter tights made by BBB. I’ve found that stocking the wardrobe for winter […]

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Cannondale Synapse HI MOD review

The Synapse is Cannondale’s endurance-oriented road bike that has been in the company’s catalogue since 2006. The frameset was redesigned for 2014 and CTech Editor Matt Wikstrom recently spent some time on it to see what it has to offer. Cannondale started life as a “bike-packing” specialist in the early 1970s. The company’s first product […]

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Assos summer clothing review

Assos is one of cycling’s premium brands with an extensive catalogue of clothing for every season of the year. CTech editor Matt Wikstrom spent the last month of the Australian summer testing the performance of some of Assos’s warm weather clothing for this review. For those unfamiliar with Assos, it is a Swiss brand devoted […]

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First-look review: Scott RC ProTec bibshorts and jersey

Scott’s Racing Concept (RC) collection comprises a range of equipment specifically designed to meet the demands of competition. Scott recently added bibshorts and jerseys to this collection that utilise a new armour-like material that promises to reduce the risk of abrasion in the event of a crash. The new fabric is called ITD ProTec and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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