Riding comfort: What to consider when choosing a saddle

The first thing that went into my small suitcase when packing for ten days of riding in the French Alps and Pyrenees was my saddle. Sure the bike I was hiring would come with a decent quality saddle, and if I left my own behind, I might have even be able to squeeze in a […]


Specialized FLUX lights review

The Australian summer has faded and the early mornings have become progressively darker. It’s that time again to either make sure your lights are charged and up to scratch, or if it’s been a couple years perhaps start looking a new set. With significant effort and investment, Specialized are becoming known for their soft goods […]


Boels-Dolmans emerges as the team to beat

Red and orange. It’s the color that’s been dominating the women’s races and podiums since the start of the season as the Boels-Dolmans squad is emerging as the team to beat this year. The Dutch-registered squad has already secured six wins this spring. Ellen van Dijk won stage two of Ladies Tour of Qatar and […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Boels-Dolmans dominance continues as Chantal Blaak wins Le Samyn; Kris Boeckmans triumphs in 47th edition of Le Samyn; Report – Astana given until March 20 to prepare response to the UCI; Andy Schleck eases into retirement by opening a bike shop; Specialized issues voluntary recall […]


Specialized Power saddle review

Today Specialized announced the release of its new Power Saddle, a hybrid of many of the company’s existing designs that aims to ensure rider comfort while in an aero position. CyclingTips’ Wade Wallace has been testing one for a month now and had the following first impressions. Specialized designed the Power for the purpose of […]


Why Specialized switched teams and will instead focus on Boels-Dolmans

It’s a move that took some by surprise; after three years of backing Kristy Scrymgeour’s successful team, a period where the squad took three world team time trial titles plus many other victories, both Specialized and lululemon confirmed several weeks ago that they would end their title sponsorship at the end of the 2014 season. […]


Specialized Diverge review

I love getting out and testing new bikes but many fall short of getting me truly excited. I’m often left wondering what I’m going to write in a review that’s different from every other review I’ve written. From the moment I threw my leg over the Specialized Diverge, I knew I was not going to […]


Tinkoff Saxo tangle with Belkin bikes identified as cause of snapped Contador frame

Following hours of speculation and confusion about the circumstances of the crash which took Alberto Contador out of the Tour de France, the Specialized company has clarified how one of the rider’s bikes was broken in half. It has stated categorically that the badly damaged frame shown on French television did not occur in the […]


Bikes of Le Tour: Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized Tarmac & the McLaren Tarmac

As with any Grand Tour, the team leaders at the Tour de France like to have a little bit of bling, be that a custom helmet, a jazzed up pair of shoes or, for several of the big guns, a custom painted bike. Obviously the team bike sponsors love to get as much coverage as […]


The New Specialized Tarmac review

This month Specialized announced the newly designed Tarmac which continues the evolution of their successful Tarmac SL4. But calling it the SL5 would imply that it’s just a lighter, stiffer, faster step-up from the previous model. However, the intent was much more ambitious than that …