First-look review: Specialized Venge ViAS

By now many of you will have already seen Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan riding Specialized’s new Venge ViAS at the Tour de Suisse. It’s perhaps the most radical departure from conventional bike design that we’ve seen in years and it’s sure to be polarising. After a claimed 1000 hours of testing, prototyping and refining the design in […]


Can the Specialized Venge ViAS really save 5 minutes over 40km?

I’m sometimes told that I’m a marketer’s worst nightmare and don’t buy into technical claims or emotional techniques. So when Specialized claimed that riding their Venge ViAS and other aero equipment would save 5 mintutes over 40 kilometres, first question was, “where are the asterisks?” The numbers might stack up in theory in the wind […]


Bikes of the Bunch: Specialized Allez 74

In today’s edition of Bikes of the Bunch we feature a Specialized Allez 74 belonging to Byron Yu. Produced in collaboration with Mark DiNucci — one of Specialized’s original frame builders — this limited edition steel frame was one of just 74 made to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary in 2014. All proceeds from the […]


Women’s cycling kits tested and reviewed

The sun’s out in the Northern Hemisphere, which means it’s time to break out the hottest kits and work on those hard-earned tan lines. I had the pleasure of testing some of the best kits on the market and reviewed them each by style, comfort and fit. About the tester: 1,65m and 60ish kg  (all […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Contador takes over lead in Giro d’Italia as Polanc wins stage 5; Peter Sagan wins stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California, Skujins retains overall lead; Sam Bennett wins stage 1 of the Bayern Rundfahrt; Kirsten Wild wins Tour of Chongming opener; Contador into […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team Sky wins Tour de Romandie TTT, Geraint Thomas claims yellow; Davide Rebellin wins stage 3 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey; The curious case of Alejandro Valverde; Ted King to retire at end of 2015 season; Tracey Gaudry leaves the Amy Gillett Foundation; “The […]


Beyond pink it and shrink it: Embracing the potential of the women’s cycling market (Part 1)

Cycling is one of those well-established industries where growth is hard to come by. Product innovation, savvy marketing and most importantly the identification of untapped market segments are crucial to keeping sales and profitability rolling along. As far as underdeveloped market segments go, it’s hard to go past women’s cycling. The recognition of the potential […]


Commuting essentials: the cute, the quirky and the functional

When Verita Stewart signed onto Ella, she probably didn’t know she was would become our in-house fashion and accessory expert. Her first piece on her favourite women’s cycling kit generated lots of chatter, so she followed up with a piece on socks. Everyone has an opinion on socks, and we loved that so many of […]


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 […]