About the author: Andrew Vontz

Andrew Vontz is a writer, trainer, cycling coach and adventurer based in San Francisco. He writes about people, places and things at the limits of human experience. His work has appeared in Rolling StonePlayboyOutsideBicyclingMen’s Health, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the UFC magazine and many other publications. Find him @vontz on twitter and instagram. Find more of his stories at www.andrewvontz.com.


Review: VeloVie Vitesse 500 carbon road bike with SRAM Red

Web-based, direct-to-consumer seller VeloVie aims to deliver a high-end ride at an affordable price. Label whores need not apply. They hit the bullseye with the Vitesse 500.

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First Look: VeloVie Vitesse 500 with SRAM Red 22

Can a direct-to-consumer, web-based bike company deliver a high-quality racing rig for less? VeloVie thinks they can. We ride the Vitesse 500 to find out.

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Ride Report: (Taint) Hammer of the Gods

In California’s San Joaquin Valley farmland, SuperPro racing promoter Murphy Mack makes the rain stop falling just long enough for 80 racers to fight wind, mud and broken pavement over 128 miles.

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Review: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 Mechanical Groupset

Top Shimano mechanical group delivers with supreme ergonomics, top braking and shifting performance.

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Review: Giant TCR Advanced SL Frameset

Learn more about this versatile chassis that’s stiff in the right places, built for speed, but won’t beat you up during long days in the saddle.

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Review: POC DID Sunglasses

After winning the 2012 Giro d’Italia, Garmin-Sharp’s Ryder Hesjedal had great aspirations for the 2013 Giro and Tour de France. But crashes, illness and other maladies laid waste to his hopes. However, the Canadian still made a tremendous impact in France with his choice of eyewear.

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Dura-Ace 9000: Mechanical, Evolved

For Shimano Fans Who Can’t or Don’t Want to Make the Leap to Electronic Shifting, Dura-Ace 9000 Brings Choicest New Features to Primo Mechanical Group.

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Review: 3D Bikefit

You want your bike to fit great. You want to ride it fast. Should a trip to a bike fitter be on your to-do list? Can putting a few hours and few hundred bucks into a custom fit really make a big difference?

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Tested: Cobb DRT SHC Saddle

Depending on your shape, this light but rugged saddle could be a perfect perch for your cyclocross, gravel or road bike.

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Ride Report: Swallowing the Dirty Kanza Half Pint

Like every other bike journalist in the world, this was the year I tried gravel grinding and the Dirty Kanza was where I did it. I’m sure they all collectively outperformed me/kicked my ass, but I had an adventure I’ll remember for perpetuity and will be back for more.

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