About the author: Twain Mein

Twain Mein has been a fan of mtbr.com & roadbikereview.com since 1996. After meeting Francis, he became fascinated with the technology and gear aspect of cycling and became one of our first product reviewers. Twain has been doing triathlons since 1987 and was ranked in the Top 50 U.S. National Age Group in 2012. He’s recently been learning swimming tips from his 10 year-old daughter who has way more natural talent!


Parlee Z-Zero road bike review

We take a spin on this high-end made-in-the-USA roadster with 11-speed Dura Ace mechanical drivetrain and Corima Carbon tubulars. Find out how it performed.

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Lightweight Urgestalt road bike review

RoadBikeReview spent time on this breathtaking matte black piece of two-wheeled art. Find out if it was a true masterpiece or not.

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Review: Swift Carbon Ultravox TI road bike

Swift Carbon is one of those brands on the periphery. Cool looking, well designed and sponsoring notable teams. But you won’t likely see one of these frames on your weekend ride.Should that change? Read our full review to find out.

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Review: Fuji SL 1.3 road bike

This sub-15-pound climbing machine comes stock with the best-in-class Shimano Dura Ace Di2 drivetrain. But does this ultra-lightweight bike deliver true uphill efficiency?

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First Ride Review: Fuji SL 1.3 lightweight climbing bike

One of the year’s most anticipated bikes just showed up for testing, Fuji’s new lightweight SL 1.3 climbing machine. Launched at this year’s Vuelta España, the claimed weight for the SL frame is a staggering 695 grams. Our test bike’s out of the box weight: a barely UCI-illegal 14.17 pounds.

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Review: Cipollini Bond road bike

Can a fledgling manufacturer come out of nowhere and produce a legitimately good — if not great — bike? Or is it all marketing and hype? Read our review to find out.

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Review: Fair Wheel Bikes KinLin XR-22T Aivee wheelset

Fair Wheel bikes has introduced a line of hand-built wheels that at first glance look very impressive. But how did they ride?

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Review: 2015 Fuji Transonic 2.1 aero road bike

Speedster from Fuji feels fast while sprinting or descending, has a wonderful ride quality, and is spec’d with an excellent component group.

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Review: Redshift Sports Switch Aero System

The Redshift Sports Switch Aero System is designed to make it simple to convert a road bike to triathlon use with easy-to-remove aerobars and a dual-position seatpost that allows the rider to get into the more forward “tri” position. See how well it worked.

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Review: Oval 733 alloy clincher wheelset

Check out this rock solid, lightweight alloy wheelset that accelerates rapidly and is easy to maintain.

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Review: Fairwheel Bikes Lightweight Alloy Clinchers

These lightweight wheels are an affordable alternative to more expensive carbon clinchers from more wheel-known wheel makers. And they work great, too.

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Do We Really Need 11-Speed?

Contributor Twain Mein is usually excited about advances in cycling technology, and loves to try the newest, lightest, most aerodynamic inventions. However, he’s not convinced that 11-speed drivetrains are the greatest thing since sliced bread — or necessary at all.

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Review: Hed Jet 5 Express Aero Wheelset

While a little on the heavy side, these budget-friendly wheels offer excellent aerodynamics, solid braking performance, a smooth ride, and stability in the wind. Find out why.

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Review: Superlight All-Carbon Zero Gravity Gravitas SL Brakeset

From Ted Ciamillo, who pioneered the aftermarket for bike brakes, comes his lightest, all-carbon offering the Zero Gravity Gravitas SL Brakeset.

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Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Review

MSRP: Front wheel-$1,215. Rear wheel-$1,485. $2,700 for the set. Weight Claimed weight, wheelset without quick releases: 1498 grams. Actual weight: 1535 grams; this included rim strips which likely makes up the 37 gram difference. Front wheel: 680 grams (claimed). 690 grams actual with rim strip. Rear wheel: 818 grams (claimed). 845 grams actual with rim […]

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Fuji D-6 Special Edition Triathlon Frame Review

Fuji D-6 Special Edition Triathlon Frame Review – By Twain Mein MSRP: $2499 for this Special Edition C-10 high modulus frame in matte-black Also available fully built, the Fuji D-6 1.0 and 2.0 range from $5619 to $8119. The Fuji D-6 3.0 and 4.0 have a slightly heavier frame and retail from $2449 to $2799. […]

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Look Keo Blade Carbon Pedals Pro Review

Look Keo Blade Carbon Pedals Pro Review – By Twain Mein MSRP: $399.95 Weight: 190 grams (claimed), 187 grams (actual) Larger surface area Innovative “leaf spring” retention system Look revolutionized cycling in 1984 with the creation of the clipless pedal. It is incredible to think that Fignon and Hinault and all of their predecessors used […]

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Mad Fiber Carbon Road Wheels Review

Mad Fiber Carbon Road Wheels Review by Twain Mein $2599 MSRP, 4 year warranty 12 spoke front, 18 spoke rear full carbon tubular wheels 60mm front, 66mm rear rim height 1085 grams/pair. 430 grams front, 655 rear. 1980 grams/pair with tires and 13-29 cassette (1280 rear/ 700 front) White Industries rear hub QR levers 44 […]

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Diamond DM-1 Pro Race Review

Diamond DM-1 Pro Race Review – Twain Mein Toray T700 Carbon fiber frameset 73 degree head tube, 73.5 degree seat tube Claimed weights: Frame: 1030 grams, Fork: 380 grams. Actual total w/o pedals: 7460 grams (16lbs 7 oz) Price: $2295 Oversize and tapered 1.25/1.5″ fork Full Shimano Ultegra 6700 gruppo with 53/39 x 11/25 gearing […]

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Fizik Antares Versus Saddle Pro Review

Fizik Antares Versus Saddle Pro Review – Twain Mein 2 CM deep groove to provide relief for the “sensitive” areas Cost: $179 MSRP Natural Leather Seat Cover Made in Italy ICS bag compatible Weight: 212 grams (215 with ICS clip installed) This is a review of the Fizik Antares Versus saddle. The Versus is a […]

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Simkins Egg Brake Pro Review

Cost: $385/pair, $195 front only MSRP (complete with brake pads) Aerodynamic and unique Made in the USA Light weight: 287 grams (pair); front 145, rear 142 Available in Red, Black, and Silver Strong braking power Available direct Matt Simkins’ day job use to be working as engineer on eye/ear/nose/throat medical devices. He’s now getting his […]

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Clean Bottle Water Bottle Pro Review

Clean Bottle Water Bottle Pro Review – By Twain Mein 22 oz. capacity 100% non-toxic, BPA-free plastic Removable top and bottom for easy cleaning MSRP: $9.95 each available direct David Mayer is the mind behind the Clean Bottle. And this year he’s burst onto the cycling scene with guerrilla marketing run amok. From spamming the […]

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Yahoo! Cycling Team’s 2010 Fuji SL-1 Pro – Pro Review

Yahoo! Cycling Team‘s 2010 Fuji SL-1 Pro Reviewed – by Twain Mein Well-built, no nonsense race bike C-7 Carbon Fiber frame Size M/L tested (“53″ size, 55.5 cm effective top tube) 2010 SRAM Force throughout Reynolds Attack Carbon Clinchers (1450 grams) Vittoria Rubino Pro II tires 11-26 cassette, 53×39 standard crank 120 mm Fuji Stem […]

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Norco CRR2 Road Bike Pro Review

Norco CRR2 Road Bike Pro Review – by Twain Mein Size: 58 cm, frame weight 1790 grams (claimed) SRAM Rival drivetrain + Force rear derailleur Ritchey Pro Logic handlebar, Pro 4-Axis stem, Ritchey Pro 2-bolt seat post Mavic Aksium Black wheels (1795 total grams) 11-25 rear cassette/compact 50/34 S550 crank (825 grams) Vittoria Zaffiro Pro […]

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Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon 46 Clinchers Pro Review

Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon 46 Clinchers Pro Review – by Twain Mein Same as the tubulars above but in a clincher-style rim 46mm tall for aerodynamics Ritchey hubs with premium bearings Cool quick releases-extremely light Front: 20 hole, 610 grams claimed. $1460.00 msrp Rear: 24 hole, 800 grams claimed. $1540.00 msrp Actual combined weight of 1430 […]

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