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!


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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TRP R960 Road Bike Brakes Pro Review

TRP R960 Road Bike Brakes Pro Review – By Twain Mein Lightweight Dual Pivot caliper brakes Forged and CNC’d 6061 Aluminum Arms Adjustable cartridge pad holders with SwissStop pads Patened “Slyde” quick release Titanium nuts n bolts Available in anodized Red or Black Reach: 39-49mm Claimed weight: 120 grams each; 240 total with pads. Actual […]

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Easton EA90 SLX Clincher Wheelset Pro Review

Easton EC90 SLX Clincher Wheelset Pro Review – By Twain Mein Hand built, fully aluminum rim Sapim double butted and stainless steel spokes, 18 front radial, 24 rear radial/2-cross on drive side 20mm deep front, 24mm deep rear Weight: Front: 600 grams, Rear: 820 grams, total 1420 with rim strips. Estimated 1390 actual versus claimed […]

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Fizik Ares Time Trial Saddle Pro Review

Fizik Ares Saddle Pro Review – By Twain Mein Specifically designed for to meet UCI regulations for time trials Cost: $199 MSRP Natural Leather Seat Cover Made in Italy ICS bag compatible Cool black and white color scheme. However, the white is subject to grease and fingerprints. Weight: Claimed 155 grams. Actual: 159. This is […]

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Vuelta Corsa Super-Light Clincher Wheelset Pro Review

Vuelta Corsa Super-Light Wheelset Pro Review by Twain Mein Light alloy rims at a competitive price point 20 spoke front, 24 spoke rear with triple-butted aero and stainless steel spokes, sealed cartridge bearings and “lubeable” cassette body. 27mm rim Claimed: weight — Front: 607 grams, Rear: 835 grams, 1442 total. Actual — Front: 650 grams, […]

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Vuelta Corsa Carbon 50 Clincher Wheelset Pro Review

Vuelta Corsa-Carbon Clinchers Pro Review – By Twain Mein Full carbon clincher rim 6mm “lowered” brake surface area to prevent heat build-up 20 spoke front, 24 spoke rear with triple-butted aero and stainless steel spokes, sealed cartridge bearings and “lubeable” cassette body. 50mm rim for aerodynamics Claimed: weight — Front: 703 grams, Rear: 958 grams, […]

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Cervelo Diet – Ultimate Mods for the Ultimate Bike – Part 6 – But "weight"…there’s more. 13 pounds 5ounces!

Cervelo Diet – Ultimate Mods for the Ultimate Bike, the Cervelo R3 – Part 6 – By Twain Mein I replaced the headset with an FSA orbit (20 grams less) and Performance Lunar Light tubes (48 grams less), bringing it down to 6220 grams, or 13 pounds 11 ounces. Then came the tubulars… Ritchey Superlogic […]

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Cervelo Diet – Ultimate Mods for the Ultimate Bike – Part 5 – One year later, 13 pounds 13 ounces

Almost exactly one year later, the Cervelo is now a whopping 587 grams (1lb 1.6 ounces) lighter…and about $3700 heavier on the wallet. Each gram of weight savings cost $6.30. Is it worth that additional money? Of course, that is subjective. It is less than buying a brand new bike and offers the satisfaction of […]

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Cervelo Diet – Ultimate Mods for the Ultimate Bike – Part 4 – Ritchey Carbon Magic

Part 4 – Ritchey Carbon Magic I am extremely lucky to have Steve Parke as my neighbor. He’s the General Manager at Ritchey and he was very enthused about helping out with this project. Ritchey parts embody the spirit of this project: light but strong and extremely well engineered. So we took the lightest and […]

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Cervelo Diet – Ultimate Mods for the Ultimate Bike – Part 3 – Fizik Antares & KCNC Quick Release Skewers

Part 3: Accessorize – Fizik Antares saddle and KCNC quick releases The next two were easy upgrades that actually saved a lot of weight. Fizik Antares Saddle Cost: $199 MSRP Comfortable yet very light weight Natural Leather Seat Cover Made in Italy ICS bag compatible Weight: Claimed 175 grams. Actual: 177. The Antares is the […]

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