About the author: Twain Mein

Twain Mein is fascinated with the technology and gear aspect of cycling, and is a longtime product reviewer. Twain has been doing triathlons since 1987 and has been ranked in the Top 50 U.S. National Age Group on numerous occasions.


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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Cervelo Diet – Ultimate Mods for the Ultimate Bike – Part 2 – Easton EC90 Cranks

Easton hits a home run, first time at bat! EC90 Cranks: MSRP $699.00 Ceramic Bearing Bottom Bracket: MSRP $199.00 Crank: 170, 172.5, 175 arm length, 53×39 chainrings (compact coming soon) Crank weight: 574 grams including end cap Ceramic Bottom Bracket Weight: 102 grams. Total 676 grams 5 year warranty Of all the upgrades, I was […]

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Cervelo Diet – Ultimate Mods for the Ultimate Bike Introduction

Cervelo Diet – Ultimate Mods for the Ultimate Bike, the Cervelo R3 – By Twain Mein I purchased a used Cervelo R3 frame from a poster in RoadBikeReview classifieds in March of 2008. Luckily, it was in mint condition and I got a great deal on a phenomenal frame & fork. The R3, though now […]

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eecycle Works eebrake Pro Review

eecycle Works eebrake Pro Review – By Twain Mein Cost: $519 MSRP (without brake pads) Unique industrial design Exclusiveness; different Excellent performance Made in the USA Light weight: 162 grams (pair) without pads; 182 grams with Dura Ace pads Very easy to change out brake pads (for those that have alloy trainers and carbon racers) […]

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Fizik Antares Saddle Pro Review

Fizik Antares Saddle Pro Review – By Twain Mein Cost: $199 MSRP Comfortable yet very light weight Natural Leather Seat Cover Made in Italy ICS bag compatible Weight: Claimed 175 grams. Actual: 177. This is a review of the Fizik’s latest saddle, the Antares. It’s supposed to be the “third dimension” between Fizik’s excellent Arione […]

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Biking to Work – Getting Started

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SRAM Red 5-piece Component Upgrade Pro Review

SRAM Red 5-piece Component Upgrade – By Twain Mein Double Tap brake/shift levers Front and rear derailleurs SRAM PC-1090R chain SRAM Red cassette (11-26) Actual Cost – $1236 This is a review of the SRAM Red 5-piece upgrade. I’ve been sticking with Shimano 9-speed Dura Ace because I have 4 road bikes that I’m always […]

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Fizik Aliante Carbon Twin Flex Pro Review

Fizik Aliante Carbon Twin Flex – By Twain Mein Cost: $250 MSRP Soft Gel-Like center supported by Carbon Frame Replaceable Scuff Guards Natural Leather Seat Cover Made in Italy ICS bag compatible Weight: Claimed 199 grams. Actual: 215. Finding the perfect saddle isn’t easy. In the olden days, a hard saddle was said to be […]

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