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!


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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