Parts Reviews and News


How To: Pack for a long ride

So you are riding a century next month and want to be prepared? Here’s the bare minimum of what you need to bring along for the ride.

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How To: Emergency derailleur cable fix

So you are out on your bike and your rear derailleur cable snaps. What now? Here’s a quick roadside fix that you can use to get me home.

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Zipp Service Course SL70 bars and SL Speed stem review

Check out our take on this great bar for riders who like a hybrid anatomic-compact bend and have medium to large hands, and a lightweight, stiff stem that’s perfect for your carbon race bike.

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Shimano Dura Ace R9100 first ride review

Shimano made wholesale changes to its top-of-the-line Dura-Ace road group. But how do the new components perform on the road?

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Tech Tip: How to improve your gear shifting

Nobody likes a slow shifting bike. To keep thing running smooth — and quick — check out these five tips that will speed up your bike’s gear shifting.

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Look limited edition 795 Aerolight road bike and pedals

It was 30 years ago this coming July that Greg LeMond took the first of his three career Tour de France victories. To celebrate the occasion, French bike maker Look has released a limited edition 30th anniversary 795 Aerolight road bike and KEO Blade 2 pedals.

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Road cycling pedals explained

If you’re buying a pair of clipless pedals for the first time, it can be a little confusing. There are a host of options, all with varying features. So which will be best for you and your needs?

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SRAM Red eTap first ride review

New wireless electronic shifting system simple to set-up, easy to operate, and it looks great, too. Find out more in our first ride review.

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Video: Bottom bracket standards explained

The notion of standards in the cycling world has reached comical status. Whether it’s mountain bike wheel sizes, hub widths, road bike brakes, or bottom brackets, the only thing that is standard is consumer confusion.

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Inside the world (and mind) of Paul Components

In the silence of Paul Price’s personal headspace, most easily accessed while riding a bicycle, inspiration arrives in the shape of new bicycle parts, solutions to problems in the cycling hardware world.

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SKS Raceblade Long fenders review

For anyone who often rides in the rain and wet, the SKS Raceblade Long fenders are a great protective solution that can easily be taken off when not needed.

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Inside look at Campagnolo’s new MyCampy app

The latest innovation from Campagnolo is its new MyCampy app, which allows EPS v3 electronic drivetrain users to customize shift button function, shift patterns, and log mileage to help with maintenance.

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AbsoluteBlack launches budget friendly oval rings

The new elliptical chainrings share all the same features and functionality with the U.K.-based company’s premium line, but have less machining, which makes them both easier to clean and less expensive.

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Rotor Uno hydraulic shifting drivetrain examined

Rotor claims its oil-filled system comes in 10 grams less than a cable-actuated SRAM Red set-up, and 400 grams lighter than Shimano’s Dura Ace Di2.

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Shimano expands hydraulic disc brake offerings

The new Tiagra shift/brake lever is designed to be ergonomically pleasing for multiple hand sizes.

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SRAM recalls Zipp 88 Hubs, some Zipp QRs

Component maker SRAM has issued recalls for wheels featuring the Zipp 88v6, 88v7, or 88v8 aluminum front hub, and some Zipp quick releases.

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Most interesting new products from Taipei Cycle Show

With the heart of another cycling season coming on quickly, it’s time to take a look at some of the new gear that will help shape the year to come.

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Shimano launches new SORA R3000 and METREA U5000

Shimano has launched a pair of new groupsets, one with premium road technologies trickled down its line, and one for improved city riding.

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SRAM RED eTap: How it came to be (video)

Arguably the biggest technological development in recent years, wireless electronic shifting is making the cycling experience easier on the rider — and mechanic.

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Specialized and HED announce development partnership

Specialized will also license HED’s patent on rim shape, which describes how to increase stall angles (and thereby reduce drag) via rim width and shape.

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absoluteBLACK launches Oval road chainrings

U.K.-based absoluteBLACK is already well-known for its mountain bike chainrings. Now starting in spring 2016, a complete suite of road rings is being added to the product portfolio.

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Winter Survival Guide: Choosing and caring for components

Staying on the bike in winter takes commitment. You have to want it to brave chilling temperatures, soul-freezing wind, and/or buckets of rain. Besides being on top of the mental game by maintaining enthusiasm, your equipment has got to be up to the task also.

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How To: Install SRAM’s new Red eTap wireless drivetrain

Just as you would expect, SRAM’s new eTap wireless electronic shifting drivetrain is fairly simple to set up. That’s what happens when you do away with all the cables, housing and wires.

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Does crank length matter?

In cycling circles it’s one of the most hotly debated questions. Does crank length really matter — and why? Check out this lab test, which measured both peak power and sustained threshold power with various crank lengths.

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Wolf Tooth adds 38t, 40t, and 42t elliptical rings to line-up

New offerings machined in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from hard-wearing 7075-T6 aluminum, and take advantage of Wolf Tooth’s patent-pending Drop-Stop tooth profile for improved chain retention and mud shedding.

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