Gear Reviews and News


Interbike 2013: POC Launches New Road Helmet, Apparel Line

With a nod toward safety first, Sweden’s POC has made a big plunge into the road cycling market.

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Interbike 2013: Chamois Butt’r Adds Women’s Chamois Cream, Kit Wash

Add chamois cream to the list of products that are now getting special attention and a women-specific tag. The new kit wash, on the other hand, works for anyone.

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Interbike 2013: Stages Launches New Power Meter Models

Colorado-based power meter maker Stages Cycling has launched three new Stages Power models at interbike, a Shimano Ultegra 6800 option, and FSA MegaExo and BB30 models.

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Eurobike 2013: Hovding Airbag Bike Helmet

The Hovding Airbag bike helmet seems so alien but it has serious effort and engineering behind it.

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Quick Take: Cat-Ears Wind Noise Reducers

Utilizing the same basic function as the fur that surrounds a cat’s ear, Cat-Ears do a credible job of turning down the volume on wind noise while on your bike. Cat-Ears easily attach to your helmet strap, come in four models and 14 different colors, ranging from safety orange to glacier white.

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Review: 3D Bikefit

You want your bike to fit great. You want to ride it fast. Should a trip to a bike fitter be on your to-do list? Can putting a few hours and few hundred bucks into a custom fit really make a big difference?

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Spurcycle’s Ringer Lets You Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

San Francisco-based Spurcycle has taken to crowd-funding site Kickstarter to raise money to produce the Ringer–an entirely US-made minimalist bike bell for the serious cyclist.

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CamelBak’s New Podium Bottles

CamelBak shows us some innovative new features and improvements to their Podium line of water bottles.

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16 Cool (Mostly) Bike-Related Things From OR Show

The Summer OR Show (aka Outdoor Retailer) brings nearly 30,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors to Salt Lake City each August. While we generally get the skinny on new bike stuff at the cycling trade shows, RoadBikeReview went in search of gear that crosses-over — and bacon covered ice cream.

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Review: Evoc Bike Travel Bag

Most airlines strictly enforce the 50lb weight limit when it comes to traveling with a bike. Enter the Evoc Bike Travel Bag, my dream case! Lightweight for packing other things along with the bike without being over weight.

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Tested: Cobb DRT SHC Saddle

Depending on your shape, this light but rugged saddle could be a perfect perch for your cyclocross, gravel or road bike.

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Tested: Specialized S-Works Evade Aero Road Helmet

If you’ve been watching the Tour de France, you’ve likely seen a new aerodynamic helmet on the heads of riders from Saxo-Tinkoff, Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Astana. It’s the new Specialized S-Works Evade aero road helmet — and we got the chance to test one.

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Tour de France Tech: New KASK Aero Road Helmet

Italian helmet maker KASK has launched itself into the aero road fray with the new 270-gram, $360 Infinity model. Sharp eyes will have already seen these new lids adorning the heads of Team Sky, including current yellow jersey holder Chris Froome.

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Tour de France Pro Bike: Marcel Kittel’s Stage 1 Winning Felt

Marcel Kittel realized the dream of all pro cyclists when he won stage 1 at the Tour de France and got the honor of wearing the race’s first yellow jersey. Here’s a look at the bike that propelled the Argos-Shimano rider to this momentous occasion, his top-end Felt F1 FRD.

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Review: Lightweight Giro Aeon Helmet

If you’re looking for a lightweight, well-vented brain protector that’s easy to adjust, comes in a wide variety of colors, and you’re not scared off by the $250 price tag, the Giro Aeon is worth a look.

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Wahoo Fitness RFLKT Computer, Blue HR, Blue SC and KICKR Power Trainer

The new offerings from Wahoo Fitness that includes the Blue HR bluetooh 4.0 heartrate strap, the Blue SC bluetooth 4.0 speed and cadence sensor, and the RFLKT iPhone powered bike computer for your handlebars.

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Review: RecoveryPump System

Need a post-workout recovery boost? The RecoveryPump System RecoveryBoots just might be the ticket. Highlights include four-step sequential compression, ease of use, and multiple sizes. Just know that your wallet will also get squeezed.

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Ryder Hesjedal’s Cervélo Rca (Frameset Price: $10,000)

Last May, Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win the Giro d’Italia, piloting his Cervélo R5CA to the top of the final podium. This year, the Garmin-Sharp rider is looking to repeat the feat aboard a new super light climbing machine.

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Video: Feedback Sports Sprint Work Stand

360-degrees of rotation, easy to use, folds up small, works with mountain and road bikes. That’s the $230 Feedback Sports Sprint work stand in a nutshell. Check out this video to learn more.

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Boombotix Boombot REX Portable and Rugged Bike Speakers

RoadBikeReview got a look at Boombotix’s new Boombot REX portable bike speakers. This little package packs a punch by reaching volume levels of 90 dB@2ft, making it the loudest portable speaker in its size on the market.

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Sea Otter Tech Round-Up: Lake, Michelin, Focus, Smith

To the casual observer the Sea Otter Classic is about riding bikes, but savvy consumers know all to well that this springtime celebration of all things cycling has also become ground zero for new product launches. Here’s a look at just a few of the items that caught our eye. Lots more coming soon.

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The Tour of Flanders and the Specialized Beer Set

The Tour of Flanders or Ronde van Vlaanderen is coming up this weekend on March 31 and Specialized as issued a commemorative Beer set celebrating their five victories in the last five years.

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iBike PowerStroke Quantifies Wasted motion, Power, and Time

Velocomp last week announced the latest addition to their iBike Newton line, the Newton Powerstroke+. For the first time a cyclist will be able to measure their pedaling style on an outdoor bike ride.

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BikeSpike Theft Protection: Lo-jack for Your Bicycle

Have you ever had a bike stolen? Ever wish there was such a thing as Lo-jack for bicycles? Well, now there is! Read about this innovative new project and become a supporter!

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Review: Saris Freedom Hitch Rack

If you’re looking for a solid rack without too many frills that will get the job done, the Saris Freedom should be at the top of your list. It’s manufactured and assembled in the USA, and comes with a lifetime warranty.

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