About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


Roadbikereview Contest – Win a pair of Smith Optics Pivlock V90 Sunglasses


Write a Review and be eligible to Win a Free Pair of Smith Pivlock V90 Sunglasses! In a continued effort to keep RoadBikeReview the leading resource in bike, parts, & gear reviews, we are holding a review writing contest.

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Marin Cortina CX Pro and Stelvio T3


Check out these highlights of the new 2014 Marin Cortina CX Pro carbon cross bike with disc brakes and the new Stelvio T3 Pro DuraAce Di2 high end carbon race bike.

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Mongoose Maurice and Maurice FS Fixies


Check out the Mongoose Maurice and Maurice FS fixies spotted at the recent Dew Tour action sports event in San Francisco. These bikes are available direct to consumers via their website, like all Mongoose bicycles.

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Norco Tactic LTD Race and Threshold SL Cross Bikes


Take a close-up look at two high end carbon bikes from Norco. The Tactic LTD is a high modulus carbon frame with sleek lines, nice internal cable routing and looks to be light and stiff. The Threshold SL is their top of the line carbon cross bike equipped with the latest hydraulic disc brakes from SRAM.

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Light and Motion: Urban 700 and VIS 180 Commuter Lights


Light and Motion’s new Urban 700 commuter light is extremely light, easy to mount and bright. Side lighting increases your visibility and the VIS 180 tail light is the perfect match.

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New from Feedback Sports – Velo Hinge, Pro Truing Stand and Velo Column


Feedback Sports has several new products for 2014 including the Velo Hinge pivoting wall hook rack and the Pro Truing Stand for all axles and tire sizes and the Velo Column indoor storage rack.

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High Tech Crash Sensor and Alert System from ice.


The company is named ice. (pronounced “ice dot”) and they have a new high tech crash sensor that attaches to your helmet and works in conjunction with an app on your smart phone to send out text message alerts in the case of a severe head injury.

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New LeMond Bicycles: Combine, Team Z, Team ADR


LeMond Bicycles is back with 3 special edition bikes each commemorating Greg LeMond’s Tour de France victories. There will only be 100 of each made, the frames are made in France by Time.

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Interbike 2013: TRP HY/RD and Spyre Road Disc Brakes


TRP has some great, new road disc brakes available now. The HY/RD and Spyre are two lightweight, easy to install options if you are looking to upgrade.

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Reynolds Cycling Company Profile and Tour


Take a tour of the Reynolds Cycling US headquarters in Sandy, UT. R&D, testing, prototyping and more are done here on some incredible machines. Want to see what a blowout looks like at 370 PSI?

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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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Challenge Tires New Team Edition Cotton Cyclocross Tubulars


Previously, you had to be a top pro to ride Challenge Tire’s best handmade tubular tires. But Challenge has just announced that their Limus and Grifo Team Edition tires are now available to all cross riders and racers.

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Got Money? Gucci Commuter Bike


If you have $15,400 laying around, be sure to check out the Gucci commuter bike. With a carbon frame, 11 speeds and disc brakes it’s perfect for getting groceries. Don’t forget your lock.

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Paul Lew Explains Reynolds New Carbon 48 Aero Wheels and Performance Updates


Watch this video as Paul Lew, Director of Technolgy and Innovation for Reynolds Cycling, explains the additions and changes of their new carbon wheels for 2014 including the all new Aero 48. Also newly redesigned are the Attack, Assault and Strike wheels.

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Hutchinson Sector 28 and Fusion 3 Road Tubeless Tires


Check out two new tires from Hutchinson. The Sector 28 is a 28mm road tubeless tire that is made for the gravel grinder type rider. The popular Fusion tires are now available in a wider 25mm width and will come in both tubeless and tubed versions.

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2014 Fezzari Foré CR4 and CR1 Road Bikes


Fezzari is a direct to consumer brand that is making some great looking carbon road bikes at a great price. Check out the new Foré CR4 and CR1.

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2014 GT Corsa Disc Cyclocross Bike


The GT Corsa Disc is an all new model for 2014 that features disc brakes on a versatile cyclocross/gravel grinder/commuter all arounder.

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Hayes CX Pro Prototype Disc Brake


Hayes has a new, lighter version of their CX 5 mechanical disc brake coming soon. Hopefully in time for this cyclocross season later this year, the CX Pro is still in its prototype stage.

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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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Photo Gallery: Custom Hand Made Bicycles from NAHBS


At the show, you will find bikes made from all different kinds of material including steel, titanium, and carbon fiber as well as bamboo and hard woods.

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Kate’s Real Food – New Tiki Bar and More


If you’re tired of the same old fashioned energy bar that looks like a melted down piece of wheat bread coated with maple syrup, get ready to try something different. Just like its name, “Kate’s Real Food” is exactly that: real food. Originating from Jackson Hole, WY, Kate’s is now located in Idaho and was […]

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Suplest and Serfas Cycling Shoes – 2013 Collection


Serfas is the sole US distributor of Swiss brand Suplest shoes in the US. 2013 will be the first year that Suplest shoes are available in the States. Featured here are the Suplest SUP Zero Carbon Tri, the SUP Zero Carbon and SUP Zero. From Serfas, featured are the Radium, Paladium and Zirconium with a […]

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Norco Tactic LTD and Threshold C1


Norco was featuring the all new Tactic road bike, that replaces the CRR line. Also on display was the Threshold carbon cyclocross bike that gets disc brakes for 2013. In this video, Dustan Sept from Norco shows us the highlights of the Tactic and Threshold. Norco Tactic LTD frame: Tactic Race 46T Super High-Modulus Carbon […]

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Whisky Parts Co 15QR Carbon forks and Carbon Wheels for 2013


Ben from Whisky Parts Co shows us some new 2013 carbon forks and carbon wheels. The forks use a brand new QR15 axle (taken from mountain bike technology) designed and produced in a partnership with SRAM for increased stiffness to run road disc brakes. The Whisky No.9 road and cross thru-axle disc forks feature a […]

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All City Cycles Nature Boy Cyclocross, Mr. Pink and Space Horse Road Bikes


I had the recent pleasure of meeting and talking to Lisa Snyder at the recent SaddleDrive bike dealer event in Ogden, UT. Lisa is the brand manager for All City Cycles, a small brand from Minneapolis that makes cyclocross, road, fixed gear freestyle and tracks bikes. Going into their 4th year, their goal is to […]

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Civia Cycles North Loop, Halsted and Twin City


Civia Cycles was on display at the recent SaddleDrive dealer event held in Ogden, UT and put on my QBP (the largest bicycle parts & accessories distributor in the U.S.) Civia’s tagline is “Beautiful Neighborhood Bikes” and that is quite accurate. Their bikes are not flashy or carbon or hydroformed. With the exception of one […]

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Michelin Pro 4 Comp and Pro 4 Tubular Tires


Michelin has long been known for quality tires and their new products continue that tradition. The Pro 4 Comp and Pro 4 Tubular tires are featured here. Rudy from Michelin France shows us some of the highlights of the all new for 2013 Pro 4 Comp and Pro 4 Tubular tires. Michelin Pro 4 Comp […]

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Selle SMP Carbon Saddle Pro Review


Selle SMP is an Italian company that was founded in 1947 by Martino Schiavon, a young craftsman who started creating bicycle seats by hand in his attic. Martino was inspired by the racing efforts of fellow countrymen Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali in such races as the Giro d’ Italia and the Tour de France. […]

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2010 Cannondale SuperSix


Doug Dalton (Cannondale R&D) shows us the highlights of the new 2010 SuperSix. Points of Interest: -this tour winning frame goes from 960 grams to 860 grams (for 56cm) still with incredible Cannondale stiffness. -New SuperSix uses a combination of Hi-Modulus and Standard Modulus carbon fiber. -1 1/8 to 1 ¼ steerer tube within an […]

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Scott USA CR1 SL


Adrian Montgomery of Scott USA gives us a brief overview of the completely redesigned 2010 Scott CR1 SL. Points of Interest: -CR1SL has been completely redesigned for 2010. -Compliant flex zones in the chain stays for approx. .6 mm of rear wheel bump absorbing travel -Integrated Molding Process in the front triangle (the top tube, […]

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Delta 7 Sports Ascend Iso Truss road bike


Lester Muranaka from Delta 7 Sports shows us the production Ascend road bike. He also explains how Delta 7 Sports has addressed the bond issues that they had with past bikes (like the hardtail mountain bikes at the Outdoor Demo at Interbike last year). Also, there is some big changes coming for the 2010 construction […]

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Sugoi cycling apparel


From the Sugoi Spring 2010 collection, Gordon Wright shows us some of the latest road specific clothes from Sugoi. Shown here are the RSE bib shorts and jersey and a couple of super light weight outer layers. -The RSE bib shorts feature a brand new FX chamois, with added mesh inserts for ventilation. -RSE jersey […]

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Blue Competition Cycles AC1 and AC1 SL


Blue Competiton Cycles is well known for their hi-end competition road bikes and tri bikes. Here are two new 2010 aero carbon models, the AC1 and the AC1 SL. The AC1 is priced slightly higher than the RC8 (for frameset) and the AC1 SL is about $1100 more than the RC8. More info about the […]

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Colnago CLX Road Bike Pro Review


Mixed Heritage The Colnago CLX is a monocoque carbon frame made in Taiwan and comes from a factory with some of the most experienced craftsmen. It is billed as “Colnago quality, but not the typical Colnago price.” The CLX frame retails for about half of the premiere C50 model (lugged carbon, made in Italy). When […]

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Ahearne Cycles


Joseph Ahearne is Ahearne Cycles (Portland, OR) shows us two bikes here. The first is a 1×9 commuter and the second is a “comfortable road bike”, a prototype, it is also Joseph’s own personal bike. website: www.ahearnecycles.com

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Hunter Cycles – High Plains Drifter


Rick Hunter is Hunter Cycles (Watsonville, CA). Here, Rick show us his High Plains Drifter, a long distance touring bike or inner city work bike – surf board compatible! website: www.huntercycles.com

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Towsend Cycles – track racing bike


Greg Towsend (Towsend Cycles) works primarily building road, track and cyclocross frames, all steel and lugs. Here Greg shows us one of his purpose-built track bikes for racing. Simple and elegant. website: www.townsendcyclesltd.com

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Towsend Cycles


Greg Towsend (Towsend Cycles) works primarily building road, track and cyclocross frames, all steel and lugs. Here Greg shows us one of his female customers road bike. website: www.townsendcyclesltd.com

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Santini – new bibs, jerseys, and shorts


Nick Gibson from Santini (Pronet) shows us a few of the latest and greatest bib shorts and jerseys. website: http://pronetcycling.com/

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Frances Cycles – cargo bike with remote front steering


Josh Muir from Frances Cycles (Santa Cruz, CA) shows us this unique cargo bike with remote front steering. website: http://www.francescycles.com/

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Brooks Leather Grips and Messenger Bag


Tina from Brooks gives us the info on a couple of new products from Brooks, Leather Grips and a new Messenger Bag. website: http://www.brookssaddles.com/

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Naked Bicycles and Design


Sam Whittingham from Naked Bicycles and Design (Quadra Island, BC, Canada) shows off this stunner! Sam’s hard work was well rewarded, as he swept the 3 biggest categories of this years Handmade Show (President’s Choice Award, People’s Choice Award, and Best of Show Award). This custom build featured two holes placed interestingly within the frame […]

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Continental road and mountain tires


Christoph Sawitzki (Product Manager from Conti, Germany) gives us info on the latest 2008 road and mountain bike tires from Conti. Road: -new 2008 versions of the GP Attack (front specific, 22mm wide) and Force (rear specifc, 24mm wide) with Vectran puncture protection and Black Chili Pepper compound -Gran Prix 4 Season with double Vectran […]

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Sheila Moon Cycling Apparel


Sheila Moon, designer and owner of Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel (San Francisco, CA) shows us the latest offerings from her US made product line. website: https://www.sheilamoon.com

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Alpha Q GS40 carbon fork


Ben Hough from Alpha Q shows us their new GS40 carbon crit fork, from the Grand Tour series of forks. website: http://www.alphaqfork.com/

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Stage 7: Santa Clarita to Pasadena


ROUTE DETAILS Day: Sunday, Feb 24 Start: Santa Clarita Finish: Pasadena Start Time: 12:00 PM Miles: 93.4 End ETA: 3:27-4:01 PM Often the final day of stage races is more ceremonial than competitive, but not at the 2008 Amgen Tour of California where stage 7, sponsored by Amgen, is a challenging point-to-point affair that could […]

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Stage 6: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita


ROUTE DETAILS Day: Saturday, Feb 23 Start: Santa Barbara Finish: Santa Clarita Start Time: 11:00 AM Miles: 105.4 End ETA: 2:53-3:33 PM With the individual time trial the day before reshuffling the general classification, the top riders fighting to maintain or battling for a spot on the final podium might be separated merely by seconds […]

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Stage 5: Solvang Individual Time Trial


Amgen Tour of California defending champion Levi Leipheimer said the individual time trial is the most important stage of the entire race. At just 15 miles, the riders will crank up the speed to the max in a race against the clock attempting to cover the primarily flat course that has one short, steep climb […]

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Stage 4: Seaside to San Luis Obispo


ROUTE DETAILS Day: Thursday, Feb 21 Start: Seaside Finish: San Luis Obispo Start Time: 10:00 AM Miles: 135.3 End ETA: 3:26-4:25 PM There is no question that the star of stage 4 is the gorgeous golden state of California itself. After a short parade lap in Seaside, the peloton will head south on picturesque Highway […]

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Stage 3: Modesto to San José


ROUTE DETAILS Day: Wed., Feb 20 Start: Modesto Finish: San José Start Time: 10:00 AM Miles: 102.7 End ETA: 1:49-2:52 PM The riders are certain to remember the difficulty of the significantly revamped stage 3, which departs revitalized downtown Modesto migrating south through scenic California farmlands. After pedaling through Patterson, the peloton will be put […]

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