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  • Monday April 7, 2014


    VeloVie’s Vitesse 500 checks a lot of race bike boxes: full carbon construct right down to the drops (frame and fork), brand name raw materials, uni-weave exposed skin, and full top line group and wheels. Here's a closer look...

  • Monday February 17, 2014


    Can the bar/stem/post masters make a wheel? After 50 plus years in the cycling components business, 3T have taken some top line features and added their own original twists to create the Mercurio 60 Limited wheelset.

  • Monday February 3, 2014


    Wahoo Fitness' KICKR Power Trainer review: The lack of a rear wheel is most notable but that’s no place near this trainer’s best feature...

  • Monday November 25, 2013


    Northwave are more than just shoes… The Evolution Tech jacket, bib tights and Body Fit base layer and X-Cellent booties land just in time for the cold - here's the review.

  • Monday November 11, 2013


    The 2013 Interbike cycling trade show is long over but this is Pez... And true bike geeks very simply can just keep geeking out on gear for a virtual eternity... here's Ritchey’s Logical new bits, De Marchi’s old and new school and Felt’s new Aero solution.

  • Wednesday October 9, 2013

    2013 Interbike round 3…  We eyeball the latest from Lake Shoes, Gore’s latest kit, Wahoo Fitness’ new gear, Head gear from POC and Bolle’s return.

    This round of more cool cycling gear from Interbike 2013 covers you from the top down as we look at head gear from POC, eyewear maker Bolle’s return, Gore Bike Wear's latest kit, fine footwear from Lake Shoes, and some training gear from Wahoo Fitness that’ll make you sweat – all in a good way.

  • Wednesday October 2, 2013


    This time up its Xentis new hoops, New foot love from Sidi and Solestar, Italian Saddle maker Astute, a power pedal from Xpedo and a bit more bits from Fairwheel Bikes.

  • Tuesday September 24, 2013


    Interbike rounds out show season and we have a few items on tap from Tex Market, Power 2 Max, Sidi, SoleStar, Optic Nerv and Fairwheel Bikes.

  • Monday September 9, 2013


    A few decades ago, a thought started in a humble bike shop, went into a wind tunnel as a carbon race frame and came out as arguably the finest cycling clothing available. “Ace” (Assos) have come a looong way without ever leaving a house in Switzerland… Here's a close look at their T FI.13 S5 bibshorts, SS.Mangussta S7 jersey, S7 arm & leg Warmers, and Climaschutz vest.

  • Monday August 5, 2013


    The Limar Ultralight Plus Helmet. The latest in super-light weight head gear from Italy's first brand in foam. Better venting, bug screens and an easy fit at 208 grams...

  • Wednesday June 12, 2013


    PEZ TECH: Old world Lugs and stainless steel wrapped around custom electronic shifting, prototype cranks and more. This project is the result of a murderer’s row of talent (and me) taking a swing at old-meets-new…

  • Monday April 29, 2013


    TECH: Round 2 of our Sea Otter Classic gear coverage takes a look at Wahoo Fitness, Devinci Bikes, Nalini Clothing, Limar Helmets and Cervelo’s P3.

  • Thursday April 25, 2013


    The slickest of kit from Laguna Seca and the 2013 Sea Otter Classic.

  • Thursday April 18, 2013


    Lazer have what many feel is the best retention system available for multiple head shapes. For 2013 they’ve taken the already very good Rollsys system and gone one or two better….

  • Monday April 15, 2013

    SRAM 13

    SRAM Launch Red and Force 22, Road Hydraulic Disc and Rim brakes, a new Zipp Disco 303…

  • Wednesday April 10, 2013


    Light and well ventilated enough that it actually unnerved me… But a solid sole plate and stronger upper quickly gave me my confidence back so that these shoes basically vanished from my feet. The new Mavic Huez might be the perfect summer booties.

  • Tuesday April 2, 2013


    Tucked away in the Arizona desert, The Zipp/Quarq team gave cycling’s top North American journalists (and me) a preseason/release hands on with a few new products for 2013.

  • Sunday January 20, 2013

    The VeloVie Vitesse 400 in all its glory.

    VeloVie have been producing their stiff, solid 300r for a few years now and decided to up the ante by dropping weight, changing geometry and adding a touch of smoothness with the new Vitesse 400.

  • Monday January 7, 2013


    Frame stress be-gone… Locking down a $4-5-8,000+ bike by the rear QR and flexing the hell out of it bothers me and having very little movement while pounding out indoor miles stinks. Kinetic addresses both with the Rock and Roll Trainer - here's the PEZ Review...

  • Saturday January 5, 2013

    Parlee Cycles Z5SL is the third frame from the company to make it to PEZ and the 5th product in the Boston masters life cycle. I've wanted to pay a little tribute to my favorite head bangers AC/DC for years and the Z5SL is as black a platform as it gets.

ARTICLES BY Charles Manantan
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