Easily the most exciting thing I've seen this year in tech is the new electronic gruppo from FSA - the WE group. In the works for years, it's got electronic wireless shifting, new levers, derailleurs, crankset, and looks like a legit contender in the electronic gruppo space. Here's the PEZ first look.
There's not much better for the motivation than a new pair of cycling shoes at the start of a new season. Chuck Pena in Washington DC has been giving a pair of PRO Leader III by Pearl Izumi, the top of the line shoe from the clothing manufacturer. Don't just take Chuck's word, he joins Tejay van Garderen of BMC in the Pearl Izumi footwear.
The HT.A line from PRIMAL is one of the nicest on/ off bike collections of apparel I've seen. The best part is that the District Hardshell jacket, Ogunde cargo pants, Longsleeve Henley pullover, and Coltrane Jacket are all designed to be ridden - but are just as comfy and useful off the bike.
Northwave's new Extreme RR shoes feature a new X Frame upper for form-fitting security and an updated sole with ample stiffness and ventilation. Here's a closer look at the latest from one of Italy's top brands.
The Park Tool PRS-22 Team Issue model stand designed for Pro Tour mechanics to work on all of the different kinds of frames without the risk of clamping down on seat posts and frame tubes that have grown both more complex in shape and more fragile with thinner walled carbon.
Best of 2016: You feel ready. You have done the training, the hours of riding and zone specific work to fully prepare your body for the onslaught to come. But is your bike as ready as you are? Go beyond just cleaning your bike to see how to make sure your bike is well-prepped for your race or Gran Fondo.
Tech n' Spec is one of the most popular sections of PEZ, so it would only be right to replay Charles Manantan's favourite bike review of 2016: Parlee Cycles build a beautiful, custom fabricated and finished tribute to the fastest family on two wheels and the race that is perhaps the most intense combination of speed, endurance, concentration and danger in the world.
For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s that time of year when the days are getting shorter and colder - and windier. Gore Wear have the answer with Windstopper bib knickers and soft shell thermo vest, Chuck Pena gives us his verdict.
PEZ Holiday Gift Guide #6 is a diverse bag of suggestions. From Primal casual wear to complete bikes by Detroit and Canyon. In between we have Shoes from Bont and Sidi, glasses from Smith, Clement tires, custom cycling jerseys from Champion System, titanium key clip by Spurcycle, Capo wind jacket, wheels by Boyd, plus a torque wrench and valve silencers from Effetto Mariposa. Something for everybody.
If you are still struggling to find that perfect present for the cyclist in your life; today's PEZ Holiday Gift Guide might hold the answer. Creams and oils to pamper from OA Performance Products, clothing and shoes by Capo, RPM and Sidi, Kreitler Rollers, glasses from Tifosi, a bike build by Velofix DIRECT or security by OTTOLOCK. Not to forget some good reading matter - Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer. Less than ten days to go!
A truly mixed bag of ideas in the fourth PEZ Holiday Gift Guide. Visit Belgium for Liege-Bastogne-Liege, jersey from Alé, Firstendurance EFS Pro drink, Polar M450 with GPS, the Bell Stratus helmet, Vision integrated handlebar, ANOUK frame by Scapin, Bkool smart trainer and Cycle Star Nanotech. Not long till Christmas!
Gift Guide’16 #3 is not just packed full of present ideas for the holiday season, but also has discounts on American Classic wheels, Verge Sport clothing, Zevlin Products and Scapin frames. Plus gift suggestions from FSA, State Bicycle Co. Sports Optical and Brooks x Vault by Vans.
Holiday Gift Guide #2 is full of just the stuff to please the in cyclist your life, specially if it is yourself! Clothing from Assos, Race Face and Genova Retro, saddle by Astute, training at home with the Sufferfest Training Centre App or abroad at the Garda Bike Hotel. Plus glasses from XX2i Optics and a beautiful retro steel frame from the Battaglin Collezione Speciale. All great gift ideas.
The technology for indoor cycling training systems is constantly evolving, and while most non-trackies are opting for fixed-mount trainers, TruTrainer has reconverted me to the fun of rollers with their top-end quality and ride feel.
Interbike 2016 round #5: TEX MARKET is a brand you know and love… You've very likely already used multiple pieces of their clothing and have very likely been extremely satisfied. Charles Manantan checks out the Italian manufacturer.
Just in time for Black Friday - here's the perfect way to carry home all that stuff you're gonna buy this week. The guys at BiKase.com are launching the Outlier backpack - pannier - rack bag for cyclists - on Kickstarter.
Interbike 2016 round #5: We take a close look at one of England’s top artisan bike builder's latest offering. Enigma Cycle Works produce their hand made frames in either steel or titanium, Charles Manantan admires the East Sussex beauties.
Look Cycles always presents a truly unique take on road bike frame designs and technology. From the tall headtube and steep sloping top tube of the 795, to the ultralite 765 all-road, to their R96 track bike - the French brand displayed some of the most beautiful bikes at the show.
Corey Sar Fox is used to the finer things in life, and was reticent to try a 'mid-range' bike, but after a month of using the Vertigine by Dedacciai he has changed his mind. Cory summed up his experience in one sentence: "The Dedacciai Strada Vertigine impresses with top notch ride quality from a mid-range offering." Here is his more in-depth view on this Italian beauty.