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Italy’s Scapin Custom Carbon Ivor has been put through the paces and the results are very good. Refined finish work, a clean and easy build up with tube shapes and detail that push the boundaries of what a lot of people expect in “hand-made custom carbon”, all offered with a Lifetime Warranty from a company with decades in the business.
Canada has seen a lot of great bike companies emerge over the past two decades, from small builders through to some of the best-known names in the sport. Add to this list the Aquila marquee, based out of Toronto. We took their brand-new Equipe-R for an extended riding and racing test, and found a bike that is light, responsive, and balanced.
The Aircode from Lapierre is an aero-styled racing machine tested and approved by Team FDJ.fr’s riders on the WorldTour that has seen such results as Thibaut Pinot's 3rd place on the final podium of the 2014 Tour de France. Lapierre have just released their 2016 version of the Aircode and before it even had a chance to hit the shops our man in France, Chris has been out testing the Aircode SL700 this past month.
Very few have the cycling helmet knowledge to rival Giro. Already known for high safety and performance levels, Giro have partnered with MIPS to add some slippery, concussion mitigating tech to the new Savant.
Park Tool has been the industry standard for bike tools and stands for a very long time and for a darn good reason. You’re hard pressed to hit a shop without their stuff doing the daily duties. Their PRS-25 Team Issue stand is an impossible combination of shop-worthy clamp and great stability with the unlikely sidekick of light weight portability…
July is a month like no other in cycling, and with the Tour but one week away, it's natural for one's thoughts to cast back to last year. I returned to 'la grand boucle' for the first time in years, and discovered the French Alsace and some amazing roads while test riding the DIVO ST. Twelve months later the race promises the strongest line up of competitors in years, but I also wondered how things have progressed at the DIVO bike company.
Today's GearBreak focuses on a couple of proucts from Italian companies Sportful clothing and Scicon bags. Two products from each of these specialist manufacturer's extensive ranges were put through the PEZ test: Sportful's Super Total Comfort Bibshorts & AC Vuelta socks and Scicon's Hippo 550 Saddle bag and their endurance rider special's, Phone Frame Bag.
American Classic's new Carbon 46's are a lightweight tubular wheelset designed for serious cyclists who want it all - speed, acceleration, reliability and superior aerodynamics. Do they deliver? Our man in France Chris Selden has been testing them over the past 6 months through all sorts of conditions to find out.
Polar was the pioneer in portable heart rate monitors, and their systems have kept improving through the years. Their new V800 is the perfect storm of function, design, software, and usability. I spent the past three months using it intensively, and it is not coming off my wrist any time soon.
My Castelli Backpack review fit in nicely my recent Giro coverage, when I received one of the first media samples in Sanremo Italy. It's part of their new line bags for the serious cyclist that offer up the quality, durability, and easy to use designs you'd expect from this top brand of cycling apparel for the roadie, and here's how it looks...
SRAM 1X11 road, Xentis New wide Wheels, Nuun Plus, Scott Bicycles CX and Pro Tec, Recon Jet, TRP’s Di2 Lever conversion and Disc fork, Zipp 30 wheels, Scapin Anouk, Bellwether Clothing, Giro Helmet, Selle Italia. Gear from the 2015 Sea Otter Classic:
The PEZ 'Test Bench' is getting crowded - but the testing is on and here's what you need to know about some cool gear that's come our way, like the Ritchey Superlogic Carbon C260 stem, Rudy Project Sensor glasses, BiKase Phone cases, UnTapped Maple Syrup Shots, and Ogio's new X-Train backpack.
W Cup Nutrition, Parlee Z-Zero Cross disc, Lazer Blade and glasses, Elite Candea bottle, Velo saddles and Panaracer Gravel King tires. Here's Round 1 of our gear coverage from the 2015 Sea Otter Classic.
The Proviz Reflect 360 jacket uses a fabric that's as close as I’ve ever been to thinking something might be too visible at night… Oh, and the rest of the details that allow this swatch of material to be considered a jacket are not bad either… And we get their Nightrider Pack cover as well.
Billed as the world's fastest and most aerodynamic Aero-Tri helmet the Rudy Project Wing57 has a big reputation. Our racer in France, Chris Selden recently got his hands on one for this extended test.
Castelli's new Free Aero Race Bibshort has been redesigned from the bottom up, inside out, and top down, and back to front - it's a brand new bibshort named after their best selling bibshort ever. Early Spring here at PEZ HQ means I've logged a few good rides in 'em and they've impressed enough to warrant a stand alone review.
High tech carbon beauties, old fashioned steel master pieces plus all the latest, greatest and just plain bizarre that the bike industry has on offer was at the Taipei Bike Show. Lee Rodgers was there front and center taking it all in and here are some of his highlights from the 2015 show.
2015 NAHBS brings great stuff from Sarto, Silca, Abbey tools, Boyd Wheels, Mosaic Bicycles and No 22 Bicycles.
Loaded with SRAM’s Hydro S series (and Red 10), Zipp’s 30 wheels and Cockpit and Conti Gator Skins, Lynskey’s silver series Viale’ is handled by the same builders as frames costing 2-3 times the price.
With more and more power monitors appearing on the market each year, the options for cyclists continue to expand. One of the newer players in the market is Power2Max from Germany. We test it and find a system that is superb in its accuracy coupled with ease of maintenance and use.