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The newest thoroughbred in the Cipollini stable, the NK1K, arrived in understated shades of grey and silver. Without the splash of fluorescent color that helped define the brand out of the gate, does this signal a more mature model from Super Mario? Let’s go for a ride and find out.
On the second rest day of the 2016 Tour de France Ed Hood caught up with Bill and Ellen of American Classic. Ed got the full alphabet of wheels from A to Z, plus the low-down on the wheels of top ten Tour stage finisher; Dan McLay and his Fortuneo Vital Concept team.
The Ritchey Streem II carbon handlebar offers innovative shape, design features, and light weight. One of my favorite advantages of the carbon revolution in cycling has been the development of carbon handlebars - which has opened up endless shapes, sizes, designs, and stiffness characteristics that can simply not be had with good ol' aluminum.
Win Detergent, specifically designed for performance synthetic fabrics, works very well in cutting the dirt, grime and oily residue that bactieria feed on to create that "synthetic clothing stink" that we all loath...
Rudy Project has been part of the top tier of cycling eyewear since the late 1980's when cool looking shades first appeared in the pro bunch. Lucky for us Rudy stayed there by maintaining top level tech to their huge line, like the newest release for road cyclists - the Tralyx.
The Aero Race 5.1 jersey and Inferno bib shorts from Castelli offer light weight, high breathability, and form & fabrics designed to save real watts of energy... they're also damn well suited to a spin class. Here's why...
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.
We review the Lazer Z1 +LifeBEAM helmet, a cooperative effort from Lazer and LifeBEAM, two companies that make things for people that go much-much faster than a bicycle… Lazer are at home at 200+ MPH on moto helmets and LifeBEAM’s head gear additions travel around at speeds that start with the word “Mach”, which is fairly quick…
Lee Rodgers took the weekend off from his usual Lowdowning on bike races and riders to have a look at the new bike offerings at the Shanghai Bike Show. When Lee visits one of these 'happenings' you can't expect a technical blow-by-blow break-down, but you will get the Lee style Lowdown.
With the Giro making their way from Holland to the southern tip of Italy, it's perfect timing to start the week with more of the coolest gear from the 2016 Sea Otter Classic and bits from Masi Bicycles, Ortlieb Packs, Topeak, Rolf Prima, and Schwinn.
Nothing shouts success like winning a Monument, Matt Hayman's 2016 Paris-Roubaix victory on Scott's newly designed FOIL Team Issue was an unexpected score for both the Team Orica-GreenEdge journeyman and the Swiss bike brand. Combining better aerodynamics and enough vibration damping to handle even the pavé of Roubaix, the completely redesigned Scott flagship racer was more up to the challenge - here's a closer look.
PowerTap was one of the first players in the world of power meters, setting an early standard for innovation with their hub-based design in the late 1990s. Their new C1 and P1 meters expand that same level of performance to the chainrings and pedal, greatly enhancing versatility and options for cyclists.
The 2016 Sea Otter Classic at Monterey’s Laguna Seca Raceway threatened rain early and was a little cooler than past years, but both the sun and many of the industry’s top manufacturers made it out in support of big crowds here for both the racing and a look at some of the latest gear from Praxis Cycling, SRAM, Park Tool, Nuun, Velotoze and Velofix.
Zipp used the iconic Tour of Flanders to launch a quiver of new products designed to further the company’s push for innovation and market leadership. New wheels included the new 303 NSW, and disc versions of the Firecrest 404 and 808 wheels, plus a new SL Speed stem and seatpost aimed squarely at the performance market.
The fashion for the uphill finish is still strong, but the recent trend in sections of gravel roads is catching on: The Strade Bianche and stage 1 of Paris-Nice in the last weeks. So if you are thinking of putting a gravel bike together, Jayson O'Mahoney has been putting a set of American Classic 420 Aero Disc Tubeless wheels to the test, here are his findings:
The usually raucous Taipei Bike Show, now in its 28th year, was a tad more subdued this year than usual as foreign brands and companies are tightening the belts in the face of a trend of declining profits, but there was still plenty of shiny sparkly stuff on show, along with the ubiquitous show girls jam-packed into outfits that sent heart rate monitors dangerously close to exploding.
It's been a crowded winter on the PEZ test-bench, and here's a peek at some gear worth checking out: Castelli Linea Pelle creams, DMT WR1 winter shoes, Danny Shane kit, and Rapha pants.
Can staying cool and looking cool co-exist in an aero helmet? Bell says yes, and submit the StarPro as Exhibit A.
The PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, has taken the week off from reading cycling related books and hitched his huskies to the sledge and managed through blizzard conditions to visit the Montreal Bicycle Show, the Salon du Velo. The Montreal show has a varied selection of exhibiters as Leslie found out.
Name a frame builder with employees that have been with them for 40+ years… That list is even smaller when you add that the company is in the USA and is not producing frames in Asia. Lynskey Performance is uncommon.