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Tech N Spec
PezCyclingNews’ Tech N Spec section is our take on cycling gear reviews & bicycle equipment technology. We use the gear we test, and test the gear we use, sometimes for months. Over the last 12 years, we’ve reviewed hundreds of products, and have a pretty good understanding of how & why something works the way it does. Or we know who to call to find out. Use our Search, Tags, or navigation arrows to quickly discover our complete Tech N Spec library, and if you have a question, email us at Content@PezCyclingNews.com


Saturday February 18, 2017
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.
Friday February 10, 2017
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.
Wednesday February 8, 2017
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.
Sunday January 15, 2017
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.
Monday January 2, 2017
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.
Saturday December 31, 2016
The Alpha jacket is Castelli's smart take on an old problem - cold weather protection for cycling. It's design combines a wind & water repellent outer layer with a breathable vest-like inner layer that could very well be the way to the future - here's the PEZ review.
Wednesday December 21, 2016
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.
Tuesday December 20, 2016
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.
Thursday December 15, 2016
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!
Tuesday December 13, 2016
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!
Friday December 9, 2016
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.
Tuesday December 6, 2016
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.
Saturday December 3, 2016
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.
Friday December 2, 2016
Thanksgiving is behind us and that only means one thing… Yes, the Christmas holidays are only round the corner. They say ‘it is better to give than to receive,’ but it doesn’t stop you making some strong hints. Here are some great gift ideas from Campagnolo, Bell Helmets, Pioneer, Bikase, Giro, Science in Sport, Rudy Project, CompuTrainer and photographer Darrell Parks’ 2017 calendar.
Wednesday November 30, 2016
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.
Wednesday November 23, 2016
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.
Monday November 21, 2016
A couple of days in the Santa Barbara sun with Science in Sport to find out how they developed their before-during-after products to provide top professionals (and regular folks) with the nutrition they need to perform.
Wednesday November 16, 2016
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.
Saturday November 12, 2016
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.
Tuesday November 8, 2016
Castelli's Tempesta line promises 100% waterproof protection with lightweight, extreme weather gear made from new fabrics from eVent & OutDry - here's a closer look. It's been almost a year that I've been riding Castelli's lightweight, breathable and durable Tempesta rainjacket - which is perfect time to update this article.