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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 [email protected]


Sunday September 23, 2018
Chuck Peña has been doing a bit of investigation and experimentation on mixed depth aero rims after he spotted Nairo Quintana using them in the Tour de Suisse. If a wispy climber like Quintana was riding a set of mixed depth aero wheels, maybe mere mortals who weigh more and don’t possess the same climbing prowess should consider doing so too? The PEZ mixed wheel comparison.
Monday September 17, 2018
VIDEO: The people behind Sweden's MIPS helmet technology are so convinced it's a great way to reduce head injuries, they hosted their own booth at Eurobike to focus on telling the MIPS story and explaining how it works.
Tuesday September 11, 2018
VIDEO: The DMT road shoes line-up for 2019 is their best ever, as I saw up close at Eurobike. Their new top-level KR1, KR2, and D1 road cycling shoes feature the Italian brand's latest shoe technology, including lighter weights, better ventilation, BOA lace enclosure systems.
Sunday September 9, 2018
Inside Nalini and MOA Sport. The clothiers of Castel d'Ario Italy work for themselves and the world’s top cycling brands, going from raw thread to designing and weaving technical fabrics to graphics to pattern design and sewing the finished pieces.  But our Nalini factory tour revealed much more than we expected.
Tuesday August 21, 2018
Praxis Zayante Carbon Cranks give you 1x and 2x from Micro-compact to 53/39 compatibility in a single crank. Lighter arms than Dura Ace (and less expensive) and excellent M30BB’s compatible with 90+% of all frames manufactured today. This is your CX-Gravel-Climbing-TT Crank…
Friday August 17, 2018
Velomacchi make backpacks and other accessories intended for motorcycling, but two wheels is two wheels. PEZ got our hands on the 40-liter Velomacchi Speedway Backpack to try while pedalling rather than twisting a throttle.
Friday August 10, 2018
The Cipollini MCM Allroad gravel bike is the flashy Italian brand's all new effort for the all road market. Built on the made-to-measure tube-to-tube platform of the MCM road frame, it features kevlar wrapped tubes, and thinner seat stays for better comfort of rough terrain.
Sunday August 5, 2018
The annual Interbike trade show is the best place in North America to see the newest cycling gear from the best brands, and to make real connections with the people we work with every day, but only see once in a while because the cycling industry is spread so far and wide. Here's why we will be there...
Tuesday July 31, 2018
You know Irwin Wheels… You just don’t know that you know. They’ve designed, tested and built wheels and other products for cycling and started as a Moto design and engineering house. The Irwin Wheels Carbon 38 road hoops are built in house from raw fiber to finished product… And they're good.
Friday July 27, 2018
One of the coolest things I saw at Eurobike 2018 was the luxury bike storage systems created by Milan-based designers Vadolibero. Like many of us, they see bikes as works of art, and set out to design storage solutions that are stylish and functional pieces of furniture.
Monday July 2, 2018
arundel floor pump 1 handle
The ARUNDEL Floor Pump 1 offers pro-level performance & quality for top level value - this bicycle tire pump costs just $99 US - and would make a handsome addition to any self-respecting road cyclist's work shop.
Friday June 29, 2018
Lizard Skins showed up at Sea Otter 2018 with something new – now offering three thicknesses of their DSP bar tape line. They’ve been making exceptional bar tape since 1993, and their DSP polymer, which combines comfort with a unique tackiness that enhances grip – was such a hit that they launched successful tape lines for baseball, hockey, and lacrosse.
Saturday June 23, 2018
VIDEO: The Koo Orion glasses are the newest eyewear from the Italian brand who also make KASK helmets. You've seen the gear on Team Sky riders, and while lens and frame shape will likely be the #1 reason you'd buy these, they're also heavy with features like Zeiss lenses, arms that adjust length-wise to fit different sized heads, and a nifty anti-fog vent.
Saturday June 16, 2018
VIDEO: I talked with Stephen from BONT Shoes about their all new HELIX road shoe, with carbon sole and fully integrated BOA laces that actually wrap completely around the foot. The fit is enhanced with an anatomically shaped toe box, and they're offered in a few cool color options. You can buy 'em online for US$399, or at a select dealer.
Wednesday June 13, 2018
With the growing trend for Gravel road cycling, it’s a section of our sport that we can’t ignore nor do we want to, since it's an awesome way to simply enjoy more riding.  Here's a closer look at the Niner RLT RDO, a gravel / adventure bike from some guys with deep roots on off-road cycling.
Friday June 8, 2018
One of the biggest boosts for your Mojo is new shoes, and Chuck Peña has gone to the top shelf for a pair of Lake CX402s. Not cheap, but a work of shoe art in 'carbon and kangaroo leather… dead sexy!' is Chuck's description of Lake’s flagship model. But are custom fit, colors, and kanga-leather worth the price?
Tuesday June 5, 2018
Time’s Xpresso 15 Pedals push the boundaries of solid function at ultralight weight. Top spec bearings and raw materials choices meet very good design to yield an incredibly light pedal with easy but solid engagement, very good stability and ultra-smooth spin.
Monday June 4, 2018
Here's our first look at the latest gravel ride from Tom - the Ritchey Outback. Offered as a frame set and available for purchase directly from Ritchey, it shows off the simplistic beauty of steel, in a typically well thought out Ritchey package designed specifically for gravel and adventure riding - that's affordable at US$1359.00
Tuesday May 29, 2018
irwin wheels aon gx35 decal
Our first look at IRWIN Wheels' AON GX35 carbon tubeless-ready wheels for gravel riding... Priced at US $1550, these promise some big value.
Monday April 30, 2018
Custom Italian Carbon in the form of the Sarto Lampo Aero Road frame, loaded with Campagnolo’s Chorus group, Bora 50 wheels, Pirelli’s latest P Zero tires and FSA’s Metron Aero road bars.