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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]


Friday January 24, 2020
Gear Break: In this week's 'Gear Break' we have a big mix of top and inventive kit. The new CHAPTER2 AO Gravel bike and the electric ÖSA bike by CAKE. Trek-Segafredo will be using Pirelli tyres and you can help Australian wildlife with DeFeet, new bar tape by Silca with a crash replacement policy and check-out D1x electronic shifting from Archer Components.
Monday January 20, 2020
limar air master helmet side view
The Limar Air Master road cycling helmet offers low profile compact fit and aerodynamic style designed to be the all-round riding helmet in your collection. Here's my first look and initial riding impressions of the tricolor Italian flag version made exclusively for the North American market.
Friday January 17, 2020
Gear Break: For this 'episode' of Gear Break we have an eclectic mix of top style, innovation and beauty. From the functionality of Giornana overshoes to the innovation of the Blincclip battery-less reflector. Stages® Cycling power meter discount, put your chain back with a Rehook, Scott's special Addict RC for World champion Annemiek van Vleuten and 'Women of Cycling Calendar' for 2020.
Wednesday January 15, 2020
Trainer Review: We've all seen the recent explosion in indoor training and the use of the latest smart training / racing apps. So when top class pedal manufacturer Xpedo announced their new APX Pro smart trainer for just US$1099, we jumped for the first review unit and had our man in wintery Washington, Chuck Peña, give it a thorough spin.
Friday January 10, 2020
Gear Break: Our second collection is another mix of new or cool kit. From offerings from HUNT wheels to a discount on a Campagnolo phone cover. Plus we look at the Visions of Rainbows board game, two very different bikes: The LOOK Tokyo 2020 Olympic track bike and the Ritte Satyr steel gravel bike and we preview the coaching video on Kinomap.
Friday January 3, 2020
'Gear Break' a new section on PEZ, introducing new cycling equipment or something that has just caught our eye because of its style, functionality or ingenuity. Plus any special offers that we can pass on to our readers. We have not been paid for showing any items here, it's not advertising... Just cool kit. We hope you enjoy.
Wednesday January 1, 2020
Just like Mrs. Pez - the right cycling baselayer is essential to keep me warm on cold winter days. Modern fabrics, design, and construction have opened up more choices than ever before, so here are seven different baselayers from Castelli, Alé Bikewear, Nalini, and Assos that I've been using for a variety of cold weather rides and warming requirements.
Tuesday December 24, 2019
Gift Guide #8: Last chance saloon for getting those presents in time. 'Gift Guide #8' has yet more ideas for your cycling loved one, although that might be yourself: DMT, TruTrainer Power Rollers, KASK, KOO Eyeglasses, GORE Clothing, Sapo BJRO Micro Pump, Provis, ROUVY Holidays, Giordana, DZR Socks, DeBoss Jersey by Reggie and Lintaman shoes. Merry Christmas everyone!
Friday December 20, 2019
Selle San Marco Shortfit Carbon FX Saddle Review: Changing your shoes, pedals or saddle can be a big decision and far from easy. Your saddle is a very personal thing and is usually your first impression of any bike and to try a different shape or size is a bold step. Chuck Peña has ventured into the unknown of the 'Short Fit' saddle - Here are his thoughts and experience.
Thursday December 19, 2019
Gift Guide #7: It's the final count-down and those presents won't buy themselves. Yet another mixed bag of goodies that hopefully get you in the holiday mood. We have offerings from fi'zi:k, Castelli, Lizard Skins, Selle Italia, Wahoo, Officine Mattio, Harry's, ABUS, Roval, State Bicycle and Grand Tours Project. Not long now!
Monday December 16, 2019
Gift Guide #6: Not much shopping time left till the big day and so here at PEZ we've put together our latest collection of Yuletide suggestions. More goodies to choose from: Alé, Limar, Officina Battaglin Marosticana frame, Wahoo, Rapha, Swiftwick, Vision SC Wheels, Silca, Osmo Nutrition and a special 'PEZ 20% Discount' on a 3T Strada Pro bike.
Thursday December 12, 2019
Gift Guide #5: Another mixed bag of great gift ideas in our 5th holiday guide: Pirelli Cinturato Cross Mixed tires, DeFeet Woolie Boolie socks, La Fausto Coppi Officine Mattio - Special Event, Colnago e64 bike, Rapha Explore down jacket, Spurcycle Hip Pack, Lezyne Connect Smart lights, PEARL iZUMi Women's Blvd Merino vest and PEARL iZUMi X-ALP® gravel shoe. Get those presents bought!
Monday December 9, 2019
Gift Guide #4: Another week down and another week nearer the holiday season and those gifts won't buy themselves! In our fourth 'Gift Guide' we have offerings from NormaTec recovery systems, Rapha, Sidi, Genus by Vadolibero, Bont, FSA wheels, Nalini clothing, Basso and WIN Sports Detergent.
Friday December 6, 2019
Gift Guide #3: As the Holiday Season gets closer and closer, we have more gift ideas for that special cyclist in your life. Another mix of suggestions: The Darrell Parks calendar, Donnelly LCV Tires, Hiplok's wearable locks, PEARL iZUMi, Muc-Off valves, Calfee cage, 45NRTH Ragnarok Boa, Sarto Seta+, SockGuy holiday socks, Trail Butter and Rapha Cycling Club membership.
Saturday November 30, 2019
Gift Guide #2: Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is less than a month away. In the 'PEZ Holiday Gift Guide #2' we have a mixed bunch of suggestions: Inflator by Arundel, Diesel Sunglasses, MINT socks, Shortfit Carbon FX Wide by Selle San Marco, EnCase by Wolf Tooth, PEARL iZUMi, HydraPak hydration system, Smith helmet, and Nathan's AdaptiveFit VaporAir/Airess.
Wednesday November 27, 2019
How to Zwift for cheap-Oh: 'Never!' 'Not for me!' Those phrases were used when 'Zwift' was suggested, but if you don't try something how will you ever know? Our PEZ-man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has dipped his toe in the virtual cycling World, but he has spent as little money as possible on the Zwift experience.
Monday November 25, 2019
Gift Guide #1: It's nearly that time already; the trees will be going up and the halls will soon be decked with boughs of holly. So it is also time for the PEZ Holiday Gift Guide and in #1 we kick off with offerings from Boyd Cycling, OROS, LEM, Zwift, Arundel, Nathan Sports, SockGuy, BioLite and Muc-Off. Not many shopping days to go!
Wednesday November 20, 2019
Road Tubeless Tech: Thinking of making the jump to tubeless? PEZ-Man Chuck Peña has leapt into the unknown and fitted a set of Pirelli Cinturatos to his Irwin Cycling AON TLR wheelset. Chuck runs through the tire fitting and the potentially disastrous sealant injecting to find the ins-and-outs of going tubeless.
Monday September 16, 2019
When I stripped the torx bolt head on the seat post clamp on my Cipollini MCM, and could no longer adjust the seat, I decided to solve this one myself. Since there were no videos on how to remove a stripped screw from a bike frame, I recorded my odyssey, along with enough fails in this project to file this one under "stupid like me".
Sunday September 8, 2019
Wahoo ELEMNT Roam Review: For many years Garmin has set the benchmark for on-board GPS bike computers. These days there are many to choose from depending on what you want/need to know during your ride and after. The new ELEMNT Roam by Wahoo does just about everything you could dream of; our man Chuck Peña got his hands on a Wahoo ELEMNT for a good Roam.