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Technical Features archive - 2004

Welcome to cyclingnews.com's section devoted to everything else bike related other than the rider. Frames, wheels, groupsets, saddles, handlebars, pedals, tyres, helmets, clothing, shoes, glasses, accessories - you name it, we'll cover it.

In the following reports, the latest innovations in the bicycling industry are described, with plenty of pictures of beautiful machines to drool over.

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November 30: Custom titanium at sane prices, Vicious at last, Colnago teams up with Shimano to sponsor new pro squad, Oakley rocks out, Fassa ready to ride in 2005, Suspension guru McAndrews joins Trek, Campagnolo spares on line, Zipp.com gets a facelift, Felt supports ADT velodrome
November 23: Epic introduces Falcon, Leggera Piuma floats out, Dura-Ace goes triple, Price joins ScottUSA, Litespeed returns to racing, Vroom, vroom!
November 9: Wilier, Tubeless update, Zero Gravity, Zipp, Fuji
September 27, part 1: CycleOps trainer, Fondriest, Descente, Zero Gravity
September 27, part 2: Litespeed, Ulmer's Olympic bike, Ridley, Rolf, De Rosa, IRD, Felt, Ambrosio
July 20: Campagnolo, RockShox, Fox, Oval, Catlike & Smith
June 25: New Giant carbon, Crank Bros, Colnago proto, Scott, Topolino
June 8, part 1: Giro's Rev Six revs up at Dauphine, Rebellin conquers on Wilier carbon proto, Giant spy photos at the T-Mobile Service Course
June 8, part 2: Specialized unveils new kit, Cervelo & CSC fine-tune at MIT, New forks from Alpha Q, Paint job of the year?
May 21: Petacchi's new Pinarello, Mayo's Orbea TT secret weapon, adidas & more
May 13: New Shimano wheels, 29inch victory, CycleOps, Naviion
Apr 30: Campagnolo, Klein, Giant, Sports Instruments, Burley, La Ruta
Apr 27: IRD, Oval, Fi'zi:k, Camelbak
Apr 15: Specialized at Roubaix, Scott USA, Reynolds, IRD
Apr 6: New Cervelos, Saddleco, Pedro's, Polar, Giant 2005, TT helmets & more
March 30: Mavic's new wheels, Giro's aero plans, Brake warning, Johnson on adidas, Socks on SATS
March 24: Iban Mayo's Orbea Orca, More 2004 Shimano, Inside Ride Super Trainer, New from Pinarello & Opera, Gaansari Scorcher
March 10: Shimano, Real Design, CycleOps, Canari, Hutchinson
March 3: Selle Italia, ROI Zefiro bars, Team Seasilver's Iron Horse, Klein & Maverick get coupley, Zero Gravity brakes, Ambrosio's 2004 teams
February 25: Genesis Scuba bikes, Superleggero, DMT, Velo, pinkjersey.com, SRAM
February 18: Navigators 2004 Colnago C50s, Vaughters' TIAA-CREF/5280 team on LeMond & Bontrager, Rotor turns pro, Tubeless clinchers
February 11: Cannondale's carbon/aluminium bike official, Trelock gets Imperial, Titanium pump from Barbieri, USA Cycling's sponsors renew, Catlike relaxes
February 6: Tubeless road tyres on the way, Bart Wellens' Ridley X-Knight carbon, CSC & Cervelo, Bianchi teams up with Alessio, Javelin gets cash injection; sponsors Basis, Weight management from Polar
January 29: Zero Gravity, T-Mobile's Giants, Ultragen, Oakley, DMT
January 5: Fi'zi:k, Selle San Marco, Specialized, Commencal & more

Product reviews - bikes

Argon18 Gallium - Lightweight tech from Canada
Giant Anthem LE - All-XTR cross-country race weapon
Planet X Superlight frame - Budget brilliance
Wilier Triestina Thor Ultegra - Italian tradition meets carbon
Cervélo Soloist Carbon - Super-quick peloton weapon
Lapierre 999 X-Lite FDJ Team Replica - Sell your children
Blue Competition Cycles RC4 - Not a case of the blues
Spinner Aeris - A knife-edged tool for the XC racer set
Pinarello F4:13 - One piece wonder
De Rosa Tango - Let's Dance
Endorfin Speed III Special - Addicted to speed
Colnago E1 - Life's Simple Pleasures
Cyfac Nerv custom - "Sur Mesure?" Sure!
Specialized S-Works Tarmac - vibration-damping rocket
Canyon Carbon F10 Ultimate Pro - Reasonably priced superlight
Look 481SL - Modern classic
Wilier Le Roi - A royal revolutionary
Ridley Damocles - Speed weapon
Scott CR1 Team Issue - UCI limit here we come
Fondriest Luxter - The Real Thing
Pinarello Dogma FP - Magnesium marvel
Flandria CSS-1 - A classic name reborn
Look KG486 - A Jalabert-designed winner
Trek Madone 5.9 - Dependable superbike
Specialized Roubaix Pro - Comfort breeds performance
Klein Palomino XV - Terrific trail MTB
Orbea Orca: Real-world team issue
Giant TCR Composite 1: Affordable rocketship
Guru carbonio/Ti: Comfy custom carbon from Canada
Anatomic Pro Team '04 - Australian custom magic
LOOK KG486 - First impressions
Wilier Trestina Galibier - As ridden by Francesco Casagrande
Orbea Starship Carbon Euskaltel 03 Team - More than a team replica
CYFAC XL8R - 40 Years of French flair
K2 Enemy - Disk-ready Cyclo-cross bargain
Fondriest P4 Carbon
Road test: Specialized's S-Works E5 - So very special
Merlin Agilis on test - a titanium superbike
Road test: Giant TCR-Zero - stealth fighter
Road test: Morati SC 12 - Unique Czech titanium
Road test - K2 Mod 5.0 road bike

Reviews - Accessories & components


Look Keo pedals
FruitTrekker energy bars
Diadora Proracer Carbon shoes - First look
Shimano SH-R215 Road Shoes
Cannibal Bullet Proof bib shorts
Polar S725 cycling heart rate monitor
First Endurance E3 sports drink
Fi'zi:k BAR:GEL
Shimano Dura-Ace wheels
Velo ProntoSL.S1
SaddleCo Flow CrMo
Shimano's Dura-Ace group
DMT Ultimax RSX shoes
Lightweight wheels
Specialized Pro Carbon Road shoes
Campagnolo Metal Series Wind Shield
Zero Gravity brakes - First impressions
Topolino wheels
Campagnolo's Centaur group - First impressions
Crank Bros Candy Ti pedals
Bontrager Race X Lite post
Zipp 303 wheels
Ultragen recovery formula
Giro Atmos helmet
Lance Armstrong: Images of a champion by Graham Watson & Lance Armstrong
Campagnolo Eurus G3 wheelset
Park Tool IB-1 & IB-2 multi-tools
Giro Monza helmet
De Marchi Contour bib shorts; Response from De Marchi
DeFeet Armskins
Carnac Quartz road shoes
SRAM PC 89R HP chain & R9 cassette
Giro Xen helmet
Specialized Bar Phat tape
FSA RD-400 wheels, FSA Carbon Superlight cranks & FSA Platinum Pro Ti bottom bracket
Descente Element jacket
Hincapie Sportswear bib shorts & jersey
Maxxis Columbiere road tyre
Rocket7 Super Stock road shoe
Inova 24/7 LED light
Lume Lighting Strada HID light
Park Tool CM-5 Cyclone Chain Scrubber
Campagnolo winter clothing
Arundel carbon cage

Specialized Turbo Pro computer
Reynolds Stratus DV wheels
Bergamo Pro Bib short
Bell Ghisallo helmet
Brooks B17 saddle
Pearl Izumi Viper Boa

Book, film and video reviews

Book review: The Complete Bike Book
Book review: The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles
Film review: 'Hell on Wheels', heaven on-screen
Discovery Channel special: the making of 'Overhaulin' Lance Armstrong'


New Arrivals


December 21: From Look, Shimano, Park Tool, Continental, Giordana, Descenre, Zero Gravity & Bicycle: the history by David V Herlihy
December 8: From Diadora, Crank Bros, fi'zi:k, Red Ace, PowerBar, Descente, Knog, Louis Garneau, Pro - the movie, Kalahari, & Unconventional Medicinals
November 10: Ridley, Fondriest, PowerBar, Planet Bike, Panaracer, saddles & Cyclingnews
September 18: Scott, Zero Gravity, Ritchey, Syncros & Cyclingnews
August 11: Cateye, Cyclingnews, Cage Rocket, Santini
July 15: Trek, Park Tool, Shimano, 700C and Wheelcraft
June 17: Specialized, Crank Bros, Thomson, Bicycling Science, Drop In
June 3: DMT, Jaggad, Blue Steel, Cannibal, Ellsworth, LeMond Fitness, Atomic Mount
May 7: Crank Bros, Park Tool, Sports Instruments, Morningstar & Panasonic
May 6: 2004 clothing from Campagnolo
April 1: Giro, Specialized, Park Tool, DeFeet
March 11: Campagnolo & Velo
March 4: Specialized, Polar, Zipp, lazer, First Endurance, Do Wrap
February 19: Arundel, FSA & Wrench Force
February 12: Glowbag, Descente and Squirt
February 5: New stuff from Klein, Carnac, Maxxis, Park & SRAM
January 30: New stuff from Garmin, SRAM, Orbea, Carnac, Park & Thomson

Special sponsorship features

Campagnolo 2004: Veloce - reliability for all & 2005 compact transmissions
Crank Bros: The low-down on the new Quattro road pedal
Campagnolo 2004: Real world wheel deals
Carnac cycling shoes: inside France's great shoe-maker
Saris bike carriers: the racks of the world's
Campagnolo 2004: Changes across the board
Campagnolo 2004: Campagnolo beefs up the midrange

Italia Bici

Italia Bici 2008
De Marchi - Innovation and Tradition inspires latest line
Milani - The passion and desire of Milani continues with Natale's son, Celeste.
Selle Italia - New location, new models for 2008
Vittoria Shoes - A true Italian family affair

Italia Bici 2007
Selle Italia - Selle Italia takes Flite again with new Flite saddle
De Marchi - Breaking the rules for cycling clothing
DeRosa - Il Maestro Ugo: Still Motivated To Build Great Bikes
Cytech - Maximum comfort, maximum performance

Italia Bici 2006
Selle Italia - Super saddle maker
De Marchi - Innovation & quality in clothing
DeRosa - Tailor made by Ugo
Cytech - the science of shorts liners
Fi'zi:k - Behind the scenes with Damiano Cunego
Fulcrum - Technology + style in wheels
Battaglin - Over two decades of carbon fiber

Italia Bici 2005
Ernesto Colnago - Inside the Inner sanctum
Wilier Triestina rides again
De Rosa - Straight from the heart
Deda Elementi - Passion + Experience = Innovation

Italia Bici 2004
Campagnolo - The real deal in wheels
De Marchi - Back to the future of high-tech cyclingwear
DMT:Made in Italy, available in the USA
Ernesto Colnago 50th Anniversary Interview
FSA - Pro teams provide input for Full Speed Ahead
Limar Helmets: Light, cool and sexy looking
Northwave - Innovation by nature

De Rosa: The Art of The Artisan
100 Anni Di Corsa: One hundred years and counting
ITM - Italmanubri: High Technology Bike Accessories in the Italian Artisan Tradition

Colnago 2002 - Inside Ernesto Colnago's personal bike museum

DMT Shoes - Polishing the diamond
Limar Helmets - Technology for your head
Colnago - An interview with Ernesto Colnago

Bike repair and maintenance

Repair & maintenance: Rear derailleur overhaul
Maintenance & repair: Freehubs
Maintenance & repair: Fitting & removing cogs
Fixing creaks: Troubleshooting a creaking drive train
Adjusting dual pivot caliper brakes: How to keep them working perfectly
Replacing & adjusting a threadless headset: fix those wobbly-steering blues
Washing your bike: Get that pro-wash gleaming bike feeling
Headset standards and nomenclature: a primer on steering bearings
Front derailleur adjustment: more gear tuning tips
Adjusting your rear derailleur: how to get your gears shifting sweetly
Wheel truing and spoke tensioning: everything you need to know about wheels
Brake and gear cables: How to cut and fit them
Tyres & wheels: Care and feeding
Fitting & removing cogs: How to change your ratios
Mounting tubular tires: The professional approach to this tricky task
Hub Bearings: Overhaul and adjustment
Freehubs: Servicing and replacing a freehub
Chains: Three methods of setting your chain length
Fitting a chain: How to secure your main drive component
Splined-axle cranks: Removing and fitting this increasingly common design.
A torque primer: Everything you need to know about fasteners, threads and torque wrenches
Frame alignment: How to check and fix a misaligned frame.
Recording MTB position: Grabbing all the data for training reference or future rebuild
Recording road bike position: As above, for the road
External bearing crankset systems: Installation and removal of the new-generation cranks
SPD pedal service: Greasing and adjusting Shimano pedals
Spoke tension balance with the TM-I tension meter

Tech articles


Tweaking a standard: Look's Keo designer talks pedals
It's not all about weight - Look's president talks bikes and grams
Cervélo takes aim at weight limits - An interview with gerard Vroomen
How light is too light? - Spotlight on UCI weight limit
Readers respond to 'How light is too light?' - Letters for, against the limit and on the fence
Peaking Out - Keith Bontrager rides the 3 Peaks Cyclocross
Keith Bontrager interview: The crossover man
A Classic Tour de France: Part I & Part II
Tour tech: Satellite-grade OCLV, HED aerobars, Deda Elementi, Gibo's SRM 'Dale
Tour tech: Zabel, Mavic & Postal
Tour time for Tarmac!
Time trial helmets
New bike for Van Moorsel
New bikes from BT,
Tour tech: Zipp's slippery new wheel
Cicli Pinarello displays its racing history: Fifty years of classic bikes

Pro bikes

2004 Pro bikes

Bikes of the Peloton

Bikes of the 2004 Peloton

Bikes of the Tour de France

Bikes of the Giro d'Italia

Bikes at the 2004 Peace Race
Bikes at the Tour de Georgia
Bikes at the 2004 Paris-Roubaix: Part I & Part II
Bikes at the 2004 Milan-San Remo
Domina Vacanze's Specializeds
Bikes at the 2004 Tour de Langkawi: Part I & Part II
Bikes at the 2004 Cyclo-cross World's
Colnago celebrates 50 years; Fassa Bortolo and Pinarello partners again in 2004

Trade shows

On Show 2004: What will be the next big thing?