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Technical Features archive - 2005

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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Repair and maintenance   Articles   Pro bikes   Bikes of the Peloton   Trade shows   Book, film & video reviews also see ordering page



December 9: Health Net's new Cannondales, Wilier builds Lampre bikes, Everti
November 24: Lampre on Wilier, Kona, Bianchi, Flyte, Descente, SmartWool, Fulcrum, Cannondale
Aug 28 - In the pits at NORBA: New dirt gear from Trek, Cane Creek, Gretnabikes & Schwalbe
August 27 news: Wheel blunder loses Tour of Germany, Bontrager carbon MTB wheels, Park Tool, Zipp, Slingshot, Serotta, Handmade bike show, Leggerra & Teschner
August 26 news: SRAM on road, Smith ignites, Scott Plasma, Litespeed carbon, Custom carbon, Luciano, MgTEC, Clothing for superheroes
August 15: Continental unveils Vectran-protected clincher
August 12 news: 770g Litespeed, EverTi, First Endurance, Rolf, Crankbrothers, Van Dessel
July 28 news: New stuff from Specialized & Campagnolo
June 10 news: Rogers testing Time, Corima, Fulcrum, Ultragen, TrackLogs, self-repairing tubes
May 30 news: Paolo Savoldelli's TT bike, FSA responds
May 26: Campagnolo's test pilot, Shimano, Fulcrum, Fizik, Jaggad, Swobo, Columbus, & Merlin
May 12
: Scott claims lightest TT bike, Crank brothers rainbow, Warning - pink content, More custom packs from Hydrapak, Carbon fiber shortage looms, Mavic to reintroduce Helium wheels, NiteRider goes Li-Ion, New Cervelos roll out
April 27: Armstrong's new Advantage, Pinarello's F 4:13 Carbon, Deda 2006, Shimano 2006, Roubaix suspension
April 14: Cannondale launches Synapse, More Campagnolo Electronic, Flecha's Pinarello, Zipp launches Pave wheels, Epic becomes Everti, Brave Soldier announces Friction Zone, More inexpensive titanium, ZeroPace adds planning, WTB awarded, Julich formalizes Camelbak relationship, Superlight brake from Netherlands, Selle Italia awarded
April 5: Campag Electric, Merckx, Armstrong & Nike, Hydrapak, Italia, Aero Concepts, RockShox, Scott
March 2: Trek's LiveStrong, Bontrager, Hutchinson, Pearl Izumi, Scott USA, Morningstar
February 21: Merlin goes back to its Roots, Folding bike parking, BMC mountain bikes available in US, Velo seats more teams for 2005, Sampson drops carbon brakes price
February 11: Fassa Bortolo's 2005 Pinarellos, Super Cyrene, Smith Optics backs CSC,Ritchey in the peloton, Polar software for Macs, Epic lops off a kilo, Gaansari revamps Van Cleve, Curve socks it to Liberty, Shimano brake cable recall also in Europe
February 2: Langkawi tweaks TT regs, Speedplay - far more than Zero support in 2005, Campagnolo goes Pro and Continental, Leggera against the clock, First Endurance sponsors Leipheimer, Jittery Joe's gets the lot from Louis Garneau, Oval clips on lightly, IRD's compact derailleur, Name change presages Reynolds expansion, CSC gets Alpha Q forks, Shimano recalls aftermarket road brake cables
January 4: Passing on the torch - and the gear, DeRosa gears up for 2005, Dedaelementi rolls out tyres and cranks, Ljungskog and Melchers on Bontrager, More Zipps get dimpled

Product reviews - bikes

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

Reviews - Accessories & components


Manitou R-Seven Platinum - a first look
Fox F100 RLT
Reynolds Stratus cyclocross wheels
Exustar E-SR221 road shoes
Rapha Grand Tour gloves
Spiuk Dual jersey & Top Ten shorts
Canari Raglan jacket
Zipp 303 'cross wheels
Kuips Phey carbon seat post
M2 racer Wrap & Roll
First Endurance responds to Dr Pam Hinton's review of Multi-V
First Endurance Multi-V
Zipp 404 wheels
Specialized Mondo tyres
Time RXS Carbon pedals and shoes
Dedatre RS Corsa tyres
Ultimate Pro Elite Repair Stand
Fulcrum Racing 1 wheels
Hutchinson Fusion tyres
FRS Plus sport drink
Spiuk Nexion helmet
FSA K-Force MegaExo cranks
Light & Motion Vega
Zero Gravity 0G-05 brakes
Giro E2 helmet
Red Ace & Blue Steel depilatories
adidas adiStar XC Race shoes
Campagnolo Next Light Textran jacket
Continental GP Force & Attack
Ritchey Motovader tyres
FSA RD-488 carbon wheels
Park Tool PRS-20 workstand
Campagnolo Next Retro jersey
Sportful Tour bib shorts
Zipp B2 bar & 145 stem
Shimano Ultegra 2005
Selle SMP Strike Pro
DMT Flash shoes
Selle Italia Signo
Cyfac Nerv custom - Part 1, Getting fitted
Selle Italia SLK Carbonio
Crank Brothers Mallet M pedals
Ultimate Alpine digital scale
Canari custom clothing
Gorge Delights fruit bars
fi'zi:k Gobi 2005
Cyclo-core DVD
Selle Italia C64 saddle
Soma Fabrications Steel Core Tyre Levers
Red Ace s1-advance socks
Park Tool PRS-15 & PRS-15AP
Canari Raglan jacket
Giordana Tenax Laser Bib Shorts and Jersey
Knog Frog micro light
Selle San Marco Rever saddle
Louis Garneau Power Bib
Chariot Cougar SX Child Trailer
Descente Genesis jersey
Fi'zi:k Arione Carbon
Ritchey WCS Carbon road handlebars

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 14: Giant, Scott, Showers Pass, Sheila Moon, Mountain Bike Maintenance, Amstel Gold Race 1966-2005
December 1: Cateye, Carnac, adidas, Bergamo, The Complete Bike Book, Lance Armstrong 2006 calendar
November 18: Lupine, Crank Bros, Continental, Mavic, Shimano, Zipp, & Hell on Wheels.
November 15: Litespeed, Etxeondo, SRAM, Topeak, Maxxis
November 9: Etxeondo, Smith, Mike and the Bike, Epic Images
November 4: De Marchi, Gravity Zero, Qoleum, Giant Australia
October 17: Cateye, Assos, Met, Prendas Ciclismo, Solo, Canari
September 8: Rapha, Spinervals, Hayes, WTB, Fox, Light & Motion, BodyTeq
August 19: New stuff from Dedatre, Maxim, Unconventional Medicinals, ProGold
July 28: New gear from Colnago, Ellsworth, Tifosi, Lance Armstrong's War, Reynolds, Manitou, Thomson, Sports Oxyshot
June 30: From FSA, Fulcrum, Arundel and Maxxis
June 4: From Spiuk, American Classic, Stan's NoTubes, Rotor, Ultimate Support
May 13: Specialized, Bontrager, Continental, Carb-Boom!, Met, SKF
April 29: Campagnolo, Zipp, FSA
April 8: Thomson, Ultimate, SockGuy, Polar, M2Racer, Linda Armstrong Kelly
March 30 - From Specialized, Sportful, Arkel & Shasta Software
March 9 - From Canari, Paolo Pellizzari, FSA, DT Swiss, Giro, Shimano, & Selle Italia
Februuary 23 - From Wilier, Smith Optics, Park Tool, Fast Freddy, Soma Fabrications, IRD, Sampson & Selle Italia
February 9: From Polar, Park Tool, Bergamo, Oval Concepts, Planet X and Nikon
February 4: From Planet X, DMT, Red Ace, Louis Garneau, Gorge Delights, Joshua Cohen's Finding the Perfect Bicycle Seat & Suzue
January 7: From Time, Specialized, VisionTech & Louis Garneau,

Special sponsorship features

2005 - Specialized head to head – Tarmac vs Roubaix
2005 - First Endurance and Levi Leipheimer: Planning begins on the dinner table
2005 - Trek at the Tour de France: Knocking on seven's door - a peak inside Trek and Discovery Channel team preparations
Discovery Channel special: the making of 'Overhaulin' Lance Armstrong'

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


Christmas crackers at Colnago: Ernesto's elves working at fever pitch
Seven heaven: A tour of the Seven factory
Trek tackles the urban cycle
MTB suspension - the state of the art
Campagnolo looks forward: Meeting the coming challenges
2006 tech: Javelin flies into carbon
Andy Jaques-Maynes' Specialized TriCross: Working weekends
Trek's Elite 9.9 hardtail: A big revamp for 2006
Specialized 2006: What's new in road & mountain bike
Stefan Behrens interview: The Lightweight wheel maker
Continental talks tyre tech: Vectran keeps inflated & All stitched up in a tyre factory
Lance Armstrong's new weapons: Discovery's Tour-ready TT and climbing bikes
Inside Javelin: Growing an oak from an aero acorn
Pro bike prep: Sweating the details for life in the peloton
Giro d'Italia tech: The contenders' bikes, Specials from Colnago & Pinarello
2006 Tech - Truvativ: Beefing up and slimming down
Georgia tech: The road a-Hed & Floyd's BMC TT bike
2006 Tech - SRAM
: More carbon, more adjustability
2006 Tech - RockShox: Less weight, lots more choice
2006 Tech: Manitou comes out fighting with new XC forks and shocks
Armstrong's aero Hour: Wind tunnel testing for the ultimate record
Leipheimer gets wind blown: Gerolsteiner leader undergoes wind tunnel testing
Discovery's Voyagers: Bringing the Discovery Channel team bike to life

Pro bikes

2005 Pro bikes

Bikes of the Peloton

Tour de France 2005 tech

Giro d'Italia 2005

Bikes of Paris-Roubaix 2005

The bikes of Hell - the weird, the conservative and the 'courageous'

Trade shows

On Show 2005: Showtime!