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Technical Features

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.

Year by year: 2008   2007   2006   2005    2004    2003 & earlier   

News   Reviews   Special sponsorship features    Italia Bici    New Arrivals    2006 TdF tech
Repair and maintenance   Articles   Pro bikes   Bikes of the Peloton   Trade shows   Book, film & video reviews also see ordering page


Julich's Cervelo profiled
Photo ©: Hedwig Kroner
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December 20: SRAM, Eurobike, Smith Optics V Ti, Giro, DeFeet, ProBar
December 6: Truvativ, Van Dessel, Ambrosio, First Endurance
November 22: Answer Products, Titus, IRD, Frazz, Retro Image Apparel & Wheels Manufacturing
November 8 - Saunier Duval riding SRAM in '07, Serotta buys dedicated composites facility, DT Swiss acquires Pace forks, Cervélo available in Scandinavia, Columbus steel tubing, Pearl Izumi winter clothing
October 25 - FSA/Tacx release carbon 'grease', Cane Creek headests give 29ers increased clearance, Time RXS pedals recalled, Syntace disc rotor shims
October 5 - Shimano to distribute PRO, Smith Optics support IMBA, SRAM and Van Dessel
September 21: Shimano's new U.S. president, Fox Racing Shox, NAHMBS year 3, Ellsworth's new 29er
August 18: Mavic, IRD, Zipp, Titus
August 4: Rotor cranks, SRAM on chains, Jagwire, Fixies outlawed?
July 27: Campagnolo, BMC, Speedplay, Zipp, ITM, Trek, Van Dessel, Co_motion, Fox, M2Racer, Bikes4Kids
June 2: Basso's sponsors celebrate, Final Shimano XTR details, More Campagnolo crank details
May 26: Litespeed then and now, Ellsworth demo, Interbike, Sweat GUT'R, Shimano recall, Oakley, Rotor, Sibex, FSA
May 12: Campagnolo's new cranks, Camelbak, Schwinn, Teschner, Maverick, First Endurance
May 3: Bontrager, Ultimate Support, Chris King, DMT, Shimano XTR
April 3: 2007 XTR - official pics & details, First Endurance, Brooks, Mountain Cycle
March 24: 2007 XTR: the inside line, Deda Electa, Rudy Project, Rotor, Battaglin's blast from the past
March 14: More Shimano electronics, HED, Blue, DIY MTB 10-speed, Italia Bici
March 9: Shimano Dura-Ace electronic; CSC tests SRAM
February 24: Shimano 2007, SRAM team roll-out slow, Rocky Mountain, Fulcrum, THE, Toasty toes
February 17: Bianchi & Ducati, Saunier Duval, Campagnolo, SwissStop, Chris King, Lazer, SRAM & Orbea, Kona
February 10: Bell/Easton, Hammer Nutrition, Slingshot, More carbon 29ers
February 3: Guido Trentin's Scott CR1, North American Handmade bike show, Orbea, Slingshot, Rolf, Rotor, Shimano, Maxxis, Van Dessel, First Endurance
January 27: More power, Caisse d'Epargne on Pinarello, Wilier Triestina goes 'cross, Campagnolo equips 13, Luna to Orbea, FSA, Raleigh

Product reviews - bikes

Orbea Alma 29er - Fast and flowy
Felt F1C - Top-level road racing machine
Parlee Z3c handmade carbon
Kuota Kharma
De Rosa Avant
Ellsworth Truth MTB
Leggera Piuma
Technique Sports SuperbikeMarkOne
Cinelli XLR8R
First look: Cannondale launches System Six carbon frame
Scott Plasma Pro TT bike
Scott Scale 10 - Pro racing hardtail MTB
Giant TCR Advanced LE - Integrated stiffness
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

Reviews - Accessories & components


On test: SRAM force groupset
On test: Fulcrum RacingLight wheelset
On test: Formula Oro Puro disc brakes
On test: SDG I-Beam seatpost & saddle
On test: Bontrager Race XXX Lite VR bars
On test: Williams Cycling Wheel System 30
On test: Gore Bike Wear's winter warmers
On test: Gore Bike Wear's Power Bib shorts & Xenon jersey
On test: Alpha Q CX20 cyclo-cross fork
Thule T2 bike rack
Blackburn Delphi 5.0
FSA MegaExo bottom bracket
Dinotte Ultra 5 LED
Capo Forma & De Marchi wool-mix jerseys
Lake CX400 shoes
Zipp 300 cranks
Mavic Ksyrium ES
Vittoria Premium Carbon shoes
Louis Garneau Carbon Air shoes
fi'zi:k Nisene HP
Lake MXZ301 winter shoes

Reynolds Ouzo Pro Cross fork
Pearl Izumi Barrier Jacket
Pearl Izumi Therma Fleece Bib Tight
Pearl Izumi Vector Jersey
Campagnolo Racing Waterproof Textran Convertible Jacket & Thermo Textran Bib
Campagnolo Multi-season System Long X-S Sock
Campagnolo NEXT Thermo Textran Jacket & Raytech Thermo Textran Bib
NoTubes ZTR Olympic 347 disc wheels & rotors
Uvex Crow Pro eyewear
Adidas adiStar Artic jacket
Adidas adiStar Wind Jersey
Adidas adiStarArtic Bib Tight
Topeak Prepstand Pro

Gravity-Zero wheels
First impression: Cateye Double and Triple Shot
Bergamo MSS Jacket
Bergamo MSS Winter Bib Knicker
Bergamo MSS Exotex Base Layer
Assos FI.équipe shorts and Intermediate Evo jersey
Rotor RSX4 MTB
Hayes El Camino brakes
Lupine Edison 5 light
Reynolds Ouzo Comp seatpost
Reynolds Ouzo Pro Anatomic carbon road handlebar

Book, film and video reviews


Book review: Quäl Dich, Du Sau! by Udo Bölts



New Arrivals


December 13: Gary Fisher, Avid, Zipp, Gore, Hope Vision, Mr. Smith
November 29: Bontrager, Blackburn, Sugoi, Selle Italia, Ritchey, SRAM, Rock Shox, Castelli & more
November 15: Craft, Louis Garneau, Descente, Sportful, TPR, Fox
November 1: Fi'zi:k, Reynolds, Fox, Truvativ, SRAM, Velocity
October 16: iBike, Hutchinson, Knog, On-One, Velocarbon
September 22: CapoForma, Nike, Schwinn, O'Symmetric, Fox, Jagwire, Oakley & Alpha Q
August 7: Blackburn, Schwalbe, Thule, Fox, Felt, Blooks, Unconventional Medicinals
August 3: Ciclosport, Orbea, Tifosi, Gore, Titus, CeramicSpeed, Formula
May 5: Blackburn, Garmin, Capo Forma, Rocket7, Pearl Izumi, Hutchinson, Jelly Belly, Thomson, Sonny's Bike Tools
April 19: Fulcrum, Technique Sports, Santini, Capo Forma, Louis Garneau
March 30: Scott, DMT, Louis Garneau, FSA, Time, Sampson, Cyclo-Speed, Cyclo-Zen
March 28: DMT, Vittoria, Rotor, Rolf Prima, Maxxis, FSA, Sampson, Mrazek, Overcoming
February 9: Zipp, fi'zi:k, Shimano, Nike, Dinotte, White Industries, Powercordz
February 1: From White Bros, Bontrager, Shimano, Lake, fi'zi:k, Uvex, Selle Italia, SQ Lab

Special sponsorship features

July 2006: All about FACT – Unsurpassed fatigue reduction & incredibly low weight from Specialized's Functional Advanced Composite Technology
July 2006: Inside Giro – Giro focuses on innovation and artistry to advance helmets
February 2006: Full Speed Ahead – Ceramics & aerodynamics: FSA powers into 2006

Tech articles


US trade show wars continue: United States show-down
Sydney Track World Cup: The Olympic testing ground
Specialized fit: Medically-based bike fitting
Bikes of the Sydney Track World Cup: Anna Meares' BT Stealth
Pro Bike: Richard Groenendaal's Colnago C50 Cross
2007 tech- Trek broadens its range
2007 tech: Antipasto Italiano - Colnago, Pinarello & De Rosa
CN's 29in vs 26in MTB project: An update on the bikes
2007 tech: Specialized expands women's line
2007 tech: Specialized gets brainier in the dirt
2007 tech: Shimano's new XTR group on the trail, part 1; Part 2
2007 tech: Specialized unveils plethora of road goodies
2007 tech: Campagnolo reveals new brakes, cranks, shifters and much more
2007 MTB tech: Trek returns to the dirt, part 1, Part 2
Wilier 1906-2006: Wilier launches new bike in centenary celebration
2007 tech: Specialized's S-Works Roubaix SL on the cobbles
2007 kit: SRAM goes big
Behind Bianchi lines - The celeste company reveals its 2007 range
26-inch vs 29-inch MTBs on test
An elliptical comeback: The return of non-round chainrings
Jan Ullrich bikes launch - The bikes Ullrich would like to ride
LeMond's sub-1kg carbon - Carbon at last from Greg's brand
SRAM unveils road groups - Invites rivals to feel the Force...
Alessandro Petacchi's Colnago: A special chassis for the Ale-Jet engine
26in vs 29in MTB wheels - The debate goes on
North American Handmade Bike Show pt 4: Best in show
NAHBS pt 3: Handmade meets high tech
North American Handmade Bike Show pt 1: The craftsmen return
North American Handmade Bike Show pt 2: Details, details, details
Discovery Channel prepares for the road ahead - In the wind tunnel and on the velodrome with the Disco boys
Liquigas-Bianchi's 2006 rides - The bikes of DiLuca & Backstedt
Talking Dutch: Koga Miyata factory visit
Cyclingnews' team bike world tour: De Rosa, Giant and Trek get ready for season 2006

Pro bikes

2006 Pro bikes

Bikes of the Tour de France

Bikes of the Peloton

Bikes of Tour de Georgia

Bikes of Paris-Roubaix 2006

Sea Otter 2006 Tech

  • Day 1 - Orbea's carbon 29er; XTR first ride; Trek's 69er & aluminium Top Fuel
  • Day 2 - SRAM's new MTB gear; Giant's carbon Anthem; Merlin suspension
  • Day 3: Mongoose Canaan; Crank Bros Smarty; Niner full suspension; Cannondale Slices TTs
  • Day 4: Fisher Race Day suspension; FSA announces complete drivetrains, Intense 29er & road; Titus; Burley; Kinetic Koffee; Retrotec

Trade shows

On show 2006: Vast amounts of goodies from the world's trade shows.
On Show 2005: Showtime!

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