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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.

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


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December 21: BH Bikes, Giro, GT Bicycles, Carbon Sports, Rotor, Pacific Cycle, Shimano
December 13: Astana to ride Trek in '08, Avanti, PowerBar & Fallbrook Technologies
December 8: Saunier Duval-Prodir to become Saunier Duval-Scott, Team LPR to ride De Rosa, Campagnolo offers sponsored riders special Ergopower shifters, Italian companies adopt cross-marketing approaches, Gita Sporting Goods and Ergomo part ways.
December 4: German engineering hits the track.
November 26: SRAM sign second ProTour team.
November 6: Powertap, Van Dessel Cycles, Interbike, NAHBS, Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show, Arundel Bicycle Company, Karbona
October 23: Zipp, Trek, Avanti, Dolan, Formula
September 22: SRAM to acquire Zipp
September 21: Interbike, SRAM, First Endurance, Louis Garneau
August 28: Carbon Drive Systems, New Rock Shox SID, Truvativ's accessories, Rotor expands range
August 20: Shimano, BMC, Mavic
August 14: Sidi, Colorado Premier Training, Felt, North American Handmade Bicycle Show
August 3: BMC, Scott USA, BH Bicycles, SRM, Genuine Innovations
July 23: Speedplay, Zipp, Chris King, Limar, Advanced sports performance, Interbike
June 20: Mavic, Hunter Allen, Saunier-Duval, BlackBottoms
June 6: FSA, Shimano, Cannondale, Giant
May 24: Giro, TrainingPeaks, Colnago, Pegoretti, Elite
May 10: Elite Realaxiom, FSA and Skoda, Ellsworth Bicycles and Team Maxxis, Castelli, fi'zi:k, Cyfac, Elite Vaison, Brodie Bicycles
April 25: Felt, Shimano, Park Tool, Eurobike, Clif Bar, Trip Tracker Sportsmate
April 11: FSA, Gary Fisher, Sportful, Fuji Bicycles, Ergon, Everti Titanium Bicycles
April 1: WADA says: 'suck on this' in the war against doping (Édition Avril Imbécile)
March 28: Hayes Bicycle Group, LeBron James, Schwinn Bicycles, BMC, Cannondale, Fox Racing, Pryme
March 14: LeMonde, Continental, Hutchinson, First Endurance, Ride of Fame
February 28: EuroBike, Easton, Schwinn, Speedplay, North American Handmade Bicycle Show, SRAM Neutral Race Support
February 14: SRAM, Colnago, FSA, BMC, 26" vs. 29", Enigma
January 31: CycleOps, Interbike, Felt Bicycles, Jamis Bicycles, NuVinci
January 17
: Castelli, Interbike, Lemond & Bontrager, Klunkerz documentary, North American Bicycle Show, Pacenti Cycle Design
January 3: T-Mobile, Team Slipstream, southaustralia.com-AIS, Toyota-United, CeramicSpeed, Bruce Gordon, Ritchey

Product reviews - bikes


Sycip Diesel Singlespeed
Trek Madone 5.2
Sampson Diablo 20
Battaglin C12 Carbon Ultimate
BMC SLC01 Pro Machine
Van Dessel Jersey Devil HT
Ridley Noah
Gary Fisher HiFi Pro
Mongoose Canaan Team
Enigma Eulogy
Schwinn Peloton LTD
Schwinn Madison
Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL
Kuota KOM
Trek Madone SSL 6.5

Reviews - Accessories & components


Capoforma custom clothing
Louis Garneau cool weather clothing
Craft cold weather clothing
Selle Italia SLR Teknologika Flow saddle
Speedplay Light Action pedals
Zipp Vuka Aero
Reynolds Cycling Attack wheelset
Enduro bearing tool
Shimano 105 10-speed groupset
Tacx Fortius VR trainer
fi'zi:k Vitesse
fi'zi:k Arione k:1

Book, film and video reviews

DVD Review: Road to Roubaix
Book review: Bad blood
Book review: We Might as Well Win
Book review: Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape
Book review: Jens Voigt - Don't give up – Learn to win!
DVD Review: The Six-Day Bicycle Races DVD
Book review: Floyd Landis - Positively False: The Real Story Of How I Won The Tour De France
Book review: Quäl Dich, Du Sau! by Udo Bölts
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'
The Rás - The Story of Ireland's Unique Bike Race by Tom Daly
Spinervals 8.0 - Recovery & Technique
Put me back on my bike by William Fotheringham
Lance Armstrong - Every Second Counts
Phil O'Connor's 21 years of cycling photography
SBS and World Cycling Production's Tour de France highlights DVD and video
Le Tour - A century of the Tour de France by Jeremy Whittle
Day of Glory or Day of Pain
Team On The Run

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




New Arrivals


December 17: Van Dessel Gin&Trombones, Sugoi, Adidas & Gore
December 6: Rapha, Capoforma and Hincapie winter clothing
November 19: Trek, Argon 18, Polar, SwissStop, Left Field Designs
October 31: Giant, Jamis, Challenge Grifo, Sidi, Xpedo
August 23: Trek, Sampson, Selle Italia, Spiuk
August 13: Shimano, FSA, Spiuk, Smith Optics
August 6: Pearl Izumi, Mavic, Cane Creek, Kurt Kinetic
July 31: 23 Days in July, The Official Treasures of le Tour de France, Detour De France, Tour de Life
June 28: Giro, Lake Cycling, Capoforma, Sidi, Sports Optical, Sigma Sport
June 13: SRAM, Ritchey, FSA, Descente, Fox
May 30: Cateye Strada, Sportful, Trek, Continental, Bell, Bontrager
May 16: Ridley, Mongoose, DeMarchi, Assos, GoPro, Polarpak
May 2: Trek, Gaerne G.air, Blackburn, WTB, Pedro's, Ergon
April 19: Bontrager, Swiss Stop, 2XU, Adidas
April 4: Cervélo, BBB, Cole Products, A Sunday in Hell, Enigma
March 21: Museeuw Bikes, Specialized, Tifosi, Honey Stinger, Zogics
March 7: Zipp, FSA, Carnac, ROL D'HUEZ, Battle of the Bikes, Sitting Pretty
February 21: Specialized, Rotor Ágilis, Deda
February 7: Kuota, BMC, Schwinn, Park Tool
January 24: Sidi, FSA, Vredestein
January 10: Van Dessel, Shimano, Moots, Avid, Syncros

Special sponsorship features

November 2007: Reynolds - inside the Reynolds factory
May 2007: Saris
- bringing the power of cycling to life

Quick Spins


December 19: Challenge Grifo 32, Grifo XS tyres & Sidi Toasters
December 14: TRP cantilevers & brake levers, Light&Motion Stella 180-L, & Lupine Wilma 6
December 3: O.Symetric Harmonic chainrings & eSoles custom footbeds
November 21: Deda Elementi Electa, Zero100 & VCRC bottom bracket
October 26: Gaerne G.Air Carbon, Cateye Strada and Prendas/Santini Faemino jerseys
September 19: Spiuk and Sidi shoes
August 28: Cole Products, Assos and Lake Cycling
August 22: 2XU, De Marchi clothing
August 9: Descente MTB clothing, Camelbak Elixir
June 11: Swiss Stop pads, Syncros wheelset
May 28: Ergon grips, Blackburn AirFix & AirShot
May 21: Louis Garneau helmet, SRAM X.9, Hutchinson Piranha tyres
May 14: Ritchey WCS Carbon, Shimano PD-R540 pedals, Korotek BionClino 401
May 7: Truvativ Noir 3.3 Team + TNT crankset, Velocity Wipes, TRP R950 road calipers

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

Tech articles


Tour of California Race Tech:: SRAM expands support program to Australia
First ride: 2008 Rock Shox SID
MTB Worlds: Exclusive race bits for elite racers
Trek World: One world, two wheel advocacy program
Italian appetizers from Colnago and Pinarello
Specialized launch: More top products for women
Tech feature: Trek & Gary Fisher aim to retake piece of MTB pie
Tech feature: GT 2008 lineup
Tech feature: Specialized 2008 equipment and accessories
Tech feature: Giant 2008 MTB launch
Tech feature: Specialized 2008 MTB lineup Part II
Tech feature: Specialized 2008 MTB lineup Part I
Tech feature: Specialized 2008 road lineup
Tour de Suisse race tech: Shimano expands its materials horizons
Dauphiné Libéré race tech #3: Lessons from France,
Dauphiné Libéré race tech #2: Boonen's new bike & electronic Dura-Ace
Dauphiné Libéré race tech #1: The Prince Returns for Valverde
Tech feature: 2008 Trek MTB preview
Tech feature: 2008 Trek Madone launch
Tech feature: 2008 Cannondale SuperSix
Tech feature: Shimano's 2008 Deore XT group
Sneak preview: SRAM expands with road range-topping Red group
Giro d'Italia race tech #2: Broadcasting the beats
Giro d'Italia race tech #1: Giro sees first runs for new Cannondale, De Rosa
Sea Otter Race Tech final: Suspension, road and 'cross bits'n'pieces
Sea Otter Race Tech #4: Fox Racing Shox & SRAM updates
Bikes of Paris-Roubaix: Alessandro Ballan's Wilier Roubax Le Roi
Bikes of Paris-Roubaix: Leif Hoste's Ridley Scandium
Sea Otter Race Tech #3: New gear from Gary Fisher, Trek, Litespeed and Yeti
Sea Otter Race Tech #2: Big wheels and big air
Sea Otter Race Tech #1: New bits from SRAM, Look, Hayes and Camelbak
Bikes of Paris-Roubaix: Tom Boonen's Specialized
MTB Race Tech #2: New frames, brakes & forks
MTB Race Tech: New race shocks, racks & rubber
Ivan Basso: Gone with the wind tunnel
Saunier Duval-Prodir: Sponsors coordinate to supply riders
Tech feature: Michelin launch Mountain tyre line
Race tech: Tour of California
T-Mobile: Bike set up on track
Race tech: Challenge Volta a Mallorca
USAC Race Mechanics Clinic: Training the next generation of race mechanics
Two for the road: Ivan Basso & Levi Leipheimer join Discovery Channel
Bikes of the 2007 'Cross World's: Wading through the Flanders mud
Tech Feature: Inside Rock Shox' new Mission Control damper
Track-side mechanics: Early starts & late finishes

Pro bikes


2007 Pro bikes

Tour de France bikes & tech

Trade shows

On show 2007: Check out the future of the cycling industry here.