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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    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 24: Something big on the way from Trek?
November 13: SRAM to launch complete mountain bike group
November 7: Bianchi, BMC, Cervélo TestTeam, Xpedo, Selle San
October 24: Merckx, Colnago, SRAM, UCI bans, Shimano, Rotor, Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show, Ellsworth
October 3: SRAM completes Lehman Brothers deal, Trek shows off belt-driven cyclo-cross bike, Blue announces windy deal, Cycling to help cancer cause
September 11: Rock Racing to Fuji?, RockShox, Fi’zi:k, Selle San Marco, First Endurance, Louis Garneau, FFWD, Clif Bar
September 5: Garmin/Chipotle-H3O & Silence-Lotto sign bike sponsors
September 1: Saxo Bank to ride Specialized in 2009
August 22: Giant, Cervélo, Chris King, Giro, Northwave
August 8: SRAM sells minority stake to Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking
June 20: Museeuw, Super Cheap, Reynolds, Malvern Star, EFS, Don Walker, BH
June 4: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super Record!, New CX-1 road frameset from Colnago, Sneak peak at upcoming range of Bontrager mountain bike shoes, Mt. Borah debuts custom jerseys made from recycled fibers
May 28: FSA, CarbonSports, Eurobike, Oregon Manifest, Clif Bar, CamelBak, Wheeltags
April 9: Trek ends relationship with Greg Lemond
March 24: McGrath, Elite, Eurobike, 400 demo bikes at new May Bank Holiday bike show, Halfords sponsor Great Britain Cycling Team, Cycle clothing to Aldi UK
March 21: Rapha commemorates Andy Hampsten, Fondriest Bici, Schwinn signs as TNT partner, iBike, Kreitler, Velo Vie signs with Amore & Vita-McDonalds, Shimano's American multi-service schedule, Lynskey expands
March 12: Trek, Bianchi, Rock Shox, Karbona, Everti, Baum, 3T, Sportful
March 4: No more slip-ups for Bettini, FFWD introduces F2R wheelset, Wilier targets China
February 19: Shimano acquires Pearl Izumi
February 15: Interbike, CamelBak, Zipp, Astana, NAHBS, Van Dessel, Dahon, Pegoretti
February 14: Shimano releases 2009 groupset info
February 7: Sidi, Crankborthers, Carmin, Descente, Pedro's, Sheldon Brown
February 5: Cannondale, CeramicSpeed, Beyond Clothing, Specialized, Gita Sporting Goods, Lew Racing
January 23: Roval, 3T, Specialized, First Endurance, Ritchey product recalls
January 16: Craft, Interbike, Cervélo, Kenda, Campagnolo, Gita Sporting Goods
January 8: Compass Diversified Holdings purchases majority stake in FOX Racing Shox
January 4: SRAM, BMC, Team Type 1, NAHMBS, Retül, Bianchi, SiS joins Astana, Ritchey Design, Specialized, Dahon

Product reviews - bikes


Scott Addict CX RC
Museeuw MF-1
2009 Avanti Quantum Team
Redline Conquest Team
Pivot Cycles Mach 4
Project Bike: Scott Spark ultralight XC racer
Dolan Tuono
Orbea Orca
Trek Fuel EX 9.5
Gary Fisher Procaliber
Wilier Triestina Izoard
Isaac Sonic
Jamis Xenith SL
Scott Addict R1
2008 Avanti Quantum Team
Trek Madone 6.9
Litespeed Icon
Pinarello Prince FPX Carbon
Bianchi 928 Carbon T-Cube
Jamis Supernova
LeMond Victoire
Giant TCR Advanced T-Mobile Team
Argon 18 Arsenic

Reviews - Accessories & components


3T Doric Team seatpost
Trek Time Computer
eecycleworks eebrakes
Niterider Minewt mini USB Plus lights
Easton EA90 Aero wheelset

fi'zi:k Antares
Arundel Mandible bottle cage
Blackburn Airstik SL mini pump
Blackburn Mammoth 2Stage mini pump
Lezyne Road Drive mini pump
Rotor Ágilis XC2 crankset

Northwave Aerlite SBS MTB shoes
RockShox SID Team

Effetto Mariposa CarboCut
Specialized cool weather clothing
Light & Motion Seca 700 Race
Reynolds SDV66 T wheels
Shimano SH-R220 shoes
FFWD F2R-190 Ceramic wheels
Specialized Roval Contrôle wheels
Capoforma summer clothing
Fizik's Arione CX

HED Ardennes
Northwave Aerlite S.B.S.
Williams Cycling Wheel System 38
Zipp VumaQuad crankset
Shimano SH-R300 road shoes
X-Treme Matrix Elite wheels
Rocket Science Sports Rocket Bag
Sidi Genius 5.5 Carbon Composite
Giro eyewear
Polar RS800G3 Training System
Special Test: Jacobsen Carbon Wrap-It System
Castelli Free Bib short and Superleggera jersey
Kurt Kinetic Rock & Roll Pro trainer
CarbonSports Lightweight Standard Generation III wheelset
SRAM Red groupset
Gore cold and wet weather clothing

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 6: Trek, Schwinn, CycleOps, Powercranks, Pearl Izumi, Knog & Park Tools
October 27: Specialized, Rapha, Light & Motion, Niterider, Wabi Woolens, Swiftwick
August 4: Reynolds, TRP, CDI, Enduro, Effetto Mariposa, Park, Honey Stinger, Soma, Ahrens
June 9: 2009 Orbea Orca, HED Ardennes, Shimano SH-R220, Capoforma, Hudz, Motor Tabs, Nuun
May 15: PowerTap, FFWD, Park Tool, Lizard Skins
March 28: Easton, Sampson, Blackwell Research, Challenge Forte, Michelin, Selle San Marco, Blackburn, Camelbak
March 10: Gary Fisher, Jamis, Serotta, Isaac, Specialized
February 14: Titus, Bontrager, 3T, Enduro, Victory Circle Graphix
January 31: Zipp, Williams Cycling, Continental, Cateye, Blackburn, Rocket Science Sports, A'qto
January 21: Pinarello, Avanti, fi'zi:k, Ritchey, BBB, Giro, Polar
January 9: Craft, Trek, CarbonSports, Race Face, Selle Italia, Genuine Innovations

Special sponsorship features

June 2008: Oakley - bringing the pieces together

Quick Spins


July 2: Thule Ascent 1600 rooftop cargo box
July 2: Bikinventions Squirt chain lubricant
May 15: Descente Carbon C6 Splice jersey
May 15: Descente Classic Chevron Pro bib short
March 5: Sports Optical
March 5: Craft winter clothing
February 6: Rapha winter clothing
February 6: Sugoi winter clothing
February 2: Capoforma winter clothing
February 2: Rotor S1 stem
January 15: Specialized S-Works 2D helmet
January 15: Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 clincher wheelset

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


Tech feature: Getting fit with Christian Vande Velde, Related video
On show: Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show Part II
Tech feature: Merida 2009 preview
On show: Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show Part I
Tech feature: SRAM-Lehman Bros deal
Race tech: More Olympic tech from Beijing
Race tech: Olympic tech from Beijing
Tech feature: Truvativ HammerSchmidt
Tech feature: Avanti 2009 preview
Tech feature: Electronic Dura-Ace unveiled
Tech feature: Look 2009 introduction
Tech feature: Specialized 2009 road introduction
Tech feature: Malvern Star launches the Legend Series

Tour de France tech

Tech feature: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 introduction

Tech feature: First ride - Avid Elixir CR
Tech feature: Trek sharpens its Top Fuel racer for '09
Tech feature: Trek 2009 MTB introduction
Tech feature: Gary Fisher 2009 introduction
Tech feature: Dura-Ace 7900 first ride
Tech: feature: Specialized 2009 MTB introduction - Part II
Tech: feature: Specialized 2009 MTB introduction
Race tech MTB Worlds: More MTB bits from Italy
Race tech MTB Worlds: Sauser puts new 2009 Specialized Epic atop the podium
Tech feature: Shimano Saint first ride
Tech feature: Giant 2009 launch
Tech feature: Scott 2009 introduction
Tech feature: 2009 Campagnolo introduction
Tech feature: Power measuring technology expands
Tech feature: BMC SLX01 Racemaster launch
Rumors milled: Campagnolo, Shimano and FSA for 2009 and beyond
Tech feature: 2009 Shimano Dura-Ace 7900

Giro d'Italia tech

Tech Feature: Magura 2009 launch
MTB World Cup Race tech: Epic tech from Houffalize
Tech Feature: Fox Racing Shox 2009 lineup
Tech feature: Ridley 2009 sneak preview
Paris-Roubaix Race Tech: Surprisingly standard machine conquers Roubaix
Paris-Roubaix Race Tech: Cobbles take toll before the racing starts
Gent Wevelgem Race Tech: Pro riders' aggressive wheel choices
Gent Wevelgem Race Tech: New Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 prototypes spotted
Tech Feature: What's happening with Road Tubeless?
Tech Feature: 2009 Orbea Orca launch
Tech Feature: 2008 Museeuw bike launch
Tech Feature: TT bikes hit the pavement in California
Tech Feature: New bikes of the ProTour
Tech Feature: Magnus Backstedt and Julian Dean wind tunnel testing
Tech Feature: Shimano wheel factory visit

Pro bikes


2008 Pro bikes

Trade shows

On show 2008: More on show in 2008!