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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    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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June 8: New Trek TTX on the way?
May 30: First look: Graeme Obree's amazing bicycle
May 22: New Fulcrum Racing 3 road wheels coming, Handmade Show coming to Virginia in 2010, New UCI-compliant aero bar from 3T, New carbon mountain bike wheels from Ritchey, Elite unveil eco-friendly water bottle, ScottUSA partners with DirtLabs, Norco recalls downhill models, Clif Bar introducing Quench energy drink
May 8: Mavic unveils ultimate climbing wheel
May 2: Armstrong's Trek gets Gila makeover
April 30: Cancellara's stealth time machine, new products & more
April 4: New Cervélo TestTeam bikes for the cobbled Classics
April 3: Columbia-Highroad's new Scott TT bike, Cannondale shuttering US production
Special Tech news: Huang launches CC:, Stiamo Mentendo hits UK & more
March 27: 3T introducing UCI-legal aero bars & more
March 20: Saxo Bank makes the switch
February 26: Spy photos - SRAM's upcoming XX mountain bike super group
February 23: Tour of California news - Giant revises its TT rig, Oakley's Jawbone, The skinny on Rock Racing's dual sponsorship, Short-offset seatmast head from Ritchey?
February 7: Trek's 'Something Big', Hudz 2.0
February 4: Rock Racing on Kestrels in 2009
February 4: Niner's new EBB, lightweight carbon fork
February 2: Santa Cruz launches new Driver 8 model
January 28: Seven Cycles, Commencal, Thule, BikeAsia, Tomac, Cobb, Sidi, CycleOps, Isaac
January 21: Santa Cruz Carbon Blur XC
January 15: Giant recalls 2009 TCR Advanced SL road bikes and frames
January 9: Mavic, Giro, Mt Borah & more

Product reviews - bikes


Cannondale Six Carbon 3 Compact
Storck Fenomalist
Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SSL
Cyfac Absolu
Boardman Team Carbon
De Rosa King 3
KTM Bikes Lycan 3.0
Specialized Tarmac Expert Compact
Schwinn Paramount 70th Anniversary
Fondriest TF2

Reviews - Accessories & components


Sidi Genius 6.6 Carbon Mega
Biomac bio-mxc2 shoes
Suunto t6c heart rate monitor
Prologo Scratch Pro T1.4 saddle
Zoot CompressRx recovery tight
Easton EC90 crank
Hincapie Flanders Rain Jacket
Gaerne Carbon G.Myst
Rudy Project Slinger
Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 group
Castelli Quantum Radiation jacket
Elite RealPower CT trainer
Polar CS600 with Power
CycleOps SuperMagneto Pro
Pearl Izumi Gavia PRO jacket and Gavia Plus tights
SRAM Rival groupset
Vittoria Premium Carbon
Specialized Roval Roubaix 322x
Easton EC90 Equipe SLX3

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




Tech articles


First ride: SRAM XX launch
Tech feature: Cannondale roll out a new SuperSix Hi-Mod flagship

Giro d'Italia 2009 tech

Training: What benefits do compression garments provide?
Race tech: An early look at the bikes of Paris-Roubaix
Race tech: One last lead-in to Paris-Roubaix
Race tech: New bits from Ronde van Vlaanderen
Tech feature: Shimano launch new Ultegra groupset
Tech Feature: Aero ruling - the manufacturer's view
Tour of California race tech: New gear for the new season
Tech feature: The right fit - Shaping Saxo Bank

Pro bikes


Trade shows

On show 2008: More on show in 2008!

Tech videos

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