Bike Tech News


Technical FAQ: Mixing SRAM and Shimano

This week, Lennard Zinn answers a question about mixing SRAM and Shimano drivetrain parts. (Velo News)

Strade Bianche: The bikes and equipment before and after the Italian classic

Regular race bikes for white roads of the Strade Bianche race held in Italy over the weekend. (

Cannondale-Drapac pros use disc brakes at Strade Bianche despite pressure from peloton

Teams are pressuring riders to use disc brakes while their colleagues are pushing them to prohibit their use, says Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac). The American was only two of 168 cyclists who began the Strade Bianche race on Saturday on a disc-equipped bike. (Cycling Weekly)

Inventor of the Lithium-Ion Battery Develops First All-Solid-State Battery Cells

Good news for the electric bicycle industry, as a  team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockerel School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars, electric bikes and stationary energy storage. (Capo Velo)

CPA lawyers challenge UCI’s disc brake rules

Lawyers from rider organization Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA) have sent a “legal warning” to the Union Cycliste International (UCI) on the issue of disc brakes in pro racing. (Velo News)

Is the bike industry pushing disc brakes in pro cycling?

Yes and no. (Cycling Tips)

Where is the value in a carbon wheelset?

Professional riders race on them all the time and results from wind tunnel testing tend to promise significant time and power savings. But does that mean a carbon wheelset is good value for money?

Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom had a look at this question four years ago, and now he takes a fresh look at it in light of the introduction of disc brakes and the falling cost of carbon rims. (Cycling Tips)

First Look: FSA PowerBox power meter crank. This one costs £629

The power meter market continues to expand and the latest option comes from Italian company FSA, with its new Powerbox borrowing power2max technology and costing £629 for the aluminium version we’ve just got our hands on today. (

Alberto Contador’s Custom “Grand Tour Celebración” Trek Émonda

Watch as GCN takes a close look at Alberto Contador’s custom Trek Émonda.

Fizik investigating if disc brakes can slice through its shoes

Company examining Doull’s shoe following Abu Dhabi Tour crash. (

Marcel Kittel: ‘I’m not using disc brakes out of respect for my colleagues’

German sprinter calls on riders to “speak with one voice” over disc brake decision. (Cycling Weekly)

Did a disc rotor slice Owain Doull’s shoe at Abu Dhabi Tour? It’s hard to say

At this point, in some ways it doesn’t matter whether Doull’s shoe was actually sliced by Kittel’s rotor or by something else. Until the UCI deals with the issues at hand, expect more of these sorts of stories as the renewed disc-brake trial gets further underway. (Cycling Tips)

Doull claims Kittel’s ‘lethal’ disc brake bike almost caused serious injury

Owain Doull has called for disc brakes to be banned unless protective casings are introduced after suffering a crash on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Tour in which one of Marcel Kittel’s rotors slashed through his shoe. (

Spare a thought for the humble valve stem – Everything you need to know

It is easy to overlook the humble valve stem, but should it fail, or worse, be too short to suit your wheels, then it can sabotage your entire ride. In this post, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at one of the most trivial but important parts of your bike. (Cycling Tips)

Technical FAQ: Lennard’s big tubeless road experiment

After trying some other options, I’m revisiting this question from Mark about how best to set up tubeless tires for a travel bike so they can be deflated and still be re-inflated at one’s travel destination with a mini-pump. (Velo News)

2017 UCI WorldTour: The newest tech in the peloton

The most interesting new kit being used by the pros this year. (

First look: London Bike Show

A quick whip around ExCel, starring Canyon, Cannondale, Boardman, Factor, Orro… (

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Are single-ring chainsets the future?

Could the simplicity and low weight of a 1x set-up outweight its flaws? Quieter, more secure, lighter — these are just some of the praises our dirt-riding brethren have been singing about single-ring set-ups (Cycling Weekly)

DeFeet Factory Tour 2017

Learn how DeFeet cycling socks are made and what sets them apart from other brands.

Contador’s new custom painted Trek Émonda

Watch: a video released by Trek shows Alberto Contador’s new Émonda, custom painted for the start of his 2017 season.

Alberto Contador’s custom painted Trek Emonda for first race of 2017 with new team

Alberto Contador will get his 2017 season underway with his new team Trek-Segafredo by riding a specially custom painted Emonda in the Ruta del Sol, the Spanish WorldTour race starting today. (