Bike Tech News


TDU 2017 Tech: Jan Bakelants’ AG2R-La Mondiale Factor 02

Aboard Focus bikes during 2016, the team switches to arguably one of the more boutique brands on the market today, Factor Bikes. (Bike Rumor)

Spotted: New Cervelo R5 in Dubai

Caley Fretz takes a look at what we believe to be the new R5, which will be officially unveiled at the Giro d’Italia. (Velo News)

Canyon gets official with entry timeline for USA consumer-direct delivery

While many American cyclists have been itching to get ahold of the latest crop of road and mountain bikes from Canyon, they’re going to have to wait until the third quarter of the year. (Bike Rumor)

Gallery: 10 clever hacks used by World Tour race mechanics

Everything from last minute saddle height adjustments and glueing tires to cleaning up to nine bikes after a training ride in the rain, the wrenches are what keep the team going. (Bike Radar)

Tannus solid tyres get Ukraine national track team seal of approval

‘They are completely safe and make you work harder. Even the highly sceptical mechanics accepted the tyres by the end of 2016.’ (

WorldTour mechanics reveal how they pack for long-haul flights – BikeRadar

We speak to Cannondale-Drapac, BMC Racing and more. (Bike Radar)

Specialized Tarmac 2017 range overview: all you need to know

The Tarmac is made for racing. It’s not an aero bike built to beat the wind, nor a featherweight climber to take on the mountains, nor a supple endurance chassis to smooth out the cobbles – it’s a machine made for competing, anywhere and everywhere. (Bike Radar)

Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know

Plenty of companies make bike components, but the market is dominated by three giants: Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo. Let’s look at each of them in turn. (Bike Rumor)

Video: Old Skool x New School – Tom Ritchey meets up with the Bicycle Academy

Called Old Skool x New School, the idea is to combine frame building instruction and the chance to interact with one of the legends of bike building.

Their first event featured none other than Tom Ritchey who stopped into the Bicycle Academy to lend some brazing tips, and even build a special Ritchey frame that they took to the trails the very next day. (Bike Rumor)

Pioneer adds Garmin Mount (sort of), might be first to ship Dura-Ace 9100 power meter

Pioneer originally planned for a November release, but supply issues with the crankset have delayed availability. (Bike Rumor)

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9170 First Ride Review

The new Dura-Ace Di2 R9170 groupset benefits from two generations and almost a decade of refinement, and as good as the previous editions already were, this latest one somehow manages to improve upon the breed, while also adding the long-awaited hydraulic disc brake option. (Cycling Tips)

Disc brakes a ‘strong improvement’ says Marcel Kittel, as he prepares to race on them at Dubai Tour

Kittel will race on the Specialized Venge Vias Disc at the five-stage race this week, and while he said he didn’t yet know if he would use discs all year he called this race a good “test”. (

15-year-old tyres used to win Cyclocross World Championships

If there’s a secret behind Wout van Aert’s Cyclocross World Championship win, it could be his tyres, which used the tread of 15-year-old Michelins. (Cycling Weekly)

Gallery: Gianluca Brambilla’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac 

A closer look at a popular bike in the peloton. (Bike Radar)

FSA K-Force WE advanced prototype first ride review

Smooth, strong derailleurs, sensitive buttons, but shifting issues. (Bike Radar)

Gallery: Ian Stannard’s Pinarello Dogma F10

With deliveries of Shimano’s new Dura-Ace 9150 Di2 delayed, Team Sky had the closest to a complete 9150 groupset of all the teams at the Tour Down Under. The only component missing was the new 9100 crank fitted with Stages power meters. (Bike Radar)

GCN: NEW Shimano Dura Ace 9170 Groupset: Electronic Shifting, Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Simon Richardson of Global Cycling Network presents his first ride review of the new Dura Ace 9170 Di2 – with electronic shifting and hydrolic disk brakes.

Gallery: Mark Renshaw’s Cervélo S5

This year in Adelaide he and the rest of the Team Dimension Data riders rode Cervélo S5s, with Renshaw riding a size 54 frame. (Bike Radar)

Reviving a Favorit, new life to the classic Czech bike brand

Founded back in 1922 when steel was really the only option for building bikes, Czech bikemaker Favorit continued for decades to produce everything from race winning road bikes to the indestructible townies that grandmothers would tool around on through their villages. (Bike Rumor)

Fausto Pinarello: We don’t think a high-performance bike needs disc brakes

Italian talks bike design, brand and why he sold a majority stake to an investment fund. (

Tested: The Wahoo Kickr V2

The Kickr was lonely when it launched, but its popularity pushed competing companies to join the Kickr in the “smart” direct-drive trainer category. Of them, the CycleOps Hammer ($1,200), Tacx Neo Smart ($1,600), and Elite Drivo ($1,300) are the Kickr’s most direct competition.

These competitors, in turn, prompted Wahoo to update its trainer. (Bicycling Magazine)