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Italian Road Bike Brands = Italian Heart and Soul

What is it about the combination of cycling and Italy that seems to create such emotion? Whether it’s cycling events such as the Giro d’Italia or L’Eroica, or legendary riders such as Fausto Coppi right up to today’s hero Vincenzo Nibali, a little bit of Italian influence can turn anything pedal-powered into something magical. Cycle brands enjoy the association more than most, with Italian bikes prized not only for their style, quality and performance but just as much for their heritage and history. So we’ve brought together a few of the most iconic Italian bike marques to see what makes them so special.…

The USP on Mavic’s puncture-proof UST range

Mavic might have invented tubeless bicycle wheels for mountain bikes back in the late 1990s, but the legendary French firm has been sitting rather on the sidelines in these early days of tubeless road wheel technology. Now, however, Mavic has come good with a selection of 12 new wheelsets and new UST tyres that look to advance tubeless technology to the point where even the most undecided roadie will be chucking away their inner tubes. We look at the range.…

Best MTB grips

Grips, saddle and pedals are the key contact points which connect you - the rider - to the bike. Everything going on between the ground and the tyres is communicated through those contact points. It's really important that you select contact points that work with your personal physiology. Of course, we're all a little bit different, especially in the size and shape of our hands, so it's great to know that the range of grips to choose from is huge. There are all kind of shapes, diameters, lengths, materials, and fitting styles, not to mention the vexing decision of colour to think about!…

Best Mountain Biking Saddles

Here’s a handy guide explaining what to look for in a mountain bike saddle and how to spot the right one for you… Saddles are a very important part of the bicycle, you probably worked that out already. Without somewhere to sit and apply power to the pedals, the ride will be short and uncomfortable. The added physicality of mountain biking places extra emphasis on choosing the right saddle.…

5 of the Best – Get a Grip on Road Tyres

There are two patches of rubber - no more than a few square inches - between rider and road. Most of us are loyal to a brand, and can talk passionately about our favourites over coffee with riding buddies. With this in mind, inspired by a conversation we had at the café about our choice of tyre, we’ve put together a pick of our favourites.…

Cane Creek Headset Range Review

Steering bearings are an incredibly important area of bicycle control and handling and this is why we stock and recommend the original threadless headset from Cane Creek. Here's what's so good about the brand and their products...…

Mavic Aksium Wheelset Review

It’s not always about carbon, deep section wheels that cost as much as a whole bike (or two). Sometimes we need a set of hoops that aren’t there to be handled with kid gloves. Wheels that are for the club run, the commute and anything in between, throughout the year, rain or shine. The Mavic Aksium wheelset is just that, everyday wheels for everyday riding.…

Campagnolo Bora Wheels Range Review

Wheels are one of this first upgrades cyclists make to their bikes. And it’s for good reason. Whether or not the aim is to shift some weight or for an aerodynamic advantage, the effects are instant. Here we take a look at Campagnolo's impressive Bora range...…

Campagnolo Zonda Wheels Review

A stalwart in the Campagnolo wheel range is the Zonda wheelset. Robust for training as well as lightweight and fast, these wheels are an easy upgrade. And one that won’t cost the earth. We take a closer look..…

Continental X-King tyres Range Review

Fast, durable and ultra-grippy, we already know the strengths of Continental’s X-King tyres – but which set is best for you?…