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Shimano debuts new 105

: Hot on the heels of new 11-speed Ultegra and Dura Ace groups, Shimano will offer a 3rd-tier 105 groupset with that extra cog. What does this mean for your next tri bike?

Rotor long term test

: We review the cranks and oval chainrings from Rotor Bike Components after a full season of use. Covering both the Q-Ring and new QXL, we offer tech tips and guidelines.

Mechanical Shifting for Tri

: As we approach 2014, we examine a simple question: Is mechanical shifting still relevant in triathlon? What brands do it right? How do you optimize your existing bike?

Vision Metron BB386EVO crank

: We review the latest aero crankset from FSA’s Vision brand, dubbed the Metron. It features the new BB386EVO bottom bracket, which we discuss in-depth.

A review of Shimano Ultegra 6870 Di2 and the R785 brakes

: We review the latest 11-speed groupsets from Shimano - Ultegra 6870 Di2 and the ‘non series’ R785 Di2 with hydraulic disc brakes.

Mt. Haleakala descent

: Our Tech Editor attended a test of the new Shimano R785 hydraulic road disc brakes. This included descending for over an hour down Mt. Haleakala in Hawaii.

Mechanical Vs. Electronic

: We dissect the pros and cons of both electronic and mechanical shift systems. Which should you choose and why? Is one inherently faster than the other?

Sampson Cassette Review

: We review the steel cassette offerings from Colorado-based Sampson sports. They now offer a low-cost 11-speed option that is compatible with Dura Ace 9000.

New Dura Ace Di2 Tech

: We look at a few of the new details and features of 11-speed Shimano Dura Ace 9070 Di2. Can Ultegra be converted to 11? What is the best triathlon setup? For more, read on.

SRAM Goes Big for 2013

: SRAM called in an assist from its daughter brands; Zipp and Avid went all in to leverage the brain trust toward more cogs, disk brakes, hydraulics, and solutions for dirt, road, and everything in ...

Riding New Shimano Di2

: We take a quick look at new Shimano 9070 Dura Ace Di2. The groupset is now 11-speed and gains a host of new features. Our gallery recaps the official product presentation in San Diego, CA.

WickWerks Review

: We take an in-depth look at the unique chainring technology from USA-based WickWerks. They look unlike anything out there - could they be the key to a perfect front shift?

Praxis Works Chainrings

: We review some high-tech aftermarket chainrings from Praxis Works. They are one of the only forged rings on the market, and could offer a real performance upgrade from your stock chainrings.

Campy EPS for triathlon

: Life, for the well-heeled triathlete, is about to get a little more complicated. Come September, 2012, some of you will have to make a new decision: Dura Ace Di2 or Campagnolo EPS for your tri bike.

Zipp Vuka Alumina Clip

: If you look closely, you'll notice a new motif showing up in aerobar design. The armrest and extension are linked. Zipp has hit the manufacturing cycle about right with its new Vuka Alumina Clip.

Bontrager RXXXL Brake Lever

: This is the fruit of an 'Aha!' moment that I admire, and that drives me crazy because I didn't think of it. This is so simple. It already exists in MTB levers. I could not make the mental leap. ...

3T Brezza II Nano

: It's an integrated aerobar system with pursuits 30cm apart on center, rather than the typical 40cm or 42cm. This bar is crazy narrow. The importance of the Brezza Nano is less what it is than the ...

The Speedplay Zero (2012)

: Slowman is Keo Man by nature. But I mounted the Speedplay Zero cleats on a set of Sidi T3 tri-specific cycling shoes. There was a reason for this. Speedplays have one virtue that is almost ...

Garmin Vector arriving in March

: Garmin announced today the fruition of a project ardently anticipated by Slowtwitchers: the pedal-based power measuring system it bought when it acquired MetriGear last year.

Look Keo

: Any circa-1984 cyclist who saw the original Look pedal, and who was a snow skier, recognized the genius, and the simplicity, of the design. Twenty-five years later, Look has not squandered its first-t ...

Tour de Force

: In timed racing, SRAM's Force has been the forgotten gruppo. Sandwiched between Shimano's Ultegra and SRAM's own well received Red group, Force is the homecoming queen that nobody thought to ask to ...

Shimano electronic shifting for tri

: Is Di2, Shimano's electronic shift system, ready for prime time, ready for tri, ready for you and your bike? Answers: yes, yes, maybe and maybe. Here's what you need to know about Di2.

Campagnolo and TT

: We can quibble over the 20-year wait, or we can celebrate the fact that iconic component maker Campagnolo has at long last introduced the necessary elements of its gruppo specific to timed racing.

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