Bike Reviews

Pinnacle Arkose D1 Bike Review

Pinnacle Arkose D1 Bike Review

Now seven years into its life, the Arkose has been revamped for 2020. Pinnacle says it’s ideal for ‘those who want to explore the trails, or for the opportunist rider…
Ribble Endurance AL Disc Bike Review

Ribble Endurance AL Disc Bike Review

Ribble has upgraded the Endurance AL to a disc version for 2020. The lightweight alloy frame combines with mechanical disc brakes and a 10-speed groupset. First impression The Endurance AL’s…
Specialized Allez Sport Review

Specialized Allez Sport Review

Specialized reckon no corners have been cut in the creation of a bike that’s unashamedly ‘entry-level’ yet offers light weight, refinement and reliability. It may seem a brave boast when…
Orbea Orca M20i LTD Bike Review

Orbea Orca M20i LTD Bike Review

No, this isn’t a new aero road bike from Orbea, it’s an update of its Orca, which it’s claiming is now lighter, and more comfortable with improved aerodynamics. And thanks…
Rose X-Lite Six Disc eTap AXS Bike Review

Rose X-Lite Six Disc eTap AXS Bike Review

Despite being established in 1907, Rose may not be a brand you’re familiar with. Based in Germany, these days it sells direct online to customers around the world and has…
Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 SRAM eTAP Bike Review

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 SRAM eTAP Bike Review

For many, Specialized’s S -Works range is regarded as a benchmark, employing components, framesets and wheels all usually at the cutting-edge of design. Its SL6 incarnation of the Tarmac seems…

Clothing

Pactimo Dispatch Backpack Review

Pactimo Dispatch Backpack Review

What they say: The Dispatch has been designed to offer unlimited versatility. What we say: Made from polyester, this has a water-resistant laminate finish that’ll help prevent its contents from…
Altura Thunderstorm City Backpack Review

Altura Thunderstorm City Backpack Review

What they say: Waterproof, durable and highly-visible, the Thunderstorm City backpack will serve you well. What we say: When it comes to combating crummy British weather, Altura’s products are as…
B’Twin Pannier Rack Backpack Review

B’Twin Pannier Rack Backpack Review

What they say: A bag which can be carried as a backpack when you are on foot and attaches to your bike’s pannier rack when you are cycling. What we…
Ortlieb Commuter Day Pack Review

Ortlieb Commuter Day Pack Review

What they say: Plenty of space for your day at the office whether your office is a meadow, a cafe on a factory. What we say: As you probably know,…
Motion Labs Active Commute Backpack Review

Motion Labs Active Commute Backpack Review

What they say: Free yourself with the world’s first backpack to take all the weight off your shoulders. What we say: Looking like something you’d see on Dragon’s Den, this…
Reflect 360 Cycling Backpack Review

Reflect 360 Cycling Backpack Review

What they say: Perfect for your cycle commute on weekend leisure ride. What we say: The stand-out feature with this is its highly reflective exterior which offers 360° visibility. There…
Evoc Commuter Backpack Review

Evoc Commuter Backpack Review

What they say: Backpack and office bag in one piece. What we say: If you’re in the market for a more slimline offering, then the EVOC’s waterproof Commuter Backpack might…
Pactimo High-Grade Wool Base Layer Review

Pactimo High-Grade Wool Base Layer Review

What they say: Performs exceptionally well at retaining heat, even when wet What we say: This is made from a blend of merino wool and polyester to take advantage of…
Rapha Pro Team L-S Thermal Base Layer Review

Rapha Pro Team L-S Thermal Base Layer Review

What they say: Offering high- performance warmth in the coldest weather. What we say: The name Trouree d’Arenberg splashed across the chest of this refers to Paris-Roubaix’s toughest stretch of…
Craft Fuseknit Comfort Turtleneck Base Layer Review

Craft Fuseknit Comfort Turtleneck Base Layer Review

What they say: Offers extra protection on your frosty adventures. What we say: This uses a polyester, polyamide, elastane mix to do the insulating/wicking thing and while it performs perfectly…
Girochrono L-S Base Layer Review

Girochrono L-S Base Layer Review

What they say: Designed to keep you warm, dry and comfortable in the coldest conditions What we say: This is made from what Giro calls a Wik pro material. Essentially…
B’Twin RR 920 L-S, Warm Aero Fit Base Layer Review

B’Twin RR 920 L-S, Warm Aero Fit Base Layer Review

What they say: This base layer will protect you on the coldest road and mountain bike rides. What we say: Made largely from a polyamide, elastane mix this base layer…

Gear

Selle Italia Shock Absorber Kit Review

Selle Italia Shock Absorber Kit Review

What they say: Thanks to the combination of the bar pads with the special tape with grip, ensures a high level of comfort at all times, while also offering a…
Specialized S-Works HD Tape Review

Specialized S-Works HD Tape Review

What they say: The S-Wrap HD Handlebar Tape sets the mark for high performance comfort. It features a diamond texture for incredible grip as well as a gel backing that…
Ritchey WCS Race Bar Tape Review

Ritchey WCS Race Bar Tape Review

What they say: The WCS Race ban tape has just the right amount of cushion and a grippy feel for enhanced hand-to-bar interaction. What we say: A two-layer, 90g construction…
Selle San Marco Presa Corsa Team – Bar Tape Review

Selle San Marco Presa Corsa Team – Bar Tape Review

What they say: The new Presa Corsa Team bar tape comes with a non-slip EVA Plus construction and the addition of Gel for added comfort. What we say: A triple-layer…
Prologo Onetouch - Bar Tape Review

Prologo Onetouch - Bar Tape Review

What they say: Prologo’s patented Onetouch tape is made from Polygrip – a foam core sandwiched with an outer layer of durable polyurethane. What we say: At 61g for the…
Pro Race Comfort Review

Pro Race Comfort Review

What they say: High performance super grippy PU bar tape with smart silicone backing which leaves no residue on the handlebars making fitting and replacement easier. What we say: The…