Technical Stuff

Seen some great tech stuff?  Seen some dreadful tech stuff?  Have some tech questions?  Then this is the page for you.

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chuckp
June 16, 2021 11:13 am

Another shoe review! But at least this pair is a little more wallet friendly. Northwave Extreme GT2. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/northwave-extreme-gt2-shoe-review/

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MangoDave
June 16, 2021 8:27 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Nice review. Detailed and thoughtful write-up.

chuckp
June 16, 2021 8:55 pm
Reply to  MangoDave

Thank you! Appreciate the kind words.

chuckp
June 11, 2021 11:09 am

If anyone is in the market for a new cycling computer, here’s my review of the new Wahoo BOLT. It now has color. Wahoo have upped their game to take on Garmin. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/the-new-wahoo-elemnt-bolt/ Oh … and we’re in the midst of the every 17 year cycle of Brood X cicadas here. My second experience. Truly a marvel of nature. Cheers!

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chuckp
May 26, 2021 11:17 am

And more new kit! My review of the La Passione RVV jersey and bibs. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/la-passione-rvv-collection-review/

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chuckp
May 17, 2021 3:35 pm

More new kit! This time, GORE’s new take on their Fabian Cancellara kit. I am Spartacus! https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/gore-cancellara-jersey-bibshorts-review/

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chuckp
April 28, 2021 11:46 am

I know I risk ridicule from some of y’all, but my latest for PEZ. Review of Specialized HyprViz kit. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/specialized-hyprviz-go-with-the-fluo/

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Teocalli
Admin
April 28, 2021 2:50 pm
Reply to  chuckp

I have nothing against Fluoro/High Viz. I don’t understand folk wearing camouflage gear and I’m not keen on black either.

A few years back on a slightly misty morning a cyclist was going the other way with a flashing light and a bright jersey. It was only when he was nearly up to me that I spotted the other guy infront of him with no light and all black gear.

chuckp
April 28, 2021 8:04 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

That’s called a death wish.

sthilzy
April 19, 2021 12:48 pm

Forgot to shift gear into Neutral?!
https://fb.watch/4ZdpJSlUKM/

Teocalli
Admin
April 19, 2021 5:22 pm
Reply to  sthilzy

That is weird to say the least as you’d expect the pedals to continue to turn after the wheel hit the deck if it was spinning due to momentum. Would like to see the video from a bit earlier as to how he dismounted.

chuckp
April 16, 2021 2:17 pm

My “mini review” of the new Pirelli P ZERO Race clinchers in PEZ Gear Break today. As well as a bunch of other stuff for this Friday. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/gear-break-16-04-2021-pirelli-myvelofit-komcycling-rapha-efeducation-nippo-abus-sockguy/

chuckp
April 9, 2021 1:14 pm

Another shoe review. This time, the new Shimano S-PHYRE RC902. Totally flash in blue. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/shimano-s-phyre-rc902-shoe-review/

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Teocalli
Admin
April 10, 2021 11:10 am
Reply to  chuckp

I like the variable arch support. I have very high arches and most standard insoles don’t give me sufficient support. I’ve done some of my own customisations with variable results. Anyone know of similar aftermarket customisable solutions that fit road shoes? I’ve tried SOLE which are are a good system but I found the basic sole was too thick for lying shoes and I was getting too compressed around the widest part of my foot. I did have ideal with the Stelbel to get custom inners within the price but with Covid lockdowns etc I’ve not been able to take… Read more »

chuckp
April 10, 2021 1:26 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

– I use Bontrager insoles in my Lakes. I have low arches and the OEM insoles had too much arch support. I know Lake makes a custom insole but I wanted to see if something off the shelf would work for me. Not custom, but the Bontrager insoles work well for me. https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bontrager/inform_biodynamic_insoles/ I don’t have any experience with these, but both SOLE and Surefoot make cycling specific custom insoles.

Wiscot
Wiscot
April 13, 2021 5:58 pm
Reply to  chuckp

AIIRC you can return the Bontrager insoles if they don’t work which is nice.

Wiscot
Wiscot
April 13, 2021 5:58 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Giro do a sole with three levels of arch support. I have very low arches and use only the lowest option, so if you’d like the “highest” options let me know and I’ll send them to you.

Teocalli
Admin
April 13, 2021 7:14 pm
Reply to  Wiscot

I’ve found an aftermarket solution. Will save the details to see how they work out and can be the basis of an article if they turn out OK. It’s a very similar solution.

MangoDave
April 14, 2021 7:49 pm
Reply to  chuckp

This comment doesn’t really belong here but… I had just finished reading this shoe review on PEZ a couple days ago and went out to get my mail. I was pleasantly surprised to find my OTR prize waiting for me, forwarded by Chuck since it was sent to him accidentally. So thanks to Teocalli for the original prize and thanks, Chuck, for taking the time to send it along. Just like dancollins, the phone/tool wallet will be a step up from the zip lock bag I had been using.

Teocalli
Admin
April 14, 2021 8:00 pm
Reply to  MangoDave

Excellent. Sorry for the cockup in sending via Chuck!

chuckp
April 16, 2021 1:12 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Happy to pay it forward!

Haldy34
April 3, 2021 10:20 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Sadly…most likely. Really ticks me off.

Teocalli
Admin
March 4, 2021 3:24 pm

Hmm – one for all those happy to buy Far East ‘knock offs’. Mavic find 100% failure rate in fake wheels.

https://road.cc/content/tech-news/mavic-warns-against-buying-counterfeit-wheels-281435?fbclid=IwAR2KkoPVGdWkGvwZMa4C-pKnmO0wCGo414WcTC9GcGoOmcHchSqOT4-46T0

Teocalli
Admin
March 5, 2021 10:33 am
Reply to  sthilzy

Not great PR for Canyon. This may show up some issues in the ‘direct to customer’ model vs using a LBS. Not least that I wonder how many of their customers would be capable of swapping out bars so any fix will likely require some form of credit/claim to have an LBS replace the bars – once they’ve worked out what they are going to do.

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chuckp
March 5, 2021 2:49 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

At least one report I’ve read says that the culprit may have been an overtightened brake lever. Given where it broke, a plausible explanation. At least Canyon is taking it seriously and addressing the problem. If there actually is a problem with the bars, direct to consumer vs LBS isn’t the issue, i.e., faulty bars are faulty bars and not a function of the business model. But yes, replacing them could be an issue for those who aren’t mechanically inclined. If not installed by Canyon, then a question of future liability. And maybe a LBS wouldn’t want to touch them… Read more »

Teocalli
Admin
March 6, 2021 5:59 pm
Reply to  sthilzy
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chuckp
February 18, 2021 3:19 pm

Another review on PEZ. Specialized S-Works Ares road shoe. Worn by the likes of Sam Bennett and Julian Alaphilippe. Won’t be surprised if Sagan ends up wearing them too. But for us mere mortals … bloody expensive! Also, the styling/look might not appeal to everyone. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/specialized-s-works-ares-shoes-review-channeling-your-inner-sam-bennett/

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Teocalli
Admin
February 18, 2021 4:37 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Black shoes should be lace up!

Haldy34
February 18, 2021 12:00 am

Waiting for MangoDave’s Golden Tickets to show up, so taking the time to give these beauties a right proper cleaning.

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Teocalli
Admin
February 18, 2021 11:29 am
Reply to  Haldy34

I’ve got a couple of those on worn out Shamal rims that I am thinking about rebuilding with new rims, though not sure whether anyone makes the ‘3 group” spoke pattern that matches Campag so my only option may be to rebuild with Shamal rims. The only thing putting me off is the internal nipples on the Campag rims which look like being a ‘mare to lace.

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Haldy34
February 18, 2021 4:38 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Campagnolo sells a little magnet that slides into the spoke nipple, so you can then use another to guide it to the spoke hole. It works quite well actually.

Teocalli
Admin
February 18, 2021 4:43 pm
Reply to  Haldy34

Yes I saw that. Will have to look at rim options but might be best to stick with Shamal and then I can reuse my existing spokes. Hopefully.

MangoDave
February 18, 2021 5:09 pm
Reply to  Haldy34

Oh, very nice! They felt smooth, didn’t think they would need a proper cleaning. How do they look inside?

Haldy34
February 18, 2021 5:25 pm
Reply to  MangoDave

The hub bearings were still really clean actually, dirt had worked its way into the freehub area, so good to get that cleaned out. I also pulled and re lubed the cartridge bearing in the freehub body itself, will be super smooth when you get them back. 🙂

chuckp
February 9, 2021 1:03 pm

Anyone in the market for a new helmet? My review of the new Lazer Sphere MIPS. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/lazer-sphere-mips-helmet-review/ Next in the review queue for me are the new Specialized Ares road shoes.

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chuckp
January 21, 2021 1:08 pm

Another review for PEZ. Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL GPS watch. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/wahoo-elemnt-rival-review-and-set-up-guide/

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chuckp
January 13, 2021 12:38 pm
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chuckp
January 14, 2021 3:50 pm
Reply to  chuckp

My pic didn’t post. Trying again.

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chuckp
January 11, 2021 2:49 pm

If anyone is still looking to buy winter kit. My review of La Passione on PEZ. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/la-passione-winter-kit-review-baby-its-cold-outside/

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chuckp
December 22, 2020 1:40 pm

For those who are contemplating buying a smart trainer and doing indoor riding over the winter, my latest review on PEZ. Wahoo KICKR AXIS. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/wahoo-kickr-axis-the-joys-of-indoor-riding/

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Teocalli
Admin
October 6, 2020 6:49 pm

The quill stem is making a comeback – if it ever went away…….

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/new-canyon-aeroad-2021/

chuckp
October 7, 2020 4:34 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Actually a f*ing cool bike with some neat tech. And the price is right. Would be on my short list if I was in the market for an aero road bike.

Quasar
October 8, 2020 1:06 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Canyon know what they’re doing.

Quasar
September 26, 2020 9:35 am

Have any of you guys tried the SRAM AXS groups? I’m upgrading my Orbea Orca Aero, which came with Shimano 105, but very slowly because Red is expensive! So far I’ve got the cassette, chain and front derailleur…

I can’t wait to try this out, but it’s going to take a lot of squeezing the budget to have everything ready for the 2021 season.

Teocalli
Admin
August 22, 2020 5:29 pm

I guess 16,000 miles is a good innings for a rim ridden in all weathers, particularly as my old home patch used to have a lot of sand in any runoff. Glad though that I was on the rollers when this happened!

Suddenly I seemed to be riding over cobbles – which is a bit odd on rollers. Thought the bearings in the rollers had gone until the tyre blew. Big time.

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MangoDave
October 3, 2020 5:36 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

I recently had a rim failure, too. Ambrosio Crono tubular. I bought them a few years ago, so I can’t attest to the mileage. Looking back, they probably shouldn’t have been built with high tension cx ray spokes, but that wasn’t my choice.

MangoDave
October 3, 2020 5:37 pm
Reply to  MangoDave

I tried to upload a small jpeg of the rim but I get an error saying it doesn’t support this file type.

Teocalli
Admin
October 4, 2020 9:29 am
Reply to  MangoDave

Ooops. Should work now.

MangoDave
October 4, 2020 4:28 pm
Reply to  MangoDave

Looks like it’s working now to add a jpg. I meant to say that I bought them used, so I don’t know the mileage history. The damage did make for a long ride home, taking care not to hit any bumps that would cause a complete failure.

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chuckp
August 15, 2020 12:10 pm

My review of the new Pirelli P Zero Race TLR tubeless tires. I don’t know how many of y’all here are running road tubeless, but if you are, these should be on your short list. Cheers!

https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/f1-tires-for-your-bike-pirelli-p-zero-tubeless-review/

Teocalli
Admin
August 15, 2020 1:23 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Seriously considering giving tubeless another whirl next time I’m up for a tyre replacement. Probably stick with Vittoria though.

chuckp
July 30, 2020 12:43 pm

And these recently dropped on me. Pirelli’s new P Zero tubeless tires that were officially released on Monday. These are 700×28 because that’s what Pirelli had to send out, but is supposed to be available in other sizes too. Need to get them mounted on my wheels and take them for a spin and then review for PEZ.

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chuckp
July 30, 2020 12:40 pm

And my latest for PEZ is a review of Primal’s Zebra Evo 2.0 kit. I expect everyone here to get the Mario Cipollini connection immediately. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/primal-zebra-evo-2-0-kit-channeling-your-inner-cipo/

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chuckp
July 30, 2020 12:33 pm

Another review on PEZ. This time Tifosi Aethon sunglasses that were a birthday present. https://pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/tifosi-aethon-stylish-and-affordable-glasses-review/

chuckp
July 30, 2020 12:34 pm
Reply to  chuckp

My pic didn’t post.

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chuckp
July 30, 2020 12:55 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Here they are with Clarion red lens which I think looks better than the blue lens.

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Rick
Rick
July 30, 2020 4:22 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Chuck, Great looking glasses. I am curious to know how they look from the other side? Do they really increase visibility? If so, is it a noticeable difference? I ask because I am looking for replacement lenses for my Rudy’s. I often ride into and out of shaded areas, often at high speed on less than optimal pavement. I am looking for lenses that will allow me to see divots in the shaded areas. I am currently using photochromic gray lenses which don’t allow me to see in the darkened conditions as well as I had hoped. Any feedback on… Read more »

chuckp
July 31, 2020 6:04 pm
Reply to  Rick

Hi Rick! Good question to which I can’t give you a definitive answer. I believe the actual tint of both the blue and red Clarion lenses is smoke. I don’t know if the actual mirror finish makes any difference. I like the tint and the clarity is very good IMHO. However, not sure how well any tinted lenses are going to do in shaded areas. I’ve ridden in shaded areas with them without any issues. But don’t know your circumstances, i.e., how much shade and the condition of the pavement. I have Tifosi’s Fototec lens that changes tint for my… Read more »

chuckp
August 5, 2020 9:41 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Rick – Following up. I rode today where I went through some fairly heavily shaded areas. And on sections of road that I knew weren’t perfectly smooth. Even though I knew the line I wanted to ride, was definitely a little difficult to see the changes in road surface. So I wouldn’t recommend the Clarion lens (either blue or red) if you’re doing a lot of riding in dark shade. The tint is just dark enough that it makes it a little dicey being able to pick out the road surface (especially at speed). I think you’d be better off… Read more »

Rick
Rick
August 7, 2020 12:55 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Chuck, Thanks for the feedback and follow up. There is one rout that I frequent where the road deteriorates just as the foliage begins to block out the sun. To make it more challenging a steep descent begins at the same point! I thought the photochromic lenses would help but they really didn’t. That is why I was curious about the red tint which is supposed to bring in maximum light. Due to my ocular inserts I am currently locked into Rudys but they have a broad spectrum of replacement lenses available. I am currently using their gray tinted lenses… Read more »

chuckp
August 7, 2020 1:17 pm
Reply to  Rick

Rick – You might want to take a look at the Scicon Aerotech or Aerocomfort sunglasses. If you get either model with their photochromic lens, you get an optical adapter for prescription lenses. I have their bronze photochromic lens and I find it’s really good for changing light conditions. First, it changes tint pretty rapidly. Second the bronze lens is intended to improve contrast, clarity, and depth perception. Particularly in spring and fall, it’s my favorite pair of sunglasses to wear riding. They’re not as dark as a dedicated tinted lens, but provide enough tint in bright sunlight. They don’t… Read more »

chuckp
August 7, 2020 1:20 pm
Reply to  Rick

My review on PEZ of the Scicon Aerotech has a few pics that give you some idea of what it looks like through the tint. https://pezcyclingnews.com/amp/technspec/scicon-aerotech-sunglasses-review/

chuckp
August 5, 2020 9:42 pm
Reply to  Rick

See my second reply below.

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