Specialized Tarmac SL7 Review (2021)

The Specialized Tarmac SL7 is finally here, and it heralds the conclusion of the brand’s long-running battle between aerodynamics and weight. The new model will replace both the current Tarmac SL6 and the more aerodynamically oriented Venge as the company’s premier racing bike in 2021. A disc-only setup is also available on the new Tarmac SL7, and the S-Works version is touted to weigh only 6.7kg when equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components. Tarmac SL7 versions are available in three different price ranges. The Tarmac SL6, which was introduced in the previous generation, will stay in the lineup as the …

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Zwift Tutorial

Zwift: A Step-By-Step Tutorial

What Zwift is, how it works, and what equipment you’ll need are all explained here. Online cycling game and training software Zwift allows players to cycle, train and compete in a virtual environment while using their computer or mobile device. Since its introduction in 2014, Zwift, a fitness app designed to alleviate the painful boredom of merely sitting on a trainer and gazing at the wall, has gained tremendous popularity. Indoor cycling is becoming the vogue among fitness enthusiasts. Every cycling brand now seems to have something to offer in this rapidly expanding industry, with recent releases including indoor bikes …

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Canada Goose Expedition Parka Review

People living in sub-zero temperatures or the coldest places on earth know that the right type of clothing is essential for going about their daily routine. This is also true for people who take on expeditions that involve trekking through harsh snowdrifts or blizzards in the most extreme situations. One of the warmest jackets available for the coldest temperatures on earth is the Canadian Goose Expedition Parka, which can protect you under -30 °C and below, and according to their website, was designed for scientists in Antarctica. So this alone should tell you that the manufacturers are serious about this …

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Dura Ace 9170 Di2 Hydraulic Shifters

The 9170 shift levers are designed for Di2 electronic shifting and Hydraulic disc brakes. These shifters are not compatible with rim brakes or mechanical shifting. The form of the lever body is comfortable and ergonomic. The shift paddle engages with a defined click that assures the shift has been made. Similar to previous versions, the upshift and downshift paddles are adjacent to each other.  A Variety of 11-Speed Cassette and Gear Combinations Since the 9170 group is 11-speed, these shifters are designed to work only with an 11-speed cassette and a double ring chainset. Dura Ace 9100 has several wide cassette gear combinations …

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Dura Ace 9150 Di2 Rear Derailleur

The Shimano 9150 Di2 group has been overhauled and improved as it replaces the previous generation 9050 groupset. The Dura Ace 9150 Di2 Rear Derailleur has seen some significant design and performance improvements compared to the 9050 iteration that it replaces. One notable non-difference however is the new 9150 groupset is not 12 speed. Those hoping for a 12 speed Shimano Dura Ace offering will have to wait for the next generation to be released. The launch of the 9150 Di2 groupset from Shimano in 2016 marked the third generation of Dura Ace Di2. First introduced with the launch of …

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Dura Ace 9100 11-Speed Crankset

Weight: 655 grams (36-52, 172.5mm) The outgoing 9000 Dura Ace series has been replaced by the upgraded and revised 9100 series group from Shimano. The 9100 groupset remains as 11 speed despite some hopes that it would be implemented with 12 speed. There are 4 main variations of the 9100 series including mechanical shifters and rim brakes (9100), mechanical shifters and disc brakes (9120), electronic shifting and rim brakes (9150 Di2), and electronic shifting and disc brakes (9170 Di2). Although each of the groupsets will have unique shifters, brakes and derailleurs; one constant is the crankset. Since the 9100 crankset …

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Diamondback Release 5c Review

Carbon Full Suspension Trail Bike With Level Link Suspension Redesigned with high energy, Diamondback brings a formidable competitor to the high end trail bike category. The Release 5c will be a welcome addition for those desiring a relatively budget friendly option in the hotly contested all-rounder category. This carbon trail bike is almost too good for it’s price. The top model is fully loaded with Fox 36 Float Performance Elite front suspension and SRAM X01 Eagle 12-Speed components. The super-stiff but intuitive Level Link Suspension can accelerate and climb with blazing efficiency thanks to the counter rotating suspension linkage. Sensible …

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Shimano S-Phyre RC9 Shoes

The S-Phyre RC9 shoes are Shimano’s top of the line and highly regarded road cycling shoes. They are popular among the pro ranks and amateurs alike. The S-Phyre shoes are simple and comfortable. They use two BOA dials for tightening and loosening with one BOA adjustment dial located on the top wrap over strap and the second dial positioned lower at the midpoint of the shoe top. The second way to adjust these shoes for a more precise fit is by utilizing the arch supports. Two spare arch supports are included and can be inserted and positioned to improve shoe …

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Shimano Dura Ace 9150 Hydraulic Brakes

The Dura Ace hydraulic disc brake are as advertised. They have built on past success and implemented a near perfect solution for the road bike genre. The 9150 calipers have flat mount form which reduces weight and allows for a more inconspicuous fit to the brake mount. Braking is smooth with plenty of modulation. The rear disc rotor is 140mm and the option for a 140mm or 160mm exists for the front brake. For increased stopping power it is advised to go with the larger rotor on the front. This tends to balance well with the 140mm rear rotor.   …

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Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine Review

Concept2 is one of the most renowned indoor rowing machine manufacturers in the world. Their models are designed to suit the needs of serious rowers, they are elegantly designed and made of the highest quality materials, and they are built to last a lifetime. It is never an easy task to decide which rower is the best for your needs, especially when it comes to high-end rowers which come with lots of features and, you guessed it, a hefty price. In this post, we’ll review details of the key features of the Concept 2 Model E rowing machine so you can …

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