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Wheels & Tyres

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Fulcrum are a long standing favourite in the cycling industry, with a reputation for sturdy wheels built to last. Broadly speaking, they have three ranges of wheels: the Racing series which are alloy rims targeted as training wheels or budget racing wheels; the Red Wind series - carbon wheels with alloy brake tracks for racing performance in...

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Tubeless technology has been around for a good few years now, and seems to be very slowly gaining a foothold. It has yet to appear in any pro races to our knowledge, and remains a relatively rare sight at club outings too. Opinions amongst The Bike List team are mixed. Some think that it is solving a problem that doesn't exist and others think...

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Tubeless technology has been around for a good few years now, and seems to be very slowly gaining a foothold. It has yet to appear in any pro races to our knowledge, and remains a relatively rare sight at club outings too. Opinions amongst The Bike List team are mixed. Some think that it is solving a problem that doesn't exist and others think...

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In 2013, Zipp released two wheelsets aimed at the lower end of the market, that is, lower relative to the rest of their products: the 30 and 60 clinchers. We were lucky enough to get a hold of the 60 clinchers for a month and rode them throughout January come rain and shine. The Zipp 60's represent the brand's first attempt at a more affordable...

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There's a certain smugness that comes from having the right gear at the right time. Like having a day free for riding on the only day of the year when the sun shines, or the tools to hand to fix a damsel-in-distress' broken chain. I've got to admit that I'm feeling spectacularly smug right now as the roads and paths are covered with snow...

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Shimano wheels have been around for years, quietly. They cover every range of budget, but since 2012 have come onto my radar big time through Team Sky's Tour de France wins. The custom decals on Wiggins' yellow Pinarello on which he rode into Paris on the final day of the 2012 TdF might have had something to do with it, but Dura Ace wheels are...

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Opening the two Mavic-branded padded wheel bags was a fantastic experience; it makes you feel like you're opening a little treasure chest of bicycle wheel-related goodies. Inside are Mavic Exalith 2 brake blocks, skewers, a special wheel magnet to fit the carbon spokes, a multi tool to true and adjust the wheel and lastly, the Ksyrium SLR wheelset...

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CERO are not a very well known brand in the cycling industry, though considering their variety of products (including bars, hubs, bottle cages, bar tape, pumps etc.) and the rate at which they're selling their wheels, they are definitely growing! CERO wheels are distributed through Cycle Division who are also responsible for brands such as Trigon...

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The first thing most people notice about any set of American Classics is the lacing on the rear wheel: a combination of three-cross on the drive side, and radial on the non drive side to give a triple spoke grouping effect. The latest model of the 420 Aero 3 also have one of the groups of three spokes in silver rather than black which stands...

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They're black, tubular and you can't see them when you're cycling… so does anyone pay much attention to inner tubes? While tyres can vary dramatically in grip, rolling resistance and their ability to thwart punctures, inner tubes seem to be unloved, disposable accessories. They're a nuisance to fit, they demand regular re-inflation...

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A while ago I tested the Starley JKSR1 SRAM Red road bike and totally fell in love with it. From the whole bespoke fitting and build process at their Altrincham showroom to the sublime riding experiences it delivered, it's very high in my pantheon of all time favourite bikes. As well as their bikes, Starley also offer a full range of race ready...

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£1250 may seem an extraordinary amount to spend on a set of bicycle wheels, but believe it or not – that's the going rate for a lightweight set of carbon hoops, and really keen competitive riders would expect to shell out this kind of cash to gain the performance improvements that these kind of wheels offer. What makes them special –...

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£1780 may seem an extraordinary amount to spend on a set of bicycle wheels, but believe it or not – that's the going rate for a top of the range, lightweight set of carbon hoops, and really keen competitive riders would expect to shell out this kind of cash to gain the performance improvements that this kind of wheels offer. What makes...

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Regular road riders and commuters will be aware that a bike needs to be adapted to face the winter months, as this time of year throws up hazards that aren't really an issue in the late-spring to early-autumn zone. Winterising your bike involves obvious stuff like adding lights, but you also need to think about things like front and rear reflectors,...

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With all types of bikes, one of the most significant performance upgrades you can make is to buy a decent set of wheels. With an off the peg bike, all too often the wheels are the weak link in the spec as manufacturers try to seduce you with higher groupsets and finishing kit. I’ve tested £3K plus road bikes that have come with £150...

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A new set of wheels can make a huge difference to the way your bike rides, and whether you’re into mountain biking or road riding, you can’t escape French manufacturer Mavic, as it’s one of the biggest names in hoops on the planet. Mavic also make clothing, shoes and computers, but the company is known first and foremost for its quality...

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With my commute mainly taking in the roads and cycleways of the city, my cycling friends had been badgering me for a while to change the knobbly tyres on my Specialized Hard Rock Sport. Neil Watterson, a fellow tester with The Bike List, had been particularly vocal, claiming I'd find the ride we often share faster and easier with some slicker...