Home / Components

Components

Components

Reviews

Crud Roadracer

Mudguards may serve a useful purpose by keeping the rooster tails of rain spray off you and your mates, but people are often reluctant to use them. That could be due to the fiddling required to fit them or possibly the rattling and rubbing they cause when riding. But most probably it’s because they make […]

Crud Roadracer
Reviews

Shimano Di2

If super-slick aero framesets were the memorable sight of September’s Eurobike, and German sausage the memorable taste, the memorable sound was a cool R2D2-style motor noise. Everywhere you went, it seemed, you could hear the clicking and whirring of a Shimano Dura Ace Di2 mech being fiddled with. The Di2 adorned nearly every single top-end […]

Shimano Di2
Reviews

AceCo K-Edge Chain Catcher

AceCo specialises in precision engineering and has produced this K-Edge Chain Catcher – recently seen on Bradley Wiggins’ Felt – with the dual aim of keeping your chain in place and protecting your frame from damage caused by a derailed chain. It works only with braze-on style front derailleur, is just 10 grammes and, tucked […]

AceCo K-Edge Chain Catcher
Reviews

Gore Ride-On: Professional System

With most of the SRAM-sponsored teams in the pro peloton running these derailleur cables, it’s a sure bet they offer pretty snappy performance. I’m a convert to the sealed versions on my mountain bike and cyclocross steeds, and immediately noticed improved shifting, increased resilience to mud and crud, and prolonged durability. This latest incarnation is […]

Gore Ride-On: Professional System
Reviews

Hutchinson Fusion 2

French manufacturer Hutchinson has been making bike tyres since 1890 and has a well-earned reputation for dependability (not to mention an impressive list of race honours). The Fusion 2 is a race tyre that holds up well in a market packed with stiff competition. We tested a pair on rough, pot-holed and grit-strewn Devon lanes […]

Hutchinson Fusion 2
Reviews

Tektro TRP T925

Even if you’ve gone over your bike with an aero fine-toothed comb, chances are you probably hadn’t thought to upgrade to super slippery brake callipers. With these new Tektro brakes, however, aero performance is the name of the game. They mount behind the front fork to reduce drag and are optimised for internal cable routing. […]

Tektro TRP T925
Reviews

Lightweight RD

This is über-bling: a light (120g), all-carbon, functional (because of the inherent stiffness of the material) rear derailleur – all for a penny… under 800 quid! Not cheap, but things of great beauty very rarely are. We had it working perfectly with Campagnolo’s Chorus 10 drivetrain, even if it made our test bike look like […]

Lightweight RD
Reviews

TRP R960

Okay, the price is mad, but for a piece of bike-pimping exotica these brakes take some beating. However, good looks and being the world’s lightest equivalent brake at 150 grammes each isn’t the whole story. These stoppers also do the business on the bike. On the R960s, function hasn’t been sacrificed for form. You get […]

TRP R960
Reviews

Ritchey Pro V4 Micro Road

Tom Ritchey hates excess weight, which shows in this miniature single-sided version of his MTB pedals. The tiny forged steel body certainly keeps weight down but, combined with the small MTB-style two-bolt cleat, makes engagement tricky. Hit it bang on and you’re fine, but miss even slightly and the smooth sole of road shoes will […]

Ritchey Pro V4 Micro Road
Reviews

Crank Brothers Quattro Ti

The Quattro takes the legendary Eggbeater MTB pedal design onto tarmac with some distinct advantages. This road version sets the small brass cleat into a plastic horseshoe, with conventional three-bolt backing plate for a universal shoe fit. The four-sided, all-access retention system in the centre of the double-sided body makes for assured engagement with noticeably […]

Crank Brothers Quattro Ti
Reviews

Time Xen E

Very affordably priced compared to many pedals on the market, Time’s Xen E is a decent performer… despite initial impressions. The basic design and cleat are exactly the same as the company’s RXS series, but with a white plastic resin body that reduces manufacturing costs. This feels and looks decidedly plasticky – especially after a […]

Time Xen E
Reviews

Look KEO Ironman HM Ti

These pedals are right at the top of Look’s extensive range but, if you want the best connection to your bike, they have to be on your shortlist. Top money gets you a titanium axle in a carbon-fibre body, which Look also employ on their bikes. The result is the lightest full-size pedal here (282g). […]

Look KEO Ironman HM Ti
Reviews

Exustar EPS-R101

At first sight, the Exustar pedal is a direct copy of Look’s classic Keo pedal, but there are some subtle differences in detail and feel. The Look Keo is certainly a very good benchmark to copy, with its broad platform and easy toe-in engagement, making for a solid, stable and reliable connection on the bike, […]

Reviews

Shimano Ultegra SL

Shimano has tried various types of clipless road pedals, but its latest Look-style versions are definitely the best. Toe-in engagement of the three-bolt cleat is identical to Look’s, but with a much harder, abrupt ‘clack’ in and out, even on the lowest tension setting. On a positive note, the broad body and stiff roll-free feel […]

Shimano Ultegra SL
Reviews

Campagnolo Chorus

Campagnolo has never been afraid to go their own way, but we’re not sure it pays off with these pedals. For a start, they weigh in at a very heavy 416g for the price, with the 266g (pedal only) Ti Axle Record Pro a toe curling £197.99. And their short platform, with the locking mechanism […]

Campagnolo Chorus
Reviews

Speedplay Light Action Cro-Mo

Speedplay’s lollipop design reverses conventional cleat and pedal logic, but adds some unique advantages as well as some downsides. Once you’ve got used to the flat entry and slight twist, they engage easily, with the double-sided design a definite bonus. The extremely low height means a really connected feel to the bike, and there’s a […]

Speedplay Light Action Cro-Mo
Reviews

Time RXS Carbon

The ‘other’ French pedal and carbon bike specialist – the Time RXS pedal family – is every bit the top-end match for Look’s line-up. This steel axle, carbon-composite body version is the mid-price option, but it’s only 40g heavier (at 316g) than the £203.49 Titan Ulteam version. The mix of plastic nose and metal engagement […]

Time RXS Carbon