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Giant TCR-C1

Giant Bicycles has been making carbon fiber bicycles for decades, and their TCR line of composite frames has been tuned and perfected for six years. For 2008, you will see the pro-level, integrated-seat-mast TCR Advance frame on Team High-Road bikes competing on the ProTour. The TCR-C1 is the most elite model of Giant’s second-tier, race-ready […]

Swobo Sanchez Fixie

This is the story of the Swobo Sanchez-a chromoly-framed, fixed-gear, flat-bar bicycle-and the rediscovery of the pedal-powered, two-wheeled partnership between man and machine. Stripped to its essentials, the bicycle is the most efficient means for one person with which to travel the roadways that crisscross our modern world. Somehow, in our more-is-better world, we have […]

Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL

Let’s face it, we aren’t all Cat III racers with 18-year-old backs, legs and fitness levels. It’s just a fact that, at some point, everyone will need to accept (we are still working on it). While most riders believe that the perfect bike is a short-coupled, ultra-rigid sprinter, truth be told, a fast, comfortable bike that will perform well in all conditions is what we actually need. Meet the 2008 Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL.

Scott Addict R3

Heralded as the lightest production frame in the world at 1.74 pounds (790 grams) the question should be asked: why didn’t we test this bike earlier? Well, we didn’t want to begin a season of testing with a 14-pound berbike and then follow it with a string of 15-pound ‘heavyweights.’ Once we did get our hands on an Addict, however, we realized the magnitude of our error.

Ridley Excalibur

Throughout history, Belgium has been celebrated for producing a type of rider that stands apart due to their ability to excel in tough conditions. It’s with riders like Eddy Merckx and Johan Museeuw that the accolade ‘Going Belgian’ was popularized. ‘Going Belgian’ has become a frequently used term for those who aspire to emulate the […]

Raleigh Prestige

Raleigh is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world. Originally based in Nottingham, England, they built a reputation for high-end race bikes that have been victorious (officially and unofficially) at all of the world’s most historic races. Older riders will still remember the powerful Ti-Raleigh team that dominated the roads of Europe in […]

Orbea Opal TDA

The Opal TDA, Orbea’s version of the affordable racing machine, is far from a carbon copy of the pro-level Orca we tested last year. This Basque beauty is sleeker looking, less complicated, and, in an age of molded monotony, the carbon-fiber Opal still manages to present a unique profile. We’ll chalk it up to Spanish […]

Motobecane Immortal Ice

Before most RBA readers were born, Motobecane was one of this country’s mystery monikers that came to us from over the Atlantic Ocean in small numbers and were ridden by experienced members of Saturday club races. The feel of a vintage Motobecane was stretched out and comfortable-the kind of racer that can climb for an […]

Lynskey Houseblend

Although frames bearing the family name have only been on the market for the last year, the Lynskeys are best known for the bike company they started two decades ago in the corner of their family-owned aerospace fabrication business. They named it Litespeed, and if any family could be considered the first family of American-made […]

Lemond Tete De Course

For anyone who has forgotten the legendary skills of Greg LeMond, watch the 1989 World Championships on U-Tube for a quick refresher: a 50-mph downhill in the pouring rain with Sean Kelly and the revenge-filled poise of Fignon trying to chase him down. They couldn’t catch him. LeMond’s Tete de Course (head of the race) […]

Van Dessel Hellafaster

Hailing from New Jersey, Van Dessel is run by former professional Edwin Bull and carries his mother’s maiden name. With roots in Belgium, Edwin began the company in 2000 with a line of Shimano Nexus-equipped sport/city bikes, and has since moved on to a more traditional line of ‘cross, road, track and TT designs.

Time VXRS Ulteam

East of Lyon, France, there is a group of highly skilled women in charge of laying up Time’s handmade carbon fiber tubes, and then individually sanding each by hand. Time is the only European bike company in the world to purchase only carbon threads which they then weave into seamless fabric tubes and shapes in […]

Bianchi C2C 928 Carbon

In 1885, Edoardo Bianchi opened up a small shop on Via Narone in Milan, Italy. In 1888, he presented the world?s first bicycle with pneumatic tires, and in 1895, he built a women?s-specific bicycle for Queen Margherita and taught her to ride it. The legend of Fausto Coppi emerged while he rode a Bianchi and battled with Gino Bartali of Team Legnano in the 1940s and ?50s. It was on a Bianchi that the triumphant and ultimately tragic career of the beloved Marco Pantani transpired.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix

Let’s face it, we aren’t all Cat III racers with 18-year-old backs, legs and fitness levels. It’s just a fact that, at some point, everyone will need to accept (we are still working on it). While most riders believe that the perfect bike is a short-coupled, ultra-rigid sprinter, truth be told, a fast, comfortable bike that will perform well in all conditions is what we actually need.

Schwinn Prologue

Created to grace the transition area of Sprint and Olympic-length triathlons, and the parking lots of local time-trials…