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Time Edge Racer

The Time Edge Racer sits at the top of Time’s entry-level road racing, or cyclosport, category with the Pulse and Speeder models. At no point in our testing, however, did the Edge Racer feel like an entry-level bike. The Edge series features the same geometry as the higher end VXR Pro Team and Ulteam but […]

BH G4 Red

The G4 blends nearly 100 years of BH heritage with on-the-edge nanotube-carbon-fiber construction techniques and groundbreaking components

Colnago CLX

When the CLX emerged (actually, we opened the box and pulled it out) in our offices, the first thing we noticed was the white and black paint scheme contrasted with the World Champ?ionship colors on the head tube. And, of course, Ernesto Colnago’s signature on the top tube. It was a nice start to what […]

Specialized Tarmac Elite

Much has been made of the Tarmac SL2 that propels riders like Paolo Bettini and Tom Boonen of Quick-Step and the Gerolsteiner team in the ProTour, while there has been muffled chatter about the lower end Tarmacs that are the beneficiary of the race-tested and proven designs of the pros. Don’t quote us, but we […]

Schwinn Peloton Pro

While most people know the Schwinn name, not everyone knows the Schwinn story. Founded in 1895 by Ignaz Schwinn, the bicycle brand was of course the most popular in America for decades to come. Unfortunately, the same history and heritage which did so much to propel the brand forward over the years brought it to […]

Cannondale Slice One

It’s no secret that we like bikes with stories. There are plenty of boring bikes out there that fill a price-point, keep a certain group of the cycling public mildly satiated for the short term-and then there are bikes that wake you up and demand that you take a second look. The Cannondale Slice is […]

Kestrel RT700

Kestrel is a consortium of composite engineers who, beginning in 1987, elected to abandon the cloak-and-dagger world of military advanced composite engineering and circle their wagons around the cycling industry. Since that point, Kestrel has either shared or exclusively introduced every innovation related to advanced carbon fiber frame and component construction. If any one frame […]

BH Connect

Last issue we announced that BH USA was formed and the ‘Connect’ will be one of the flagship models for their five-bike, 2008 lineup. Designed in Spain, made in Asia and assembled at BH USA in Tempe, Arizona, the BH Connect is truly a global enterprise. Few U.S. cyclists are aware of the long history […]

Look 555

We were impressed with the Look when we first heard about it. It’s designed for enthusiasts who are looking for a lightweight carbon bike that is built to allow you to improve and sneak into the racing set, should you choose. The attraction for buyers is that for under three thousand dollars, you can ride […]

We Build The Ultimate Commuter: The Sycip Java Boy

Rising gas prices, traffic, environmental concerns, heavy workload, and never enough time to ride are issues that we all face on a daily basis. The staff of RBA is no different, and when the crazy idea of actually riding our bike to work was mentioned, we took it a step further and decided to build […]

Redline R760

We can thank Redline up front for putting some utilitarian, real world, real people vision back into our ‘$7000 carbon bike or bust’ test force. All the bike snobs in the office didn’t give the R760 much of a gander lined up against the carbon fiber museum we seem to have assembled in the RBA […]

Kona Zing Supreme

For the most part, riders on a budget still have the same wish list as sponsored pros or well-to-do wannabes-and that is everything, but at an affordable price. If that sounds like an impossible dream, then check out Kona’s $2899 Zing Supreme. Its carbon frame is built from Dedacciai Nero Corsa tubes and is furnished with a […]

Fuji CCR 1

Fuji Cycles blends transparent, see-the-weave carbon with a sharp-looking silver-metallic and fire-engine-red paint scheme to accent its CCR 1 sport-racing machine. It works, as does the seamless, curved transition from the seatstay wishbone to the Fuji’s bi-ovaled toptube. For the sport-level competitors, century riders and club-racers that the Fuji is targeted at, the CCR 1 […]

Felt Z-15

If you haven’t heard, Felt has continued their sponsorship of the Slipstream/Chipotle powerhouse that is positioned to replace the Discovery Team as the American-based, Pro Tour race team. Felt produces a wide range of quality bikes from cruisers to wind-tunnel-certified carbon time trial and Tri machines. Our Z-15 test bike hails from Felt’s Z-line of […]

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 […]