Bianchi Specialissima RC in review – Race ready
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by Martin Staffa
2d ago
Look fast, feel fast, go fast! All this appears possible with the Bianchi Specialissima RC. The new road bike from Italy makes waves with its unique looks and abundance of high-end components. But is it as fast and graceful as it looks? Bianchi Specialissima RC I 6.6 kg in size 55 I € 12,749 I Manufacturer’s website More than almost any other brand, Bianchi embody extravagant Italian design, solid performance and of course the distinctive bright blue colour “Celeste”. A legacy that dates back to 1885, with numerous victories in the Grand Tours in the hands of some of the most iconic riders, in ..read more
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The Lab – Hyperice Normatec 3 Leg System – Rapid recovery thanks to compression
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by Christoph Staudinger
5d ago
Whether before or after training, the Normatec 3 Leg System of American brand Hyperice is intended to significantly shorten the recovery time of your legs with the help of compression. The associated Hyperice app has preconfigured recovery programs and a wide range of personalisation options. Read on to find out how the Normatec 3 Leg System fared in our test. Hyperice Normatec 3 Leg System | Tester: Christoph | Duration: 4 weeks | Price: € 999 | Intended use: recovery, massage | Manufacturer’s website Greetings fellow weekend warriors! We’re able to track our sleep, our recovery, and our effo ..read more
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The Lab: Additive Ceramics – Designer cups from the 3D printer
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by Susanne Feddersen
2w ago
Products from the 3D printer are trendy: bike frames, houses, and now coffee cups? Near Frankfurt am Main, the team of AdditiveCeramics manufacture 3D ceramics made of Westerwälder clay. We have tested the 3D-printed designer cups in our office regarding optics, haptics, stability and everyday use. Additive Ceramics hnkl_404 | Tester: Jan Richter | Test duration 8 weeks | Price: cup € 29, espresso cup € 14 | Manufacturer´s Website Modern technology meets traditional craftsmanship: the two young designers and founders of AdditiveCeramics, Maurice Rigler and Lennard Wilde, take a fascinating app ..read more
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Design and Innovation Award Winner 2024
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by Robin Schmitt
3w ago
The winners of the Design and Innovation Award 2024 have finally been announced! Curious? The Design & Innovation Award is more than just an award. It’s the only award to feature comprehensive review, highlight potential and discuss the true value of innovation. Startups, established brands and international big players all vie for the favour of customers with new products, purported innovations, big promises and catchy slogans. But what’s hype and which claims hold water? What are the most promising developments actually capable of? The award team has once more invested countless hours t ..read more
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Maximum flow for maximum speed? Miche Kleos RD carbon wheels in review
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by Martin Staffa
3w ago
The Miche Kleos RD wheelset promises the ultimate in flow and performance thanks to its sexy looks and ceramic bearings! It also aims to get the Italian brand back on track and leave the competition behind. Have the new wheels got what it takes to do all that? Miche Kleos RD 50 I 1,504 g (wheelset) I € 2,349 I Manufacturer’s website A few years ago, Miche celebrated their 100th anniversary. Founded in 1919, the brand is now a household name, especially amongst insiders – Miche have a big following, but not necessarily among the mainstream. Over time, Miche have made various drivetrain componen ..read more
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Parapera Anemos Masterpiece – The least gram for the buck?
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by Martin Staffa
1M ago
Does it get any lighter? Probably not at this price. In addition to the impressive 7.07 kg on the scale, the Parapera Anemos Masterpiece boasts high-quality components from Schmolke and Campagnolo. But is this gravel bike also a masterpiece when it comes to having fun? Parapera Anemos Masterpiece | 7.07 kg (size M) | € 5,999.00 | Manufacturer’s website Does weight play a huge role on gravel bikes? Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. Our gravel race bike group test allowed us to experience first-hand that an increase in weight certainly doesn’t make a bad gravel bike. The Ridley Kanzo Fast ..read more
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Luxury is lame – Why spend so much money to remain hidden in the flock?
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by Nils Hofmeister
1M ago
There’s a collective sigh as another € 10,000 charcoal grey aero whip goes by. Fully equipped, how predictable. Are we talking cool, innovative, or just ostentatious? Hold up, hold up. Firstly, it’s all the above – plus downright unimaginative. So, when did luxury items become so bland and uninspiring? Why are they just not cutting it these days? If we’re talking luxury, you will probably picture an overpaid, pretty average footballer taking a Boeing 747-turned-private jet, refurbed by a Saudi prince and featuring golden thrones throughout. Swish, swanky, and way too in-your-face for our humbl ..read more
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MTB or gravel bike? Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup vs Specialized Diverge STR Pro
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by Jan Richter
1M ago
Two full-sussers, optimised for maximum performance off the beaten track: the Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup vs the Specialized Diverge STR Pro. A high performance XC mountain bike or a fully suspended gravel racer? Which is faster, which is more versatile, and what makes the difference? We tested both bikes head-to-head in Tuscany! The boundaries between MTBs and gravel bikes are becoming increasingly blurred. And the semi-ironic comment to “buy a mountain bike; it’s the gravel bike of tomorrow” has become increasingly common – mostly from the drop bar faction. They’re not entirely wrong ..read more
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Magped’s magnetic gravel pedal in review – Is clack the new click?
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by Erik Bötzle
1M ago
magped have introduced a new type of magnetic pedal designed not only to provide a smooth circular motion, but also to protect your joints and ensure easy release in critical situations. The question remains: is it possible to make a magnetic pedal which maintains a secure grip, but is also easy to get out of when you need to? We checked it out for you. magped GRAVEL | Tester Erik | Test duration 3 months | Price € 189.00 | Weight 212 g per pair | Manufacturer’s website magped launched their magnetic safety pedals in 2018, and have since evolved to produce pedals for a variety of bike categori ..read more
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THE LAB – Hammerhead Karoo 2 – The Karoo 2 bike computer from Hammerhead on test
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by Christoph Staudinger
1M ago
Faster, better and easier than the competition – that is the Hammerhead Karoo 2’s goal. Is this possible to do without losing sight of the primary criteria – ease of use and high reliability? We put the Karoo 2 through its paces and let you know how the Calfornian has fared. Hammerhead Karoo 2 | Tester Christoph | Duration 4 weeks | Price € 399 | Weight 133 g | Intended use Navigation, tracking, indoor training | Manufacturer’s website Many great things come from the Golden State, including films, smartphones, bikes from Specialized or Santa Cruz, and now a bike computer. The folks at Hammerhe ..read more
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