650b Vs 700c Wheels: Which Should I Choose?

Particularly for off-road disciplines, you’re often offered a choice in wheel size when buying or building a bike. The wheelset of a bicycle includes the hubs, bearings, spokes, rims, and often the tubes and tires themselves. It’s not uncommon to be presented with a choice of wheel size, specifically if you’re buying a gravel or … Read more

1x Drivetrains For Bikes: What’s The Benefit?

1x drivetrains seem to be growing in popularity with every passing year. Bicycles traditionally feature two (2x) or three (3x) chainrings with a front derailleur. Although two chainrings have dominated mainly as of late, an increasing number of bikes are starting to incorporate a 1x drivetrain. Pronounced “one-by”, it is comprised of a single chainring connected … Read more

SRAM Vs Shimano: Which Should I Choose?

Shimano and SRAM are two of the biggest and most successful manufacturers of bike components, making up 85% of the bike componentry market combined. Choosing the right groupset for you is absolutely essential. Whether you’re building a bike from scratch or buying a complete bike outright, SRAM and Shimano are both tried and tested options … Read more

Types Of Bike Tires Explained: Clincher Vs Tubular Vs Tubeless Tires

If you’re new to cycling and want to develop your knowledge, there are three main types of bike tires to get familiar with: clinchers, tubular, and tubeless. When considering the pros and cons of clincher vs tubular vs tubeless tires, there’s a lot to weigh up. To help you get to grips with the three … Read more

What Is A Bottom Bracket On A Bicycle – And How Do I Choose The Right One?

The bottom bracket has become something of a mechanical hydra: innovate on one model, and two come along to take its place. And when it’s time to replace yours, you need to do your homework. What started as a near-universal component is now a compatibility minefield of different types and standards, and without proper research, … Read more

Campagnolo Super Record EPS: The World’s Most Expensive Groupset

Campagnolo is renowned for its high-quality bike components. Their flagship groupset – the Campagnolo Super Record EPS – is no different. Campagnolo is the oldest and (arguably) most prestigious bike component manufacturer, famed for its beautiful Italian aesthetics and outstanding engineering. However, they come at a hefty price tag. Campagnolo Super Record EPS is the … Read more

What Is A Narrow Wide Chainring – And Should You Be Using One?

If you’re the unlucky owner of a regularly-dropping chain, a narrow wide chainring might provide the perfect solution to your chain retention woes. A narrow wide chainring employs a special tooth profile to increase chain retention – reducing those incredibly annoying chain drops. This is especially useful for those who enjoy riding rough, off-road trails … Read more

Shimano MTB Groupset Hierarchy: Ultimate Guide

Many consider Shimano the gold standard of bike component manufacturers – and Shimano MTB groupsets are no exception. At the cutting edge of the industry, they are chosen by professional cyclists from every discipline time and time again. Arguably none more so than the MTB pros; producing specific groupsets for cross-country, gravel bikes, and downhill, … Read more

Ultimate Gravel Bike Groupset Guide: Shimano, Campagnolo, and SRAM

Accompanying the explosion of gravel bikes in the past few years, the component manufacturing giants have all released specific gravel bike groupsets. Over the past decade, gravel bikes have become exceedingly popular. It fits a need for a versatile bike that performs well on the road and off-road. Initially, they used road bike groupsets, but … Read more

What Is A Bicycle Groupset? The Ultimate Guide To Groupsets And Manufacturers

An integral part of your machine, the bicycle groupset refers to all of the components that allow you to propel yourself forwards and bring yourself to a stop. Whether you’re new to cycling or a two-wheel fanatic, it may not be obvious exactly how your bike works. The parts that comprise the drivetrain and the … Read more

Ultimate Bike Frame Materials Guide: Carbon Fiber, Steel, Aluminum and more

With so many options to choose from, it can often be difficult to decide which bike frame material to go for when buying a new bicycle. The cycling world has developed from steel through aluminum to carbon fiber, but what has led to these changes in popularity through the eras? Different materials all have different … Read more

Ultimate SRAM Groupset Guide: Road Bike Edition

Though younger than its major rivals Shimano and Campagnolo, SRAM has fully established itself with innovative and cost-effective bike components. As a major player in the groupset components market, SRAM now produces a wide range of options, from the innovative professional-grade Red eTap AXS to the entry-level Apex groupset.  With so many different options, we’ll … Read more

Bicycle Chainrings Explained: All You Need To Know

It can take some time to grips with all the mechanisms that help your bike run smoothly – not least the bicycle chainrings. The bicycle is a machine with so many parts that many people never even learn the technical terms, preferring instead to just point to the area where something has gone wrong. But … Read more