So you think you're good? You know how to spin? You've got the most "powerful" stroke of all your riding buddies... Hey, of course you do! That's exactly what Charles thought until he got a chance to test the Power Cranks from the fine folks at Cycling Innovations. Prepare to be humbled...
Tech N Spec
One of the companies that has always been in mind when Quality and cost are on equal terms is Kestrel. Their line up is among the best around and they're certainly a good sized company, but they've remained small enough so that the corners still don't get cut.
Bjarne Riis is no dummy, and he certainly knows a thing or two about going fast on two wheels. Canadian manufacturer Cervelo has long been known for building some of the best TT bikes around, and claims to be the largest producer of time trialling bikes in the world.
One of the beautiful things about the bicycle is its elegant simplicity. Most of us, with a bit of knowledge, can take apart a bike and put it back together. At the same time, there are always new technical advances and something that can be tweaked and improved.
A second hidden treasure at Interbike was Canada's Argon 18. They had a great line up that covered both the light weight, performance and ride quality. The flagship was the Platinum with Fibers oriented in two sections (one for stiffness and one for comfort).
The latest and greatest Tech 'N Spec was revealed this past weekend at the annual Interbike Tradeshow in Las Vegas. Our Charles Manantan was there, digital camera and notebook in hand, getting the goods on the good, the bad, and the ugly for next season. Over the next few days we'll be posting everything that's fit to see - like the new Carbon-enhanced Dogma from Pinarello...