Shimano Di2: Long term battery and performance review

Shimano Di2 electronic shifting – in Dura Ace and Ultegra variants – has been around for a fair few years now. A few product generations and subtle refinements have seen it perfected and take a stronghold in the higher end road bike market. But still, one of the most frequent phrases bringing people to my…

Six reasons you SHOULD NOT use a powermeter

Road.cc recently published an article titled “Six reasons why you should use a power meter.” Now I must confess I ride with power pretty much 100% of the time. That said, I would never recommend anyone buy one. So in rebuttal to that article, here are my six reasons you SHOULD NOT BUY a powermeter……

Switching to road clipless pedals

After 40,000+ km on mountain bike style SPD clipless pedals, I’ve finally made the transition to “proper” road pedals. I’ve had regular SPD pedals on all my bikes from my old Hybrid through to my Time Trial bike and never had an issue.  I don’t feel like I’m losing any watts in power transfer, although…

Bike Weight Loss Part 2: New Groupset

When I originally built my Kinesis I opted for a full 11-speed Shimano 105 groupset, it fit my budget and was on special for an incredibly good price. To try and shed a few grams and for pure PIMP value, this time I’ve plumped for a mix of top shelf Dura Ace with a sprinkling…

A bit of love for the road bike

I gave the Kinesis Racelight roadie a bit of love this morning, treating it to a full drivetrain degrease, clean and re-lube. I realised that I hadn’t actually ridden it since last year and that just won’t do! So far my rides in 2017 have either been on the borrowed bike in the Blue Mountains,…

Cancellara’s Trek Madone

The legend’s Trek Madone. If I had to buy an “off the peg” bike and money was no option this would be high on my list. Of course it’d be much better with the new wireless SRAM eTap groupset, but #Spartacus is old school and rides mechanical. Not sure about the look of that stem…

Just how long is Shimano Di2 battery life?

UPDATE Click here to read my FIVE YEAR performance review! Battery life is something that a lot of potential Di2 or EPS (and now SRAM eTap of course) customers consider before taking the plunge. How many miles am I going to get? Will it suddenly go flat mid ride? Is there any warning? I’ve been…

Pimp my winter ride!

After my fair share of commute miles back and forth on the Ribble, I thought it was about time I pimped out my commute bike. There’s always room for one more horse in the stable, right? I’d been eyeing off one of these babies for a month or two since seeing our expert mechanic build a few for customers….

Wireless groupset from SRAM

SRAM’s long awaited wireless electronic groupset has been spotted on Kristin Armstrong’s time trial bike at the USA Pro Challenge last week. The groupset still has no public release date or even a name, but it’s another step forward. From the photos released on Bike Radar it looks like the shift buttons on the extensions and…

Project Aithein: Groupset Choice

Choosing a groupset for the Kinesis Aethien was a bit of a tough call. My criteria was that it had to be either Shimano or possibly SRAM as per my other bikes and that preferably I would stick with 10-speed to match. I didn’t really want to “upgrade” to 11-speed, I don’t see a huge advantage to one extra…