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Product Review: Tioga Spyder Outland

Perhaps the most striking feature about the Tioga Spyder Outland saddle is its seemingly odd design; it is certainly more unconventional than the usual saddle, but positively not less comfortable. For one, no sensible saddle maker strives for discomfort, and, to have something released into the market suggests a breakthrough in design. Could that be the case for this particular saddle?

Understanding Tioga’s philosophy behind its design helps shed light on its rationale. Key to it is its belief that padding actually has a limited and inefficient impact on shock absorption. This is down to the understanding that most paddings become compressed when a load is applied. With that in mind, Tioga’s solution to this is to design a dual-material shell with a webbed structure, which has been proven to be more comfortable and forgiving on bumps. Upon testing, it felt similar to having a mini suspension right underneath.

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Taipei Cycle 2017 – DVO

As the years have went, DVO has more and more coming up the line of componentry. Products that are available are forks for downhill/enduro/trail, shocks and dropper seatposts.

As for enduro, they came up with a new fork called the Beryl. Beryl come as a fork tht is one step below the Diamond. A little less expensive but same quality and performance. With few of the manufacturing steps being taken out, they are able to keep cost slightly lower for the consumers.

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Fulcrum Racing Zero Competizione

Established in July 2004 in Italy, Fulcrum Wheels s.r.l. is the brainchild of three aerospace engineers who were also very passionate cyclists, and the success of this very young and vibrant company is fundamentally based on unique patents, continuous technological research and attractive and young spirited designs.  Fulcrum started manufacturing wheels only for road bikes, but in 2008, two more product lines joined the Fulcrum family, wheels for off road bikes and carbon fibre cranks for racing bikes.

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CEMA Ceramic Bearing Bottom Bracket

For anyone who knows the purpose and advantages of using bearings, then they should also be aware that friction between two surfaces that is in contact with each other is the last thing that we would want, therefore contact surfaces employ the use of bearings to reduce the friction between the two moving surfaces, and bearings not only reduce friction, but also minimize wear and tear as well so that the surfaces can last longer.  bicycles mostly use cartridge type bearings which is basically a bearing assembly that can be entirely removed and replaced if necessary, so that the only contact surfaces that are constantly moving against each other is the ball bearing and it’s shell or body, and these can be cheaply and readily replaced instead.

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Ambersil Ambersolv SB1 Review

We all know that keeping our bikes clean is the best way of ensuring it works correctly and safely, while making sure it stays looking good. Clean components wear out less quickly than dirty ones, a well-kept bike will definitely perform better, and won’t require as much maintenance. After that hard century ride, give yourself a big pat on the back but don’t forget about your bike. In weather changing Singapore, if you had just ridden in the rain, skipping the bike cleaning can result in dirt and grime accumulating on the drivetrain, and cause damage to the brakes or the braking surfaces on rim brakes as well as making your bike look under the weather literally.

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