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Monday 22 September 2014

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Published 22/07/2014 | 02:30

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For confidence in your road bike, a set of tyres made in Germany, the Force and Attack combination gives you the best of Continental technologies. The patented Black Chilli compound offers more grip on road surfaces and is claimed to roll faster. The pair of tyres is specified as a front and back tyre, with a smaller tread for the front (22mm) and rear (24mm). The pattern on each tyre is different and comes in the standard wheel size of 700c.

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There are more cycling power metres on the market than ever before. The Newtown takes up to 800 measurements per second using accelerometers, with pilot wind speed sensors and altimeters to deliver power meter readings from an all-in-one device. Using a series of calculations to workout opposing forces on the cyclist, the guys who have been testing the iBike device have reported excellent accuracy in comparison to other devices available for cyclists. We're likely to see this type of intelligent form of bike computer growing in the coming year and the iBike device is a confident step in the right direction.

HIT: Accuracy and price.

KNOCK: The instructions and online software could use refinement.

Pros: Simple to select your torque measurement (3-15 Nm tension).

Cons: Takes a small bit of training to ensure you get the right technique.

Verdict: The best investment for anyone with a carbon bike frame.

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