Bike Technology Explained


Know your IsoSpeed from your Future Shock? Your Ultegra from your Tiagra? Your 700c from your 650b? If you’re bewildered by cycling’s terminology or just want to brush up on your latest specs, CrankBoutique’s technology explainers have you covered.

Latest Tech In Depth

Our long form tech explainers cut through the industry marketing clutter and present the key information and specs from some of the key pieces of trending bike technology out there, including publisher reviews, technical data and any key issues to watch out for.


What is Trek IsoSpeed Technology?

What is Trek IsoSpeed Technology Part comfort, part suspension, Crank Boutique explains one of Trek’s key pieces of proprietary bicycle technology. Technology In Short While compliance and “suspension” systems are now not uncommon for road bikes (see Specialized’s Roubaix and Diverge), arguably Trek were the first mainstream brand to integrate these systems into some of…

FSA Components – History, Products & Reviews

Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo. If you’re riding road bikes and you’re think of groupsets and components, these are the big three that everybody will know. While there’s a growing trickle of boutique manufacturers starting to enter the market with alternative offerings such as Rotor with their innovative (and very expensive) 1×13 groupset, there are a…

Bike Cable & Cockpit Integration – What is it and Should You Care?

It’s fair to say that 2019 was the year that the cycling industry’s obsession with aero started to permeate everything. From the sculpted shapes of the Madone and the Venge to even rough riders like the Domane and Roubaix getting the aero treatment, there are that many manufacturers outside of those who deal in pure…

What is Cannondale’s SAVE Technology?

Cannondale’s SAVE “Micro Suspension” Combines materials knowledge, manufacturing techniques and a complimentary host of parts to attempt to provide riders across all classes of bikes with a more comfortable ride. What is it and how does it work? Technology in Short Manufacturer: Cannondale Technology Type: Suspension, Compliance Availability: Proprietary – Cannondale bikes only Cost: N/A….

What is Specialized Future Shock Technology?

Specialized came at the road bike suspension conundrum very differently from other manufacturers – they teamed up with a Formula 1 manufacturer and ended up sticking a big spring in the headset. Crank Boutique explores the technology and how it works. Update 03/02/19: Specialized recently issued a recall for certain bike models with Future Shock…

What is Giant’s D-Fuse Technology?

Technology in Short Manufacturer: GiantTechnology Type:  ComplianceAvailability: Proprietary – Giant Bikes onlyCost: N/A. What is D-Fuse Designed to Do? As we’ve covered with Specialized Future Shock and Trek IsoSpeed, compliance and comfort is all the rage with some of the biggest bike manufacturers right now. Giant is also part of the comfort club with it’s…

What is BMC’s Timemachine Brake Booster Technology?

For BMC’s Timemachine 01 the Switzerland design team have trulely innovated with their Hidden Brake Booster Technology increases the brake lever pull to caliper ratio ensuring the brake pads always provide sufficient clearance at times of wheel flex. Crazy, intricate rim brake boosting technology for BMC’s time trial bikes – Crank Boutique looks at Brake…