Here’s our round-up of what tickled our calipers in the last seven days

At Cycling Weekly anticipation is building ahead of Eurobike, which starts on August 25 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. With many of our enquiries getting a response of “wait and see”, we’re expecting a tech maelstrom in a couple of weeks’ time.

The pros trial disc brakes

Ahead of the show, the big news has been the first trials of disc brakes in the professional peloton at last week’s Eneco Tour. First spotted on bikes ridden by Team Roompot, we’ve also seen Team Sky’s Bernhard Eisel on the new Pinarello Dogma F8 Disk.

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Bernhard Eisel on a disc-equipped Pinarello at the Eneco Tour

Pro teams are free to trial disc brakes at two races of their choice in August and September, so we expect to spot more disc brakes at other races, including the Tour of Britain which starts on 6 September.

New bikes, trainers – and winter clothing…

New product launches include a range of three sharply-priced cyclocross bikes from Vitus and a new track bike frame from Look at a lower price than their existing L96.

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Just to prove we’re not disc-obsessed

We’ve also looked at a new navigation device which takes a fresh approach to steering your way from A to B through cities by pointing you in the general direction you want to go and telling you how much further it is.

Spanish company Bkool has announced a new turbo trainer at a lower price point. Called the One, it still works with their virtual reality software. The Bkool ride simulator allows you to ride your trainer and challenge your mates in anything from pitch dark to snow.

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If it’s August it must be time for new winter kit

Talking of which, dhb has announced its new winter Blok range in eye-catching designs and made of warm, fleecy roubaix fabric and Moon has launched a rear light which uses 50 LEDs to emit 100 lumens.

Lighter is faster?

 

We’ve also sent our tech guinea pig out to ride up and down Box Hill while he was weighed down with more and more copies of Cycling Weekly. As you’d expect he went slower as he carried more weight and we’ve demystified the results.

And finally, to see if you’ve been paying attention, we’ve got a quiz to test your tech knowledge through the ages.

  • dean sprague

    what about time going down at various weight?… heavier the faster right?

  • Nigel Rue

    Not sure that it will be a problem as caliper brakes are more than capable of locking either wheel in any conditions. The big advantage of discs is in their modulation.

  • graham

    With reference to professionals using disc brakes, if it is allowed wont this cause a problem if not all the riders are using them. My understanding is that discs are more powerful than callipers, so wont there be issues if a rider on discs brakes hard in front of a rider on callipers. I can see that this may cause a safety issue.