The biggest tech stories from the last seven days
Motorised doping continues to hit the headline
You would have thought that more than two weeks after a motorised bike was found at the Cyclocross World Championships, we all would have moved on and started talking about something else. However the story has continued to rumble on, with the case being referred to the UCI Disciplinary Commission, and the world governing body promising to introduce more stringent checks for motorised bikes.
Away from the scandal itself, we travelled to Lightweight HQ in Germany to take a closer look at an electromagnetic motorised wheel that has the power to propel a bike at over 100kph. Maybe it was this story that prompted a UCI official at La Mediterraneenne to pay particular attention to a bike’s wheels when checking for hidden motors.
First wearable power meter smashes crowdfunding target
A more positive story came with the news that the Brim Brothers Zone DPMX power meter managed to hit its €100,000 crowdfunding target in less than 24 hours. The world’s first wearable power meter has been in development for six years, so shouldn’t suffer from the delays that have plagued the Limits power meter over the last few months.
The system uses two sensors, one between your sole and your cleat (which unfortunately can only be Speedplay for the time being) to measure power, and another attached to the top of your shoe to measure cadence. It’s not the most precise system on the market, offering a claimed ±2 per cent power accuracy, but with the single-sided option costing just £300, this doesn’t seem quite so bad.
Will the road bikes of the future all come with rear suspension?
When we wrote about our pick of the bike trends to look out for in 2016 at the tail end of last year, one thing we might have neglected to include was rear suspension. According to Craig Calfee, the man behind the first carbon-fibre bike to be ridden at the Tour de France, the pros should no longer have to choose between a light and fast bike, and a comfortable bike.
Calfee says that the Pinarello Dogma K8-S and the Trek Madone, both of which feature vibration-dampening technology at their rear ends, are the future of road cycling, and more and more road brands should follow their lead to give riders comfort as well as performance.
Beautiful bikes at the London Bike Show
Want to see some amazing bikes at the London Bike Show… well sorry, you’re going to have to wait another 12 months. The UK’s biggest bike show took place over the weekend featuring hundreds of exhibitors, each with plenty of bikes and products to show off to the punters and press.
With so much to choose from, it might be hard to pick a favourite, but the Enigma Exemplar was one bike that blue (sorry) away the whole of the Cycling Weekly tech team. Built to celebrate Enigma’s 10th birthday, only 20 of these £10,995 titanium bikes will be made, each bespoke to the customers requirments, and even featuring a colour lacquer on the groupset and wheels if you so require.
Pump your tyres up with your seatpost
And finally, the award for the oddest product of the week has to go to the Re.Mo.Bic Airsupply, a product that lets you transform your seatpost into a pump, connecting it to your tyres using a hose that is stashed away in a saddle bag.
Unfortunately for Re.Mo.Bic, the Airsupply hasn’t been quite as successful on Kickstarter as the Brim Brothers power meter, stuttering up to only $4,000 of its $70,000 target. However, with 14 days still to go until the crowdfunding campaign closes, there’s still plenty of time to go.