The biggest tech stories from the last seven days
Trek Domane SLR gets an adjustable rear end
There were a couple of big bike launches last week, the most noteworthy of which was the release of the new Trek Domane SLR. Well, I say new, but Fabian Cancellara has been riding it since Strade Bianche in March, but this was the first time that we were able to get all the juicy details.
The biggest change from the old Domane (and, for that matter, every other bike on the market) is that the new model comes with an adjustable rear IsoSpeed decoupler, which allows you to change the ride quality of the bike, making it more comfortable or stiffer depending on the terrain that you’re riding on and your personal preferences. That might sound like marketing guff, but from the couple of hours I had on the bike on the cobbles of the Tour of Flanders, I was close to being won over.
Full details on the Rotor Uno hydraulic groupset
Like the Trek Domane SLR, the Rotor Uno hydraulic groupset has been raced in the pro peloton for a couple of months, but we hadn’t been given any technical details by Rotor. The big headline is that Rotor claims that this is the lightest disc brake groupset in the world, weighing just 1604g (although this figure doesn’t include cranks).
We were able to take the new groupset for a quick spin at a press even in northern Spain, and found it pretty impressive. The rear shifting is impressive, at least the equal of top-end mechanical set ups, while the braking is also very good. On first impressions the front shifting could have been a little easier and crisper, but maybe we’ll be more impressed after spending longer with the new groupset.
Garmin Vectors get cheaper
Until last year, you didn’t really have much choice if you were after a pedal-based power meter: it was Garmin Vector or nothing. However, with the arrival of the PowerTap P1 pedals there was an alternative that offered a similar level of functionality but with a pricetag that was £200 lower.
That would perhaps explain why Garmin has announced a whopping £300 price cut for it’s dual-sided Vector 2 pedals taking them down to £899, undercutting the PowerTap pedals by £100, while the single-sided Vector 2S power meter pedals have also got cheaper, going down to £549.GPS goes analogue
If you’re not interested in the data overload that comes with most GPS computers, then you might want to take a look at the Omata One analogue GPS computer, which gets rid of the digital screen and instead shows your speed, distance, time, and vertical ascent on an analogue display.
“But wait”, I hear you cry. “If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen”. Well fear not, the Omata computer is not completely analogue and still features GPS so that you can upload your rides and claim all those KOMs when you’re back home. Thank God for that.
Francesco Moser’s De Rosa from the 1979 Paris-Roubaix
And finally, Paris-Roubaix may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a look at the stunning De Rosa that Francesco Moser rode to a fine solo victory in the 1979 edition fo the Hell of the North.
While most of the peloton will switch to special bikes in an attempt to tame the cobbles (such as the Trek Domane SLR above), Moser and his peers had no such luxury, riding the same frame with Columbus steel tubing and box section rims that they would have ridden for every other race of the year.