It’s been a week when the pro teams have revealed their clothing and bikes for 2017. And we’ve also covered new bikes for the rest of us and winter tyre choices.
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Pro teams reveal their bikes and clothing for 2017
At Astana’s press camp last week, the team revealed their new Argon 18 bikes, which they will be racing next year. They’re not new models, but the Astana colour scheme on the bikes looks smart. Their new kit looks a bit more understated too.
We’ve ranked the new 2017 kit for the different teams which has been revealed to date and reckon the Movistar’s is the smartest. And we’ve had a behind the scenes look at their fitting session in Pamplona with Endura, their clothing supplier.
Other teams out in their new kit have included Dimension Data and AG2R – the latter looking remarkably like their 2016 kit, except for the change of bike sponsor to UK brand Factor Bikes and clothing sponsor to the Italian Giessegi.
New bikes and e-bikes
Also this week, there have been new multi-terrain bike announcements from Ribble and Kinesis.
Ribble has launched its new CGR – which stands for cross, gravel and road. It’s an alloy bike with clearance for tyres up to 35mm and mounts of mudguards amd a rack. The starting price is £799 and it’s fully configurable via Ribble’s bike builder app.
And Kinesis has launched its second generation Tripster ATR titanium frameset. The update features a new tubeset and thru-axle compatibility, along with clearance for 700c or 650b wheels, the latter with up to 2 inch MTB tyres.
We’ve also travelled to Bristol to see the Legend bespoke framesets of high end Italian framebuilder Marco Bertoletti. Legend sells a range of rather beautiful frames in carbon, steel and titanium.
And we’ve given you our pick of the five best e-bikes for 2017.
Back to winter
In the last week, we’ve also looked at winter road bike tyres – what to look for and our pick of the best.
There’s a certain inevitability about getting punctures, however good your winter tyres are – unless you choose a solid tyre. This week we’ve told you about Tannus Tyre’s Aither 1.1 solid tyres, which have just been certified by the German TUV testing organisation. They’re the only tyre in the world with TUV’s certification, which involved testing to ensure that their performance is at least as good as pneumatic options.
And we’ve also asked if you should try solid tyres yourself.