We’ve already looked at two of our favourite products from the Bike Place show which took place this week. The Look 795 Aerolight and the Fabric ALM saddle both raised plenty of eyebrows, but they were far from the only exciting pieces of kit on display. Here’s our rundown of some of the other great stuff on show.
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First up is the new collection from Santini who had plenty to show off including a new range of women’s clothing designed in collaboration with Anna Meares. However we were drawn to the new Photon aero jersey. The Photon will be available in both short sleeve and ¾ sleeve versions, both of which have a super slim fit and a highly breathable Artico fabric. Three rear pockets should also provide a decent amount of storage, while anti-slip bands around the cuffs and base are there to keep everything in place and super aero. We’ll look forward to giving the Photon a test once the weather warms up.
After the revolutionary design of the Look 795 Aerolight, Chris King offshoot Cielo’s steel-framed Road Racer bike. The frame, which will set you back £2399 is formed from ovalized steel tubing with a Chris King headset and Enve carbon fork, and is available in seven different colour schemes, including an eye-catching tartan option. The build on show came with the latest 11-speed Ultegra Di2 and HED wheels.
Unsurprisingly there was also a large display of Chris King hubs in a dizzying array of colours. It can be hard to get too excited about hubs, but it was interesting to see a cutaway version which showed off the company’s RingDrive engagement system, which it claims is three times quicker to engage than standard systems.
Also with a striking design was the new Moda Finale which is sitting at the sharp-end of a completely overhauled Moda range for 2015. The Finale is the British manufacturer’s top-end model and will make the belated step up to 11-speed when it receives its full launch later this year. The new look features much-changed graphics including a smaller Moda logo and a gold paint scheme to reflect its plact at the top of the Moda tree.
The bike on display at the Bike Place came with gold versions of American Classic’s Argent Road Tubeless wheels and a full SRAM Red groupset.
If Moda pride themselves on their “UK born bikes”, a new entrant to the UK market is Knight Composites. Knight have been around in the US for a few years, and are making some big claims that their flagship 95 wheels are the fastest wheels money can buy.
The Knight 95s are, unsurprisingly, 95mm deep with a maximum width of 28.25mm, a millimeter more than the Zipp Firecrest 808 clinchers. The highest spec model complete with DT Swiss 180 hubs will hit the scales at 1793g for the set and set you back and undeniably expensive £2,349.
The other two models in the Knight range are the 35 and 65, with all three wheelsets coming with either white or black stealth graphics.
We’re expecting power meters to really break into the mainstream market in 2015, with a range of budget options due for release or selling well already. However the best could be still to come with the new Precision power meter from 4iiii.
The Precision isn’t quite ready for release quite yet, but 4iiii say they are aiming to sell it for the astonishingly low price of £350. What’s more they claim that despite the bargain-basement price-tag, accuracy will be >99%. The system will be crank-based, somewhat resembling the Stages system, but unlike Stages can be fitted to existing cranks, and comes as either a single- or double-sided option. Powered by coin cell batteries with a claimed battery life of 200+ hours, and compatible with Bluetooth or ANT+, 4iiii certainly seems to have its bases covered and we can’t wait to get our hands on a sample to test.
First seen on the heads of Team Sky at the Tour de France last year, we’ve had to wait a little while for the arrival of the semi-aero Kask Protone helmet to UK shores. The Protone is designed to bridge the gap between fully aerodynamic and fully ventilated helmets, so midway between the company’s Infinity and Vertigo lids.
The Protone features eight vents on the front, and five on the rear, while the dial adjustment system is the same seen on the Infinity. Twelve different colour schemes will be available for the 250g helmet, which will be available at a cost of £195.
One new brand that really caught our eye was Velotoze who were showing off their rubberised overshoes – essentially overshoes made out of the same material used to make swimming caps. This may not seem like the most attractive proposition, but Velotoze claim their products are completely windproof, completely waterproof, and more aerodynamic than the competition. A range of colours are available, with either a long or short cuff.
And finally… Early Rider were exhibiting their new Road Runner balance bike, complete with drop bars. Priced at £150, the Road Runner features an aluminium frame, carbon seatpost, and a faux leather saddle, we don’t think there’s any balance bike more likely to get your little ones hooked on two wheels.