Tech of the Week: brand new Canyon Speedmax and a transformer helmet

Here's our pick of the tech highlights from last week, including the brand new Canyon Speedmax CF SLX and a pretty innovative helmet

Canyon Speedmax updated for 2016

The big bike news this week came courtesy of Canyon, with the launch of the new Speedmax CF SLX. Unveiled at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, the bike took a first victory courtesy of Jan Frodeno. Integration is the big story here, with the front brake integrated into the fork and the rear one tucked away behind the bottom bracket.

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For triathletes this integration extends as far as the bottle cage and top tube box for food, but these will have to go along with the front fairing to bring the bike into line with UCI rules, so expect to see a UCI-legal version beneath Nairo Quintana and Alex Dowsett next season.

Three helmets in one from Bollé

The new helmets can colour coordinated with Bollé eyewear

The new helmets can colour coordinated with Bollé eyewear

If you like the futuristic look of the Speedmax then the new Bollé One helmet might also be right up your street. This is the first helmet that the French brand has produced (having had its sunglasses worn by a number of pro riders such as Michael Matthews), and will certainly catch the eye on the club run.

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The big selling point is that this helmet will transform so you can make it suitable for whatever sort of riding you’re doing. Starting off as a normal vented helmet, you can cover the vents to transform it into an aero helmet, and if you decide to go off road then there’s also a detachable visor.

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 Cipollinis reduced in price

cipollini nk1k aero bike

The NK1K is a new model for 2016

There are some bikes that, for most of us, will always have to remain a dream. One such expensive brand is Cipollini, but a number of UK price reductions this week have made that dream just a tiny bit more attainable.

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Of course all things are relative, so you’re still going to notice the dent in your bank balance when buying one of these beauties, but you can still pick up a Bond frameset for £2,300, £300 cheaper than previous. Pricing has also been announced for the brand new NK1K that we saw at Eurobike earlier this year, and will set you back £4,200 for the frame.

Very loud, very sleek bell


The Nello bell might be small, but it’s still very loud

And finally, as it’s a legal requirement to fit a bell to your bike, you may as well get a  loud one. Introducing the Nello magnetic bike bell, which claims to give out 80 decibels, which gives it the same effect as having a food blender on your handlebars.

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The other neat feature of the bell is that it is magnetically attached to your handlebars, so can be easily detached to prevent it getting nicked.