The biggest tech stories from the last seven days
Campagnolo joins the disc brake brigade…
The biggest tech headline of the week was Campagnolo’s entrance into the disc brake market. Well, not any market you have access to yet, as the system will only be available to Campagnolo’s professional teams (Movistar, Lotto-Soudal and Astana), until the company is happy that it is up to the required standard.
However, the Italian brand is not yet ready to give any details of the system, as it is still finalising the details through its pro team testing. That said, it is possible to tell that it will work with both mechanical Super Record and Super Record EPS, have flat mount calipers, and come with slightly smaller hoods than those on the competing Shimano and SRAM systems.
… and looks to tackle Ultegra head on
The other news coming out of Vicenza was that Campagnolo will look to take on Shimano Ultegra with its new Potenza groupset, which has been described by the company as “Ultegra with soul”, featuring many of the same technologies as its higher end groupsets albeit with an aluminium (rather than carbon) construction.
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This will also be the first Campagnolo to feature a 32t sprocket on the cassette, so looks to be aimed squarely at the sportive and endurance market.
SRAM recalls thousands of Zipp hubs and quick releases
While Campagnolo was releasing new products, SRAM was having to call them back in, after discovering faults on its Zipp 88 hubs and some Zipp quick releases that had the potential to cause riders to crash.
The issues affected more than 60,000 hubs produced between 2009 and 2015 and thousands more quick releases produced between March and December 2015. SRAM is advising customers to check their equipment before riding, and is offering free replacement parts for all those affected.
The cleverest cycling Kickstarter campaign yet?
It might not look very exciting, but the Hexlox Kickstarter campaign got plenty of attention when we reported on it last week. It basically works by securing a second bolt head into the head of any 4mm, 5mm, or 6mm Allen bolt, meaning that the Allen bolt cannot be removed until you’ve removed the Hexlox, something which can only be done using the unique key that comes with each Hexlox.
Since we reported on it, Hexlox has flown past its €20,000 Kickstarter target (can we get a cut of that, guys?) with more than 500 people putting their money behind the the project.
Stunning bikes galore
Finally, everyone likes looking at good looking bikes even if, like the £10,995 Enigma Exemplar above, you’re unlikely to ever be able to buy one. So in that spirit, here are some of the best looking bikes that we’ve seen on our travels so far this year.