Tech of the week: Cav’s new bike and new SRAM electric shifting

Each week we bring you a round-up of the tech news highlight and the newest and most interesting products that have caught our eye in the last seven days.

Last week, French wheel giants, Mavic officially launched their new Kysrium line, featuring eight new wheelsets. The main news is that the new Mavic wheels are tubeless compatible, feature wider rims and there are disc brake wheels too. Mavic has produced a video, which you can see below, that features its new gravel wheel, the Kysrium Pro Allroad Disc and the new Kysrium clothing line.

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There is also a new Kysrium Pro Carbon SL wheel, available in Disc, Tubular and clincher versions. To read more about the new wheels and their features, click here.

New Bikes

The week also saw the launch of the new Ridley Fenix endurance bike. We travelled to Belgium to test ride the new bike prior to its launch. The has made a big impression on the Lotto Soudal riders. Team Lotto Soudal rider Stig Broeckx said, when asked to hand it back; “I love this new Ridley! I’ve ridden it since the day it became available to us (for the Spring Classics), it has improved stiffness compared to the Helium SL, the little bit of extra weight (over the Helium) is not an issue… Can I keep it until the end of the season please? It’s suitable for every terrain, that’s what I like so much about it.”

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The new Ridley Fenix

The bike impressed us too, especially with regards to stability. To find out more about the bike and how we got on, click here.

The new Scott Foil

Although details remain few, a new Scott Foil has also been spotted at the Tour de Suisse and is expected to be launched soon. The bike was being ridden by Michael Albasini and featured a special camouflage paint scheme, designed to break up and hide the shape ahead of its release. Somewhat provocatively Scott posted the below picture on its instagram feed, with the caption “nothing to see here.” We beg to differ.

the new scott foil?

the new scott foil?

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Cav’s new Venge?

Scott were not the only company race testing new bikes ahead of the Tour de France. Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan were seen riding a new stealthy looking Specialized aerobike. Specialized remains tight lipped about the new bike which has not been officially released and is possibly the new Specialized Venge.

Tour de Suisse - Stage 6

The new Venge?

Both Cavendish and Sagan appeared impressed with the new bike and were seen discussing their new steeds during Stage six. For more information and pictures of the new bike you can click here.

Tour de Suisse - Stage 6

Cav and Sagan comparing their new bikes during Stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse

New SRAM electric shifting

SRAM Pulse 2


SRAM quietly released its new DD3 partial electric shifting system designed for urban riding. SRAM describes DD3 as  “a unique shifting system that combines a three-speed gear hub with a traditional cassette body controlled by a derailleur. It gives you all the gearing you need, but simplifies the system by putting all the controls in one hand. This means a bike that’s easier to use, and lets you focus on what you love most: riding.” You can click here to read more.

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And finally, a new Look

The iconic French brand has partnered with Maserati to launch a limited edition of its 695 Aerolight bike. Packed with Look proprietary technology, it comes with an integrated front brake, a shock-absorbing eleastomer insert in the seatpost and Look’s own 320g carbon chainset. More here.


The limited edition Look Aerolight

That’s it for this week but stay tuned for yet more new bikes coming up soon – we’re off to parts afar this week in search of   bike launches ahead of the Tour de France.



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