Tech of the Week: Cannondale 2016 range unveiled and Quintana’s bike for sale

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.

What to look out for in 2016

This week saw the inaugural Core Bike Live show, a great opportunity to take a look at some of the new bikes, kit and equipment which you’ll be able to get you’re hands on come 2016. We picked out five of the hottest new bikes to look out for next year.

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Among the five are two steel bikes from Ritte and The Light Blue, and a brand new Colnago CLX, a marginally less expensive race bike compared to the company’s flagship V1-R model.

Full details of 2016 Cannondale range unveiled

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This is the cheapest Cannondale Slate with Shimano 105 for £2,499

Another highly anticipated bike for 2016 is the Cannondale Slate. This lefty gravel bike might not be a bike that’s going to sell in its thousands, but it still seems like a great concept if you’re after a quirky machine that will get you over all terrains and have fun while you’re at it.

Cannondale has just announced details of the full Slate range, with three builds available from the autumn. The least expensive model will come with Shimano 105 groupset and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for £2,499.99, the middle model with the same brakes and Shimano Ultegra for £2,799.99, and the top of the range coming in at a penny under three grand with the new SRAM Force 1 groupset and SRAM hydraulic discs.

Aluminium CAAD12 range tops out with this Dura-Acr=e build

Aluminium CAAD12 range tops out with this Dura-Ace build

The American brand has also announced full details of the new SuperSix Evo and the CAAD 12. The former of these, as the company’s top-end model, will be priced between £2999.99 and £7499.99.

The aluminium CAAD12 is slightly more affordable, with a non-disc 105 model coming in at £1299.99. However if you want to splash out a bit, then builds are available up to £2499.99, which will come with Shimano Dura-Ace and hydraulic discs.

Your chance to buy a former pro bike

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Quintana’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX might not be for everyone in its extra small size

From new bikes to old, Canyon is having its annual sale of former pro team bikes, with bikes ridden by Nairo Quintana, Joaquim Rodriguez and Alex Dowsett among those being sold.

A unique chance to ride a bike that might have seen action (or even won) a grand tour. The bad news is that you also need to be the same size as the riders, so if you’re a fan of Quintana but aren’t 5’5″, then you might struggle on the Colombian’s XS frame.

New helmet lets you make calls while riding

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The Bling helmet features some interesting safety features

And finally, if you’ve ever looked at your helmet and thought that it’s a shame that it doesn’t actually do much, then you might be interested in the Livall Bling helmet, a new Chinese lid that will let you make calls and listen to music on the move.

While this might sound like a disaster waiting to happen, the helmet also includes some interesting features, such as the ability to send a text with your location to your emergency contacts if the in-built accelerometer detects that you have fallen off, and plenty of lights and even turning signals. We’ll have to see whether it catches on.