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.
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
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.
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
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
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.