Tech of the Week: new bikes galore ahead of the Tour de France

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

Being so close to the Tour de France, this is always a popular time of year for manufacturers to release new bikes. This week saw the launch of a number of new models…

Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS

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Cavendish riding the new Specialized Venge ViAS (Photo: Watson)

After being ridden by Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan at the Tour de Suisse a couple of weeks ago, Specialized announced full details of the new S-Works Venge ViAS. Specialized claims that the new Venge will be two minutes faster than a standard road bike over a 40km (25 mile) time trial- and combined with Specialized’s new skinsuit, wheels, helmet, and shoes, will apparently be an astonishing five minutes faster than a standard road setup over 40km!

Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

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New Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

Last week Canyon unveiled its new flagship Ultimate CF SLX. Previous versions of the Ultimate have been ridden to illustrious victories including Grand Tours and the World Championship. The Ultimate CF SLX is looking to not only maintain, but enhance this reputation.

Canyon’s engineers told us that when designing the Ultimate CF SLX it was a “four way race, trying to balance stiffness to weight, aerodynamics, industrial design and comfort”.

From our first ride it appears that this is a special bike.

We understand that the Ultimate CF SLX shall be available in sizes 2XS through to 2XL, although at this stage UK prices have not been confirmed.

Scott Foil

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The new Scott Foil being put through its paces

Scott also got in on the act by unveiling the 2016 version of the Scott Foil.

The Scott Foil was first introduced in 2010. Following two and half years of development Scott has come up with a bike that it claims is more aerodynamic, more comfortable, stiffer and lighter than the old version. The Scott Foil will be available in five different builds, as well as two frame only options.

Merlin revamped its cycling range

Cordite has a semi-compact group set and is available with Ultegra Di2 shifting for £1999

The new Merlin Cordite has a semi-compact group set and is available with Ultegra Di2 shifting for £1999

Merlin announced a new four bike range priced between £599 and £1999. The four models are the FF1, the ROC, the Fuse and the Cordite.

Although Merlin has built up a reputation for providing good value at the lower end of the market, the top-of-the-range Cordite will come with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and a semi-compact 52/36t chainset that should appeal to the rider looking to do a bit of everything.

Cannondale Slate Lefty

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First look at the hotly anticipated Cannondale Slate Lefty

With expectation growing, Cannondale released more footage and details of its hotly anticipated adventure bike.

The new bike will have an aluminium frame, drawing on the expertise that Cannondale has gained through its years of producing the generally excellent CAAD frames.

However, the big story with the Cannondale Slate is with the fork. The Lefty suspension fork has been a feature of many of Cannondale’s mountain bikes for a number of years now, and is claimed to be stronger, lighter, stiffer, and smoother than standard suspension forks.

Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25


Garmin’s new ‘world’s smallest’ GPS

However it’s not all bikes, bikes, bikes, with Garmin launching what it calls the ‘world’s smallest’ GPS cycling computers, with its new Edge 20 and Edge 25 devices. The Edge 20 shall cost £109.99 and the Edge 25 £139.99.

Both devices have a screen that is 2.3 x 2.3cm screen and, according to Garmin, weigh just 25g. In addition, Garmin says the devices feature a straightforward and simple display.

The reported battery life is eight hours.

Fabric Water Bottle

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Fabric’s drink bottle does not need a bottle cage

A slightly left field tech story from last week was the innovative water bottle released by Fabric. Fabric claim their water bottle shall “revolutionise the hydration category”. The Fabric water bottle removes the need for a standard bottle cage, since the Fabric water bottle is slotted on to two custom mounts that sit on the standard water cage bosses that stick out from your frame.

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