Tech of the Week: Garmin Edge updates, new bikes from Cervelo and Ribble, and more

We round up the biggest tech stories from the last seven days

Cervelo S3 gains disc brakes for 2017

cervelo s3 disc

Certainly the most expensive bike released in the last week was the Cervelo S3 Disc which, as you can probably guess from the name, is an updated version of the highly popular S3 with the addition of disc brakes.

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As you can also probably guess, Cervelo are also saying that the S3 Disc is designed to be slightly better than the non-disc models in all areas. That means that it will save you two watts in aerodynamic drag, while the head tube and bottom bracket are eight per cent and nine per cent cheaper respectively.

Two new models from Ribble


The other bike brand to release something last week was Ribble, which came out with not one but two new models.

First up we have the completely new Ultimate SL. Aimed at the climbers, this bike comes with a 840g frame and the sort of slender seatstays that you would find on similar bikes from other brands such as the Cannondale SuperSix EVO. However, what really makes this bike stand out is that it will start from just £1,699, with a complete bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2 shifting and Ribble’s own 1300g 35mm SL carbon wheels being sold for just £2,699.

The second new model was the Aero 883 Disc, which like the S3 Disc above, is a disc-equipped version of an existing aero model. This will be similarly keenly priced, with full builds starting from £1,599 complete with hydraulic disc brakes

Garmin Edge updates

garmin edge 820 touchscreen

Users of the Garmin Edge 1000, Edge 820, and Edge 520 will receive a software update in the neat future, which won’t fix any existing glitches in your device, but will give it some pretty cool new functionality.

The update will allow you to control your lights using a little known button on the top of Shimano Di2 hoods, which can connect with Garmin Varia lights and Bontrager Ion 700 RT and Ion 350RT front lights, and Flare RT rear light, turning them on and off and switching between modes. The lights will also be able to connect with ambient light sensor on the Edge 820 and Edge 520, meaning that the lights will automatically turn on and off in dark and light conditions.

Hydration monitor breaks Kickstarter records

lvl hydration monitor

The latest major success for a cycling-related Kickstarter project has come from LVL, a wrist-based hydration monitor that can give you instant notifications about when you’re dehydrated and when you need to drink.

A smartphone app will be used to tell you exactly how much you need to drink, while the band will also act as a heart rate monitor, pedometer, calorie counter, and alarm clock. With all that tech backed into one little watch, who can be surprised that it has raised more than $560,000 on Kickstarter, more than ten times its initial target.

Deals galore


We’ve also like to provide a bit of a public service for you, dear readers, helping you find the best bargains that the internet has to offer on cycling kit.

Last week, we took a look at some pretty amazing deals on Castelli kit, and started to get you ready for winter with a whole load of better-than-half-price bargains on last season’s cold weather kit, and a great selection of discounted winter tyres for (hopefully) a puncture-free off-season.