Tech of the week: plenty of new bikes from Cannondale and Wilier

It’s been another full week of bike launches as the big names release their new models ahead of the Tour de France. Here's our look at some of the new models for 2016.

Cannondale at it again

New Supersix Evo: stiffer, lighter

New Supersix Evo: stiffer, lighter

Having made headlines last week with its up-coming lefty forked Slate gravel bike, Cannondale this week launched not one but two new bikes. The new Supersix Evo is claimed to be even lighter and stiffer than its predecessor and has sprouted some aero features too.

Same bridge, different metal

Meanwhile, with an extra seven protons

And while we were there we happened upon the new CAAD 12 aluminium-framed bike. It too is stiffer and lighter than its predecessor, the CAAD 10 (Cannondale decided that the new bike was so good a single digit increment wasn’t enough).

And a new Trek Madone

New Madone is even more aero

The new Madone has been redesigned from the ground up

We’ve trailed spy shots of the new Madone at the Criterium du Dauphiné; now the details are out. Rather than stiffness and lightness, Trek is emphasising the new bike’s aero credentials. These are not bought at the expense of comfort however, as the new bike also features Trek’s Isospeed decoupler designed to improve rider comfort.

And not just one but eleven new Wiliers

Cortina-Wilier-025-copy-630x420We also headed to Italy to check out the new Wilier GTR. From a single bike last year, this has expanded into 11 models based on a new endurance race frame: two geometries, two carbon grades, disc or rim brakes… We rode the top spec Sport model, but there’s lots more to choose.

And don’t forget our Tour de France bike review

If you would like just a few more bikes, this video runs through our pick of the bikes to be ridden by the pros in the Tour de France.

Right, that’s enough bikes for this week

We’ve also discovered that, should they part company with their bikes in the usual first week mêlée, team Giant-Alpecin will be protected from road rash at the Tour de France by new tear resistant bibshorts.


Less chance of a crash on a Kickr Snap

And if they decide it’s safer to stay at home, they can always take to the new Kickr Snap turbo trainer. A wheel-on design, it offers all the measurement, control and third party interface options of the original Kickr at a lower price.