Tech of the week: pro bikes, graphene, a new groupset and retro kit

We've been looking at a few pro bikes this week, as well as new materials and a bit of 1980s retro.

We’ve cast our eyes over a few pro bikes in the last week: Michal Kwiatkowski has switched to a Pinarello Dogma F8 with his move to Sky and we had a look at his ride. We’ve also had a first look at the cobble-smoothing Dogma K8-S which we have in for test. It’s Sky’s preferred ride for the cobbles with its shock absorber built into the seat stays.

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We’ve also run our eye over Alex Dowsett’s Canyon Aeroad CF SLX. And we’ve asked Bauke Mollema whether he prefers an aero or a climbing bike and for which races.

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Graphene promises to revolutionise a range of cycling products

The latest wonder material, graphene, is beginning to be incorporated into products for cycling. With its promise of spectacular strength to weight, heat dissipation and conductivity, we’ve asked if it’s going to be a game changer in cycling.

Titanium bikes are making something of a comeback and we’ve a video of how they are made, while Dassi has a new carbon bike which is fully designed, engineered, built and assembled in the UK. Meanwhile back in Taiwan Fuji has launched its new Gran Fondo endurance range with built-in anti-vibration features, disc brakes and thru-axles with wide tyres.

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Shimano’s new Sora chainset goes four-arm and its levers get under-tape cabling

Shimano has launched a new version of its popular budget Sora groupset: we’ve a run-down of its new features, including under-tape routing of the shifter cables and a smart-looking chainset. And at the other end of Shimano’s range we’ve got spy shots of what might just be the next iteration of Dura-Ace.

It's déjà vu all over again for Primal

It’s déjà vu all over again as Primal goes back to the 1980s

We’ve also new kit news, with Oneten launching a well-priced range of clothing for summer 2016. And Primal has gone all retro with a 1980s inspired design. Dust down your shell suit and shoulder pads.