Bike of the Year 2016
Last week was the highlight of the tech year here at Cycling Weekly. The reason? We got to announce which bike had won our 2016 Bike of the Year award. That honour went to the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 6.0, an outstanding aero bike that is not only a joy to ride flat out on the flat, but is also a great climber, is comfortable, and is great value too.
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However it was not all about one bike. With a huge range of different bikes out there on the market, it was only right that we gave category winners that would cater for everyones needs and requirements. To that end we also crowned our best lightweight bike, best endurance bike, best disc brake road bike, and best value bike, all of which are outstanding feats of engineering. Just click on the links to find out the winners.
Limits power meter delayed
There was a lot of excitement surrounding the Limits power meter when we first reported on it in April, with the budget system raising $100,000 in crowdfunding in just three days. However despite having so much backing, the system’s creators have admitted that they will not be ready to start delivering the finished product in December.
The good news is that they will have a working prototype within two weeks which will be tested by the Spokes Cycling Team based on Scotland’s east coast. Once the testing is complete, then Limits says that backers will receive units within a couple of months.
The Aussie anti-dooring system
One other new product that caught our eye was the Dooring Alert System, a system that fits into cars and aims to prevent the chances of cyclists being doored by drivers and passengers getting out of cars.
It works to alert cyclists that car doors might be about to be opened, by triggering flashing lights in the car’s rear windows and mirrors when seatbelts are undone, and also has cameras in the wing mirrors that helps the driver and passengers see any cyclists that might be approaching from behind.
New kit and equipment deals
There were also a couple of new kit and equipment deals announced that caught our eye. First of all, Altura has stepped up to become kit supplier for One Pro Cycling, its first foray into providing kit for a professional team. The kit itself will be unveiled in January before the team’s first races of the season.
The other big kit news was that British Cycling has partnered with Verve Infocrank as its new power meter supplier for the next five years. This crank-based power meter will be used across all disciplines in the run up to next year’s Rio Olympics. We’ve got an Infocrank in for test at the moment, so will be able to report back on what the British team can expect.