Tech of the week: new bikes from Canyon and Pinarello

Here’s our round-up of the last week’s cycling tech
The Canyon Urban comes with an integrated front light and eye-catching looks

The Canyon Urban comes with an integrated front light and eye-catching looks

After the deluge of new bikes announced before the Tour de France, the bike industry has gone into a bit of a lull ahead of the end of season bonanza that is Eurobike. However Canyon has taken the opportunity to launch its new urban bike, the (ermm) Urban, which comes with an integrated front light and a belt drive on the more expensive models.

We took it for a spin around London to see how it performs in its natural environment.


The Garmin Edge – from mini to de luxe

On Tuesday we published our all-encompassing guide to the Garmin Edge range, in case you’d got lost in the ever-growing Edge jungle. We cover everything from the tiny Edge 20 up to the all-singing Edge 1000.


Semi-compact? Read our guide to groupsets

We also asked whether you are using your bike’s gears efficiently and took you through the A to Z of bike gearing. If you don’t know your semi-compact from your STIs, this one’s for you.


Carbon: coming to a sole near you

It’s not just bike frames that are turning to carbon, your cycling shoes are too. We looked at the technology and asked the experts whether you actually need carbon soles on your cycling shoes.


Get there quicker on an aero or a climber’s bike?

Ahead of RideLondon’s assault on Box Hill, we sent our boffins out to ride to the top on an aero bike and a climber’s bike to see which was a better bet for getting up the famous climb.


Stand out from the crowd with a Froomey Dogma

To celebrate Chris Froome’s Tour de France win, Pinarello announced a new colour scheme for its Dogma F8. Featuring a rhino logo and Froome’s name on the top tube, you can ride around on a yellow version if that takes your fancy, or go for polka dots or more stealthy version amongst other options.

The new Madone. Chunky. (Photo Watson)

The new Madone. Chunky. (Photo Watson)

We also took a closer look at the new Trek Madone, ridden by Trek Factory Racing at the Tour de France. This was one of a number of bikes on show at Friday’s Trek World show, including a number of new products from Bontrager