Tech of the Week: 2017 bike ranges, computers and more

Here's our run down of the top tech news from the last week

It’s that time of year when bike manufacturers unveil what they’ve got in store to temp us to part with our cash in 2017. Last week we reported on next year’s range from Cannondale. This majors on discs, with the Supersix Evo sporting them in its Hi-Mod and standard modulus form. And the lower priced models will inherit the Hi-Mod’s frame features in 2017 too.

We also got a first close-up look at Cannondale’s all-new cyclocross bike range. Never afraid to rip up the rule book on bike design, Cannondale has slackened their head tube angles and displaced the bottom bracket 6mm to the right to give clearance for tyres up to 40mm – or lots of mud.

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Offset bottom bracket allows lots of clearance for tyres up to 40mm

Offset bottom bracket on Cannondale’s SuperX cross bikes allows clearance for tyres up to 40mm

Colnago has introduced a new “entry level” bike to its range. With a starting price of £2200, the C-RS shares features with higher priced models and also follows the trend to wider clearances.

Specialized will be turning heads – and colours – at Rio with its new paint which goes from orange to yellow once the mercury hits 22C. It’s available to buy on a selection of Tarmac and Amira bikes including the S-Works models, as well as the S-Works Evade helmet and S-Works 6 shoes and some items of clothing. So if you’re not sure if it’s warm enough to tempt you out for a ride, you can just leave your bike out and decide if it’s an orange or a yellow day before stepping out of the front door.

Watch: Specialized’s colour changing bike

As a Rio-related aside, we’ve our pick of the best and worst cycling kit which will be on display.

While if you’ve got £4500 to spend on a gravel bike, GT will sell you its Grade kitted out with SRAM Red and Mavic Ksyrium Allroad wheels. There are new models further down the Grade range too.

fsa groupset rear derailleur 2

FSA’s new rear mech. All will be revealed at the end of the month

Stepping away from complete bikes, we’ve also reported on FSA’s new electronic groupset. Full details will come out at Eurobike at the end of August, but we’ve some spy shots of the gruppo in use at the Tour de France ahead of the official launch.

Computer news

There have also been quite a few stories about on-bike tech this week. We started off with a run-down off the entire Garmin Edge range including a review of the newly-launched Edge 820.

If you don’t want to splash out on a computer, the commuter-oriented Cobi device uses a smartphone app to track your performance and provide navigation as well as incorporating a host of other features.

strava beacon

“Just around the corner. Put the kettle on.”

Meanwhile Strava has announced that the latest feature added to its Premium offering is the ability for nominated people to follow your ride as you plough on up hill and down dale. And hopefully get the kettle on and the cake sliced once you’re just up the road.

And somewhat depressingly we’ve started on reviews of new lights. Where did summer go?