Our pick of the biggest tech stories from the last seven days
Wireless shifting from Campagnolo?
The biggest tech story of the week came out of Vicenza, with the news that Campagnolo could be developing its first wireless groupset. The Italian company has filed a patent application for a new shifter that includes the possibility of the shifter transmitting signals wirelessly.
The patent also sees a deviation from Campagnolo’s usual shift system, with no sign of the thumb shifter, which is replaced by a button positioned at the junction between the hood and the brake lever on the inside of the shifter.
Peter Sagan’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac
He may not be racing at the Giro d’Italia, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a look at Peter Sagan’s rather lovely Specialized S-Works Tarmac. As befits a world champion, this isn’t any old Tarmac, with a custom paintjob that includes flecks of red, yellow, green, and blue paint in the black base, and the names of previous world champion’s in the white S-Works logo on the down tube.
Putting the paintjob to one side, and this is the same Tarmac that is being used by the rest of the Tinkoff team, with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and FSA finishing kit, although Peter Sagan opts for an unlabelled beefy Zipp Sprint SL stem to give a stiffer front end.
Viviani’s custom shoes
Custom bikes might be easier to spot, but custom shoes can be just as impressive, and the best we saw at the Grande Partenza of the Giro d’Italia in Apeldoorn were worn by Team Sky‘s Elia Viviani. These white and pink DMT shoes are emblazoned with the Giro d’Italia route map, which is itself surrounded by a complete route profile.
As for the shoes themselves, they don’t appear in the brand’s current catalogue so look to be a prototype or soon-to-be-released model, with a single Boa dial controlling laces that one under the upper of the shoes and all the way under the sole.
May’s best new products
Finally, as it’s the start of the month, it’s time for each member of our tech team to present their favourite product from recent weeks of testing. This month we look at some tyres that money can’t buy, Garmin apps, and the excellent Scott Foil.