Tech of the Week: Canyon’s US expansion, Kruijswijk’s ‘awful’ bike, and more

Our pick of the biggest stories from the last seven days

Canyon goes stateside

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For our friends across the Atlantic at least, the biggest tech story from the last seven days was the news that Canyon will starting shipping its bikes to the USA from spring 2017. The German company will maintain the same structure as it has now, with all bikes being built in its factory in Koblenz before being shipped across the Atlantic.

The news just comes a few months after Canyon apologised for factory delays leaving some UK customers waiting up to six months for delivery of their new bikes, but the company is confident that it will be able to cope with the increased demand that US expansion will bring.

Steven Kruijswijk’s colour-blind mechanics

steven Kruijswijk giro d'italia pink bianchi

While talk of Canyon always splits opinion, another thing that proved divisive last week was Steven Kruijswijk’s pink and celeste Bianchi Oltre that Bianchi presented to the Giro d’Italia leader to ride through the final week of the race.

Now, taking off my hat of journalistic impartiality for a moment, I’ll admit to not being this bike’s biggest fan (and indeed neither, apparently, was Kruijswijk who stuck with his plain celeste bike). However many of you had more positive things to say, comparing the bike to the yellow and celeste Bianchi that Marco Pantani rode to victory in the 1998 Tour de France.

Chaves testing Scott’s new aero lid

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Esteban Chaves and Scott’s new aero helmet (Photo: Watson)

In other Giro d’Italia tech news, we spotted Esteban Chaves sporting a prototype Scott helmet through the final week of the Italian Grand Tour.

We are yet to receive any info from Scott about the new helmet, but from appearances it looks fairly similar to the Kask Protone, meaning that it is probably the company’s first attempt to crack the increasingly competitive semi-aero helmet market.

How aero should you go?

We always like helping you guys go faster, so we teamed up with Planet X and headed to the De Havilland wind tunnel at Glasgow University to see how much your position affects your speed.

And the results were dramatic, as just by lowering yourself closer to the bars and resting your hands on the hoods you can reduce the effort needed to maintain a given speed by up to 30 per cent.

The cargo bike lighting up Kickstarter

taga 2.0 bike

Finally, cargo bikes might not be traditional Cycling Weekly territory, but we couldn’t help but take a look at the Taga 2.0 family bike, which has been breaking Kickstarter records left, right, and centre by hitting its funding goal of $100,000 in eight minutes, and making its way to an astonishing $1 million in the space of just 24 hours.

This bike does such a huge number of things that you’ll have to click through to the main article to see all the features, but what was really impressive was the price, which is currently £407 plus shipping for Kickstarter investors, a fraction of what you’d usually pay for such a bike (or should I say trike).