Tech of the week: cold and wet special

But it’s not all dark nights and cold, wet rides actually…

It had to happen: the weather’s definitely taken a turn for the worse in the last week. Fortunately, it’s been a good week for wet and cold tech news.

Winter riding is here

Merlin Cycles announced its new disc braked winter bike, the Axe. With clearance for 35mm tyres along with mudguard and rack mounts, it should see you through to spring.

Merlin Axe is ready for winter

Merlin Axe is ready for winter

You could buy two Axes for the price which Wiggle was showing for a Dura-Ace cassette earlier this week, following a pricing slip-up. A bargain at £2000, the price has since reduced a bit.

We’ve also looked in depth at whether wet or dry lubes are better for your expensive new cassette and other drivetrain components. We’ve told you how to set up tubeless tyres – their self-sealing properties might come in handy this winter. And if you do need to do any repairs when out on the road, why not 3D print the tool you need, rather than taking a multitool along?


It’s time to layer up

Clothing manufacturers have been queuing up to announce their winter ranges too, We’ve covered wet and cold weather kit from Endura, Altura and Café du Cycliste, with Endura’s bibtights featuring the three pad width options from their top-end FS 260 Pro SL bibshorts.

We’ve dug up bargains on 14 waterproof jackets and 12 winter gloves at better than half price for you too.

And in World Tour tech news

Right, that’s enough winter gloom.

Scott has just launched two new MIPS helmets: the Centric Plus is a more vented design, while the Cadence Plus is an aero road helmet. Both have adorned the heads of Scott-sponsored Orica-Bike Exchange this year and Scott says they have class-leading aerodynamics and ventilation.

Watch: Pro bikes – Marcel Kittel’s S-Works Venge

Also this week we’ve news that Specialized is recalling around 1000 of its rim braked Venge ViAS machines over fears that the rear wheel could come loose. With the UCI preparing for a new trial of disc braked bikes in pro races in 2017, Spesh will be pleased it has discs as an option on the Venge too.

Factor's O2 climber's bike is likely to be Bardet's favoured steed next year

Factor’s O2 climber’s bike is likely to be Romain Bardet’s favoured steed next year

And Norfolk-based Factor Bikes announced that it will be the 2017 bike sponsor of AG2R La Mondiale, the team of Tour de France runner-up Romain Bardet. This is in addition to its current deal with One Pro Cycling.