Pro rider tech news
With the Giro d’Italia in full swing, we’ve spotted Thibaut Pinot riding what looks like a new Lapierre Aircode. We’re off to a Lapierre launch in June, so look out for more details soon.
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A more retro machine is Battaglin’s newly announced replica of the steel machine on which Stephen Roche won the Giro, along with the Tour de France and the World Championships in 1987 – the last rider to win cycling’s Triple Crown.
All the riders in the Giro have a black stick below their saddles. We’ve found out what it is and why it’s there.
Researchers in Belgium have analysed different descending styles to work out just which is most efficient. Their research included measurements in a wind tunnel. And this week, Boardman too broke ground on its performance centre in Evesham, which will offer similar aerodynamic testing facilities.
And new kit from Campagnolo and DT Swiss
And DT Swiss has redesigned its wheel range, working with aerodynamic experts Swiss Side to deliver what it says is benchmark aerodynamic performance.
We’ve also has a look around 98-year-old Italian brand Miche’s highly automated factory, where it turns out over 10,000 component lines, including its new carbon clincher road wheels and track components.
And we’ve also reported on a scientific study of 23 different cycling power meters. It concluded that there were large inaccuracies in measurement between meters and reinforced the importance of calibration.
Don’t forget to watch our Tech of the Month video. It features a neat toolset from Topeak, SRAM’s Quarq Dzero power meter, Hunt’s deep section carbon wheels and a new British carbon bike with a SRAM Red eTap HRD groupset. And you can also check out the new Cycling Weekly clothing.
Tune in next Monday for next week’s tech roundup.