Tech of the week: Giro d’Italia bikes, Campagnolo brakes and DT Swiss wheels

We’ve been looking at tech news from the Giro d’Italia this week and had new product releases from Campagnolo and DT Swiss

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.

Thibaut Pinot Lapierre

A new Aircode for Thibaut Pinot?

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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.

The box underneath the saddle is used to transmit live data

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.

We’ve also told you who chooses pro riders’ shoes. While the pros’ Strava stats from the echelons forming in Stage 3 tell you just how much effort is required to stay in touch in windy conditions.

Whose descending style is faster than Froome’s?

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

In component news, we’ve ridden Campagnolo’s new disc brakes and its new 11-speed Centaur groupset. It’s also got new disc brake versions of its Shamal and Bora wheels

The new DT-SWISS ARC 1100 Wheels

DT Swiss claims superior aerodynamics for its new wheels

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.

Miche makes over 10,000 different lines in its Italian factory

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.

We’ve also told you what to pack in your saddlebag to ensure you’re able to get going again if you have a problem out on the road, and looked out the best deals on cycling clothing and on Gore kit.

Tune in next Monday for next week’s tech roundup.