Tech of the week: 2016 Tour de France bikes, the Heroïn bike, and more

Our pick of the biggest tech stories from the last seven days

Heroïn Bike

Heroin bike

The Heroïn bike features a ‘honeycombed’ frame. It’s claimed to be super fast

A weird name for a bike, but one which reflects the intentions of its creator, the French businessman Marc Simoncini, CEO and founder of the online dating service Meetic: “A pure and rare product, which produces pleasure and you can’t give up to it. What else would you call it?”

Heroïn claims this bike is super aero thanks to its pimpled “honeycombed” frame and wheels. The depressions on its surface have the purpose to modify the air flow and make the bike faster. The company says this bike (just 349 models have been produced for a price of approx. £11,400) performed 10 per cent faster in the wind tunnel than other models.

The ‘stepping bike’

lfn bike

This strange new bike is propelled by a stepping, up-and-down movement

The LFN bike (which stands for Looking For Name) is a new Kickstarter campaign and pitch a bike propelled by an up and down movement, sort of the same as the stepping machine you can find at the gym.

As the drivetrain mechanism of the LFN is more complicated than on normal bikes, the stepping bike requires as further gearbox mechanism (located below the saddle) to convert the up and down movement into a circular one that pushes the bike forward.

2016 Tour de France bikes guide

15 July 2015 102nd Tour de France Stage 11 : Pau - Cauterets Bikes of Tinkoff - Saxo Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

All you need to know about the bike that will be ridden at the 2016 Tour de France

This is your essential guide of the bikes that will be ridden at the 2016 Tour de France. For each team, you will find details about the manufacturer, the different models ridden for the different conditions (standard, aero, endurance and time trial) and also the features groupsets, wheels and finishing kit.

The bikes we present are both from the big WorldTour teams and the wildcard Pro Continental teams at the starting line of this year’s Grande Boucle.

Canyon Endurace CF SLX: First Ride

Canyon Endurace

The newborn in Canyon is a mixture of performance and comfort

Early in June Canyon launched its new endurance model, the Endurace CF SLX. We travelled to Koblenz, Germany, and tested the bike on a 70-km ride hilly course for the very first time. The bike borrows features from the Canyon Aeroad and the Ultimate, but is also built with comfort in mind.

The seatpost has got a flexible system to absorb the vibrations given from the road (we also rode on an unpaved road) and the bicycle features also flat mount Shimano disc brakes and has got clearance for wide tyres.

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