As the Tour de France got ready to roll, it was a bumper week for new bike launches last week. Here’s our run through of all the newest bike tech
New bikes all round
First up is the new Specialized Tarmac. We reckon that the old Tarmac racked up the most Grand Tour wins of any bike over the last few years along with world championships, so the new model has a lot to live up to. Here’s our round up of all the tech in the new bike.
Meanwhile Look has unveiled its superlight 785 Huez RS model. At 5.9kg, it’s going to be the climbing bike at the Tour of the Fortuneo-Vital Concept team – albeit carrying almost a kilo of ballast to get it up to the UCI weight limit. And we’ve also had a nostalgia tour around Look’s vintage bike collection, including Greg LeMond’s 1986 Tour winning KG86.
Another new climbing bike is the Liv Langma, which Team Sunweb will be riding at the Giro Rosa. It weighs just 6.05kg in size Small, so the team will be yet another one carry lead weights up the climbs. We’ve had a ride.
If even thinking about all that climbing leaves you exhausted, you might like the idea of the new Focus Project Y e-bike. Not only does it look really streamlined, at 12.5kg, it’s light for a bike carrying a motor and battery.
Road bike suspension has also been in the news this week, with Wilier launching the Cento10 NDR endurance road bike with a suspension system built into its seatstays. We’ve the lowdown on the tech and our first ride impressions. Wilier has also released stunning retro metallic paint jobs on its bikes for next year, as well as a new disc brake Cento10 Air.
Another new bike with a seatstay suspension design in the Lapierre Pulsium and we’ve had a ride on it too. And 3T has launched what it says is the aero bike of the future with a SRAM 1 drivetrain for better aerodynamics and 28mm tyres.
Canyon has a new Kraftwerk-inspired paint job for its limited edition Ultimate CLX machine. And finally, Colnago has released the new V2-R aero bike. We went to the launch and have a run down on the new machine’s features.
And don’t forget to watch our Tech of the Month video for July, featuring the Bianchi Specialissima as ridden by Team LottoNL-Jumbo.
Yet more new bikes revealed and ridden next week.