Tech of the week: new Cannondale Synapse ridden, Tour de France bikes, nose rings and more

We’ve had more videos of pros’ bikes at the Tour de France this week, as well as clothing news and more

A new Cannondale Synapse and new Look pedals

The Cannondale Synapse is one of the most popular endurance bikes around. Cannondale says that the new third generation is lighter and stiffer. There’s a new bar and stem which adds to the ride comfort, it will take 28mm tyres with mudguards and is disc brake only. We’ve ridden the new bike up and down the hills around Lake Como and have a rundown of the range and prices.

Cannondale Synapse Disc

Cannondale offers a vibration damping bar and stem on some models in the new Synapse range
(Image credit: GRUBER IMAGES)

Look has updated its Kéo 2 Max Carbon pedals too this week, increasing pedal to cleat contact area by 25% for improved power delivery and foot stability.

More Tour de France bikes and pro fitness news

Fabio Aru and the Astana team are riding the Argon 18 Gallium Pro at the Tour de France and we’ve had a video spec check of his metallic red machine.

We've looked at Fabio Aru's Argon 18 Gallium Pro

We’ve also had a look at the black and red Colnago C60 of Federico Zurlo of UAE-Team Emirates and test ridden Colnago's superbike ourselves.

If you have a Colnago tucked away in your own garage, or are just a fan of its bikes, you’ll be interested in the Colnago Owners’ Day being held in the Cotswolds on September 30. This includes a sportive and test rides of the new V2-R aero bike, as well as a display of retro Colnagos.

Another brand harking back to its heritage is Bianchi, which has released details of its 2018 Specialissima custom painted to match Marco Pantani’s bike which he rode to the Giro-Tour double in 1998.

Bianchi has custom painted its Specialissima with Marco Pantani's 1998 colour scheme

We’ve also admired Chris Froome’s yellow nose ring and found out why he’s sporting it in the Tour’s mountain stages. Pros always have post-race massages and we’ve seen how they help you recover faster. And we’ve revealed the gains made by Romain Bardet from his blocks of altitude training ahead of the Tour.

New clothing too

If you have problems working out which short size you are, you will be pleased to learn of Ekoi’s one-size-fits-all Morfo bibshorts. Ekoi says that they keep you comfortable at temperatures between 10C and 30C and dry out almost twice as fast as conventional shorts.

Ekoi says that its new Morfo bibshorts will fit everyone

And Ribble Cycles has announced its own new cycling clothing range for men and women. Appropriately named Nuovo, it includes jerseys from £55 and bibshorts from £65.

Ribble goes into clothing with the Nuovo collection

We’ve also found eight bargains at Decathlon on summer riding essentials, including bibshorts for just £40.

This week our other bargain hunting has unearthed deals on Castelli kit, including a Team Sky replica jersey and we’ve also had the usual tempting offers in Sunday Trading.

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