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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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