Tech of the Week: new Canyon Aeroad Disc, SRAM eTap with disc brakes, and more

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

Canyon Aeroad Disc (accidentally) unveiled

canyon aeroad disc alexander kristoff

Bike launches are meant to be carefully coordinated affairs. Us media types are invited to a hotel somewhere in Italy or Spain, given a long Powerpoint presentation and a short chance to ride the bike, before being given a set time and date to publish our stories.

However things haven’t gone quite so smoothly with the new Canyone Aeroad Disc, a picture of which was posted on Instagram by Katusha rider Alexander Kristoff, before swiftly being deleted when the Norwegian presumably got a panicked phone call from Canyon HQ.

SRAM Red eTap Disc (accidentally) unveiled

As well as managing to accidentally unveil Canyon’s new aero disc brake bike, Kristoff may also have lifted the lid on a disc brake version of SRAM’s Red eTap wireless groupset. We can’t be entirely sure if this is a wireless groupset as standard SRAM Red now shares the same graphics, but from the look of the shift levers, this would appear to be the case.

It was something of a surprise that SRAM Red eTap didn’t come with disc brakes when it was first launched last summer given that SRAM has been at the forefront of the development of road disc brakes. However, that now seems to have been rectified, although Kristoff won’t be able to use his disc brakes in races any time soon.

A look around the Rotor factory

Rotor-4995 copy

We’ve also taken a trip to Spain to look around Rotor’s production facility on the outskirts of Madrid where the Spanish company produces the majority of its components, including the Rotor Uno hydraulic groupset and the new Rotor 2INpower power meter.

Time to throw away your heart rate strap?

myzone heart rate monitor baselayer

If you’ve ever got dressed in multiple layers for a cold ride in winter, only to find that you’ve forgotten to put on your heart rate strap, then you’ll know why MyZone’s new baselayer and its built in heart rate monitor could be useful.

Priced at £79.99, the pulse-monitoring baselayer can transmit in ANT+ or Bluetooth, meaning that will work with cycling computers and smartphones. The only issue is that it is only available in a men’s version for the moment, although there is a sports bra with built in heart rate monitor for women.