Tech of the Week: new FSA groupset, what to pack for a 4,400 mile race, and more

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

FSA groupset finally raced

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If you’re more interested in bikes than bikers, then the most interesting development of the last week was the arrival of a new groupset from FSA, which was first spotted at last year’s Tour but was only ridden for the first time on stage 17 of this year’s race.

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We haven’t got full details of the new groupset just yet (expect those when it is properly launched at the Eurbike trade show in a months time) but safe to say that it is electronic, although not completely wireless like SRAM Red eTap which was at a similar stage in it’s development this time last year.

What do you pack for a 4,400 mile bike race?

It's a lot of kit to carry 4400 miles

However our most read story of the past seven days was what was basically a kit list of what Laura Scott took with her as she tackled the 4,400 mile TransAm race from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia.

A Kinesis ambassador, Laura’s bike of choice for this epic race was a Kinesis GF_Ti Disc equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and a Reynolds wheelset. On top of this Laura wore a hell of a lot of Rapha kit and camping gear from North Face. You can see her full kit list here.

Canyon-SRAM kit now available for men

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When Canyon-SRAM first revealed their kit last winter we couldn’t quite believe our eyes. Here was a pro cycling kit that was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. The only problem (for us blokes at least) was that Rapha was only selling it in women’s cuts and sizes.

Thankfully that changed last week, when Rapha announced that it would be selling the jersey and matching baselayer in men’s sizes. However we’re going to have to pair it with plain black bib shorts for the time being.

Final Tour bikes

All good things must come to an end, and so we find ourselves waiting another 341 days until the beginning of the 2017 Tour de France. One man who won’t be on the start line in Dusseldorf is Fabian Cancellara, who abandoned this year’s race before stage 19, therefore not getting a chance to ride this lovely custom-painted Trek Madone into Paris.