Tech of the week: new Italian bikes, the 2018 Cannondale range and Garmin rumours

We’ve had new Italian brand Titici this week, as well as our run through of commuting bike options, lots of buyer’s guides and the ten bikes that changed racing

New bikes from Italian brands and Cannondale’s 2018 range

We reported on the launch of Titici’s custom made Italian frames this week. They feature an impressively thin top tube, designed to help absorb road vibrations.

Former sprint top dog Mario Cipollini was showing off his brand’s new bike too – but you could see rather more of Cipo than of the bike. He says all will be revealed soon.

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SuperX cyclocross range is all single ring, including this Apex 1 variant

And we headed down to see Cannondale’s 2018 bike collection, including a rather nice SuperSix Evo, no less than 22 Synapse endurance bike models and four single ring cyclocross bike options. Norco too has a new cyclocross bike out; its Threshold has been redesigned for 2018 to improve handling on technical terrain.

Gino Bartali hits the hills in the 1948 Tour de France. Photo:

We’ve also looked back at the ten bikes that revolutionised cycle racing, going right back to the Legnano team bike of 1948, with its game-changing three speed derailleur.

Commuting and riding in the rain

We’ve summed up the options for bikes for commuting too this week, weighing up flat bar hybrids, folding bikes, Dutch-style bikes, singlespeeds, drop bar bikes and cyclocross machines. If you do plump for a hybrid or a fixie, we’ve told you what to look for and given you our pick of those we’ve tested.

What to look for in a commuter bike

We’ve had our buyer’s guide to handlebars, telling you how to choose a new set and why getting the right ones is so important. Again, we’ve selected our favourites. And we’ve given you our top ten men’s bibshorts too.


Bars explained

And if your riding has been curtailed by the British “summer” conditions over the last few weeks, we’ve given you our tips on how to ride in the rain. Rapha should understand British weather; we’ve reported on its £200m takeover by the heirs of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

A new Garmin?

It’s been over three years since Garmin launched its flagship Edge 1000 computer and this week we’ve had spy shots of its potential successor. It looks as if the screen size has increased, there’s more touchscreen functionality and greater connectivity with fellow riders.

Is this the successor to the Garmin Edge 1000?

And there look to be new Garmin Vector 3 power meter pedals in the works, which lose the external pods of their predecessors for a sleeker look.