Tech Week: new Pinarellos and indestructible sunnies

Each week we bring you a round-up of the newest and most interesting products that have caught our eye in the last seven days

Wiggo’s Hour bike spotted

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You had to be eagle-eyed to spot Wiggo’s bike in Pinarello’s one second video

We’ve been getting mixed messages about what bike Bradley Wiggins will be riding when he attempts the Hour Record next Sunday. Back in April we saw Wiggins training on what looked like a British Cycling track bike, but a one second video posted by Pinarello on Thursday showed the four-time Olympic champion training on what is clearly a track version of the Pinarello Bolide time trial bike that he rode during his time at Team Sky.

So what will the bike be on the day? Put simply, we don’t know. The only thing we’re sure about is that it’s classic Wiggins to keep the world guessing.

New disc Dogma F8 and Gan from Pinarello

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The new Dogma F8 Disk: Sky’s bike for the disc brake era?

Perhaps the reason Pinarello didn’t respond to our enquiries about Wiggins’s Hour bike is that it was too busy launching its range of 2016 road bikes.

The machine that really grabbed the headlines was a new disc brake-equipped version of the Dogma F8, which could well become the bike of choice for Team Sky when the UCI starts its disc brake experiment later this summer.

However just as exciting is the new Gan bike which will be available in four different models, and uses much of the same technology as the F8 but with a lower grade of carbon-fibre that will make it slightly more affordable.

Turbo-charged Vittoria rim glue


Vittoria Magic Mastik: for those who don’t want to wait two days to ride their new wheels

Ok, so a new rim glue might not be the sort of product that we usually get excited about here at Cycling Weekly, but with a number of different wheel tests coming up in the magazine, we’ll be spending a hell of a lot of time gluing on tubular tyres over the next few weeks.

Step forward Vittoria Magic Mastik, which claims to be safe to ride in only 12 hours as you only need to add a single layer of glue to the rim and can mount the tyre immediately rather than waiting for the glue to dry. What’s more it will even save you 20 grams. Magic.

>>> Will carbon clinchers kill off tubulars?

Snazzy mid-range Bontrager shoes


Mid-range price with top-of-the range looks

Brand new in the Cycling Weekly tech inbox this week are these new Bontrager Velocis shoes. Only launched a couple of weeks ago, they sit just above the mid-point of Bontrager’s range of road shoes with their £169.99 price-tag.

>>> Cycling shoes: a buyer’s guide

However despite being over £100 cheaper than the top-of-the-range XXX Road, they still feature a number of the same features, including the combination of Boa dial and Velcro strap for security and an inForm footbed. Look out for a full review in the coming weeks.

Special edition Tour de France shoes from Shimano


Limited edition Tour de France kicks from Shimano

Another new pair of shoes came from Shimano, with its special edition Tour de France versions of the top-of-the-range R321 shoes, the slightly unimaginateively named R321Bs. In effect these include all the same features as the R321s, but come with a unique colour scheme of blue (for Shimano’s corporate colour) and yellow (for the Tour, of course). With more than 40 pro riders already using Shimano shoes, they should be a common sight come July.

New ‘unbreakable’ Rudy Project sunglasses


Unbreakable? That’s a pretty big claim…

We’ve all been there. You arrive at the cafe stop, put your sunglasses in your back pocket, and head inside with your mind focussed only on reviving that long-forgotten New Year’s resolution to shed those excess pounds.

Five minutes later you sit down with a creamy coffee and a generous slice of lemon drizzle cake, only to hear a quiet snap as you lean back on your 150 quid sunnies.

>>> Seven of the best sunglasses

However with Rudy Project’s new ImpactX-2 lenses you should be able recline without worry. The lenses use technology initially developed for the windscreen of Apache helicopters, they are claimed to be close to unbreakable, offer faster photocromic changes than their predecessors, and are also prescription compatible.

We’re currently after a test pair, so hopefully look out for a full review in the near future.

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