Tech of the week: news from Strava and Shimano, plus the world’s most expensive wheels

We’ve also had further details of Bianchi’s new aero bike, a new power meter option from Easton and a couple of pro bikes.

Strava has updated its app, adding a new feature called Club Events. This allows you to invite your mates along for a ride, with them being able to download the route and comment too. And if you’re using a Garmin to track your ride, we’ve revealed 12 things it can do which you may not know about.

This week, Bianchi has officially launched its new Oltre XR3 aero road bike and revealed prices. It features road-smoothing Countervail tech, as used on its highest spec machines. And we’ve had a look at the 2017 Oltre XR4 ridden by last year’s Giro d’Italia dark horse Steven Kruijswijk and told you why aero is the future for road cycling.

Tom Pidcock's race winning junior Paris-Roubaix bike in review

Also catching our attention this week is the Ridley Fenix SL ridden to victory in the junior Paris-Roubaix by the UK’s Tom Pidcock.

We’ve been scouting out the best bikes for you this week too, giving you our pick of women’s bikes and our ten best road bikes for under £2000. And if you’re looking to travel with your bike, we’ve also given you a buyer’s guide to bike bags and boxes.

Specialized Red Hook

Specialized's Red Hook Crit fixie in all its glory
(Image credit: CHRIS RIEKERT)

In Red Hook Crit news, we've had Specialized's newly repainted Allez Sprint fixie and Hackney GT's team jerseys for One Life Cycle. We’ve also found deals on top branded cycling sunglasses and clothing, and we’ve had a tour of Look’s clipless pedal production line at its factory in France.

New wheels, a new power meter and new shift options for older Di2 groupsets

In component news, we’ve had Lightweight’s announcement of the €6,670 (that’s £5975) Fernweg Disc, the most expensive wheels money can buy. Rather cheaper, Miche’s 2017 carbon clincher range features new models with wider rims, disc braking and other new features. And Easton has launched a power meter spindle that sits inside the bottom bracket shell for its modular EA90 SL chainset.

Lightweight Fernweg Disc C - World's most expensive wheelset (Credit:Instagram/Wolfis Bike Shop)

Lightweight's Fernweg Disc wheels - a snip at £6000 (Credit:Instagram/Wolfis Bike Shop)
(Image credit: Instagram/Wolfi's Bike Shop)

If you’re running an older Dura-Ace Di2 R9000 or an Ultegra Di2 groupset and are eyeing up the synchronised shifting and other neat features in the latest Dura-Ace Di2 R9150, Shimano is now selling a battery pack which retrofits synchronised and semi-synchronised shifting to your system. We’ve also given you the run down on six pros and cons of electronic shifting.

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Paul Norman

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.