Tech of the week: new Ultegra revealed, Dauphiné bikes and first ride reports

This week we’ve had Shimano’s new Ultegra groupset, lots of pro bikes, bike launches from BMC and Cervélo and electronics news

New Ultegra R8000 launched

The big tech news this week has been the launch of an update of every self-funding cyclist’s favourite groupset, Shimano Ultegra. Ultegra R8000 looks a lot like its Dura-Ace big brother and promises the same gains in comfort, usability and functionality.

Shimano Ultegra R8000

New Ultegra gets the Dura-Ace R9100 look

The chainset has the new Dura-Ace look and the rear mech adopts the same Shadow design. Ultegra Di2 R8050 allows you to programme synchronised and semi-synchronised shifting, just like Dura-Ace and there are new Ultegra-series hydraulic disc brakes.

We’ve covered the new groupset spec and run through the differences between the new R8000 and the previous R6800.

Critérium du Dauphiné bikes

We’ve had a snoop around the bikes at the Critérium du Dauphiné, spotting a black Specialized S-Works bike that we believe is the new Tarmac SL6. The new bike has more aero features and looks to have additional comfort built in over its predecessor. It’s an important bike for Spesh, given the Tarmac SL5’s outstanding tally of WorldTour wins over the years.

Specialized Tarmac

Could this be the next Grand Tour winning bike from Spesh?

At the Stage Four time trial, Tony Martin was using prototype Continental clincher tyres and had a single front chainring. They look like the ultimate marginal gains. But he still came second to Richie Porte.

And we spotted a rather nice white Pinarello Dogma F10, with the blue and black go-faster streaks carried over from the black team bikes.

We like the white variation on the team bike colours

Also this week, we’ve given you our pick of the eight sexiest pro bikes that we’ve seen in 2017. This includes the new BMC Teammachine. We’ve taken a ride on the Swiss brand’s new pro-level bike, as well as Cervélo’s new R5 and R3.

And you won’t be surprised to learn that cyclists form emotional bonds with their bikes – although sometimes it does end in tears.

Electronics for cars and bikes

Elsewhere, we’ve had a delve into motorised transport, with the news that Apple iOS11 will include a “do not disturb while driving” option which can be enabled on iPhones. While research has found that the Autopilot feature on Tesla electric vehicles does not always accurately identify cyclists.

do not disturb while driving

A “do not distrurb while driving” option for you iPhone

Turning to bike electronics, we’ve given you a run down of every Garmin Edge computer in Garmin’s quiver from the diminutive Edge 20 up to the all-singing Edge 1000.

stages dash

Stages has introduced a head unit and training app to go with its power meter

Stages has now added the Dash computer to its crank based power meter, along with Link training analysis software, giving riders a complete set of training tools. And Zwift hosted the first virtual cycling world cup.

We’ve also got the latest episode of Tech of the Month for you. June’s edition includes the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt aero computer, clothing from new brand Kalf, a super-strength bike lock and the Pinarello Dogma F10.

Canyon’s bike range explained

This week, we’ve had a look at the aerodynamic properties of fabrics used for cutting-edge skinsuits. We’ve had a look at Canyon’s bike range and Pinnacle’s tenth anniversary bikes and had our buyer’s guide to cycling mitts. And we’ve had a round up of deals in Sunday Trading and a few suggestions for Father’s Day gifts for cyclists too, in case the family needs some hints.

Look out for more tech highlights next Monday.