Tech of the Week: Olympic bikes, new bikes, new kit – and germs

Here's our round-up of Olympic and non-Olympic tech news from last week

We’ve had a spec check of Emma Pooley’s Cervelo P3 time trial bike this week. To accommodate her 157cm height, Pooley rode with 650C wheels and a specially adapted set of USE time trial bars.

With the action passing on to the track, we looked at the secret tech which GB cyclists will use at Rio – everything from their bikes to their chains and their socks is likely to have been considered.

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Look R96 - features include a left-side drivetrain

Look R96 – features include a left-side drivetrain

We’ve also reported on the Look R96, the most popular track bike at the Games, which has the option of a left side drivetrain – something which Team GB don’t yet have at their disposal.

Watch: Chris Hoy on life as an Olympian

New bikes from Scott and Viner

We’ve also reported on the new disc braked version of the Scott Addict. Designed as a lightweight climber’s bike, adapting the Addict’s frame for discs has only added 60g and increased the tyre clearance to 28mm. We’ve also posted a spec check on the Addict CX10 cyclocross bike. With our test bike weighing just 7.73kg, Scott claims the Addict CX has the lightest cyclocross frame sold.

Ultegra Di2 build comes with carbon wheels for a weight of 7.15kg

Viner Maxima Ultegra Di2 build has a claimed weight of 7.15kg

Meanwhile Planet X has announced the new Viner Maxima. The top spec model equipped with Ultegra Di2 has a claimed weight of 7.15kg and a price tag of £2500.

And new kit

Planet X has been busy this week, also announcing a range of four new Carnac helmets. Priced from £35 to £80 there are classic as well as aero road designs.

Vulpine's Indian Summer range is designed to take you into Autumn

Vulpine’s Indian Summer range is designed to take you into Autumn

And Vulpine has launched the first of four new ranges of urban clothing. Called Indian Summer, it’s designed to cope with cool starts and changeable conditions. And guess what’s coming over the next few months: next up is Rainy City, then Nightfall and finally Luxury Winter.

To go with that we’ve also updated our bike light buyer’s guide.

garmin edge 820 grouptrack

Garmin Edge 820 includes group tracking

On a less gloomy note, we reported last week on our first impressions of the new Garmin Edge 820. It’s got some nice features including a touchscreen, smartphone connectivity and group tracking. And we’ve also reviewed the Wahoo Elemnt GPS, which is really easy to set up but a bit trickier to use than the Edge 820.

We’ve also got pricing for the just-launched Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 groupset, which starts at £1855 for mechanical and £2545 for Di2.

Gatwick to Greenwich on Cycle Network Route 21, with Matt Lamy

What’s lurking on that bottle?

And finally we reported on a study which found out just how many bacteria live on an unwashed water bottle. You really don’t want to know…