Tech of the week: Olympic secrets, new brakes and rain

What is the tech which British Cycling will unleash on the track at Rio? We've been investigating. We've also brought you SRAM's latest offering and a plethora of buyer's guides.

With the Olympics around the corner, last week British Cycling unveiled its new track bike for the games, which it says is its fastest ever. The Cervélo T5GB looks to be based on the P3 time trial frame with a new front end.

New Olympic GB Bike

New Cervélo T5GB is claimed to be British Cycling’s fastest track bike yet

We’ve also looked at the other secret tech which the team’s track cyclists might be using. From helmets and socks to chains, we reckon nothing will be left untouched in the search for marginal gains. Maybe the team will even pre-warm their tyres?

New disc brake eTap from SRAM

sram hydrohc disc brake levers

Wireless and hydraulic – what’s not to like?

If road tech is more your thing, then you’ll be interested in SRAM’s new hydraulic disc brake version of its eTap wireless shifting. Called the HydroHC, the new brakes also borrow from SRAM’s mountain bike brakes with easier bleeding and increased lever adjustment.

We’ve also looked at the Canyon-SRAM women’s team’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX bike. Kitted out with eTap, we reckon it’s one of the most attractive-looking bikes in pro cycling.

Buyer’s guides galore – and rain

If you are looking for a new bike, you’ll want to read our twelve point buying plan. But if you need some inspiration there are our seven sexiest money-can’t-buy bikes of 2016 to drool over.

leafxpro 2 bicycle umbrella

This should keep you riding until summer kicks in

We’ve also given you buyer’s guides to cycle computers and – since the weather doesn’t seem to be getting better any time soon – waterproof jackets. Or you could always try this quirky bicycle umbrella.