Tech of the Week: Strava update, motorised bike mythbusting, and more

Our round up of the biggest tech stories from the last seven days

Strava update receives mixed reception

strava 5 update

Strava seems to continue to dominate all of our lives, but the American company may have dropped the ball a bit with the latest update for its iOS mobile app that hasn’t exactly received a universally positive response from users.

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The latest update completely overhauled the look of the app, giving it a much lighter and whiter design that Strava says will make it easier to read in daylight. However, not everyone was happy, with plenty of Twitter users asking for the option to switch back to the dark mode for night riding.

What’s it really like to ride a motorised bike?

Motorised doping, mechanical doping, technologogical fraud; whatever you want to call it, there have been major about motors in bikes at the professional level of cycling for a number of years now.

However at an amateur level the technology could actually have a lot of use, so we travelled to Austria to put a motorised bike through its paces.

Assos “Experience Concept store” coming to central London

assos storeIf you’re after high-end cycling kit in London, then Regent Street is fast becoming the place to go. Exclusive Pinarello shop The Bike Rooms already has a store there, and the Rapha Cycle Club can also be found just a few yards off the main drag.

The latest shop to open in the area will be the Assos Experience Concept store, which will open its doors in early October with an interesting sounding interior design featuring “engaging, tri-optic revolving banners, stretched height mid-floor rails and digital communication rails”. We’ve no idea what that means, but can’t wait to find out.

Turbo trainer season on its way

elite drivo turbo trainerA few years ago turbo trainers were simple pieces of kit that you only got out of the cupboard when the weather outside was truly apocalyptic, but recently they’ve really come into their own as training devices that you’d even use in the height of summer when combined with Zwift.

The latest entry into this £1,000+ turbo market is the Elite Drivo turbo trainer, which the Italian company is claiming will offer the best power measurement of any turbo on the market, with +/-1% accuracy. It is also claiming very quiet operation, with the chain being the only noise you can hear.

Canyon’s new cyclocross range

Inflite AL comes with SRAM Rival 1 groupset

With the cyclocross season only a month or so away, Canyon has released full details of its 2017 cyclocross range, which tops out with the £2,699 for the Inflite AL SLX 9.0 with its aluminium frame kitted out with SRAM Force 1x and Reynolds Assault carbon wheels.

Move further down the range and you get the option of the rather lovely blue and yellow “Miami Sunset” paintjob pictured above, while the entry level Inflite AL 8.0 comes in at £1399 with Shimano RS505 hydraulic brakes, Shimano 105 shifting with an RS500 46/36 chainset.

Lezyne computer overhaul

lezyne super gps computer

The good people at Lezyne have been very busy over the last few months, as the company has completely overhauled its GPS computer range with a considerable number of new models and its first GPS watches, just over a year after first moving into the market.

The new units include Lezyne’s first ever colour-screen computer, and also sees the extensive range gain turn-by-turn navigation (although it has to be connected to your smartphone for this to work).