Tech of the week: more team kit and bike news. And speedy British cyclists

Here’s our round up of what’s been happening in the world of bike tech over the past week

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More team kits revealed

With 2017 just around the corner, we’ve covered yet another crop of team kit announcements. Team Katusha Alpecin’s new kit is still mainly bright red with the big K on the back, but now includes some darker red panels too.

JLT-Condor's classy new look isn't black. Photo: JLT-Condor

JLT-Condor’s classy new look isn’t black. Photo: JLT-Condor

We really like JLT-Condor’s new navy blue and rust colourway, which comes from Japanese kit brand Pedal Ed, while Irish team Aqua Blue has also gone for navy, but with gold accents including a lucky shamrock. Are we finally seeing a trend away from the ubiquitous black of the past few years?

And we’ve updated our ever-growing take on the World Tour’s kit winners and losers. It’s still Movistar on top again this week though.

Bike news

There’s also been quite a bit of bike-related news this last week, with the announcement that a majority stake in Pinarello has been bought by French luxury goods group LVMH, responsible for Louis Vuitton handbags, champagne and brandy amongst other things. There are rumours that LVMH is also interested in adding Rapha to its portfolio.

If you’re in the market for a new bike which isn’t quite in the Pinarello price range, Ribble has updated its bike builder, now including recommended builds to make choosing what to bolt onto its frames a bit easier.

You can now buy a Stevens bike in the UK (Photo Watson)

You can now buy a Stevens bike in the UK (Photo Watson)

And German bike brand Stevens now has UK distribution after a couple of years out of the British market. It makes a range of road bikes and has a bike customiser on line. It is also strong in cyclocross bikes, with the brand ridden by Mathieu van der Poel and Sanne Cant.

While for a little more support when riding, you could always plump for the G-Tech e-bike. With a price under £1000 it boasts a range of between 20 and 30 miles.

And speedy cyclists

Also this week, Strava has told us the stats after it boiled down all the ride data on its site. This showed that male British cyclists’ average speed was second only to the Dutch – and they don’t have to go up hills.

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If you want further bragging rights on your rides, you can always use the Strava Storyteller add-on to tag your rides with descriptions of their epicness and bung on videos to show off your descending prowess.

We’ve also covered the new Raptor smart glasses which include a fighter pilot-style heads-up display of just how fast you’re going, so you’ll be able to keep an eye on those bends coming up rather than staring at your Garmin.