Here is our round up of the biggest cycling tech stories from the previous week.
Chris Froome’s new lighter Pinarello…
If you thought the normal Pinarello Dogma F8 was a special bike, then let us introduce you to the Pinarello Dogma F8Xlight, the super-lightweight climbing bike that Chris Froome and his closest Team Sky domestiques are riding in the mountains at the Tour de France.
As an aero bike, mechanics often struggle to get the existing Dogma on UCI limit of 6.8kg, hence this new lighter special version.
… and new time trial helmet
Froome also had a new helmet for the stage 13 time trial. Having previously favoured the Kask Bambino, Team Sky’s leader was seen using a new longer tailed Kask time trial helmet, the Bambino PRO EVO.
The world’s first bike containing Graphene?
Okay, so this bike is not made from the revolutionary material graphene. It actually contains just one percent of the revolutionary new material, but the makers, Dassi, claim that this is enough to influence the material properties of the carbon fibre otherwise employed in the construction.
Kittel’s new Custom Venge
While the rest of his Etixx-Quick Step riders are stuck with plain black Venges, Kittel has been treated to a custom paintjob for the Tour de France. With many of these custom bikes, the manufacturer provides a very profound explanation about the inspiration behind the design, but with this bike the explanation is that Kittel wanted something colourful that reminded him of explosions.
A beautiful new Bianchi
It was first spotted at the last Tour de Suisse, but now the new Bianchi Oltre XR4 CV has been officially launched. Bianchi says that the new aerodynamic bike will save 20 watts more compared to the older XR2. The bike has been developed in a wind tunnel, on the track and with pro riders, using F1 technology.
New Garmin 810 launched
And finally, last week saw the launch of Garmin’s latest cycling computer the Garmin Edge 820. The new unit has been designed to sit just below the top of the range Garmin Edge 1000.
However, the primary aim of the features included in the Garmin Edge 820 is to help riders stay connected with family, friends, and other riders while out on the road. This is done through the new GroupTrack feature, which connects your computer to your smartphone and allows you to track up to 50 riders within a 10 mile radius.