Tech Week: Wiggo’s Hour Record bike and first victory for SRAM 1x

Each week we bring you a round-up of the tech news highlight and the newest and most interesting products that have caught our eye in the last seven days.

Wiggins’s Hour Record bike

11411753_829474780475257_1010154358323269618_o(1)The star of the week has to be the Pinarello Bolide HR that Bradley Wiggins rode to Hour Record glory on Sunday. Engineered in collaboration with Jaguar, the Bolide track bike had been engineered to give a 7.5% saving in aerodynamic efficiency over the road-going version.

Wiggins was also using custom 3D printed titanium handlebars which had been specifically engineered for the demands of the event, giving a narrow front-end while still giving a position that it was possible to maintain for the full hour.

SRAM 1x first victory

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A first race victory for SRAM’s single ring option (Photo: BrakeThrough Media)

Triathlons may not usually fall within the remit of Cycling Weekly, but we had to make an exception to report on Alistair Brownlee’s win in the London round of the World Triathlon Series, the first professional victory for SRAM’s single ring 1x groupset.

Having been launched back in April, it hasn’t taken long for the new groupset to rack up its first victory, being perfectly suited to the demands of the flat course around Hyde Park. However given that this is really a groupset aimed at the more casual rider who is looking for a wide range of gear ratios while also cutting down on maintenance, we can’t see it racking up too many victories in hillier races.

Scott Pro Tec clothing

We first reported on Scott’s anti-road rash Pro Tec clothing back in November, but it has taken the company a few months to complete the development process and make the new range available to the public.

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The jersey (£95) and bibshorts (£110) are made from a fabric which has been developed in conjunction with Swiss textile company Schoeller, and a blend of carbon and ceramic prints that is claimed to offer a much greater abrasion resistance than your traditional lycra. We’ve got a set in for review at the moment, so now all we’ve got to do is draw straws on who will test it.

New Polar GPS computer

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The Polar M450 looks to be a competitor for the Garmin Edge 200

There is no shortage of GPS cycling computers on the market these days, but Polar has thrown another contender into the ring with the launch of its new M450 computer. As with all Polar computers, the new model will only work with Bluetooth sensors and will not be compatible with the ANT+ system used by Garmin computers and others. UK pricing is yet to be announced, but a rough conversion from US dollars would suggest something around the £110 mark.

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Polar also announced that Flow, its in house training and syncing service, will be updated in October with Strava integration, allowing users to easily transfer rides and rack up those KOMs.

Summer’s here (we hope)

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With the sun finally making an appearance and the temperatures starting to rise it’s time to make sure your wardrobe is ready to keep you comfortable as you head out on rides in warmer temperatures. Not only does this mean shopping around for a jersey specifically designed for hotter conditions, but could also warrant a look at all elements of your kit to make sure that it will be suitable for longer faster rides.

Luckily for you, we’ve produced a complete guide to summer cycling clothing that will give you a checklist to make sure you are properly equipped to make the most of the better weather.

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