Here's our round-up of last week's best tech. It's the middle of the Classics season and custom bikes for team leaders have become something we really look forward too. Bike manufacturers love to try and out-do each other with bling paintjobs and this results in some seriously cool bikes.
Classics legend Tom Boonen has been racing aboard this wicked-looking Specialized Venge ViAS for the 2017 season.
Immediately, the white and gold paint job stands out. As it should, considering it’s honouring his retirement this year – Boonen plans to depart racing after Paris-Roubaix. He’s angling for his fifth win, which will rocket him into the history books.
John Degenkolb won Paris Roubaix in 2015 and will be hoping to repeat the feat on this stunning looking machine. He’s been riding the incredibly aero Trek Madone so far this season but has been tackling the cobbled Classics on his new custom Trek Domane.
Inspired by Cafe Racer style motorbikes, this Trek Domane is a real looker. To see more about it, we have a video you can watch here.
The bike features the new Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 groupset, minus the chainset, which remains the older model, to accommodate the SRM power meter. The silver finish looks great and we are not sure if we prefer this, or his Gold Team Machine, celebrating the Olympics.
Video - Tom Boonen's Venge ViAS
We’re pleased to announce that for 2017 Cycling Weekly has partnered with British clothing brand Altura.
Together, CW and Altura have created custom kit that our editorial team will wear throughout the coming season. Altura has provided us with their Proline short sleeve and long sleeve jersey as well as their Pro One Elite bib shorts. Other technical gear includes their Raceline leg and arm warmers.
Altura is a British brand based in Yorkshire and 2017 marks the companies 20th year of making cycling kit across multiple disciplines, including road and mountain biking.
To read more go to Altura.eu
And Finally... Got an old bike? Trade it in at Evans Cycles, get £250 off a new one AND help charity
Evans Cycles are running an exciting scheme where if you trade in your old bike, you could score £250 or more, off a new one.
The campaign, which runs until the June 6, is eligible in any of Evans Cycles 62 stores across the UK as well as online.
The discount you get isn’t even conditional on the state of the bike you hand in. It’s totally dependent on the price of the bike you decide to buy afterwards. So, that rust bucket bike sat in the garage could score you £500 off a brand new BMC Team Machine.
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