Geraint Thomas' shoes, socks inspired by golf balls and a 3D printed saddle

We look at Specialized's new saddle, GripGrab's move into summer clothing and a Quoc shoe that might get some Grand Tour exposure

Quoc M3 Air shoes (L) GripGrap aero socks (R)
(Image credit: Quoc / GripGrab)

Materials and construction methods are drivers of evolution. Wood. Concrete. Plastics. Over the centuries all, and more, have played a significant role in the development of our societies and the lives we lead. 

The same, of course, is true in the bike industry. Here the search for greater speed, improved comfort and enhanced functionality are routinely guided by the adoption of new materials and new methods in which to use them. Perhaps there's no better recent example than 3D printing; here we look a saddle that uses the technology to drive comfort and performance. Clothing fabrics too continue to try to align innovation with results - how about a pair of aerodynamically enhanced socks inspired by golf balls to save a few watts?

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.