Tech of the Month September: Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultegra, SRAM XPLR and Ribble Ultra SL R

Lots of big updates with Shimano going 12 speed, SRAM going full-gravel and British-brand Ribble releasing its most aero frame yet.

(Image credit: Future)

It’s been a packed month for tech releases. Shimano might have stolen the spotlight somewhat with its 12-speed Dura-Ace and Ultegra launch, but there has been plenty of other interesting developments – from the likes of SRAM with its XPLR range of components and Ribble with its radical new Ultra SL R aero bike.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg