The top 9 road bike trends that will define 2022

What will be the new year's new normals? The CW tech team peers into its crystal ball...

Tech trends 2022
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The pace of new things arriving in bike shops might have slowed a little bit over the last year, but in 2021 innovation was moving onwards as quickly as ever.

New 12-speed Shimano Dura-Ace was the big story of 2021, which we correctly predicted. We didn't predict Ultegra would be launched at the same time, but for 2022 we've given the crystal ball a good thump.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.