April’s best tech: giant gold jockey wheels, Cav’s aero helmet, and more

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Playlist 20 Videos April's best tech: giant gold jockey wheels, Cav's aero helmet, and more 12:09 July's tech of the month: new products from Garmin, 100%, Prime and Cannondale 19:54 Pro bike: Geraint Thomas's Pinarello Dogma F12 04:35 June’s tech of the month: New Brompton X, Cannondale SystemSix and Maxxis tyres 20:54 April's Tech of the Month: Canyon Aeroad with SRAM AXS, new Vittoria tyres and Fulcrum wheels 26:29 March's Tech of the Month: Pinarello, new Specialized shoes, DT Swiss wheels and Evoc's bike bag 27:06 February's Tech of the Month: new kit from Castelli, Le Col, Smith and Triban 24:22 Greg Van Avermaet to ride a gold Giant TCR in 2019 (video) 01:00 Watch: Top five Strava cheats (video) 04:41 January's Tech of the Month: Colnago C64, Assos Equipe RS S9, Santini Vega and Specialized S-Works Recon 18:29 December's Tech of the Month: New Shimano 105, Canyon's best bike and new helmet tech from Specialized and Met 22:31 The best new e-bikes of 2019 05:01 November's Tech of the Month: New S-Phyre shoes, a CatEye lightshow, Fulcrum carbon wheels and a big bike bag 24:26 October's Tech of the Month: New Giro helmet, rain protection from Castelli and Specialized's tubeless tyres 19:24 Watch: Seven of the hottest aero bikes for 2019 06:15 The six most exciting cycling computer releases of 2018 03:09 September's Tech of the Month: Fighter jet cycling glasses, Wahoo's indoor training system and a pair of very sensible lights 17:37 Watch: Seven stunning shoes coming in 2019 04:53 August Tech of the Month: Enve wheels, Oakley sunglasses and something very special from CeramicSpeed (video) 18:14 Watch: What are the key features to look for when buying your next bike? 09:16

CeramicSpeed oversized pulley wheel system

This month, the bling king that is Oliver Bridgewood brought along some GIANT jockey wheels. As funny as they look, they do actually serve a purpose.

The gigantic wheels have 17 teeth each and are meant to be able to save at least 2.4 watts over a standard rear mech pulley system – that’s roughly 10 seconds over a 25mile TT to you or me, which is pretty impressive. It’s all down to chain angle, with the whopper wheels meaning the chain is more efficient on it’s journey from chain ring to derailleur.

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Met Manta CVDSH helmet

 

For this month, Paul Norman has nicked Mark Cavendish’s helmet. Ok, so not the helmet, but a Met Manta from the CVDSH line nonetheless.

It’s an aero race helmet in a size large which, according to Paul, is well ventilated and pretty lightweight.

Selle San Marco saddles

Oodles of on bike comfort is the order of the day from Selle San Marco, and this month we’ve got two of ’em!

The Concor Supercorsa comes in the beautiful original design from the eighties, when it was first made. That’s rhino leather it’s made from (probably not real rhinos, though) which makes it dead grippy and super comfortable.

The second is the updated version. It’s a Selle San Marco Concor Supercomfort. It has dropped sides to relieve any chafing and a big relief channel to help take the pressure off down below. It has a little bit of a wave design for those who like to be stationary on the bike.

Bike of the month: Parlee Altum R Frameset with new Dura-Ace

This beautiful Parlee Altum frame rounds out our tech this month and it’s equipped with the Shimano’s new, mechanical Dura-Ace groupset.