August’s best tech: bargain race wheels, hot weather jerseys, and more (video)

We pick our favourite products from the last month of testing

At Cycling Weekly we’re lucky enough to get to test some of the best tech the cycling world has to offer. From the most cutting edge products to the tried and trusted old favourites. Here are our favourites for August.

Angeles Creative Spektrum jersey

angeles creative spektrum jersey

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Certainly one of the most colourful jerseys you can buy, the Spektrum jersey from the US-based Angeles Creative is designed as an out-and-out climber’s jersey, with a lightweight and breathable construction that makes it great for hot weather.

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This jersey is one of a number of different products being imported into the UK by Omnium, a new online shop that is aiming to make it easier for riders to get their hands on designed cycle clothing from smaller manufacturers.

Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL C wheels

Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SLC wheels

Mavic’s high-end carbon wheels have been completely redesigned for 2016, and boy they’re good, with a medium section rim that has been given a wider 17mm internal width that makes it work perfectly with wider 25mm and 28mm tyres.

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However, the most impressive aspect of these wheels is their braking. Whenever a brand launches some new carbon wheels they invariably claim that the braking is as good in the wet as aluminium rims, and invariably that isn’t the case. But with the Cosmic Pro Carbon SL C wheels the braking is impossible to fault, giving excellent stopping power in all conditions.

Castelli Mondiale bib shorts

castelli mondiale bib shorts

The saying goes that if you’re going to spend a lot of money on one piece of cycling kit, spend it on your cycling shorts. Therefore the £190 Castelli Mondiale bib shorts are more than worthy of their price tag, right?

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Well, they’re certainly exceptionally good shorts, featuring the same excellent Progetto X2 Air pad that is found on the Castelli Inferno shorts, but also a new 50% lycra fabric that is very comfortable and soft to the touch that can’t be found anywhere else in the company’s shorts range.

Prime RP-50 Carbon Tubular wheels

Prime RP-50 Carbon Tubular Road Wheels

If you’re after a pair of deep section tubular wheels for racing, but don’t want to spend an insane amount of money, then these new Prime wheels created by Chain Reaction Cycles might be the answer, especially as their £729.99 RRP is currently reduced to £654.99.

Cannondale SuperSix EVO HiMod

cannondale supersix evo himod

Cannondale updated its flagship SuperSix EVO HiMod last year, not making any major changes, but still making it a little lighter and more aerodynamic. The lack of an overhaul might seem a little strange, but frankly this bike was so good already that no big changes were necessary.

Handling is exceptional on descents, while the low overall weight and excellent stiffness makes it a joy to ride in the hills and on the flat. An excellent bike for the rider who likes a bit of everything.