December’s Tech of the Month: New Shimano 105, Canyon’s best bike and new helmet tech from Specialized and Met

The last tech of the month for 2018 is a special one and the guys take a closer looks at the brand new Shimano 105 hydraulic groupset and new helmet tech from Met and Specialized
Playlist 19 Videos December's Tech of the Month: New Shimano 105, Canyon's best bike and new helmet tech from Specialized and Met 22:31 November’s tech of the month: new products from Zipp, Nopinz and a bespoke Bowman Palace 3 18:23 Watch: The most anticipated cycling tech for 2020 03:13 Watch: Are these the most influential cycling products of the last 10 years? 07:16 Watch: inside the Hope factory where GB's new track bike is being made 10:07 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 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

Well there you have it, the last Tech of the Month for 2018 and the team see it out in style with new tech from the cycling world.

Shimano 105 R7020

Shimano 105 Hydro

The hotly anticipated groupset of the year and we’ve finally got our hands on it. Shimano’s top three groupsets; 105, Ultegra, and Dura-Ace have never been so close in performance and the latest 105 hydro disc brings it closer in line with the other groupsets.

You can get it as low at £650 at the moment discounted from its £800 plus RRP. The main thing here is that 105 now gets its own hood design which is much smaller than the large and unsightly levers used previously.

Specialized MIPS SL

Specialized Prevail II MIPS

No new helmets here as such, but new technology to go into the American brands top end helmets the Prevail II and the Evade II. MIPS SL is now hidden within the helmet padding so no MIP sheet that did hinder cooling and additional weight cost.

It is also a change in tact for Specialized who has been staying away from the technology. We are now at a stage where this technology doesn’t hinder performance so we can only see it as a great thing.

MET Codatronca TT


MET has been producing some great helmets this year, the Met Trenta is one point in case. Here is the Codatronca TT which in Italian means short tail, which is just what this helmet is.

The short tailed helmet is there to offer aero benefits for riders who can’t hold position constantly through a time trial effort. It also claims to be very well vented and comes with a cool magnet system for the visor.

Canyon Endurace CL SLX 9.0

Canyon Endurace

A super fast yet comfortable bike from Canyon, which helped tech editor Symon Lewis through the challenging coast to coast ride this year, which you can see on our YouTube channel. Its super lightweight too at 6.8kg for a size small for a bike that is costing £5,500 currently with a £450 discount on Canyon’s website.

It is an incredible bike for the money and feels super fast without hindering comfort or stability. What a bike!