Five unmissable cycling products for 2017

Already this year, we’ve seen a number of key product launches from leading brands. Here is our pick of five new products to look out for in 2017.
Playlist 20 Videos Five unmissable cycling products for 2017 03:13 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

FSA K-Force WE groupset

In development for five years, FSA is now shipping its first full groupset, with WE standing for Wireless Electron. The levers are available in two sizes to suit different hands and communicate wirelessly via ANT+ with the derailleurs. This also means that they are compatible with a wide range of bike computers to display shifter data, without risk of interference.

The front and rear mechs are powered via wires to a seatpost-mounted battery pack, giving a claimed range of up to 6000km. There’s a companion app to allow customisation and analysis of shifting patterns.

For more info on K-Force WE click here.

Shimano Dura-Ace power meter

Another eagerly awaited product for your transmission is the new Dura-Ace power meter. It provides separate left and right side power measurement to give accurate analysis of pedalling dynamics and performance.

A key benefit is the weight: Shimano says it’s only 70 grams more than a non-metered Dura-Ace chainset, making it one of the lightest power meters available.

Read our first ride impressions of new Dura-Ace R9100 mechanical and R9150 Di2 groupsets.

Lightweight Wegweiser wheelset

For its new Wegweiser wheelset, Lightweight has developed a new production method, using a machine to manufacture the rim in one piece. Lightweight then glues its carbon spokes to the outside edge of the rim. Lightweight says its new design results in a stronger build.

>>> Check out the 5.8kg disc braked Lightweight Urgestalt 

The Wegweiser is available for rim or disc brakes and comes with a 24mm rim width to support wider tyres better.

Giro Prolight Techlace shoes

Weighing just 138 grams per shoe for a size 8.5, the Prolight Techlace uses a new carbon sole design which maintains stiffness. The Prolight Techlace also uses Giro’s closure system – a mix of velcro and laces, for a close, comfortable fit.

We reckon they’re one of the coolest new cycling shoe designs of 2017.

Shimano Dura-Ace hydraulic disc brakes

Another new option released as part of the new Shimano Dura-Ace is its hydraulic disc brakeset. It’s the first Dura-Ace level disc brakeset offered by Shimano and offers smaller levers and better heat dissipation than its previous hydraulic disc brake systems. It’s also lighter, with Shimano saying it weighs just 338 grams more than a rim braked Dura-Ace groupset.

 

 

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