Each month we share with you our favourite technology from the last month or more of testing. Here are our picks for October.
Scott RC ProTech S/SL jersey
The hexagonal fabric on the shoulders of this jersey is called ID Protech and it’s designed to resist abrasion and reduce skin injury if you have a fall. There’s more about the technology on Scott’s website. Although we haven’t gone so far as to deliberately fall off to test it, this looks like a useful addition to a jersey at a middle-of-the-road price. You can buy matching bibshorts with panels of the fabric too.
Contact: Scott Sports
Topeak Transformer RX pump
We’ve all been there: get to a race, lean your bike against the car while you hunt for your kit, bike falls over probably scraping your car’s paintwork in the process. Topeak’s Transformer solves this by acting as a bike stand, while providing an efficient pump with a built in gauge. And since the base folds away, it takes up less space in your car’s boot than you’d expect too.
Contact: Extra UK
Castelli Pavé waterproof jacket
Castelli’s Pavé jacket is made from eVent lightweight waterproof breathable fabric. All the seams are tape sealed – the yellow strips – so it’s properly waterproof and it’s got Castelli’s typical close race fit. The pavé design, complete with grass between the stones, looks cool or there are also cobbleless black and blue options available.
PowerTap P1 pedal-based power meter
PowerTap’s P1 pedals are easy to set up and swap between bikes: there are no special tools required and the pedals do not have to be tightened to a precise torque value. It’s easy to replace the AAA batteries too. The pedals communicate with the head unit via ANT+ and Bluetooth and despite weighing more than a standard pedal, we didn’t feel any impact on pedalling performance.
More top tech picks coming up at the beginning of November and don’t forget our Tech of the Week posts for the latest cycling tech news.