September’s best tech: aero helmets, vintage pumps, and disc climbing bikes

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 September.

Bell Javelin helmet

Bell’s time trial helmet has been around for a while now, but the reason that we’re featuring it in our monthly tech round-up is because we’ve been doing a bit of aero testing to show that this is the most aerodynamic helmet on the market. That means its 11 watts faster at 40kph than a Lazer Wasp, and 13 watts faster than a Kask Bambino.

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What’s just as impressive is that in the grand scheme of time trial helmets, its £149.99 price tag is more than reasonable.

>>> Buy now at Cyclestore for £134.99

RH+ ZY MIPS helmet

This new ZY helmet from Italian brand RH+ is one of a large number of helmets that will come with MIPS technology in 2016, hopefully keeping you safer if you end up falling off your bike and hitting your head.

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Away from the MIPS technology, the ZY helmet features all the bits and pieces you would expect from a performance road helmet, with plenty of ventilation, a dial adjustment system at the rear, and also comes in no fewer than 11 colour options.

SKS 50th Anniversary Rennkompressor pump

German accessory company SKS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and is celebrating by remaking its original Rennkompressor track pump. That means a steel tube, iron base with flip up feet, and a very attractive wooden handle.

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Only 5,000 of these pumps are going to be made available worldwide, and only a hundred of those have made their way to the UK, so you’ll need to move fast to get your hands on one.

>>> Buy now at Tredz for £67.50

Merida Scultura Disc

Admittedly not every member of the Cycling Weekly tech team is completely sold in disc brakes in all scenarios, but on a recent trip to the mountains with the Merida Scultura Disc, we began to see the light, going much faster down technical  descents than would usually be possibly thanks to the improved stopping power and modulation.

>>> Buy now at Tredz for £2,100

The Merida is made even better by a couple of tweaks designed to prevent head build-up. Firstly it comes with 160mm rotors front and rear, and Merida has also fitted an innovative heat sync system on the chainstay to help dissipate heat even more. Perfect if you’re a slightly nervous descender prone to dragging the brakes.