Giro Prolight Techlace shoes
What would Tech of the Month be without a new pair of shoes? In this case, it’s the new Giro Prolight Techlace, a shoe with construction so light, it tips our scales at 160g per shoe in size 44. It’s not quite as light as some very niche (and pricey) pro-level shoes like those made by Adam Hansen, but nevertheless a pair won’t hold you back if you’re targeting some big climbs.
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We say they’re new, but they were actually announced at Eurobike in 2016 and have taken a year to come to market – just in time for winter!
Lazer Bullet helmet
With ventilation on demand, the new Lazer Bullet helmet is designed to be aero when you want it to be, but its sliding vent gives you a bit more airflow when you need it.
Tested in the Flanders Bike Valley wind tunnel, it’s the preferred lid of Lotto-Soudal’s André Greipel. Although we’ve used the non-MIPS version, there’s a MIPS option available too.
Wahoo Elemnt Mini computer
The Elemnt Mini is the latest addition to Wahoo’s computer line-up. As its name suggests, it’s very small and weighs just 31g. Nevertheless, it gives you three data fields and is configurable via Wahoo’s smartphone app.
The Elemnt Mini relies on your smartphone for its GPS signal too, so you need to carry that with you to get a fix. With ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, it will couple to peripheral devices too.
The bike of the FDJ pro team, the Aircode has been completely redesigned this year. We reckon its handling and comfort are an improvement on the outgoing model and it climbs well too. Kitted out with Dura-Ace mechanical and Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SLC carbon clincher wheels, the bike has other nice aero features like its narrow 40cm bars for a more aero position.
We’ve ridden it at the launch event and also taken it out for a spin up the cols around Nice. Nice.