If you’re not already excited for 2018, then hopefully this selection of red hot products will ignite the fire in your belly.
We’ve got new aero helmets, disc brakes, wheels and more to look forward to over the next 12 months. Here’s to more riding, and more great products.
UFO Drip chain coating
When we were first introduced to the UFO Drip chain coating we were impressed by the bold claims CeramicSpeed was making. It claimed that the lube had a friction level of 3.78 watts (that’s down from 4.51 watts of the next direct competitor).
The science lies in the fact the lube is not liquid. Well, it starts as a liquid before becoming a solid on the chain. It forms a waxy protective layer that is fast because it doesn’t pick up crud like wet lubes do.
Campagnolo’s new Super-Record and Centaur groupsets
2017 was a busy year at Campagnolo, when the the Italian company launched its long-awaited disc brake groupsets (for a second time).
Alongside this, there was also the re-release of its Centaur 11spd group after it canned the old model a few years before. It’s available in black or the sleek and stunning silver.
The brakes are good, with excellent lever adjustment and modulation and Campag has successfully retained the great ergonomics that its famed for across its groupsets.
Endura Drag2Zero Aeroswitch helmet
The Endura Drag2Zero Aeroswitch helmet offers the best of both worlds by quite literally snapping in half.
One minute its a TT helmet, but by snapping the rear end off it can be used as an aero road helmet, or by those who’s time trial position is perhaps a touch less flexible.
Muc-Off Nanotube chain
At it’s heart, it’s a Shimano Dura-Ace chain with Muc-Off’s proprietary lubricating agent applied. The brand claims that it can give an advantage of 10 watts once ridden for four hours at 250 watts or more. We’ll probably leave that for the pros, then.
Look Keo Blade Carbon pedal
At just 95g a pedal for the titanium spindled version, the Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals are typically lightweight as per the French brand.
According to Look, the carbon blade closing system saves 40% of the weight of a conventional spring system, as well as being more aero and giving a stronger hold.
A stainless steel spindle version is also available, weighing in at 120g a pedal and comes with lower spring tensions.
Lightweight Meilenstein Disc wheelset
These Meilenstein Discs are Lightweight’s first foray into the disc brake world. The wheels still retain the same handcrafted, high grade carbon layup that the luxurious Lightweight brand is famed for, just with the addition of disc brakes.
Lightweight claims the wheelset rocks in at just 1370g, that’s 590g for the front wheel and 780g for the rear.
Oakley cycling kit
Oakley will be offering three helmets in the new year, the ARO7 for TTs, the ARO5 for speed and sprinting and the ARO3 for hot conditions and long rides.
It’s also producing a range of Jawbreaker cycling kit in partnership with Bioracer Speedwear, offering two ranges: premium and road.