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Could a new electronic groupset be coming soon? Plus new stuff from Look, Canyon, MAAP, Smith, and loads more

Check out all the week's big – and not so big – tech news

We have loads of cool new stuff to tell you about from brands including Look, Canyon, Gaerne, MAAP, but we're starting this week with indications that a new player is working on electronic shifting for road bikes...

Is Tektro about to disrupt the electronic groupset market?

The three major groupset brands – Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo – already offer electronic shifting, as do a few others like FSA and Rotor, but it looks like a new system could be on the way from Tektro.

Tektro and its high-end sub-brand TRP (Tektro Racing Products) are best known in the mountain biking world, but a recently published patent application suggests that it is working on an electronic groupset for the road.

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One patent application for a Bicycle Head and Bicycle Shift Control Box, for example,  mentions a ‘brake lever assembly’ for a drop-bar bike that incorporates a shift switch and a battery. These are connected to a shift control box that includes a circuit board that has a wireless transmission unit.

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Another patent application shows a rear derailleur with a battery attached. This patent application mentions that the tech it's discussing could be electronic although, equally, it could be a mechanical.

There’s also an older patent application for front and rear derailleurs, each of which is powered by a battery.

Yet another patent application, shows a combined hydraulic brake lever and electronic shift device. Signals from two shift levers are transmitted, either via wire or wirelessly, to an electronic shift control box which in turn will operate the bicycle derailleur. Again, this could be in a wired or wireless manner.

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Patent applications are also published for wirelessly pairing components and a “Method of Controlling a Derailleur in Low Battery Remaining Capacity” suggesting that Tektro’s plans for an electronic shift system are at an advanced stage.

As ever with anything concerning patents, we can’t say for sure whether Tektro will bring an electronic shift system to market, but we’d say that it’s looking likely.

Look produces one-off pedal for Giro d’Italia winner 

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Look has produced Keo Blade Carbon Ti pedals in pink, but they’re not for the likes of us – they’re for the rider who wins the Giro d’Italia. 
The pedals have a contact surface of 700mm2, ceramic bearings, and a weight of just 190g per pair.

Look says that it supports 40% of the riders taking part in this year’s Giro.

You can’t buy the pedals in this finish – they’re for the wearer of the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) only – but a pair in black is priced at £299.

Get more info here 

MAAP introduces Fuse and Axis collections

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Barely a week goes by without us hearing about new designs from MAAP – those Aussies never stop – the latest being the Axis (above) and Fuse (below) collections. Both offer men’s and women’s versions of MAAP’s Pro Jersey (£140), along with various other items. Axis also comes in long-sleeve options (£150).

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“Each jersey is made from majority recycled yarn in a combination of three materials to maximise its breathable, lightweight and moisture-wicking qualities,” says MAAP. “The three rear pockets also feature an anti-sag material to keep all your essentials locked down for the ride.”

Get more info here

Canyon introduces special-edition Ultimate CF SLX

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Canyon this week introduced the latest in its Ultimate Artist Edition range – which, it says, “blurs the boundaries between world-class speed and stunning style, combining the Ultimate's race-proven performance with artwork from renowned designers” – and it promptly sold out.

The new model is an Ultimate CF SLX 8 Disc LTD in a finish created by Berlin-based industrial designer Konstantin Grcic. Many of his works are part of the permanent collections of major design museums around the world, including the MoMA in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. 

Canyon says, “The Ultimate CF SLX 8 Disc LTD looks like no other road bike out there, with iridescent elements that shimmer In the light. The highlight: each rectangular special effect decal creates constantly changing reflections – their appearance shifting depending on the viewer’s angle.”

The bike features 12-speed wireless SRAM Force eTap shifting, a power meter, and deep-section DT Swiss Arc 1400 carbon wheels.

Only 50 of these were made and they’ve all gone already. Sorry.

Get more info here 

Incoming: Vello folding bike with elastomer suspension

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Well, this looks fun. We covered Vello a looooong time ago when its Bike+ self-charging electric folding bike hit its funding target on Kickstarter and now we’re trying to get something from the range in for review on

The Austrian brand makes a range of great looking folding bikes with elastomer suspension and a magnetic folding mechanism. There's a really interesting variety of configurations, including drop-bar gravel and titanium framed versions (it’s the Vello Rocky Titanium pictured here). 

Don’t want to jinx it but we’re pretty confident that we’ll have a Vello with us soon. We’ll keep you posted.

Get more info here 

Vel adds new wheels to 2022 range

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From Vello to Vel. We just need Vielo to rock up to make it even more confusing. Anyway, Vel has announced the addition of six new wheelsets to its range, including the 23 GRL gravel-specific wheelsets (£399) available in both 700c and 650b sizes.

“The wheels retain the strength required to deliver reliable performance off-road thanks to the carefully selected Pillar Wing PSR23 straight-pull spokes,” says Vel. “The 102 tooth engagement ring of the Vel Rapid Engagement hub not only offers lightning-fast pick-up, but it sounds great too.”

The lightweight 35 GRL (£749) and race-focused carbon GRSL2 (£1,099) gravel options will be available next month.
On the road, Vel has added the 28 RL alloy wheelset (£399) with a claimed weight of 1,550g. 

Vel describes the 60 RL carbon tubeless disc wheelset (£749) as “a rapid, reliable and great value choice for riders wanting to maximise their speed on flatter courses.” As with the other wheels mentioned here, the number in the name refers to the rim depth in millimetres. Vel claims a weight of 1,690g.

The Vel wheel range comprises four main lines: the RL and RSL2 road ranges and the GRL and GRSL2 gravel-specific wheelsets. 

The RSL2 wheels have DT Swiss hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes whilst the RL wheels use Pillar Wing spokes with proprietary hubs and all models get brass nipples for durability and ease of maintenance. 

Get more info here 

Check out Poc’s City and Commuter clothing

Sweden’s Poc has a City and Commuter collection of cycle clothing that includes the Motion Rain Jacket (£220) in men’s and women’s cuts.

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It’s a 3-layer waterproof polyester with ripstop and it has a DWR (durable water repellent) treatment. The hood is designed to be worn under a helmet.

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The Men's Motion Rain Pants (£160) use the same materials and feature zippers stretching to the knees to make it easy to get them on over shoes.

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The Men's Motion Wind Jacket (£125) is designed to be lightweight, windproof, and highly breathable. It uses a four-way stretch material that’s said to be splashproof.

You can check out the complete range and buy directly from Poc’s website. 

Get more info here 

Gaerne updates G.Sprint shoe

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Italy’s Gaerne has launched new G.Sprint cycling shoes with perforated microfibre uppers, and a Boa L6 closure system.  

The sole is “made of nylon enriched with carbon to grant optimum rigidity”, according to Gaerne. It has five air vents and is suitable for three-bolt cleats. Cleat position options have been increased by 9mm compared to the previous sole.

Available in Matt Red, Matt Black, and Matt White, the Gaerne G.Sprint is priced at £124.99.

These are the entry-level option in Gaerne’s road range. We’ve not reviewed any of Gaerne’s more affordable shoes on recently but we were impressed by the high-end Carbon G.STLs last year. Mind you, they’re three times the price of the G.Sprints.

Get more info here

New colours from Aurum

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Aurum Bikes, the brand created by mega-successful pro riders Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso, is offering its Magma road racing bike in a couple of new colours: Dolomite Pink and Dolomite Green. The colours are intended to represent the Italian mountains, hence the introduction of these two finishes during the Giro d'Italia.

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It’s not the biggest news in the world, granted, but we get to show you pictures of a pretty bike so who’s complaining?

An Aurum Magma frameset is €4,099 (about £3,475) with complete bikes from €7,500 (about £6,360)

Get more info here 

Smith launches Jetstream TT helmet

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The Smith Jetstream TT helmet that we got a cheeky sneaky peek of at the Sea Otter Classic last month has now been officially launched. We're so ahead of the game, we really are.

The helmet uses EPS foam and Koroyd – a welded tube structure that Smith uses extensively in its helmet range. The Jetstream TT incorporates a MIPS Brain Protection System that’s designed to reduce the transfer of rotational forces caused by angled impacts to the head during a crash. 

Find out everything you need to know about MIPS

Smith says, “An integrated magnetic visor provides eye protection with easy and efficient lens changes between the colour-enhancing ChromaPop bright sun lens and secondary clear lens option for low light conditions.”

Smith claims a weight of 410g for a size medium. 

We don’t have an official UK price for the Jetstream TT helmet but, as a rough guide, it’s $375 which converts to £300. 

Get more info here

In case you missed it earlier this week...

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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