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Faster Zipp bearings, new SRAM cassettes, Giro d'Italia Santini jersey, Sidi trainers and Raleigh heritage gift merchandise and Rapha water bottles and caps + more

Tech Roundup was on holiday last week, but it's back with another batch of the newest and most interesting products from the world of cycling. 

Sidi Insider Shoe

If you’ve been waiting for Sidi to produce a trainer, well the wait is over, they’ve released the Insider. It’s a high top trainer available in grey or black and costs $149 - we don’t actually know if they’ll be available in the UK at the moment, we’re still waiting for the distributor to get back to us. We do hope so though.

www.sidisport.com

Raleigh launch heritage gift merchandise

Raleigh have dug deep into archives to launch this range of merchandise, which includes mugs, flasks, notepads and bells. They're all inspired by some iconic periods in the company’s 127 years of existence.

Such as the Raleigh Notebook and Drinks Flask which use a classic image from the 1890s of the first world cycling champion, AA Zimmerman, who took the Raleigh name to glory in exhibitions and sprint competitions in North America and Europe. The enamel mug, two ceramic mugs and tin lunch box meanwhile take their cue from the 1950s with the "all-steel bicycles" imagery. And lastly, Chopper and Burner mugs that look cool.

www.raleigh.co.uk

Santini Maglia Azzurra Giro d’Italia 2014 jersey

The Giro d’Italia is just around the corner and here is the official mountain classifications jersey. It's produced by Santani and is constructed in the same way and with the same lightweight polyester fabric as the actual race jersey, so they claim.  

It’s described as being ‘highly aerodynamic’ with elasticated and breathable Cyber Rider fabric inserts on the back panels and pockets, with a hidden three-quarter length main zipper. The cuffs are elasticated and the waist band is lined with silicone gripper tape. It costs £74.99.

www.santinisms.it

Muc-Off developing new products with Team Sky

Muc-Off have partnered with Team Sky and IAM this season and they have been busy developing new lubes and chain cleaners for the teams.

They’ve particularly been focusing on the high demands of the spring classics, races like Tour of Flanders where the bikes really get abused in sometimes horrible conditions. Team Sky have been testing a prototype Endurance chain lube, Bio Grease and Carbon Gripper, all products which Muc-Off say will be available to the public later this year. 

http://muc-off.com/content/blog/595-future-technology-

Walleva Garmin silicone cases

 

Garmin already produce a range of coloured silicone protective cases for their Edge 800 computers, but what if you have the smaller Edge 500 or 200? We found this company, Walleva, who produce a large range of colourful silicone cases that will fit. They cost $9.99 each. Here’s a Giro d’Italia pink case to show your love for the Grand Tour.

www.walleva.com

SRAM release Red 22 WiFLi cassettes in 11-32 and 11-30 ratios

Need lower gears for the hills and mountains? SRAM to the rescue with a 11-32 and 11-30 ratio cassette for their RED groupset. They’re CNC-machined from a single billet of aluminium, they call it PowerDome X. This ensures they’re exceedingly light; the 11-32 is a claimed 196g, the 11-30 just 185g. Of course, such lightness comes at a cost, you’re looking at £284. Yikes! They’re available in June and July.

www.sram.com

Faster Zipp wheels with ceramic bearing upgrade kits

 

Want faster wheels? Zipp have released new CeramicSpeed bearing kits for their wheels, which they claim offer a measurable saving of between 1.5 and 9 watts per bearing set. Unless you have the means of testing those claims, it’s hard to verify, you just have to take it at face value. However, if you’re a believer in marginal gains and have exhausted every other avenue of going faster, this could be for you.

The bearing kits are compatible with Zipp 88, 30 and 60 front and rear hubs, 188v8, Super-9 and Sub9-Disc rear hubs and all freehub driver bodies. Note, 88 front and 188v9 rear hubs are used on all 2014 and newer Zipp 101, 202, 303, 404, 808 wheelsets. They’re quite an investment at £194. They’re available now.

www.zipp.com

The Race iPad cases on Kickstarter

Always some interesting projects on Kickstarter.. The Race is a bit of a collaboration, Manchester made Bukcase iPad cases using traditional bookbinding techniques, and decorated with cycling artwork by York-based artist Giuliana Lazzerini.

The iPad case is made from black leather with a birch-ply frame, with a magnetic sleep wake function and the case also doubles as a stand. They’re hoping to launch the cases at the  L'Eroica Britannia Festival in June where they will be exhibiting. They’re seeking £3,300 of funding to acquire the embossing tool to get the rider designed added to the cases, screen print the ‘end-papers’ and do an initial run of 100 cases. The cases will fit the iPad 2/3/4 generation or iPad air.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/893092543/the-race-uk-ipad-cases-and-art-ce...

Secret Training Strip System care range soon to launch

Secret Training is a range of race day and training personal care products from SIS founder Tim Lawson. The products include sunscreen, chamois cream, hand cleaners, lip balm, post-race wash and much more, and even towels and bags. Think of it as everything you need to “invigorate, protect, sanitise, calm, cool, moisturise and nourish," says the company.

Tim says, “Coming from the North West of England where there’s more rainfall than anywhere else in the UK, training in the most extreme of conditions, whether it’s the cross winds of Winter Hill or further afield in the blistering heat of Mount Teide, I needed a range of quality, trustworthy and dependable products, that worked wherever and whenever. Having read the lengthy and often scary ingredients list on a variety of oil and rub product labels, it was clear there was scope to create better formulas and work towards a fully, ‘informed sport’ brand. Made for athletes, by athletes.”

Sounds interesting. The range will be launching in a couple of weeks, we’ll bring you more details soon. www.secret-training.cc

New colours for Rapha's water bottle and cycling cap range

Water bottles looking a bit tatty? Treat yourself to some new Rapha water bottles, now available in yellow and pink. They’re made by Camelbak, but not strangely the new-and-improved bottle we tested recently, and feature the Rapha logo on the sides. Choose from two sizes, 610 and 710ml. They cost £12 each. And, like they jerseys, each bottle has a short story printed on the side. 

The Rapha Cap has been update with a new panel construction, and there are new colours as well. A one size fits all design made from Schoeller cotton, which is windproof and water-resistant. They cost £30.

www.rapha.cc

Kinoko Cycles launch X D​aily Goods cycling cap

More cycling cap news. London-based cycling shop Kinoko have launched a limited edition cap to celebrate their Daily Goods instore coffee shop. It looks very cool, and costs £10. We want one. Get one at www.kinokocycles.com

That's all from Tech Roundup for another week, tune in next week for another batch of the latest product news from the world of cycling.

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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ajmarshal1 [403 posts] 1 year ago
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11-32 on a 'top' line road groupset? I don't get it. I really don't. Who spends £1200 on a groupset yet can't spin up everything on a 25 or even a 28?

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joopi [7 posts] 1 year ago
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Good luck on the Mortirolo on a 25 or even a 28....

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joopi [7 posts] 1 year ago
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Good luck on the Mortirolo on a 25 or even a 28....

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Metjas [359 posts] 1 year ago
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enjoy Hardknott on your 25 - lucky you!

As for us lesser souls, we'll make sure to stick to the entry level groupset.

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Flying Scot [908 posts] 1 year ago
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ajmarshal1 wrote:

11-32 on a 'top' line road groupset? I don't get it. I really don't. Who spends £1200 on a groupset yet can't spin up everything on a 25 or even a 28?

Plenty folks buy the best just because it's '1 better'

I ride a 28, but with a 39, being an old fat guy, I'm even embarrassed to run that and hope one day to go back to 42, I don't see me dropping below a 27 any time though.

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ajmarshal1 [403 posts] 1 year ago
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joopi wrote:

Good luck on the Mortirolo on a 25 or even a 28....

That's what compacts are for. A 32? Might as well admit defeat, fit a triple and stick a basket on the front too.

Edited to add: As an aside, those Sidis are soooooo Euro.

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sodit [89 posts] 1 year ago
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I run a triple (50/39/30) with an 11-34 cassette, mid 50s, fat and knackered knees!! So yaa boo sucks to all you super fit types  11
I bet I enjoy my cycling just as much as you do.  36
Mind you I think that cassette costs more than my complete 9 speed Tiagra set up (Deore LX rear derailleur in case your wondering)  21
It isn't the fitness or the gear its the fact that your on your bike that counts.  16

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joemmo [1146 posts] 1 year ago
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ajmarshal1 wrote:

11-32 on a 'top' line road groupset? I don't get it. I really don't. Who spends £1200 on a groupset yet can't spin up everything on a 25 or even a 28?

There's this strange parallel universe that exists outside your cycling club where people are able to enjoy the pleasure of quality cycling equipment and the freedom to ride comfortably within the limits of their ability. It's really quite liberating.

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joemmo [1146 posts] 1 year ago
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ajmarshal1 wrote:

11-32 on a 'top' line road groupset? I don't get it. I really don't. Who spends £1200 on a groupset yet can't spin up everything on a 25 or even a 28?

There's this strange parallel universe that exists outside your cycling club where people are able to enjoy the pleasure of quality cycling equipment and the freedom to ride comfortably within the limits of their ability. It's really quite liberating.

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pwake [374 posts] 1 year ago
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ajmarshal1 wrote:
joopi wrote:

Good luck on the Mortirolo on a 25 or even a 28....

That's what compacts are for. A 32? Might as well admit defeat, fit a triple and stick a basket on the front too.

Edited to add: As an aside, those Sidis are soooooo Euro.

You might want to send a strongly worded email to Alberto Contador then? He runs an 11-32 wi-fli setup; obviously, he has no idea!

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Nick T [913 posts] 1 year ago
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Alex Dowsett wrote:

Conversation last night took me back to the giro. Team,"alex, you want compact or 29sprocket tomorrow?" Me,"err compact AND 29 please" #30%

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brackley88 [135 posts] 1 year ago
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ajmarshal1 wrote:

11-32 on a 'top' line road groupset? I don't get it. I really don't. Who spends £1200 on a groupset yet can't spin up everything on a 25 or even a 28?

How unpleasantly judgemental. Just be happy people are riding. I did 6000m of climbing in the Alps in one day a couple of years back. Some sections of 15%. 28 was sensible. Millar and Contador have ridden 28s in the last couple of years. I suggest you reflect and press reset.

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brackley88 [135 posts] 1 year ago
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Wow. If only we we're all so perfect. Must be awesome being like some of the commentators here. What being so right and able I judge others so harshly. I can only imagine....  39

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ajmarshal1 [403 posts] 1 year ago
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brackley88 wrote:
ajmarshal1 wrote:

11-32 on a 'top' line road groupset? I don't get it. I really don't. Who spends £1200 on a groupset yet can't spin up everything on a 25 or even a 28?

How unpleasantly judgemental. Just be happy people are riding. I did 6000m of climbing in the Alps in one day a couple of years back. Some sections of 15%. 28 was sensible. Millar and Contador have ridden 28s in the last couple of years. I suggest you reflect and press reset.

I've done theAlps too. the pyrenness and the Stelvio. My opinion is that 34-28 is enough for nearly everywhere that has tarmac. Your opinion might be different, but mine stands.

I'm comfortable with that. Some people think Rapha is silly, I don't. Spend what you like. It doesn't mean I have to 'get' people wanting a great big 32 on their expensive groupset which in my view is unnecessary. But then I like my ratios 'tight'.

Happy riding.

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Pauldmorgan [217 posts] 1 year ago
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I also believe that some pro riders would use a 30 or 32 and a WiFli or MTB mech on the back rather than a compact because their power measuring cranks are 130 BCD. This option is cheaper than a new SRM or Quarq even for this Red version.

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joemmo [1146 posts] 1 year ago
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Gearing snobbery has always seemed one of the most perverse among the many affectations of road cycling but I decided to try it out for myself this afternoon by riding up some hills in inappropriately big gears until my knees bled. I can't say it was more enjoyable but I certainly feel more 'serious'.

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ajmarshal1 [403 posts] 1 year ago
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joemmo wrote:

There's this strange parallel universe that exists outside your cycling club where people are able to enjoy the pleasure of quality cycling equipment and the freedom to ride comfortably within the limits of their ability. It's really quite liberating.

Really? That sounds ghastly, I'll look out for that. Cheers for the heads up.

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ady [4 posts] 1 year ago
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I believe Wiggo had an mtb cassette when he won the TDF as he likes a high cadence and to set a high pace up the climbs, so he had a mtb cassette adapted. Nothing wrong in having a big cassette if your increasing your effort like Contador is and this seasons results show it's a winning formula.

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faz. [23 posts] 1 year ago
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ajmarshal1 wrote:
brackley88 wrote:
ajmarshal1 wrote:

11-32 on a 'top' line road groupset? I don't get it. I really don't. Who spends £1200 on a groupset yet can't spin up everything on a 25 or even a 28?

How unpleasantly judgemental. Just be happy people are riding. I did 6000m of climbing in the Alps in one day a couple of years back. Some sections of 15%. 28 was sensible. Millar and Contador have ridden 28s in the last couple of years. I suggest you reflect and press reset.

I've done theAlps too. the pyrenness and the Stelvio. My opinion is that 34-28 is enough for nearly everywhere that has tarmac. Your opinion might be different, but mine stands.

I'm comfortable with that. Some people think Rapha is silly, I don't. Spend what you like. It doesn't mean I have to 'get' people wanting a great big 32 on their expensive groupset which in my view is unnecessary. But then I like my ratios 'tight'.

Happy riding.

You ride a compact?  31

Seriously now. Had it not occurred to you people with a double might prefer to change their cassette than their whole chainset?

I'm sort of with you that perhaps you may be purchasing the groupset as a compensator if you need a 32t.. however there's not really anything wrong with that. You need to stop being so ignorant, ultimately.

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funkdubious [7 posts] 1 year ago
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Who needs a gear set? Bunch of softies! I run single speed everywhere you lycra boys go  3

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Hoester [67 posts] 1 year ago
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I can see both sides.

I'm a non-racer flatlander who rides a close ratio block and compact. On the infrequent occaisions when i get to ride serious (continental) mountains, my lack of big hill experience and altitude exposure means I pack an 11-32. I make do with my mtb cassette, i wouldn't buy top spec for my application. I'd love to be stronger, but I'm not, for many reasons. Congratulations, the basket comment made me feel like sh*t. I trust that was the intention.

Sure there will be a small amount of rich folk who will buy this, along with the rest of a bike they can't really justify - but then who sets the rules on hobbies? Maybe one day i'll get to own some exotica - it'll look awesome on my 12yr old astra.

Conversely its not difficult to imagine some people in some terrains more legitimately needing top spec low ratios.

There's loads worse people in this world than folks who run low ratio gears. Cheap or expensive. S'all I'm sayin. Enjoy your rides one and all.

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J90 [289 posts] 1 year ago
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ajmarshal1 wrote:

11-32 on a 'top' line road groupset? I don't get it. I really don't. Who spends £1200 on a groupset yet can't spin up everything on a 25 or even a 28?

.....says the man who's never ridden up a decent climb.

Wiggins used an MTB setup on the Vuelta, so did Cadel Evans IIRC.

Some people are completely clueless.

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dave atkinson [6148 posts] 1 year ago
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Here's a pic of David Millar's bike from the Giro 2011:

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each to their own though, i'm sure you'd give him a kicking  3

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Nick T [913 posts] 1 year ago
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Looks like he's saved weight with that short bit of cable housing too, small margins I guess.

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ajmarshal1 [403 posts] 1 year ago
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Wow.

There are some very, very sensitive people on here. I'll admit to taking the piss with the basket comment, perhaps my 'banter' was misplaced. Bloody cyclists, so sensitive and serious.

Still, if you live at the top of the Zoncolan, tackle 25% climbs every day or are racing in some monumentally skyward Grand Tour stages, I can see why you might want a big arse cassette. Otherwise, nope. Still don't get it, especially at £284.

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.....says the man who's never ridden up a decent climb.

Wiggins used an MTB setup on the Vuelta, so did Cadel Evans IIRC.

Some people are completely clueless.

Yawn. Seriously, what did you do before SRAM started selling WiFli? Get off and walk?

Edited to add: I tell you what, I'll nut up or shut up. I'm off to Italy again this summer so as it's only £15 I'll buy a cheapo 12-32 and give it a try. Who knows, perhaps I'm missing out on something after all.

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Gordy748 [110 posts] 1 year ago
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J90 wrote:
ajmarshal1 wrote:

11-32 on a 'top' line road groupset? I don't get it. I really don't. Who spends £1200 on a groupset yet can't spin up everything on a 25 or even a 28?

.....says the man who's never ridden up a decent climb.

Wiggins used an MTB setup on the Vuelta, so did Cadel Evans IIRC.

Some people are completely clueless.

Totally agree with J90. IIRC Contador used up to a 32 the year he last won the Vuelta, and I think even used that with a mid compact chainset on some of the stages. Reason being that spinning a 36 - 32 up a 20% grade is quicker and less draining than higher gearing.

There are many riders who live near steep hills who spin it up. Or, people who are a little slower who need the gearing. I think SRAM's doing a great job making their best group available to as many people as possible.

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ajmarshal1 [403 posts] 1 year ago
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Gordy748 wrote:

I think SRAM's doing a great job making their best group available to as many people as possible.

Well I think they should do what they do best and recall it. It seems to have a design weakness in the 'moral fibre' department.*

*Note - This is tongue in cheek as clearly this needs to be pointed out,  1

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MrBAW [48 posts] 1 year ago
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Some snobs in here...

I run a compact and a 11-28 and find it very good. But for future upgrade I am looking at an 11-32, mixed with a 52-36 front!

I like to have to options, not make judgment on others gearing.

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peajaybee [65 posts] 1 year ago
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Contador Wins Vuelta on WiFLi

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peajaybee [65 posts] 1 year ago
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Contador Wins Vuelta on WiFLi

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