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We’ve covered Taipei International Cycle Show extensively here on road.cc over the past week or so, but there are still plenty of interesting products that we’ve not managed to tell you about. Here, we’re going to crack through a whole bunch of them.

Topeak’s new PanoBike Series products allow you to turn your iPhone 4S or 5 into a bike computer with a free app from the Apple Store.

You get all the usual measurements – speed, distance, time, gradient and so on – along with GPS mapping. You can also get heart rate info if youbuy the PanoBike Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor.

After your ride, you can check out all the data, see your speed, altitude and heart rate plotted on charts, and review your ride on the map view.

This is Topeak’s Mobile PowerPack 5200mAh, a high-power rechargeable backup battery pack that straps to your stem. Topeak reckon it’ll recharge your iPhone (or other smartphone) up to three times to extend the time you can use the PanoBike system. You can also buy a PanoBike Speed and Cadence sensor and a RideCase to mount your iPhone to your bike, but we don’t have UK prices yet. Topeak’s UK importer is www.extrauk.co.uk.

Quick question for you: what manufacturer makes the most pedals in the world? To be honest, the picture might have given it away. It’s Wellgo. The C193 features an outer cage that doubles up as a kickstand so you can… well, it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? It weighs 280g and a sprung rod holds the flippable piece securely in place when you’re riding. Wellgo’s UK distributor is www.i-ride.co.uk.

Birzman’s Dragonfly Chain Rivet Tool isn’t new but it is pretty and that’s plenty good enough for us. It’s CNCed 6061 aluminium and the rivet pin is replaceable. At £49.99, it’s not cheap but, ooh, it is shiny. Birzman’s UK distributor is www.i-ride.co.uk.

Taiwanese brand Microshift have a helluva job trying to break the triopoly (okay, I might have just made that word up) of Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo, but this aero version of their top-level Arsis rear mech is certainly an eye-catcher.

With the big three groupset manufacturers having patents on their own gearshift systems, for drop-bar shifting Microshift use two different levers tucked behind the brake lever – one for upshifts, one for downshifts, obviously.

Hey, check out this brakes from KCNC. What do you make of it? We don’t have any details yet other than that it'll come in a whole range of different colours.

Taiwanese brand 147 Design do saddles (see main pic), seat packs and bottles in a whole bunch of different designs. Going for the whole ensemble might be a bit too much.

And in other cases, going for any of it might be a bit too much. I’ve not had any Smarties in years. As far as we know 147 Design don't have a UK distributor (let us know if we're wrong).

This is the recently launched Strida Evo 3. It’s a folding commuter bike, the idea behind the unusual shape being that it allows you to sit in a very upright position. This version has a 3-speed gear system and you shift by pedalling backwards. It’s belt drive so there’s no oil to get on your clothes, and mechanical disc brakes take care of stopping

The Slidy Bike is so called because you can flip that lever on the central strut and slide the two ends further apart. There are several different models available that work on a similar concept, including an electronic assist version.

We’ve shown you Prologo’s new CPC saddles before and we should have a couple in for review on road.cc shortly. The difference from normal saddles is that they come with a fabric on the top that’s designed to hold you in place – CPC stands for ‘Connect Power Control’.

We’ve not used the saddles yet but we have used the mitts that feature the same fabric on the palms, and they certainly provide a whole lot of grip. Prologo's UK importer is www.i-ride.co.uk.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. 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 past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 3 years ago
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Don't suppose any chance of you getting the microshift gruppo for a review?

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Mat Brett [624 posts] 3 years ago
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Cycle_Jim wrote:

Don't suppose any chance of you getting the microshift gruppo for a review?

We can ask about an up-to-date version. We did one a while back although it has been changed since then: http://road.cc/content/review/14420-microshift-arsis-carbon-10spd-groupset

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Fringe [1047 posts] 3 years ago
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I suspect, but may be wrong that if Microshift were to change the name of their groupset they may stand a better chance of more sales.

Although it could be me eh, (Incidentally I have the same problem with Mavic shoes, that m logo looks just like the Morrisons super market logo to me).

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gazza_d [459 posts] 3 years ago
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Just surprised that Strida are still in business with people presumably buying them.

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 3 years ago
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"... Arsis rear mech..."

Just cleaning pasta sauce off my screen now...  4

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Bagpuss [99 posts] 3 years ago
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Brother-in-law has a Strida and uses it frequently for his commute, but he lives in The Hague and it's ideal for his ride, tram, train, ride to work. Crazy Dutch eh.

I tried it once, it's an entertaining ride if you're tall, I had the saddle all the way up so the effective top tube length was very short.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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I thought the same thing Simon.

But does that chain tool not look like a door handle?

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mustard [73 posts] 3 years ago
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I think they'd sell a few more groupsets if they got that gear cable tucked away and not sprouting out the side of the shifter, but then I've always had an aesthetic aversion to non-ergo cable routing.

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Dr. Ko [181 posts] 3 years ago
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The saddle looks more like Belgium than Germany. They should add a black lion or a red roaster as stiching and they would sell well. Especially the Lion version to all the Cycle Cross freaks.

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Al__S [1024 posts] 3 years ago
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My housemate has a Stida that I've used a few times. It's OK, but the riding position is damn weird, and really the frame tubes could do with folding in half as it remains quite long when folded.

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Mat Brett [624 posts] 3 years ago
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Dr. Ko wrote:

The saddle looks more like Belgium than Germany.

Well, it depends where you're looking from, doesn't it! This is actually intended to be German.

http://www.biker.com.tw/mod/product/index.php?REQUEST_ID=cGFnZT1kZXRhaWw...

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jamjam [61 posts] 3 years ago
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i think the word is oligopoly  1

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soundsunlikely [8 posts] 3 years ago
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or triumvirate  26

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Mat Brett [624 posts] 3 years ago
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Or triopoly. Apparently, I didn't make it up after all...

http://dictionary.sensagent.com/TRIOPOLY/en-en/

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StuayEd [71 posts] 3 years ago
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Hmmm, that topeak battery pack would be mighty useful for extending a Garmin Edge battery when touring too!