Tech Roundup: Cavendish replica jersey, FSA turn green and Shimano blue, Team Garmin Edge and more
Tour themed tech digest: Tour winners print, blue Shimano shoes, Cav's jersey, green FSA bars, Fizik saddles, Bar Fly 2.0 and Edge 510 Team
Mark Cavendish British national champs jersey+bibs now in the shops
If you really want to emulate your favourite sprinter on your next Sunday ride, Wiggle have just started selling a Mark Cavendish British national champs replica jersey along with matching bib shorts.
The jersey, with the red and white bands, and bib shorts are made by Quick Step clothing supplier Vermarc. The jersey is made from a Total Vapour Exchange polyester fabric to keep the wearer cool and dry. There’s three rear pockets, a full-length zip and all the same Quick Step logos as Cav’s actual jersey. The jersey costs £53.99 and the bib shorts, which have the Union Jack along the lower legs, are £75.99.
Shimano release limited edition blue R320 shoes
Shimano have produced a limited edition blue R320 shoe for their sponsored riders in the Tour de France. The feet of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Simon Gerrans, Marcel Kittel and others, will be very easy to spot thanks to the blue colourway they’ve elected to finish the shoes in.
They're certainly bold, and with Shimano sponsoring 22 riders in total, they should be a familar sight at the head of the peloton. Why blue? We're assuming Shimano have picked blue because it’s their corporate colour, which seems as good a reason as any. Some brands are known for their colour )Bianchi for Celeste, Cannondale for green) so it seems a bit of a reminder in a way from Shimano.
Colour aside, they’re identical to the regular R320s that I’ve reviewed in the past.
Full Speed Ahead turn a shade of green
With Peter Sagan setting his targets on the green jersey, Cannondale’s equipment supplier FSA have produced a range of green tinted handlebars, stems and seatposts to complement the jersey. Good news if you're not Sagan, you can lay your hands on these parts, as they're now available to buy in the shops.
Sagan has a preference for the Plasma (above), a one-piece handlebar and stem made from carbon fibre. It’s not cheap, a mighty £632 in fact, and it’s available in a choice of white or naked carbon, both with green accents.
You can also get the regular K-Force (£305) and K-Wing (£289) handlebars and pair either with the OS-99 CSI stem (£202, above), a common sight in the pro peloton. Finish the set off with the K-Force Carbon seatpost (£177), available in three setbacks options.
Team Garmin-Sharp edition Edge 510 GPS computer
Now you can show your support for Millar and his Garmin-Sharp squad with the specially finished Garmin Edge 510 Team. It’s finished in a dashing blue argyle that would rather match the road.cc jersey I feel. The Team bundle cost £299.99 and includes a heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor. It should be available mid-July.
Mat tested the regular Edge 510, which blue argyle aside is identical, you can read his review here.
Tour de France - 'le tour des Merveilles'
I thought this was just wonderful when I first saw it. It’s a ‘visual tribute to a wonderful sporting event, using the iconic periodic table as the framework’ the website proudly declares.
Each small square denotes a winner of the Tour de France since the first edition in 1903. The artwork will be updated with the winner of the 2013 Tour on 22nd July, so it’s bang up to date. You can also buy a version without Lance Armstrong included. We assume he’ll just leave those tiles blank?
This is a limited edition print, just 80 will be produced, and will be printed on heavyweight Hahnemühle fine art paper. It’s available in two sizes and each will be signed and dated.
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Fizik Spine Concept
Choosing the right saddle is key to cycling comfort. Italian firm Fizik have their Spine Concept, which helps you pick the right saddle from their range of three - Arione, Antares and Aliante - by using your spine flexibility as a key starting point. If you can touch your toes, like this Cannondale chap, then you want the Arione. Less flexible people, like Peter Sagan, will want a saddle like hte Aliante. If you hover somewhere in the middle of these two extremes, then the Antares is for you.
Fizik are drumming this message home with the names of the animals they’ve picked - bull, snake and a chameleon - by printing it on the back panel of the shorts of the entire Cannondale squad. Each rider has the name of the animal that reflects their saddle choice. So if you ever wondered what saddle Ted King would be riding, now you can easily tell.
Updated Bar Fly 2.0 now available and in range of colours
Following the news that the Bar Fly alternative computer mount range will be coming to the UK via distributor 2Pure, comes the new news that the brand new Bar Fly 2.0 Garmin mount is now available and will be sold in a range of bold colours. As everyone knows this year is all about the yellow, so now you can match the mount to your kit. You're wearing fluoro yellow kit, aren't you? The new 2.0 mount has a new dual mounting position using the same quarter-turn format. It works with the Garmin 200/500 or larger 510/800/810.
A nifty feature they’ve added is a mount on the underside for the small control boxes that come with Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS, and is potentially a neater solution than attaching to the bottom of the stem.
Jeremy Roy’s custom Fizik shoes
More custom shoes news, Jeremy Roy (who rides for FDJ) has been given some special shoes from his footwear sponsor Fizik for the Tour de France. Roy was named as the most aggressive rider of the 2011 Tour de France, so one to keep an eye out for this year. And his shoes of course.