Giro d’Italia Tech: time trial bikes

Stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia is 59.4km (37.1 miles) individual time trial from Treviso to Valdobbiadene, and here are many of the bikes the riders will be using.

This is the only individual time trial in this year’s Giro although the race opened with a 17.6km (11 miles) team time trial from San Lorenzo al Mare to Sanremo, won by Orica GreenEdge. That gave us the chance to photograph some of the bikes. Many of the riding shots were taken just after the finish line, by the way, hence the non-aero positions.

The best position for drafting in a pack + video

Specialized have used their wind tunnel to determine the best position for you to take when drafting in a group of riders.

Okay, so say you’re on a hard group ride, you’re at the back of the pack on your own and there’s a double line of riders in front of you. Where should you position yourself, directly at the end of one of the two lines of riders or slot in between the two lines?

Specialized launches Audax cycling shoes

Specialized has taken inspiration from Audax and randonneuring long-distance cycling events for its new Audax shoes, employing technology found in its race shoes but with a focus on comfort for longer rides.

Specialized Tarmac Comp road bike

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Specialized's £2,000 Tarmac Comp is a smart looking and well packaged bike that offers the sort of fast and engaging ride that will suit budding racers, along with sportive cyclists who favour a less upright position than is provided by the company's own Roubaix model.

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Specialized tyre amnesty returns - get a new pair of S-Works Turbo tyres for reduced price

Specialized ran its tyre amnesty this time last year, and it’s back again, offering you the chance to trade in any old pair of tyres for a brand new pair of Specialized S-Works Turbo tyres, for just £50.

Normally costing £80 a pair, this is a good way to get rid of some old tyres you might have and treat your bike to some fast new tyres for the spring.

Just in: Specialized Tarmac Comp

This is the £2,000 Tarmac Comp from Specialized. It comes with a full carbon fibre frame and fork, Shimano Ultegra components and Fulcrum Racing wheels and has just arrived into the road.cc office for review, but here's a quick rundown of the key details before it hits the road.

Alberto Contador’s 2014 Vuelta a España winning bike goes up for auction

The Specialized S-Works Tarmac ridden by Alberto Contador to victory in last year’s Vuelta a España has been put up for auction this morning. Bidding starts at €3,000 and all proceeds will go to the non-profit Matonyok Parents Trust Orphanage that the Tinkoff-Saxo team visited during their team-building expedition to Kilimanjaro last November.

Is Specialized set to release new bump-absorbing (don't call it suspension) fork?

Patents unearthed by Bikerumour hint at a new fork in development by Specialized that utilises technology from their Roubaix bikes and CG-R seatpost to provide 2-4mm of vertical suspension. It will be a disc-only fork and use a bolt-thru axle. The latest patent was filed in September 2014, but there’s no indication the fork will see the light of day for a while yet.

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