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Tech Roundup: featuring Lapierre, Scott, Santini, New Balance, Paul Smith & Castelli

We have bikes, jerseys, shoes, and a new app that aims to connect sports people in our weekly roundup

We have a whole bunch of bikes and bits to catch up with this week; let's start with a new women's bike from France's Lapierre.
 

Lapierre expands women’s lineup

Lapierre have added to their women’s range with a new limited edition version of the Sensium Lady specced with Shimano Ultegra components. The Sensium 400 Lady adds to the existing range of the Sensium 200 Lady and the four female-specific Audacios and Shapers, and it’s due in the shops about now.

We reviewed the Sensium 100 here on road.cc last year and said: “Comfortable, lively endurance road bike with plenty of upgrade potential.”

Like the Sensium 100, the Sensium 400 Lady has a full-carbon frame designed for endurance ride.

Lapierre haven’t simply taken the frame and given it a different paint job, they’ve altered the geometry here. Compared to a standard model, the 400 Lady has a similar reach but a greater bottom bracket drop and a taller stack height (the vertical distance from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the head tube.

As well as the Ultegra groupset, the 400 Lady has Mavic Aksium One wheels and a Selle Italia X1 Lady Flow saddle. It is priced at £1,699.

For more info go to www.hotlines-uk.com

 

Marcel Wildhaber’s cyclocross Worlds bike

Here’s the disc-equipped, thru-axle Scott bike that Swiss rider Marcel Wildhaber will be riding at the Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic, this weekend. It’s a sneak peek that Scott sent out on Twitter so we don’t have any more info.

If that angular camo paint job looks familiar, it’s a similar design to one we showed you last year on a Scott Plasma 5 bike belonging to German long-distance triathlete Sebastian Kienle. 


Teamster app aims to connect sports people

A new Teamster app is designed to allow you to connect with people in your area who do your sport, so you can use it as a means of organising group rides.

The free iOS app (requires iOS 7.1 or later) is designed for 19 different sports including cycling. An Android version is promised soon.

You can input the sport you’re interested in and your skill level – there are five levels from beginner up to elite – then see who else is at a similar level in your area. You swipe the screen to either send a ‘team request’ to a particular person or skip them.

Go to www.GoTeamster.com for more information.

 

New Balance release urban cycling shoes

New Balance have released a new C-Series Collection of footwear that’s designed for urban cycling.

The CM600, CT700 and 996 shoes all come with high-density rubber in the forefoot of the outsole to cope with the demands of cycling, and reflective laces to aid visibility while the first two models have reflective laser-etched patterns on the upper.

The CM600 shoes are available now through several outlets including www.size.co.uk and tokyobike.co.uk. They’re £90.

 

Festka introduces 30% off sale for teams

Festka, the Czech brand building the bike for Ondřej Sosenka’s hour record attempt, are offering bikes and frames at 30% off standard list prices if you order as a team of four.

“We have prepared a special deal for existing teams as well as for those yet to be established,” says Festka co-owner, Michael Moureček. “For a limited time we are offering a considerable discount when purchasing Festka frames, laced Rocket Wheels or fully set up bicycles featuring select, top-quality components. The teams can be professional cyclists or even training groups without racing ambitions; groups that simply ride for pleasure and fun.”

The discount is valid on conditions of unified design and an order of at least four Festka framesets or four pairs of laced wheels. The material for each frame, as well as component selection, is a matter of individual preference.

The offer runs until 10 March 2015.

For more info go to www.festka.com.


Santini launch 2015 Giro jerseys

We somehow managed to miss showing you this year’s Giro d’Italia leaders’ jerseys from Santini a couple of weeks ago, so here they are now.

They have been designed by Italian fashion house Lebole, famous for its suits, hence the tape measure graphic on the sleeve.

The light polyester jerseys each feature an invisible zip, colour contrasting piping and raw cuffs with silicone dot grippers, and they’re priced at £74.99.

The race starts on 9 May with a team time trial between San Lorenzo al Mare and San Remo.

For more information go to www.santinisms.it or www.fisheroutdoor.co.uk.


Paul Smith designs Dubai Tour jerseys

Meanwhile, Britain’s Paul Smith has been busy designing the leaders’ jerseys for next week’s Dubai Tour 2015 leaders’ jerseys. The jerseys have been produced by Castelli.

Castelli has used a lightweight fabric supplied by SITIP that is designed to be UV-protective and allow for a  rapid rate of heat dissipation.

The blue jersey is worn by the general classification leader, the red jersey is for the points classification, the white jersey is for the best young rider, and the UAE flag jersey is worn by the rider with most intermediate sprint points.

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 road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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