This week's Tech Roundup contains everything from new bikes and trikes, locks and jerseys, and even an indicating backpack. We start with news of a major redesign from Diamondback.
Diamondback Bicycles has redesigned its Podium for 2016 (yes, we’re hearing about 2016 bikes already) and claims that it is now 100g lighter than previously, much stiffer, and 50% more aerodynamic across all yaw angles.
The new Podium has been engineered to incorporate aero features. It takes design cues for Diamondback’s Serios time trial/triathlon bike and features curved seatstays, a wide and deep down tube, and similar airfoil shapes.
The leading edges of those airfoil shapes are relatively unchanged from those of the Serios but the trailing edges have been cut short, down to about 55-60% of the full-length airfoil to cut weight.
Unidirectional high modulus 40T carbon fibre is used for straighter portions of the frame while 30T and 20T is used in the areas where compliance is more important. A 27.2mm diameter seat post is used to add more comfort.
The Podium comes with carbon dropouts and internal cable routing.
The top-end Podium Equipe (main pic US$7,500) will come in a Shimano Dura-Ace (mechanical shifting) build with Hed Jet wheels, while the Podium Vitesse (above, $4.500) will have a Shimano Ultegra groupset and Hed Ardennes Plus wheels. We don’t have details on the UK price or availability yet.
Zwift has announced that users can now access its online cycling/entertainment platform on an immediate, on-demand basis, moving away from an invitation-only closed Beta product.
Since launching last October, Zwift has built a global community of cyclists who ride, train and race with each other in 3D generated worlds by connecting existing devices ( indoor trainers, power meters, heart rate monitors) over the internet to the Zwift platform.
Now anyone can visit the Zwift website, sign-up for an account and be riding in minutes.
Zwift has also announced a raft of industry partnerships covering deals with pro athletes, pro teams, bike, equipment and trainer manufacturers, event owners and retailers. These include brands like Trek, Trek Factory Racing, Canyon Bicycles, Specialized and the Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships.
Earlier this year, Italian bike maker Pinarello became the first brand to be featured in the game, and Zwift later announced plans for users to ride (virtually!) the Dogma F8 within the game.
All that you need to join up and race online is an indoor cycle trainer, an ANT+ cadence/speed sensor and an ANT+ dongle. Zwift is currently free to use, although you’ll eventually need to pay a subscription of US$10 per month.
Knog has launched the Milkman Combo, a retractable, keyless, steel cable lock that’s designed to loop around your bike frame and an immovable object.
The Milkman Combo has the same 900mm-long cable as Knog’s key-operated Milkman and it’s small enough to fit into a back pocket (it measures 75mm x 75mm x 20mm). There are 10,000 different combinations.
It uses a stainless steel locking pin and a polycarbonate housing, and it weighs 132g, according to Knog.
The Milkman Combo is the same price as the key version – £19.99.
Prendas Ciclismo has a couple of new retro wool jerseys from Santini in stock, one made to look like an Italian champion jersey from the 1960s and a maglia rosa (the Giro d’Italia leader’s jersey) from the 1950s. These are part of Santini’s Racing Heritage collection produced thanks to their partnership with L'Eroica.
The jerseys are priced £119.95 each.
Port Designs are releasing a new Go LED backpack that comes with an integrated LED indicator that allows you to display four direction and warning signs: green left, forward and right arrows and a red exclamation mark as a warning sign. The bag is also covered in light reflective bands to enhance visibility.
The wearer controls the LED panel by using a remote control unit that is fixed to the handlebar with a universal mount. The LED panel takes four hours to charge using a USB cable, and provides 40 hours of use between charges.
The backpack has a 35-litre capacity and weighs 1kg. It has padded laptop and tablet compartments, a padded back and shoulders, and various pockets. You also get a band to hold a helmet and a translucent rain cover that the LED can flash through.
Go LED will be available from next month in Europe at a price of €149 (about £108).
Get more info at www.portdesigns.com.
A new tricycle called the Trivek offers ‘unparalleled manoeuvrability, comfort and safety’ according to its designers. They are currently looking for crowdfunding on Kickstarter.
The Trivek is a front wheel drive semi-recumbent built with a dual lean-steering mechanism, the idea being that you can take corners like you can on a bicycle. Custom built dampers allow you to adjust the steering sensitivity on the fly.Trive
You sit upright as if on a chair so your head is above the traffic. The Trivek also has internal hub gearing and disc brakes.
You need to pledge AUS$£2,399 (about £1,228) to be in line for a Trivek of your own, or AUS$£3,299 (about £1,689) once the Early Bird Special Triveks have gone.
For more info check out the campaign on Kickstarter.
Bespoke has opened a flagship store in London’s Canary Wharf.
The new store features a lightweight bike display area, another area spotlighting endurance bikes, and another themed area with the cobbles of the Koppenberg as its backdrop.
There are three fit studios which will also double as treatment rooms, each one equipped with Bespoke’s 4D Fit system, incorporating 3D motion capture using the Retul system as well as the Bespoke’s own proprietary software.
The store stocks bike brands like Cannondale, Colnago, Look, Moots, Parlee, Passoni, Pinarello, Trek and Specialized along with numerous parts and accessories brands.
For more info, including how to find the store, go to www.bespokecycling.com.
Beyond the Peloton is holding a one night preview show at Maison du Velo in Reigate, Surrey on Thursday 21 May. Beyond the Peloton is an exhibition focusing on British road and track cycling by photographer Geoff Waugh and artist Vincent Kamp.
The main exhibition runs 15-21 June at Artefact, 36 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JT but they’ll be showing a few paintings and photographs ahead of that in Reigate.
Bowman Cycles has announced that every time you enter a Crystal Palace Crit you’ll improve your chances of winning a Bowman Palace frameset (£650) at the end of the series.
The more times you race, the more entries you’ll get in the prize draw.
Details of the racing can be found at http://crystalpalacecrits.wix.com/home
For more info on Bowman Cycles go to http://bowman-cycles.com
Australian cycle clothing brand Black Sheep is debuting its new Essentials range of jerseys, bibs, wind vests, thermal jackets and gloves on Sunday, 17 May.
Previous Black Sheep releases have been based on a limited run format. Once the clothing has gone, that’s it. The Essentials clothing, though, will be available all year round.
We don’t have pricing details at the time of writing so head over to www.blacksheepcycling.cc for that info.
A new natural supplement called Ateronon Active is has been developed to prevent delayed onset muscular soreness (DOMS).
Ateronon Active contains curcumin which is an anti-inflammatory agent derived from turmeric that is said to helps ease the aches and pains caused by strenuous exercise, assisting with muscle and joint recovery.
The manufacturer says that the formulation of curcumin and soy lecithin used in Ateronon Active makes it 30 times more absorbable than standard turmeric. The ingredients are not sports banned substances.
Ateronon says that taking one or two tablets every day relieves muscle tension and joint strain associated with DOMS, and that benefits can be felt within a week of starting to take the supplement.
Ateronon Active costs £15 for a pack of 30 tablets.
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 over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.