There are loads of cool new bikes, components and accessories on the way from many big brands, and here are the most exciting of them. Although you can't buy any of these products yet, the good news is that you're not going to have to wait long – just a few days in some cases.
New shoes and clothing from Rapha
Rapha has some interesting new products in the offing, including two new shoe designs. One of them is a laced model called the Explore and it's designed for trails as well as the road.
"The Explore Shoe is light and stiff with a sole that incorporates a grippy natural rubber tread with high-performance carbon and flex in just the right spot," says Rapha.
The shoes in Rapha's teaser pic (above), which are laced too, look like the Classic road shoes mentioned on the brand's website.
Both will be available from 21st March 2019.
Rapha is launching a collection in April in honour of US champion and Olympic medallist Nelson Vails. The pics so far supplied, such as the one above, don't give a whole lot away.
Check out our story on Rapha's new season products
Campagnolo reveals 12-speed Super Record EPS
Campagnolo has just revealed the electronic version of the 12-speed Super Record groupset. It'll be landing with UK distributors in early April, so you'll be able to get your hands on it soon... As long as you can afford it.
Naturally, 12-speed Super Record EPS is available with both rim brakes (standard and direct mount) and hydraulic disc brakes. The shifters have the same shape, ergonomics and looks as the mechanical versions.
Campag claims 11-speed EPS can last somewhere in the region of 2,000km on a single charge, and they've increased that by 10% with a new battery for the 12-speed version.
Read all about Campagnolo Super Record EPS here
Pre-order the Mason InSearchOf
Mason unveiled the InSearchOf last September but it's still available as a pre-order only. ETA is mid-April on new orders.
The InSearchOf follows on from Mason's existing Bokeh and is said to have an even bigger appetite for off-road terrain and wilderness adventures. It features a new steel frame that's designed around 29er wheels with huge tyre clearance, a long carbon fork that can be swapped for a 100mm travel suspension fork, dropper post compatibility and a new custom front mudguard and rack accessory.
Read our review of the Mason Bokeh
The InSearchOf will be available in various builds which you can finetune to your requirements, with options for wheels, tyres, lighting and certain build components available on order. The SRAM Force 1x version is £3,490.
Find out all about the Mason InSearchOf here
Edco Brocon wheels are nearly here
Edco has a new carbon spoke wheelset called the Brocon that will be available in early April (you can currently pre-orders them by contacting info [at] edco-wheels.co.uk).
Edco says that it wanted to create a top-end carbon fibre wheelset that could be used all day, every day. The carbon spokes, developed exclusively for Edco, are designed in such a way that you can adjust or replace them, as you would with standard wheelset. Edco reckons that this is an incredibly durable wheelset.
The hubs are a brand new design while the tubeless-compatible rims have a 17mm inner width and a 28mm depth. The similar Cereda wheelset has 35mm-deep rims.
Edco claims a weight of 1,328g for the rim brake wheelset (£2,800) and 1,471g for the disc brake version (£2,900).
Read our review of the Edco Brocon wheels
Genesis Equilibrium Disc 2020
The Genesis Equilibrium Disc is getting an update for 2020 – yes, we're talking about model year 2020 bikes already – that is 'coming soon'.
The Equilibrium is a longstanding model in the Genesis range, designed as a four-season bike for UK conditions.
Read our review of the Genesis Equilibrium Disc from 2014
"The Reynolds 725 frame has also been future proofed with the addition of flat mount disc brake mounts and full internal Di2 cable routing which makes the Equilibrium Disc frame one of the most adaptable steel road bikes out there," says Genesis.
The bike comes with a full Shimano 105 groupset, including hydraulic disc brakes, and has a £2,199.99 price tag.
New eyewear models from 100%
100% has new models on the way. The S3 combines elements of the current S2 and Speedcraft, so you get a huge amount of coverage with no frame at the bottom of the lens to interrupt your vision.
Read our review of the 100% Speedcraft SL glasses
The Slent is a new style with an allusion to ice/snow glasses with the frame at the sides of the lenses extending slightly backwards towards to the face.
Both of these new models will become available in May.
The new Hakan glasses should be available any time now.
100% is also introducing fast-to-react (13-15 seconds) photochromic lens options throughout its range, and a new lowlight lens that gets progressively darker towards the top.
New road bikes from Cannondale, Lapierre and Orbea
We know of several new road bikes on the way because, although they've not been officially announced yet, they have been approved for racing by the UCI and so are included on the list of approved models of frames and forks.
Among the new and/or updated bikes included on this list are:
Liv Avail Advanced Disc
Kuota KU-R23 (rim brake and disc brake versions)
Lapierre Pulsium Disc
We've been invited to several other road bike launches later in the year but info on those is embargoed. There's some big news on the way, though.
Cannondale CAAD13: find out what we're expecting
Orro Venturi set to arrive... finally
We've told you about the Orro Venturi several times over the past year but it hasn't been widely available yet. That's set to change soon with the UK brand about to receive stock by the end of March (all of which is already sold), with more to follow in mid-to-late April.
The Venturi is one of an increasing number of aero road bike that are disc brake-specific. It's optimised for 28mm tyres, Orro motivated by the desire to run lower pressures, improve grip and reduce rolling resistance.
The Venturi is made using Sigmatex spread tow carbon, the idea being to reduce weight and increase stiffness.
A Venturi frameset is £1,999.99 while a Shimano Ultegra (mechanical) build is £2,599.99. The Ultegra Di2 model is £3,299.99.
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