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Silca hits peak gravel with world's first 'gravel-specific' mini pump + news from Garmin, Roval, Rapha, BMC & more

Does the world need a gravel specific mini pump? Well, it's got one now. Plus loads more clothing, bikes and accessories in this week’s tech news

We have new clothing to tell you about this week, updated features for Garmin devices, and a mystery bike from BMC, but we’re starting off by wondering whether the cycling world has now reached peak gravel. 

Do you need a gravel-specific mini pump?!? Silca unveils new Gravelero

We’ve had gravel-specific versions of just about every bike component and accessory you can imagine over the past few years – the growing genre has been a marketeer’s dream – but a gravel-specific mini pump is a first.

2022 Silca Gravelero mini pump - 2 (1)

Silca’s new Gravelero uses the same hose, chuck, and plunger design as its existing Tattico pump, so what makes it gravel-specific? Silca says that compared with the Tattico it “pushes 35% more air from the same overall length”.

Silca also says, “The design has been further refined for gravel and off-road use with a smooth outer texture and improved sealing to reject dirt and mud while also making for easy cleaning.

“A reversible chuck makes the pump suitable both for Schrader or Presta [valves], while the whole pump has been conceived both with high and low-pressure tyres in mind.”

2022 Silca Gravelero mini pump - 1 (1)

The Gravelero features an aluminium handle and barrel and includes a frame mount bracket with quick-release straps, although it’s small (243mm long) and light (a claimed 139g) enough to be carried in a back pocket. It has a claimed maximum pressure of 80psi and is priced at £70. That's a lot less than Silca's £125 Pocket Impero Mini Pump.

2021 Gravel Floor Drive Pro 5

Loads of other products have been given a ‘gravel’ tag over recent years. Lezyne has its Gravel Floor Drive series of pumps (above) and Kask’s gravel-specific Mojito X Peak helmet (no longer in the range) was exactly like the standard Mojito but with a peak built into the front. 

Shimano RX8 Bronze

There are also a lot of gravel shoes out there, like the Shimano RX8 (above), that look a lot like cross-country mountain bike shoes to the untrained eye.

Read our review of the Shimano RX8 SPD shoe

Do you think we've finally reached peak gravel in the cycling world, or do you think there's more to come? Anyone interested in a gravel-specific headset top cap? 

Find out more here

Garmin announces feature updates to bike computers and smartwatches

Garmin has announced new software and feature updates for some of its smartwatches – including the fēnix 7 series, epix (Gen 2), Instinct 2 series – and the Edge 1040 series of cycling computers.

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Check out our review of the Garmin epix (Gen 2) 

Garmin says that these new features will help you get the most from your device via a free software release.

Some of the notable features for smartwatches in this software release include (in Garmin’s own words):

  • SatIQ To help maximise battery life, SatIQ will automatically turn on multi-band GPS in areas where it’s needed most, like narrow canyons or downtown areas with tall buildings, then turn it off when it’s no longer needed to ensure athletes get the most out of their battery.
  • Heart rate variability (HRV) status Track heart rate variability while sleeping to get a better handle on recovery and an overall wellness picture.
  • Race widget View race prep information – including a race day-specific performance prediction, race day weather and a countdown clock – all in one widget.
  • Updated training status Using new indicators such as HRV status (see above), recent exercise history and performance, athletes will receive insights into their overall effort and whether they are training productively, peaking or strained. 

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Garmin Edge 1040 lifestyle

Some of the key features for cycling computers in this software release include:

  • Music controls When paired to a compatible smartphone, control music right on the Edge device.
  • Training status Using new indicators such as HRV status (see above), recent exercise history and performance, receive insight into overall effort and whether training is productive, peaking or strained.
  • Intensity minutes See when intensity minutes were earned during each ride.
  • Full eBike support Connect an ANT or ANT+ compatible eBike to view custom eBike data, adjust assistance levels and see remaining range based on a planned course.

These free software updates are available now. You can update by enabling automatic updates from your device or by using the Garmin Express app.

Find out more here 

Rapha introduces Women’s 100 clothing collection

The Rapha Women’s 100 is back on Sunday, 18th September 2022, an annual challenge for women to ride 100km (62 miles) however they like. This is the 10th anniversary event with a target of 100,000 participants worldwide.

2022 Rapha Women’s 100 Studio Nari Core Jersey - 1

Rapha has created two special edition clothing collections with Zuzanna Rogatty and Studio Nari

The Rapha Women’s 100 Studio Nari collection includes the Core Jersey (above) at £70.

2022 Rapha Women’s 100 Zuzanna Rogatty Core Jersey - 1

This Core Jersey (above) is from the Women’s 100 Zuzanna Rogatty collection and is again priced at £70.

Find out more here 

Temple Cycles introduces Temple Road four-season road bike

Bristol-based Temple Cycles is set to introduce a Temple Road steel road bike that’s designed for year-round use. The new model is said to be inspired by the classic do-it-all clubman’s bike and is made from Reynolds 853 which, Temple reckons, allows it to “achieve a perfect balance between performance, comfort and longevity.”

2022 Temple Cycles Temple Road - 1 (2)

“The Temple Road is a performance steel road bike that takes design and geometry cues from do-it-all road bikes, but with a modern sensibility that focuses on comfort as well as speed,” says Temple Cycles.

2022 Temple Cycles Temple Road - 2 (2)

“The Temple Road is Di2 and mechanical groupset ready, and offers other modern touches in the form of disc brake and internal routing… The Temple Road also features plenty of mounting points for racks (perfect for mile-munching tourists) and mudguards (vital for the considerate club riders).”

The Temple road comes with thru-axles and space for 34mm tyres or 30mm with mudguards fitted.

2022 Temple Cycles Temple Road - 3 (2)

Framesets will be available to order from October at £1,295. A full build option is set for release in 2023 although the full spec and pricing have yet to be announced.

Find out more here 

Roval introduces Project Rattle Can and chance to win wheels

What's Project Rattle Can? Component brand Roval has released a new video showing brand ambassadors Kriss Kyle and Elliot Philips giving their wheels a colourful makeover to make a change from the black carbon we see everywhere.

To be in with a shot of winning a set of Roval wheels, you need to visit a participating Specialized Concept Store (listed here), complete a Roval decal design in-store, and submit it via Instagram. 

Find out more here 

Movistar jersey celebrates career of Alejandro Valverde

You might have spotted that Movistar riders are riding La Vuelta a España in a new jersey from La Passione that celebrates the career of team member Alejandro Valverde. This will be the Spanish rider’s final appearance in the race.

2022 La Passione Movistar Valverde jersey - 1

The 42-year-old Valverde has 133 career victories to his name, including one World Championship, one Vuelta, four Liège-Bastogne-Liège, five Flèche Wallonne, and numerous Grand Tour stages. His key wins are displayed on the jersey.

2022 La Passione Movistar Valverde jersey - 2

The all-white jersey is part of La Passione’s Ultralight series designed for high temperatures.

Find out more here

Flock Light that illuminates your legs smashes Kickstarter goal

A rear bike light called the Flock Light that's designed to highlight your moving legs has smashed its Kickstarter funding goal. At the time of writing, the campaign has achieved 350% of its target with nearly three weeks to go.

2022 Flock Light - 1

The team behind the project says, “The Flock Light has been designed to highlight you, not your bike. That's why it not only shines light backwards but also down onto your moving legs, highlighting your human movement. This helps you to be seen much sooner than a traditional rear-facing light, and be recognised as a human while you ride.”

You need to pledge at least AUD$102 (about £60) to be in line for a Flock Light, although pledging on Kickstarter is not the same as buying through a retailer.

Find out more here 

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 technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. 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.

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Rendel Harris | 1 year ago


 the whole pump has been conceived both with high and low-pressure tyres in mind

Let me guess, one pumps it more times for high-pressure tyres and fewer for low-pressure ones, right?

Hirsute replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago

You old cynic !

Xenophon2 | 1 year ago

Slick marketing by Silca but if I ever have to inflate or top up my tubeless gravel tire if the sealant didnd't work then I'll screw in a 24 g CO2 cartridge and save myself a bucket of sweat.

Also, I've had mini pumps attached to my frame in the past and none of them -and I really mean NONE- survived a year/winter of constant vibration, rain, sleet and silt/salt spray.  By the time I needed to use them, they were broken or lost underway.

ktache | 1 year ago

That flock light reminds me of these...

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