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Will you be saving up for “the world's fastest cycling shoes”? Plus more tech news from Pinarello, Rapha, POC, Selle Italia, Gore, Stolen Goat and more

Find out about all of the week's top tech news, including the wind tunnel that Halfords sold for a quid

It has been a mega-busy week in the bike tech world with new products dropping like prime ministers, and we have new stuff from big brands like Rapha, Gore, Selle Italia, and MAAP. We’re starting, though, with news of LoreOne shoes that are said to be the world’s fastest. They’re certainly among the most expensive too.

“World’s fastest cycling shoes” go into production

The LoreOne, billed as the “world’s fastest cycling shoes”, are going into production after two and a half years of development, but you're going to need to dig deep if you want a pair.

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You might remember that we first told you about the radical-looking LoreOne shoe last year

Lore says that it is the first to develop scan-to-print footwear technology which allows it to cater for any foot shape and size. It 3D prints “with continuous carbon fibre to produce a lightweight, stiff monocoque frame [comprising] complex organic shapes without the use of a mould.

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The LoreOne also features a “dorsal orthotic”. The idea is that this “aligns the foot from the topside, eliminating the need for supportive footbeds or orthotics”.

Lore claims that its shoe minimises dead spots at the top and bottom of your pedal stroke to increase your overall power output.

“With traditional cycling shoe designs, the soft upper bleeds energy on the dorsal (topside) of the foot,” it says. “LoreOne’s patent-pending custom CarbonAirFrame is designed to capture dorsal rotational energy to activate power through-put in the dead zones.”

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Lore also says that its manufacturing process improves sustainability on the basis that the final product precisely uses the materials needed and nothing more. The shoes are printed in California and are said to employ carbon-neutral shipping to your door.

The price? Ah! Well, that could be the sticking point. You’re looking at $1,969 – which is around £1,750… so, yeah, there’s that. If you do have anything left over when you’ve paid your heating bill, they’re available from next month.

Find out more here 

Filippo Ganna’s Hour Record: The Movie

You’ll know that Filippo Ganna set a spectacular new UCI Hour Record a fortnight ago that’s unlikely to be beaten for an age (unless Ganna himself decides to have another crack), and Pinarello has put together a video giving a behind-the-scenes look at the development of his Bolide F HR 3D (mainly), the athlete’s preparation (a bit) and the ride itself (not much).

It’s worth 9:18 minutes of your time.

If you’d like your own Bolide F HR 3D built up with the same components as Ganna’s you’re looking at approximately €75,000 (£65,800). You could ride it in your LoreOne shoes

Find out more here

Great Britain Cycling Team opens new wind tunnel that cost a quid from Halfords

The Great Britain Cycling Team has officially opened the new state-of-the-art wind tunnel that it bought from Halfords for just £1. That’s a helluva lot cheaper than Ganna’s bike or those LoreOne shoes, although the bad news is that you can’t nip down to your local store and pick up a wind tunnel for a quid yourself.

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The tunnel, originally based at the Halfords-backed Boardman Performance Centre in Worcestershire, uses a finely tuned data capture system which feeds video imagery and information back to the rider in real-time. Aerodynamicists can continually tune wind speed and direction to mimic the conditions of any event or environment.

When the Boardman Performance Centre closed, Halfords sold the tunnel fan and control units to British Cycling for a token payment of £1. With the support of UK Sport and Manchester City Council, the tunnel has been rebuilt and upgraded to support riders as they push towards the Paris 2024 and LA 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The facility is based at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance on the Etihad Campus in East Manchester, adjacent to the National Cycling Centre, and opens as the Great Britain Cycling Team’s track riders return to Manchester after spending the majority of 2022 training in Derby.

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In addition to unearthing new performance gains for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games, British Cycling is already looking at how research teams will be able to benefit from access to the tunnel through cycling education programmes, equipment development and events.

The facility was officially opened this week with attendees including Chris Boardman, three-time Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy, and Halfords’ Paul Tomlinson.

Rapha debuts new POC helmet collaboration

Rapha has unveiled its second collaboration with Swedish brand POC (which, fact fans, stands for ‘Piece Of Cake’). There are two limited edition styles available.

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The Rapha + POC Omne Air Mips is for multipurpose road and gravel use. It features MIPS Integra which is designed to protect your brain in the event of rotational impacts. 

>Find out everything you need to know about Mips here 

The Rapha + POC Omne Air Mips is priced at £140.

The Rapha + POC Ventral Lite is a lightweight helmet, coming in at under 200g for a size M… and that really is feathery. This is the lid that the EF Education-EasyPost riders use mostly (although it doesn’t contain any kind of Mips safety system).

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It features a scaled-back shell, a lightweight liner and webbed straps to cut the grams. You’re looking at £240 for this one.

Find out more here 

MAAP expands Transit urban riding collection

MAAP has extended its Transit collection for urban riding with new clothing designed to be worn both on and off the bike.

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One of the key new items is the Transit Packable Puffer (£305, men’s and women’s versions are available), a down jacket that’s designed to be warm and stowable. The Pertex shell is water-resistant and treated with an additional durable water-repellant coating.

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The Thermal Pro Fleece Jacket (£180) is made in a generous fit from a Polartec fleece and features two front pockets alongside additional stash pockets front and rear, all with YKK zips.

Find out more here

Selle Italia introduces SLR Boost 3D saddle

We told you back in July that Selle Italia would be introducing a 3D-printed version of its SLR Boost saddle and now it has been properly launched. It’s on Selle Italia’s website and everything. 

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“The cover… has been developed using Carbon DLS [Digital Light Synthesis] technology and 3D-printed with a dedicated, proprietary textured pattern, resulting in a unique and entirely made-in-Italy saddle,” says Selle Italia.

Carbon is a US company that already works with Fizik, Specialized and Selle San Marco on 3D-printed saddles.

> Specialized brings 3D-printed Mirror saddle tech to £290 Power Pro 

“The cover has differentiated areas which create progressive cushioning over the entire surface,” says Selle Italia. “It also features the Superflow hole, designed to reduce pressure on the pelvic area.”

The SLR Boost 3D comes in the S3 and L3 idmatch sizes – idmatch is a bike fit system – and with a carbon £412.75 or Ti 316 (steel, £330.18) rail. Yes, you’re absolutely right, we are covering a whole lot of mega-pricey stuff this week.

Find out more here 

Stolen Goat launches range of In-store Exclusive clothing

Stolen Goat has announced the launch of a range of cycling jerseys and jackets available to buy only through its network of stockists, not directly from Stolen Goat, the idea being to encourage more people to support their local bike shop and head in-store to see what's new.

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The In-store Exclusives Collection features seven designs, available across Stolen Goat’s IbexKiko, and Alpine ranges. Prices range from £80 for Ibex short sleeve jerseys up to £160 for Alpine Bodyline jackets.

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You can find your closest Stolen Goat stockist here. 

Find out more here

Gore updates clothing range for autumn/winter

Gore is offering its best-selling Endure jacket (£229.99, in men’s and women’s versions)  – designed for trails, bikepacking, and commuting – in a new ‘grid fade’ print. 

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The Endure is lightweight, windproof and ultra-packable. The two-layer unlined Gore-Tex Paclite Plus construction has a Gore-Tex membrane laminated to an abrasion-resistant outer fabric.

The pattern is printed onto each garment part rather than the entire roll of fabric, the idea being to use less ink and reduce waste.

Gore has also added Sleet Insulated Overshoes (£99.99) to its range for the coldest weather and, again, these use Gore-Tex Paclite Plus fabric. 

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“These overshoes are abrasion-resistant, exceptionally packable and lightweight,” says Gore. “Stretch panels in the heel area ensure a tight fit without compressing the foot [while] PrimaLoft Cross Core provides thermal coverage in crucial areas through aerogel-infused fibres.”

Cordura is designed to provide durability in the midsole and toe cap areas.

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 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.

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