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Week in Tech: Win a trip to the Tour de France

Among this week's tech news is a free trip giveaway to the Tour by Enve, a new aluminum bike, and more.

Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Win a trip to the Tour de France and meet Dimension Data

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Enve is giving away a trip to the Tour de France (and other sweet prizes) this July. The winner will also get to meet and ride with the Dimension Data team. Besides the trip, the prize package includes a set of Enve SES wheels and a ride in the Dimension Data team car during stage 12 to see the dramatic finish up Mount Ventoux. The winner will be announced on June 30.


Altum adds a new twist on the multi-tool and tool roll system

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Altum Designs launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new Modal multi-tool and tool roll that promise an alternative to conventional folding multi-tool systems. The Modal tool is a modular system that utilizes individual tool bits rather than using pivoting allen keys like most multi-tools. The bits and tire levers snap together for a neat package that looks fairly straightforward to use. The tool roll adds a twist to traditional rolls, with a top flap that acts as a workstation, hidden magnets so you won’t lose the tool bits, internal sections that store the tool and other cycling essentials, and external straps for securing a spare tube. The whole system can fit in a jersey pocket or it’ll strap under your saddle for easy transport.


Selle Royal extends Ta+Too saddle range

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Travel-themed saddles are the newest addition to the Selle Royal Ta+Too range of customizable saddles for urban cyclists. The travel collection is the first of four themed, limited-edition collections showcasing illustrations from international artists. The remaining three themes will be based on wilderness, love, and landscape. Only 100 saddles of each design will be produced and will only be available through the Selle Royal website.


Low Bicycles says aluminum ain’t dead

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Small batch bicycle manufacturer and aluminum specialist Low Bicycles released its new mki road frame that is designed specifically for racing. Hand-built in San Francisco, Low bikes uses custom oversized aluminum tubing that is shaped, tuned, and welded together, creating what Low describes as an aesthetically pleasing finished product with a focus on stiffness and responsive handling.


MuscleSound backs the U.S. women’s pursuit team for Rio

MuscleSound joins USA Cycling’s Project 2016, a bike and technology collaboration designed to help the 2016 World Champion women’s pursuit team as they head to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The Denver-based tech company measures muscle energy (glycogen) and body composition using ultrasound technology in real-time. Working with the USA Cycling team, MuscleSound has provided information on the effect of an intense training and travel schedule on fuel levels and recovery. MuscleSound says this non-invasive method for measuring muscle health can help detect damaged muscles before injury occurs and can provide insights into training optimization so the U.S. squad will arrive in Rio ready to race for gold.


Get State’s new fixed gear bike for under $1,000

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Single speed and fixed gear bike manufacturer State Bicycle released the newest addition to its lineup of fixed gear bikes. After expanding the line into mountain bikes and cyclocross, State headed back to its urban roots with the Undefeated II. Building off the original Undefeated I model, the new double-butted aluminum frame is race-worthy straight out of the box. It comes with SRAM Omnium cranks, Michelin Dynamic Sport tires, Essor USA Bolt wheels, and a Ritchey alloy seatpost and stem.