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It’s Eurobike week! And that means tons of new gear and bike announcements from across the cycling industry. Check out our liveblog archives (here and here) for first-hand-looks at some of the best, most interesting products of the year. For everything else, here’s a special Eurobike edition of Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.
Yeti gets fatter with 27+ but slims down prices
Yeti Cycles announced three new models this year, including the redesigned SB5 and SB5 Beti as well as the new SB5+, a 27.5-inch-plus mountain bike. Both the SB5 and SB5 Beti feature lower standover heights, internal cable routing, and improved kinematics (geometry of motion). The Beti SB5 is the women’s model that also includes women’s specific touch points and suspension tuning. The new SB5+ model comes equipped with 2.8-inch tires, and all three are outfitted with Yeti’s switch infinity translation pivot.
Also new from Yeti is the introduction of two levels of carbon frames throughout the 2017 bike line. The Turq and Carbon levels feature different colors and build kits and offer more aggressive price points. Yeti’s Turq level bikes will be the company’s premium models with lightweight carbon construction and build kits, including Enve wheels and SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrains. Weighing approximately 25-300 grams more, the Carbon series of bikes will come with a softer price point and lower spec.
Speedvagen introduces Surprise Me custom bikes
Would you buy a bike unseen? Speedvagen is asking customers to take this leap of faith with its new custom bike Surprise Me initiative. Customers will hand over control to Speedvagen, where the build process — including fit, design, fabrication, paint, and build — will be executed in-house and then delivered sight unseen to the customer. The 2016 Surprise Me offerings incorporate new patterns, big blocks of gradient tones, and hits of vibrant contrasting color.
Shimano goes stealth with cable-integrated Pro Vibe cockpit
Shimano’s new Pro Vibe handlebar and stem were developed with Team Sky for a sleek, aerodynamic look with internal cable routing and Di2-specific functionality. Alloy and carbon Vibe handlebar options are available as well as a carbon aero bar with airfoil shapes. All of the bars feature specially positioned cable ports to route electronic shift wires or mechanical cables internally through the cockpit. This also allows Di2 wires to go through the stem toward a Di2 battery positioned inside the fork steerer. The bars are compatible with the Shimano’s 9100 Di2 junction boxes, which can sit at the end of either drop in place of a bar-end plug.
The alloy stem features a low-profile top cap, a narrow frontal profile, and a locking mechanism with reverse titanium bolts for reduced air turbulence. At 220 grams, the carbon Vibe handlebar is the lightest in the Pro line and all of the bar options comes in either an anatomic or compact shape for different hand sizes and riding preferences.
Leatt introduces new helmet impact technology to rival MIPS
Best known for its range of protective equipment like mountain bike pads and braces, Leatt announced its expansion into cycling apparel and helmets for 2017. The company’s DBX Enduro and All-Mountain helmets incorporate a new 360-degree Turbine Technology for improved impact protection. While this new safety feature is a second layer set inside the helmet, similarly to the MIPS helmet technology currently making waves throughout cycling, it looks to function quite differently. Instead of using the second layer to help the head rotate slightly on impact to reduce the rotational component of an impact like MIPS, Leatt’s technology is a layer of 3D molded Armourgel, which stiffens on impact. These stiffened turbines then deform to absorb both vertical and rotational impact forces during a fall.
Stan’s NoTubes new bombproof wheels are Redbull Rampage approved
Stan’s NoTubes announced a new S1 series of wheels that brings the company’s hallmark tubeless technology to a wider range of riding conditions. The S1 series features alloy rims and includes six new models that are designed to fit tires ranging from 2-3.5 inches. With a focus on maximum strength and durability, the new rims have deeper profiles and thicker walls for greater impact strength. However, this burly construction also adds approximately 50-70 grams of weight over Stan’s MK3 alloy rims. “The new S1 series wheels were developed from rims ridden in Redbull Rampage and raced on the World Cup DH circuit for years,” Stan’s creative director Chris Currie said. “The goal was to take everything we’ve done for tubeless technology and put it into a truly bombproof and affordable wheel.”
Disc upgrades for Zipp’s 303 and 202 wheelsets
Zipp’s newest disc brake offerings dropped this week with the introduction of its 303 tubeless Firecrest carbon clinchers and 202 tubular disc brake hoops. The 303 clinchers now have an internal rim width of 21 millimeters and the new rim shape smooths the transition from tire to rim when using wide road tires in the 25-28 millimeter range. Zipp’s 202 tubular disc brake wheels were engineered with cyclocross in mind, so they are more durable with greater impact resistance. Since the wheels don’t need a brake track like clinchers, engineers were able to focus on improving the wheels’ stiffness and aero performance while keeping the weight at a claimed 1,330 grams for the set (615 grams front; 715 grams rear).
Wahoo quiets down with new Kickr trainer
Wahoo released a new version of its Kickr smart trainer that features a new ergonomic design, quieter operation, and an enhanced ride feel. Wahoo says the new trainer will be the quietest direct drive flywheel trainer on the market, making 14 percent less noise than the previous Kickr model. It will still use the high-inertia (or simply put, heavy) flywheel that provides a realistic ride feel, but the new Kickr uses updated physics modeling and new algorithms to create a responsive training experience that translates grade and elevation data into realistic resistances. It also can now simulate gradients as high as 20 percent (ouch!) while producing 2,000 watts of resistance, which the VeloNews editors like to pretend they can hit when sprinting against each other.
New K-Edge aluminum Garmin mount for a sweet $30
K-Edge has long been the standard for robust and secure cycling computer mounting systems. But with more and more plastic mounts coming to the market, K-Edge has struggled to keep its CNC aluminum mounts’ prices competitive. Until now. The new K-Edge Garmin Sport Mount hits a cycling sweet spot at just under $30 while still providing the secure system for your pricy computer. The new price point option doesn’t have the same combo-mounting capabilities like K-Edge’s top-of-the-line mounts, which secure both a computer and a camera or light attachment, but it offers two mounting positions — out front or flush with the top of the handlebar. Compatible with Garmins 820, 520, 510, 500, 25, and 20, the new K-Edge fits on 31.8-millimeter bars and is safe for carbon bars.