This week we have Richard Carapaz using disc brakes, tubeless tires and a whole host of new demo tech from the Giro d’Italia’s three-day opening in Hungary, along with an in-depth look at the Corima Wheel Factory. Plus, there’s a site to help you find a reliable bike mechanic near you, some pretty nice Australian aero shirts and an update/re-release of the popular Oakley style.
New golden bike – disc brakes
The start of any grand tour sees the release of some shiny new bikes and parts, and with the Giro launched last week, some shiny things worth drooling over were on display.
So let’s start with Richard Carapaz’s new Pinarello Dogma F, complete with the golden emblems of the reigning Olympic champion. Interestingly, after I started riding on rim brakes, the latest Karabaz ride switched to disc brakes. The pro’s petting with rim brakes refuses to fade, with Tadig Bogar and Egan Bernal also partly for a solo foray on the rim stoppers.
Carapaz’s passion for vintage is in the bike’s latest generation Dura-Ace R9150, too, even if the rest of the lineup is the latest generation R9250. He’s switched to tubeless tires, along with the latest Dura-Ace C50 wheelset on the new bike, though we doubt some slip back into tubeless, another pro favorite, once things got really hilly.
And a lot of new experimental technology
More new technology broke the hood in the second stage of the time trial, with a Colnago TT1 prototype, complete with the aforementioned disc brakes—a first for Colnago on a TT bike. There’s a new steering design as well as shiny new Campagnolo parts to match: a new Bora Ultra WTO disc wheelset, front weight of just 740g and new TT brake levers.
Wilier also had her new Turbine SLR TT bike on a 9.2km course. Wilier says it weighs 300 grams less than the old model Turbine. The downpipe doesn’t have routing for transmission cables, because the latest batch of kits mean those pesky cables are now obsolete.
There were custom bar attachments for their Wilier bikes for the Astana – Qazaqstan team as well and they were on Corima wheels, including a Chrono Three Spokes up front. We recently visited the Corima factory to see how the brand’s wheels are manufactured and took a tour with Brand Ambassador Thomas Voeckler.
New wheels in the trial period included Israel – Premier Tech riding on the latest Black Inc Zero rear wheel. The lens-shaped wheel is asymmetrical and Black Inc says it will generate up to 20 watts of free velocity in certain wind conditions.
CeramicSpeed’s OSPW systems are another watt saver, and there’s a new version with its jockey wheels protected by a carbon fairing for improved aerodynamics, which CeramicSpeed says can deliver between 2 and 4 watts over regular Dura-Ace wheels. They appeared in both the opening stage and the time trial.
Trusted bike mechanic reviews near you
While the pros take their teams of mechanics with them, the rest of us have to take our bikes to someone nearby for their fix. That’s made just a little easier thanks to Bikebook, which lets you search for a bike mechanic near you and narrow your search through the services they offer, whether it’s a complete bike repair or tape replacement. You will get a price list of their services and you can book online.
Plus there’s an option to leave a comment so you get other users’ opinions of the store, you can compare prices and there’s a blog with tips for a cyclist. Bikebook says it has signed up over 400 mechanics across the UK. Take a look at the Bikebook website.
New clothes from Black Sheep
If you missed the Classics Monuments collection, Australian brand Black Sheep has restocked you with a second drop of sold-out Classics Flanders and Classics Milan-San Remo shirts. Black Sheep says its selection of fabrics includes the faster Aero Air/Waffle to give you an edge in Oudenaarde, on Via Roma or in the run for a coffee stand.
There are also three new colors for the men’s Racing Aero Jersey 2.0 and the women’s WMN LuxLite Jersey 2.0. More on blacksheepcycling.cc.
New Response: SubZero Mugs from Oakley
New from Oakley this week are the Re: SubZero sunglasses. Sub Zero is actually nothing new – it was launched 30 years ago. To celebrate this, Oakley launched Re: SubZero which subtly recreates the original look and throws in plenty of modern technology including the option of Prizm lenses.
Although not marketed specifically for cycling, we think the Re: SubZero’s big lens will appeal to riders, especially since its 24g weight won’t hold you back from climbing. Oakley has also brought back a limited edition original Sub Zero with the lens shape for 1992 if you want the full vintage and plan to re-release more vintage designs as part of their MUZM range. More at Oakley.com.
That’s it for this week. Enjoy coverage of this weekend’s Giro including the famous Blockhaus climb.