Garmin Varia RCT715, Rapha x Palace kit, a 3D printed saddle from Fizik and Tour de France sunglasses from Oakley


The weather and the Tour de France have warmed up this week with the arrival of The large loop in the Alps saw Tadej Pogačar lose the yellow jersey.

If you’re wondering what that means, our Tour de France jersey color guide will shed some light.

So you don’t miss out on the rest of the thrilling action, we’ve listed where you can stream the race live.

The heat wave felt like a furnace here in Bristol. Fittingly, we posted a video about the hottest Tour de France bikes.

In the BikeRadar content forge, the digital Stakhanovists struck while the iron was hot.

First, we covered the launch of Shimano XT Di2 M8150, an electronic mountain bike groupset just for e-bikes.

The component maker has also launched the more affordable Shimano EP600 and updated EP801 e-bike motors alongside the Shimano CUES Di2, which adds electronic shifting to e-bikes.

Staying motor-assisted, we’ve covered the Trek Fuel EXe mid-level assist version.

As for the gravel, we’ve updated our exclusive 2022 Cannondale Topstone Alloy story from April with all the official launch details.

Our BikeRadar team at Eurobike in Frankfurt, Germany rivaled the productivity of the Mittelstand, allowing us to post 13 news on Wednesday.

To name a few, these included: the new Shimano S-Phyre RC903 shoe, the Bosch ebike Smart System 2023 update, the new Garmin Edge Explore 2 and the Lee Cougan Rampage Innova mountain bike.

We’ve also rounded up some of the coolest tech from the event – stay tuned to for more to come.

Now is the time for our curated selection of the hottest technologies to arrive at BikeRadar HQ this week.

Rear light Garmin Varia RCT715

The Garmin Varia RCT715 has a camera.
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Cameras are integrated into many devices of contemporary life. It’s not just smartphones that can record the world around you, but also doorbells, TVs, and even kitchen appliances.

With the release of the Garmin Varia RCT715, you can now add bike lights to this list of smart devices.

Garmin’s new rear light has a high definition camera to record all incidents on the road.

Like its predecessor, the Varia RTL515, this new light will warn you of vehicles up to 140m behind you when paired with a Garmin bike computer. Its light is said to be visible up to a mile away in broad daylight.

Adding a camera to the Varia RCT715 will provide you with footage of your ride up to 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second.

You can use the camera like a GoPro, but Garmin says it will also continuously record while in use. If the Varia detects an incident while you are using it, it will automatically save footage, should you ever need it.

  • £349.99 / $399.99 / AU$639.99 / €399.99

Rapha x Palace EF cycling set

It’s hard to miss the latest Rapha x Palace collaboration.
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If you’ve watched the Tour de France, chances are you’ve seen the latest Rapha and Palace Skateboards collaboration. Because, frankly, how could you miss it?

The brands first collaborated for the 2020 Giro d’Italia, where the men’s team EF wore a “switch-out” kit with a headache-inducing, fever dream and cartoon duck motif.

Now they have created a new kit for the Tour de France and the first Tour de France Women.

The design features a green creature, which requires some deciphering – is it a dragon, lizard or dinosaur? – and the symbol of Venus, among other eye-catching details.

Rapha says the kit “rightly celebrates the Women’s Tour”, which will start on the last day of the men’s Tour de France, and is the first edition of the race in over 30 years.

Cannondale, the bike supplier to EF Education-EasyPost and EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, also partnered with Palace for both races, “leaking” a new SuperSlice time trial bike in the process.

Rapha says the kit will soon be available exclusively to Rapha Cycling Club members, alongside a training kit and casual wear.

  • Rapha x Palace Pro Team Aero jersey for men: price to be confirmed
  • Pro Team Rapha x Palace Men’s Bib Shorts: price to be confirmed

Fizik Argo Adaptive R3 Saddle

Fizik says the Argo is his most versatile saddle shape.
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We first spotted a 3D-printed Fizik saddle three years ago at Eurobike 2019. Since then, the brand has released three versions of its Antares saddle with the honeycomb structure it calls ” Adaptive”.

Now Fizik has brought the technology to their Argo saddle shape. While the Antares occupies a more race-focused position in the Fizik lineup, the Argo is said to be the brand’s most versatile saddle shape. It is suitable for riding on road, gravel and trails.

The rod is said to reduce pressure by 60%.
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The 3D-printed shaft of this Fizik Vento Argo Adaptive R3 saddle is claimed to provide long-lasting comfort and a 60% reduction in “peak pressure through better weight distribution”.

Fizik claims that 3D printing allows him to tailor the amount of cushioning provided in different parts of the seatpost. The design of each section is meant to be influenced by the riding positions and pressure points of professional and amateur riders.

While the Antares Adaptive saddles have a cutout section in the middle, the Vento Argo R3 Adaptive has a continuous 3D-printed upper, much like the Specialized Power Pro with mirror.

The saddle has a carbon reinforced nylon shell.
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If you think the mesh-like design seems like a nightmare to clean, you wouldn’t be alone. But Fizik says “whatever goes in, goes out”. All you have to do is hose down the saddle with water.

This R3 version of the road bike saddle has a carbon reinforced nylon shell and hollow Kium rails. The R1 version combines the same shell with carbon rails.

The saddle we have is 140mm in diameter and weighs 226g.

Oakley Kato and Holbrook Tour de France Sunglasses

The Oakley Tour de France 2022 glasses.
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Oakley is the Official Sunglasses Sponsor of the Tour de France and releases a selection of its designs in new race-themed colors each year.

Last year, Oakley released four eyewear meant to celebrate the colors of the French flag. The limited-edition 2022 range is more understated, with Oakley opting for black and clear frames with yellow detailing, in honor of the race leader’s jersey.

The glasses are also said to be inspired by the design of the Tour trophy and its logo is etched into the lenses.

The Katos are said to refer to the Tour de France trophy.
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The 2022 Tour edition of the Oakley Kato has a Prizm Road lens with a red tint. The arms have clear sections, while the round arm detail is yellow.

The Kato’s wraparound lens was eye-catching from the moment we first spotted the goggles worn by Chris Froome at the 2020 Vuelta Espana. The design is said to improve your field of vision.

Casual Holbrooks sunglasses from Oakley with the Tour de France logo engraved on the lens.
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Oakley has also released a Tour de France version of its most popular “lifestyle” sunglasses, the Holbrooks.

The Holbrook has a transparent black to frosted design with the Oakley logo in yellow on the arm.

The lenses are Oakley’s Black Iridium color, which is said to eliminate 90% of ambient light.

  • Oakley 2022 Tour de France Kato: £265 / $323 / AU$396 / €295
  • Oakley 2022 Tour de France Holbrook: £145 / $167 / AU$213 / €160

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