We’ve had sneaky, cheeky looks at a whole bunch of unreleased products that brands haven’t wanted to show us yet, including Shimano 105 Di2 and an updated Canyon Ultimate road bike, but there’s plenty of new stuff there. -low that they are want to scream too. We start with new Hutchinson Challenger tires that have a claimed life of 5,000 miles. This led us to ask ourselves: how many kilometers are you expect to get from a set of tires?
Hutchinson launches Challenger endurance tire with 5,000 mile life
French manufacturer Hutchinson has launched a new endurance tire called the Challenger which is said to offer “incredible tire life which has been tested for up to 8,000 km [5,000 miles]”.
Hutchinson says that in addition to longevity, he focused on comfort and safety here.
“The tire uses a combination of a slightly thicker tread and high-density fiber reinforcement technology to deliver unrivaled puncture protection and incredible tire life… All this comes with little weight penalty, a 25mm tire weighing just 255g, even lighter than the competition.”
The Challenger uses Hutchinson’s new Bi-Compound rubber with a harder compound in the center of the tire designed to resist cuts and abrasions.
The softer side compound is intended to provide “superior cornering grip on dry and wet roads.”
The Challenger is available as a tube tire in three sizes: 25mm (255g), 28mm (300g) and 30mm (320g). The 28mm version will be available in black and beige wall mount versions with the 25mm and 30mm available in black only.
A tubeless version is planned for 2023, with Hutchinson specifying that it will use brand new tubeless road technology that it has developed.
The Hutchinson Challenger clincher tire costs £29.99.
5,000 miles sounds like an impressive lifespan. What mileage do you expect from your tyres?
Santini unveils La Vuelta 22 leader jerseys
Santini has unveiled the official leader’s jerseys for La Vuelta a España – or Tour of Spain – which will take place from August 19 to September 11.
Rather than the usual four jerseys – general classification, points, King of the Mountain (above), best young rider – this time there are five: the leaders of the general classification of the first three Dutch stages will receive a special La Roja ( red jersey , below) in tribute to the host cities: Breda, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht. Once the race is moved to Spanish territory, the leader of the general classification will return to the traditional jersey of La Roja
In addition to the official jerseys, every year Santini manufactures several special kits – bib shorts, socks and gloves – dedicated to specific stages of La Vuelta.
For example, there is a kit to celebrate the Sierra Nevada (above) that features on stage 15. The kit will also feature a design inspired by the statue of the Virgen de las Nieves (Madonna of the Snows) at the top of the Hoya de la Mora climb.
Replica leader jerseys and four special kits will be available for purchase from the Santini websiteand in selected cycling stores around the world.
Zit Bitz are the latest bling for your bike
These are some pretty awesome machined alloy bolts from Portland Design Works (PDW) that thread into standard frame or fork eyelets.
There are five different laser anodized designs to choose from, and each set contains four bolts.
These are purely decorative and PDW says they can turn “any threaded frame eyelet on your bike into a statement opportunity.”
They cost $15 (about £12) per set.
Bastion Cycles presents £2,700 power meter crankset with SRM
Australia’s Bastion Cycles has added a power-metered crankset priced at AU$4,800 (around £2,700) to its range.
The design features hollow 6Al/4V titanium 3D printed cranks reinforced with an internal structural mesh. The 30mm axle features 3D printed titanium drive splines with a molded carbon fiber torque tube connecting them. All contact surfaces are CNC machined. Cranks, spindle and accessories are made in-house.
James Woolcock of Bastion said: “The internal structure and wall thickness maps were optimized over 17 design iterations using our correlated Finite Element Analysis (FEA) techniques to arrive at a balance of performance that satisfies us. The result is a stiffness-to-weight ratio that’s about 2.4 times a solid forged aluminum crankset and approaches the level of the cranksets we’ve produced for the Olympics and used by several national teams.
The crankset uses a spider-based Origin PowerMeter from SRM, the German brand that has been involved in power measurement since the 1980s.
It is compatible with Shimano and Carbon-ti chainrings (4 holes) for SRAM AXS and Campagnolo. Bastion claims a weight of 390g for arms and spindle.
Bastion isn’t ready to release the cranks for sale to the public, but you can register your interest and advise your pre-order specs.
Le Col partners with Fabian Cancellara
British cycling clothing brand Le Col has teamed up with Fabian Cancellara to bring out two new designs.
Cancellara retired from professional racing in 2016 after a distinguished career that saw him win seven landmarks, two Olympic gold medals, four road racing world championships and a host of Grand Tour stages.
Shorts, socks and a cap are available, as well as two jerseys.
The Le Col x Cancellara Sport shirt is £95 while the Le Col x Cancellara Pro Aero shirt is £145.
Is the new Poc Myelin the most ecological helmet in the world?
The Poc Myelin not only aims to protect your head but also the planet. It was built with 50% recycled materials and each component was designed to be recycled at the end of its life.
At first glance, you might not notice anything unusual about the new headset, but Poc says there’s an innovative use of a woven fabric shell and no adhesives.
The Myelin costs £100 and is designed for everyday use and commuting.
When the helmet reaches the end of its life, it can be dismantled using household tools thanks to “strategically placed fasteners”.
Poc promises to continue its ecological trajectory with the ambition to transfer its research and testing on the sustainable use of resources into more products over time.
Do you think myelin is a step in the right direction? Let us know in the comments.
HUUB presents the England Rugby x Umbro cycling kit
HUUB has partnered with the FRU (Rugby Football Union) and Umbro to bring an RFU collection to England. A short sleeve jersey costs £84.99.
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