Aero & Lightweight Road Bike Tech At Eurobike 2018

Aero & Lightweight Road Bike Tech At Eurobike 2018


– Welcome back to EUROBIKE, for some of the latest and greatest tech. This is a lightweight and aero special. – That’s right. Before we start, can we just say never in our wildest dreams
did we think that we’d get a car branded up with our nicknames on it. – [Man] Unbelievable. – Fist bump? (upbeat techno music) Over on the GCN tech show a few weeks back we told you that we’d spotted
a new Ridley aero bike being used at the Tour de
Suisse, and here it is. It’s the new Noah Fast,
Ridley have clearly been busy, because there is an awful lot of new tech going on here. And in that show, we
suggested that maybe there was just a rim brake version,
’cause that’s what the team are using, but oh no, check it out. There’s a disc as well. They say that it’s six percent more aerodynamic than its predecessor. Now part of that is through complete integration of cables. In fact, you can have quite
an interesting game here of spot the cable because
there’s not very much on show. But that integrated bar-stem
there is a work of art. Then they’ve also changed the fork, so gone is that split fork design that characterized the original Ridley. They say that because
wheels have improved, they can actually lose that
and maintain the aerodynamics. And then also, the other
thing I like up here, is this little dimple in the head tube, which they say improves aerodynamics at increased yaw angles. So it actually causes
turbulence on purpose, which then actually improves airflow over the rest of the bike. Kinda cool, nice touch. Now, further back, what have we got? We’ve got increased compliance, so the seat post is really narrow and they say that that has improved the comfort of the bike
and also shed weight, so it’s 250 grams lighter,
but then, importantly, seemingly with this new
generation of aero bikes, is usability, so they say that there’s now continuous cable routing internally. So this one’s mechanical, you’ll notice and you can literally just pop the cable in the top, and out it
comes at the bottom. And, split spacer, so even
though the cables run internally, the fact that the
spacers on the steer tube there can be split meaning
that you can actually higher or lower your stem,
without having to undo all your cables, which
sounds like a win in my book. That’s a water bottle cage, like a 3.9 gram water bottle cage. – Check it out, it’s called the Shadow-R, and absolutely bonkers,
I’ve just never seen anything like it. We’re gonna begin with the fork. So this is something that Ceepo is calling a side fork, because in stead of coming down like a traditional fork,
it’s coming horizontally. So it can actually control the airflow over the tire and make the tire more aero. But also, it can guide
the air all the way along the length of the bike by having this boom along here. Also you have this triple clamp design at the fork and by also removing the seat post as well,
you’ve also reduced drag. – Now how about this for
some lightweight tech? I just bumped into the people at Hunt and they’ve shown me this,
which is the front wheel of their new hill climb wheel set. And for the pair, it’s 991 grams. Now it’s tubular specific, as you can see. The rim weighs just 280 grams. Each spoke is super, super light, 3.5 grams per spoke I’m told. But although they’re called the hill climb wheel set, currently the
pre-production samples are being tested in road races and apparently they are solid wheels. So here we go, pre-production samples. Look for them, shipping soon. You’ll be familiar with Vision wheels ’cause we use them here
on GCN all the time and the Metron range have
just seen a big update, because they’ve all gone tubeless-ready. So what they’ve done in order to do that, is actually changed the
hook on the rim itself. You can see in fact, they’ve
kindly put it as a decal. And so that means that they
are now tubeless compatible, which is great news really, isn’t it? Because tubeless is taking off. – DT Swiss has got some particularly tasty new lightweight wheels in the form of their new Mon Chasseral 35 clinchers. The wheels feature a fully
carbon rim that’s tubeless ready with an 18 millimeter internal rim width. So that’s great for wider tires. But my favorite feature of them is this really bling carbon body on the hub, and also the fact that you
can see no spoke nipples. Now this is deliberate,
an aerodynamic feature, because DT has actually measured the rotational drag of
its wheels and found that by putting the
spoke nipples internally, it can actually reduce something in the region of about
half a watt of aero drag. The wheels are coming in at 1400 grams a pair, which is really
competitive for a set of carbon clinchers
that are tubeless ready and they’re only available
in a rim brake version. – Now this is a bike that I was really interested to come and see. It’s the 3T Strada Dura
okay, so it is the evolution of the 3T Strada, which
I was pretty excited about when it was launched last year, because you could not run
it with a front derailleur. It had to be used one
by, which on a road bike is pretty revolutionary, it’s fair to say. And it caused quite the controversy. Now though, we have a two by version, but interestingly, 3T
say that it was always the intention to launch
a two by model as well. So the original carbon mold actually had the mounting points for that in there. But what they’ve done
with this, is to beef up the carbon layer, adding
about 35 grams to it. Now, my other question to them, was how much of an aerodynamic
penalty is there running two by, as opposed to one by? And they’ve said 8 watts,
which is pretty significant I think, when you’re on an aero bike. But there we go. 35 gram penalty, 8 watt penalty, but you get a front derailleur. You pays your money,
you makes your choice. Well from a one by bike
that’s gone two by, to a two by bike, that’s being run one by. This is the brand new
Argon 18 Nitrogen disc SE. So they’ve taken their
existing aerodynamic bike and changed it, and added disc brakes. And they say that the
first, the rim brake edition was perhaps a little bit
nervous, and so by adding discs, they’ve turned that bike
into an absolute shredder. Now, they have had to make
some changes of course to accommodate the disc
brakes, but their fundamental aerodynamics are the same. The fork has been stiffened by 82 percent, and they say also the
chainstay’s been lengthened. It’s made the bike much, much
more comfortable as well. So overall, they say that
handling has changed slightly, ’cause of those chainstays,
and it puts the bike much more in line with their Gallium
Pro, so that’s their standard, lightweight road racing bike. Now one thing I thought
was really interesting, is that given all the aerodynamic disc brake bikes that’s
been launched this year, Argon 18 have said that this bike is 2 watts slower than the rim brake bike. But they say that is a
penalty absolutely worth paying in order to get
that real shredability, which is probably not a word,
but you know what I mean. – So here we have the new Firecrest line and this is the 303, the 404 and the 808. And the difference from last year’s wheel is that they now have updated rims and these are actually the old NSW rims, so the technology has trickled down. The difference is though, that
they have printed graphics on, instead of the impressed
graphics found on the NSW. But you get the same
sawtooth dimple pattern on the NSW rim, and also
the showstopper brake track, changing the rim as if it’s actually made the new Firecrest
between 45 and 75 grams lighter than the previous Firecrest. (Simon hums) Where have you been, Si? I’ve been looking for you. – Sorry, I’m looking
for a Eurobike essential and I know Park, a-ha,
wouldn’t let me down. The bottle opener, we need
this after a hard day. – Let’s go put it to good use, right now. So, to see more Eurobike content, then subscribe to the GCN channel and also the GCN Tech channel, because we’re gonna be putting out loads of content over the next few days. And also, don’t forget
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when we put a new video out because there’s absolutely loads of awesome stuff here that we just can’t wait to show you, and we haven’t had a chance to show you in just one video. – Nope, that’s right, now if you missed yesterday’s video, then
why not click on screen now and you will get through to that. The hottest new road bike tech. Right then. – Just one thing though, I think we should take this pizza cutter as well. I think we can make good use of that. – Does it cut sausage? – Yeah, it’ll cut sausage yeah. – Alright, let’s do it.