Bike Tech Overload | 2017 Taipei Cycle Show Day 2

Bike Tech Overload | 2017 Taipei Cycle Show Day 2


(muted crowd noise) – Ah. Morning. (grunts) Tell you what, I should really
have brought a sleeping bag. Clearly an amateur at this
bike-packing malarkey. Right, day two at the Taipei Cycle Show. Need to find some breakfast and then, we’re gonna go look for some more awesome tech. (techno music) Just stopped by at our friends at Kask, ’cause I wanted to check
out their new glasses. Now strictly speaking these
are not Kask, they are Koo, which is their new sister brand, but, well, partial to these. We saw them a while ago, actually, but they first hit the
shelves in December. Hopefully I can carry these
off and do them justice. Made in Italy, Zeiss lenses, but Kask really know what
cyclists want and that is the ability to match your glasses with your helmet. See? Over the straps, naturally. SpeedX have caused quite
a stir on the market since they launched a short time ago, in part, because the bikes
are so keenly priced, but then also, because their admirable determinations about their own smart tech. Now this one next to
me here is the Unicorn, which is still very much
in a prototype stage. It’s got their famous head unit, but then they’re also developing this, which is their new, own powermeter. Now, as I said, it’s a prototype, hence the rotor cranks
and the FSA chain rings, but the important bit, the guts
of this, are all their own. Details are a little bit sketchy, but perhaps, given that it’s a SpeedX, the important thing is
that this whole bike, with Ultegra Di2, and powermeter, is just $3,400 they think, and it’s gonna start
shipping in early May, and then there will be two above this, including one with SRAM RED eTap HRD. (techno music) If e-bikes leave you a little bit confused as to whether or not they are road bikes or, indeed, motorbikes, then this one is gonna blur that boundary even more. It’s CoastCycles. Now they’ve got a whole load
of bikes in their range, but I`ve gravitated
toward this one because, they tell me, if you used it on the road, it would be highly illegal. It`s got a thousand watt motor on there, and unlike most pedal-assist bikes, you actually don’t need to
pedal at all if you don’t wish. You could just sit
there, pull the throttle, and you’ve got a thousand
watts at your disposal. That is cool. Hey, tech geeks! Come over here. This is really good, right? We’re at the Jagwire stand. So they’re the kind of cable
and housing specialists. And this is really good. There’s quite a lot of
weight in your gear cables, and so Jagwire have managed to strip out 50% of that weight, making it potentially one of the most cost-effective weight savings out there. So for weight weenies, listen up right? So this is a standard gear cable outer. Loads of steel in there. And so what they’ve done is effectively removed most of that steel
and instead of having it in like longitudinal waves, they’ve actually kind of braided it, but then sort of incorporated it into the actual polymer liner, meaning that it wouldn’t
be strong enough for brakes but for gear cables it’s perfect. And you could save,
potentially, 50g for 40 Euros. So yeah, weight weenies,
told you that was good. But then, it gets better. So this is the inner that goes in there, and instead of having a coating on there that Jagwire says wears off after a while, they might have a point, they’ve actually polished the liner, so it doesn’t need a coating on it, it is just really slippery. I don’t know what it feels like on a bike, but that feels very slippery. Mid-show ride, courtesy of Swift. We`ve just stopped by at Santini`s booth. Check this out, released actually
in time for the show here, is, of course, Giro d`Italia
leader`s jersey for this year. And given that it`s the Hundredth edition of the Giro this is a very celebratory and special jersey. Quite clean looking, I think you`ll agree, but, for such a special anniversary, you`ve got gold accents. That`s cool. Diavelo have long been
industry pioneers of e-bikes, in fact, they`ve been around for 10 years. This though, is a brand new model, it`s called the Virtuale, and as you can see,
definitely a road bike. Down that downtube there is
the motor and the battery, it kicks out 250 watts,
but it`s limited to that, and it will give you 400 watt hours. So, at 250 watts that`s,
what, a shade under two hours. Best thing about that though,
is it weighs just 14 kilos, so that`s less than 30 pounds. For an electric bike, that`s pretty good. But, can I just say, my
favourite is down here. So they`ve got a collaboration
with Pininfarina, who are the automotive design house, and this is their brand new one, the Evoluzione, and that, if you were going to commute on an e-bike, you`d be hard pushed to top that. That is very cool. I`ve just stopped by at the Ergon booth. Now you might be more
familiar with the brand if you come from a
Mountain Bike background, they do loads of saddles, grips and, brilliantly for me and Lloydy, they still make bar ends. But these caught my eye
from a road perspective. So they`re their brand new insoles, and this, this is really what drew me in. More performance, yes please, more comfort, yep, and increased power transfer. Sounds like a bonus. And they way they`ve done it is by putting this quite
stiff insole in your shoe, and it builds up the outer
edge of your forefoot, drops your big toe, and
then it supports your ankle. And apparently, that is what is going to give you those three things. So that was interesting. Is this the longest chain in the world? We stopped by at Profile Design, ’cause we heard they had something new, and here it is. Sure enough, it’s the
Aeria Ultimate Cockpit. Now clearly, unmistakably, a time trial and triathlon specific bar and stem. The stem is new for the Aeria range, you can see there, that is a seriously aero looking stem, but it’s not a one piece, which is great, so you still get that adjustability. And adjustability is by all accounts the key to this set up. So even, in fact, this is quite a lot of
torsion going on here, you can see that the actual extensions can be adjusted on the base bar. Now that is a pretty novel thing there. So you can have your
extensions flipped up, and your base bar still at
its most aerodynamic position. Well, I tell you what, I am definitely not staying
in a tent again tonight. I’ve go a hotel, and I’ve
also got my transport. This is a STRiDA folding bike, with a belt drive in fact. Now, the first thing
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