Hi-Tech Road Bike Tech At Eurobike 2018


– We’ve had hot tech. – We’ve had light tech. – Aero tech. – But now, it’s time for high tech, tech. – Tech this out. – No, you’ve gone to far with that mate. – All right. (upbeat synthetic music) – Come over to CATEYE to take a look at their new range of smart
lights called the Sync range. And it’s smart tech, that hopefully will make your life simpler which is good smart tech in my book. As you can see, there’s
three of them on there. So we got 500 lumen front light, which is your perfect commuter type light. Then we got rear light for your bike and than a wearable light as well. So, these both pump out
a maximum of 50 lumens. Now the smart bit, is that they are all Bluetooth connected, so they all connect with each other and they also connect with
an app on your phone as well. So start with the lights themselves, the fact that they connect together means that there is just a single switch to turn all of them on or off. Which is a little function
that I really do like. Then this rear light on your bike, has a built in sensor to show
when you are slowing down. So that then can then become a brake light and then because it’s
synced with that one, that too performs the same functionality, if you so wish as well. And that’s a function that
you can turn on or off. Then, when it comes to
what’s on your phone, this becomes even simpler. So, for example on a normal light, you might have five or six
different modes on there that you always have to cycle through, even if you don’t want them. So flashing, flashing a little bit faster, or flashing slower, or
dim, or medium, or bright. Whereas on here you can
actually use your phone to customise which ones
you have on the light. So, for me for example, I’d
probably have just have two. And then, the absolute winner
as far as I’m concerned, is that your phone will
send you notifications, when these are running low on battery. So you don’t even have to look at the app. It’ll just send you notification. Which I’ve gotta say,
about five times a winter, I will find I don’t have
enough battery power to cycle home, I’m that disorganised. So this potentially would
stop that happening. – Now this is the AeroPod, from a new company called Velocomp. Now, this little device has the potential to make you incredibly faster. Now the way it does that,
is it can actually tell you your drag coefficient while
you ride, in real time. Essentially, it’s a mobile
wind tunnel for your bike. And it can fit on any bike. So then what you’re measuring
is the wind speed direction, the slope using
accelerometer as a gradient, and also your acceleration. In doing that it can give you a value for your drag coefficient or CdA. As it can display this in real time, as you ride on your head unit, so your Garmin, or Wahoo computer. It is well, limitless, really. It’s an incredible bit here. I can’t wait to test one and see how much faster I can make myself. – Elite have clearly been really busy with their indoor trainer. So we’re going to start with this one, which is the latest
addition of the Drivo II. So the Drivo II. Now most obviously the colour
has gone from white to black. Now, that’s purely an aesthetic change but boy does this one look
like it means business. And then second most obvious change, is the fact the stand now is much wider, so it’s even more stable then before. Then internally, the power
metre is now rated as accurate so 0.5%, now bear in mind,
the industry standard of power metres is still about
2%, that’s pretty bonkers. And lastly the response
rate of the trainer has been improved. So previously to that
nine seconds, they say, to go from the 0% gradient
to 25% simulation. Whereas now it’s just three seconds. Next up we got these, the Nero rollers. These are interactive rollers meaning that you can pair them up to
something like Zwift via Amplus. And the reason they work
with something like Zwift, is that they’ve got resistant
unit in the back here, and so it’ll simulate gradients up to 7%. And there’s also two fly wheels here with a total of 5.45 kilos. So adds a little bit more
inertia to your pedalling. Which makes it feel even more realistic. And then, another thing
that’s really cool, it’s two features that actually
make them easier to use, ’cause rollers, they’re
like an acquired skill. Not everyone is able to jump
straight on and ride them, not that they’re particularly difficult but you do need to learn. Whereas with these, firstly
they’ve got a rocker built in that balances out your pedal stroke, meaning that they are easier to use. And then lastly, this is super cool, There’s a built in step so you can actually get on your bike. – Here we have some really interesting and quite novel innovation. So Bosch has developed an eBike with an ABS system fitted into it. So, why do you need
anti-lock brakes on a bike? Well Bosch believes there’s
two main sort of scenarios where anti-lock brakes could really useful in preventing an accident. So the first thing would be
if an oncoming hazard suddenly presents itself, it might be
someone opening a car door in front of a cyclist, or
something emerging from a junction and you have to avoid it. Now in most cases, cyclists
will slam on the brakes in a panic and this can cause
you to perform a front-ender and go over the handlebars, especially when you’ve got really powerful hydraulic disc brakes on an eBike. So, the system is designed
to modulate the front brake and bring the rear wheel
back down to the ground, to stop you going over the handlebars and control your braking in
a much more measured way. Much like ABS in a car. So the question is, how
does this work on a bike? Well, it’s all down to this
unit at the front here. Now, the unit is very clever
and there’s sensors fitted throughout the bike that are able to detect the wheel speed on both the front wheel and the back wheel. Bosch believes that 25%
of accidents that occur on push bikes could be potentially avoided or the consequences of
them could be minimised with a system like this. So, that’s pretty awesome. – Right, I found a cheeky
little prototype for us. This is a Hunt wheel. I want you to look very closely at the top of the rim, there, near the tyre. You notice that there is a slight change in the aesthetics of it and
that’s because this bit here is carbon fibre and that bit there is a low density epoxy resin. So this is cool, right. So how did developing these
super wide new wheels? They realised that in order to
get a modern wide arrow wheel you actually need quite a lot of material in order to maintain that shape. But it doesn’t need to be structural. And so what they’re
experimenting with here is actually having a mould where there is a groove channelled into it so the wheel comes out with
a groove and then you fill it with that low density epoxy resin. Now the density of which is 0.4
grammes per centimetre cubed. The density of carbon fibre is about 1.6 grammes per centimetre cubed. So, all out, you could potentially shed about 50 grammes off each wheel. There we go. Pretty exciting stuff. How’s this for some high tech, tech. So this is the brand new Tacx Neo bike and as you can see it is a static bike. The reason it shares the Neo
name as they’re more famous, Neo trainers, is that all
internals here are similar. So, it’s accurate to plus or minus 1% in terms of measuring your power. The resistance unit
will simulate gradients from naught to 25%, so you’re
kind of covered for everything you might encounter on Zwift. And if you’ve got the legs, it will generate up to
2,500 watts of resistance. What is kind of cool about this bike, is that although there
is no mechanical gearing in here so your cranks are
connected via belt drive to the resistance unit, there are a lot of
electronic gears on here, they’re controlled by a SRAM
eTap dial system up front. And you can actually choose
what gear ratios used and how many you’ve got. So, if you want a 5339 and then 1123, just to make life difficult
on Zwift Mountain, you can do it or you could
actually run a triple up front and a 12 speed rear cassette. If you fancy having 36
gears at your disposal. So, you can be all tuned
using an additional app. Then up front there,
particularly nice touch, as far as I’m concerned, are the two fans that are built in, perfect, and they can be adjusted so
they respond to your speed, so the faster you go the
more air cooling you get. Or, connect it up to
your heart rate as well. All in all, some high tech, tech. Now once we were on this Zwift stand we thought we would
catch up with these guys to found out whether
they’ve got any high tech, tech coming up. So with me’s Steve Beckett. Steve what can we expect from Zwift over the next couple of months? – [Steve] It’s gonna be New York. So New York Central Park but with a twist. We’re not giving anything away just yet. There’s going to be another
expansion to Watopia coming. – No hunt for high tech, tech, would be complete without a power metre. And we’ve got really
awesome one to show you. So, brand new is this, the exact pedal base power metre system, which comes as a collaboration between the legendary pedal brand Look, and power metres pioneers SRM. It’s gonna be available in
either single sided versions, or as a dual sided version and shipping is expected
to be the end of July. Now in the past there has been some issues with long term durability
of pedal based systems, but the SRM unit is
being fully manufactured in Europe, in Germany. And SRM are a brand that
has an amazing reputation, for durability especially when it comes to their bottom bracket mounted systems. So, we can’t wait to see
how the Exact performs. – Topeak are infamously ingenious and they’ve been working their magic, it’s fair to say, on their latest series, which is called the Qubie Qubie. It’s kind of a modular system
based around these mounts that go outboard from your stem. If I take one off then I might be able to explain it a little bit better. Okay, so first of all
we’ve got the lights here. And basically you have a light module and then have a battery pack. Now, depending on the
size of your battery pack that would influence how
bright your light is. So, you can have a
really small compact one that pumps out 500 lumens or
you have a much bigger one that pumps out 1,200 lumens. And you’ll see there that
the actual connection between the two is a USB port, which means that you could just use this as a standard battery pack
and charge up your phone, which is kinda cool. And then, you can also see as
well, on this modular system, you’ve also have a mount
for a GoPro session as well, or you could flip it the other way up and you have two lights
mounted side-by-side or you just have a single one. So you can kind of go to
town on your Qubie Qubie’s. Well that was some pretty
mind blowing high tech, tech. If you agree please give
this video a big thumbs up. – Hey Sy, wait, wait. I just found this absolutely, I think this is the
latest technology, right. I know you’re a fan of a one-by. This is no-by. Think of the drive train savings. – That’s absolutely amazing.
– I know. – I can’t believe it. CeramicSpeed has been going on about nine to 9% efficient drive train. This is 100% efficient.
– It’s unbelievable. – I wonder what the rolling
distance of these tyres is? ‘Cause, you know, a larger diameter, since you change the contact patch. – High tech, tech. (horn honks) – If you want to watch some more videos, Why not click on screen now?