Tech Extra: New Road Bike Tech At The 2017 Taipei Cycle Show

Tech Extra: New Road Bike Tech At The 2017 Taipei Cycle Show


– The Taipei Cycle Show is
one of the biggest events in the bike industry calendar. Everyone is here in some form or another and in fact, there’s as many
meetings behind closed doors as there are in the exhibition hall. So what does that mean for us? Well, firstly, this is a great place to see into cyclings future. And then secondly, there is also gonna be a tech extravaganza! Ah, holy carbon layouts, Batman! (easy contemporary music) FSA have been bringing
loads of stuff out recently. These particularly, I’m
really interested in. It’s their new powermeter. So they’ve partnered up with power2max, who are a really well-renowned
powermeter company already. And the pair of them have got together and made a lower priced powermeter. This one here, which is a
cold forged alluminium crank with a PowerBox powermeter,
retails for just 650 euros. Which is really good, you
get all power2max internals, so it’s reliable, it’s
robust, it’s easy to use. But you’re able to get it
at a much lower price point. So that is very cool and
then over the other side, sticking with cranks for a minute, now this is a real, hot, emerging trend. FSA tell us that the demand
for these has been unreal. It is super compact, so
it’s a 48 tooth outer ring, and a 32 tooth inner ring. And the idea is it’s being
adopted by gravel riders where your top speeds are gonna be lower ’cause of the extra
resistance of the road. But then also, people that
are into bike packing, so when you’re heavily
laden, you got, I don’t know, 20 kilos of camping gear on your bike, you’re obviously not gonna be
using a 53 tooth outer ring. And so there you go 48/32,
but actually it looks, that top-of-the-line K-Force
one looks absolutely amazing. Look closely, it’s not just
the new Dura-Ace crank set. It’s the new Shimano powermeter. Oh yeah, not on the market just yet. We’ve got more on it on
GCN very soon, stay tuned. Let’s do a little bit of
geeking out, shall we? Over at the CeramicSpeed booth. Just moving past their
fully optimised drive train which they say saves you
between 11 and 16 watts, which is pretty bonkers, to this, which is their
brand new, 3D printed, hollow titanium, oversized
pulley wheel set, right? So that’s their, kinda normal, trademark 17 tooth pulley wheels, but these bad boys have
been 3D printed in titanium and that means, if you
look at a cross-section, all those little arms on it are hollow. They’re absolutely tiny and
they’re completely hollow, making it lighter than
the alluminium version. Quite significantly as well. That is a work of art, isn’t it? If your name is Keith, this
could be the bike brand for you. DT Swiss have got a couple
of new wheels for us. First, we’ve got this,
the ERC 1100 DICUT DB47s which fortunately roll a lot
faster than the name does. Now, they say they are the
new endurance wheel set, so the internal rim width is 19 mils so your fatter tyres are
gonna sit really nice on that. Because of that, it’s
an all new rim profile. But then, something very cool, now DT Swiss are famous for their hubs. And this one here is a new aero hub. So it’s the first time it’s
been seen on any wheel set. One imagines, given
that it is aerodynamic, it’s gonna be used on some
more wheels coming soon. But that is really nice, then
over here, we’ve got this one which is the PR 1400 DICUT OXIC. Now, that is an alllluminum rim, which you might be able to
tell from that distance, ’cause it’s got what they’re
calling their OXIC brake track. So that’s a hard wearing,
dark coating on there. And they say if you use their
specific brake pads with it, then that is gonna stay looking
black for a long, long time. It’s not gonna wear off. Nice, only 1400g. One of the most hotly anticipated
products to hit the market is this, it’s Sram’s eTap HRD. Not long now, not long now. This one? Or, this one? This one, I think, with this new poncho. TRP have just won an award
for these little beauties. It’s called the TT Hydro and
it is, we think, the first ever hydraulic disc brake for
TT and triathlon bikes. So, if you have a closer
look, the calliper is from the well-established Hilux
road hydraulic disc brakes. So the all new bit is this lever here. So, obviously on a TT or triathlon bike, it’ll be on the extensions
on the base bar. And instead of taping your bar and then having a brake
lever that plugs in the end, they’ve actually built
the hydraulics into, like a kind of mountain bike style grip, so the whole thing bolts on. And that’s allowed them to get
this really ergonomic shape. And still keep all the hydraulic cylinders in there and so forth. And then, the other cool
little bit, so we’re told, is these actual side
bits with the bolt on. So very soon, you’ll
be able to unscrew that and then bolt on little
buttons that’ll work with either Di2 or Sram eTap. Which is pretty nice,
I think you’ll agree. These are gonna be hitting the shelves six weeks or so they say. Topeak are launching a
new pump here at Taipei. It’s called the Twin
Turbo, which sounds like exactly the kind of pump
that you’d really want. And it’s actually really clever, right? So, in here, are two cylinders. When you pull the pump up,
it draws air from the big cylinder and then compresses
it into a smaller cylinder. Then, when you push down,
it compresses the air out but only from the small cylinder. The theory being, that
smaller diameter cylinders are easier to push down than larger ones. However, because it’s been pre-compressed, you actually get three times the output which is pretty impressive. And to show, they’ve actually
created a little competition just up here and being a competitive chap, I’m gonna give it a go because, I’m all safe, I know my limits. I’m gonna actually aim to
win a mug down there, right? You ready for this? (contemporary music) (beep) (light applause) There we go, that’s a big tyre, 120 psi. (heavy breathing) Well, that is the end of
day one here at Taipei. It’s been a pretty long
day, marching the aisles and searching out the best tech. So if you don’t mind me,
I’m actually just gonna aaah, call it a day now. Obviously I’m not just
gonna leave you hanging. Make sure you subscribe to GCN. That’s your first thing
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video from last year Taipei. The weird and wonderful
stuff that we found then. And then, why not check over there for the evolution of Shimano
Di2, that’s a good one. Alright? See you tomorrow.