Welcome To The First GCN Tech Show!

Welcome To The First GCN Tech Show!


– Hello and welcome to the
first ever GCN tech show. – Coming up this week
we discuss whether tech can actually make cycling more fun. – We’ll introduce you
to the GCN wall of fame. The bike vault and tell
you everything that’s cool in the world of cycling and tech. (upbeat music) – Jon, how good is this mate? An entire show devoted to tech? You’ll be asking the question I’m sure just what can you expect from it? – That’s right, we’re gonna give you the latest product launches,
spy shots, tech releases Everything from within
the tech world of cycling. – Yeah, and we also want
to hear from you a lot. For a start, we’re going
to need your nominations each week for the brand
new GCN wall of fame. Which of the products
that have most shaped the cycling landscape. We need you to tell us and
then we can do the inducting. – That’s right and we want
to see your bikes too. Our friends at GNBN have
opened up the bike vault and we want to put in your road bikes, your cyclo-cross bikes, your gravel bikes, your touring bikes. – Yeah, and you’ve already
been sending them in in fact on social media
so we actually have our very first ones to check out this week. – And remember, things
aren’t actually set in stone. We want to know what you
want to see in the GCN tech show. – That’s right, let us
know in the comment section down below. But for now Jon, I think
we better crack on. What has the detector found this week? – The detector? Come on Simon, we can do better than that. – I’m not sure we can mate. This is kind of still GCN after all. – Okay, well first up Mathieu van der Poel him
and his cyclocross team have moved over to the
Canyon and they arrived in new Canyon Inflite
SLX cyclocross bikes. Well, that frame design
was pretty polarising wasn’t it when it was launched? And if anyone needs convincing out there I think that’s enough to convince them. – Yeah I think so too. That is one very, very nice looking bike. And of course, the Mudiiita Canyon team was also launched on January the first. That will be headed up by
British rider Nikki Brammier. So those Inflites are
gonna be a pretty common sight in the cycle cross world as of now. – Also, apparently Trek
Segafredo are gonna be using disc brake equipped bikes all season this year, wow. So the climbers will be on the Emonda and the classic’s riders on the Domanes. – Yeah, it makes you think doesn’t it that there must be a
Madone disc coming up soon. And also, there’s a pretty
seismic shift isn’t it it wasn’t just a couple of seasons ago when the mere mention of
disc brakes would have most pro cyclists looking the other way. – Bad, they look disgusting. They don’t look like they don’t belong. – And this is a big move you know? The big race winners have
got to be pretty convinced in order to make this shift. Maybe that’s why in fact Trek have waited until both Fabian Cancellara
and Alberto Contador have retired. – [Jon] Yeah, two traditionalists. Also hot this week, graphene. Yep, graphene. Apparently Vittoria have
just taken a delivery of 250 kilogrammes of this stuff. Of course, they use that in their tyres and their wheels. – That’s got to be a lot of
graphene isn’t it? You’d think. Anyways, stay tuned
because we have more tech coming up later in the show. – So each week, we’re going
to tackle a burning question. And this week what
better way to start than with one very close to our hearts. Does tech make cycling fun? – [Simon] Yup, as you’d expect
Jon, that we’re probably gonna be in agreement
here but there are many people out there that feel
that tech can actually detract from the
simplicity, from the purity of cycling because it is a
physical sport after all. Its elemental and therefore
spending time worrying about what brake pads you used or whether your gears are charged up, could kinda detract from it. – On to that side, I
would say, change your brake pads and charge your
group set before you ride. Problems solved. – Alright. – Cycling is not just a
physical sport though is it? Running, that’s a physical sport. Cycling, is about human and machine. And since its earliest
days, we’ve actually been defined by the bike that you ride. – Okay, I take that, but
isn’t there a point at which actually we’re just trying
to improve our perfection. Well maybe not perfection,
we’re not there yet. But increasingly we’re
seeing a law of diminishing returns aren’t we? Is this new tech really any better? I mean, are 22 gears meaningfully better than 12 gears were? And that’s quite a topic of import now because we’re increasingly talking about one bike, which has only
got 11 gears remember. So are people right in thinking then that actually we’re just being
sold this idea of new tech to make us want to go and spend money when in actual fact, what we already had was great. – Rubbish. You have to draw the line somewhere. Unless you’re riding
around on a wooden-wheeled safety bicycle then you’re
using a tech innovation of some sort. Maybe it’s campagnolo’s
derailleur or look’s clipless pedals, remember, today’s tech is tomorrow’s retro-tech. People will be riding around saying, why do I need internal
gears controlled only by the power of my mind when my
wireless E-tap just fine? – You really think that? We’re going to be riding
around with internal gears powered only by the mind? – Well, I think that’s a
debate for another day. – Okay, all right. I take your point though. But what happens when tech
just kind of takes over from riding? I mean what happens if
you’re short on time you’ve got an hour to
ride and then when you go to get your bike out you
realise your group set of batteries is flat,
your powermeter’s battery is flat, your hedge unit battery is flat your lights are flat, what
are you expected to do? – Okay, okay I agree with you there but it’s not just electronics is there? There’s mechanical group sets too. Now they are tech. And riding retro bikes are
fun because of the tech. Not because its simple. But what I will give into
though is consumerism. Not that it’s a bad thing per se but I’d hate for someone
to be dissatisfied with what they’ve got because
of the latest innovations. – Yeah, absolutely. Tech can make cycling fun but whether that’s because
you’re building up a fixed gear bike out of low to roll bits or you’re renovating a
retro bike, it doesn’t have to be about the latest innovation. And it certainly doesn’t have to be about the most expensive. And we’ll be setting
out to prove that fact in the coming weeks and months. – Yeah, let us know what
you think in the comments down below. Does tech make cycling fun? – Yeah, I’ve been having to
think about why I do feel that it makes cycling fun. And for me it’s the fact
that it can totally change your riding experience depending
on what tech you’re using. So, for example, if you
go out on a single speed cyclocross bike for example,
it’s incredibly simple it’s incredibly pure and it’s
silent and it’s so robust but yet you’re kinda doing
the same thing when you then swing your leg over a
cutting-edge Aero bike and it just goes ridiculously fast for no extra effort. Same sport but just totally
different experiences. – Yeah, as much as I love
riding my carbon bike with Di2 shifters, when
I go on to my 80s bike with down tube shifters, I still
love riding it just as much because it’s a challenge
and it’s different tech and you’ve just gotta
reset your mind almost. – You see running, running
can’t give you that. You go out for a run and it’s the same run no matter what pair of shoes you wear. – I don’t go running so I don’t know. – No. I don’t go running
either, it’s a (beep) sport. – All right, I’m here in
the dirt shed of the GMBN channel and I’m with Martin
Ashton, the man himself. – Welcome to the Dirt Shed,
how’s it feel to be in the top set? – It’s dirty, it’s dirty
in here, that’s one thing. – It is, it’s quite grimy, it’s different. It’s very real is how we like to call it. So you’re here to find
out about the bike vault? – I am, I want to know
everything and anything about it. – It’s a pretty simple process right. You guys send in your
bikes and we get to decide right, when we’re playing
the game if it’s nice obviously it’s nice, it’s a bike or is it super nice? Is it so good that it’s super nice? All right, so that’s the
levels, nice, super nice. Okay, if it’s super
nice, you hit your horn and then the person who’s
sending in their bikes, well chuffed. – Brilliant. – That’s basically how it goes. – So that’s how it goes. – And you might give
it a super nice because it’s just a beautiful bike
or they’ve done something with it that’s kind of cool. It’s quirky, it might
be that it’s just so bad it’s good. It might be just a great photo. There’s no real … Definitive reason but
usually it’s quite apparent. – Right, well pass your horn. – Hang on a second. This is our horn right? Because you’re in the
dirt shed and I can’t just let you take … As much as I’d like you
to have GMBN bottle on GCN (horn honk) you can’t use our horn, you
need to get your own horn. So GCN bottle probably and a … – I thought this was coming. I thought this was coming
so I came prepared. And down here in my little
bag of tricks I’ve brought something. – Right. – It’s a very special
horn, in fact it’s not even a horn. It’s a siren. – What’s that? – Well, it won’t go around
many handle bars, look at that. Bit narrow, doesn’t look
very water proof but designed for bikes. I’m gonna hit you with it. (siren) I like that, I do like that. – That, that is going to work. – Right, go for it. – Okay, soGilles Miny has this a Stevens Xenon – Okay, okay personally I
think we’ve started it a nice. – Yeah, it is nice isn’t it? – You’re the technology here. – Yeah, it’s nice. I like that bike stand
she has, it’s sturdy. – You know the bike stand
is what’s doing my hair do Yeah, I’m really into the
bike but the bike stand is sort of like maybe more
than you needed, personally. I think we started with a nice … – I’ve just been thrown a curve ball here. It’s Jan Trenson’s Quattro Velo. – That is what a Super Nice looks like. (laughter) – We can’t see much of it can we? It’s not on the bike but we can see it. Okay here we go the first super nice, ever GCN tech channel. – And deservedly so, look at that thing. – Look at it. What’s he got on the top of it? – Is that for a speed record? – There’s another one. – Oh my god – And something else what looks like a fat mini
bike in the background. – It’s super nice. It’s just obvious when you see one. Nataliya Veleva’s BMC SLR02 Team Machine, – Is it me or is that
sort of standard set up? Is it standard? Is there something going on there? – In their email, they
did actually mention that this bike is full ceramic
bearings and everything and that the cherry on the
cake, was in fact the wheels. – Full ceramic bearings. – Full ceramic bearings. – If that’s not super nice what is? – I think it’s super nice actually. – Is it? What did that for you? The ceramic bearings? – It matches because there’s a little red mount there for GPS and there’s few little bits of detail. – There’s your horn. – Bottle cage to match. There’s the horn. Thought wasn’t going to work. Here we go, Tim Lauwers from Belgium. He sent in this, a Giant TCR disc. – I’m getting the feeling
Tim don’t mess around. – He don’t mess around does he? He doesn’t hang around either. – No, he don’t mess around. When he takes that out of the old flat he means business. – I can hear those wheels on the tarmac. – Hit the ground, hit that horn. – Oh we’re out, we’re
out of the bike vault. See, I’m getting into it. – I wanted more. And I want everyone at
home to send theirs in. Email address here, – Go ahead do it. – Send your bike in. You know, is it a nice?
Or is is a super nice? Can you get that all coveted super nice? Good luck. – More tech. – Well, Christmas and New
Year is a pretty quiet time for tech and product releases but one company heading into
2018 in fine style, is Condor. – That’s right, the iconic
British brand is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Yeah, bonkers isn’t it? The founder, Monty Young
started making bespoke bike frames in London back in 1948. Tom Simpson has raced one. Bradley Wiggins has ridden one. Dare I say Jon, I was even
fortunate enough to race one back in 2009 during what
I affectionately call the Mullet era. – Wow, well I think we can
expect some pretty cool product releases coming out
in 2018 actually from Condor to celebrate that anniversary
and before I start going to town on the mullet years, I think it’s worth taking
a look at what the pros they’ll be using in 2018. – That’s right, we’ve
got more and more info coming out now that this
season has officially started. Firstly, Sunweb officially
moving from Pioneer powermeters to Shimano powermeters. Something that, somebody like Jon here, thought he spotted back at
the 2017 Tour de France. – Also, more news from
team Sunweb, is that the Giant GPS head unit that
they have been using has been replaced by new sponsor Polar. So that means that all
the data can be analysed? – From there instead of the Giant one. – Exactly. – Right, interesting. Okay also talking about
head units, we’ve got Bora-Hansgrohe will be
using the Wahoo element bolt as I believe will Katusha-Alpecin as well. Now, what about this mate? Sky’s new Pinarello Dogma F10 has just been released. Some subtle changes there notably the paint work. Love it, loathe it or like it? – I don’t like it, I don’t love it. I think I loathe it, I don’t like that big white bit of panelling. I’m not too sure on that. Not convinced yet. – No, no I don’t like it either so I guess I’m gonna have to loathe it in this fairly poor descriptive choice we’ve got of just three but anyway, there we go. Now what we can neither confirm nor deny, actually about this new Sky bike, is whether nor not all
team riders will have to use mud guards for races as sported by new recruit Dylan Van Baarle
here in his Instagram. – Yeah, I’m not sure
about that but rumours are that grand tour contenders,
or grand tour riders rather for team Sky, they have to use it. – Rumour? – Yeah, yeah – Where did that get started? – I can’t reveal. I also do like Dylan VanBaarle’s Canondale coloured saddle bag on there, yeah. He looks like a true winter warrior there. – To be fair, that is
a pro who is actually prepared for their winter training rides. Fair play that man. Now, also we talked about
Katushi a moment ago, they and team Dimension
Data will be using the new Oakley helmets,
which I believe you first got your hands on in 2017 Eurobike? – Yeah, Dan Lloyd and
I did, we got a quick look at those. I’m not convinced really
by the look of them yet. But maybe it will grow
on me when I see more more of them in the pelethon. – Could be awkward if they
start growing on you mate so just watch out for that. – Yeah, be a bit weird. – Yeah. – Also, and lastly but probably not least in fact, Azuredezar
LeMondial, they’re going to be using bigger wheels in 2018. – Sorry mate, what? – Bigger wheels, jockey wheels that is so they’re going to be
using the ceramic speed, over-sized pulley wheels. Apparently they save you some watts. – Yeah, what is like four
watts or something like that? – Something like that, yeah. – Not to be sniffed at. – Yeah, we’re going to have
to take a look at those. – Yeah we should actually shouldn’t we? – Do some science. (industrial sounds) – Okay each week we are
gonna pit two bikes head to head and leave you to decide which one is best. – And we’re going to use
that term lightly, best because what is one bike
rider’s favourite steed is another’s worst. – Exactly. Touring bikes (gags) – Hey, steady on, come on. – Illustrate my point there Jon. All right coming up,
we have, first of all, in the blue corner, Team Sky’s brand-new Pinarello Dogma F10. Now you already know our views on it but don’t let that colour your opinions. It is the one and only
road bike of the season. Aerodynamic and also light weight. It’s got Shimano’s Dura-Ace
Di2 groupset on there it’s got Shimano wheels,
it’s got Pinarello’s own, most integrated behind stem. And also, a cheeky little
fi’zi;k’s saddle sat on top of that seatpost there. – And in the other corner,
slightly darker blue corner, is 3T’s Strada bike as used
by the Aqua Blue Sport team. Its got SRAM 1X
group set, 11 gears, it’s got disc brakes –
yes disc brakes – and it’s their only bike of the season. – Exactly, so you need to
decide which one is best. You can choose Pinarello
or 3T, Shimano or SRAM, rim brakes or disc brakes,
22 gears or 11 gears. Vote up there now, which
one’s it going to be? The Pinarello or the 3T? – You decide. (industrial sounds) – Well it’s time to
introduce you to the GCN tech show, wall of fame. Yeah, as you can see it’s
quite empty at the moment or in fact, we’re
completely empty isn’t it? But then we can’t really
do anything without you. Because what we need are
your nominations for the most important cycling
products of all time. Now it could be something
that’s completely changed the face of the sport like deraillieurs or clipless pedals or it
could just be something that’s defined an era for
a short period of time like spinergy wheels. And it doesn’t even have to work very well like Rock Shocks Ruby forks
or Campagnolo Delta brakes. Whatever it is, if you’ve
got something to nominate and we really hope that you have get involved in the
comment section down below. Tell us what the product
is and why it deserves a place on our wall of fame. And what would also be super helpful is if you would happen to own said product you’d take some pictures of it and then send it to us on social media using the hashtag #GCNTECHWALL. Cannot wait to see what
you start sending in. This is gonna get geeky. (industrial sounds) – Now, sadly we’re nearing
the end of the very first GCN tech show. However, a little bit
of an insight for you coming up this week on
Friday we’re gonna take you into the GCN tech
clinic so you can find out exactly what that’s all about. – Yeah, I’m really
looking forward to that. Sunday, we got a pro bike, actually it’s not really a pro bike is it? It’s one of mine but still, it’s my Orbea Orca disc with SRAM Red E-Tap on that and it’s lovely if I do say so myself. And then Monday’s
Maintenance video is with Jon, he’s telling us how we
straighten up our cock pits. Yeah, handle bars, stems,
shifters, all that kind of jazz. And then of course we’re
also gonna need your help with next week’s GCN
tech show so we not only need your nominations for the wall of fame but we also want you to get
involved with the hot topic. So, is one buy the future? Or is it a compromise too far? We know this gets you hot
under the collar so please get involved in the comment section. – Yeah, and don’t forget
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here, the latest GCN show. Si, about your mullet … – You think I should grow it back? Is that what you’re saying? – Yes, bring it back. Bring back the mullet for 2018.