The Eurobike and Interbike show seasons are nearly upon us, but a few spanking new pieces have hit the market (and even store shelves) before then. We searched high and low and found a few new pieces that may have you saving up for that next upgrade.
ORBEA ORCA AERO M11I TEAM $8,499 www.orbea.com
Orbea’s true dedicated aero road bike features real data (tested at Mondragan Wind Tunnel in Spain’s Basque Country). It’s also one of the first UCI-legal bikes taking advantage of the UCI’s more relaxed aero restrictions, with greater than 3:1 aspects, blunted Kamm trailing aero sections that netted it a 27-watt improvement, or 82 seconds over its OMR predecessor in a 50K effort. Its integrated Vision Metron 5D aero cockpit was a claimed six watts faster than a standard round bar as well.
This model features a SRAM RED eTap group and DT Swiss race wheels, but lower models like the M30 Team can be had complete down to $3,299.
GIRO PROLIGHT TECHLACE $400 www.giro.com
Teased at Eurobike a year ago, Giro finally debuts Prolight Techlace at the Tour de France this year, and it hits store shelves now. The ultra-high performance shoe utilizes a three-strap Techlace Pro closure system and Technical Mesh upper (a custom monofilament fiber) for unbeatable comfort and breathability, together with a TeXtreme carbon fiber outsole to deliver a sub-150g shoe in size 42.5. Available in red, white and black.
PIRELLI PZERO VELO Price TBA www.veloworld.pirelli.com
Those familiar with Formula I motorsports will be familiar with the return of Pirelli to the bike tire game. Pirelli employed its Milan-based F1 research and development team to employ, patented compounds including SmartNet Silica. The three tires in the line will run in color parallel with the F1 racing range: silver for road racing, red for time trial and blue for all seasons.
WAHOO ELEMNT MINI $99 www.wahoofitness.com
Wahoo took the wireless GPS computer market by storm with Elemnt: a high-functioning computer (speed, cadence, heart rate, call/text notifications and Live Track capability, as well as Strava and TrainingPeaks app relay), with a unique level of user-friendliness via custom screen setup via the companion Elemnt smartphone app. With Elemnt Mini, Wahoo shrunk it all into a light (31.2g) and compact (1”8 diagonal screen) unit, and a reduced price point.
WATTIE INK JUNIPER TOPE ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT $100 www.wattieink.com
Wattie dials back the wild designs for this classic and decidedly feminine print. Handcrafted in San Diego, Calif., the Juniper Tope is perfect for a subtle standout look during training days at the pool. Also available in a coral blue version.
SRAM S-900 AERO HRD DISC Brakeset $249, Rotor $72 www.sram.com
For triathlon, an increasing amount of disc-capable models means full hydraulic TT was just a matter of time. And hydraulic braking over rim braking presents new options; later braking, less lever pull required for safer stopping and more speed. SRAM’s Hydraulic Road Disc (HRD) features a TT brake with a textured carbon lever, a DOT fluid master cylinder and flat-mount calipers available with 160 or 140mm Centerline X rotors.
VELOCIO UNITY JERSEY $169 www.velocio.cc
Velocio launched this special and limited-release Unity jersey (a standout Italian-made design on Velocio’s ES jersey platform) with a unique twist; 100 percent of the profits from its sale goes at checkout to the customer’s choice among four nonprofits: ACLU, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Council and World Bicycle Relief.