Once a year, London’s Victoria House becomes a beacon for serious cycling fans. Last weekend, punters came for the on-stage interviews with the likes of Bradley Wiggins and American cycling legend Greg LeMond, but also to check out the most exclusive new bikes, excitingly high-tech components and high-performance clothing that will hit the road in the coming months. Here are the highlights.
1. Hope/Lotus track bike
A masterclass in carbon-composite technology and aerodynamic excellence from two great British companies, this is the bike that will be ridden by Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Supercar master Lotus created the forks and handlebars, while Lancashire component manufacturer Hope devised the wheels and frame, and it promises to be the ultimate in stealth and speed when it launches early next year. hopetech.com.
2. Gore x Romance Shakedry jacket
This high-performing, waterproof and breathable jacket has been given an injection of wild colour by London-based cycling apparel firm Romance. Each of the 200 limited-edition garments, made using new digital printing technology, is subtly different; all make a statement. £270, gorewear.com.
3. POC Aspire Solar Switch sunglasses
Disruptive Swedish cycling firm POC’s new eyewear uses solar-powered electrochromic LCD lenses, which change their tint automatically in accordance with lighting conditions. We cyclists will never again find ourselves momentarily blinded when entering a tunnel on a rapid mountain descent. £340, pocsports.com.
4. Mavic Comete London Edition wheels
This deep-section carbon wheelset is respectably lightweight (1,840g for the pair) for an aerodynamic design, yet also something of a work of art, decorated with subtle graphics celebrating the cycling heritage and landmarks of London. £1,250, mavic.com.
5. CeramicSpeed OSPW system
This super-lightweight 3D-printed titanium oversized pulley-wheel system ensures maximum efficiency of a bike’s drivetrain thanks to its incredibly low-friction ceramic bearings. The impressive componentry is compatible with Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo gears. €1,500, ceramicspeed.com.
6. Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo SL electric road bike
This is the e-bike serious cyclists have been waiting for. Specialized’s top-of-the-range beauty is powered by the brand’s 240-watt SL 1.1 motor, offering an 80-mile range on a single battery charge, with an extra 40 miles available from a “range extender”. Looking at the sleek frame, you’d struggle to guess it had a battery inside, and the pearlescent paintwork is simply divine. £10,999, specializedconceptstore.co.uk.
7. Velohawk Claro
The perfect bike storage solution for cyclists who want to keep their high-end ride secure but also show it off. This classy carbon-fibre and toughened glass storage case is alarmed and accessible by ID swipe card or a mechanical lock. £7,200 excl. shipping and duties, velohawknz.com.
8. SwiftCarbon Ultravox JC Edition
The carbon Ultravox by SwiftCarbon, founded by South African ex-cyclist Mark Blewett, has been building a cult reputation. This unique version is being auctioned to benefit mental health charities in response to the suicide last year of Australian pro cyclist Jonathan Cantwell. The online auction ends on November 21 2019.swiftcarbon.com; to bid on the bike, click here.
9. Specialized S-Works Power 3D saddle
3D-printed from a pool of liquid resin rather than the more common layer-by-later approach, Specialized’s newest – and most exciting – innovation promises a whole new world of customisation. Available from early 2020, the saddle will accommodate individual riders’ anatomy and requirements to prevent injury and promote perfect performance.specializedconceptstore.co.uk.
10. Suplest Edge+ Pro Fabian Cancellara edition shoes
The Swiss firm’s sublime blend of form and function reaches new heights in these smart microfibre shoes. With a carbon-fibre sole bringing immediate power to the pedals, this is professional-level footwear with panache. £335, suplest.ch.