Hottest New 2019 Road Cycling Tech At The Tour Down Under

Hottest New 2019 Road Cycling Tech At The Tour Down Under

– When most people think
of Australia they think of sun, sea, shrimps on the barbie. But not me, oh no. I’m here for the Tour Down
Under and I wanna find out what’s the latest and
greatest in tech for 2019. (happy upbeat music) (logo whooshes) The new Cervelo S5 Disc. The first time I’ve got
these hands on one, and well, it’s a nice looking bike, isn’t it? Now, other than of course
the disc brakes and the ability to fit wider tires, what else is there on this bike then? Well strikingly obvious, let’s face it, is the new handlebar and stem setup. Taking a v-shaped type design
and apparently it’s been developed in conjunction with 3T, of course themselves who
are pretty much renowned for making handlebars and stems. Now, it’s not a one piece affair though. First when I heard about the launch, I thought wow, that’s gonna
be a lot of configurations you’re gonna have to make. But in fact, it is a two piece item. So the stem here, that’s
available in about six different lengths and then the bars, three or four different widths there too. So everyone’s catered for
because you can simply add and remove the bars using
some bolts which go on the underside of the stem and
bar and then fit into these aluminum kind of nuts really, if you like, which go on the other side. Now, check that out. That’s right. Basically an external fork. So the steerer tube, well,
that’s on the outside. Inside of here we’ve got a steel rod which basically sets the headset
preload for the bearings. Now by doing that, means you
can actually get away with having a smaller diameter
head tube which means, that’s right, more aerodynamic. Something I must just say
actually talking about aerodynamics, I’m looking how
much tire clearance there is and in the rear, there’s not
a lot even with the 25 fitted. So put a 28 in there, it’s gonna be close. (happy upbeat music) Right, now loads of you
remember Peter Sagan. He always seems to rock up
with different models of eyewear each and every time
we see him on the podium. And with these ones,
they’re strictly limited, 100% Speedcraft. There’s only five pairs available. Well now I’ve been told
there’s only three, and now there’s only two. See you later. (upbeat happy music) The derailleur hanger on
this Cannondale SystemSix is not only a lovely pinky
purpley affair which is beautifully CNC machined and I could obsess over it all day but also, it’s got a lip built onto it
which is gonna prevent any overshifting into the
frame when laying down loads of torque when you’re down there in the 11 tooth sprocket. I like that. Now if you’re gonna be running
a specific frame with a specific seat post like
on this Cannondale, you are gonna need a
special number holder. So the brand K3 have
actually 3D printed up some special models for this bike and well, it’s not gonna fit any
other seat post out there. And talking about this seat post, a handy little feature on the back of it is a reflective strip. I do like details like that. So the bike of Mitch Docker, he’s got probably one
of the chunkiest stems I’ve seen for quite a while. Just check out that face plate. It’s a Vision Trimax Carbon which is an alloy stem then wrapped in
carbon, as is the faceplate. One of the most interesting
bits about this stem is that not only is he the only rider
here I’ve seen using one, but the bolts that attach
the faceplate onto the actual stem itself attach
from the rear using some tiny little heads in there. But it gives it fantastic appearance. Might see if I can have
a go on it later on, see how it rides. Freshly arriving onto
Australian shores is this Wilier Triestina Zero7
and probably one of the coolest standard, if you
can call it standard, paint jobs you can get, previously I’ve only actually
seen it on the bike of Filippo Pozzato in his
Cento10AIR Disc that looked ultra bling and well, that’s my thing. (happy, upbeat music) Believe it or not, this is actually the first time
I’ve been able to get these grubby hands on one of these bikes. That’s right, this is the
BMC Timemachine Road version. But what I think is
absolutely beautiful on this bike in fact is the
aero module bottle cage. So you can see them here. They take a strikingly
different appearance from any other bottle cages we
see on the market because they are in fact designed to match the profiles of the tubes. And they do a really
good job of it I think. Now something you wouldn’t see if you had a bottle inside of the cage on
the down tube is in fact the Di2 control module because that is tucked away really neatly in there. Looks great. Have a look then there on the fork leg. Yep, that’s right. It’s an integrated aero cover
for the disc brake caliper. Now this being the first
time I’ve actually managed to look at the bike, at first I was a little
bit unsure about it, because I’d only seen it in a photograph. But now I can see it,
it looks really nice. Because after all, those
calipers they do get quite a bit of wind going through them, especially when these
riders are pedaling away. So this is the ICS Aero system, standing for Integrated Cockpit System. Now what’s really
interesting these days about integrated handlebars and
stems is that they’re not as integrated as they once were when it was simply a one piece affair. So in fact, the handlebars and stem are two separate components meaning
that mixing and matching stem lengths and bar widths is way, way easier for mechanics. So when it comes time
to change them around, it’s not quite as troublesome. So the aerodynamics, of
course that comes from the flat profile here on the
top of the actual handlebar. And the integrated, well
that can also be because the cables, they run internally
here just past the bend of the actual top of the handlebar. Then they run internally all the way. Now something else worth
mentioning on this bike, is the actual top cap
cover of the headset, because that’s aerodynamic
and they do in fact come in a couple of different heights too. So if a rider is gonna be running with their bars slightly higher, I
guess, then aerodynamics are gonna be kept to a reasonable level. And also, this bottom section here which is connected to the stem, that too can actually be changed. At first, I wondered if it
was integrated but well, it’s not strictly integrated. It’s kind of incorporated
into the actual stem design. (happy, upbeat music) Fitted onto the bike
of Davide Ballerini of the Astana Pro Team is the
FSA PowerBox power meter. So FSA they’ve partnered
up with power2max to provide a great bit of
kit because it’s not gradable or updatable power meter. So your standard power meter, it comes with your power output as well as your left right efficiency but if you update or upgrade the
firmware for that small bit of extra cost, well, then you get
your torque output as well as your pedal smoothness too. Handy. Wolfpack. No, it’s not the name
of the Quick-Step team. Well it is, but these tires aren’t on the like of Quick-Step. In fact, they’re on the bike of Astana. Now, Wolfpack is a relatively
small company and the guy who owns it actually
worked a number of other tire companies along the way before branching out on his own. Now I have spoken to a couple
of other mechanics here and they reckon that these
tires are amongst the grippiest out there and that
the team could use them in all different weather conditions. They’ve got silk sidewalls as well which is absolutely brilliant. You don’t see that very often anymore. But the downside apparently is that the tread is a little bit soft for the really, really poor weather conditions. But well, it’s good to see
another tire company out there. Gum sidewalls. Thumbs up. GPS mounts. Something in the past I’ve
been known to obsess over, in fact I still do, it’s
not a thing of the past. But this one here from Grade, well it’s really good
because you can simply press a button on the underside and then extend it or reduce it depending on the length of your head unit. That’s good. One solution fits all. (upbeat, energetic music) So I’ve got the Speedcraft
Air glasses on from 100%, and they attach via some
little magnet pads here which self adhesively attach onto your nose, but still obviously use
your normal temples. But with this handy dial on the front, I was a little bit dubious
to be honest if they would actually work or not but I
can feel my nostrils opening, I hope the cameraman’s not
peeking it up too much because it’s not gonna be
pleasant inside, but yeah. You can definitely feel the difference. And well, when you put
them on, look at that. They’re not gonna come off. They’re stuck on. My nose is gonna come off
before the glasses do. Now something that’s
just caught my eye are three aluminum bikes here of
the team of Bora-Hansgrohe. So Jay McCarthy, Oscar Gatto
and Pete Sagan have all got themselves a Specialized
Allez Sprint frame and apparently they’re only
going to be using it in the criterium here which just
start just one day before the actual main event. But it is interesting to see that. The color way, that’s actually
what really pops out in my eyesight because it is slightly different, and I do like the green offering of that. And then, what’s that I spy? Yep, that’s right. Tubeless tires again. So while the plot thickens, maybe we’ll see them using
tubeless tires this season. Who knows. Now something I’ve noticed on the bikes of Pete Sagan in the past is he tends to use slightly wider axles on
his pedals than normal. One reason behind this
is that he desires a wider Q factor or possibly it’s just something to do with comfort. Either way, these days riders
are actually limited with their Q factor because,
well, integrated axles onto chain sets don’t allow you to
get your cranks further apart. Whereas years ago we
used to be able to use square taper bottom brackets and therefore adjust your
Q factor accordingly. So that’s one of the reasons
possibly why he’s got these extenders in, but probably the
most interesting thing about this is they don’t look like
the standard Shimano part. Instead they’re quite, well,
rough around the edges and it looks almost a bit like my
dremel bits at home that have sort of diamonds integrated into them. I don’t know exactly what they
are but they look great and I love the fact that Sagan is really particular about his position. (upbeat, energetic music) And tucked away on this
bike of Adam Blythe of Lotto-Soudal is in fact
a K-EDGE chain catcher. It’s not just any old
chain catcher though. Oh no no no. It is in fact a double
whammy, if you like. Because it’s gonna keep your
chain in position as well as, also it’s got a magnet
there on the bottom of it so that’s gonna register up with
the power meter which means you’re gonna get deadly
accurate cadence readings. Now Blythe on this bike,
he doesn’t actually have his power meter fitted as of yet. The mechanic, well, he’s calling
over my name right now to try and get the bike back,
but he’s gonna have to wait. But yeah, that’s actually
what it’s there for. And if that’s not enough
K-EDGE for you just yet, well, check out that. There’s a number mount on there too. I do like a nice number mount. Something which I’m pretty
sure is new is in fact this rear derailleur hanger
that another new product is fitted into, so in this case it’s the 12 speed Campagnolo Super
Rec body ps rear derailleur. But it looks to me like that is a custom made derailleur hanger. So CNC machined bit of kit
rather than cast aluminum. Now some of you will remember
back at the Vuelta a España in 2018, I spotted
approach type groupset and EPS Super Record 12 Speed. Well here it is in the
flesh again but this time, importantly complete with logos. Keep your eyes peeled. It’s coming. Well, at least I think it is. Now a problem that many
cyclists out there find is that if they’re wearing sunglasses which is pretty common here in
Australia for instance, they actually touch or rub or connect with the retention system on
the back of the helmet. Now in the case of KOO here who are the manufacturer of these sunglasses, they’re actually part of the Kask brand, of course Kask are a helmet company. They have come up with an
ingenious solution in my opinion. Adjustable temples, which
is done neatly because from first glance on the outside, you wouldn’t even know
they were adjustable. So you simply slide it
into a slot of your choice depending on the size
of your head and also the retention system you’re using. Great idea. So I’m lucky enough to
be here with the bike of Elia Viviani and well,
he appears to be using clincher tires or in fact,
tubeless tires judging by the nut here on the valve. So unless they’re actually trying to pull the wool over my eyes and trick me, it wouldn’t be the first time, maybe, just maybe we’ll see the team of Deceuninck – Quick Step Floors take to using tubeless tires this season. That will be a first. Especially for that team. Now after all that hot tech
I need to cool myself down. But before you go away, make sure you leave a comment down below with
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100 thoughts on “Hottest New 2019 Road Cycling Tech At The Tour Down Under

  1. will Jon be making the time to check out the Australian Handicap Road Racing (AKA Australian Road Pursuit) scene while in Australia?

  2. It's good to see another brand other then Felt or Look push to get away form a round steerer carbon tube and expansion plugs and into a system takes full advantage of material property of carbon fiber. A round steerer is really just a hold over from threaded quill stems.

  3. why would anyone be thinking of putting a 28c tire on that Cervelo that was designed for a 25c? No, wider tires do not roll better than narrower tires on smooth tarmac. No, I don't ride on cobblestones all day long so I don't care about 28c.

  4. Adjustable Q factor in square taper? Not sure that ever existed. You could adjust it left of right but not the actual width

  5. With the innovation in stems and bars, how long until we have a stem with a recess for gps/computer to get it out of the way and improve aero?

  6. Great video!. Just to clarify, the S5 bar was designed 100% by our in-house design team and manufactured by us as well. It shares design cues from the P5 Aduro which we also designed (and 3T manufactured) which is where the confusion may be. We need to give our engineers credit for their amazing work! 🙂

  7. I think Chavanel had this exact paint job on his Willier. He actually kept the bike…

  8. GCN tech is a niche of GCN, i don't know the full background other than mechanic of Mr. Jon but I do enjoy him very much as a presenter. Always to the point yet a personal touch and some humour. Very easily understandable for foreigners like me, Si sometimes isn't.. :p

  9. There were a few 1/2 second glimpses of Bianchi bikes in the video, but, no comments ? What about those colors? Any new tech at Bianchi? Sort of tired of the same ole bike brands being shown over and over

  10. I'd like to take a crap on that Cervelo just to show them what I think about it. WTF, just a flash and no mention of Bianchi the best bike in history. What's wrong with you people?

  11. You can see Sagan’s team mate discussing his pedals when I rode with Peter last year before the Tour Down Under here..

  12. Great video Jon. You just remind me of a "Little boy in a sweetie shop" eyes popping and lips drooling. You certainly love your tech.

  13. Cervelo, BMC well done! I feel bad for Team Astana, those Argon bikes are ugly and look like they are over 10 years behind the times.

  14. Sagan coming in second on an aluminum bike and Viviani winning on clinchers! Its 2019 baby a strange and wonderful new world.

  15. Speaking of solutions for the eye ware and retention system problem on helmets I really like the Giro Vanquish helmet with those nifty magnetic windshields.

  16. Jon you luck runs well. I envy you, can you tell me if the computer mount you detailed by Crade, is that correct spelling?

  17. Does anyone know who makes the direct mount rear mech hanger on the Cannondale SystemSix which prevents the over shifting?

  18. Great video John. Just love your enthusiasm for all things cycling.
    Can’t wait to have that kind weather here in the UK!!

  19. Well presented, pack filled bike tech show, a wish list overload. Be good to see how these bikes hold out through the season. Thanks Jon and GCN for endless cycling entertainment. All the best Andy

  20. Cunt. I swear to fucking god mate, if I hear one more Pom say “shrimp on the barbie” I’m gonna buy a commie, drop a set on ya mums tits and OD on some shard

  21. I have to buy a new bike my Pinarello F8 and light years from what I've seen now. I love the old friend Cadel Evans in Italy we have come a long way together when he ran.

  22. You would have thought he could wear a discreet Lavalier mic rather than having that huge distracting fairy club in his hand so last century.

  23. Pedal spacers extenders at 9:36 in the clip, the rough look would be from a wrench gripping it or using pliers on it, as it does not look to be slotted for a wrench to tighten the pedal spacers,

  24. Remember when Look did that same integrated fork design some 10-15 years ago? Pepperidge farm remembers.

    It ain't a new idea!

    Also, the cycling industry does produce a lot of wank, doesn't it?

  25. Peter Sagan's Pedal Extenders do not "look great." Using a dremel on some machined parts is not the safest move at his wattage output. If Peter wants something that has been proven for thousands of riders, we can get him a set of our extenders:

  26. Oh wow the same frame design since 1934 with far better components and frame material but same design. When will there be a different frame design come out ? You know something comfortable and fast?

  27. Good for pro racing not for daily commuting
    Alloy steel, alum, ti still the most dependable material for longevity

  28. Two things really caught my attention. The adjustable computer mount and the adjustable sunglasses. My glasses are always colliding with the retention device and it makes my glasses not fit and slide down teh bridge of my nose. Annoying, since i am constantly shifting the glasses back up. As much as contador shifts his position on his time trial bike that is.

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