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7 Pro Cycling Future Tech & Equipment Predictions | GCN Tech Show Ep.90

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– Welcome to the GCN Tech show This week, again, it's me and all my friends

Jon's gone away, again This time to Italy to see Vilia Video coming soon Anyhow, on this weeks show, we take a look at the future of pro-cycling road bike tech Also, we have your upgrades to bike vault and some super light 19 gram through axles

(upbeat techno music) Our main talking point this week is seven future tech and equipment predictions for pro-cycling (mystical music) Why is this important? Well, the equipment that we use is often heavily influenced by the equipment that pro-riders use So without further ado, let's have a look (upbeat music) My first prediction is aero We will reach peek aero

Now by this, I mean that bikes will continue to evolve and become more aerodynamic with more aero tube shapes and it'll become the norm that pro riders use, aero bikes Not all do at the moment and the same for skin suits and more aerodynamic helmets We'll also see more pro riders, or all pro riders, entering wind tunnels Not just to optimize their time trial positions, but also their road bike positions too, as these facilities are becoming more numerous and more accessible Now, this will of course reach a moment in time where we achieve peek aero, where aero can't be optimized any further, and that will, I guess, level the aero playing field

This is, of course, unless there are significant changes to the UCI regulations (upbeat music) More gears, will we see 13 speed, 14 speed? 20 million speed at the back? Unlikely, we think, here at GCN Tech We believe that in the next five years, all the pro teams will be running 12 speed Campagnolo and Stram have lead the way, having introduced their 12 speed group sets for pro cycling It's only a matter of time before Shimano enters the 12 speed party

And I would say, in the next five years, you'll still see all the teams running 12 speed Such has been the time scale they've all been running 11 speed However, we think it's unlikely that alternative drive mechanisms will be adopted but as we reach peek aero, perhaps the drive train is where big gains can be made Could belt drives be the answer? Could something like ceramic speeds driven system be the answer? We're not sure, but one thing is for certain And that is that traditional chain driven drive systems are far from perfect, being open to dirt and moisture and dust, they require frequent maintenance and cleaning and can often become less efficient during a race

It's often calculated that during Paris-Roubaix, which is notoriously dirty, that the drive trains can be 20 to 30 watts less efficient at the end of that race (upbeat music) Our next prediction is disc brakes Disc brakes will be used by everyone in the future, even Team INEOS That's right, it's inevitable Disc brakes are coming

That's all I have to say on that (upbeat music) Our next prediction is tubeless tires Now tubeless tires is a really interesting one They offer lower risk of punctures They can seal punctures

You've got lower rolling resistance and a big push from manufacturers for people to adopt the technology I've got to say, I've been using tubeless tires for a few years now I've currently got a continental GP 5000 set of tubeless on my road bike and I really like them However, for while some pros have adopted tubeless tire technology, the majority haven't, and this is for three main reasons Firstly, safety, tubular tires are deemed to be safer if they puncture, than a tubeless one

The likelihood of them staying on the rim is greater and it's just believed that riders can stop more safely and more controlled with a puncture on a tubular, perhaps on a descent, than they could with a tubeless set-up The next one is the fact that you can ride tubular tires if you have a puncture Often this is deemed useful because while a rider is waiting for the service car to come up and give them their replacement wheel, they're able to still ride a bit and not lose as much ground on the peloton as they would if they had to just stop straight away And the final reason is weight Now, a tubular tire and wheel set-up is typically 100 to 200 grams lighter than a tubeless tire and clincher wheel

It's not much but to pros, they often deem it important However, what can't be ignored is the fact that manufacturers are investing the majority of their resource and time into developing tubeless technology, in terms of wheels and tires, rather than tubular, suggesting that it's only a matter of time before the future is tubeless (upbeat music) Our next prediction concerns weight Now, bikes will continue to get lighter Although I don't see the UCI weight limit of 6

8 kilograms going anywhere in the next five years This is because carbon bikes are getting slightly lighter, but not drastically so And so it makes more sense to add additional functionality to those bikes, such as beta brakes, more gears, better gears, more aerodynamic shapes, and make them up to the UCI weight limit of 68 In the longer term though, new materials will emerge that allow for much, much lighter bikes

One such material could be higher grade carbon fiber, manufactured from carbon nanotubes Now, the way this would work is that, if you look at current carbon fiber under a microscope, it's full of imperfections It kind of looks like a wool jumper that's been knitted by your nan, with sort of frayed bits and the odd loose strand Now these imperfections cause weaknesses within the structure Carbon nanotubes, if manufactured on a large scale and woven into big sheets, could provide much higher grade carbon fiber

The key though is working out ways to manufacture them in a cost effective way, on a large scale Now essentially this would mean that you could build a bike frame with much less material that was much stronger than it would be ordinarily There's even talk of using carbon nanotubes to weave a giant rope cable that would stretch all the way up into space where it would be connected to a geostationary space elevator But that's another topic for GCN Tech after dark (upbeat music) The next prediction is improved safety

Now this is more of something we hope to see rather than something we think, we definitely will see But in light of some of the tragic accidents we've seen over the past few years, we'd really like to see some improved safety for the riders Now aside from mandatory helmet use, little has changed in our sport since it began And little has been done to combat the most common cycling injuries of road rash and collar bone breaks Hopefully some very clever people will come up with some clever solutions to combat these problems, perhaps even some of you watching

Now in the past we have seen special fabrics that are able to rapidly dissipate heat and therefore mitigate the effects of road rash But these have never been fully implemented, never really taken off because they've often compromised the fit of stretchy clothing Could we see more airbag use, such as we see in motorcycling now? Well, the Hovding helmet airbag already exists Although it is kind of like a giant scarf and would be pretty sweaty if you had to wear it at the Vuelta (upbeat music) Our final prediction is bottom brackets

There will be about five million more bottom bracket standards in the next five years I mean, personally, I'd just like everything to be an external threaded bottom bracket but that is undoubtedly too much to ask Cane Creek did have a really cool bottom bracket with some new bearings at Eurobike though Rather than a traditional race and lube inside the cartridge bearing, they had a polymer race which removed the need for lube, essentially making the bearing jet wash and degreaser proof Cool, anyhow, let us know down in the comments below what you think will be the future of bike tech

What have we missed? Fundamentally though, it's going to be exciting (logo swishing) Hot tech now Now the real reason Jon isn't here this week is that he's gone on an important mission Now many of you will be familiar with Jon's escapades, painting bikes (sultry upbeat music) And trying to paint other bikes

(sultry upbeat music) And attempting to hydro dip (sultry upbeat music) – They look pretty good, don't they? I'm impressed with that, oh, yes – [Ollie] Can you turn it? Turn it around, Jon (sultry music) – Now when he is here, you can quite often find Jon ogling over custom paint work on Instagram Visuals that he had only dream of being able to do himself

So here is a selection of amazing paint jobs that we found recently Check this out So first up, we have got @velocolour on Instagram And we spotted this amazing paint work that's been done on a PARLEE frame with these sort of custom painted boxes on there and stuff But that looks absolutely brilliant

And also, one that caught my eye was from @fatcreations Now Ali at @fatcreations has done this beautiful, sort of color burn rainbow effect on an ENVE bar and stem for the logos, but then has created this kind of hundreds and thousands background to it, which is really innovative I've not seen one like that before And another one that's really cool, that we've been following recently, is @tonyspray

Tony Spray does a lot of different frames and has done some really nice 3T bikes, but also I'm a big fan of this Trek frame he's got on here, that's just simple white with like a matte, sort of crayon white and then this beautiful, sort of iridescent red Trek logo But, very nice There are rumors that Jon is actually on a custom bike painting training course – Sorry, I can't be with you this week, Ollie, but the kind folks at Vilia, they invited me out here to their paint facility to see exactly how it's done after they saw a rather poor attempt of me trying to paint a bike and also hydro dip So they said, "Jon, come and learn from us

" So far though they've only let me polish a bike, but guys can I have go? All right, fair enough See you soon, Ollie mate See you soon – I know, I didn't even know that was a thing either Anyway, more hot tech

Now disc brake bikes are heavier than rim brake bikes but something that could offset that slight weight penalty could be these new through axles from a German company called Aserra They weigh just 19 grams Naturally, they're made of carbon fiber, what else? But, they feature a hollow carbon fiber tube with titanium hardware fitted either end of the tube to plug it If you're worried about the strength or durability of such a product, then your fears could be alleviated by the fact that the manufacturers have a background in making high performance carbon and titanium components for super cars Hot clothing tech now

And Castelli has updated the Gabba and Perfetto jerseys/jackets Now, the original Gabba was a revolutionary piece of cycling kit It was developed in conjunction with the Cervelo test team, no less I think I can remember one of the riders on that team Struggling to think of the name

No, escapes me Anyway, it was a revolutionary piece of kits, essentially a stretchy, water-repellent jersey for use in bad weather conditions And the Perfetto, when that came along, was a slightly lighter gage version of the Gabba Now the new Gabba, now in its fourth generation, has been updated to feature a waterproof panel on the front and a new fabric called Gore-Tex Infinium, which is said to be even more water-repellent than the previous Gore-Tex Windstopper that was used And they've developed it in conjunction with Team INEOS

And on the back, interestingly, there's just two pockets rather than a traditional three The reason for this is they believe that it's easier to access two pockets when you're wearing gloves And finally, some hot dad tech Former world champion and dad, Thor Hushovd, has created a bike trailer for kids The idea was a bike trailer that looks good with a nice design that's also easy to use and foldable so that you can transport it in the back of a car or store it easily

It even features suspension and a five point seat belt to keep your passengers safe and comfortable, and also a transparent cover to keep them warm and dry Nice, more tech next week (power drill buzzing) Cha-ching, it's now time for screw riding upgrades, buy upgrades, where you submit pictures, evidence, whatever, of your upgrades, down using the uploader tool in the description below For a chance to win the ultimate prize, the Camelbak Eddy water bottle Now, last week we had Steven with his Bianchi Ocelot upgrade versus Mica from Brighton in the UK with his steel pointer

Now it was a close one but the winner, with 51%, was Steven (crowd cheering) Well done Steven Two great upgrades though Bottle is in the post This week, we have James from Ottawa, in Canada, and his upgrade is, well, it's more of a restoration, but it's an absolutely incredible job

Check this out This bike was donated for spare parts, it was a complete wreck But he liked the head badge on it, 'cause it had his name on it, and he decided to restore it So, him and his dad, they stripped all the parts and saved as much as they could They then put on new wheels, new tires, and they even put new bearings everywhere

And they used electrolysis to clean parts and, well, put chrome coatings on them, amazing, right? I mean, just look at that chain guard and what they've done to that That is, I mean, you can't believe the transformation, when I show you it They put a new saddle on it, new bottle cage, and they put a Sturmey-Archer dynamo hub as well to power the lights, which work with the original bulbs and wires Says it's perfect for leisurely Sunday rides Look at that

That's absolutely brilliant I mean, it's like a museum piece You could probably get paid to use that bike in films and TV and stuff, albeit for period pieces But, that's incredible What an amazing job that is, well done

That is one of the best ones we've seen, I think Up against James from Canada, we have got William from Huntington Beach, California, U-S of A Now William has an Ibex bike that he's upgraded and had for a long time So it's basically America versus Canada right now, like "South Park" the movie, go figure Anyway, William started cycling in 2005 and he wasn't sure he would like it so he conservatively spent on his bike and bought an Ibex for 399 U

S dollars But he fell in love with cycling, great to hear, and then went about upgrading his beloved bike Rather than buying a new one, he liked it, so he wanted to just upgrade it and make it better So, he upgraded it in several phases which I quite like

Phase one included changing it to a carbon fork and putting some shorter crank arms on that he preferred He also changed the bottom bracket, changed to a Cane Creek Hellbender Headset bearings He put a PowerTap G3 Power Meter Hub on the back wheel and also got a Garmin and a little bell so that he could tell people to get out of the way He also changed his bar tape Then the next phase of his upgrades, I like that he's done this in phases, it's good

He put some American classic wheels on there and also put some better tires and changed some Ultegra 6-600 components, really cool And some 105 crank sets and brake shift levers That's really nice I really like what you've done there and I think some of the upgrades you've made are really sensible and great choices PowerTap Hub, great

And that mixture of sort of 105 and Ultegra components has really improved the ride One of the best upgrades you can make is always wheels, so you've done a good job And, that is a really fine looking bike, nice Really like that So, you decide

Who's it going to be? It's not down to me, who wins? America or Canada? (logo swiping) It's time now for everyone's favorite part of the show, the Bike Vault where we look at pictures of the bikes that you ride and you submit using the uploader tool below and judge them to be either nice or super nice If they're super nice, someone rings the bell, which is here This is the bell Right, let's get started First up is Aaron with his PARLEE Altum Disc with mechanical Ultegra on it and he's been riding around Iceland, Iceland looks incredible there

It reminds me of when I was in Iceland recently It's such an amazingly beautiful place Really nice bike, that PARLEE Altum but you have unfortunately not removed your saddle bag from the picture, something that we always ask people to do when they submit their bikes So unfortunately, that's just a nice, sorry, Aaron Next up, we have Stewart with his De Rosa

He's in Edinborough Nice Campagnolo Zonda Wheel Set on there But, I mean, that's a nice De Rosa Milanino, Milanin? I can't, I've lost the ability to speak, must have caught that from Hank Anyway, he hasn't unfortunately got it in Biggie Smalls The rear wheel is slightly out of focus, the crank set is not aligned in the three o'clock position, the wheel valve stems, also, failure to align those, the bar tape doesn't match

There's just too many infractions It's a nice bike, nice Next, we have someone who's not properly used the uploader tool It's a Colnago C59 and they've put their location at home Presumably, that's where they ride their bike

Well, it's in small big, which is a crime against bike photography The chain looks rather dirty, the wheel valves are not aligned, the background is cluttered and (sighs) I despair, nice

Next, we have James and his Scott Foil, location, London Someone who has correctly used the uploader tool Now, he said, the time has come to say goodbye to his bike, as he's upgrading it It's a very nice bike actually He's got Enve 3

4's in there, they look good Ultegra, he's got it in Biggie Smalls The crank arm is positioned in the three o'clock position Nice use of a stand and good depth of field in the photo there as well The background is nicely sort of blurred out and the bike is in really shift, really sharp, crisp focus there

We can see everything that's going on Nice bar and stem and nice physique area, and his saddle on that bike as well You know what, I think that one is a super nice I'll ring the bell (bell rings) There we go

And finally this week, we've got Chris Wow, that is incredible Chris is from Castlemaine, Victoria in Australia and he has submitted an absolutely fantastic Victorian Railways J-Class Locomotive Whoa, look at that That's actually number 549 of the J classes, originally built in the 1950's for light branch line duties

Of course, the J class replaced the K class which had a higher fire box than the J class because the K class was limited in the gauges it could operate on because of that low fire box placement The J class also featured substantially redesigned cylinder porting to improve steam flow and efficiency The higher set boiler, together with the German style smoke deflectors on the front of the J class, gave the J class a very distinctive European appearance It actually had 131 kilonewtons of tractive efforts weighing in at 114 tons One absolutely superb steam locomotive that is

Fantastic, absolutely amazing More Bike Vault next week That's it for this week's show Hope you enjoyed it, and if you like our content and would like to support the channel, then you can do very easily by clicking subscribe down below and also the bell icon to get notifications, if you haven't done so already And if you'd like one of these rather splendid GCN themed hoodies, then you're in luck because we've got them for sale in the GCN shop

All right, I'm going to go now, bye

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