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The Best New & Custom Tech Of The Tour de France 2019


– As I record this, we are on the eve of the Tour de France which is of course the biggest bike race in the world And as such, for the last few days, myself and Oli have been going geering the teams in search of the best, the newest and the most custom tech

Take it away – The CCC Team are using some new wheels at the Tour de France this year These are from a new brand called Cadex and they've got them in two depths 42 millimeter, like we've get here, and 65 millimeters as well which we've seen on the bike of Greg Van Avermaet Now, I've got a pair of the 42 millimeter tubes here and I'm going to weigh them because they feel really light so I'm going to weigh them complete with the skewers and also Vittoria Corsa tubular tires which have been glued on there

So, first, the front Tare my scales Place your bets now, what you think this is going to come in at 850 grams with a tire and a skewer in there, that's really light Let's see what they, the rear one's coming out at

And bear in mind, this rear one does have a 3011 Dura-Ace cassette on so that will add some weight 112 kilograms for a rear wheel with a cassette, tire and skewer That is impressive Well, one of the reasons why I think these wheels are so light is they've got these straight through pull carbon spokes

You can imagine that the riders will like these being really lightweight but the mechanics probably won't because they'll probably have to add extra weight to the bikes now to make them up to the UCI limit – I've just been pointed towards this bike by my friend at Cervelo It is Michael Matthew's Cervelo S5 It doesn't look any different to the standard S5s that most of the rest of the team are using but the clue in the difference with this one lies down here This small logo, SPT stands for Silverstone Painting Technology

Now, paint weights quite a lot which is why you'll see many climbing bikes that are bare carbon fiber, to save as many grams of weight as possible However, Silverstone Painting Technology works in Formula 1 Bike manufacturers often look towards Formula 1 for advantages such as aerodynamics but also in weight gains and that's what this is all about This is a very special type of paint which I understand saves between 80 and 160 grams on the various Team Sunweb bikes, so there's a lot The other difference is in the bars

Again, you can't see it but Michael Matthews apparently pulls a hell of a lot on his bars, required some slightly stiffer ones which is what Cervelo have produced for him (calm music) – The CCC Team has some really hot new aerotech on their time trial bikes Check these wheels out They're brand new from the component brand, Cadex, which is a new brand, and a subsidiary of Giant Now, we've got the four spoke at the front which looks very fast and this very bling looking techstream covered full carbon disk at the back

Both of them are tubulars, they've been developed using a combination of CFD, computational fluid dynamics, and also wind tunnel testing at Magny-Cours to make them as fast as possible And it's really cool, these bladed, well, it's bladed four spoke here, it's kind of got an aerofoil shape, so you can feel that it has to go in a certain direction It sort of tapers off at the back of the leading edge there And they're very wide as well The external rim width on this front wheel is coming out just a touch over 28 millimeters

Very wide, and chunky indeed Its interesting 'cause this is the leading edge of the bike And onto these, we've got some Vittoria Corsa speed tires and these are 25 millimeters, so it suggests that these new wheels have been optimized for that tire width, which is interesting Time trial tires in the past have been around 23, so even time trial tires now are getting wider Cool

– I know you all love a pair of custom kicks Some of you will have seen these on the GCN show previously These are George Bennett's custom shoes made for him by his girlfriend Caitlin Talk us through them – Um, yeah, so they started in the Tour de France, 2017 was their first appear

My girlfriend's an artist, she moved to Girona with me, from New Zealand And we we're kind of looking for her to do something, she's a very talented artist, and one of the things she did was just chuck some stuff down on my shoes, and people loved them, and then she started getting like requests for people to, you know how do they buy them And so, it kind of started off as a small business idea, and in the last maybe 12 months its gone really big, and she's uh, I'm one of many pro riders riding customized shoes in the peloton – [Interviewer] Has she got less time to spend on your shoes now she's doing so many others – Yeah, it is a problem for me you know? Like, it was great when no one knew her really, you know, I could sort of get 30 hours done on my shoes, and now, I ask for a new pair of shoes and she kind of uh, goes bugger off, you know? – Got to put your order in for 2020 right now

– Now I got to start paying her – Explain the little bump on the side here – Oh, so that there is a for toe number six If you can see my foot I think it originated from years of playing rugby staying on the, I was a flanker

And I always got stood on on the side of the scrum And it just was on tight boots it just got irritated and irritated, and a little bone growth started spurring out Yeah I mean its such a shame to, on such a good you know, nice pair of art to put a big glump there, but it still looks all right – Well thanks for your time, – Yeah – Good luck on your next three weeks

– Thank you, thanks for having us, cheers – This is not new tech by any stretch of the imagination because these wheels from Fast Forward came out in 2017 But I just had to show you them, because they struck me as I walked past the Arkea-Samsic truck Plenty of tri-spokes of course out there in the world of time trialing, but it's very rare, still to this day, that you see a mono-spoke like this Disk equipped on this particular model

They claim, Fast Forward, that these M5 wheels actually produce forward thrust in certain wind conditions And actually independent tests have shown it to be very fast indeed Certainly look the part – I'm over at Movistar, and I've got some hot tire tech for you, now Movistar are one of a continental sponsored teams here at the Tour And in the time trial, they're running a new tire

And it's a clincher because the theory is, that clinchers, despite being slightly heavier than tubulars, offer a performance benefit with superior rolling resistance, and superior aerodynamics Now this tire in question is a new one, let's spin it around It's the Grand Prix TT Pro Limited 23 millimeters wide, and it's got this special low rolling 111 compound on it And that's paired interestingly with the tread pattern from a GP 4,000

Now the reason for that is that they found by accident that the tread pattern from the 4,000 happens to be really aerodynamic That's why it's there Oh, and another cool thing is continental is offering this tire with different colors on the side walls So they can be matched to the team colors, Katusha has apparently got some red ones So, keep an eye out for that

And down here we've got the bike of world champion Alejandro Valverde And this is cool because he has got the new Competition Pro Limited's from Continental on his race bike This is an updated version of the previous one We saw it at the Giros, but I've spoken to Continental and I found out some interesting things This tire was first used when Valverde won the Worlds

And that's significant because they've told me that it's 50 grams lighter per tire than the previous Pro Limited Which means, you can save 100 grams on the overall bike weight, and that's perhaps why Valverde's now riding the Aero Because well, it means he can get it down to the UCI limit of 68 The new tire also has a 200 TPI carcass which means a lower rolling resistance than before, and overall, on top of it, the pros love it

– I've just bumped into Steve Smith of Castelli who's come up with a few goodie bags for the riders here at team Ineos And amongst those goodies is a pair of bib shorts, which he's coined the Dan loyd Bib Shorts, believe it or not There's a good reason for that, it's 'cause I used to crash a lot But you better explain what these are all about – Yeah, so Dan, back in your Cervelo TestTeam days you had kind of rough flesh all the time on this side

I never could figure it out, 'cause you're up there, you're above everybody so you could see what's coming But then somehow you're on the ground – I just wasn't very good at bike handling basically – Okay, but anyways so we did these shorts for you back in the day where we put two panels here on the side, and it seemed to help – [Dan] Yep

– And so the yeah, the evolution of this we now do this for some of the team Ineos riders here for the first week of the Tour de France They'll only use these on these first flat stages they're dangerous Actually it's kind of funny, the first time we did this for team Sky rider was for Froome with the start in Germany And talking with him is like, should we do it on the back panel, and he was like of course not, you never fall on your back So we just did it on the side panels, and then that first, or the second stage, they go through that round about and there he is sliding on his back and ripped his shorts up

But anyway, we have evolved a little bit from your era And now on the inside there's actually a Dyneema reinforced fabric, so, it was actually still the Lycron, Lycra The reason we do that is you know, from track racing days where you wear two pairs of shorts When you fall and the head of your femur kind of presses against the ground, you got a lot of pressure just on one point, and Lycra, just one layer of Lycra, will really kind of grip the pavement in the beginning, and so that sheer force has to go somewhere, and so it's always ended up kind of in the fleshy part of your side, but Lycron Lycra, that first hit, the two layers of Lycra can slide against each other and then, as a back up to keep everything from ripping apart, we use a Dyneema on the second layer – Okay, well let's hope that they don't crash in those opening days at the tour, but if they do, they've got an extra layer of protection

– Yeah – Got some custom shoes next to me now These are Andre Greipel's custom Gaerne's where he's got the gorilla graphic on the side, a list of some of his biggest stage wins here at the Tour de France as well As well as his family's names here, and the German flag printed on the side, and also on the boa's, which is pretty cool And he's kindly let me stand next to him for all of that

Well it is now seven pm the day before the Tour de France starts, and the mechanics of team Sunweb and Katusha Aspecin behind me are still hard at work measuring up bikes, gluing on fresh tubulars It almost never stops for them Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed this video looking at some of the best new tech here at the Tour de France

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