Eight technology-packed treats for gadget geeks

Monday, April 20th, 2015 3:57pm
Category: News

We’re always on the lookout for the freshest new technology and everything that makes your bike life better, so we’ve put together eight of the best technology-packed treats you can look forward to using.

Let us know what you think of our selection in the comments section below, and feel free to add your own too.

Oakley Jawbreaker

Inspired by pro cyclist Mark Cavendish and produced after more than 100 design iterations, the Oakley Jawbreaker is a piece of equipment with no compromise – your field of view, protection, ventilation, customisation – it’ll reset the expectations that you have for cycling eyewear. Sounds good to us – we can’t wait to try them.

Look out for the Oakley Jawbreaker in an upcoming Lab video.

Garmin Vivoactive

If you’re looking for a serious purpose-built piece of kit for doing the sports you love then you need to check out the brand new Garmin Vivoactive. The GPS-enabled watch packs in a whole load of features for fitness fanatics – including a dedicated cycling app, a swimming app, a running app and lots more.

See it in action in our Lab video.

7iDP protection

When seasoned pros like Steve Peat, Chris Akrigg and Mark Weir opt to ride wearing 7iDP body armour, it’s probably worth taking note! Using a range of next generation materials and technology including Curv protection, BOA fixings and innovative design, 7iDP are focussed on one thing – doing whatever it takes to produce the best mountain bike protection

Lezyne GPS

Lezyne have released details of their new GPS cycling computer range which will pair with your smartphone via Bluetooth and connect with your training devices too. There are three options to choose from: the minimalist Mini GPS, the Power GPS and high-end Super GPS. We’ll have all the info on each one very soon.

DVO Diamond fork

You couldn’t help but notice this beautiful Intense Tracer at the Sea Otter Classic, built using the all mountain/enduro DVO Diamond fork. Among its features is the ability to tune how the beginning part of the stroke feels without affecting the mid and end stroke, plus the high and low speed compression assembly can be removed from the fork without requiring a full rebuild.


A successor to SRAM’s X7 and X9 component group, SRAM GX brings 1×11 (11-speed) shifting to the masses, using the innovation and engineering lessons learned from the company’s high-end XX1, X01 and X1 groups. It’s a perfect example of trickle-down technology, and we can’t wait to ride it. Wide-range 10- and 11-speed 2X versions will also be available.

MIPS helmet technology

The MIPS Brain Protection System is a helmet safety technology which claims to significantly improve head protection in the event of a crash. We’re seeing more brands use this technology in their lids, and we expect many others to follow. Surely anything that helps in the event of an accident is a good thing?

Shimano Di2 XTR

An electronic shifting option for Shimano’s 11-speed XTR mountain bike components, XTR Di2 aims to redefine how you can control and personalise the way you ride through the proven Di2 digital platform. Shimano XTR electronic shifting integrates with XTR M9000 mechanical components in a variety of Race or Trail ‘Rider Tuned’ 1x, 2x, or 3x drivetrain configurations.

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