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Our top seven predictions for 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015 4:58pm
Category: News

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We’ve taken a look into our crystal ball for a glimpse into the not to distant future of what’s going to be hot in the world of cycling.

Once you’ve had a look at ours let us know your additions in the comments section below.

The electronic shift: battery-powered progression

Shimano’s electronic shifting technology has trickled down from its high-end Dura Ace road group, now onto their XTR mountain bike gearing. Campagnolo are members of the electronic club too, and we’re expecting SRAM to follow suit sometime this year.

How long will it be until a pre-ride battery charge is the norm for all?

Wearable tech: always-on for smarter training

Gone are the days when all you had to show for a ride was a smile on your face and an aching body! With the latest influx of wearable technology like the Garmin Vivosmart, Vivoactive, Pebble watch and the much-anticipated Apple-watch, you won’t be able to do anything without it being monitored, shared and reviewed! Sound like you?

Disc brake domination: road bike brakes get better

While bike frame and drivetrain technology has developed at pace, the humble caliper brake has retained the same design for years – until now. We’re starting to see the widespread specification of disc brakes on road bikes for their increased braking force and ease of use.

Do you think disc brakes are the natural progression for road bikes? Why wouldn’t we use them?

Tyre talk: more choice, less chat?

Chat to your biking buddies or browse any cycling forum and you’re never too far away from debate on tyre choice, wheel size and everything in between. The latest buzz is the (650)B+ tyre size – 27.5” wheels with 2.8 tyres and wide rims, which are mostly aimed at 29er bikes and claim to offer increased cushioning and traction – fat-bike-lite, if you will.

We’re interested to get your thoughts on this…

The enduro avalanche: enduro-specific this and that

Entries for this year’s Enduro World Series (EWS) sold out in record time, so our appetite for this new race genre is clear – and with more and more pro riders adding a number of EWS rounds to their calendar, including our own downhill team, we expect more ‘enduro-specific’ products to keep on coming.

Action camera explosion: GoPro and Garmin joined by Apple?

The number of riders recording their rides is on the up (just do a quick YouTube search), and it’s no surprise given the quality of cameras on the market at the moment. Interestingly, Apple has filed a patent for a waterproof action camera, signalling their intention to take on the best-selling and ubiquitous GoPro – watch this space…

Electric bikes: don’t fight them, they’re coming

They’ve come in for a bit of flak from cycling purists, but there’s no doubt that electric bikes are here to stay, especially to offer those who aren’t able to use a ‘normal’ bike to experience the joys of cycling. More recent debate has centred around their use on mountain bike trails – what do you think? A step too far?

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