We’ve got the scoop on everything new in cycling – from shakes to wheel sets, seats and pumps…
33Shake sports nutrition
From $3.99, 33shake.com
Name a superfood and chances are you’ll find it in 33Shake’s drinks and gels. From spirulina to Himalayan pink salt, founder Warren Pole has left no goji berry unturned in his quest to create an all-natural fuel source. While the shakes are pretty standard – take the mix and blend with your liquid of choice – the gel products are markedly different. Each screw-top sachet contains a dried mix of ingredients to which users add water then shake to create a ‘gel’ solution. The result is a mix of gel and seed that is not as carb-heavy as most brands, but is remarkably palatable.
Lezyne Digital pump
If Apple was to create a track pump, it would be white and have a digital screen. Lezyne, however, got there first with its new series of pumps that includes this, the Steel Digital Drive. All the usual Lezyne elements are there – steel barrel, wood handle, extra long hose and screw chuck for Presta and Schrader valves – but where once a dial and needle approximated your tyre pressure, an LCD display now sits at the base of the pump, giving a clear, bold readout to the nearest psi.
Ritchey Vector Evo saddle and WCS Link seatpost
$206.95 and $113.95, ritcheylogic.com
The earliest monorail was developed in 1820, but it took nearly two centuries for that same thinking to penetrate the world of cycling. Far from being a simple single-rail saddle as we’ve seen from other manufacturers, though, Ritchey’s new system has played with the concept. The Vector Evo’s chunky carbon rail connects with a thermoplastic ‘Vector Wing’ to spread force evenly through the back of the saddle, creating a kind of carbon leaf spring. That spring, along with the single contact point, makes for a compliant lateral flex as you pedal, for improved comfort and reduced weight.
Deda WD30CCL wheelset
These 30mm deep carbon clinchers from Deda (well, Deda Elementi to be precise – the Deda group’s bike component arm) mark the Italian company’s first foray into wheels. From afar there’s not a huge amount to get excited about – they’re round and they’re carbon – but dig a little deeper and there are some very subtle yet innovative tweaks going on.
First, the brake track. Where most rims plump for around a 9mm-wide brake track, the WD30CCL’s are more than 14mm. Second, the spoke nipples. Traditionally these are found at the rim edge, but the WD30CCL’s are at the hub flange.
‘We use a wide braking track to overcome the rise in temperature of carbon rims during braking, as a larger surface area helps dissipate heat,’ says Deda’s Gianluca Cattaneo. ‘We also developed over-size brake pads [included] that give a wider distribution of brake force, better clearance of water and dirt and so more powerful, responsive braking.
‘To make the wheels faster we moved the nipples from the rim to the hub. The further out an object’s mass is, the more rotational inertia the object has, and the more rotational force is required to change its rotation rate. By moving the nipples we have cut 36.1g from the outermost part of the wheel.’
Our test rides – albeit so far only in the dry – have done nothing to disprove Deda’s claims. Acceleration is quick, climbing excellent and braking in the dry is every bit as good as an aluminium brake track. Now for the difficult second album.