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. 1.12 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 6.8. 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 p.m. 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. If you have, please press
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