2016 Cycling Product Preview — What To Expect On Two Wheels
2016 is the year when wireless comes to cycling, disc brakes become the new norm, and Peter Sagan segues into a stage race contender. All this and more is what we ponder and argue about for the upcoming year.
Cycling is a tech inspired sport so it is no surprise that one of the products we’re interested in seeing of 2016 is SRAM’s eTap. Yes, we know that it actually was revealed in 2015 with pro teams racing it to success, but it isn’t hitting the shop floor until 2016, so we consider it qualifies.
Discussing the validity of road disc brakes with roadies you might as well argue about politics. Riders who have experience mountain biking seem to think of it as a natural progression. Dyed in wool road riders are more of the opinion, “You can pry my caliper brakes from my dead, cold hands.”
Here at Glory Cycles we know when the writing’s on the wall. There’s no argument that disc brakes offer superior stopping power and in the future it will be part of the construction and design of full fledged racing road bikes. Before you anti-disc brake people panic that you’ll never be able to buy rim brake wheels or bikes again, caliper brakes will continue to be offered — for now. Word on the street is the UCI is going to make the standard for road bikes in World Tour races 160mm rotors with thru-axles.
Speaking of disc brakes and 2016 technology, the BH G7, or a bike very much like it, is your next rig. This Spanish bike is a real race machine with disc brakes, internal routing for electric shifting, a well designed press fit bottom bracket, clearance for at least a 28mm tire (wider tires are faster), and aerodynamically designed. This is truly a bike that has embraced all the technological advances of this new year. We’re confident other bike companies following suit.
Cross and adventure bikes are all the rage for us and we see the line between road and cross bikes continue to blur. As technologies advance, weights go down and tires get wider it’s tempting to think you can have one bike do it all. The Santa Cruz Stigmata and the Pivot Vault are two great examples.
Fat bike tires creep into mountain biking and take fun to a whole new level, snow or no snow. We feel the Orbea Loki is the harbinger. Expect to see more off-road bikes start to look like this. Take one of these for a ride and expect big things. Some of our clients have reported Strava PR’s without even trying on the descents.
Talking about Strava! — there is no doubt it’s here to stay and it’s changed the way we ride. Join the Glory Cycles Strava Cluband be first in line for some cool promotions and rewards in 2016
Everything goes electronic and we have to charge 5 things before we get out on the bike. It’s a bit of a PITA to be honest, gone are the days of lacing up your shoes and heading out. Hopefully we see battery life improve and someone put out a “charging station” to charge all your stuff in one place.
Tubeless road tires. Schwalbe have it down with the new Pro One tubeless clincher and it seems the German brand has made some serious inroads into a market that was previously dominated by Michelin and Conti. Here at Glory we all ride tubeless road tires and it seems the format is here to stay even though it’s taken almost 5 years for it to get any real momentum. Vittoria are in the tubeless game as well now with a revised version of the Corsa CX that has a tan sidewall. Seems this might well be the ultimate road tire, combine it with the new Bora Clincher and it promises a ride in heaven.
Indoor cycling finally becomes bearable, even fun. With the plethora of new trainers from Wahoo, Tacx and Elite combined with Zwift VR software it’s a whole new experience. These new trainers measure power and make boring trainer sessions feel like real road rides. Give it a go, you might be like some of our friends who now skip outdooor rides for Zeceret Zwift Zessions.
It’s never too soon to discuss around the Glory Cycles water cooler what riders will have a breakout year. Mark Cavendish’s 2015 season was quiet in contrast to previous years and in 2016 he’s transferred to the South African team Team Dimension Data. Is this his last chance to grab the green jersey? Will 2016 be the year Alberto Contador beats Chris Froome at the Tour de France? Can Tejay van Garderen live up to the BMC hype and be a serious contender for the overall at the Tour? Peter Sagan won the world championship in commanding style, but will he fall victim to the “curse of the rainbow jersey”? If he loses a few kilos is the Slovakian rider the new Sean Kelly, winning Classics as well as stage races? Tom Dumoulin came out of nowhere and was literally one mountain pass away from winning the overall at the Vuelta a Espana. Is this an indicator of his potential?
Our boss and South African (no, that isn’t an odd South Carolina accent) Clive thinks his fellow countryman Louis Meintjes is a GC threat. Apparently, Clive’s contacts in South Africa claim he’s “the real deal.” He’s leaving MTN and looking to ride for himself for the Lampre team in 2016. Who do you think is going to ride into the spotlight for 2016?
Sure, bicycling is our passion to the point that we might remember our bike fit measurements quicker than we do our significant other’s birthday, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t only looking forward to bike stuff. We’ve been teased with trailers for Batman V Superman for months and March 25th it hits the theaters. And did you see Wonder Woman is in it too?!?! Yeah, we’re kinda dorky like that…