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The (Very Near) Future Of Bike Gear And Tech

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jan 25, 2013
  • Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM UTC
Illustration by Oliver Baker.

Static Design

We also identified a couple patterns of non-change:

Unchanged front ends

Since Giant started the movement to front-end integration with the Trinity Advanced SL, there has been a major improvement or change every year—until now. Trek set the bar for total integration while others, including Cervélo and Specialized, pushed to balance aerodynamics and functionality. This year, the new tri bikes on display borrowed strategies from existing bikes.

No disc

Last spring, Sram teased upcoming hydraulic disc brakes designed for road bikes. If you’ve ever jumped on a mountain bike with a similar set of brakes, you know just how much of an improvement they can be over caliper brakes. Well, it turns out that managing the heat created on a long descent creates problems, so neither Sram nor Shimano has a set ready for the public just yet.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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