Specialized Tarmac S-Works SL7
• Buy the Specialized Tarmac S-Works SL7 direct from Specialized, from £ 10,500
Released just weeks before the 2020 Tour de France, the new S-Works Tarmac SL7 combines the comfort, handling and race-proven performance of the Tarmac with the aerodynamic properties and overall speed of the Specialized Venge.
You don’t see a lot of S-Works Tarmac SL7 on the 2020 Tour as this bike rode up mountains and sprinted to quick arrivals in the blink of an eye. Peter Sagan rocks the roads… and if you fancy a little Sagan spirit, Specialized has created a limited edition version of the Tarmac SL7 as part of its Sagan collection with a striking black and yellow / green color change. It sounds like business.
Abus AirBreaker Helmet
• Buy the Abus AirBreaker Helmet for £ 189.99 from Wiggle
Protect your head with a helmet designed and worn by the pros. The Movistar team will be wearing the Abus AirBreaker helmet during the 2020 racing season, and it’s a helmet that has been designed to optimize ventilation and reduce drag when it’s needed most.
It consists of a honeycomb structure with 11 air inlets and 3 outlets which channel the air over your head as you ride. The molded construction combined with the ActiCage Lite from Abus – a reinforcement structure integrated with the EPS foam of the helmet – provides sufficient protection in the event of a crash.
And of course, the all-important question of the safety of your glasses is solved with the AirPort glasses holder. AirBreaker is even designed to work well with braids (or action braids as we like to call them).
Wattbike Atom Smart Trainer
• Buy the Atom Wattbike for £ 1,899.99 direct from Wattbike
When it comes to indoor training, new technologies mean that the experience is getting closer and closer to reality. Even pros are making indoor training part of their workout routines, and the recently updated Wattbike Atom smart trainer is exactly the kind of technology they benefit from.
Based on an electromagnetic resistance system, it can simulate climbs, provide data on your power output, and other performance and health metrics.
The new Atom has a number of improved features over previous Wattbike models, including a wider range of resistance so that it can emulate longer or steeper climbs, faster response to gear changes and quicker reactions to shifts. virtual terrain changes when using applications and training programs.
Add an app like Zwift or Sufferfest, and you could almost imagine you’re on the road (without the weather, bugs, and traffic) – perfect for staying in shape without venturing too far from home, or charging your performance gains in a data-driven manner.
• Buy the Fizik Adaptive Saddle for £ 249 direct from Fizik
The Tour is a lot like Formula 1 in that it’s where a lot of cutting-edge technology is designed and used.
The Adaptive saddle from Fizik is a perfect example. Modern technology means that a saddle can be digitally designed and printed using the latest 3D printing technology. This fine mesh shaped structure is designed using liquid resin and UV light projection, and if you find such things interesting, we recommend that you watch the video of the manufacturing process because it is simply beautiful.
The result is a carbon saddle that is as light as possible while retaining rider-friendly support; each section of the saddle is designed to provide just the right level of cushioning, built into the structure rather than relying on different foam densities like with other saddles.
Muc-Off hydrodynamic lubricant
• Buy Muc-Off Hydrodynamic Lube for £ 17.99 direct from Muc-Off
An affordable taste of the pro rider’s setup comes in the form of this hydrodynamic lubricant from Muc-Off, designed specifically for the rigors of elite stage races where the lubricant needs to last all day and where the weather conditions. are constantly inconsistent.
The hydrodynamic lubricant uses synthetic polymers but does not use petroleum-based derivatives, which makes it a bit more environmentally friendly. It’s also versatile enough to work in a range of conditions from wet soaking to dry and dusty.
Pro Peloton bikes obviously have dedicated staff to clean, repair, and maintain all of their mechanical needs, and while you might not be able to give your bike the same level of TLC, that will thank you. certainly you have treated the chain with a quality lubricant, and you will also feel the benefits.
Wahoo Elemnt Bolt Cycle Computer
• Buy the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt for £ 184.99 direct from Wahoo
Data, data and more data. The pro peloton relies on careful monitoring of its individual performance in the Tour de France race, and this is where cycling computers come in. While for most of us, these are the properties of navigation and route guidance that make them appealing, to the pros, things like cadence, power and time are interesting.
The Wahoo Elemnt Bolt is the computer of choice for a number of top teams, including BORA-hansgrohe and Deceuninck – Quickstep, not least because it easily integrates with many on-bike sensor systems.
Part of the reason is of course the functionality, which includes wireless connectivity, GPS, global maps, automatic route downloads and workout downloads, customizable screens, text and email alerts, integration with hardware, including muscle oxygen sensors and pedal monitors, and software integration with programs like Strava and Komoot. Another big advantage for professionals where marginal gains make all the difference is the fact that the Elemnt Bolt is designed to be aerodynamic with an integrated outer support.