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This week in bike stuff: 1st July

Josh Cunningham
1 Jul 2016

New gear from Rapha, Scott, Seven, Shimano and The Sufferfest

Rapha Bra

'The job of a cycling bra is to feel as if it’s not there,' says Maria Olsson, designer of Rapha's latest addition to its women's wardrobe, the cycling bra - which explains why it's been a year in the making. The bra comes in two iterations: either more or less supported, at £50 and £40 respectively. The more supported version is designed for longer, more relaxed rides, whereas the less supported is a lightweight, slimline version designed for high intensity efforts. Both are available in both black or white.

Scott Cadence Plus helmet

'We set out to create the fastest stage racing helmet on the market,' says Scott. 'And we did.' According to Scott, the Cadence Plus is 1 second faster than its closest competitor over a distance of 40km, at an average speed of 40kmh (which is obviously logically impossible...). Details of whether these competitors were fully aero helmets, or ones that share the commonality of coverable vents with the Cadence Plus, isn't clear. Anyhow, the helmet was first spotted on Orica-GREENEDGE (or should we say Orica-BikeExchange) riders at the Giro d'Italia, and will be available to buy from September. £TBC.

Seven Cycles Red Sky

With a decidedly raucous paint job (which we love), Seven Cycles has delivered an all-terrain bike for those of us who are yet to have had our hearts captured by disc brakes. The frame is an original design, and comes with Seven's 5E fork, available in eight different rake variations and ensuring optimal handling on whichever frame specification its paired with. The RedSky can cope with anything up to 35mm knobby tyres, has mounts for mudguards, and is available in steel, titanium, or a ti-carbon hybrid. But as long as it has that paint job, we're happy.

Shimano Dura Ace 9100

The biggest unveiling of the week has to be that of Shimano's new Dura-Ace 9100 groupset (full spec run down available to see here; first ride review available here). The standout features of the launch are the integrated crank-based power meter, the creation of Dura Ace-level disc brakes and the adoption of synchronised shifting from the mountain bike XTR Di2 groupset. Unlike some had predicted though, the groupset remains 11-speed.

The Sufferfest App

Purveyor of turbo training suffering, The Sufferfest, has launched a new app that will allow subscribers to the platform, which simulates pro race scenarious and turns them into training workouts, to download more than 20 videos to their device - be it via the App store, Google Play or Roku - for $10 a month (equivalent to about £100 now, right). Use is restricted to iOS and Mac systems at the moment, but Windows and Android versions will be available in due course.

Cyclist magazine - Tour subscription offer

A shameless plug but who cares? To celebrate the start of this years Tour, Cyclist magazine is offering you 3 issues and a free Morgan Blue Rider Kit worth £24.95 for less than the price of an inner tube. For just a fiver, you'll get the next three copies of the stunning mag (usually £5.50 each) delivered direct to your door plus Morgan Blue chamois cream, chain cleaner and race oil as used by 11 of the 2016 Pro Tour Teams.

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