Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.
Spotted: new lace-up road shoes from Bontrager
Almost two years to the day after Taylor Phinney brought his lace-up, old-school Giro Empires to the Giro d’Italia, Christian Meier has an answer from shoe sponsor Bontrager: the Classique. Meier posted a shot of the new kicks on his Instagram feed on Friday morning, along with a shot of the new Boa-equipped race shoes we spotted on Cancellara a few months ago.
A request for more official info from Bontrager was met with radio silence, but we’ll keep trying.
Special-edition “Green Machine” Peter Sagan jersey
Designed in conjunction with Peter Sagan (Cannondale) himself, team clothing sponsor Sugoi will make this special “Green Machine” custom jersey available at this year’s Amgen Tour of California, as well as on Sugoi.com. It’s based off Sugoi’s custom RS jersey design, so expect a slim fit.
Trek introduces Silque women’s road bike
Trek’s latest women’s-specific road model grabs key technology from the popular Domane endurance road line, most importantly the Isospeed decoupler, and combines it with new women’s-specific geometry and carbon layup tuned for female riders.
The Silque line gets the same long wheelbase as the Domane but with a lower top tube for increased standover and slightly higher stack for a more compact position.
Squirt Lube sues former distributor for counterfeiting
The South African owners of Squirt Lube have won a restraining order against its former U.S. distributor, Squirt LLC, alleging that the distributor has been selling counterfeit Squirt lube.
“Our previous distributor in the U.S. supplied distributors and the market generally with counterfeit Squirt Lube,” said Dewet Marais, co-owner of Squirt Lube, to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. “We would like all relevant sections of the industry — wholesalers, retailers, consumers — to know we are actively working to protect our brand.”
We tested Squirt Lube as part of the recent lube efficiency test in Velo Magazine, and it did very well. In fact, it’s the most efficient drip lube we’ve ever tested. We have since confirmed that the lube tested was real Squirt, and not a counterfeit.
Real Squirt lube is sold in bottles with a blue cap, while the counterfeit lube was sold in bottles with a white cap.