Peter Stuart and Dan Cavallari run their beady eyes over the past year’s technical innovations and what 2022 has in store.
In 2021, we saw semi-wireless Dura Ace, SRAM phasing out mechanical groupsets, Lizzie Deignan winning Paris-Roubaix on a 1x gear system, and tubeless replacing tubulars.
As for the new year, Peter considers whether the pure cyclo-cross racing bike’s days are numbered as manufacturers continue to focus their efforts on gravel. Aero is making a return to the fore. And power measurement grows increasingly sophisticated, alongside integrated electronics with applications outside of the gearing-only systems. Meanwhile, Dan’s hot take is that one-piece bar and stem combos are on the way out. Crazy guy… or maybe not.