January 20, 2022
Rouleur tech podcast: New trends on the block
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.