Newest Bicycle Tech for 2016
2016 is going to be a good year for new technology such as heads up displays, training and wireless drive train technology from SRAM. Today we’ll show you a little bit of what we’ve been reading about from various manufacturers.
- GPS smartwatch with a sunlight-readable, high-resolution color touchscreen
- Built-in sports apps include GPS-enabled running, biking, swimming and more — no phone connection required
- Customize with free watch face designs, widgets and apps from our Connect IQ™ store
- Receive smart notifications¹ and smart coaching from Garmin Connect™ when paired with your phone
- Up to 8 days’ battery life² in watch/activity tracking³ mode or up to 13 hours using GPS
- Compatible with Garmin Edge 1000, 810, 520 and Explorer 1000 as well as Varia SmartView and Varia Lights
- MSRP $249
With Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology, you can ditch the chest strap and measure heart rate from the wrist. Using heart rate data, vívoactive HR provides calories burned information and quantifies the intensity of your fitness activities, providing better credit for your efforts.
Throughout your day, vívoactive HR automatically syncs¹ to Garmin Connect. Garmin Connect is the only free app that gets to know you and then delivers the insights to help you beat yesterday. These include cues to move if you’re not on track to meet your step goal — or shoutouts when you do hit those milestones. Plus, you’ll get healthy tips from experts that become like virtual coaches.
More information can be found at Garmin Vivoactive HR’s product page.
SRAM eTap Wireless Drivetrain
In what has to be one of the most anticipated product launches in recent memory, SRAM has released it long awaited electronic shifting drivetain. The SRAM eTap System is completely wireless and should be showing up on more new bike and group rides this year. The cost of the SRAM eTap comes at a steep price of over $2000 for the complete 8 piece groupset. Hopefully we’ll see some trickle down technology come to SRAM Force eTap one day but until then feel free to read more of our SRAM Red eTap write up from a few months back. Also below is a very easy to follow 10 minute video on just how easy it is to install the SRAM Red eTap. It’s so easy even a caveman can probably do it or at the very least a do it yourself bicycle mechanic. Which should be perfect for just about everyone.
SRAM eTap Wireless Drivetrain
While not technically a “NEW” technology for 2016, this is the first year that Zwift will go 100% pay as you and if the open beta in 2015 and the courses that Zwift designers are planning for 2016 are indication then 2016 will truely be the year to “Zwift”. Is it a noun or a verb? We’re not 100% sure but it is revolutionizing the way cyclists train and makes it a lot more bearable when relegated to the garage, basement or spare room to get in some training.
Zwift is a virtual training program that features various courses, workouts and rides that you can participate in with other online. The cost is just $10/month. There are featured group rides almost daily and it’s not surprising to see UCI pros on Zwift such as Jens Voigt, Larens Ten Dam to name a few. It’s a ton of fun and if you’re not careful you’ll forget your on the trainer, just don’t try to turn your bicycle if you’re on rollers. The outcome could be rather nasty. More information can be found at Zwift and the video below.
- Featherweight device easily attaches to either side of your favorite sunglasses to put ride information right in your line of sight
- Displays performance data, directions and more from compatible Edge® cycling devices
- Pairs with Varia rearview radar to notify of vehicles approaching from behind
- Provides vibration alerts for key performance, direction, radar and call/text prompts
- Convenient touch panel eases transitions between data screens, even if wearing gloves
- MSRP $400
The first in-sight cycling display from Garmin, Varia Vision enhances your road awareness by putting the cycling information you want right where you want it — in your line of sight. The lightweight display attaches to either side of sunglasses and relays information directly from your compatible device. Now you won’t lose focus while trying to nail your targets for a workout, find the next turn or stay aware of cars approaching from behind.
More information at the Garmin Varia Vision Product Page.
Garmin Varia Rearview Radar
Again, not technically a new device for 2016 but rather one you’ll be seeing more of is the Garmin Varia Rearview. Varia Rearview is basically a device that alerts you to vehicles approaching behind you.
- World’s first cycling radar that warns of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters)
- Works independently and wirelessly integrates with compatible Edge® cycling computers such as the 1000, 25, 510, 520, 810 and Explore 1000.
- Edge computer or Varia head unit can detect multiple vehicles and indicates the relative speed of approach and threat level
- Tail light unit brightens and flashes to notify approaching traffic of a cyclist ahead
- MSRP $200
The world’s first cycling radar, Varia helps create a safer cycling environment by warning cyclists of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters). The radar tail light also warns approaching vehicles of a cyclist ahead. Works independently or integrates seamlessly with compatible Edge cycling computers¹. Edge computer or Varia head unit can show multiple approaching vehicles and indicates the relative speed of approach and threat level.
More information at the Garmin Varia Rearview Product Page.