Will you save for “the fastest cycling shoes in the world”? Plus more tech news from Pinarello, Rapha, POC, Selle Italia, Gore, Stolen Goat and more

It’s been a very busy week in the bike tech world with new products dropping like premieres, and we have new stuff from top brands like Rapha, Gore, Selle Italia and MAAP. We start, however, with news of which LoreOne shoes are said to be the fastest in the world. They are certainly among the most expensive too.

The “world’s fastest cycling shoes” go into production

The LoreOne, billed as the “world’s fastest cycling shoes”, goes into production after two and a half years in development, but you’ll have to dig deep if you want a pair.

You might recall that we first told you about the radical looking LoreOne shoe last year.

Lore says he’s the first to develop scan-to-print shoe technology that allows him to cater to all foot shapes and sizes. It 3D prints” with continuous carbon fiber to produce a light and stiff monocoque frame [comprising] complex organic shapes without the use of a mold.

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The LoreOne also has a “back brace”. The idea is that it “aligns the foot from above, eliminating the need for supportive insoles or orthotics.”

Lore claims his shoe minimizes dead spots at the top and bottom of your pedal stroke to increase your overall power.

“With traditional cycling shoe designs, the soft upper drains energy onto the dorsum (top) of the foot,” he says. “LoreOne’s patent-pending custom CarbonAirFrame is designed to capture dorsal rotational energy to activate power flow in dead zones.”

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Lore also says its manufacturing process improves durability based on the end product using precisely the materials needed and nothing more. The shoes are printed in California and would use carbon neutral shipping to your door.

The price? Ah! Well, that might be the sticking point. You’re looking at $1,969 – that’s about £1,750…so, yeah, there’s that. If you have anything left after paying your heating bill, they are available from next month.

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Filippo Ganna Hour Record: The Movie

You will know that Filippo Ganna set a spectacular new UCI hour record a fortnight ago which is unlikely to be broken for an age (unless Ganna himself decides to have another crack), and Pinarello has put together a video giving a behind-the-scenes look at the development of its Bolide F HR 3D (mostly), athlete preparation (a little), and the race itself (not much).

This is worth 9:18 minutes of your time.

If you want your very own Bolide F HR 3D built with the same components as Ganna’s, you’re looking at around €75,000 (£65,800). You can mount it in your LoreOne shoes.

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Great Britain cycling team opens new £1 wind tunnel at Halfords

The Great Britain cycling team has officially opened the state-of-the-art new wind tunnel it bought from Halfords for just £1. It’s a lot cheaper than Ganna’s bike or those LoreOne shoes, although the bad news is that you can’t go to your local store and buy yourself a blower for a quid.

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The tunnel, initially based at the Halfords-backed Boardman Performance Center in Worcestershire, uses a finely tuned data capture system that sends video footage and information back to the rider in real time. Aerodynamicists can continuously adjust wind speed and direction to mimic the conditions of any event or environment.

When the Boardman Performance Center closed, Halfords sold the tunnel fan and control units to British Cycling for a token payment of £1. With support from UK Sport and Manchester City Council, the tunnel has been rebuilt and upgraded to help runners on their way to the Paris 2024 and LA 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The facility is based at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance on the Etihad Campus in East Manchester, next to the National Cycling Centre, and opens as Great Britain Cycling Team track riders return to Manchester after having spent the majority of 2022 training at Derby.

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As well as discovering new performance gains for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games, British Cycling is already investigating how research teams will benefit from access to the tunnel through cycling education programmes, equipment development and events.

The facility was officially opened this week with attendees including Chris Boardman, three-time Olympic gold medalist Ed Clancy and Halfords’ Paul Tomlinson.

Rapha launches a new collaboration with the POC helmet

Rapha has unveiled its second collaboration with Swedish brand POC (which, in fact fans, stands for “Piece Of Cake”). Two limited edition models are available.

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The Rapha+ POC Omne Air Mips are intended for all-around road and gravel use. It features MIPS Integra which is designed to protect your brain in rotational impacts.

>Find out everything you need to know about Mips here

The Rapha+ POC Omne Air Mips are priced at £140.

The Rapha+ POC Ventral Lite is a lightweight helmet, weighing less than 200g for a size M…and it sure is fluffy. This is the cover that EF Education-EasyPost racers primarily use (although it does not contain any type of Mips security system).

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It features a reduced back shell, lightweight liner and webbed straps to reduce grams. You’re looking at £240 for this one.

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MAAP expands its Transit urban riding collection

MAAP has expanded its Transit collection for urban riding with new garments designed to be worn both on and off the bike.

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One of the key new items is the Transit Packable Puffer (£305, men’s and women’s versions available), a down jacket designed to be warm and packable. The Pertex shell is water resistant and treated with an additional durable water repellent coating.

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The Thermal Pro Fleece Jacket (£180) is made in a generous fit from Polartec fleece and features two front pockets plus additional front and rear storage pockets, all with YKK zips .

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Selle Italia presents the SLR Boost 3D saddle

We told you back in July that Selle Italia would be showcasing a 3D printed version of their SLR Boost saddle and now it has been properly launched. It’s on the Selle Italia website and all.

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“The coverage…was developed using Carbon DLS [Digital Light Synthesis] technology and 3D printed with an exclusive exclusive textured pattern, resulting in a saddle that is unique and entirely made in Italy,” says Selle Italia.

Carbon is an American company that is already working with Fizik, Specialized and Selle San Marco on 3D printed saddles.

> Specialized brings 3D printed Mirror saddle technology to £290 Power Pro

“The cover has differentiated zones that create progressive cushioning over the entire surface,” says Selle Italia. “It also features the Superflow hole, designed to reduce pressure on the pelvic area.”

The SLR Boost 3D is available in idmatch S3 and L3 sizes – idmatch is a bike fit system – and with a carbon rail at £412.75 or Ti 316 (steel, £330.18). Yes, you’re absolutely right, we’re covering a lot of really expensive stuff this week.

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Stolen Goat Launches Exclusive In-Store Apparel Range

Stolen Goat has announced the launch of a range of cycling jerseys and jackets available to purchase only through its retailer network, and not directly from Stolen Goat, the idea being to encourage more people to support their local bike shop and going to the store to see what’s new.

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The store exclusives collection includes seven models, available in Stolen Goat’s Ibex, Kiko and Alpine ranges. Prices range from £80 for Ibex short sleeve jerseys up to £160 for Alpine Bodyline jackets.

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You can find your nearest Stolen Goat dealer here.

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Gore updates its fall/winter clothing line

Gore is offering its best-selling Endure jacket (£229.99, in men’s and women’s versions) – designed for the trails, the bike and the commute – in a new ‘grid fade’ print.

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The Endure is lightweight, windproof and ultra-packable. Two-layer, unlined Gore-Tex Paclite Plus construction features a Gore-Tex membrane laminated to an abrasion-resistant outer fabric.

The design is printed on every part of the garment rather than the entire roll of fabric, the idea being to use less ink and reduce waste.

Gore have also added Sleet insulated overshoes (£99.99) to their range for colder weather and, again, they use Gore-Tex Paclite Plus fabric.

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“These overshoes are abrasion resistant, exceptionally compressible and lightweight,” says Gore. “Stretch panels in the heel area ensure a snug fit without compressing the foot [while] PrimaLoft Cross Core provides thermal coverage in crucial areas with airgel-infused fibers.

Cordura is designed to provide durability in the midsole and toe box areas.

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