The biggest tech stories from the past seven days
Canyon promises end to bike delays
The most read tech story on the Cycling Weekly website this week was the news of Canyon’s response to delays that have left some customers waiting up to six months for delivery of their new bikes. The delays have been blamed on teething problems from a new factory and dispatch software introduced in October.
Canyon has apologised for the delays, with brand manager Frank Aldorf telling us that the company hopes to completely fix the problem within the next four to six weeks, emphasising that the creation of the new factory will lead to a better customer experience and shorter delivery times in the long term.
Oakley’s talking sunglasses
The prize for then strangest product we’ve seen this week goes to Oakley’s Radar Pace sunglasses, which will tell you information such as what you’re scheduled training session is for today, how fast you’re riding, and what your power is, being operated using a voice control system similar to Apple Siri.
However, the project, which is a collaboration between Oakley and Intel, is still in the early stages of development, so we could be waiting a little while yet before they’re put into production.
New foul weather Rapha range
If you’re impatient and want some new kit right now, then you might be interested in Rapha’s new Shadow range. The jersey and shorts combo looks to be direct competition to the Castelli Gabba with a two layer DWR (durable water-repellent) finish that is applied twice to make this kit a good choice for foul weather riding.
The only sticking point looks to be the price, with the jersey costing £220 and the shorts £260. So an eye-watering £480 for the whole outfit if you want to kit yourself out entirely in the Shadow range.
360-degree camera from Nikon
Before last week, Nikon might not have been a brand that was of too much concern to cyclists, but this could all change with the launch of its first action camera, the Nikon KeyMisson 360, which has a neat trick up its sleeve that could make it stand out in an increasingly crowded market.
That trick is that it will should 360-degree footage. This is done using two lenses on either side of the camera, with the footage combined to let you see everything that’s going on around you. There’s no word on pricing or availability just yet, but with other top-end cameras normally coming in north of £300, it’s not going to be cheap.