What is the future of road cycling tech?

From disc brake dominance to increasing comfort and versatility

What will 2018 and beyond bring for road bike tech? Check out this video on our YouTube channel to find out

As our Road Bike of the Year awards draw to a close for another year, we thought it was a good time to reflect on the 55 road bikes that were tested. What trends did we spot and can this help us to predict what we will be seeing on the road bikes of the future?

Senior tester Warren Rossiter recently sat down with Rob Spedding, editor in chief of sister mag Cycling Plus, and the pair looked into their cycling-industry crystal ball to see what we should expect in 2018 and beyond.

From the ever-forward march towards disc brake dominance, to increasing comfort and capability, the future certainly looks interesting for road cycling.

What tech would you like to see appear on road bikes? Or are you still quite happy with steel rims and cottered cranks? As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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