BikeRadar's 7 most anticipated road products of 2017

Our team looks forward to the year ahead

Most Anticipated 2017 Road Cycling Tech

For building a picture of the year ahead, there's nothing quite like Eurobike. Sure, it's a massive trade show that wears out the feet and gradually erodes the patience, but nowhere else will you see so much new stuff all in one place. Here are seven of the bikes, components and accessories that we're most excited to get our hands on in 2017.

1. 3T Exploro do-it-all road bike

3T Exploro is a do-it-all road bike that can dispatch all disciplines with ease
3T Exploro is a do-it-all road bike that can dispatch all disciplines with ease

Even though there are about 300,000 sub-genres of cycling now, our videographer Reuben Bakker-Dyos really likes the idea of one bike that can do it all. So he's picked the 3T Exploro, essentially a road bike that can also accept 650b wheels with nice, chunky mountain bike tyres for some off-road fun.

2. Sportful R&D Cima jersey & bibs, eVent rain jackets and other new road clothing

Clothing innovation continues apace, and that is a Good Thing
Clothing innovation continues apace, and that is a Good Thing

There's a heck of a lot of clever stuff happening in the world of cycle clothing, and our US editor-in-chief Ben Delaney appreciates it. He singles out the clever fabrics like eVent going into rain jackets and the growing variety of clothing styles available, but his favourite is the new R&D Cima range from Italian masters Sportful. It's ideal summertime kit with thin mesh on the sides, no grippers or silicone bands, and cleverly made from one single piece of fabric. Which means no seams.

3. Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 groupset

Shimano's Dura-Ace 9100 is a very exciting groupset, and we can't wait to spend more time with it
Shimano's Dura-Ace 9100 is a very exciting groupset, and we can't wait to spend more time with it

It was one of our biggest stories this year, and it's easy to see why. Shimano's Dura-Ace 9100 is a major update to its top-flight road groupset, with integrated power meter, hydraulic disc braking and synchro-shift just some of the highlights. Our Senior Technical Writer Matthew Allen has finally got his hands on it, and he's beyond excited.

4. Wilier Triestina Jaroon+

The Wilier Triestina Jaroon+ is a
The Wilier Triestina Jaroon+ is a

Described as a "great big gravel bike packing monster" which looks fantastic and isn't going to be too expensive, it's fair to say that Cycling Plus magazine's senior technical editor, Warren Rossiter, is excited by the new Wilier Triestina Jaroon+. It's got an internally brazed steel frame that's then polished for extra lustre, it runs on 27+ tyres, and Warren is smitten with this monster truck.

5. Northwave Extreme RR road shoes

Northwave's new Extreme RR road shoes are light, bright and clever
Northwave's new Extreme RR road shoes are light, bright and clever

Coming in fluoro yellow for those that want to look like a Power Ranger and weighing just 220g, these are some sweet new kicks from the Italian brand. Our videographer Joe Norledge particularly appreciates the closure that relies on just one Boa dial, for fewer pressure points. Woah.

6. Luck in-sole power meter

Luck's in-sole power meter means you don't need to worry about swapping between bikes
Luck's in-sole power meter means you don't need to worry about swapping between bikes

We've seen power meters in cranks, wheels, pedals — now Spanish brand Luck has managed to squeeze one inside a pair of shoes, in the sole. This was a pre-production model on show, but they're due to land very soon, priced at a very reasonable €200-300.

7. Hero VR cycling experience

Could VR cycling make you fall in love with your turbo trainer? OK probably not, but it's a step in the right direction
Could VR cycling make you fall in love with your turbo trainer? OK probably not, but it's a step in the right direction

We know this will be sacrilege to many people — praising a piece of technology that actively encourages you to stay indoors, rather than get out into Mother Nature — but bear with us: our UK deputy editor Jamie Beach was talking about this very topic back in springtime when motivation for his turbo trainer was running low. 

The idea of wearing a virtual reality headset sounds claustrophobic, but also much more interesting than a simple screen. VR technology is improving all the time, so could this be the Next Big Thing for turbo trainers, or will it be a blind alley? Watch this space.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Brompton M3L
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Moots Routt
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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