The 2016 Santos Tour Down Under is done and dusted and the cogs of the WorldTour are now truly turning. In between specific feature stories and in-depth pro bikes, there were a few things that grabbed our attention while in Adelaide, Australia. From Kask's all-new sunglasses to Adam Hansen's saddle woes, read on.
Brenton Jones of Drapac models the new Italian eyewear
Seen on the faces of the Drapac Pro Cycling team, the new sunglasses offer a wide wrap-around shape that appears to offer great peripheral vision.
We were quickly shown the function of these glasses, where the arms actually pivot in a 180-degree circle to fold. With such a unique action, the arms also feature multiple height positions and the nose bridge is adjustable too.
Of course the new eyewear stores within the brand's helmets
Many Kask helmet owners have previously complained of the retention system commonly fouling on the arms of longer eyewear. Not surprisingly, Kask’s new eyewear appears to have short arms, and should prove a welcome solution to a common problem.
With Team Sky also in Kask helmets, we suspect there may be a few more riders wearing the eyewear in the near future. For now, the eyewear is still in prototype phase, with exact details to be released in the coming months.
Having now ridden a record-breaking 13 GrandTours in a row, Adam Hansen certainly knows a thing or two about time in the saddle. For 2016, Hansen’s Lotto-Soudal team swapped from San Marco to Selle Italia saddles and it seems the Australian is still searching for a suitable replacement of his chosen San Marco Concor.
Hansen notoriously has one of the most extreme setups in the WorldTour and is extremely hands-on with his equipment, as evident by the fact he makes his own ‘Hanseeno’ shoes.
Same bike but photographed a couple of days apart
During the week of racing at the Tour Down Under, we spotted at least three different Selle Italia saddles in use by Hansen. These included a standard Flite pushed extremely forward on its rails, to a snub-nose Kronos time trial saddle.
When asked about it, Hansen laughed and said he’s trying to find the right one, having only got on the new (to him) saddles a mere three weeks ago. We don’t doubt Hansen will continue to experiment with different Selle Italia saddles and positions in the build up to the next major races.
A market that’s just not slowing down, power meters are now seen on the majority of pros bikes during races. At Tour Down Under, we spotted two all-new power meters.
First was Rotor’s new 2INPower dual-leg spindle-based unit. Read the details of this prototype power meter here.
The next was seen on the bikes of Ettix-Quick Step, with 4iiii making their WorldTour debut. With this, the new Precision Pro meter builds on the brand’s current left-only option with a new driveside meter. Read the details of this new prototype 4iiii power meter here.
Take a scroll through the large gallery up top for other new, random or just amusing findings from the 2016 Tour Down Under.