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Influential Car & Motorsport Technology In Cycling | The GCN Tech Show Ep. 71



How important is car and motorsport technology in the cycling world? Collaborations between car and bike brands are nothing new but have they changed the sport? This week on the Tech Show we also take a look at the brand new Shimano GRX groupset and some stunning new Giro d’Italia cycling shoes from Fizik.

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Dave Patton
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Dave Patton

Seems everything applied to cars was invented first for bicycles. Pneumatic tires, alloy wheels, gears and gear ratios, etc.

Robin V
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Robin V

built in gps!

beeble2003
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beeble2003

10:24 Holy, crap, that Bugatti bike looks HORRIBLE. It looks like it was made out of plywood. In the 1960s. By a furniture designer.

Jules Gouder de Beauregard
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Jules Gouder de Beauregard

Ferrari now work witch Bianchi (a specialicima) but what Ferrari don’t want people to know is that they use the countervail carbon in there f1 car.

Philip Kerpen
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Philip Kerpen

Absolutely agree with Chris. Maybe the new Tiagra doesn't win out on weight, but on everything else it's gotta be miles better than a 20 year old Dura Ace. As long as we don't account for the Nostalgia factor of course…

Maik Pauli [OnkelDoerte]
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Maik Pauli [OnkelDoerte]

Opel (Vauxhall) was once the biggest bicycle manufacturer in the world. And they started to produce cycles again under their brand Opelit.

Presta chuck
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Presta chuck

9 speed Dura-Ace is still a much better user experience than the latest Tiagra. Tiagra is a better value than ever before, but in spite of the cog count, Dura-Ace 7700 is still much more dialed.

Guy Polson
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Guy Polson

My first good bike was a Peugeot

Jeff
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Jeff

The similarities between supercar brands and the bikes they cross promote with is the absurdity of the existence of people with enough loose change in their sofas to actually buy them.

Plutocracy is the similarity. And envy for the small people.

Andy Stone
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Andy Stone

Nice to see the 3 missing spanners back on the tool wall! 👍 😜

darwin ernest cruz
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darwin ernest cruz

When we think about most of the things we wish to be on our bikes it almost always leads to integration. Maybe a bike where you don't need to buy separate parts? Has a power meter, indicators, gps, speedometer, etc. whatever it is. Just one whole bike, with everything you need. Takes away the fun though.

Julian Cromwell
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Julian Cromwell

Not a fixie fan, but how can the second bike have had so much spent on it and look so 'not different'? The spec of the B'Twin is great in the first place for the money. It appears to have had a clean, rebuild and respray, thats all… So its the first bike for me all the way…

Fabien LEVITE
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Fabien LEVITE

Peugeot still make some bikes, from urban to road ones. And you have the collaboration between Porsche and Storck.

Ben Fields
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Ben Fields

Submit your bike to the bike vault, get a story about a toilet break. super nice? Seriously though, thanks for the love!

Jeff Davis
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Jeff Davis

Campagnolo magnesium wheels used to come on Ferrari cars. Campagnolo won metal industry award from the development of the magnesium casting. That technology lead to Campagnolo doing come casting for NASA. I had Campy wheels on my Mazda and it made a remarkable improvement over the aluminum wheels that came on the car. It took 7 lbs / 3 kg off each wheel.

paul howell
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paul howell

ferrari did indeed make the lugs for colnago

tripinfool
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tripinfool

Biggest contribution, and less glamorous than metals and materials is the supply chain management that enables the manufacturing and distribution of bikes. The production scales of complex vehicles couldn't happen if every single part was manufactured on site. The components that come together at the assembly line are coming from OEMs that are offsite. The scalability and flexibility of assembly lines relies on being able to establish and manage the supply chain. Not as sexy as carbon, resins, and metallurgy, but a lot of actuarial maths 😉 The car industry is the progenitor of what we now refer to as… Read more »

limyohwan
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limyohwan

id guess the boardman bike and the mclaren venge is where there actually was the most input from the car manufacturers as both were sort of pioneers of their respective designs.

Alan Wood
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Alan Wood

Not sure about dura-ace v tiagra, but my 2017 11spd 105 is definitely better than my 1st generation dura-ace 10 spd (2003?)

Sasha Tromsa
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Sasha Tromsa

an ABS system of some sort would be nice on the bikes, I guess

DonalOB
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DonalOB

As others have said, John Dunlop developed the vulcanized rubber tore for his daughter's tricycle.

Also, the Bowden brake cable was developed for bike brakes, and later used for actuating many things, including in cars. Then cars upgraded to hydraulic brake lines. And now hydraulic brakes have come through to bikes.

JorritV70
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JorritV70

For the transfurcase of the Koeningsegg Jecko they looked at the way a bike shifts

fai tsang
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fai tsang

colnago bike is made by ZGL at china

Pat Brown
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Pat Brown

…."ok, ring it"..

Markus Patients
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Markus Patients

A 80 thousand dollar Bugatti bicycle.. For the man who has almost everything…

Neil
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Neil

What can the motor industry learn from cycling..? 1) massively greater efficiency from replacing the internal combustion engine with a biomechanical power source, 2) correspondingly massive reductions in CO2 emissions, 3) elimination of particulate matter, NO2 emissions, etc, 4) positive rather than negative effects of vehicle use on user health and wellbeing, 5) reduction of physical vehicular footprint by something like 95%, with corresponding benefits for congestion reduction, 6) massively increased safety for other road users, n), n+1), ….

daAnder71
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daAnder71

Giovanni Battaglin – say: "Joe-Vunnee Buh-tull-yeen".

Glen Larimer
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Glen Larimer

John, you do such a fantastic job of pronouncing the Italian words – and I love the recent spot with you helping Chris with "Legnano" (try lasagna as a helper word) – but you need to get a handle on Battaglin. It's baht-tahl-YEEN – no hard "G"!

aleb gns
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aleb gns

got a selle italia novus ferrari

ukdirector85
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ukdirector85

The lightest of light entertainment

Omar Tan
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Omar Tan

I agree with Chris and would like to see a video on it! Go go GCN Tech!

Robert Graves
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Robert Graves

Penske racing helped Trek with suspension development. Fox suspension covers all Motorsport an mtb Hayes brakes started with Harley Davidson

Chris Breen
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Chris Breen

What about Harley Davidson, they made bicycles in early years.

Bas Vredeling
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Bas Vredeling

I could use an engine temperature warning light on my bicycle.

Marco Fabiani
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Marco Fabiani

Jon, your pronunciation of Italian bike brands (Officina Battaglin?) is so bad my ears start bleeding when I hear it… Ask the guys from GCN Italia to teach you the correct pronunciations please!

Rob Ferguson
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Rob Ferguson

A video on how far back you have to go to find the Dura Ace equivalent to modern Tiagra or 105 is an excellent idea! Would follow on well from your 105 vs Dura Ace video from a while back.
Love the channel, you’re producing quality content 👍

Mooneri
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Mooneri

Tatu FTW!

Mr. H
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Mr. H

MAKE THE BIKE VAULT GREAT AGAIN!

every bike is now practically a "super nice".

Euan Pennington
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Euan Pennington

It was bicycles, (or I should say tricycles), that first invented differentials, and cyclists lobbied the government of the day to finally begin paving roads, long before cars were invented…

Jonas Lundberg
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Jonas Lundberg

Volvo and POC have been working on communication between cyclist and car driver

Demetri Alexander Mamacos
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Demetri Alexander Mamacos

Mirrors, we need to see behind us , clever mirrors, thats what we need from the car manufacturers

Ja Si
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Ja Si

The new technology that will come over from the car industry will be automatic gear shifting. The gears will shift up or down based on sensing resistance.