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Peloton Week in Tech: May 15th-20th

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The Tour of California is here, so we packed up the Peloton Service Course follow car and hit the road. We bring you a few of the bikes that helped make the race over the first three stages and spotted some special hubs on Sir Bradley Wiggins’ Zipp 404 Tubulars. We also bring you two bike tests from the pages of peloton magazine, two bikes that show alloy is no longer an afterthought for Trek and Specialized. Plus, meet Giorgio Andretta, the man behind Giordana. 

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RELATED: Follow all the action as the Tour of California heads north.

Headbangers: Specialized and Trek 

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With the Emonda ALR 6 and the Allez Sprint DSW X1, Trek and Specialized have signaled they aren’t going to let Cannondale and the CAAD dominate the performance alloy category any longer. Real advancements in alloy manufacturing are the hallmarks of both of these platforms.

Read: Headbanger’s Ball: Alloy from Trek and Specialized

Meet the Man Behind Giordana 

We sit down with Giorgio Andretta, the founder of Giordana, to learn about the early days of his company, the apparel business and why he will always make his clothing in Italy. Named Giordana after his first born child, the company reflects not just Giorgio’s love of cycling, but his faith in Italian craftsmanship as well.

Sir Brad’s Pimped Zipp 404 Tubulars. 

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When Zipp released the new 404 NSW Carbon Clincher the most interesting technology was the magnetic freehub and we wondered when it would feature on more wheels. Well, we just spotted the hubs on Sir Bradley Wiggins’ Zipp 404 Tubulars at the ToC. We may see the Cognition hubs trickle down to more wheels soon.

Read: Spotted: Zipp Cognition Hubs – Tubular Edition

Four of the Tour of California’s Fastest

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America’s race in the sunshine state provides no lack of bikes to feast your eyes on – from Sagan’s glistening, rainbow drizzled Specialized S-Works Tarmac to Wiggins’ murdered out Pinarello Dogma F8 with super secret hubs, the options are endless. After a few days of racing under grueling sun and through misty coastal fog, these bikes of the bunch have stood out to us here at the #PelotonServiceCourse.

Read: Bikes at the Front – 2016 AToC

Next week we’ll be bringing you more tech from the Tour of California with peloton profiles as well as a look at the latest from Magura, Rotor, Lightweight and more. Come back and visit us at the #PelotonServiceCourse again soon.