Podcast: Wireless 13-speed Di2?

Plus, what features we look for in gravel wheels, tech news, and plenty more.

Welcome back to Geek Warning! This week, James and Dave have a varied conversation covering tech related to road, gravel, and mountain bike.

The Giro has begun and Tadej Pogačar took a little tumble that many were quick to blame the equipment for. James and Dave discuss that such finger pointing was not warranted this time.

At the opposite end of UCI disciplines, the conversation then turns to aero gains returning to professional downhill mountain bike racing.

In the tech new front, the geeks praise Chris King’s new Gen 4 hubs and discuss why Forge+Bond entry into the road market may not be hugely successful. Plus there’s discussion of a new Bike Yoke dropper, Zwift’s price rises, and more.

Meanwhile, a new Shimano Di2 patent has surfaced teasing wireless 13-speed shifting. Dave got Terry of on the phone to discuss the discovered patent and what it may mean.

Our pick one this week is perhaps better described as a buyer’s guide to selecting a wheelset for gravel. From rim choices, to spoke choices, to hub choices, you’ll hear what our geeks prefer for their own bikes.

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Time stamps:

4:00 – Hookless now getting undeserved blame..
9:25 – Downhill mountain bike racing getting aero?
16:30 – Chris King’s new Gen 4 hubs
21:45 – Forge+Bond brings its thermoplastic rims to road
28:40 – Chatting with Terry of about a certain Di2 patent
36:07 – e-Cargo bikes being covered by car media is on James’ mind
40:50 – Picking one gravel wheelset, or at least, what we look for
52:00 – A member-submitted PSA
56:15 – 3T’s Strada Italia, made in Italy
57:15 – Bike Yoke’s Revive V3 dropper looks great
59:20 – Wolf Tooth updates its chainguides
1:00:25 – Zwift price increases
1:04:20 – A gimmicky indoor stationary bike on Kickstarter

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