Gear of the year: Our favourite cycling tech from 2021

Close up of Shimano's Dura-Ace R9200 crank, fitted to a Scott bike which is stood in woodland, with a Gear of the Year badge overlaid onto the photo
(Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

It's been another really busy year for the Cyclingnews tech team - arguably as jam packed as 2020, and while it wasn't without its challenges (COVID-19 is still annoyingly hanging around) we've come out the other side a more rounded site. Of these challenges, however, the biggest fight was that of supply vs demand and a general lack of cycling-specific stock thanks to the massive boom in categories such as the best road bikes and best turbo trainers. This didn't just affect us as cycling enthusiasts but the entire industry as manufacturers delayed launches and product shortages became the talk of the town. Things don't seem to be slowing down any time soon, but that's a good thing. If anything, it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the surge of new products that keep filling our inboxes here at Cyclingnews.

2021 also welcomed back the return of trade shows such as Eurobike, Sea Otter and Rouleur Live as well as in-real-life races - both amateur and professional - and industry launches in exotic locations. That, however, didn't put a stop to the dreaded Zoom Meeting or Google Hangout product launch from taking place, the notion of which seems to have become a staple for manufacturers to share their news with those still unable to attend IRL events for whatever reason. I personally feel the facetime-style product reveal is here to stay.

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