2015 Bontrager Highlights – New Shoes, Helmets & Best Floorpump Concept Ever

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Along with impressive displays of new bikes, Trek World also served as a launch pad for a bunch of new products from Bontrager. For a house brand, Bontrager has a staggering variety of products, from clothing to helmets to wheels, tires, cockpit and accessories like computers, tape, pumps, tools and more. Among the extensive line of existing product, new models like the Starvos helmet show that Bontrager is just as committed to the mid-level products as the top end.

Featuring an in-mold composite skeleton and Headmaster II retention system, the helmet looks to be a bargain at $64.99. Sold in 4 sizes and multiple colors, Starvos helmets have a claimed weight of 267g for a medium.

Check out some of the more exciting 2015 products after the break, including the awesome Flash Charger tubeless floor pump!

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Roadies get the Starvos, and mountain bikers get the new Rally. Designed as a new enduro-esque trail mountain bike helmet, the Rally offers deep coverage and a respectable 360g weight (M) for just $89.99. It doesn’t skimp on features to get the low price either, using their Flatlock strap divider below the ear, Headmaster fit system, internal channel vents and in-molded composite skeleton. Available in 3 sizes, S (51 – 57cm), M (54 – 60cm), and L (58 – 64cm) in multiple colors.

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Blendr is their new mount integration that offers a variety of product mounting solutions to their helmets. For dealers, it’s an easy way to suggest additional items, and for riders, it means lower profile, easier to use mounts for cameras, lights and other fun things.

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You’ll find it on their stems and one piece bar/stems like on the Emonda, too, making cycling computer mounting clean and easy.

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The new Bontrager Flash Charger pump falls into the category of why hasn’t someone done this already? Designed to seat tubeless tires, the pump is designed with a secondary holding chamber that you pressurize by using the pump as normal.

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Inflate the chamber up to 160psi, then pull the red lever to release a blast of high volume air all at once to pop the tire into the beads and seat it quickly. Brilliant. The pump uses an auto select head for presta and schrader and will retail for $120. It can also be used as a standard pump, bypassing the air storage tank.

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Bontrager has a number of new kicks including the all new XXX Road shoes. Introducing BOA lacing systems to the brand, the XXX shoes take it to the next level with the new Boa-IP1 reels which allows users to tighten or loosen the shoes by turning one way or the other. Word is it’s their stiffest shoe ever thanks to the Platinum Series Carbon with a stiffness index of 14, meaning it’s a race-level product that’s maybe not for the all-day rider. Retail is a whopping $399.99, but claimed weight is just 220g. The shoes are built on the inForm Pro Last with an ergonomic inForm footbed and Clarino microfiber upper.

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XXX MTB takes the same basic design but adds protective material around the edges to guards against trail scuffs. Retail is again $399.99 with weight claimed at 330g and it comes in white with neon treads…

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…and all blacked out.

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Not to be confused with the RLXL MTB Limited, the new RL MTB will have a very similar red colorway. Using the inForm Pro last and a Bronze Series Composite sole with a stiffness index of 6, the newest Race Lite shoes will retail for $149.99 and a claimed weight of 356g.

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The Classique marries a retro lace up closure and aesthetic with modern materials and fit. Built on the inForm Pro last, the Classiques feature a 12k weave carbon/fiberglass sole with a stiffness index of 12 paired with Clarino microfiber uppers. Claimed weight is 230g, retail is $269.99.

Bontrager.com

Comments

Ryan - 08/07/14 - 4:23pm

Still no MIPS helmet options? That pump is going to be on everybody’s Christmas list.

R0b0tAt0ms - 08/07/14 - 4:50pm

Blendr not Blender Tech.

Bas - 08/07/14 - 4:55pm

that computer mount is smart, not having the most of times ugly clamp sideways of the stem. i wonder whether this will fit other (similar) stems, too

pump is bad a**, provided it actually is a nice pump, not some kind of wiggly plastic tower that flexes instead of pumping

A. - 08/07/14 - 5:01pm

That’s a whole lot of write-ups for Trek stuff this year. Are they advertising with you?

Chader - 08/07/14 - 5:09pm

@A,
It’s called “Trek World” and BR (as well as nearly every other bike site) are covering it just like any other bike companies releases. See prior examples from Specialized, GT, Cannondale, etc. Knock off the conspiracy theories.

Jason - 08/07/14 - 5:26pm

Digging the computer mount and the pump, both cool ideas.

Doug - 08/07/14 - 6:24pm

Why not get a $100 air compressor and a $20 pump? Even with tubeless rims/tubeless tires, sometimes I can’t pop a bead even after emptying my 6 gallon compressor. It’s nice having the compressor refill on it’s own.

Psi Squared - 08/07/14 - 6:40pm

That’s a great idea for the pump.

@Doug: you can still buy the compressor and cheap pump if you like. You don’t have to buy the Bontrager unit.

groghunter - 08/07/14 - 6:42pm

I feel like that pump’s about 5 years too late. meaning, with modern rims & tires, a regular pump does me just fine, wheras 5-7 years ago, every single MTB rider on the planet would have wanted it.

TUBELESSJON - 08/07/14 - 6:43pm

@Ryan not everyone is buying into MIPS. I would like to see second party testing that shows it benefits.

Cdub - 08/07/14 - 6:54pm

@doug because $20 pumps suck and don’t work long.

I’ve had a bontrager super charger for years and have zero issues. I’ll probably grab the new pump because I’m switching my road to tubeless and just got a MTB. I like the idea. Not everyone has a garage or space for an air compressor.

I am digging the new shoes too

Matt - 08/07/14 - 7:29pm

Bontrager stuff used to be garbage. They have really turned it around. I am so impressed, a set of their carbon wheels are in my near future.

Collin - 08/07/14 - 11:15pm

That pump would be great for rd trips. I’ve ripped a tire or wanted to switch treads halfway through a trip and would have to burn a co2. At the one person that can’t get there 6 gallon to seat, there is two things that may be at play. One, most compressors only run at 125psi. That extra bit can make a difference. The other is many have regulators that max out a 90-110ish psi. If this can deliver an uninterrupted 160psi, this thing will be great.

Collin - 08/07/14 - 11:16pm

Regulator on the output that is.

John - 08/07/14 - 11:54pm

Starvos? As in “starve-ohs”? Seriously??? LOL!

Stamps Transou - 08/08/14 - 7:37am

Bontrager is making some solid products. From their much improved tire lineup, to their high end wheels and various accessories/ components… sure, their brand isn’t the sexiest bling out there like I-9s or raceface etc., but their gear functions great…..i used to replace most of the stock bontrager kit on my trek bikes. Not these days.

Robo - 08/08/14 - 11:05am

great idea on the pump. dig the helmets. the shoes….not so much. All I can think is that they looked around at what was popular in the market and copied it, almost to a T.

i - 08/08/14 - 12:13pm

@doug: ever been somewhere that didn’t have power? Having this in the trunk would be really nice, and I agree it’s in the category of “why is this the first product like this we’ve seen”.
The other option I was considering before this was getting a tank and charging it at a gas station, but that adds a logistical step.

I’m not thrilled with the auto schrader/presta head, as I’ve never seen one of those work well long term, and who needs a schrader head anyway?

Geo - 08/09/14 - 6:54am

I switched from bontrager shoes a few years ago to Sidi and immediately noticed a difference in sole stiffness. My highest level bontrager shoes were flexy and the Sidi wires felt like a two-by four. I would consider a pair of these shoes if they match the stiffness and had a speedplay bolt pattern.

spokejunky - 08/10/14 - 9:06pm

@Ryan @Tubelessjon When you have a Mayo Clinic resident touting MIPS as a progressive step towards safety, then it’s time to wake up. http://www.pressherald.com/2014/04/06/plenty-of-ongoing-research-trying-to-figure-out-the-full-impact-of-concussions/

Typenscild Delete - 08/11/14 - 12:08pm

Except that the lab-testing of MIPS doesn’t reflect the real world.

In the lab the helmet is perfectly securely fitted to the “head”, and the MIPS 5mm of slip movement does have an advantage.

In the real world, no one has their helmet that tight on their head, and therefore there is already 5mm of slip action as the helmet moves about the rider’s head on impact.

Wut. - 08/11/14 - 12:14pm

@Geo If you had Bontrager shoes a few years ago, you had sh*tty shoes—there’s no arguing that Sidis would be better. But, they are different products now, and can legitimately compete with other shoes in that category.

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