2015 Bontrager Highlights – New Shoes, Helmets & Best Floorpump Concept Ever
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!
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.
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.
You’ll find it on their stems and one piece bar/stems like on the Emonda, too, making cycling computer mounting clean and easy.
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.
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.
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.
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…
…and all blacked out.
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.
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.