Blackburn is shaking up the light scene again. Rumor has it this is only the start of a series of new lights we will be seeing from them. Just released is Blackburn’s Central light set — these appear to be well thought-out commuter saftey-lights with a unique translucent bezel that provides for increased visibility from a wider range of viewing angles. Details illuminated, next…
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Designed with camping, adventuring, and everyday use in mind, the new Stash bottle from Hydrapak conveniently collapses for easy transportation.
Currently available in 750ml size, the bottle is built from a soft walled TPU plastic that is BPA free. The bottle collapses from 7.2″ to 2″ via a molded top and bottom which snap fit for storage. When used in conjunction with other Stash bottles, they easily nest for mutli unit storage. READ MORE ->
As more people abandon their cars in favor of two wheeled bliss the demand for augmented alternative-transport grows. The electronically assisted Brouhaha Bike Trailer augments your cycling by doing the grunt work for you. It generates the precise power required to propel whatever cargo you care to pile onto it. You can now ditch the car and still head to Home Depot…or the big game. Pull through the break for more…
Silca’s helping you celebrate the Tour de France with a limited edition Yellow accessorized version of it’s machined Eolo Co2 cartridge regulator. It includes three yellow rings paired with a custom yellow Cartridge Helmet, the latter being reusable and protects your cartridges from accidental puncture.
As for the rest of it, Silca provides this detail: “The Eolo is made 100% in USA on Citizen L20X lathes and uses vaccum cast urethane o-ring seals which are completely non-permeable by CO2 while also exhibiting 10x the wear resistance of other o-ring materials.”
Your eyes do not deceive you. There are now two versions of the 45NRTH Fasterkatt wet and cold weather shoe. Designed for the transitional months or climates where deep winter isn’t a concern, Fasterkatts are designed to shed water in temperatures from 25-45 degrees f. The big news here is the introduction of the 3 bolt SPD-SL compatible sole, but both shoes see significant improvements over the previous Fasterkatt MTB.
Thanks to better zippers, better fit, and improved materials the Fasterkatt is ready to extend your riding season regardless of the conditions. Get the full details plus info on the new Wölvhammer and Cobrafist Pogies, next…
Shop mechanics are always in search of the perfect tool for the job. While you can hack any number of things to install a product, there’s nothing like having the right one on hand when you’re on the clock.
So rather than tighten the clutches found on Shimano derailleurs with the small built in tool, Park Tool is now offering mechanics an alternative with their DW-2 clutch wrench. With a 3 mm and 5.5 mmm opening, it’s designed to work on Shimano XT, SLX, Deore, Saint and Zee rear Shadow Plus (+) derailleurs and all previous Shadow Plus models. The little guy retails for $6.95 and is available now.
More new tools after the break
We just received an invite to see a “revolutionary project by Northwave in collaboration with Michelin” to debut at
Interbike Eurobike. At first, the image suggests tires, but the tread pattern is of the existing Wild Rock’R 2 Advanced. Then we noticed the itsy bitsy “soles” tucked underneath the Michelin logo. After all, Northwave is known for their kicks, not components, so we’re thinking some Michelin rubber may soon be glued to the bottom of Italian soles.
Perhaps an aggressive enduro shoe with grippy lugs? Or a cyclocross shoe that makes run ups a little less hairy? Both, hopefully! We’ll know soon, but if you’ve got a better concept, leave it in the comments.
Elevate your safety. That’s Scott Sport’s motto when it comes to helmets for the 2015 model year. In addition to a number of common design goals for their helmets to optimize impact protection, Scott is investing heavily in MIPS (Multi directional Impact Protection System) Brain Protection with 6 different models that include the special yellow liner. Primarily geared towards mountain biking, Scott also offers an urban MIPS helmet along with what they believe is the first road helmet to bring MIPS to riders who prefer skinny tires.
Utilizing a low friction layer that is built into the helmet, MIPS is said to prevent serious brain injuries by reducing the force of angled impacts to the head. Working with Biokinetics in Canada as an independent test facility, Scott recorded anywhere from a 9-34% reduction of impact forces when comparing identical helmets, MIPS and non-MIPS. In the event of an impact, the low friction layer works within 15 milliseconds and moves less than 15mm. It’s this sliding of the low friction layer that reduces the amount of force delivered to your brain in the event of an angled impact.
In 2015, Scott has expanded their MIPS line to include 6 different models including the all new ARX Plus road helmet. While increased options for MIPS is the big story, Scott has also made a few improvements to other helmets including updated fit systems with better adjustment.
Read on for more on MIPS, plus actual weights…
Our first gallery from the 2015 Specialized Dealer Event showed off a lot of bikes. Now, we’ve got a collection of new components, parts, accessories, gear and apparel for your perusal.
Above, the new 4th generation S-Works mountain bike cranks get hollow carbon construction and a 30mm spindle only. They’ll work with any 104BCD chainring, single or double only. Spin past the break for lots more…