IB16: Industry Nine booking orders for new Matchstix multi tool thru axles, adds Enduro S, Big Rig 275, new All Road, more

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Stealth multi tool development is heating up. For years, tools have been stuffed into the pockets of hydration packs, jerseys, and shorts, but if you have to take it with you, why not let the bike do the work? That concept has given rise to storage pods built into frames, tools built into bar ends, and even chain breakers built into steerer tubes. Now, Industry Nine is finally ready to offer their take on built in tool design with the completed version of their Matchstix thru axles.

Part light weight thru bolt, and part MacGyver multitool, the Matchstix should be able to get you out of jam on your next mechanical, plus there are even more new wheels rolling out of Asheville…

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Stealth multi tool development is heating up. For years, tools have been stuffed into the pockets of hydration packs, jerseys, and shorts, but if you have to take it with you, why not let the bike do the work? That concept has given rise to storage pods built into frames, tools built into bar ends, and even chain […]

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IB16: Kuat NV 2.0 hitch-mount tray racks get blacked out, plus new budget option

Kuat NV 2 black metallic premium hitch-mount tray-style bike rack

Kuat’s flagship NV 2.0 hitch mount, tray style bike rack was updated earlier this year to accommodate larger tires and improve ease of use. Now, it gets a second paint option called Metallic Black. Price is the same as the original glossy gray and orange, coming in at $629 for the 2-bike rack and $429 for another 2-bike extension. Features and functionality remain the same.

If you’re looking for the NV 2.0 at a lower price point, you can quit searching Craigslist and check out the new NV 2.0 Base model below…

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Kuat’s flagship NV 2.0 hitch mount, tray style bike rack was updated earlier this year to accommodate larger tires and improve ease of use. Now, it gets a second paint option called Metallic Black. Price is the same as the original glossy gray and orange, coming in at $629 for the 2-bike rack and $429 […]

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IB16: STAC Zero cycling trainer provides 2000 watts resistance without touching your bike

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The STAC Zero indoor cycling trainer brings three very unique features to market. The most eye catching is the resistance mechanism, which doesn’t touch your wheel. Or your tire. Or require wheel removal, as on direct-drive trainers. Instead, it uses two banks of magnets to create resistance on your alloy rims. That means no moving parts, and no noise…which is the second innovation. It’s totally quiet. The only noise you’ll hear is your drivetrain. The third innovation? It packs down really, really flat…

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The STAC Zero indoor cycling trainer brings three very unique features to market. The most eye catching is the resistance mechanism, which doesn’t touch your wheel. Or your tire. Or require wheel removal, as on direct-drive trainers. Instead, it uses two banks of magnets to create resistance on your alloy rims. That means no moving parts, […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Celebrate 20 years of L’Eroica on the now iconci Strade Bianche – Back in 1997 the Strade Bianche pro race was still ten years away, but the
    founder Giancarlo Brocci and a bunch of loyal retrogrouches wanted to preserve the iconic white gravel Tuscan roads. Honoring a cycling era that shaped decades or Italian culture and has now made a resurgence to bring us all back the gravel bike, we’ll give credit where it is due to L’Eroica. Today Eroica events take place in 7 other countries around the globe, but from Sept 28-Oct 2 it’s time to get back the original. And to celebrate 20 years, they’ve worked with Santini on a  limited edition tops. Inspired by the color of the local Chianti wine and the historic roads of Tuscany, you have to participate to get one. EroicaGaiole.com Ditch the carbon for the weekend and get on your classic bike…

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Celebrate 20 years of L’Eroica on the now iconci Strade Bianche – Back in 1997 the Strade Bianche pro race was still ten years away, but the founder Giancarlo Brocci and a bunch of loyal retrogrouches wanted to preserve the iconic white gravel Tuscan roads. Honoring a cycling era that shaped decades or Italian culture and has now […]

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EB16: Ritchey Logic pops up WCS Trail Dropper post, flared VentureMax bar, tires, saddles & more…

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prototype ritchey logic wcs dropper seatpost for mountain bikes

Ritchey recently showed us a few new and updated bikes for tackling gravel roads and adventure riding, but on top of their frames they’re also continuing to roll out a slew of new components. Often some of the most affordable and solidly performing gear out there, we’re really interested to try out their new mountain bike dropper post. The new WCS Trail Dropper seatpost comes in two travel lengths and uses a unique 3-position stepped drop. At the same time Ritchey has introduced a new shaped & flared VentureMax bar that promises drop comfort on your off-road adventures. Plus there is a new tire each for gravel, cross, and plus-sized mountain, as well as a few updated saddles, a new trail wheelset, and even a more affordable pedal. Get a close look at all of it after the jump…

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Ritchey recently showed us a few new and updated bikes for tackling gravel roads and adventure riding, but on top of their frames they’re also continuing to roll out a slew of new components. Often some of the most affordable and solidly performing gear out there, we’re really interested to try out their new mountain […]

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IB16: Bell Stratus brings top level aesthetics to more affordable road helmets

Remember the Bell Zephyr that debuted a couple weeks ago? You know, the first helmet to integrate the MIPS rotational impact mitigation into the retention mech for a better fit? Now they’ve taken that same mold and created the Stratus, which looks virtually identical but steps down the features slightly to shave about a hundred bucks off the price.

The two biggest differences are the non-integrated MIPS and the single layer EPS shell. The vents, shape and most everything else looks and acts identically…

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Remember the Bell Zephyr that debuted a couple weeks ago? You know, the first helmet to integrate the MIPS rotational impact mitigation into the retention mech for a better fit? Now they’ve taken that same mold and created the Stratus, which looks virtually identical but steps down the features slightly to shave about a hundred […]

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EB16: Casco finalizes well-vented Full Air RCC helmet, plus reworks affordable Activ 2 lid

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Last autumn we took a look at the prototype of German helmet maker Casco’s new Full Air helmet that takes aimed to see how they could boost ventilation in a helmet and ended up rethinking a bit how they draw air in and across the head. The resulting Full Air RCC helmet is now available for both road and mountain biking, so we take a closer look. Casco has also taken their best selling and affordable all around helmet and  reworked it as the Activ 2. Check out what’s new with each after the break….

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Last autumn we took a look at the prototype of German helmet maker Casco’s new Full Air helmet that takes aimed to see how they could boost ventilation in a helmet and ended up rethinking a bit how they draw air in and across the head. The resulting Full Air RCC helmet is now available […]

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IB16: Wolf Tooth Components glides in with ReMote Dropper lever, GC 49T and WolfCage adapters, Valais 25 bag mount, more

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On their own, Wolf Tooth Components seems to be a powerhouse when it comes to new products and ideas. But add in the design chops of Marc Basiliere from Lindarets, and the two groups are sure to come up with innovative products – like their new ReMote dropper lever. Rather than use the typical hinged pivot of most mechanical dropper levers, WTC shoehorned a massive cartridge bearing into the middle of the lever to make it one of the smoothest levers yet…

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On their own, Wolf Tooth Components seems to be a powerhouse when it comes to new products and ideas. But add in the design chops of Marc Basiliere from Lindarets, and the two groups are sure to come up with innovative products – like their new ReMote dropper lever. Rather than use the typical hinged […]

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IB16: Kask swings into view with highly adjustable, portable KOO sunglasses

Thanks to a little trademark issue, Kask’s first line extension will come under the Koo brand name.

Designed to fit particularly well with their helmets, the sunglasses stand on their own thanks to several innovative features that make them very versatile and very user friendly. The arms are angle adjustable, giving you three positions that set the angle of the lens on your face. Or, flip them all the way around and they’ll very easily stuff into your jersey pocket or pack. Even the nose pads swivel, and two versions come in the box. Beyond the functionality, they also look darn good…

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Thanks to a little trademark issue, Kask’s first line extension will come under the Koo brand name. Designed to fit particularly well with their helmets, the sunglasses stand on their own thanks to several innovative features that make them very versatile and very user friendly. The arms are angle adjustable, giving you three positions that […]

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