Ion steps into clipless & flat pedal shoes with new Rascal & Raid Amp

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For their fifth year making bike gear, Ion has decided to branch out a bit with a new product type. Focusing pretty heavily on the sole and working back up, they have paired up with Swiss shoemaker Suplest to introduce their own mountain bike shoes geared more towards the more trail riders and gravity-focused flat pedal crew. The new Rascal keeps a sneaker look but builds in clipless pedal compatibility and a flexible velcro strap to cinch them down tight, while the Raid Amp delivers a sticky-soled, skate-style lace up ready to tackle the toughest trails…
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For their fifth year making bike gear, Ion has decided to branch out a bit with a new product type. Focusing pretty heavily on the sole and working back up, they have paired up with Swiss shoemaker Suplest to introduce their own mountain bike shoes geared more towards the more trail riders and gravity-focused flat […]

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Giro cinches down with new Factor & Factress Techlace road shoes

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Giro is introducing a new way to dial in shoe fit with their Techlace system that is claimed to combine the ease-of-use of velcro with the customizable fit & feel of laces across the forefoot. Then they are topping it off with the fine adjustability of a Boa setup to lock your foot down tight. Coming first to the new men’s Factor Techlace and women’s Factress Techlace road shoes, the system aims to combine the best of both modern and classic shoe fit in a snappy premium package…

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Giro is introducing a new way to dial in shoe fit with their Techlace system that is claimed to combine the ease-of-use of velcro with the customizable fit & feel of laces across the forefoot. Then they are topping it off with the fine adjustability of a Boa setup to lock your foot down tight. Coming first to the […]

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Win a rad trip to Outerbike with the Kitsbow Slickrock Social!

Photo c. Ian Hylands/Niner Bikes
Photo c. Ian Hylands/Niner Bikes

Did the food from our recent yurt excursion with Niner bikes make your mouth water? There’s a chance you can experience it for yourself thanks to the Kitsbow Slickrock Social contest. In addition to an all expenses paid trip to Outerbike in Moab, UT with Western Spirit, you’ll also be treated to an evening catered by Chef Z and the The Cyclists Menu shown above in the process of creating some incredible food at 9,000 feet. Along with great food and company, you’ll get to ride a new Ibis mountain bike for the duration of the trip along with two day passes to Outerbike to test whatever your heart desires.

Full details after the break…

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Did the food from our recent yurt excursion with Niner bikes make your mouth water? There’s a chance you can experience it for yourself thanks to the Kitsbow Slickrock Social contest. In addition to an all expenses paid trip to Outerbike in Moab, UT with Western Spirit, you’ll also be treated to an evening catered […]

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Campagnolo stretches out top of the line Mille alloy wheels with the Shamal Mille C17

Shamal Mille 17

Shamal Mille 17

With the increasing number of road riders preferring the benefits of wider tire profiles, Campagnolo has taken their recently released wider Shamal C17 wheels and married them to their premium ceramic-surfaced Shamal Milles. The new Shamal Mille C17 wheelset now lets you have that wider profile with improved braking.

Check out the details and specs of the new wider aluminum flagship Shamal Mille C17 wheels and what makes them so special…

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With the increasing number of road riders preferring the benefits of wider tire profiles, Campagnolo has taken their recently released wider Shamal C17 wheels and married them to their premium ceramic-surfaced Shamal Milles. The new Shamal Mille C17 wheelset now lets you have that wider profile with improved braking. Check out the details and specs of […]

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Protection is about to get more comfortable with new Dainese Trail Skins 2, more

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Body protection is only useful if you actually wear it. Knee and elbow pad comfort continues to improve, but they’re still at that point where you probably won’t wear them if you don’t feel like you have to. In that regard, comfort is just as important as protection, so Dainese thinks they have the answer with their new Trail Skins 2. The successor to the popular Trail Skins, Dainese is building on their Fractal concept which imitates replication found in nature. These patterns typically include patterns that replicate with progressively smaller features which can be found in the padding of the new Trail Skins 2. At the center of the pad where you’re most likely to impact the pattern is thicker and tighter, with the protective shell getting thinner and lighter towards the edges.

Not only does the new design meet EN standards for protection, it also promises to be one of the most breathable and flexible knee/elbow pads on the market…

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Body protection is only useful if you actually wear it. Knee and elbow pad comfort continues to improve, but they’re still at that point where you probably won’t wear them if you don’t feel like you have to. In that regard, comfort is just as important as protection, so Dainese thinks they have the answer […]

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New Truvativ Descendant CoLab trail bars celebrate top pros

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Truvativ is celebrating some of gravity mountain biking’s recent heroes with a special new series of their Descendant alloy and carbon mountain bike bars. From Kyle Strait repeating at the Red Bull Rampage to Stevie Smith’s multiple World Cup DH wins, with slopestyler Martin Söderström and enduro shredder Jérôme Clémentz in between, the Descendant CoLab series is about trying to celebrate what makes a rider a legend. Each of the bars picks up on an element of one of these great riders and gets a unique graphic treatment to inspire us to ride harder. Check out the first four components at the start of the new CoLab series…

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Truvativ is celebrating some of gravity mountain biking’s recent heroes with a special new series of their Descendant alloy and carbon mountain bike bars. From Kyle Strait repeating at the Red Bull Rampage to Stevie Smith’s multiple World Cup DH wins, with slopestyler Martin Söderström and enduro shredder Jérôme Clémentz in between, the Descendant CoLab series is about trying to celebrate what […]

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Full featured, budget priced Kali Lunati mountain bike helmet starts shipping

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Hiding so well at Sea Otter that we didn’t even see it, the new Kali Lunati has just started shipping for $80. For that price, you’re getting all of their fit features plus an integrated action cam/accessory mount on the top.

It uses their Composite Fusion in-molding of a polycarbonate shell with EPS foam body, and comes with antimicrobial pads with integrated bug mesh, breakaway visor and locking buckle and sliders on the strap. Coverage runs deep on the rear, making it suitable for anything from XC to trail, even light enduro action.

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Hiding so well at Sea Otter that we didn’t even see it, the new Kali Lunati has just started shipping for $80. For that price, you’re getting all of their fit features plus an integrated action cam/accessory mount on the top. It uses their Composite Fusion in-molding of a polycarbonate shell with EPS foam body, […]

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Crankworx 2016: Slick new stuff from Whistler Performance Lubricants

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We all know modern bikes are sophisticated machines, but it’s easy to forget how much expertise goes into developing small stuff like lubricants and degreasers. Whistler Performance Lubricants is one company that comes to the table with some serious knowledge of their craft. WPL’s Scientific Advisor Alejandro Marangoni is a world-renowned chemist who specializes in the structure and functionality of triglyceride oils, and he’s combined his expertise with his passion for riding by creating high-performance lubricants for mountain bikes. Marangoni’s son Isaac is WPL’s General Manager, and tests their products while racing the B.C. Downhill series.

We first checked out WPL’s products during Crankworx last year, and caught up with them again to see what was new for 2016. WPL has now developed their own grease and bio-degreaser, plus they’re offering two new weights of their Shock Boost oil. All of WPL’s products are also eco-friendly and completely safe to the touch, so you can be green while you race for the gold…
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We all know modern bikes are sophisticated machines, but it’s easy to forget how much expertise goes into developing small stuff like lubricants and degreasers. Whistler Performance Lubricants is one company that comes to the table with some serious knowledge of their craft. WPL’s Scientific Advisor Alejandro Marangoni is a world-renowned chemist who specializes in […]

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Eurobike sneak peek: Lazer teases the future with new Bullet Aero Road, Anverz E-Bike helmet, more

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Eurobike is just around the corner which means it’s almost time for us to hop on a plane and go sample the beer and schnitzel newest bicycle products. Lazer is getting the party started a bit early with a quick look at the newest helmets in their range. That includes the new Bullet Aero Road helmet above. Built with both aerodynamics and ventilation in mind, the helmet looks to move past the days of the Aeroshell in favor of a more on-demand venting system…
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Eurobike is just around the corner which means it’s almost time for us to hop on a plane and go sample the beer and schnitzel newest bicycle products. Lazer is getting the party started a bit early with a quick look at the newest helmets in their range. That includes the new Bullet Aero Road helmet […]

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