WPC16: Lazer Z1 bulks up on accessories, new helmets and sun glasses on the way

Lazer helmets magma blade wasp inclination sensor sunglasses revolution-14

Lazer helmets magma blade wasp inclination sensor sunglasses revolution-13

When it comes to helmet accessories, Lazer has their Z1 game on lock. Now you can integrate your heart rate monitor, rain cover, magnetic glasses dock, and rear LED all in one light weight road helmet. Better yet, if you have a recent Z1 your helmet should be compatible with all of the new features. By replacing the rear mud cap, riders can add a light weight LED flasher for just $20. Add in the Aeroshell, Lifebeam, and sunglass dock, and you have one of the most accessorized helmets available…

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WPC16: Abus adds more colors, Commuter Helmets and Bordo Centium Lock coming soon

Abus helmets hyban bordo centium_-8

Abus helmets hyban bordo centium_

Abus the German lock company is becoming a helmet company as well. But while the helmets have quickly expanded through Europe, their entry into the U.S. has taken a little longer. Last year at this time we were discussing the helmets’ entry into North America via Canada. Now it’s our turn. Well, this spring anyways. And only Abus’ commuter helmet range. ABUS ‘ North American Marketing and PR Manager Joan Hanscom points out that the helmet market is already very crowded so Abus is taking a cautious approach with something that is fairly unique. Their commuter range blends a number of smart features into a helmet that is the perfect companion for rides to the office or around town.

Just in time for their U.S. debut, the line is getting some fresh new colors as well…

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WPC16: DMT surprises w/ attractive new Enduro & “freeride” Shoes, Ale adds R-EV1 high end, & Classic line

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Ale cycle road kit bibs dmt shoes_-4

DMT is probably best known for their high end road shoes. Perhaps that is why their new mountain bike shoes were so surprising. It’s no secret that mountain biking has changed a lot over the years, and so has the foot wear. The idea of a super stiff, XC racing inspired shoe for all riders just doesn’t cut it anymore. When I heard that DMT was introducing a new Enduro and “freeride” shoe, I was skeptical at best. What we found were some very interesting shoes that will certainly open the DMT brand to new customers…

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Spada offers crazy light mountain bike wheels complete with wide rims

Spada offers crazy light mountain bike wheels complete with wide rims

Spado Rapido XX Bike-2

“Don’t cha wish your mountain bike was light like mine.” That’s what weight-weenies will be singing to their internet friends when they have these babies mounted under their mountain bike’s feathery carbon carriage adorned with unobtainium parts from krypton. Okay okay, these are actually pure uber-light race wheels hand-built in Italy by a company with a strong heritage in bicycle racing… but really, these things are crazy light!

Check out the specs on Spada’s insanely light Carbon Rapido XX wheels as well as their other…. well, really light wheels including the wild looking World Cup edition Rapido SL’s….

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Don Ferris of Anvil Bikeworks

Photo by Probably Dead, Used with permission of Don Ferris
Photo by Anvil Bikeworks
Photo by Anvil Bikeworks

Don Ferris is so pervasive within the frame building community that many take for granted that he exists. His company, Anvil Bikeworks, develops and fabricates the fixtures that help build many of the bikes you’ll see at NAHBS this year. At this point, it is unusual to walk into a frame builder’s shop and not see something of his work.

But knowing how much the fans of the community enjoy the cult of personality, it is a crying shame that Don, due to his customer base of frame builders, is relegated to the background. He is one of the more dynamic members of the industry. Few others have gone from the wrong side of the law, to the Antarctic, to UBI, to giving up a successful career as an esteemed frame builder in order to build the tool that the community uses to do their jobs every day.

When editing, I enjoyed the story so much that I left it a little longer than the others because, hey, this is the internet…

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Sidi adds a touch of customization to their mid and high end shoes

Sidi adds a touch of customization to their mid and high end shoes

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Long a dominant force in cycling, Sidi Sport has had a lot of competition in recent years as more companies have stepped up their game to produce high performing, well-made cycling shoes. Sidi themselves have mostly made small iterative updates to their line for the last 2 or 3 years, but still can be found on the likes of last year’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome and XC World Champion Nino Schurter. Now to offer a bit of the custom look that the sponsored pros get, Sidi has introduced a new way to personalize most of their performance and premium shoes with more detail color options. Take a look across the fold at which shoes will get a personalized touch, plus a look at a Froome limited edition shoe…

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Review: Garmin gets safer – Edge Explore 1000 w/ incident detection and Varia radar integration

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Edge 1000 Explorer Varia 20160201_172627

Testing Garmin’s first unit with “Incident Detection” sounded like a fun experiment, and I even considered taking and ghost riding one of the lesser used bikes in my possession to set it off. Ultimately, I didn’t need to stage a crash as my riding took care of that for me, but I’m happy to say the crash incident detection works – even if it’s not a huge crash. Adding to the Edge Explore 1000’s list of features is integration with the Garmin Varia radar detection device. After my first experience with the Varia, this is exactly what it was missng…

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AirSupply’s power of air pumps up your bicycle tires directly from your saddle

airsupply bicycle seatpost tire pump with flex hose

airsupply bicycle seatpost tire pump with flex hose

We’ve seen integrated seatpost pumps before, combining a bicycle tire pump into the seatpost, but we’ve never seen the hose directly attached to it. The obvious benefit is that you no longer need to remove the post/pump from the frame, and thanks to the flexible coil hose, it’ll reach both front and rear tires.

The project is called AirSupply, and it’s the brain child of Alexander Haager. He started dreaming it up in 2008 at age 15, and by 2013 he’d gone through dozens of design iterations and hundreds of prototypes to arrive at a production ready design. Between now and then, he and his team have lined up manufacturing partners and a support staff, passed EN testing and have it ready to go. Now, all they need to see their dreams (and your tires) inflate is a little support on Kickstarter…

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Bontrager rips with MIPS on top road and mountain lids

Bontrager rips with MIPS on top road and mountain lids

MIPS crash

We first saw Bontrager adopt MIPS technology into their helmets at their Trek World dealer event in August and now they’re available. Given the potential safety benefits, it’s no surprise to see Bontrager add it to a range of their helmets to cover most riding styles. What is surprising are the very reasonable price points.

Check out the new MIPS helmets from Bontrager and the video for a visual on how it works…

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