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EB14: Redesigned Arsis 10 speed Shifters from MicroShift, plus MTB thumb shifters and cassettes

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The President and VP of Microshift were on hand from Taiwan at Eurobike to show a few new key pieces of tech they have recently developed. The 15 year old company isn’t really know to truly challenge the Big 3 component manufactures (Shimano, Campagnolo, and SRAM), but they do offer a good quality line of products at what are usually much more down to earth pricing. Although the bulk of road (and some mountain) drivetrains have moved on to 11 speed at the high-end, Microshift just introduced a new set of 10 speed levers at the show. The new shifters, which will be available in their top, carbon Arsis group, as well their third-tier Centos group, finally make the jump to cable routing beneath your bar tape.

The shape and function of the levers looks to borrow a bit from each of the Big 3, with a lever shape reminiscent of the previous generation of Campy, hoods that look a bit SRAM-ish and shifting that feels like a combo of Shimano and Campy. Take a look at the pics above, and if you like the looks of what they mash up, maybe they would make good replacements when you look to upgrade a lower-level group set.

Jump past the break for a look at their carbon road derailleurs and MTB thumbies…


IB14: Hands On with New Shimano TORBAL Shoe Line and Dedicated Enduro Race Pack

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Even though Shimano is calling their new TORBAL line enduro specific, the shoe’s designer is emphatic – it’s a mountain biking shoe. That is to say that the shoe is designed for the way many of us ride on a regular basis, not just when racing Enduro. Key to the new range is what Shimano is calling their TORBAL technology, or Torsional balance. Rather than design the shoe for walking as seems to be popular with many trail and AM shoes, the TORBAL line is designed to allow torsional flex yet staying stiff to the pedals.

TORBAL combined with varying levels of impact protection is what gets you to the point of an Enduro shoe. After 25 years of making mountain bike shoes, the SH-M200 name makes a return along with a bunch of interesting tech. The result is a shoe we can’t wait to get on the trail (or already did).

Check out the new TORBAL line in detail, plus what makes the Unzen 4 Enduro race pack unique, next….


IB14: DZR Releases Mechanics Shoe, Wins Best Booth Babes of Interbike

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DZR is the king of street cool. Their new Mechanic shoe is no exception. Released last year as a limited release, this year the shoes have joined the official product line. They feature a natural gum rubber sole, a double stitched abrasion resistant nylon upper, and a perforated synthetic leather toe box. They’re also clipless compatible and will retail for $100.


EB14: Kryptonite Launches Messenger Collection, Clever Features Make it Easier to Lock Up

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After working with a number of professional bike messengers, Kryptonite unveiled their latest locks – the Messenger Collection. As some of the heaviest lock users around, most messengers are pretty familiar with what locks work out on the streets. Before the first focus group Kryptonite wasn’t really sure what to expect in the way of requests from the messengers, but after that first meeting it was clear that they had some great ideas that could be incorporated into the existing products.

The result is a new group of locks that not only make your bike more secure, but also make it easier to transport the locks to your destination. Building on their 30 year relationship with messengers all over the world, the latest products answer the three needs that were expressed to Kryptonite – flexibility/fit, durability, and a one lock solution.

See how Kryptonite hit the right combination after the break…


IB14: Airace Puts the PSI on your Phone with Bluetooth Enabled I-Gauge Pumps

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As more attention is directed towards the accuracy of pumps and their gauges, more companies are looking towards digital offerings for an easy-to-read solution. Digital gauges for floor pumps are nothing new, but hand pumps? That’s exactly what Airace is offering with their new I-Gauge series of pumps though it’s more than just a digital gauge. The pumps don’t actually have any gauge built in – that’s because the gauge is in your smart phone. Available in both hand and floor pump models, Airace promises instant, accurate PSI readings all from the palm of your hand.

Download the details next…


EB14: Fizik Makes Kurve Re:Flex Saddles Comfier, Reshapes Aliante & Adds BOA Closures to Shoes


Fizik introduced their Kurve saddles concept in 2011 with alloy Mobium rails and an adjustable stiffness system that let you customize the already flexible shell to suit your needs. We reviewed those here.

For 2015, the new Kurve Re:Flex saddles replace the glass fiber base of the originals with Kevlar to make them more flexible under your weight. That lets the shell provide most of the comfort rather than relying solely on the padding. And indeed, it’s easily flexible at the edges of the shell and through the entire structure without feeling mushy. They also gain a carbon fiber rail option to save weight.

The Kurve models aren’t the only ones updated…the classic Aliante gets a refresh and the excellent Gobi sees a few tweaks, too…


Just In: Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump Skips the Compressor for Tubeless Tires

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Even as bicycle tires trend towards tubeless for mountain, road, and now cyclocross, seating tires still remains a barrier to entry for some. Depending on the tubeless set up, getting the tires to seal up and seat on the rim can be a challenge without an air compressor at your disposal.

Enter the Bontrager TLR Flash Charger floor pump. Thanks to its built in high-volume air chamber, the pump is capable of seating tubeless tires without the need for a compressor or electricity. We just got our hands on the new pump and immediately started deflating and unseating tubeless tires around the office to test the pump’s capabilities.

How well does it work? Find out next…


EB14: Park Tool Simplifies Internal Cable Installation, Plus a Toolbox Full of New Tools

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Depending on the frame, internal routing can be a mechanics worst nightmare. Fortunately Park Tool is here to help with their new IR-1 internal cable routing kit. Comprising of 3 different 250cm cables with strong magnets at one end, and unique fittings at the other for electronic wires, shift/brake housing, hydraulic lines, or cables at the other. Using the supplied external guide magnet with reversed polarity from the cables, the guide cables should feed right through the frame and snap into place with the guide. Then simply pull the wire/housing/cable through the frame and you’re set. While probably not the first company or individual to think of this, the IR-1 being readily available as a kit through Park Tool is sure to make a lot of mechanics’ lives much easier.

The IR-1 may be one of the most exciting new tools for 2015, but the rest are certainly worth a look after the break…


IB14: Wearable Tech – BSX Monitors Lactate Threshold & Jaybird Reign Monitors the Rest

BSXinsights wearable lactate threshold monitor for athletes

Until now, ascertaining your lactate threshold was either done in a lab using needles, or guestimated using power/heart rate and perceived effort. BSXinsights has changed all that with the world’s first wearable, non-invasive monitor that’s not only affordable, but arguably better than the lab tests.

First off, why measure lactate threshold? Because it’s a hard number that lets you know if you’re improving your capability for work. Your power output is what you’re doing, the lactate is what your body’s capable of doing. Once you know that number, you can use power and heart rate to increase your threshold and, thus, your total output.

Here’s how it works…