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New, Lighter Giro Empire VR90 Mountain Bike Shoes & Alpineduro Boots Hit the Trails

Giro Empire VR90 MTB lightweight mountain bike shoes and Alpineduro winter cycling boots

After receiving a rave response to their lace up Empire MTB shoes, Giro decided to mirror the lighter weight Empire SLX road shoes.

The difference, is, they add Vibram treads and a stretch-free Teijin EvoFiber breathable upper on the outside. Inside, they get their SuperNatural Fit insoles with adjustable arch supports. It’s all held together with Sport Laces, which they say are both durable and hold the loop no matter what you’re up to. The weight savings come from the high end upper and the use of an Easton EC90 carbon outsole.

Kick up more details below, plus a look at their hiking inspired Alpineduro winter cycling boot…


EB14: Look Workhorse KÉO 2 Max Pedal Gets Carbon Blades; Plus More Entry KÉOs and MTB Platforms


Look have brought their innovative carbon fiber leaf spring Blades to their big selling second-tier Kéo 2 Max Blade pedal platform, at the same time dropping weight, reducing stack height, and increasing contact area. The switch to the carbon blade also gives a bit of an aerodynamic improvement, but means you can’t just dial up or back the release tension like you have in the past. Look is however offering two blade options 8/12Nm that should keep some adjustability (less than the 3 now available for the Kéo Blade 2.)

Spin past the break for more tech details on the upgrade, plus some entry level Kéo pedals and some bolt-on S-track mountain bike platforms…


EB14: Rapha Hops in With New Cross Shoes, Supercross Gear, and More Winter Fighting Kit


Rapha just went online with most of the new products they were showing to us last week at Eurobike, so here we’ll give you a run down.

In Europe as cyclocross season looms, we were eyeing their new Cross Shoe particularly hard, which was developed together with Giro and Easton and is a follow-up to their Grand Tour shoes (and a precursor of next season’s light weight Climbing Shoe, which we’ll get to later.) We tried on a pair at the show and they seemed like a well fitting shoe that could serve well both on the cross course, as well as a high-end mountain shoe. Also of note were some Super Cross-branded pieces, a few special long sleeve jerseys with well-regarded sportwool fabrics, new men’s and women’s Rain Jackets, and few other bits and pieces to get you through the coming cold and darkness of winter.

Hop across the barrier for a bunch of details and pics of what we thought stood out from their new offerings…


EB14: Knog Lights Up Your Life, Gives Locks a Code, and Is Working on Lights for Germans

Knog iphone light quados combo locks (3)

Based on the performance of their LED bicycle lights, Knog’s newest products aren’t such a stretch. Sure, their new expose smartphone light isn’t exactly bicycle specific, but it bridges the gap between bicycle lights and consumer electronics. The expose series launches alongside their Qudos action camera light system which allows you to film with your GoPro, even in the dark.

Knog may be brightening up their light portfolio but there are some new bike specific products as well….


EB14: Kali Drops the Visor on City Helmets, Introduces Middle Ground Avatar X

Kali City Helmet Avatar X (2)

Murphy would approve. Perhaps in a sign of things to come, Kask wasn’t the only company showing off lifestyle helmets fit for Robocop. For one of their newest helmets, Kali’s City helmet features an integrated shield along with classic Kali styling. Helmets with stowable shields seem to be growing in popularity along with e-bikes and commuting, but even so Kali is cautiously optimistic about how the City will sell in the US.

The U.S. market won’t be getting the full line of Cities, but there will be at least one. Get the details, plus a new full face after the break…


Time to Win a Custom Modify Watch, Courtesy of Bikerumor

win a modify watch from bikerumor

No, yours won’t have this sweet Bikerumor logo on it, but you will be able to choose whatever band and face color you want! We talked Modify into giving three of you a watch of your own, and we’ll pick the winners from those who like our Facebook post about this contest. Hit the link, hit the like button and count the seconds until (about) noon EST this Saturday (September 6, 2014)…that’s when we pick the winners randomly via the Good Luck Fairy.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Maxxis is taking applications for sponsorship for the 2015 season. Individuals, teams, and events are welcome to apply. Open to US and Canada, although Canadians must have a US shipping address. Application is live on their website until Oct. 31st, 2014.
  • ODI is also opening it’s 2015 sponsorship application process. US athletes only. Apply here, or send your resume via email before November 30th, 2014.
  • Orbea is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 715 Avant bikes and framesets, because of concerns over cracking forks.
  • A2B e-bikes has announced an app for use with their electric bicycles: eSocialBike has features such as route planning and GPS, as well as essential diagnostics and maintenance information gathered directly from a chip housed in the bike’s battery compartment.
  • The inaugural Team Jamis – Hagens Berman Gran Fondo will be held September 28, 2014, as part of the Rensselaerville Cycling Festival in New York.
  • Billed as the “Holy Week” of Cyclocross, two huge CX races are coming up within one week of each other and both in New England: the Rapha Super Cross, Gloucester, MA, September 27-28th, and the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival, Providence, RI, October 3-5th.
  • We enjoyed reading about this Lands End to John O’Groats journey so much that we’ve often thought of cycling the popular UK route. Now there’s an online website dedicated to planning and preparing for cycling it properly by Royston Wood.

EB14: Lezyne Enters Year 8 With New Auto On/Off Lights, Tools, Bags, Pumps, and More

Lezyne year 8 KTV Macro Drive Duo Zecto Auto (2)

Founded in 2007, Lezyne is now into their 8th year of Engineered Design. While keeping with their beautiful design ethos, the tools are more diverse than ever with a full on electronics division along side their numerous tools and bags. Changes to the multi tools include the new RAP 21 which along with a revised shape for better fit in your hand and tool stiffness, includes a compact LED light along with the standard tools.

In addition to the tools, Lezyne has some intelligent new lights that are definitely worth a look…


EB14: Kask Eyes Enduro with REX Prototype, Lifestyle Visor, Protone Aero, and Infinity Coming to U.S.

KASK city lifestyle REX Vertigo Protone (26)

At this point, the Italian helmet brand Kask is probably best known in the U.S. as the helmet sponsor of Team Sky. Now on their 10th anniversary, the company has 6 different helmet divisions including skiing, mountaineering, climbing, equestrian, rescue teams, and work safety, with cycling accounting for 40% of their business. Available in the U.S. through Highway 2, Kask is looking to increase their presence stateside with more helmets including a forthcoming model for Enduro that actually looks really good.

Clip into the details next…