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Scott Sports Expands MIPS Helmet Line for 2015

Scott Helmets 2015 Mips road mountain ARX (3)

Elevate your safety. That’s Scott Sport’s motto when it comes to helmets for the 2015 model year. In addition to a number of common design goals for their helmets to optimize impact protection, Scott is investing heavily in MIPS (Multi directional Impact ­Protection System) Brain Protection with 6 different models that include the special yellow liner. Primarily geared towards mountain biking, Scott also offers an urban MIPS helmet along with what they believe is the first road helmet to bring MIPS to riders who prefer skinny tires.

Utilizing a low friction layer that is built into the helmet, MIPS is said to prevent serious brain injuries by reducing the force of angled impacts to the head. Working with Biokinetics in Canada as an independent test facility, Scott recorded anywhere from a 9-34% reduction of impact forces when comparing identical helmets, MIPS and non-MIPS. In the event of an impact, the low friction layer works within 15 milliseconds and moves less than 15mm. It’s this sliding of the low friction layer that reduces the amount of force delivered to your brain in the event of an angled impact.

In 2015, Scott has expanded their MIPS line to include 6 different models including the all new ARX Plus road helmet. While increased options for MIPS is the big story, Scott has also made a few improvements to other helmets including updated fit systems with better adjustment.

Read on for more on MIPS, plus actual weights…


Photo Gallery: 2015 Specialized Gear, Apparel & Components


Our first gallery from the 2015 Specialized Dealer Event showed off a lot of bikes. Now, we’ve got a collection of new components, parts, accessories, gear and apparel for your perusal.

Above, the new 4th generation S-Works mountain bike cranks get hollow carbon construction and a 30mm spindle only. They’ll work with any 104BCD chainring, single or double only. Spin past the break for lots more…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Ride The Track is a 3 day 2-3 person team mountain biking event in Champsaur Valley, South of the French Alps, September 25-28th. The video above shows some of the views of the untimed, GPS led, supported event.
  • Crankworx Les 2 Alpes has wrapped up – highlights here of the exciting event in the Northern French Alps. This means Crankworx Whistler is only a few weeks away – put it on your schedule if you can, it’s a bucket list event!
  • The 16th Annual Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge is this weekend, July 18-20th, in Portland, OR.
  • The Rapha Women’s 100 is this Sunday, July 20th. Click here to sign up and find a ride near you.
  • The USA Pro Challenge begins August 18th and if you want to travel the tour in style, three host city hotels are offering spectator package deals with 20-40% savings on room accommodations with room upgrade, meal voucher and water bottles: The Gant in Aspen, Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs and Hotel Boulderado in Boulder.
  • Greenville, SC, will be hosting the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships August 27th – September 1st.
  • Ass Savers is putting on an exhibition of black and white film photography by Staffan Jofjell of the 1985 Six Day Track Race in Berlin called Trackside ’85, featuring an on-track and behind the scenes look at the race. Stops include Berlin, the Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn, and London.
  • PureFix Cycles can use your help – vote for them in the Drive Your Business Forward contest by FastCompany magazine and Mercedes-Benz. They’re in the running to win $10,000 in the Readers’ Choice selection.
  • e*thirteen components is giving away a 30t Guide Ring M Dual width chainring to one lucky winner. Enter by July 22nd.
  • Andy Scullion’s Beautiful Bicycle Print was funded last summer and he’s got another project he’d like you to take a look at: The Comprehensive Guide to the Bicycle print.
  • The Cycling House has added a new Glacier National Park trip for 2014.
  • And the award for this week’s talk tv fodder goes to Airbus for their patent filing of bicycle saddle airline seats.

Video: FiberFix Jumps the Shark (Tank) to Fix Your Bicycle

Derek at FiberFix just sent over this video along with this note: “BikeRumor may consider this a total joke, but I think it’s something to consider (albeit slightly impractical).”

Attention, grabbed, so we watched the video. Pure awesome. A phone call later and we can now tell you how it works:

FiberFix was a Shark Tank success and is essentially a woven fiberglass fiber tape presoaked in a water-activated resin. To use it, simply soak the tape in water for a second, then tightly wrap the object to be fixed. Let it cure for 10-15 minutes and you’re good to go. They say it’s as strong as steel, extremely rigid and waterproof, yet can be sanded and painted. Sounds like a good emergency item to keep in the pack for backcountry rides or touring – it could easily get you back home.


2-Piece Titanium Bash Guard — 41 Grams Of Custom Fabrication From Texas

Joe Rogers Custom Ti Bash Guard On Crank

This is a truly unique product coming from a private fabricator in Spring, TX. He is only making one style of bash guard. So if you happen to be rocking a 104bcd spider (bcd = bolt circle diameter), or are thinking of piecing together a new rig from scratch, you ought to consider Joe Rogers’ custom Ti work. Bash through the break for more pics and info…


Silca Unveils Heirloom Quality HIRO Locking Presta Valve for Floor Pumps

Silca HIRO locking presta valve chuck pump head

Just a few weeks ago, Silca’s Josh Poertner sent over images of his new valve extenders. Now, he’s got something to grab hold of ‘em and pump ‘em full of air. Here’s the lowdown straight from the source:

SILCA today launches ‘HIRO’ a stainless steel locking chuck for presta valves.  The Hiro chuck (sounds like ‘Hero’) is inspired by the vintage Japanese chucks used by Keirin mechanics to achieve high pressures in a demanding environment where hundreds of tires may have to be inflated to high pressure each and every night.

SILCA began the HIRO project with the goal of creating an heirloom quality tool focused on one handed operation, high pressure capability, disc wheel compatibility and long gasket life.  Hiro features adjustable gasket preload which allows it so compensate for any variety of Presta valve designs as well as gasket wear.  When the time comes, the gasket can be replaced in seconds with a SILCA 253 replacement gasket.

They’re completely made in the USA and come with a 25 year warranty, exclusive of the gasket. Price? Well, let’s just say you should have a good pump worth of it…


More 3d Printed Titanium — Raceware Direct’s Hollow Ti Chain Catcher & Number Board Holder

RaceWare 3D Ti Chain Catcher

Hollow means lighter and lighter means faster. UK based Raceware Direct is now printing braze-on mounted ti chain catchers and brake-caliper mounted ti race-board holders. If you count grams, wattage, and body fat percentages, these unique ornaments are for you. Read on…


Forget Wheel Bags, Check out the New Enve Wheel Backpack!

Enve Wheel backpack wheel bag (2) Enve Wheel backpack wheel bag (9)

Judging  by the number of times we’ve seen wheels strapped to a rider’s back with inner tubes, cyclists often need to carry an extra set of wheels. Other than the inner tube method, riders often resort to wheel bags which can be cumbersome while riding a bike. Feeling that their premium wheels deserve a premium method of transport, ENVE has released what may be the ultimate wheel bag. Part wheel bag, part backpack, the versatile bag is designed to get your wheels plus any needed gear to where you need to go.

Strap in, next…


Found: Miche Vibrostop Stick-On Valve Stem Silencers

miche-vibrostop-bicycle-wheel-valve-stem-silencerJust a few weeks ago, we saw Silca’s new valve stems with rubber sections built in to prevent the incessant rattling that comes with long valve stems and deep section rims. Now, we found this solution from Miche for those of you already quite happy with your existing valve extenders or extra long one-piece units. Simply slide the sticker over the stem and press onto your rim. It’s clear enough that, once fully adhered, takes on the color of your rim. So, on a black carbon rim, it’ll be all but invisible.

They ship in packs of 10 on their own, but are also available with their own valve extension packs that include two stickers with the extenders. Street price is around €18 – €20.