We’ve started to see a resurgence of cycling clothing from Adidas in the last year or so, and the folks at 8bar Bikes sent us some images of a photoshoot they just finished in Berlin. One, it’s always nice to see actual cyclists modeling for new clothing and bikes, and two, it’s pretty cool that a big company like Adidas might pick riders from a small bike company and team like 8bar to be their models. The 8bar Team has actually been working closely with Adidas since the beginning of 2015 on their own team clothing, and looks to be carrying that even further with the development and testing of the fall and winter collection like this Belgement line-up. Word on the street is that they will even have some design collaborations in store for 2016. Join us after the break for a closer look, 8bar’s thoughts, and some cold weather clothing tech…
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It may have taken a long time for it to arrive on store shelves since we first saw the SYZR prototypes, but Speedplay’s new off road pedal is finally spinning. A big part of the delay was figuring out how to build a pedal that offered the same level of energy transfer as their road pedals, but in a design that was walkable and dirt friendly. To accomplish this, the SYZR uses metal on metal contact between the cleat and the pedal rather than rely on the rubber tread blocks of your shoe to transmit power. Combined with their unique cleat with adjustable float and ceramic rollers for easy in and out and you have an interesting take on an SPD style pedal.
Now that the stainless and titanium versions have been shipping, Speedplay is offering up a more affordable chromoly version as well as one of the most comprehensive spindle length programs available…
Taking technology advances picked up from their amazing new ELEMNT GPS cycling computer, Wahoo Fitness has revamped the firmware on their RFLKT models to improve battery life and give the screens a quicker refresh and update time.
On top of those backend improvements, both the RFLKT and RFLKT+ are now able to display phone call and text alerts on screen. The device, which serves as a display to “reflect” the data coming from your smartphone, was already paired to your phone anyway. When not telling you who’s trying to interrupt your ride, the screen shows off data from their own app, MapMyRide, Strava and other third party apps. The info can even show your Strava Segment progress and let you know if you’re the new QOM/KOM in town (or if you need to keep trying). All updates are free and available now from Wahoo and even change up the screen to make it more readable.
We covered a bunch of upcoming crankset and chainring offerings from Praxis back at Eurobike, but now these new single ring mountain bike offerings are in stock and ready to ship in time to be stocking stuffers. Adding to their fairly simple 4-bolt 104BCD wide/narrow rings (which carry over), the new XT/XTR 4-bolt 96BCD and SRAM Direct Mount rings use a bit more shaping and style to lend aftermarket compatibility to an even wider range of cranks. Plus, a premium forged 4130 steel ring adds durability that might outlast your bike. Spin across the break to have a closer look, and get tooth counts and pricing…
This week we have some great round ups from the Philly Bike Show, Peaty is getting ready to say adios…. but not yet, and what is with all the things lighting up that are not lights? We took a look at new kicks from DZR and Northwave as well as a lot of really nice apparel from Rapha and the new to the U.S. eye-catching Attaquer brand.
Move on past the break to take a rather in depth glimpse of our week in review…..
Philly Bike Expo Roundup: New Parts and Accessories From Boyd, Upstand, Thomson, Tetra Bike, and More
Compared to Interbike or Eurobike, Philly Bike Expo is certainly less focused on new product and more focused on hand made bikes and the consumer. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a number of little Easter Eggs of new parts out there if you knew where to look.
Boyd Cycling was there to promote their ever expanding line of wheels and impressive hubs, but a few other projects caught our eye. Like these colorful spokes. According to Boyd the official details aren’t yet available other than they are working on a custom powder coated spoke program that is sure to make your wheels stand out…
Why put lights on your bike when your actual gear can be the light? Starting with their T1 helmet, Torch has taken advantage of today’s light tech to create pieces with integrated illumination. Now they’ve made what you could call a huge move and incorporated a massive light system right into their new Flux pack’s actual material.
Check out how this thing works and see it in action past the break….
- Hit the Trails in the Austrian Alps with the Four Peaks Race – Next summer will be the fourth edition of the four-day Four Peaks mountain bike stage race (presented by Protective & Bike) and another chance to take in the amazing scenery that makes up the Salzburg and Tyrol Alps in Austria. Four days of racing at Saalfelden, Leogang, and Kirchberg explores some of the Europe’s best mountain biking. From June 15-18, a max of 1,000 riders will tackle a 207km course with 8,143m of climbing. Registration is limited and opens on Tuesday, Nov 24th. Bike-FourPeaks.de
Your eyes do not deceive you. Coming to the good ol’ US of A is a new wild line of cycling apparel form Australia. Attaquer has been making their outside of the box cycling kits since 2012 and you’re about to start seeing them sticking out in the pack here soon.
Throw on some shades and jump past the break and cast your eyes on something a little different…..