EB16: Ritchey Logic pops up WCS Trail Dropper post, flared VentureMax bar, tires, saddles & more…

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Ritchey recently showed us a few new and updated bikes for tackling gravel roads and adventure riding, but on top of their frames they’re also continuing to roll out a slew of new components. Often some of the most affordable and solidly performing gear out there, we’re really interested to try out their new mountain bike dropper post. The new WCS Trail Dropper seatpost comes in two travel lengths and uses a unique 3-position stepped drop. At the same time Ritchey has introduced a new shaped & flared VentureMax bar that promises drop comfort on your off-road adventures. Plus there is a new tire each for gravel, cross, and plus-sized mountain, as well as a few updated saddles, a new trail wheelset, and even a more affordable pedal. Get a close look at all of it after the jump…

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Ritchey recently showed us a few new and updated bikes for tackling gravel roads and adventure riding, but on top of their frames they’re also continuing to roll out a slew of new components. Often some of the most affordable and solidly performing gear out there, we’re really interested to try out their new mountain […]

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IB16: Bell Stratus brings top level aesthetics to more affordable road helmets

Remember the Bell Zephyr that debuted a couple weeks ago? You know, the first helmet to integrate the MIPS rotational impact mitigation into the retention mech for a better fit? Now they’ve taken that same mold and created the Stratus, which looks virtually identical but steps down the features slightly to shave about a hundred bucks off the price.

The two biggest differences are the non-integrated MIPS and the single layer EPS shell. The vents, shape and most everything else looks and acts identically…

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Remember the Bell Zephyr that debuted a couple weeks ago? You know, the first helmet to integrate the MIPS rotational impact mitigation into the retention mech for a better fit? Now they’ve taken that same mold and created the Stratus, which looks virtually identical but steps down the features slightly to shave about a hundred […]

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EB16: Casco finalizes well-vented Full Air RCC helmet, plus reworks affordable Activ 2 lid

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Last autumn we took a look at the prototype of German helmet maker Casco’s new Full Air helmet that takes aimed to see how they could boost ventilation in a helmet and ended up rethinking a bit how they draw air in and across the head. The resulting Full Air RCC helmet is now available for both road and mountain biking, so we take a closer look. Casco has also taken their best selling and affordable all around helmet and  reworked it as the Activ 2. Check out what’s new with each after the break….

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Last autumn we took a look at the prototype of German helmet maker Casco’s new Full Air helmet that takes aimed to see how they could boost ventilation in a helmet and ended up rethinking a bit how they draw air in and across the head. The resulting Full Air RCC helmet is now available […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Commuter, Eurobike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike10 Comments

IB16: Wolf Tooth Components glides in with ReMote Dropper lever, GC 49T and WolfCage adapters, Valais 25 bag mount, more

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On their own, Wolf Tooth Components seems to be a powerhouse when it comes to new products and ideas. But add in the design chops of Marc Basiliere from Lindarets, and the two groups are sure to come up with innovative products – like their new ReMote dropper lever. Rather than use the typical hinged pivot of most mechanical dropper levers, WTC shoehorned a massive cartridge bearing into the middle of the lever to make it one of the smoothest levers yet…

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On their own, Wolf Tooth Components seems to be a powerhouse when it comes to new products and ideas. But add in the design chops of Marc Basiliere from Lindarets, and the two groups are sure to come up with innovative products – like their new ReMote dropper lever. Rather than use the typical hinged […]

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IB16: Kask swings into view with highly adjustable, portable KOO sunglasses

Thanks to a little trademark issue, Kask’s first line extension will come under the Koo brand name.

Designed to fit particularly well with their helmets, the sunglasses stand on their own thanks to several innovative features that make them very versatile and very user friendly. The arms are angle adjustable, giving you three positions that set the angle of the lens on your face. Or, flip them all the way around and they’ll very easily stuff into your jersey pocket or pack. Even the nose pads swivel, and two versions come in the box. Beyond the functionality, they also look darn good…

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Thanks to a little trademark issue, Kask’s first line extension will come under the Koo brand name. Designed to fit particularly well with their helmets, the sunglasses stand on their own thanks to several innovative features that make them very versatile and very user friendly. The arms are angle adjustable, giving you three positions that […]

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EB16: EVOC puts The Bike Stand in their bags, so your bike travels safe & easy

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EVOC is known for making one of the best travel bags to lug your mountain bike along with you as you jet set from one international bike park to the next. But even with the right bag it takes a good bit of time to break your bike down, and with so many different axle standards floating around, unless you got lucky when you bought your travel bag, you’d end up having to hobble something together to really get your mountain bike properly strapped in for its journey. Those worries are gone now though as EVOC created The Bike Stand, a new freestanding rail that secures your ride by the droputs, no matter what axle standard you roll on. Take a closer look and see how modular parts will have you bike packed faster and more securely than ever before, all after the break…

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EVOC is known for making one of the best travel bags to lug your mountain bike along with you as you jet set from one international bike park to the next. But even with the right bag it takes a good bit of time to break your bike down, and with so many different axle standards […]

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The OTTOLOCK cinch lock is light, small and much stronger than it looks

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The age-old problem of bike locks is that they either lack security or they’re too bulky and heavy to carry – especially on a serious road ride. While many minds have attempted to find the ideal balance between these priorities a few folks from Portland, Oregon have come up with a unique solution: the OTTOLOCK.

The cinch-style OTTOLOCK is lightweight and flexible but also durable enough to resist cutting from pliers or bolt cutters. It’s quite small as well, rolling up to just 3” around and weighing about a quarter of a pound.

The OTTOLOCK has already more than doubled its funding goal on Kickstarter, and there’s still plenty of time left in the campaign. Read on to find out how this simple looking lock defeats cutting tools with its clever strap design…
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The age-old problem of bike locks is that they either lack security or they’re too bulky and heavy to carry – especially on a serious road ride. While many minds have attempted to find the ideal balance between these priorities a few folks from Portland, Oregon have come up with a unique solution: the OTTOLOCK. […]

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GoPro takes to the sky with new Karma Drone, gimbal, and Hero 5 & Hero 5 Session Cameras

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The fact that GoPro has been working on a drone was not a very well kept secret. After years at the top, the company synonymous with action sports cameras needed something to propel fly them back to the top. After quite a bit of speculation and waiting, Karma is finally here, and it looks like it’s been worth the wait….

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The fact that GoPro has been working on a drone was not a very well kept secret. After years at the top, the company synonymous with action sports cameras needed something to propel fly them back to the top. After quite a bit of speculation and waiting, Karma is finally here, and it looks like it’s […]

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Silca cinches down the Seat Roll Premio, riding essentials secured by BOA

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So back at the start of the fourth month of the year, Silca promised a true innovation in how we carry spare tubes and inflation on our rides. While they were clearly unsatisfied with the current state of saddle bags, sadly a quick look at the date meant that the Silca Personal Support Drone wasn’t likely to materialize. But much to our pleasant surprise, it seems that the simple saddle bag was on their radar, and now Silca has a better solution. Pairing the simple classic structure of a tool roll, with the precise dial-to-fit security of a BOA closure, the new Seat Roll Premio will haul your everyday essentials in a more elegantly executed package. Check it out up close after the break, plus pricing and availability…

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So back at the start of the fourth month of the year, Silca promised a true innovation in how we carry spare tubes and inflation on our rides. While they were clearly unsatisfied with the current state of saddle bags, sadly a quick look at the date meant that the Silca Personal Support Drone wasn’t likely […]

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