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Raceware Direct Adds Garmin Mounts for Giant Propel’s Contact SLR Aero Handlebars


With aero being the new black, fitting the popular out-front cycling computer mounts to the variety of proprietary bar shape can be a real nightmare. Case in point: Giant’s Contact SLR bar and stem on the Propel aero road bike leaves no room between the bar’s wider aero section and the stem’s huge clamping footprint.

Raceware Direct has the solution. Thanks to their 3D printed process, they can rapidly develop solutions like this. The mount (which we’ve tested for traditional round bars) retails for $49.99 and comes in Red, Black, Dark Blue, Sky Blue, Orange and Pink. They’re made in the UK but have added Trend Sports Group as their US distributor, making Stateside sales a bit easier.

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Review: Bontrager Velocis Road Bike Helmet – Sleek, Light & Comfy w/ Built-in Visor

Bontrager Velocis lightweight bicycle helmet

With all the hullabaloo about helmet aerodynamics these days, you’d think no one was making regular lids these days. Fortunately, they are, and the Bontrager Velocis is a fantastic example of a “normal” helmet.

Prior to the Velocis, Bontrager’s top of the line helmet was the Oracle, which is also very comfortable and very good looking if a little on the heavy side. The Velocis manages to drop about 80g while keeping a ton of safety features and adding in a nifty integrated (and removable) roadie-style visor that provides sun protection without trapping heat.

The Velocis’ claim to fame is it’s oversized vents and heavily designed air channeling, which headlines the dual-material interior cage for protection and various fit features for comfort. So, did it breeze through our tests in the hot, humid southeast?


Prototype Mavic Road Shoes Spotted On AG2R’s Christophe Riblon

PIC477166482 Image Credit: AG2R La Mondiale Team Gallery

At the Tour de France and at other races this year, professional French road racer Christophe Riblon has been sporting an unreleased set of Mavic road shoes. Unlike his teammate who is sporting the distinctly patterned Zxellium Ultimates, Riblon’s bright footwar has a different color pattern, and some new features…


‘Stique ML123 Multilever Bicycle Tool Combines Everything to Pry it’s Way Into Your Jersey Pocket

stique ml123 multilever bicycle multitool on kickstarter

What started out as an idea for a simple tire lever that wouldn’t break ended up, with the thinking time afforded by a transatlantic flight, becoming a rather clever multitool that packs in the essentials plus a few bonuses we’re not used to seeing.

The product has gone through a long development process, with more than £15,000 invested in the design and prototype process. It’s been tested by many bike mechanics and cyclists already, too. So, it’s pretty far along, and the ask is just £15,000 to get them into production (with hopes that it’s over funded to provide the capital to really kick things off).

The body is made from a metal replacement plastic (read: super strong, yet lightweight) that they say hasn’t broken or bent yet in any of their tire removal testing. A rubber segment, which will come in various colors, holds three 1/4″ key bits that slot into a hardened steel groove, plus storage compartments for small bits that you’re probably not carrying but could save the day. Check the video and full list below…


Sunglass Roundup: Shades from Smith, Uvex, and Jet Black

Sunglass round up Jet Black Smith Uvex (3)

Whether you’re looking for style or protection, there are a ton of choices these days when it comes to cycling glasses. Ideally the perfect cycling glasses should be comfortable on long rides, resist fogging and sweat, protect against various objects thrown towards your eyes, and of course shelter your eyes from the sun’s rays. At this point, protection from UV rays is pretty much a given so the question becomes how well does each pair react to the changing conditions found in cycling.

Our latest roundup focuses on two brands you’ve probably heard of, and one you probably haven’t. Read on to see the latest from Smith, Uvex, and Jet Black….


Mark Cavendish Sports New Oakley Sunglasses During His Brief Tour de France Outing

New Oakley sunglasses found on pro cycling Mark Cavendish during 2014 Tour de France

Thanks to a tip from Bikerumor reader Eric, we spotted these rather new looking Oakley sunglasses on Mark Cavendish during stage one of this year’s Tour de France…before the wreck that took him out of contention this year.

The full frame design blends the open frame Radarlock style with the Racing Jackets favored by Hincapie back in the day and their goggles. The arms get a very industrial styling, which should look familiar to anyone that’s seen our factory tour. Check out more pics below…


New Bell Star Pro Aero Road Bike Helmet Promises Faster Sprints w/o Overheating

Bell Star Pro aerodynamic road bike helmet

Belkin’s Wilko Kelderman rides the Star Pro at the 2014 Giro d’Italia. Photo: Watson

Pulling from their experience in aerodynamic head production for power sports, the new Bell Star Pro takes a unique approach to aero bicycle helmets with a solid front and adjustable vents.

Ridden by Team Belkin at the Giro and now, officially, at the Tour de France, the Star Pro utilizes a slider on the top rear to open and close the vents. Unlike traditional helmets, all of the visible vents face rearward and act only as exhaust ports, relying on Bell’s Overbrow vents on the bottom front of the helmet to pull air into the interior channels, over the head and out the sides and rear, taking body heat with it. They say it works almost as well as a traditional, non-aero road helmet at dumping heat, all while making you faster…


New 175g Giro Empire SLX Steps Out As One of the Lightest Road Shoes Ever, Updated with Actual Weight!

Giro Empire SLXGiro Sport Design has announced the Empire SLX, a new shoe that redefines road footwear performance.  Weighing an astonishing 175 grams, it features the unrivaled comfort and adjustability of a lace closure, plus an Easton® EC90™ SLXII carbon outsole that delivers all the stiffness and efficiency demanded by world-class professionals.  Already ridden to victory in the Amgen Tour of California, the Empire SLX will be available this fall for $350/ €300.

*Updated* with actual scale shot after the break! READ MORE ->

Fizik Lights Up Saddles w/ New Reflective Arione, Antares & Aliante


Headed for the bikes of seven different teams at this year’s Tour de France are new limited editions of three of Fizik’s top road saddles…and you shouldn’t have a hard time spotting them under camera flashes.

The special versions of the Arione R3, Antares R3 and Aliante Gamma will use reflective panels on their black Microtex covers. It’s a small safety upgrade for the rest of us (when you’re off the saddle and it’s dark out, anyway), but definitely cool. Here’s a few details from the press release:

The fi’zi:k Arione R3 and Antares R3 both use the same structure and Microtex thigh glides with reflective film as the pro version, and incorporates a k:ium rail. The 185g Arione R3 is designed for highly flexible riders and 195g Antares R3 for those with medium levels of flexibility. Both are both priced at €210. The fi’zi:k Aliante Gamma uses a carbon reinforced nylon shell to cater for less flexible riders and is available for just €169. The saddle weighs 259g and incorporates the samereflective film and Microtex cover as the pro-standard version of the saddle, again along with a k:ium rail.

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