Posts in the category Clothing-Gear-Tools

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

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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….

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

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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…

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Time to Win a Custom Modify Watch, Courtesy of Bikerumor

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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

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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…

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

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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…

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LEAKED: Paul Components Road/CX Disc Brake Caliper

Paul Comp Disc

We have a sneak peek at the very nice looking mechanical disc calipers about to be announced by Paul Components. As a die hard aficionado of their road/cyclocross Minimoto V-brakes, I’m pretty excited. Execution and styling appear to be in line with Paul’s reputation, along with thoughtful functionality such as the frozen-finger-friendly adjustment knob. Keep an eye on Paul’s Facebook page for more details, and hopefully we will have a review after Interbike. No word on how this will effect T-Rex – Squirrel relations.

EB14: Storck Celebrates 20 Years of Carbon with Aerfast Aero Road and T.I.X. Cyclocross Bikes

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Light bike specialists Storck focused our attention heavily on two completely new bikes that they  introduced last week at Eurobike, with the new aero road race Aerfast and the disc-brake cyclocross T.I.X. Both bikes are a bit of a departure for the company who has been typically known for their lightweight, fast handling bikes, but is both a good indicator of a significant move by European producers towards these kinds of bikes, and a good example how lightweight and high performance can adapt in the aero road and cyclocross specialties.

Hop past the break for the lowdown on these two, plus 20th anniversary special editions, and 4 more new bikes!

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EB14: POC Goes Racing with Colorful New RaceDay Collection, Innovative Chamois, MIPS, Backprotection for Road, and More

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When POC first stepped into the road bike space, their focus was all about rider safety while on the road. Their AVIP line touted special attention to details that would increase Attention, Visibility, Interaction, and Protection of the rider. In 2015 the AVIP line has not gone away, but it is joined by a new collection – Raceday.

Raceday is exactly as it sounds, a full kit designed specifically around going as fast as possible. Racing is usually done on closed courses so POC can instead focus on cheating the wind and creating designs that will make the rider faster rather than more visible to drivers. That isn’t to say that the Raceday line isn’t just as safe though – you’ll find much of the same rider protection as the rest of the POC line. Much of the new technologies come from their partnership with Garmin-Sharp, Volvo, and the wind tunnel gurus in their own WATTS lab in order to create the smartest pieces possible.

Find out why the Raceday collection is more valuable to racers than an aero bike after the jump…

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