Posts in the category Clothing-Gear-Tools

IB14: New Range Of Light Weight Protective Gear & Hydration Bags from AlpineStar

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While we love to make jokes about how everything in mountain biking is now being marketed as “enduro,” the racing discipline has helped revolutionize safety standards. The EWS requirement that riders wear a helmet at all times, a full face when descending, and certified back protection, has lead to an influx of new protective gear.

The new Evolution line  from Alpinestars was designed with this style of riding in mind. It’s well ventilated and light enough to be worn under a jersey, but the additional padding and storage integration help make it ideal for high consequence descents. READ MORE ->

Battle of the Enduro Bro Kit – Fanny Pack Shootout!

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Fanny packs. If enduro wasn’t already the lamest marketing trend since 27.5″ wheels, the ass backwards 80′s fanny pack has suddenly reared its ugly head in some misguided sort of pseudo euro fashion statement. Damn it.

I absolutely adore my hydration pack in the way that one can only love an inanimate object they’ve carried for innumerable hours. That trusty bag has served as a makeshift pillow, hangover companion, beer tote, and trail buddy for years, yet now some reformed downhillers with moto envy have decided they’re uncool, so it’s suddenly time to trade that relationship in for a water bottle, some electrical tape, and a nylon murse.

Yet it’s our duty to report on the latest and greatest coming and goings of the industry, so since Tyler is a roadie, and Zach only rides fat bikes, I was somehow conned (I suspect alcohol may have been involved) into running an enduro bro fanny pack battle off. Yay me.

So, do you even enduro, bro?

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IB14: PrestaCycle Introduces Complete Preset Torque Collection, Limited Edition PrestaLever II, More

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Thanks to a number of light weight parts, torque wrenches have become common place among mechanics’ work benches, especially those capable of low Newton-Meters. Individual hand held torque wrenches have been around for awhile and many of them are based on the Torqkey – an auto release, preset torque mechanism first introduced to the bike scene by Ritchey Components. Now PrestaCycle is stepping up with their own branded Torqkeys that will sold in 7 different torque presets.

Capable of running different bits, the PrestaCycle torque wrenches will be some of the cheapest available…

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IB14: Jet Black’s New Premium Z1 Pro Fluid & Whisper Drive Magnetic Trainers, Plus New Training App

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Jet Black’s new Z1 Pro model is the successor to the Z1 and gets the largest stock flywheel ever at 6.6 lbs, more than triple what it was before. There are heavier aftermarket flywheels out there, but they say this is the heaviest one that comes standard on any trainer. A heavier flywheel gives it a much longer coast down times for a more realistic feel.

It’s a fluid trainer, so it’s quiet, particulaly with it’s oversized gel roller, and gives you less tire wear. Beyond the flywheel and gel, the closure mechanism is all new and rather nifty…

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IB14: Cinelli Tapers Track Headtubes, Introduces 650B Hobootleg Geo Adventure Touring Mountain Bike

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This summer, Cinelli sent Lucas Brunelle across Africa on the 700c Hobo touring bike to prove the bike’s mettle. Now, they’ve added the Hobootleg Geo, a disc brake version that looks to be even more versatile thanks to 650B mountain bike wheels and tires and more mounts. Sadly, these sweet Apidura bags don’t come with.

The frame is totally different, not just to accommodate disc brakes. It’s suspension corrected for a fork and has mountain bike geometry. The frame is Columbus Cromor steel with double butted tubes that are treated inside and out to resist corrosion. There are spots for five water bottle cages, three on the main triangle and one on each side of the fork.

Retail is $1,950 for a complete bike with SRAM X5 2×10 group with FSA Comet 39/26 compact crankset, BB7 mechanical disc brakes, Alex rims with SRAM hubs and Continental tires. It even gets Ergon grips to keep your wrists happy on the long haul.

Travel on down for more on this and their updated track bike collection, plus a steel prototype…

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IB14: Lazer Reveals Premium Budget Helmets, Wasp Air w/ Electronic Head Tilt Sensor & More!

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For 2015, Lazer is heading up the news with a few new low-cost helmets that bring a lot of their top comfort and safety systems, including a $70 MIPS helmet!

Shown above, the Blade (black) and Magma helmets give you 22 huge vents combined with their Rollsys retention system and in-mold construction. They’re essentially the same helmet save for the visor on the Magma. Both retail for $90, and weights are 250g without visor. They start shipping in Spring 2015.

Head past the break to check out the inside, plus lots of other cool new things below…

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IB14: SwiftWick Squeezes In New Recovery + Compression Socks, Plus Bright New Colors

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It’s easy to think there’s not much going on in the world of sock technology, but the folks at Swiftwick continue to keep us on our toes. Whether you’re trying to recover after a big race or wanting to keep your legs fresh during a long flight, compression socks can be a welcome friend for many cyclists. Even though the Swiftwick range already offers compression in most of their cycling socks, the new Recovery + is their first FDA certified Medical Class II compression sock. It’s also the first medical compression sock to be made from post-industrial recycle material in standard Swiftwick fashion.

Squeeze out the details on compression plus new colors for the Swiftwick range next…

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IB14: Pearl Izumi Shows Updated X-Project 1.0, Impressive Elite Road, Plus All New MTB Clothing Line, New Colors, More

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Already an excellent shoe, Pearl Izumi’s X-Project is getting an update that should make it even better. At the top of the range, the X-Project 1.0 receives a complete face lift for the uppers that includes the introduction of Boa reels in the place of the previous velcro straps and P.R.O. buckle. The improvements to the X-Project line are indicative of Pearl’s complete reset of the mountain bike apparel line for 2015 with improved function, better fit, and revised colors.

Combined with improvements and a fresh color palette on the road and tri side of the business, 2015 is looking like a great year for Pearl Izumi. Details on some of the highlights next…

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EB14: Redesigned Arsis 10 speed Shifters from MicroShift, plus MTB thumb shifters and cassettes

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The President and VP of Microshift were on hand from Taiwan at Eurobike to show a few new key pieces of tech they have recently developed. The 15 year old company isn’t really known to truly challenge the Big 3 component manufactures (Shimano, Campagnolo, and SRAM), but they do offer a good quality line of products at what are usually much more down to earth pricing. Although the bulk of road (and some mountain) drivetrains have moved on to 11 speed at the high-end, Microshift just introduced a new set of 10 speed levers at the show. The new shifters, which will be available in their top, carbon Arsis group, as well their third-tier Centos group, finally make the jump to cable routing beneath your bar tape.

The shape and function of the levers looks to borrow a bit from each of the Big 3, with a lever shape reminiscent of the previous generation of Campy, hoods that look a bit SRAM-ish and shifting that feels like a combo of Shimano and Campy. Take a look at the pics above, and if you like the looks of what they mash up, maybe they would make good replacements when you look to upgrade a lower-level group set.

Jump past the break for a look at their carbon road derailleurs and MTB thumbies…

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