SOC16: The Ritchey CPR12+ multi tool could be a ride saver

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Ritchey’s CPR tools have a long history of getting riders and racers out of a jam. Originally developed in 1992 for Thomas Frischknecht, the CPR9 was the first tool from Ritchey to pack a number of tools in an easy to use, race ready package. Since then the tool has evolved, now including 12 different tools all packed into a unique single sided design. It’s light, it’s functional, and it might just save your ride…

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Ritchey’s CPR tools have a long history of getting riders and racers out of a jam. Originally developed in 1992 for Thomas Frischknecht, the CPR9 was the first tool from Ritchey to pack a number of tools in an easy to use, race ready package. Since then the tool has evolved, now including 12 different […]

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Protect your bike before things go to ship with Bopworx’s sturdy and reusable bike protection

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Shipping Case after Wide-NoLogo

Because of airlines’ grossly exaggerated baggage fees for sporting equipment bikes and the hassle of trying to manage a boxed bike with all of your other luggage, many choose to risk the cheaper and slightly more aggressive alternative of shipping their bike to their destination. However, handing your precious bicycle to a stranger that is going to hand it to another stranger, and so on until it is back in your capable hands always leaves a sinking feeling in the back of your head until you receive your bike unscathed… until you realize you’ll have to go through it all over again when shipping it back home.

Bopworx came up with a reusable solution that protects you bike in the right places while it’s being mishandled during its journey…

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Because of airlines’ grossly exaggerated baggage fees for sporting equipment bikes and the hassle of trying to manage a boxed bike with all of your other luggage, many choose to risk the cheaper and slightly more aggressive alternative of shipping their bike to their destination. However, handing your precious bicycle to a stranger that is going […]

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SOC16: Fox Racing Metah helmet hits the shelves along with Attack Pro Trail System

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Introduced to the world last Interbike, Fox’s replacement for their long running Flux helmet is finally here. Stepping in is the all new Metah which manages to stand out in a sea of helmets with some distinct looks, but also with just enough safety tech built in. To go along with the helmet, Fox is now selling their Attack Pro system which looks like it could be a great option for long days in the saddle on trail, enduro, or any other type of mountain bike…

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Introduced to the world last Interbike, Fox’s replacement for their long running Flux helmet is finally here. Stepping in is the all new Metah which manages to stand out in a sea of helmets with some distinct looks, but also with just enough safety tech built in. To go along with the helmet, Fox is […]

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SOC16: 661 refines their Filter, shows new Evo AM Patrol Helmet

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661 has been steadily revamping their line up for awhile now, and their latest products look like welcome additions. On the helmet side, 661 will be replacing the Recon with the Evo AM Patrol. Sitting just under the current Evo AM/Evo AM MIPS, the Patrol model brings the style of their top tier helmet down to a more reasonable price.

Along with the new lid, 661 was also showing off a revised version of their Filter shoe in both flat and SPD compatible…

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661 has been steadily revamping their line up for awhile now, and their latest products look like welcome additions. On the helmet side, 661 will be replacing the Recon with the Evo AM Patrol. Sitting just under the current Evo AM/Evo AM MIPS, the Patrol model brings the style of their top tier helmet down […]

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SOC16: Box builds a BTTR Bottle with storage and hydration in one

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It seems like every time we turn around someone is coming up with a way to ditch the pack. Bad news for hydration pack makers, good news for anyone looking to lighten the load on their back. Box has apparently taken a moment away from the development of their long awaited drivetrain to come up with an interesting take on the water bottle. The BTTR bottle (Better Than The Rest), is half liquid, half storage and may or may not be the perfect way to stash some goods…

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It seems like every time we turn around someone is coming up with a way to ditch the pack. Bad news for hydration pack makers, good news for anyone looking to lighten the load on their back. Box has apparently taken a moment away from the development of their long awaited drivetrain to come up with […]

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Mavic readies for the mountains with limited edition Haute Route wheels and riding gear

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The Haute Route events are the highest and some of the most grueling cyclosportives in the world. In 2016 they will lead hundreds of amateurs across the European cols of the Pyrenees, Alps, and Dolomites. The week-long tours don’t come cheap, but offer roads and support on the level of the Grand Tours. Mavic continues to be a big supporter of the events and this year has added a new limited Haute Route collection to outfit those who want to take on the challenge or to get the same experience from home.

Mavic’s Haute Route gear includes a numbered series of four of their premium road wheelset+tire combos, plus a head-to-toe kit, all with a unique design inspired by the high mountains…

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The Haute Route events are the highest and some of the most grueling cyclosportives in the world. In 2016 they will lead hundreds of amateurs across the European cols of the Pyrenees, Alps, and Dolomites. The week-long tours don’t come cheap, but offer roads and support on the level of the Grand Tours. Mavic continues to be […]

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Review: Wickwerks lets you have your cake & eat it too meshing Standard 53t & Compact 34t rings

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I had a pretty extensive conversation with the folks at Wickwerks at Interbike back in September as I was somewhat intrigued by their new option for junior gearing that would make needing to order special-sized cassettes a thing of the past. Even more so was that they were “successfully” running a 53 + 34 tooth chainring combination they developed, which I knew from past experience shouldn’t work well. I mean, you could drive a Prius through the gap between the small chainring and the front derailleur cage!

They sent me 2 sets of their Road Ultra Wide rings to try out on both mechanical and Di2 systems to see if how they worked…

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I had a pretty extensive conversation with the folks at Wickwerks at Interbike back in September as I was somewhat intrigued by their new option for junior gearing that would make needing to order special-sized cassettes a thing of the past. Even more so was that they were “successfully” running a 53 + 34 tooth chainring combination they developed, […]

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SOC16: Birzman torques down on more multi tools, adds new pumps, chain, and spoke tools

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In order to help you maintain proper torque while out on the bike, Birzman is expanding their line of M-Torque tools. The clever design uses a calibrated torque ‘button’ that snaps under your thumb when you’ve reached 5nm. After introducing the concept with their M-Torque 4, Birzman is expanding the torque capabilities with the new M-Torque 4 as well as the Ranger mini tool box.

More than torque, Birzman was also making some noise at Sea Otter with more tools, a new pump, and spoke tools that should hit the spot…

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In order to help you maintain proper torque while out on the bike, Birzman is expanding their line of M-Torque tools. The clever design uses a calibrated torque ‘button’ that snaps under your thumb when you’ve reached 5nm. After introducing the concept with their M-Torque 4, Birzman is expanding the torque capabilities with the new […]

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Just In: The ultra-adjustable BOS Deville TRC Enduro fork & Kirk 2 rear shock

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BOS suspension, based in France was established in 1999 and has a similar, albeit much shorter history to that of Öhlins as far as being a manufacturer of high-end suspension in motor-sports… except that BOS actually started out in bicycle suspension. Founder Olivier Bossard started BOS for the purpose of improving a stock mass-produced fork’s damping and in turn assisted many in becoming world champions in downhill and XC. His talents in suspension damping then led him to motor-sports and away from bikes with many wins including a World Rally Championship.

Getting back into the un-motorized sports (insert e-bike jab here), BOS went all out as they felt their dampers needed a deserving chassis. They sent us the revised Deville TRC, (we got one of the only ones in the wild… it’s #009 off of the assembly line), that has some interesting tech without any of the excess “modes” found on most others. We also got our hands on their highly acclaimed KIRK 2 three-way shock that has the same abundance of tune-ability…

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BOS suspension, based in France was established in 1999 and has a similar, albeit much shorter history to that of Öhlins as far as being a manufacturer of high-end suspension in motor-sports… except that BOS actually started out in bicycle suspension. Founder Olivier Bossard started BOS for the purpose of improving a stock mass-produced fork’s damping and in […]

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