Bluegrass updates their Wapiti knee and elbow pads with impact-reactive D30

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Every rider likes feeling well protected while you’re out on the trails, but when it comes to safety gear there’s one major hurdle to overcome – comfort. Sure, it’s safest to slap plastic shields all over your knees, elbows, chest and spine, but most riders try to strike a balance between protection and other factors like ventilation, freedom of motion, and overall comfort.

Bluegrass has just released their new Wapiti D30 knee and elbow pads that look like a promising option for those who’d like to shed their hard shells. The company designed this new version of the Wapiti pads with flexible and impact-reactive D30 material to ensure ease of movement yet provide the best protection possible.

The Wapiti D30 pads also feature air mesh back panels, top and bottom straps to keep them snugly in place, and the knees get side zippers for putting them on and off quickly and easily…
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Every rider likes feeling well protected while you’re out on the trails, but when it comes to safety gear there’s one major hurdle to overcome – comfort. Sure, it’s safest to slap plastic shields all over your knees, elbows, chest and spine, but most riders try to strike a balance between protection and other factors […]

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Rapha slips out new Pro Team Shadow warmers

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Without their typical fanfare, Rapha recently added sets of arm, knee, and leg warmers to their web shop using their new Pro Team-level Shadow fabric. As I sit in the midst of a patch of unseasonably cold and wet weather this week in Central Europe, it isn’t much of a stretch to be thinking about wet weather gear. We first saw the cold and wet weather specialist fabric back in January of this year when Rapha introduced a Pro Team Shadow riding kit with a pair of bib shorts and jersey. We got ahold of a set of the new kit and have been riding and racing it in a mix of foul weather conditions since February, but from the start we remarked to Rapha that the Shadow range’s functionality was a bit limited by the lack of arm and leg warmers. And in fact, based on the performance of the fabric in our testing, we thought that warmers might be an even more ideal application of the fabric.

Anyway, ask and you shall receive; now they are available. In Rapha fashion they don’t come cheap. But join us below the fold and we’ll give you a look at the new offerings and why we definitely look forward to adding on a set of leg and arm warmers for riding and racing from next fall through the worst winter will have to throw at us…

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Without their typical fanfare, Rapha recently added sets of arm, knee, and leg warmers to their web shop using their new Pro Team-level Shadow fabric. As I sit in the midst of a patch of unseasonably cold and wet weather this week in Central Europe, it isn’t much of a stretch to be thinking about wet […]

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Review: Rapha’s wet weather Pro Team Shadow kit

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Rapha quietly added some arm, knee, and leg warmers to their shop recently with the same Shadow fabric that we had been testing since last winter, racing cyclocross and generally riding whenever the roads and trails have gotten wet. That got me thinking more about the Pro Team Shadow kit that I’ve even pulled out of the closet a few times since the cold left. And so in a bout of unseasonably cold and wet weather at our EU HQ this week, it felt like time to take a look back to that kit with the idea of looking forward to foul weather riding as well. And maybe even getting out for a wet ride after work today.

So lets have a look at the Pro Team Shadow kit, made from such a fabric that it has gotten me excited about riding in the rain, and more so looking forward to a new pair of leg warmers…

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Rapha quietly added some arm, knee, and leg warmers to their shop recently with the same Shadow fabric that we had been testing since last winter, racing cyclocross and generally riding whenever the roads and trails have gotten wet. That got me thinking more about the Pro Team Shadow kit that I’ve even pulled out of the […]

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Five Ten adds a little more color, stiffness & other updates to mountain bike shoes

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While there are some bigger updates coming to other models in early August, Five Ten showed us some mid-season updates to the Kestrel and Freerider, including these sweet new purple colors for women.

The Kestrel (shown on bottom) came out last year as their all-mountain clipless shoe that was stiff and protective. It has a dual compound outsole, the first time they’ve done that, with a C4 rubber on the front surrounding the cleat so that it was juuuust grippy enough without making it difficult to clip out. Step into the full details below…

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While there are some bigger updates coming to other models in early August, Five Ten showed us some mid-season updates to the Kestrel and Freerider, including these sweet new purple colors for women. The Kestrel (shown on bottom) came out last year as their all-mountain clipless shoe that was stiff and protective. It has a […]

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Connect with new Garmin Edge & Explore 820 to race yourself and keep group rides on track

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Garmin has just announced the 820 as the next new GPS computers to join the top of their completely updated Edge lineup. Available in both the Edge Explore 820 configuration aimed at cyclists looking to head off on more of an adventure of the standard Edge 820 targeted at the competitive cyclist, both 820 are all about connectivity whether it is to live Strava segments, weather & notifications, an array of external sensors (including your electronic drivetrains), or the newest feature GroupTrack that lets you track friends on your group rides in realtime. All the while it does so with a compact touchscreen that slots it nicely in between the 520 & 1000 computers. Take a look at the full details and a video of the GroupTrack functionality after the break…

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Garmin has just announced the 820 as the next new GPS computers to join the top of their completely updated Edge lineup. Available in both the Edge Explore 820 configuration aimed at cyclists looking to head off on more of an adventure of the standard Edge 820 targeted at the competitive cyclist, both 820 are all […]

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Shimano kicks out new Enduro, Trail, XC & Road shoes, plus new footwear for winter & Tri

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Last year Shimano went all out on the 25th anniversary of the first SPD shoes and pedals with a huge expansion of their trail and road shoe offerings. Well it certainly doesn’t look like they are slowing down a year later with even more new kicks on the way building on a lot of the same technologies.

We saw earlier today some of the classy new shoes that Shimano has in the pipeline for the road touring crowd as part of their Explorer Transit collection, but at the same time they are overhauling their mountain bike shoes with new top end version targeted specifically at XC, Trail & Enduro. That’s not to mention a new top end road shoe, and some more affordable options for men and women triathletes and winter training both on and off-road…

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Last year Shimano went all out on the 25th anniversary of the first SPD shoes and pedals with a huge expansion of their trail and road shoe offerings. Well it certainly doesn’t look like they are slowing down a year later with even more new kicks on the way building on a lot of the […]

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Shimano unveils simple, classically-styled Transit urban & touring clothing, shoes & more…

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Shimano is courting urban riders and those out on tour, not looking to stand out in spandex, with a new range of technical performance clothing in their Explorer line, minimally designed for riding on both road and trail. Not too different from what we’ve seen from Giro’s clothing styling in recent years, Shimano’s new Transit city and mountain collections add a line-up of cycling-specific shorts & pants, jerseys, shirts, shoes, gloves, backpacks, and more with a subtle look on the bike….

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Shimano is courting urban riders and those out on tour, not looking to stand out in spandex, with a new range of technical performance clothing in their Explorer line, minimally designed for riding on both road and trail. Not too different from what we’ve seen from Giro’s clothing styling in recent years, Shimano’s new Transit city […]

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First Look: Spada’s Rapido SL 29er wheelset offers carbon weight at an alloy price

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Spada Rapido SLItalians are not the least bit shy when it comes to pouring as much passion as they do performance into their machinery. In this regard, Spada is no different when it comes to these racing hoops. While not an enormous company, they more than make up for their size with experience considering the owner/designer is the 3rd generation of his family in the bicycle business. He also happens to be obsessed with improving every detail of everything Spada makes.

Spada sent us a set of their colorful & crazy light Rapido SL 29er wheels to put through the paces, but the first thing I had to do was take a closer look and get these beauties on the scales! Check out the details and actual weights ahead…

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Italians are not the least bit shy when it comes to pouring as much passion as they do performance into their machinery. In this regard, Spada is no different when it comes to these racing hoops. While not an enormous company, they more than make up for their size with experience considering the owner/designer is the 3rd […]

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Can a US handmade Catahoula saddle offer you riding relief?

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At first it may sound a bit odd to think that a saddle that you can’t try out ahead of time is going to offer a better fit and improved performance, but upstart Missoula, MT company Catahoula Ergonomics thinks that it can solve your saddle woes with their semi-custom saddles. Having developed their saddle shape and manufacturing technique over the last four years, now they are putting their designs out via Kickstarter to offer cyclists unsatisfied with their current perch on the bike a new alternative. Available in a couple of widths and padding styles, the Catahoula saddles promise a highly supportive and comfortable platform for all types of bike riding. Check out the details after the break…

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At first it may sound a bit odd to think that a saddle that you can’t try out ahead of time is going to offer a better fit and improved performance, but upstart Missoula, MT company Catahoula Ergonomics thinks that it can solve your saddle woes with their semi-custom saddles. Having developed their saddle shape and […]

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