What’s better than a dropper post? A dropper post with no cables or wires. We’ve heard of wireless options in the works from Thomson and TranzX and now it looks like KS can be added to the mix, at least with a proof of concept. Hidden in plain sight in the KS booth next to the waterfall, there was a working prototype which basically was just to show the remote working the post. Apparently, modifying the LEV post to work with the system was fairly easy since the post is actuated through a valve in the oil circuit. By replacing the mechanical switch with a piezoelectric valve, the seatpost can be controlled electronically.
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Growler transportation seems to be in high demand. First it was the Growler cage, and now Fyxation is joining the party (literally) with a their Growler Caddy. As one of the newest offerings in their tannery collection, Fyxation is offering a number of 100% made in Wisconsin leather goods to carry your goods.
Outfit your ride with some leather after the break.
The continued drop in costs associated with GPS technology has led to a host of bicycle related, tracking devices. Track your positioning on a map; navigate turn by turn via light signals; hide a tracking system in your steer-tube; track your training performance against friends and rivals — the list is nearly endless. New kid on the block, ShySpy has now thrown its hat into the ring by offering their own take on an anti-theft device. Spy what makes them unique, next…
In 2012, consumer electronics giant Pioneer debuted their Cyclocomputer power meter system. It was a high tech watt measuring device that produced some interesting data points, but the design was a bit cumbersome and the initial installation procedure wasn’t ideal. Full details on are in our interview from last spring.
Now, they’ve completely revamped the design, making it not only much, much easier to install, but also more streamlined, lighter and just better all around.
The distinct 360º torque measurement for left and right legs remains, as do all the other important tech features, but the parts themselves slim down. Two strain gauges, one for each crank arm, are slimmer and now fit both Ultegra and Dura-Ace (latest 9000 and 6800 models only). The transmitter now secures to the spider with bolts rather than zip ties (thank goodness!), and there’s no longer a proprietary bottom bracket and ring to measure cadence and such. Instead, you simply use a magnetic patch on the frame. Altogether, it not only adds compatibility with a lower priced crankset, it fits more frames, too.
3D printing has been a hot topic lately, and no one knows that better than RaceWare Direct. After all, most of the products they sell come off a printer in either 3D printed nylon or titanium. After RaceWare entered into the world of Garmin mounts, Tyler had a chance to review one hot off the press. Now, in addition to titanium chain catchers, number holders, and stems RaceWare is also printing out GoPro mounts like the red, white, and blue number above. The GoPro mounts and matching Garmin mounts will be sold in a number of color combinations as well as made to order options through their new custom program that will be rolling out shortly.
See the effect that 3D printing may have on future products next.
The new Shimano CM-1000 Sports Camera puts the component brand squarely into the action sports consumer electronics market in a big way. Or, rather, a quite small way that’s big on features.
The device packs plenty of tech into it’s shell, with all the usual HD specs and a WiFi sync with smartphones to preview the shots and playback your action. It also has auto leveling video capture, keeping the shot horizontal regardless of the camera’s orientation*. But the real standout feature is that it’s waterproof down to 10 meters without any external case!
Plan on staying dry? It’ll also sync your bike’s ANT/ANT+ sensor data with the video, letting your overlay performance metrics for review. That includes data from their new D-Fly wireless transmitter for Di2, letting you see gear selection.
UPDATED: More pics and info throughout the post.
Pan and zoom past the break to see why Shimano’s giving GoPro a run for its money…
Yurbuds ear bud shapes have won us over for some sorts of riding, and now you can get that same comfort in a wireless Bluetooth iteration.
The new Inspire (shown, left) and Focus models use a large 15mm driver and use their Twist Lock silicone ear plugs. They do all the expected things like one-button pairing, volume and phone/pause/play buttons and stereo playback. And they are guaranteed to “never hurt and never fall out”, which we’re hoping to put to the test for ourselves.
One standout feature is the woven fabric cover on the cord connecting each side. The grabby, rubbery strap on the Jaybird Bluebuds X was one of the few gripes we had with that one, as it can pull on your jersey or gloves and dislodge them from your ears too easily. The fabric cord also keeps them from getting tangled up.
The Inspire use in-ear mounting only, likely making them better for use with helmets and sunglasses. The larger Focus model (shown below) uses an over-the-ear mount. Both allow for ambient noise to pass through, making street and car sounds audible during use. Or nature, if you’re into that. They’re resistant to sweat and a light drizzle, have about an 8-hour battery (estimated, they simply say it’s good for a week’s worth of normal workouts) and get a lifetime warranty against defects. Retail is $169 each.
Just last week we found Empire Cycles’ 3D printed titanium mountain bike frame, and we’ve seen plenty of 3D printed parts and prototypes over the years from plastic and metal. Now, carbon fiber is on the menu.
The MarkForged Mark One was created to rapidly produce prototypes that could be tested in high stress, real world conditions. Think race cars, and making prototypes that can be taken to the track.
By printing with continuous carbon strands laid into thermoplastics, the result claims to be 20x stiffer and 5x stronger than nylon parts with a higher strength-to-weight ratio than CNC’d 6061-T6 aluminum. We’re thinking that could mean trail-ready rocker arms and suspension bits that could withstand a few runs to see how linkage changes affect performance in real life.
The machine uses two print heads, so it can also print Fiberglass, Nylon and PLA (thermoplastic). From the looks of it, it needs to embed the carbon into another material (check founder Mark’s speech at SolidWorks World 2014, jump to 35 minutes in, video after break), which would mean it’s not quite ready to pump out production parts, but the prototyping possibilities alone justify the $4,999 price.
When the Lemond Revolution trainer was first introduced, there was a lot of talk about the benefits of no longer needing a rear wheel for your bike when it was on the trainer. There was one big negative though, without the rear wheel that meant rear wheel mounted computers or Powertap hubs couldn’t be used. For cyclists that are using wattage based training that was a deal breaker. Yes, for a while Lemond did offer the Power Pilot computer system, but it didn’t really seem to catch on with its $439 price tag. Enter the Lemond WattBox. Not only is the WattBox almost half the price of the Power Pilot at $249, but the WattBox calculates the power in trainer mounted box, instead of the head unit like the Power Pilot. That allows you to use your favorite ANT+ compatible head unit or ANT+ certified smartphone apps.
Crank up the power next.