Posts in the category Gadgets

GoPro Introduces new Housings for Hero 3+, 3D Dual Hero System coming Soon

New Gopro blackout dive 3d housing gooseneck mount (5)

When GoPro introduced the new Hero 3 and then 3+, GoPro users gained a ton of functionality and improved video and photo quality. But with the old body style, they lost the capability to shoot in 3D. Honestly, probably a bit before its time, GoPro is bringing 3D capability back with the new GoPro Dual HERO system. While the Dual system won’t be available for a while, GoPro also introduced two new housings plus a flexible mount that should appeal to a number of users, especially divers…

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SRAM Kicks Back with 3 Speeds for WBR, and a Hub that can Shuck Corn

SRAM World Bike Relief Power Take off 3 speed kick back hub (3)

Amongst all of the high zoot show bikes of NAHBS, SRAM had something new that was decidedly not as sexy, but still very important. Bolted onto the back end of a World Bicycle Relief Buffalo bike, SRAM was showing prototypes of their new 3 speed kick back hub. Simplicity and durability are important, especially when you’re talking about a bike that will reside in remote villages in Africa without a modern bike shop close by. So to offer more speeds without the need for a shifter or cables, SRAM has upped their sealed kick back hub to 3 speeds. Offering a 186% gear range, shifts are carried out by back pedaling slightly which clicks up to two, then three. As soon as you brake on the coaster brake, the system resets to first gear.

The hubs will make their way onto bicycles for regular consumers as well, but for the Africa bikes, the hub includes a special feature…

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Strava and Specialized Team up for “Strava Shop Pages”

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Hoping to provide another way for customers to interact with their favorite shops, Specialized is partnering with Strava to develop what they call “Strava Shop pages.” Currently only offered to select Specialized retailers in the US, Canada, UK, and Austrailia, Shop Pages contain the shop’s identity plus allow the unique customers of that shop to compete amongst themselves on a personal leaderboard. This allows both the shop and the customers to see how is out riding the most, as well as climbing stats.

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Outrider Outfits All with Horizon All-Terrain Electric Trike, Introduces Operation Turbo Tommy

The ability to ride is something we’ve all probably taken for granted at one time or another. But for those who can’t ride, Outrider is looking to provide the opportunity to feel that freedom from a bike that we all know and love, again. Outrider has created a full suspension, all-terrain, electric trike. Possible of 9 different configurations for people of all different physical abilities, including many quadriplegics and paraplegics. Co-developed with their friend Christopher Wenner who was an avid mountain biker until he broke his neck at 17, Chris started developing an electric bike that he could ride and then reached out to Outrider to pursue it on a bigger scale.

The rest they say, is history. Or it will be after the Kickstarter campaign is finished. They have already met their goal, but they have now introduced a new stretch goal of 250 backer or $115,000 raised, they will commence operation Turbo Tommy. Find out more after the jump…

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Adding Sealant Made Easy, with new InjectaLever Tire Lever Syringe

Injecta Lever

Tubeless is awesome. Finding out your sealant has dried up causing a flat is not awesome. When the sealant dries up you have two options, pull the tire partly off the rim and dump the sealant in, or remove the valve core and squirt it in through there. Curt and Colin Shelman think they have a better way – with a tire lever. Well, a tire lever that has been merged with a syringe to create an easy, no mess sealant solution. The Injectalever works without removing the valve core or tire from the rim, which should keep your valves free and clear. Still in the design phase, the duo has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for the finished product.

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Wolf Tooth Components 40T GC Cassette Adapter Available Now, Plus Matte Red XTR

40 t WTC GC chain ring cassette adapter

It seems one of the most common requests for cassette adapters is to offer them in 40t instead of 42t. You asked, Wolf Tooth (along with other manufactures) delivered. Offered along side of their 42t GC, the new 40T GC is being sold now through pre-orders with the first product shipping out on April 11. Only available in black for the first run, other colors will be offered soon. If you haven’t been keeping track, their 42t GC is now offered in black, red, and blue.

More details, plus some color for XTR, and some big sponsorship news, next!

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Contour Begins its Sequel, Promises New HD Action Sports Camera Soon

contour roam2 hd action sports camera

Last we heard, Contour had found capital to resuscitate it, then months of blank footage. Now, they’re officially back with the Contour Roam2 and Plus2 HD action sports video cameras, warranty support and a broad range of mounts and accessories.

The Contour+2 (Plus2) is their GPS enabled, live streaming, 120fps capturing bad boy with mobile connectivity. It ships with a waterproof case. The Contour Roam2, shown above in its color options, comes waterproof outta the box but skips the GPS and mobile connections and has just 60fps video capture. Both are full 1080p HD with their 270º rotating lens and 170º wide angle eye.

Skip through for more pics and the full PR…

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Taipei Show Randoms Pt. 1 – Cool Stuff from Gates, X-Fusion, Jones, and Much More

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Everywhere you looked in Taipei, there was something cool to see. The Taipei Show is quite a bit different from your average trade show, as it is geared almost exclusively to OEMs and distributors which makes it a cross between showing what’s new, and showing what is possible. In the case of Gates Belt Drive, for them it was a perfect opportunity to showcase what is possible with the Pinion Gear Box. Between the sealed gear box and a Gates belt, it may be the closest thing to a maintenance free drivetrain that we’ve ever seen.

While gates didn’t have a lot of new product, they did have a display showing just how many options you have when it comes to a belt drive. Check out the options plus a whole lot more, next…

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Award Winning Design in Taiwan with the Taipei Cycle D&I awards

Taipei Show D&I Award Winner product (1)

There were quite a few new products with clever designs in Taipei, but a few stood out more than others. Not just to us, but to the judges of the third annual Taipei Cycle d&i awards, co-organized by TAITRA (the Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and TBEA (the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association), and executed independently by iF Design Asia. The design competition included 185 entries from 16 different countries including Germany, Japan, China, USA, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Italy, UK, Austria and Israel, with first time entries from Switzerland, Korea, and Slovakia. With 49 winners selected, products ranged from bikes, to racks, to wheels, and anything in between. This year’s winners had some truly incredible ideas, and a few that may leave you scratching your head…

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