In a nutshell, production on the new units has started as promised in the second half of April, and we should have technical details on the changes and what’s new in two or three weeks. Warranty customers will get the first units, followed by shop and OEM orders.
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In addition to all of the products you know and love, there was another side of the Taipei show to catch your attention. This jersey is a pretty good example. Most likely a tongue-in-cheek jab (we hope!) at the state of professional cycling, at the least, it was certainly eye catching. Sometimes you would find genuinely innovative products, other times you would leave shaking your head. This is a collection of some of the best, the most humorous, and just plain weird. Enjoy.
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…
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…
Big news out of the eyewear industry recently – Google and Luxottica have announced a partnership to develop smart eyewear together in the immediate future. What does that mean for the cycling industry? Well, for starters as the parent company of major eyewear brands like Ray-Ban, and Oakley, there are quite a few brands that stand to gain the Google Glass upgrade if you’re into that sort of thing. In fact, Ray-Ban and Oakley were specifically mentioned in the press release as being part of the partnership with Google. When it comes to Oakley, the leap to Glass is easy to see based on the company’s history of integrating electronics with performance eyewear (anyone still have a pair of Thumps?). Given their ability to blend functional electronics into a sunglass frame, we’re excited to see what Oakley can do with the form factor of Google Glass.
The real question is how this new partnership will spur competition from Glass’s main competition, especially in the cycling world – the Recon Jet. Are we on the verge of eliminating the cycling computer from the bike completely in favor of HUDs? Time will tell. While it may be some time still before we’re seeing cycling specific versions of Glass equipped Oakleys, with apps like Strava being designed for Glass it will probably happen sooner than we know it.
- Halo Belt 2.0, seen above, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter and is still taking orders for it’s USB charged glowing belts in an effort to reach $100,000 so they can redesign the belt to be 100% waterproof. They even have a Halo Belt Mini for your dog’s collar.
- Stolen Bikes.UK is celebrating their 2nd year in operation and the recovery of 140 stolen bikes by offering you a chance to win £500 to spend in a local (UK) bike shop or one of two Hiplok D’s. Enter to win on their FB page.
- John Moss, the founder of Stolen Bikes.UK, was inspired to create the site two years ago when his own bike was stolen. Now, he is trying to close the bike theft circle with an additional website called Check That Bike! - for buyers of used bikes to make sure the bike they are going to buy is not stolen.
- BuddyBike is pleased to announce that 10 of their bikes will be given away in the Great Bike Giveaway through the Friendship Circle. See the stats on all of the adaptive bikes in the giveaway and consider donating so more special needs children can enjoy the freedom of riding a bike!
- Bicycle Retailer reports that Bob Stapleton, former owner of the Highroad cycling team, has bought Mad Fiber wheel’s intellectual property assets.
- The 24 Hours of Booty is returning for its third year in Philadelphia, kicking off on Friday, June 27th. Check the website for more 24 Hours of Booty locations.
- BMC has recalled it’s Stromer Electric Bicycles due to possible fork failure. See their website for more details. (Kudos to them for having fork recall information on the front page!)
- Tomorrow is World Water Day and in celebration PureFix Cycles is giving away $100 to charity: water for every Uniform or Yankee bike sold.
- The 2014 USA Pro Challenge is looking for you to design their official commemorative poster. Enter your submission via their FB page through May 2nd.
- Bell Helmets has announced the 12 finalists for they IMBA-Bell Built grants. Voting is open to the public April 7th – May 18th on their FB page.
- Looking for a smaller grant, from $400-$1000, to finish a project on your local trails or pump track? IMBA has just opened its Small Grant Program for applications. Deadline is May 30th.
- Domahidy Designs‘ Kickstarter Campaign has just five days to go, so he’s upped the ante to help close it successfully. What’s new? How ’bout a 650B bike as an option and a full lifetime warranty on all frames. He’s also added Small and XS sizes for the 650B frames, helping fit more folks.
While the shakeup at Serotta has meant an end of sorts in the world of US produced titanium, in the case of No. 22 cycles it also means it’s just the beginning. Initially former Serotta employees broke away and formed Saratoga Frameworks, and will now be producing gorgeous titanium bikes under the roof of Canadian based No. 22 Cycles.
Originally having their bikes manufactured by Lynskey Cycles, No. 22 has just announced their manufacturing plans with a core group of former Saratoga Frameworks employees. Now all of the No. 22 bicycles will be built in upstate New York, as well as a number of “high end frames” produced under contract for other companies.
More details after the break.
With the proliferation of 3D printed and plastic mounts expanding, K-Edge wants to give you a little incentive to “upgrade to the best”. So, effective immediately, retail pricing for the majority of their pro mounts has dropped by about 20%.
“Our products are twice as good, but were also twice the price,” said Tim Kelley, K-EDGE Director of Sales. “Our new pricing greatly decreases this gap and makes the decision to upgrade from a lesser or plastic offering much easier for the consumer.”
Kelley told us their production efficiencies have improved, letting them offer the chain catchers, cycling computer mount and GoPro and other camera mounts at a lower price. Curious how they’re made? Check our factory tour here. Unfortunately, that same price cut doesn’t include their Ki2 conversion kits, and the ‘cross chain catchers will remain the same because they’re a very difficult piece to make.
To celebrate at retail, they’re offering shops a new POP display at no cost, available through their distributors. Pic below…
Sram Road Hydraulic Recall Update: Previous Model Failure Explained, New Model Improvements Announced
Over the past few months SRAM President Stan Day has personally delivered updates regarding the recall and re-release of the new road hydraulic brakes. In this latest installment, Stan has explained what caused the original brakes to fail, and what improvements have been made to the new model which is set to launch in late April. READ MORE ->