Certainly better known for their titanium frames, Litespeed is continuing to push forward with the carbon side of things as well. The introduction of a TT bike is a little odd given their sister brand Quintana Roo specializes in all things aero, but the Blade is not built for triathlons. Instead, it is a TT bike through and through. The Blade is new enough that it isn’t even in the Litespeed 2016 catalog, but it will be taking names out on the course next year…
A premium tubeless tire sealant? From the technical specs, yes, Velowürks seems to have come up with a great formula. But first, their new floor pumps.
On the top, both literally and figuratively, is the Prime, followed by the Indy and Element. All feature long braided cover hoses, oversized displays, rebuildable bodies, and extra tall shafts so you won’t have to hunch over to pump up your tires. Where they differ is in materials and the finer details. Both the the Indy (left) and Element (right) have a steel shaft with plastic handle, dual valve (Presta and Schrader) head, 160psi/11bar max and their triangular base. The Element gets a pressure bleed button on the valve body to help you fine tune tire pressure, a longer hose (not shown on this pre-production floor model…it’ll be the same as the Prime), 3″ gauge and an industrial grade HNBR rubber plunger.
The Prime goes even further…
Louis Garneau called us to be sure to come by and check out their new soft-goods, but what they didn’t tell us was that they have been working on a new aero road bike (purposely placed off the side of their booth). The Gennix A1 takes a lot of features from the Gennix TR1 triathlon bike and puts them into a more practical package for the road.
Take a look past the break at what Louis Garneau has had up their sleeves……
Velo was, for me, one of the really fun surprises of Interbike this year. They have pushed the level of their upper-end product with their new, lightweight Angel Glide saddle, the pinnacle of their Angel series. Utilizing their “Artech Suspension” system, Velo boasts that this new saddle offers a comfortable ride through the unique structure of the rear saddle undercarriage at a verified weight of 115g.
But while they have pushed upper limits of their development and process capabilities, they have also been cooking up some fun house projects embracing their heritage through their new Chinese New Year and Feng Shui concept saddles to “help balance your destiny and make your life fuller,” according to Sheila Lin. Meet the throne fit for the Monkey King after the jump… Continue reading “IB15: Velo Introduces Lightweight Angel Glide Saddles, Embraces Feng Shui, Thrones The Monkey King”
One of the more influential frame builders out there might also be one of the more unassuming (and humble). Devin Lenz has always had a thing for bikes, but his contributions to the world of full suspension started in 1996 when he built his first fully, with Lenz Sport tooling up the next year. One of the first builders to consider long travel 29er’s a viable option, Lenz’ Leviathan came to life in 2004 which was a while before similar bikes from other builders followed suit.
Lenz Sport continues to crank out new bikes from their Colorado facility, which have started to add plus size abilities. More than just bigger tire clearance, the Lenz Concentrak suspension design lends itself to full suspension single speed, belt drive, and internal gear hub use…
We are fortunate to be living in a golden era of bike packing. Within a matter of minutes, you can velcro-on a clever system of bags and turn about any bike into a smartly loaded tourer. Just about any bike. But sometimes you need to carry something more robust than your packs can handle and you don’t want to commit to a full-blown rack. Or, if you happen to fall onto the smaller end of the sizing scale, slight sags in seat bags coupled with shorter seat tubes/big tires mean you are more prone to having your gear tap or drag on your rear wheel while you’re busy getting epic. You will also experience these problems if you have minimal seat tube extension due to low standover, bike type, or general preference.
Enter Portland Design Works’ new Bindle Rack, a lightweight, hollow-tubed aluminum rack that mounts to your seat post to keep your loads up and away from the rear wheel, opening up all sorts of new opportunities for loading your ride. It fits any seatpost diameter, pivots to your angle of choice, and you can load it over and under. For more on this, robust and stylin’ bottle cages, and rechargeable lights for any kind of adventure, journey past the jump… Continue reading “IB15: PDW Debuts Ultra-Versatile Bindle Rack, Robust Bird Cages, and USB Rechargeable Danger, Demon Lights”
If you’re going to announce new ownership to your company, a strong showing at a trade show prior to the big announcement seems like the way to go. First Moots, and now POC have been sold to new owners just following Interbike. POC is now owned by Investcorp, “a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products.” According to POC’s founder and CEO Stefan Ytterborn, “We are delighted to be partnering with Investcorp in the next stage of our development; with Investcorp, POC has the capability to further accelerate, to grow sales, increase penetration into new markets and drive forward innovation, while not deviating from our ultimate mission of doing the best we can to possibly save lives and reduce consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists”
Take that as you will, but if the products and concepts shown at Eurobike and Interbike are any indication, it seems that POC’s future is in good hands…
Technically, the new Devinci Minus RS snow fat bike was finished this summer, but they didn’t bother telling anyone about it until now because it’s meant to be a winter bike, made to ride through really, really cold weather. It’s also meant to be affordable, because these types of things are typically a second or third bike, not your primary. But they still wanted good spec because they’re going to be riding it themselves. After all, Devinci’s headquarters is pretty far north, so their “snow” season typically runs November through April.
That’s why it’s full rigid, because in the snow you don’t really need suspension. And the brakes are mechanical because it gets -40ºC (also -40ºF, coincidentally) there, and they say mineral oil didn’t work and and DOT fluid hydraulic brakes simply didn’t perform that well in those temps.
Drift past the break to plow into the details…
Timbuk2 had a lot to show at Interbike this year with a focus on lifestyle and commuter friendly bags. From a lady’s backpack with hair and tush friendly features, a full size frame bag with a built in bottle holder and a handlebar bag for holding wine!
Pack up a picnic blanket, grab your favorite
Stout Scotch *sigh* Malbec, and head past the break to see what Timbuk2 is packin….