As one of our favorite casual-looking-but-actually-technical riding apparel companies, Club Ride was on hand with a few new styles for the upcoming Fall Season. Adding to their current jeans, the Rale and Ray, Club Ride is adding a more relaxed fit, roomier model called the Woody Jean. Made from 8oz denim with 2% Lycra for stretch in two colors, the Woody still features reflective accents and specially place pockets for use while riding. Woody will likely pair well with the new Jack or Jill flannel shirts.
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Trek has a history of producing one-off 4x or slopestyle frames for their athletes and Neko Mulally’s current 4x ride is no different. Made from aluminum, the short travel racer looks to borrow a bit of DNA from other Trek mountain bikes in the form of different tubes welded up to make one completely different bike. Neko’s bike, like a few others in the pits, was also running some prototype Bontrager tires. Originally spotted without a shock and a front wheel, Trek’s own master mechanic Monk was nice enough to put it together so we could take a few shots.
Get a closer look after the break.
As a small outdoor company based in San Francisco’s Mission district, Boreas Gear has already made a name for themselves since their creation in 2010, with the Bolinas backpack winning a 2012 Outdoor Industry Award. Already relatively well established in the backpacking world thanks to their lightweight designs and unique suspensions, Boreas is relatively new to the biking world even though their Lagunitas and Bolinas have been out for just over a year. One of the coolest features of the two bags is their patent-pending Super-Tramp variable suspension design.
Check out how Super-Tramp will keep you from getting sweaty, after the break.
There is certainly no shortage of new ways to listen to music while riding, which must be a sign that it’s something a lot of people like to do. Jamming to your favorite tunes while riding is great, but it always brings up two major issues: not being able to hear what’s going on around you, and the potential to irritate everyone within earshot. O-tus has the answer to both, with their Safe Sounds near-ear speakers. Designed to simply velcro onto your helmet above your ears (or inside your helmet for full face DH lids), the tiny speakers promise big sound without drowning out the background.
If you’re unfamiliar with Adaptrac, just imagine riding your bike and being able to instantly change your tire pressure, as you ride, without ever getting out a pump. Crazy, right? Just over a year ago, Adaptrac launched their on board tire pressure management system at Sea Otter. This year, to show off Adaptrac’s possibilities for the fatbike world, Brandt Weibezahn who is the man behind both Adaptrac and Devise Cycles, decided to build a wild full suspension fatbike complete with a linear suspension design, built in c02 expansion chamber, and a custom Maverick fork.
We get a closer look at the Zeppelin after the break.
Whether it is their new shoes, lights, or now pumps, Serfas continues to expand their product line with premium products. In order to offer a pump worthy of being top of the line, the new FMP-969 and 900 pumps are crafted from CNC steel and aluminum parts designed to keep that mount of plastic to a minimum.
After a pair of prototype brakes were spotted on a Feenstra Felt p/b Kenda team bike, FSA surprised everyone by announcing that they were going to enter into the world of hydraulic disc brakes for mountain bikes. What was their motivation to enter into a completely new category? Well, according to FSA Engineering Manager Herb Tai, disc brakes are still within the control system and are simply a natural progression to their component line. Herb also mentioned that they have been working with a few suppliers that aren’t necessarily in the bicycle industry, like the auto industry, that have highly developed process controls that will result in the highest quality final product.
According to FSA, the brakes on display were generation 3, version 5 with production versions coming soon but likely version 7 or 8 which will probably be for model year 2015. Check out the all-new K-Force and Afterburner brakes after the break!
Manitou’s Marvel and Minute suspension forks are completely revamped, and they’re available in all three wheel sizes.
They get new castings, with FEA-optimized reverse arch designed for stiffness and lightweight. Both forks use the same lowers and have 32mm stanchions, and they share the same hollow forged crown and steerer.
Marvel is pure XC race and only offered in 80/100/120mm travel options and gets the ISO Air system, which is a small rubber isolator between the piston and shaft that helps ease into travel. This gives it firm-ish small bump compliance, in line with XC expectations. You can change travel between the 100 and 120 travel options with internal adjustments.
We recently found out Cratoni was coming back to North America and were excited about their lightweight lineup.
Now, we’re even more excited after seeing the helmets at Sea Otter…particularly the prototype C-Breeze road bike helmet shown above. This one came in at a claimed 197g and is a CE approved model. Beyond the weight, we’re digging the massive vents and round, smooth profile. Notice there’s no fins or wings protruding off the back? That arguably makes it safer overall, and possibly a bit more aero (though that’s not a claim they’re making).
While that one is a short ways off, the rest of the line should be hitting our shores very soon. And they’re shown and weighed after the break…