Posts in the category Taipei Show

Kask adds “Asian Fit” Mojito XL road bike helmets for larger heads


After testing different fits for months throughout several Asian countries, Kask has developed a larger size option for its popular Mojito road bike helmet.

Called the Mojito XL, it bumps the max head size it’ll fit to 64cm, up from 62cm for the size large. It’s also the shape that gets tweaked, too, and they say it serves a need in the Asian market. Of course, anyone that has an oversized noggin can appreciate another option, particularly a top level lid.

The standard Mojito features will carry over, including hypoallergenic eco-leather chinstrap, full in-molded polycarbonate shell that wraps around the bottom of the helmet, anti-bacterial/microbial Sanitized pads, and vertically adjustable cranium cradle with gel padding.

More pics below…


TPE15: Closeup on new goods from WTB, Powertap, Novatec and Samox

WTB Ci24 carbon fiber mountain bike rims

Two of the brands shown here, WTB and PowerTap, announced their new products just before the Taipei Cycle Show, so we used our time with them to take a few detailed shots and ask more technical questions (of WTB anyway).

WTB’s products were announced just days prior to the show, but all have availability dates this summer. The rims have an interesting production story. They say they’re still playing around with different materials in different places and different manufacturing partners based on where the rims are going to be sold.

The 27.5 rim shown here has a more UD finish (left) on the inside and it’s made in Taiwan. The 29er has the woven top layer and is being made in China. Apples to apples, it’s coming out lighter, hence the eerily close claimed weights for different size rims. They’re still in testing, but Chris Feucht, product development manager, says all aftermarket rims will likely ship from the China factory and that the 27.5″ is likely to see a weight reduction by the time they’re available. The Taiwanese made rims will likely be reserved for OEM customers. So, build your own wheels and they’ll probably be lighter.

The reason for the difference is basically just dealing with the different capabilities and methods used by different manufacturers.


TPE15: Sunrace adds wide range 10 / 11 speed mountain bike cassettes, derailleurs


Much like Microshift did, Sunrace is going big with new 10- and 11-speed wide range mountain bike groups.

The parts group will contain shifters, front and rear derailleurs and new 11-40 and 11-42 cassettes, providing yet another alternative to SRAM and Shimano for those wanting to put together a purpose-built drivetrain rather than hacking the one they have (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Shift past the break for the details…


TPE15: New bikes, designs and chains from Blue, Bion-X and KMC


KMC illustrated the durability of their new chains by showing Julie Bresset’s London Olympics XC race bike covered in mud. Fortunately the new chains were very clean, letting us get a detailed look at the new DLC hard, slick coatings and EPT environmentally safe coatings that promise enhanced rust protection and smoothness without harmful chemicals or treatments.

Nearby, Blue Competition Cycles had some small updates and a foreign market fat bike, and Bion-X was showing the next evolution of e-bike integration…


TPE15: Pro-Lite lightens up w/ new Antero Carbon XC/Cyclocross wheels, road disc coming


The new Pro-Lite Antero Carbon mountain bike wheels will come in 27.5 and 29, with the latter working just fine for cyclocross, too.

They use their oversized pawl mechanism to get 84 points of engagement using six 2-step pawls. That’s clicking along next to an oversize Japanese EZO bearing to handle the higher loads caused by modern oversize cogs. The carbon rim has a width of 26mm ext/21mm int and measures 23mm tall. Check the internals and rim profiles, plus more new stuff, below…


TPE15: Sixpack Racing shows glow-in-the-dark grips, headset cap GoPro mount, budget flat pedals & more!


Sitting atop the upcoming Milenium stem is Sixpack Racing’s new GoPro headset cap mount. A large hole in the center accesses the top cap bolt to pull the steering assembly snug, and the slotted camera mounts protrude. Assuming you get it on straight to begin with, it should be one of the safer, more solid mounts on the market since it’s not relying on friction between parts.

Drop in for more on that stem and other new parts… READ MORE ->

TPE15: Vee Tire Co grows Apache road tire to 28mm, blows up w/ monstrous 5.05″ fat biker


The all-conditions Vee Tire Co. Apache road bike tire will soon be available in a wider 28mm size, joining the original 23 and 25 introduced at Eurobike last year. It’ll be available with and without their Synthesis sidewall, a premium offering that blends better rubber compounds to both improve durability and feel and drop a few grams.

But that mere 3mm growth pales in comparison to the gargantuan jump from a 4.8 to 5.05 for their Snowshoe 2XL fat bike tire. It simply has to be seen to believed…


TPE15: Spank adds vibration damping foam to Spike handlebars


Following in the footsteps of the wider Spike DH/Freeride bar, the 760mm Oozy handlebar will be getting a Vibro-Core option that fills the body with their vibration damping foam.

Designed to kill the buzz that can lead to hand, arm and mental fatigue over longer and repeated runs, the Vibro-Core filling reduces the size, frequency and duration of vibrations. That means they’re drastically reduced by the time they reach your hands, and it’s all done with a low density foam that adds very little weight.

Closeup cutaways and more below…


TPE15: Closeup look at Miranda Infinium cranks & titanium 1x chainrings, more

Miranda Infinium alloy crankset with titanium spindle and 1x single chainrings

Miranda’s been in business for 73 years, with much of that spent making motorcycle parts. In 1998, they brought in the equipment to machine and forge aluminum, and now much of their business is in OEM cranksets, all manufactured in their Portuguese factory. This summer, they’re adding new machinery to boost their already impressive capabilities.

Now, they are branching out into aftermarket products, the latest of which is their Infinium crankset announced this past December. The arms are cold forged using their own technique, and are accessorized with titanium bolts, spindle and chainring…