The new range of wearable storage solutions from Raceface is intended to provide riders an alternative to wearing a hydration pack. On the lighter end of the spectrum, the Rip Strip provides just enough room for the essentials. It’s intended to be worn against the skin underneath a jersey, so non riders won’t confuse it with a fanny pack. Retail is $39.99. READ MORE ->
Wrist mounted heart rate monitors are nothing new for Mio, but the company is more cycling specific features into a new device to better target the two wheeled set. Called the Velo, the wrist strap uses the same continuous technology that monitors your heart rate using LED lights and an electro-optical cell that can sense the volume of blood under the skin (similar to other products like the Lifebeam helmet). That means you get your heart rate without the need for a strap across your chest.
What sets the Velo apart from their other HRMs is the new bridging capability which can read your ANT+ and BLE speed and cadence sensors. From there the Velo can connect to your phone, providing all of the necessary metrics in one place. Set for retail at $129, the Velo does not have a built in display and will be available in November.
Looking for a fitness tracker that will also keep track of your heart rate? Check out the new fuse next…
Electric bicycles on mountain bike trails may be causing a stir, but the pedal assist market for commuting is booming. This may be more so the case in Europe where Eurobike was overrun by electric assisted bicycles, but the U.S. probably isn’t very far behind - especially with new bikes like the Faraday Porteur making it to production. Originally part of a Kickstarter campaign, the Porteur is making its way into reality with a few changes. Compared to the original bike shown on Kickstarter the overall design hasn’t really changed, which is good – it’s one of best e-bikes we’ve ridden.
Find out why, next…
The President and VP of Microshift were on hand from Taiwan at Eurobike to show a few new key pieces of tech they have recently developed. The 15 year old company isn’t really know to truly challenge the Big 3 component manufactures (Shimano, Campagnolo, and SRAM), but they do offer a good quality line of products at what are usually much more down to earth pricing. Although the bulk of road (and some mountain) drivetrains have moved on to 11 speed at the high-end, Microshift just introduced a new set of 10 speed levers at the show. The new shifters, which will be available in their top, carbon Arsis group, as well their third-tier Centos group, finally make the jump to cable routing beneath your bar tape.
The shape and function of the levers looks to borrow a bit from each of the Big 3, with a lever shape reminiscent of the previous generation of Campy, hoods that look a bit SRAM-ish and shifting that feels like a combo of Shimano and Campy. Take a look at the pics above, and if you like the looks of what they mash up, maybe they would make good replacements when you look to upgrade a lower-level group set.
Jump past the break for a look at their carbon road derailleurs and MTB thumbies…
Culprit’s Interbike collection had several of the same adult frames, just with higher end builds moving things to the upper level of componentry. They’ll also start seeing some updated frame features soon, and we’ve got a sneak peek at those at the bottom.
The big news comes on the youth front. Originally, they offered two different kid’s frames, each in two sizes and all using 7005 alloy. The S1/S2 were the base level frames with external routing and fewer features. The Junior 1 and 2 upgraded to a carbon fork with chromoly steerer and an aero seat tube. For 2015, the models will all share the same frame, differentiated only by spec. By using a new frame manufacturer, they were able to reshape the tubes and drop weight. It keeps the rear brake’s internal routing, but loses the aero seat tube in favor of a round one. All told, the frames are about 120g lighter than before!
The real head turner, though, is the addition of an Ultegra Di2 build for under $2,300…
Even though Shimano is calling their new TORBAL line enduro specific, the shoe’s designer is emphatic – it’s a mountain biking shoe. That is to say that the shoe is designed for the way many of us ride on a regular basis, not just when racing Enduro. Key to the new range is what Shimano is calling their TORBAL technology, or Torsional balance. Rather than design the shoe for walking as seems to be popular with many trail and AM shoes, the TORBAL line is designed to allow torsional flex yet staying stiff to the pedals.
TORBAL combined with varying levels of impact protection is what gets you to the point of an Enduro shoe. After 25 years of making mountain bike shoes, the SH-M200 name makes a return along with a bunch of interesting tech. The result is a shoe we can’t wait to get on the trail (or already did).
Check out the new TORBAL line in detail, plus what makes the Unzen 4 Enduro race pack unique, next….
- The Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes want to expand Marin’s bike trail network and increase access to singletrack trails. Support their efforts by buying a raffle ticket, and you could win a 2015 Marin Mt. Vision. 100% of the money raised goes towards trail building efforts.
- Culprit Bicycles will be at the Tri Rock SD expo this weekend in San Diego, they will be offering their demo fleet at a 25% discount. If you can’t make the expo, more info here on how to buy.
- The Little Big ride style event is coming up on September 27-28 in Truckee, CA. Ride clinics are on Saturday, with competitions held on Sunday – this is a great event for women and girls aged 11-0n to learn bike handling skills and then practice them in competition. Event poster with more information after the break.
- The 2014 Recumbent Cycle-ConN is October 10-12 in the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, Illinois, where RANS will be unveiling their prototype fat tire Crank Forward bicycle.
- The Cycling House has added winter training camps in Solvang, CA, in addition to camps in Tucson, AZ. Six day clamps include 45-80 miles of guided riding per day, chef-prepared meals, and accommodation.
- CST is now accepting applications from riders, drivers, teams and event coordinators at both the grassroots and professional level for their first sponsorship program. Applications may be submitted from September 1 through October 31, online only.
DZR is the king of street cool. Their new Mechanic shoe is no exception. Released last year as a limited release, this year the shoes have joined the official product line. They feature a natural gum rubber sole, a double stitched abrasion resistant nylon upper, and a perforated synthetic leather toe box. They’re also clipless compatible and will retail for $100.
Photo submitted by Alexandre Dias, “This view of Luminosa Climb is part of Caminho da Fé through the mountains of Minas Gerais and São Paulo states in Brazil. From Agua das Pratas to Aparecida do Norte is 320km, 5 days, hard climbs, waterfalls, forest of Araucaria Pine, small cities, good food and amazing views!”
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