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IB13: Camelbak Updates Colors, New Lightweight XV Packs, Improves Jet Valve & (Finally) Offers a Coffee Mug!

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The 2014 Camelbak hydration packs get lots of bright colors to match the vibrant clothing collections from most mountain bike gear brands.

They’ve also added new lighter Mule XV and Lobo XV packs that slim down the features slightly to drop weight. XV stands for Cross Ventilation and refers to the new lightweight padding system on the back.

We also got our first look at the excellent new Jet Valve on the revised Podium bottles spotted at PressCamp this summer, and they finally made an insulated mug specifically for hot beverages…

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EB13: Prototype Kali Hasta Gloves Spotted, Final Colors for Loka Road Bike Helmets Revealed

Kali Hasta mountain bike gloves

Kali’s done body armor and helmets, but the new Kali Hasta mountain bike glove is their first non-protective soft good. Well, non-armored or shelled anyway, there is a bit of top-of-hand padding in place. Other features are a microfiber palm, silicone grips and flex sections built into the knuckles. And like all their goods, they’re extremely competitive in price at just $25. Look for them to get official soon.

In the meantime, check out another pic and the final retail editions of their impressive Loka road helmet below…

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First Impressions: SRAM X01 Mountain Bike Group

SRAM X01 ride review and photo details

Hot on the heels of my long term review of the XX1 group came plenty of opportunities to ride it’s new sibling, X01 and the OEM-only X1 drivetrain, which was just announced this week.

The short of it is this: First, it’s every bit as good as XX1. Second, you’re going to see it spec’d on a LOT of 2014 bikes.

DealerCamp afforded the chance to ride it on all manner of bikes, and we even hopped on Dave Turner’s personal bike with an early shipment of X01 at PressCamp. Most of the stock bikes were using the alloy X1 cranksets and all-alloy derailleur, all coupled with the all-black cassette. And all of them used the trigger shifters. Performance wise, there’s no discernable difference between X01 and XX1.

More thoughts and detail shots below…

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O-Synce First to Compute Rotor’s Four-Channel Power Meter Crankset

Rotor Power crankset with O-Synce cycling computer

We showed you an in depth breakdown of Rotor’s power meter crankset tech at PressCamp, featuring a massive data output with four distinct channels of info.

Now, they’ve got the first cycling computer that can handle it all and show you all four channels. The O_Synce (pronounced “Oh Since”) navi2coach will show Power, Power Balance (left to right), Torque Effectiveness and Pedaling Smoothness. Hit the link above for a detailed explanation of TE and PS.

Rotor distributes O_Synce in Spain, hence the tie in at their DealerCamp booth.

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Getting To Know Capo: High Tech With Old-World Craftsmanship

Capo Fall 2013 Catalog cover

6/30 Update:  Capo staff size corrected.

With a breadth and maturity far exceeding the brand’s eight years, San Francisco-based Capo clothing are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with at the mid- to high-end of the cycling apparel market.  Founded by a pair tech industry veterans, Capo was born out of the frustration with trying to tailor Italian cycling brands’ apparel to the US market.  Feeling that there was a need for European-inspired pieces with a strong focus on technology and features, Gary Vasconi and Robert Carbone launched the brand with a number casual pieces in 2005, followed by a full range for 2006.  And those Italian tricolores  on so many Capo pieces?  Better than 90% of the range–including custom pieces–is made by small family factories in Italy.

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Boardman Bikes Ride Stateside with Lightweight, Well Priced Road & Triathlon Bicycles

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Boardman Bikes is bringing their road and triathlon bicycles to the US this year, and we got a quick look (and very quick ride) at PressCamp.

First, a bit of background: Chris Boardman raced the famous Lotus bike at the Olympics, which helped bring carbon fiber bikes to everyone’s attention. He still holds three of the four fastest TdF prologue TT records and a three-time hour record holder. In addition to working on being wicked fast physically, he also focused on what the equipment could do for him…and make sure the product didn’t detract from all the hard work he put into his training and racing. If you looked at his bikes over the years, they may have had sponsors’ stickers on them, but they were custom frames commissioned by Boardman.

Following retirement, he started working with Alan Ingarfield in 2005 to launch Boardman Bikes with the goal of giving the consumer the absolute best bicycle for the money. Their first bike came out in 2007, and since then they’ve been one of the fastest growing brands in the UK. Winning performances from Alistair Brownlee (Gold, Olympic Triathlon), Johnny Brownlee (1st ITU World Championships, Bronze in Olympics) and Pete Jacobs (1st Kona Ironman World Championships) and Boardman’s own name brand awareness hasn’t hurt things, but those will only take a brand so far. The bikes need to perform, and here’s how they do that…

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Just In: Turner Burner 650b Frame

Turner Burner 650b 27.5 DW Link Frame (1)

The Turners Burner is more than just the latest in a sea of 650b. As the first production bike for Dave Turner, the Burner name has roots as deep as modern full suspension rigs. Over time, the Burner evolved along with Turner itselft to the DW-Link equipped, 650b sized trail blazer shown here. Still aluminum, still made in the USA, the current Burner is made my Zen Fabrications in Portland, OR to the same exacting specifications of all Turners before it. After a few prototypes, specifications on the Burner are finalized, and the production bike is here.

See why Turner is in the details after the break.

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Reynolds Cycling Headquarters Tour

Reynolds Cycling world headquarters tour

Just prior to PressCamp, Reynolds invited us to tour their US headquarters, where all of their wheels are designed and developed. It’s also where a fair number of complete wheels are hand built and tested, prototypes and production pieces are tortured and all of their top-end RZR wheels are made.

Reynolds Cycling is owned by McLean Fogg, a large manufacturing company that makes automotive parts and industrial power line equipment. They also used to make carbon tubes and materials for frames (including the OCLV frame tubes and Rolf carbon wheels used by the Postal team), windsurfing booms, Halliburton luggage and their own bicycle cockpit parts.

Unfortunately, the non-automotive parts lost money. Between 2005 and 2007, new folks came in with the goal of “fix it, sell it or close it”, including current CFO Mike Dufner. What they figured out was they could have a competitive advantage in wheels. By 2008, bicycle wheels were the sole focus, all using Paul Lew’s designs, patents and processes.

All design and development is done in-house in Sandy, UT, just outside SLC. They have a duplicate development and testing facility in Hangzhou, China, near their own manufacturing plant. They also produce rims for other brands, but generally reserve their best tech for Reynolds products.

They control the process from start to finish. They buy the carbon from a US source, then ship it to China. This ensures better quality control and eliminates middle men in the supply chain that could insert inferior grade products. They develop their own resins, and as of about a year and a half ago, they make their own molds here, too.

Roll on for a full tour…

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2014 GT Force, Sensor 650B Mountain Bikes – Video, Pics, Specs & More!

2014 GT Force 650b mountain bike

By now, it’s no secret GT’s been working on several 650B bikes and a revamp of their Independent Drive suspension platform.

What may be surprising (at least for the US market) is just how good the new bikes are. Granted, we only rode the upper end carbon frames, but more than one journo around PressCamp was humming some praises. We also heard murmur that the new Force (above) and Sensor bikes unveiled are not the same bike that Señor Atherton’s been humping around the Enduro courses, meaning there’s likely more to come.

Let’s start with their new schema and platform:  GT Global Marketing Manager Chris Hopwood says they started off with a new design philosophy and take into account how each bike will be used. They’re calling it COR, Centered On Rider, and each bike starts off by looking at a certain type of rider and the travel, geometry, features and spec most suited to them. They also looked at what sort of terrain those folks are most likely to ride, which can vary drastically from coast to coast or region to region.

They came up with five unique categories: XC, Trail, AM, Enduro and Gravity. Gravity’s been unveiled in the new Fury. The two bikes you see here are the new 130mm Sensor (Trail) and 150mm Force (AM). See? There’s a convenient hole between AM and Gravity. Anywhoo, check our video interview and much, much more below…

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