S0C14: Beautifully Machined Bike Mountable Cell Phone Cases from RokForm

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While many cyclists will argue that the cellphone has no place on a ride, there are many valid reasons why someone might want their phone in easy view. RokForm offers some beautifully machined mounts and cases for iPhones and various Android devices, which will help keep your precious device safe and within range…

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SOC14: Raleigh’s Cylocross Line Better than Ever w/ New RXC PRO, RXS Singlespeed Belt Drive Complete, More

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Already known for their involvement in cyclocross with a number of competent race rigs, Raleigh is stepping it up for the 2014/15 cyclocross season with new mens’, womens’, and single speed offerings. Based partly on their sponsorship of the Raleigh Clement Cycling team and Raleigh’s own hodala style, the new bikes are better than ever and perfectly equipped for mud and cowbells. Now with 5 aluminum and 2 carbon models, the mens’ bikes are lighter, there is finally a complete single speed option, and women get another, better equipped model.

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Puy de Dôme, France

bikerumor pic of the day Puy de Dôme France

Photo submitted by Laurent Gagnard, “Superb ride after work on my training hardtail around the Puy de Dôme Volcano – in the center of France.”

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SOC14: Kitsbow Unveils New Hot Weather Kit & Wind Jacket

Kitsbow Wind Jacket and Wind Vest ReverseContrary to the theme of a popular television show, summer is in fact coming. So Kitsbow is preparing by offering a a new  hot weather specific kit and two new outer shells.

For those unfamiliar with the product, Kitsbow gear is the BMW 7 series of the mountain bike apparel world. Designed in the US, the clothes are manufactured in Vancouver, and use the best materials available to construct sharp looking, high end gear, that’s capable of taking a beating.

The new Wind Jacket and Wind Vest are very light windproof polyster shells treated with DWR (Durable Water Resistant) finish for added rain protection. Both have a laser cut perforated back panel between the shoulders for ventilation, reflective piping at the shoulder, and will be available in six sizes. READ MORE ->

SOC14: SDG Introduces New Colors & Saddles, Plus Prototype Sensus Saddles

SDG Belair Original & 2 Saddle

At their Sea Otter booth this year SDG was showcasing a revamped version of their popular Bel Air saddle. While the original saddle will still be available, and both will share more the less the same shape, the 2.0 version has a few new features which make it much more of a performance saddle.

Probably the biggest difference between the two models is the one that is not visible to the eye, because underneath the cover SDG has made the change from Mid-density PU foam to the lightest EVA available. This foam not only cuts down on weight, but it’s also slightly stiffer for better power transfer, and should hold it’s shape better in the long run.

Some other big changes were done to make the ride a little more friendly to your “soft tissue.” The new saddle has a Peri-canal which has been widened and extends the full length of the saddle to offer perennial relief. The 2.0 has also been redesigned with more rear-rise, to help rotate the pelvis forward to help place the rider in a better position on the bike.  READ MORE ->

SOC14: Marin Introduces Rift Zone Carbon, Indian Fire Trail Hartdtail, & Updates the Lombard

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The Rift Zone is a model that has been in Marin’s line up for years, but it was time to give it some fresh legs. Sticking with the 29″ wheel platform, the new Rift Zone is what Marin calls their Trail 29er with 110mm rear, and 120mm front travel. Other than the material change to carbon, the Rift Zone XC 9 gains Marin’s new Isotrack rear suspension design which uses a flex stay in place of the rear pivot. The result is a 29 FS just over 25 lbs that will be the enduro race weapon of choice for Kyle Warner…

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SOC14: SRAM Powers into Tri with 11 speed Aero shifters, Chainrings, Bottle Mount, plus Red Wifli Cassettes

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After the introduction of SRAM Red and Force 22 drivetrains, it should come as no surprise that Triathletes are also looking for a drivetrain with more speeds. More speeds mean closer ratios, which can mean finding that perfect gear when you’re halfway through your Ironman. As the next step in SRAM’s tri bike evolution, three new 11 speed shifters have been developed to give aerobar users the the most up to date drive trains.

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SOC14: BOS Reveals Radically Shaped Prototype XC Shock

BOS Prototype XC Shock

Long recognized as one of the premiere suspension manufacturers in Europe, it is only recently that BOS suspension has turned their attention to the US Market. Over their history, they’ve largely focused on the downhill and Enduro market, but with the recent introduction of their first 29er XC fork, the Dizzy, they finally started to give the spandex market some well deserved love.

Their prototype XC shock project began around a year ago, because BOS wanted to create a lightweight solution that would be capable of matching the performance of their Dizzy XC Fork. They wanted to build something small, easy to tune, and quickly adjustable. With this radically shaped 186g shock they feel they have finally achieved those goals.

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SOC 14: Hutchinson Fattens Up with New 25mm Fusion 3 Road Tubeless

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Wider tires and Road Tubeless have both been gaining traction, and the new 25mm width in the Hutchinson Fusion3 brings both to the table.

Hutchinson already has the 28mm Secteur tire, but the popular Fusion3 tread has a bit more widespread appeal. We think that appeal is even wider now and carries a bit more weight. Puns intended. Like its 23mm sibling, the Fusion3 25mm uses a 127 tpi casing combined with dual compound rubber for a supple, grippy tire. While the size is interesting, it’s the rolling resistance that is the real story…

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