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EB14: Scott’s Award Winning RC ProTec Clothing Could take the Sting Out of Road Rash

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Buried in a mountain of Eurobike and Interbike coverage was this gem – Scott’s new ITD ProTec kit. If you haven’t seen it yet, the ProTec gear won a Eurobike award for a good reason, it may just let you keep that patch of skin in a crash. Working together with Schoeller fabrics, the ITD ProTech technology uses knit carbon yarn which makes the fabric much more resistant to tearing. Then the fabric is printed with a ceramic pattern on top to create a surface that is very abrasion resistant at high speeds.

Based on how many times we’ve seen tattered kits ridden across the line, it’s clear that crashes don’t always knock riders out of contention. But anyone who has ever dealt with severe road rash knows how unpleasant it can be. If the Scott RC ProTec kit can really perform as advertised it should be a huge step forward in rider protection.

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EB14: Roundup – Random and Beautiful Saddles, Stems & Related Accessories

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As usual, there’s simply too much to see at Eurobike to stop and talk with everyone about every product. So as we’re dashing through the halls, we’ll snap things that catch our eye for roundups. Not that they’re any less cool than the brands we dedicate full posts to. On the contrary, there’s often quite a bit of ingenuity to be found in the recesses and shared 10×10 booths. Here’s the first of many roundups to come from Eurobike 2014.

The Bpeople Unica saddle is a simply gorgeous melding of premium, vegetable dyed Italian leather and carbon fiber. Saddle weight is claimed at just 138g. The frame is 4K woven carbon fiber, shaped with a center relief channel on a 263×140 shell.

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EB14: Full Suspension Fat Bike Roundup + All Things Fat

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If there was any doubt to the future of full suspension fat bikes, one only needed to browse the halls of Eurobike to realize it’s not limited to a few companies. In fact many frame manufacturers seem to be attempting to cash in on the trend with either completely new frames or modified rear ends to compensate for the huge tires.

Brands like MAXX are jumping in with their Huraxdax which offers 120-140mm of travel. Available in an incredible range of colors, the MAXX full suspension frame is available in S-XXL making it a viable option for the exceptionally tall (up to 6’8″ according to their chart).

MAXX wasn’t the only company joining in, there were quite a few other companies showing off full squish and rigid fat bikes in all shapes and sizes. READ MORE ->

Lizard Skins Announces New Colors of DSP Bar Tape

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Lizard Skins has announced 5 new colors in their DSP handlebar tape line.  DSP, standing for “Durasoft Polymer”, is a grippy, yet soft bar tape that we reviewed in the 2.5mm thickness. The company had one of the most unique marketing approaches I have seen, wrapping all of the door handles of the Eurobike venue for the past several years, so I can attest, it feels pretty grippy.

The tape is available in 2 thicknesses, 2.5mm and 3.2mm, and one pretty cool feature is that in the 2.5mm thickness, you can select a dual-color transition that has one color below the hoods, and a different color above the hoods. In the 2.5mm thickness, the new colors are Neon Yellow, Brown and Cobalt Blue, in 3,2mm the new color is Green, and in dual-color, there is Black and Neon Yellow.

Carrera Partners with Brooks for Special Edition Folding Helmets, Introduces new Colors

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The Carrera Folding helmet is modern as it is retro. Inspired by the old leather “hairnets,” the design fuses modern helmet technology with a flexible core allowing the helmet to “fold.” While it doesn’t really fold, it does compress to about 80% of the full size allowing it to fit more easily in bags, lockers, etc.

In addition to adding new colors for the coming year, Carrera has teamed up with Brooks to offer two special collaboration projects – the J.B. Special and the J.B. Classic. Built on the Carrera folding platform but with classic Brooks touches, the helmets will certainly appeal to anyone perched on the rivets of a leather saddle…

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Closeup: New FSA ITC Seatposts Offer Flip Flop, Independent Angle and Offset Adjustment

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Introduced at Eurobike, FSA’s new ITC (Independent Top Clamp) seatposts are wrapping up production and first batches should be hitting FSA’s warehouses soon.

The design uses a rounded base for the top clamp section to adhere to, allowing it to rotate through a wide range of angles completely independent of your saddle rail position. Even better, the top clamps are available in two versions, giving you a total of four offsets: 0, 10, 15 and 20mm, and in any direction you want. If your seat angle’s not too steep, that’s effectively seven different positions from a single post!

They’ll be available in alloy and carbon versions with 27.2 and 31.6 diameters. Click through for full specs and weights…

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EB14: Woodman Helps Slam That Stem, Lighten Hubs & Tighten Chainrings

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Woodman’s had some slick products in the past, things like the coolest cadence magnets we’ve ever seen, and this he had a few more treats in store at Eurobike.

At the front of the bike is his new 3mm dust cap, putting your stem right on top of the bearings. Compared to his other heights, it brings your riding position to new lows. His other options include various heights to reduce the number of loose spacers needed. Close up of that and more below…

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EB14: 2015 Focus Mares CX 1.0 Disc Cyclocross Race Machine One Ride Review, Plus New Factory Builds

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Cross racing is in full swing here in Europe with us in the middle of the second race weekend of our season long cyclocross test. Spending ever more time off road on skinny tired bikes, I wanted to catch up on one of our Eurobike one-ride-reviews. We had a chance to take out the German-engineered Focus Mares CX on the tacky dirt and gravel trails behind the fairgrounds and through the purpose built mountain bike test track. The terrain was certainly too calm to get a great sense for the enduro bikes we rode, but let us see the snappy acceleration and stable handling of the newest iteration of this disc-brake race bike currently being ridden to podium after podium by American champ Jeremy Powers.

Read on for more of our first impressions, plus a bit more on the bike’s setup..

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EB14: Alligator’s Sweet New Hose Cutter & The Best Wheel Truing Device Ever!

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Alligator has always impressed with the tools they bring to Eurobike. Things like the electronic cable cutter. They’re usually something that pushes the boundaries of how good a tool can be, and it’s usually for a category that seems so stagnant that it’s even more impressive that they can virtually reinvent it.

Starting with the small stuff, their new hydraulic hose cutter is simply brilliant. Using a one-handed design that gives you a perfectly straight cut with maximum force. But that’s not all it does, and that’s not all they had to show off…

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