Sportful packable Stelvio Jacket, plus ultralight aero R&D Cima kit

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The weather may be jumping back and forth between rain and clear skies at our EU HQ, but hot days are a thing of the past for a while here, so even though Sportful recently showed us some pretty trick light and aero road racing kit, it was the packable foul weather Stelvio jacket that really stood out in our minds. Recently we’ve seen a lot of progress made to light, packable rain jacket offerings, and Sportful seems to be the latest to throw a new contender in the ring. It’s starting to look like light, pocket-sized, fully-waterproof, and breathable are all possible in one jacket these days. Plus, looking to the return of warm riding in 2017, Sportful has some new super cool jerseys and bibs, as long as you aren’t too modest…

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The weather may be jumping back and forth between rain and clear skies at our EU HQ, but hot days are a thing of the past for a while here, so even though Sportful recently showed us some pretty trick light and aero road racing kit, it was the packable foul weather Stelvio jacket that really stood out in […]

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EB16: Tune’s wheels get wider, still wicked light; plus a 115g handlebar & more new goods

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Tune’s legendarily lightweight carbon wheels get a number of updates and new models for 2017. Across the board, the carbon rim brake wheels get a new resin in the brake track for better heat management. The Skyliner wheels (above) grow 4.6mm wider, now at 24.6mm for both clincher and tubular (outside width). That added about 60g to the wheelset, but they’re stiffer and complete wheel weights with Mig45 and Mag150 hubs are just 930g (tubular) and 1185g (clincher). The alloy version also gets a wider rim, now at 21mm inside and with an asymmetric profile to make it stiffer.

Not shown, new disc Schwarzbrenner wheels now have a disc specific rim, so no more brake track to clutter up appearances. After additional testing, the Airways Disc gets approval for gravel and CX, not just smooth pavement…

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Tune’s legendarily lightweight carbon wheels get a number of updates and new models for 2017. Across the board, the carbon rim brake wheels get a new resin in the brake track for better heat management. The Skyliner wheels (above) grow 4.6mm wider, now at 24.6mm for both clincher and tubular (outside width). That added about 60g to the […]

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EB16: Sigma Rox 11.0 elevates their GPS cycling computer lineup

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Introduced all the way back in 2013 as their first GPS-enabled cycling computer, the Rox 10.0 was due for an update. The all-new Sigma Rox 11.0 builds in the latest features and adds Bluetooth to the ANT+ transmission, letting it communicate with more sensors…and your phone. That’ll come in handy as their mobile version of Data Center comes online, making it easier than ever to sync your rides. It also means Strava Live Tracking, plus text/call alerts if you want them. Check the tech specs and other updates and items, below…

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Introduced all the way back in 2013 as their first GPS-enabled cycling computer, the Rox 10.0 was due for an update. The all-new Sigma Rox 11.0 builds in the latest features and adds Bluetooth to the ANT+ transmission, letting it communicate with more sensors…and your phone. That’ll come in handy as their mobile version of […]

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EB16: Blackburn twists together killer T-handle mini tool, adds HV MTB floor pump & more

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Blackburn’s entire floor pump lineup gets updated and improved, with options starting at just $30. At the top end is the all new Chamber HV mountain bike pump. It’s their first offering dedicated to lower inflation pressures, topping out a 50psi (3.4bar). That makes it great not just for mountain bikes, but also cyclocross, where the more specific pressure readings can really help in setting the tires for race day.

Check the features on this, plus their sweet new T-handle ratchet tool that’s made for jersey pockets and the complete Outpost frame bag collection, below…

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Blackburn’s entire floor pump lineup gets updated and improved, with options starting at just $30. At the top end is the all new Chamber HV mountain bike pump. It’s their first offering dedicated to lower inflation pressures, topping out a 50psi (3.4bar). That makes it great not just for mountain bikes, but also cyclocross, where the […]

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EB16: Syntace straightens up carbon mountain bike wheels, hands in new Vector Superlight MTB handlebars

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The new Syntace MX Straight 33i Carbon wheels are more than just a new combination of parts from the brand. The hubs are new, and the rim is new, and together they make a impressive wheelset that comes in at 1,580g (27.5″) with Boost axle spacing and a 33mm internal rim width.

They’re laced with 28 spokes per wheel, with the same length spokes on each side of the hub and front to rear so it’s easier to keep just a few spares on hand without worrying they’ll be the right length. And, they say, the rims and build are so good that if you do break one, you’ll be able to ride out just fine. They’re straight pull, too, which is new for them, and you can grab those hubs separately if you want to build your own…

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The new Syntace MX Straight 33i Carbon wheels are more than just a new combination of parts from the brand. The hubs are new, and the rim is new, and together they make a impressive wheelset that comes in at 1,580g (27.5″) with Boost axle spacing and a 33mm internal rim width. They’re laced with […]

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EB16: Ursus holds out new handlebar/stem combo, sidestepping carbon mountain bike wheels & more

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Ursus has shown some interesting concepts before, like copper-infused brake tracks, and they make some darn nice looking kickstands. This year, the Italian brand had a new one-piece carbon fiber handlebar-stem combo, new carbon mountain bike wheels with offset spoke placements on the rim, and updated tubular road wheels.

The Magnus H.01 handlebar unit is full carbon and weighs in at just 330g, making it a very light part on its own, but especially so considering it’s designed as an aerodynamic piece…

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Ursus has shown some interesting concepts before, like copper-infused brake tracks, and they make some darn nice looking kickstands. This year, the Italian brand had a new one-piece carbon fiber handlebar-stem combo, new carbon mountain bike wheels with offset spoke placements on the rim, and updated tubular road wheels. The Magnus H.01 handlebar unit is […]

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EB16: Schwalbe goes big with tons of new MTB “Plus” tires, more road, gravel & cyclocross options

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Schwalbe’s tire lineup hasn’t added any new model names this tradeshow season, but it’s still managed to grow immensely by adding more sizes to popular tread patterns. None exemplifies this more than the Smart Sam, which adds everything from Plus-sized mountain bike versions to downsized iterations aimed at the cyclocross and gravel crowd. And there’s a lot more of this throughout the range, plus revamped treads on the Pro One road tubeless tires, reworked commuter/urban tires and much, much more.

Shown above from left to right are the Smart Sam tires in 29×2.1, 28×1.65 (~700×42) and 28×1.4 (~700×35) sizes. They’re also available in multiple widths for 27.5, 26 and 24 inch wheel diameters…

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Schwalbe’s tire lineup hasn’t added any new model names this tradeshow season, but it’s still managed to grow immensely by adding more sizes to popular tread patterns. None exemplifies this more than the Smart Sam, which adds everything from Plus-sized mountain bike versions to downsized iterations aimed at the cyclocross and gravel crowd. And there’s […]

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EB16: Jagwire cuts serious weight from cable housing in more ways than one

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Among the ways to trim grams from a bike, cable housing is usually an afterthought…if it registers at all. But considering the amount used, particularly on road bikes that are still running mechanical everything but may have full length internal housing for both shifting and braking, there’s ounces hiding in plain sight.

The new Jagwire XEX SL housing cuts at least 30% off that weight, likely more based on what we saw on the scale, and it’s interesting how they did it. Then they also gave you an even smaller inline barrel adjuster to shed just a hair more. They also displayed other new accessories and pads worth a look…

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Among the ways to trim grams from a bike, cable housing is usually an afterthought…if it registers at all. But considering the amount used, particularly on road bikes that are still running mechanical everything but may have full length internal housing for both shifting and braking, there’s ounces hiding in plain sight. The new Jagwire […]

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EB16: Fabike adds affordable aluminum A1R/A1X options to their all road/cross platform

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Last fall Fabike added the titanium T1 frame to an updated C2 carbon frame as part of their flexible, adjustable all-road bike concept when they made the jump to disc brakes. But with framesets running just over $2500 for either of those variants, they realized that price was still a limiting factor for many riders looking at their bikes. So now they have developed the A1, an aluminum option that cuts the price more than in half while keeping all of the features of the previous disc brake versions. Then even have build kits on the way for either a single speed townie, Alfine 8 speed commuter, or Apex 1 Hydro, all for less money that either the carbon or ti framesets…

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Last fall Fabike added the titanium T1 frame to an updated C2 carbon frame as part of their flexible, adjustable all-road bike concept when they made the jump to disc brakes. But with framesets running just over $2500 for either of those variants, they realized that price was still a limiting factor for many riders […]

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