SOC16: New goods from HT Components, Smanie saddles & Ryde rims

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We got an exclusive first look at the new HT M1 XC pedal at the Taipei show, and now we’ve got a look at most of the color range…and news that they’re available in the U.S. through Bike Fettish. We’ve been testing one of their other pedals with a slightly larger cage and enjoying the clip in mechanism and durability, and the M1 simply brings that performance to a lighter, more XC package.

More pics and details below, plus new stuff from Ryde and Smanie Saddle’s U.S. debut…

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We got an exclusive first look at the new HT M1 XC pedal at the Taipei show, and now we’ve got a look at most of the color range…and news that they’re available in the U.S. through Bike Fettish. We’ve been testing one of their other pedals with a slightly larger cage and enjoying the […]

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SOC16: Catlike slips in new Cloud 352 aero road helmet, shoes step into North America

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The Catlike Cloud 352 is their new aero helmet that comes with two different aero top covers, one perforated and one solid. The top covers bolt on, and the perforated piece uses more than 300 small holes to allow air flow while still directing the excess smoothly over the top. The solid one further improves aerodynamics, but can also be used to keep rain or freezing air off your noggin. Check out closeups, video and more below…

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The Catlike Cloud 352 is their new aero helmet that comes with two different aero top covers, one perforated and one solid. The top covers bolt on, and the perforated piece uses more than 300 small holes to allow air flow while still directing the excess smoothly over the top. The solid one further improves […]

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SOC16: Fabric adds wider saddles, a Tri perch, and squishy ergo MTB grips

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Fabric has added the new Line Wide, which measures 142mm across at the rear, versus 134mm for the standard Line saddle. The Wide version will be available with Cro-mo ($70) or Ti ($90) rails and uses their cushy low density foam with a deep center channel to relieve pressure on your sensitive bits. Top down comparison photo below, along with a look at their new Tri saddles and some unique ergo grips for your mountain bike…

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Fabric has added the new Line Wide, which measures 142mm across at the rear, versus 134mm for the standard Line saddle. The Wide version will be available with Cro-mo ($70) or Ti ($90) rails and uses their cushy low density foam with a deep center channel to relieve pressure on your sensitive bits. Top down […]

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SOC16: Fezzari adds Shafer gravel bike, updates Trail & XC full suspension mountain bikes & more

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Fezzari’s direct-to-consumer lineup had been missing the hot new category until Sea Otter, where they introduced the new Shafer gravel road bike. While the carbon frame looks racy, the design makes some interesting geometry choices to make it a little more capable, but the spec provides all the top shelf components needed to make it competitive.

They also had completely redesigned versions of the Timp Peak 150mm trail bike and Hidden Peak XC race full suspension mountain bike, plus an updated Foré T5 triathlon bike in the booth…

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Fezzari’s direct-to-consumer lineup had been missing the hot new category until Sea Otter, where they introduced the new Shafer gravel road bike. While the carbon frame looks racy, the design makes some interesting geometry choices to make it a little more capable, but the spec provides all the top shelf components needed to make it […]

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SOC16: Lazer Revolution sees ASTM Certification with removable chin bar, available soon

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For a lot of riders, the concept of a convertible helmet is very appealing. All of a sudden you’re no longer packing two helmets for that upcoming trip – just a single helmet that doubles as both a trail/enduro lid as well as a full face. However, manufacturers have to make a choice. Do you make the helmet light and easy to convert but risk not being able to pass the downhill ASTM testing? Or do you build it stronger, and probably heavier to make sure it passes? Lazer has figured out a way to do both, but based on how long it has taken to get to market, it hasn’t been easy…

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For a lot of riders, the concept of a convertible helmet is very appealing. All of a sudden you’re no longer packing two helmets for that upcoming trip – just a single helmet that doubles as both a trail/enduro lid as well as a full face. However, manufacturers have to make a choice. Do you make […]

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SOC16: Bell 360fly action cam integrated Super 2R, Star Wars helmets still available!

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Back in January, Bell announced their new Super 2R model with integrated 360fly HD action camera. The helmet is their enduro lid with detachable chin bar, and the camera uses a special lens to pull light in from a full 360º span and captures the action from front, rear, right and left. But we’ll get to that. First, this freakin’ legit Boba Fett helmet…

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Back in January, Bell announced their new Super 2R model with integrated 360fly HD action camera. The helmet is their enduro lid with detachable chin bar, and the camera uses a special lens to pull light in from a full 360º span and captures the action from front, rear, right and left. But we’ll get […]

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SOC16: Light & Motion updates Seca’s beam, replaces Stella & switches to GoPro mounting

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The all new Light & Motion Seca may look familiar, but it’s been completely redesigned with a new lens and beam configuration, new body and new mounts. Alongside it is the new Imjin 800, which replaces the Stella 500 as their smaller but still very powerful headlamp.

The Seca will now come in 1800 and 2200 lumens, up from 1500 and 2000.  The bigger news is that they’ve gone to a four LED system, down from six, while still increasing output. That should mean more light for the same or even better run times…

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The all new Light & Motion Seca may look familiar, but it’s been completely redesigned with a new lens and beam configuration, new body and new mounts. Alongside it is the new Imjin 800, which replaces the Stella 500 as their smaller but still very powerful headlamp. The Seca will now come in 1800 and 2200 […]

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SOC16: Novatec R3 carbon road wheels get wider w/ disc, rim, clincher & tubular options

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2017 Novatec R3 carbon fiber road bike wheels for disc or rim brakes in clincher or tubular

The updated Novatec R3 Disc wheelset gets a little wider and revised the rim shape to make a stronger wheel. At 38mm deep, it’s their do-it-all carbon rimmed wheel, and it’s available as a clincher or tubular, and for rim brakes, too. And it’ll work with QR or thru axles, too.

As their U.S. distributor put it, they’re an “unofficially” tubeless ready clincher, because they’ve been racing it that way for a while with no issues. Details below…

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The updated Novatec R3 Disc wheelset gets a little wider and revised the rim shape to make a stronger wheel. At 38mm deep, it’s their do-it-all carbon rimmed wheel, and it’s available as a clincher or tubular, and for rim brakes, too. And it’ll work with QR or thru axles, too. As their U.S. distributor […]

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SOC16: Fuji Jari packs in adventure features on new gravel road bike

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2017 fuji jari adventure gravel road bike

Last summer, Fuji floated an ultralight SL road bike that barely moved the scales at 10.9lbs. They followed that up with the new Gran Fondo for longer distance riders. Now, they’ve moved even further along the distance/comfort continuum with the Fuji Jari adventure gravel bike.

The alloy Jari is decked out for getting out, featuring a plethora of water bottle, accessory, rack and fender mounts from tip to tail. And it gets the latest specs with thru axles front and rear, a full carbon fork and flat mount disc brakes, too. Ready to adventure?

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Last summer, Fuji floated an ultralight SL road bike that barely moved the scales at 10.9lbs. They followed that up with the new Gran Fondo for longer distance riders. Now, they’ve moved even further along the distance/comfort continuum with the Fuji Jari adventure gravel bike. The alloy Jari is decked out for getting out, featuring […]

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