Redfrog leaps into women’s cycling wear with full featured merino kit

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all photos by Missy Davis, courtesy Redfrog

After a 5000 mile trip riding across the US a few years back, Redfrog Athletics founder Jaimee Erickson was inspired to create technical riding clothing for women that would make her as comfortable on as it was off the bike. The crop of women-specific cycling kit is improving, but there are lots of flowers & butterflies that just don’t appeal to all women. And as my own wife has complained, it is all to common to find a nice looking women’s jersey that leaves out some obvious feature, like rear pockets.

Erickson’s solution was to make it herself – she was a designer already anyway – and now a couple of years of design & development later and Redfrog is launching with a boost from a crowdfunding campaign that has already passed its early targets. The brand is kicking off with a line of women’s cycling clothing with four core pieces: three different jersey variants and a light jacket, all made of a mix of soft, functional merino wool and a blend of synthetic fibers to balance performance and fit. Take a closer look and get the full information on the pre-order below the fold…

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After a 5000 mile trip riding across the US a few years back, Redfrog Athletics founder Jaimee Erickson was inspired to create technical riding clothing for women that would make her as comfortable on as it was off the bike. The crop of women-specific cycling kit is improving, but there are lots of flowers & […]

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Northwave, Rapha & Morvelo jackets to stay dry & warm through all seasons

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Hitting a variety of price points, over the past week or so we’ve seen a bunch of new options to keep the weather at bay as we fight to ride year round. And with us all doing a bit of holiday shopping for our cycling friends and family, you kinda can’t go wrong in making it more comfortable for the other cyclists in your life to get out and pedal no matter how cold or wet it gets. The latest jackets that have caught our interest are Northwave’s affordable Extreme H2O Jacket, which comes in both short and long sleeve versions, Rapha’s designed premium Classic Winter Jacket and their lower priced packable Core Rain Jacket, plus the ultralight packable & waterproof Plan B race cape from Morvélo. Check out the details and get some Cyber Monday shopping out of the way after the break…

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Hitting a variety of price points, over the past week or so we’ve seen a bunch of new options to keep the weather at bay as we fight to ride year round. And with us all doing a bit of holiday shopping for our cycling friends and family, you kinda can’t go wrong in making […]

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Review: OORR’s coffee infused, nanotech eco jerseys and bib shorts

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We first featured the coffee bean infused apparel of OORR (Out Of the Rat Race) as part of a Kickstarter round up, a few weeks back. But while a lot of Kickstarter products tend to be pie-in-the-sky tech that we can’t really offer much insight on since they tend not to be real yet, that’s not the situation here. In fact, we’ve actually been riding in the OORR kit since the start of the summer. We had the chance to test some preproduction samples that covered the range of warm weather jerseys and bib shorts that are on offer. So, we can safely say that they kept up comfortable through warm to hot riding, offered unique visibility, and delivered on a few unconventional performance features. There is some unique kit here, so it is worth having a closer look, and you have just under a week to get in on the deal if you are so inclined…

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We first featured the coffee bean infused apparel of OORR (Out Of the Rat Race) as part of a Kickstarter round up, a few weeks back. But while a lot of Kickstarter products tend to be pie-in-the-sky tech that we can’t really offer much insight on since they tend not to be real yet, that’s not […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Trek kicks off Women’s Expert Tech Course in Waterloo – This past week 11 women bike techs, along with industry partners SRAM, Shimano, RockShox, Bosch, and Fox, all came to gether with the Trek Certified Service team at their global HQ in Wisconsin for their first Women’s Expert Tech course. The six-day, scholarship-funded program is the third in a series of women’s-focused courses designed to provide growth opportunities and increase diversity within the cycling industry, with each of them heading back to their home shops with new Expert Technician certifications. TrekBikes.com

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Trek kicks off Women’s Expert Tech Course in Waterloo – This past week 11 women bike techs, along with industry partners SRAM, Shimano, RockShox, Bosch, and Fox, all came to gether with the Trek Certified Service team at their global HQ in Wisconsin for their first Women’s Expert Tech course. The six-day, scholarship-funded program is the third in […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Oh Canada: Pedal across Canada for their 150th birthday – It’s still all the way off for next summer, but there’s been a lot of talk in the news recently about going to Canada for some reason. Anyway, what better reason that to go for a ride, one that puts RAAM to shame a bit. It’s not a non-stop race, but rather 80 riding days, 16 rest days, and 8,780km (that’s 5,456 in freedom units.) Organized by leading long distance tour operator TDA Global Cycling, the fully supported tour from Haida Gwaii – an island on Canada’s west coast – to Signal Hill in St. John’s Newfoundland a bit to the east. Riders will pedal through all cultures from Aboriginal, English, to French and everything from the Rocky Mountains, to the Great Plains, the rugged shores of Lake Superior, endless Ontario & Quebec lakes and forests, along the St Lawrence River, to the wilds of Newfoundland. For those that don’t have three months to kill, it looks like you can do segments of the tour as well. TDAglobalcycling.com

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Oh Canada: Pedal across Canada for their 150th birthday – It’s still all the way off for next summer, but there’s been a lot of talk in the news recently about going to Canada for some reason. Anyway, what better reason that to go for a ride, one that puts RAAM to shame a bit. It’s […]

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EB16: Haibike Affair & Seet expand Race road line up, venture to gravel with AllTrack

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We know Haibike for producing some of the fastest and craziest e-bikes on the market, but they also produce a solid range of bikes that rely on your legs to push you around. On the road they introduced a new hi-mod carbon Affair Race disc brake bike last year that debuted a new quick release axle concept developed with Tune, and also came with specs that priced it out of most budgets. But for 2017 they are back with a lower cost carbon layup of the Affair Race, plus a new alloy Seet Race with truly affordable specs to get more riders introduced to the road. And for those of us who feel the need to get the tires dirty, even on a road bike, Haibike has tweaked a version of the aluminum bike into the Seet AllTrack, to venture off onto gravel roads and dirt tracks…

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We know Haibike for producing some of the fastest and craziest e-bikes on the market, but they also produce a solid range of bikes that rely on your legs to push you around. On the road they introduced a new hi-mod carbon Affair Race disc brake bike last year that debuted a new quick release […]

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EB16: Trail bikes by women for women with Ghost Dre AMR, Lanao & even e-MTB versions

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Led by design engineer Tina Kutschki, one of the few women shaping the bikes that we ride, Ghost Bikes has debuted a wide new line-up of trail bikes for women. Developed together with their women-only World Cup XC factory racing team and Franzi Meyer of their enduro team, the new bikes add to a range that starts out with simple entry-level alloy hardtails and climbs to the 145mm travel coil-over DreAMR X enduro bike. Ghost has even added a few e-bikes to the women’s mountain line-up for those looking to extend their rides. The overarching philosophy of the new line-up is to bring the same smart suspension and geometry that the boys get over, so the girls can rave about the ride and enjoy the descents too…

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Led by design engineer Tina Kutschki, one of the few women shaping the bikes that we ride, Ghost Bikes has debuted a wide new line-up of trail bikes for women. Developed together with their women-only World Cup XC factory racing team and Franzi Meyer of their enduro team, the new bikes add to a range that starts out […]

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EB16: Ridley rolls out lighter, stiffer Helium SLX and Fenix SL Disc & more…

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Ridley has taken their top Pro Tour mountain climber – the Helium SL – and given it a thorough reworking to build an all around better race bike. The new Helium SLX (and companion Aura SLX) get new tubing shapes, a more refined layup with higher modulus carbon, and a new fork that together promises improved stiffness and handling, while subtly trimming weight off the frameset. Some of the same updates even make it into the revision of the more affordable, but still <900g Helium/Aura X. We took a look last week at the new range of premium women’s road bikes that Ridley introduced, and touched on the tech of the new Helium family.

In Ridley’s endurance road range a new SL version of the Fenix/Liz gets a lighter disc brake frame. And then on the cross and gravel side, it seems Ridley is also poised to offer a Lauf fork option on their do-it-all carbon X-Trail…

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Ridley has taken their top Pro Tour mountain climber – the Helium SL – and given it a thorough reworking to build an all around better race bike. The new Helium SLX (and companion Aura SLX) get new tubing shapes, a more refined layup with higher modulus carbon, and a new fork that together promises improved stiffness and […]

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EB16: Ridley introduces new premium race bike range for fast women with Jane, Aura & Liz

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Ridley has developed a complete and comprehensive new women’s race and performance lineup that takes their popular Noah, Helium & Fenix bikes and reworks them as the Jane, Aura & Liz. Ridley was already known to offer their top bikes down to sizes that fit smaller women who raced, but now they won’t have to go the custom Dreambuilder route to get finishing kits to fit. The new women’s range offers the same premium level build kits as the men’s bikes, and get the same frontline tech improvements that are being developed at the same time on the men’s side…

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Ridley has developed a complete and comprehensive new women’s race and performance lineup that takes their popular Noah, Helium & Fenix bikes and reworks them as the Jane, Aura & Liz. Ridley was already known to offer their top bikes down to sizes that fit smaller women who raced, but now they won’t have to go the custom […]

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