Week in Tech: Breadwinner G-Road, raining cats and dogs, Skratch bars

Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news you need, and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

It’s raining cats and dogs

French apparel company Café du Cycliste’s cats and dogs design now appears on a pair of its rain pieces. The Charlotte soft shell rain jacket and Josette short-sleeve rain jersey are the only pieces on the company’s line that have the unique design. The jacket’s waterproof breathable membrane is layered with two lightweight fabrics, resulting in a piece that Café du Cycliste says fits more like a long sleeve jersey. It also comes in a women’s cut and costs $276. The jersey, just available in men’s cut, has a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment and a performance cut. A breathable interior membrane provides insulation from the rain but helps prevent overheating. The special dogs and cats jersey costs $204.

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Breadwinner groads so hard

BreadWinner Cycles gets in the gravel game with the limited edition G-Road. The rig comes with 650b wheels and an IGLE steel fork. It was designed with off-roading in mind, with a sloping top tube and a 36mm head tube. Of course, it is disc-brake and thru-axle-equipped. As with all BreadWinner Cycles, each bike is made to order and the sizing is custom to the buyer. The bike comes stock with a SRAM Force drivetrain, but updates to Red and eTap are available for a little extra dough. The G-Road costs $6,395.

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Hunt introduces mixed-depth wheelset

Hunt’s 3650 Carbon Wide Aero clincher wheelset takes advantage of a 36-millimeter front wheel depth, while the rear is 50mm deep. Mixed-depth wheelsets have become a trend, capitalizing on different strength and aerodynamic capabilities specific to front and rear wheels. The wheels are not disc-equipped but do come tubeless-ready. The 19-millimeter-wide rims work with a 23mm tire, but Hunt recommends a 25-millimeter tire or larger. You can preorder the wheelset now; deliveries will begin November 2. The pair weighs 1477 grams and costs $1,292.

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A bar for any time

Skratch Labs now offers an Anytime energy bar made with fruits, nuts, and quinoa.  Skratch claims they have 50 percent less sugar than leading national energy bar brands. They are also non-GMO, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and kosher. Three flavors are available — chocolate chips and almonds, cherries and pistachios, and ginger and miso. A single bar is $2.65 or you can order a 12-pack for $30.

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A shoe for indoor adventures


As winter approaches, the call of the trainer gets louder and louder. So Garneau and Reebok have collaborated on a shoe designed for indoor riding. The Actifly focuses on breathability because, without the breeze of the outdoors and increased humidity, sweat tends to build up. The top of the shoe mainly uses a mesh fabric to allow more air onto the foot. The mesh includes anti-bacterial and anti-odor treatments that also help with quick drying. The nylon/fiberglass outsole helps maintain power through the pedal stroke. The shoe is available in both men’s and women’s fits and is compatible with SPD cleats and most road cleats. The pair costs $110.

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Silca lightens up

Silca has reintroduced its ratchet and torque kit and made it even lighter. Perhaps those small torque wrenches were just too heavy for our skinny cyclist arms. The torque beam allows you to measure 2-8Nm in three separate scales, so it is easier to find the right torque setting. The kit comes with a multitude of interchangeable hex bits (2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm), three Torx bits (T10, T20, T25) and a 2-millimeter Phillips screw bit. It also includes an extendable rachet. The kit costs $99.

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Bike box vs. bike bag

Scicon has introduced a neat new feature that helps you decide how to pack your bike for your next adventure. The infographic walks you through five main components to help you decide the best way to travel with your bike: cardboard bike box, soft shell bike case, or a hard shell bike case. You’ll end up with a final result based on the level of protection, portability, packability, durability, and price.

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Week in Tech: New Zipp wheels, revamped Pivot, Rapha custom

Here’s your Week in Tech — All the gear news you need with none of the marketing jargon you don’t want.

Pivot reaches Mach 6

Pivot’s revamped Mach 6 Carbon is longer and lower, clearly aimed at appeasing the enduro crowd. The 65.75-degree head tube angle and 155 millimeters of travel certainly encourage straight-lining the chunder. Yet the 74-degree seat angle means Pivot hasn’t forgotten you have to earn your way to the top too. The Mach 6 is both 1x and 2x compatible and is also available in an aluminum version.

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Zipp continues to plunge the deepest depths

In May, Zipp unveiled the 454 NSW wheelset (affectionately dubbed “whale wheels” here in the office). Now, Zipp has gone mega-whale. The massive 858 NSWs are 24 millimeters deeper than the 454s, which already measure 53 to 58 millimeters deep (depending on where you measure). The wheels come in both rim brake and disc brake clincher versions. The 858 will be available in November and will cost $4,400 for the pair.

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Mavic’s MTB lineup gets an overhaul

Some of the names sound the same, but everything from wheels to helmets gets an update. The enduro-inspired Deemax Pro wheelset features a slim internal hub width out back (25 millimeters) to save weight, while the front maintains a wider 28-millimeter stance. The set will cost $1,099,  On the soft goods side, the XA Pro helmet comes with expanded lower rear coverage that should protect against impacts at the back of the head. And the Crossmax SL Pro with MIPS is Mavic’s lightweight XC offering. The XA Pro retails for $150, while the new cross-country helmet is $170.

Spooky socks


Sock Guy wants to scare your socks off with its Halloween collection. The holiday-themed socks retail for $12 and come with six-inch cuffs.

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Lezyne, the bell tolls for thee!

Lezyne’s classic bells sure do look cool, and they both have a crystal-clear tone. Better yet, they’re easy to swap between bikes because they install in seconds with a couple of O-rings. The Classic (pictured) and the Shallow Classic (which looks like a drummer’s cymbal) both retail for $14.

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Rapha Custom coming spring 2018

File this one under cryptic emails: Rapha tells us customisable apparel is on the way in spring 2018 … But that’s all the details we got. We’re hoping you’ll be able to customize Rapha’s hallmark sleeve stripe with flames or Hawaiian shirt prints in the near future.

Building a legacy with the Chad Young Foundation


Chad Young, 21, raced for the Axeon Hagens Berman squad when he crashed catastrophically during the 2017 Tour of Gila. He died days later from his injuries. His family has created the Chad William Young Foundation to help fund research to prevent traumatic brain injuries. The foundation has partnered with Cuore of Switzerland to offer jerseys, base layers, bibs, and more to support the cause.

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Week in Tech: Waterproof gloves, GoPro’s latest HERO, and more

Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Knit and waterproof? Showers Pass says yes.

Portland-based Showers Pass has released a knitted lightweight waterproof glove that has three bonded layers. The exterior of the glove consists of a wear-resistant knit that feels like a regular knit glove. A waterproof, breathable Artex membrane and a Coolmax moisture-wicking antibacterial knit lining form the inner two layers, which help keep the cold air out while keeping your hand from overheating inside the glove. A pair of gloves retails for $45 and is available in multiple colors.

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GoPro is a Hero again


GoPro’s HERO6 mini-camera offers 4k60 and 1080p240 video capabilities and 3x faster offload speeds via a 5GHz Wi-Fi, so you can get those videos of your trail shred (or epic fail) to your friends even quicker. The device’s voice control is compatible with 10 languages, and the camera also comes with increased stabilizer capabilities. The retail price is $499.99. GoPro also released a 360-degree mini-camera called Fusion, which retails for $699.99.

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Time for new pedals

Time’s specially designed enduro pedal, The Speciale 12, has a longer platform shape with a thinner profile to provide a more stable ride. The thinner body shape reduces weight (202g per pedal) and allows for higher clearance. The Speciale 12 comes in three colors — red, blue, and grey. A new road pedal, the XPro, has also been released and will come in three different models (10, 12, 15). The XPro has been redesigned to increase aerodynamics and also features a wider platform. The XPro 10 weighs 113g, while the XPro 15 is 88g.

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So many standards, simplified


Full Speed Ahead (FSA) has introduced a new website to help you find the correct bottom bracket, but there’s a catch. The website walks you step-by-step on making sure you get the right BB, but it assumes you already have the BB out of the bike. If you don’t know the dimensions of your BB you’re still going to have to do a little research or head down to your local bike shop. If know the dimension of your BB, however, the website makes it a cinch to find the right replacement.

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Muc-Off chain treatment competes with CeramicSpeed


Muc-Off released a chain that is 10 watts more efficient than Ceramic Speed’s UFO chain, according to Muc-Off. The Nanotube is a Shimano Dura-Ace chain that has been sonic-cleaned and coated with a proprietary treatment. Team Sky used the chain at both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana this year. Muc-Off also released a lube Nanotube product, which it claims with save 1-2 watts over the course of your race. The chain’s retail price is $150 and the lube is $64.99.

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‘How it got built’

PeopleForBikes brings you the stories of the people, places, funding, design, and construction behind nine bike projects from around the nation. The projects include mountain bike trails, parks, and greenways.

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Week in Tech: Oktoberfest socks; new Mavic wheel; Specialized for Bellas

Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news and updates you need with none of the marketing jargon you don’t want.

Socks for beer lovers

Oktoberfest is upon us and Swiftwick has introduced a new line of socks with beer lovers in mind. The series has four versions, each celebrating a different beer. Sadly, beer does not come included with the socks, so you do not have to be 21+ to get them. They retail for $20 and include a matching koozie.

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Mavic introduces ‘do-it-all’ wheel

Mavic launched the Comete Pro Carbon SL UST and claims its new tubeless technology will save you 15 percent in rolling resistance at an equal pressure compared to the old version. The 64-millimeter-deep wheel comes in both rim brake and disc brake versions. The rim brake wheelset weighs 1,490 grams and costs $1,800, and the disc brake version is a hundred dollars more. Mavic has integrated the new tubeless technology into its more cost-effective Ksyrium line; the rim brake wheelset costs just under $1,000.

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Purify on the go

GoPurePod claims it has a purification solution that ensures the water from that roadside spigot is potable every time. The company released a miniature purifier that fits inside your water bottle or hydration pack reservoir. The purifier, which is about the size of a wine cork, helps balance the pH of your water and gets rid of hazards such as e.coli and chlorine, according to GoPurePod. The pod retails for $25 and the company says it lasts up to six months.

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Specialized makes a ride for young girls

Specialized has partnered with Little Bellas to launch a special version of their Women’s Pitch. The bike comes in a special extra small version made for girls under 5-foot-2. Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization geared toward mentoring young girls and getting them out on bikes. The bike includes a sticker kit, so each rider can make it her own. The bike retails $450 and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to Little Bellas.

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Atomik announces lifetime limited warranty


Atomik Carbon announced a limited lifetime warranty covering its carbon fiber rims and handlebars for the original owner from date of purchase. The warranty is invalid if purchased from a third-party website. The company will only honor the warranty if the rim or handlebar is purchased from a registered dealer or directly from Atomik. The crash replacement policy also gets an extension for the life of the product, and Atomik expanded the service to include nipples, spokes, and rebuild labor for a small fee.

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RPM gives you a discount for being popular

Apparel company RPM Cycling now has a social media program, which gives teams discounts for the number of followers on that team’s various social media networks. This discount starts at 10 percent for 0-1000 follows and tops out at a 30 percent discount for over 5,000 follows.  Specific results of RPM teams would also be shared on the RPM’s social networks and various web pages.

To request an estimate, email info@rpm-cycling.com.

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Week in Tech: Wooden bikes from whisky casks, helmet facts, and titanium

Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Fine barrel-aged…bikes?

Renovo Hardwood Bicycles partnered with Glenmorangie, creators of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, to introduce wooden bikes made from used whisky casks. The Scottish distillery sends retired cask wood from its signature single malt offing, The Original, to Renovo after allowing the whisky to mature for a decade in the casks before bottling. Once the casks have been used just twice for whisky production, the staves (narrow wooden pieces that form the sides of the barrels) are shipped from Scotland to Renovo’s workshop in Oregon where they are crafted into bicycles. Each bike is comprised of approximately 15 staves that reflect the curvature of the casks. A limited number of bikes will be available for $6,950.

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Helmetfacts.org answers all your helmet questions

The Dome is an in-house lab that serves Bell and Giro, and it has launched a new website that will serve as an educational resource for consumers and helmet brands. Helmetfacts.org will include videos and a library of information regarding materials, standards, and testing protocols for helmet and head protection. Designed as an unbiased resource, the website can help reveal the difference between materials like expanded polypropylene and expanded polystyrene and address common questions like when a helmet should be replaced. It also provides information about the dozens of different standards and testing used across the globe for power sports, cycling, and snow sports.

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Sage titanium ‘cross bike gets a modern upgrade

Sage Titanium Bicycles’ 2018 PDXCX cyclocross bike is designed to tackle everything from mud to fast, technical courses, and it was first introduced in 2014. Updated for 2018, the bike draws inspiration from classic Belgian cyclocross bikes but offers modern upgrades like cable routing above the top tube to avoid contamination and preserve shifting performance. It also features a cable clip system that uses removable cable stops for external mechanical or stealth, internal Di2 routing. Designed for out-of-the-saddle, aggressive riding, the updated PDXCX bike has a lower bottom bracket and shorter chains stays as well as an oversized down tube for additional stiffness. The titanium frame is available for $2,900 or $3,652 for the frame, Enve fork, and Chris King headset and spacers. Full bikes are also available, ragingin in price depending on what components are selected.

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Polished aluminum Sprint Wheels from Hunt

Hunt Wheels introduced its new polished aluminum Sprint Aero Wide wheels that combine fast-engagement Sprint Hubs with wide aero rims. Weighing 1,497 grams, the wheels aren’t as light as a flashy carbon set, but the bling of the polished aluminum will certainly grab attention. The high polished aluminum rims are 31mm deep with a 19mm internal rim width and 24mm external width ideal for 25mm or 28mm tires. The rear wheel’s Sprint Hub has 48 teeth on the ratchet ring and treble-tooth paws that provide 7.5-degree engagement for fast acceleration. They’re built with Pillar (PSR) Xtra reinforced straight pull bladed spokes and will be available in November for just under $600.

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