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2024 Campagnolo Ekar GT 13-speed gravel bike drivetrain group with new Zonda wheels

This week, I’m leading off with components because there’s some really cool new stuff from Campagnolo, SRAM, Silca, and Hope…I even had to give a few of them more words than usual to explain it all! Then the bikes, with a new Canyon trail bike, lightweight-yet-full-power Cannondale eMTB, Scott Voltage, and more! Here’s the best new stuff this week…

  • Campy Ekar GT
  • Silca StripChip Chain Wax System
  • Bright Racing Shox
  • SRAM Maven brakes
  • Hope Evo Carbon cranks
  • Wolf Tooth aero GRX chainrings
  • Canyon Spectral
  • Cannondale Moterra SL
  • Scott Voltage e-Ride
  • Tern Orox adventure cargo bike
  • Limar Livigno full face
  • Tailfin 16L panniers

Campagnolo Ekar GT gravel group gets more gear range

The new Campy Ekar GT adds wider gearing options and a more affordable alloy crankset to their gravel drivetrains. Ekar GT has 9/36, 9/42, 10/44 and a new wider 10/48 cassette, all using their N3W freehub body.

A smaller 36T chainring joins the original 38/40/42/44, all of which can be swapped w/o removing the crankset (but these are not compatible with the carbon crankset). The alloy crankset also has a wider 151mm (+5.5mm) Q-factor & weighs 215g more.

GT Ergopower controls keep the lovely curved brake levers but add more reach adjust. They also have a broader profile & texture for more comfortable support & grip. The GT rear derailleur uses alloy pulley cages with larger gaps on the pulleys for better mud clearing. Group weight 2,700g, MSRP $1,599 (€1,490).

The new Zonda GT alloy gravel wheels come in at 1,690g with Campy’s tri-spoke build, hooked tube-or-tubeless rim profile, 23mm inner width. MSRP $749 (€690).

Silca StripChip waxes your chain without degreasing it first

Silca’s Secret Chain Blend wax treatment is killer, but I’ve stuck to the drip lube version because it’s less hassle, despite having to clean my chain thoroughly first. Well, no more.

The new Silca StripChip is a brick of magic that add to their hot melt wax lube and it adds a solvent that chemically converts the yucky factory grease into “highly lubricious, long-chain wax/lubricant molecules” that work with the wax for ultra-fast, low-friction chains. F-ing magic.

To further simplify the process, their new Silca Ultimate Chain Wax System is a mini hot pot with two temperature settings optimized for the StripChip and their chain wax, with a convenient chain hanger-and-dipper built in. Now, waxing a new chain is literally a one-step process, faster even than drip wax lubes!

Bright F929 Next-3RC inverted enduro fork

Bright Racing Shocks’ next generation F929 USD (upside down) enduro fork keeps their unique sliding bushing internals and upgrades their damper, body, and air spring. The outer legs slim down slightly, but get reinforcing ribs, both reducing weight and improving lateral stiffness.

The crown is re-shaped to be stiffer, with a hollow design creating a secondary air chamber to expand air spring volume, but with an external valve control that lets you control access to that chamber to tune mid-stroke.

A new 8th gen ACAD damper follows the terrain 20% better thanks to a retune that takes advantage of this “longer” (aka bigger) air spring. It’s available in two tunes, “Racing” and “Comfort”, and all damping cartridges are custom built at time of order.

Inside, the stanchions have more overlap to improve system stiffness and reduce binding, the sliding bushings are longer, interior surfaces are harder, and they have a thicker, smoother anodized finish so they slide easier. It’s available in three versions – XCO (100-115mm travel), Skunk (120-135mm), and NEXT (140-160mm). Prices from €1,760-€2,030.

SRAM Maven DH brakes are most powerful ever

The new SRAM Maven MTB brakes their strongest to date, with 50% more power than Code brakes thanks to massive 19.5/18mm pistons and four-bolts holding the caliper together to prevent flex. Those are optimized with the new levers to require 32% less force at the lever to match Code’s power.

That means a lighter feel for less fatigue, with very predictable, linear power delivery with SRAM’s familiar ergonomics. This extra power also means you can likely run your frame’s minimum recommended rotor size (each 20mm increase in rotor diameter = 14% more mechanical advantage), which avoids the issue of too-big rotors not getting hot enough to maximize bite.

Maven also switches to Mineral Oil (Code & Level use DOT fluid). They say this works better with Maven’s new, proprietary seals and increased caliper mass, which regulate heat and pressure changes better. Basically, horses for courses.

Available in Ultimate Expert, Ultimate, Silver & Bronze trim levels, Weights 362-371g/wheel, MSRP $185-$300, or $599 for Ultimate Expert Kit with extra goodies. Organic (quieter, more bite, less noise) and Sintered (high heat resistance, better in wet) pads available.

Hope Carbon Evo crankset, TR stem & wide BB

Hope Tech’s new Carbon EVO crankset, using the same tough, house-made construction as their handlebar and enduro bike. A 1k woven outer layer laughs off abrasions, the pedal thread insert is replaceable, and the hardware is available in all the colors to match their other components, including this new Bronze ano. Claimed weight is 422g for the 155 arm length (w/o chainring), also comes in 165mm and 170mm lengths.

Not shown, their new TR stem is a lighter, stiffer replacement for the AM, with 30-32/40/50mm lengths in both 31.8 and 35mm bar clamp options. Weights from 123g-150g.

And new PF41 bottom brackets use custom, extra wide Swiss bearings to better support 30mm spindles inside smaller PF41 frames. They also get improved seals plus new outer caps and a full-width internal sleeve to keep mud & dust out.

Wolf Tooth aero chainrings for Shimano GRX

Fast gravel? Wolf Tooth GRX Aero Chainrings give you Shimano 12-speed gravel group an upgrade. It uses their Drop-Stop ST narrow-wide tooth profile optimized for Shimano’s 12-speed Hyperglide+ chains, so while they’ll fit your 11-speed GRX cranks, it won’t fit 11-speed chains.

They come in 46/48/50/52-tooth counts, plus a 46-tooth oval option, all with the same 50mm chainline as stock. Weights from 115g-141g. MSRP $105-$120.

Canyon Spectral dials back travel, amps up storage

The latest Canyon Spectral CF refocuses on the trail category, with a tighter 140mm travel rear end and 150mm fork (10mm shorter than before), plus adjustable geometry and a rear flip chip to go between wheel sizes. A new one-piece rocker link and new carbon fiber frame layup improve stiffness, and it gets their KIS steering stabilizer, but includes a cover plate if you want to remove it.

New internal storage fills the entire downtube with an included tool sleeve with clever snake-like sections to ease removal, and they added mounts for a 6-1 mini tool kit and bolt-on accessory bag (both sold separately) under the top tube. Four models globally, but only two for the US priced from $3,699 to $4,199.

Cannondale Moterra SL is super light, but with massive power

The Cannondale Moterra SL gets an extremely lightweight carbon fiber frame using their XC-style flex stays, but with 150mm travel (160mm forks), size-specific suspension kinematics, with 29×2.5″(F) & 27.5×2.4″(R) mixed wheels & tires, and slack geometry. The motor is a specially tuned Shimano EP8 motor with up to 85Nm torque and a custom 601Wh battery that’s just 3.1kg w/ wiring harness.

That combo comes in as light as 43lbs (19.5kg)! They say this makes it the lightest, most powerful e-mountain bike, and the fastest trail bike you’ve ever ridden. And it has an impressive 73km (43mi) range. A flip-chip lets you bring the rear up to 29″ wheels (requires motor recalibration at your local shop), and adjustable headset cups give you 1.2º head angle adjustment! Cables can run through the headset or the frame, your choice (top models). Bikes from $7,000 to $14,000. (video here)

Scott Voltage eRide eMTB is even lighter, just less powerful

The new Scott Voltage eRide comes in even lighter at 18kg (39.7lbs), albeit with a smaller 50Nm TQ motor & 360Wh battery, but with an optional 160Wh range extender. It gets 155mm rear travel from their hidden shock, which keeps weight low on the bike, and features the Fox NUDE 6T shock with TwinLoc remote to activate a shorter-travel climbing mode. Front is 160mm travel, 29er wheels all around, 2.6″ tire clearance.

Up front is adjustable headset angle with stealth cable routing. A straight seat tube allows 140-210mm dropper seat posts, depending on frame size. All models use the same HMF 6 lightweight full carbon frame. MSRP $6,599 to $12,999. (videos here and here)

Tern Orox fat tire adventure e-cargo bike

The awesome new Tern Orox is pretty much everything I want in an adventure cargo e-bike. Its Bosch Performance Line CX motor can simultaneously run 725Wh and 800Wh batteries for up to 200 miles of range! It fits 29×3 or 27.5×4 or 26×5 tires on it, so it can handle any terrain, including snow thanks to an optional frame pack that insulates the main battery in freezing temps!

Full coverage, heavy duty fenders keep you clean, a 462lb on-road (397lb off-road) load rating (rider plus cargo) lets you bring it all, which required them to do extreme testing to ensure it will hold up (and why there’s no suspension fork, because they aren’t rated for that load!).

It fits riders from 155-195cm (5’1″ to 6’4″), has an integrated rear rack and tow-bar for mounting trailers, offers Rohloff/Gates or Shimano drivetrain options, and starts at $6,499. Pre-order now, available in April with lots of add-ons to customize. (videos here and here.)

Vvolt Slice Lite utility e-bike

Not quite a cargo bike but more than a commuter, the new Vvolt Slice Lite is a compact e-bike with a big front basket that can carry up to 40lbs. A sliding stabilizer rack inside it keeps things secure. The bike itself is just 52lbs thanks to a compact battery and 350w hub motor good for up to 55 miles. Adaptive power assist keeps it feeling natural, and you can throttle it when you don’t feel like pedaling.

It rolls on a Gates Belt Drive, wide 3″ tires, and a smaller 20″ wheel in the front to keep the cargo’s weight lower on the bike. 360º lighting keeps you visible, and the one-size-fits-most frame covers riders from 4’9″ to 6’4″. MSRP $2,248 with basket, $2,049 without.

Limar Livigno full face enduro MTB helmet is just 590g

2024 limar livigno ultra lightweight full face enduro DH mountain bike helmet

Last week, Giro’s Coalition dropped in with a lightweight 800g full face. This week, the Limar Livigno one ups them using a similar EPP foam behind an ABS plastic chin bar, but subs in MIPS Air Node, basically a break-away liner between the padding and the EPS shell. A full-surround in-molded polycarbonate shell and absence of extraneous hardware let them get the weight down to just 590g (size M, 640g size L).

Big vents keep you cool, and it comes with multiple removable cheek pad thicknesses, Fidlock magnetic closure, and adjustable visor. Meets CE EN 1078:2012+A1:2012, CPSC 16 CFR 1203, ASTM F1952-22, and MSRP is $249. (video here)

Tailfin 16L mini panniers are tiny but mighty

Tailfin’s new 16L Mini Panniers perfect for ripping to the office (it holds a 14″ laptop) or fast, light bikepacking. It uses their alloy X-Clamp mount, which keeps it secure over any terrain on their racks (included adapters let it fit any standard rack, too). Multiple roll-top closure methods keep it sealed, and removable compression straps for the sides that double as frame straps for extra stability.

They’re 100% waterproof with welded seams, Hypalon reinforcements, and ripstop nylon. An optional laptop holster keeps your computer from bouncing around inside. They also make 5L and 10L sizes if you want something even smaller. MSRP $125 per bag.

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Parting Thoughts

All I can say is, we’re in a golden age of e-bikes.

If you think of how far e-mountain bikes have come in just the past few years, think about how much better they’ll get in the next few.

Regardless, I really want that new Moterra SL and Tern Orox. They look rad, and way more fun than my current e-cargo bike (which is also rad, nothing against Yuba at all, but, I mean, just look at the Orox!)

If you’re still holding out, yelling at the clouds, maybe just give an e-bike a try.

They’re fun.

Regular pedal bikes are fun, too, of course.

But e-bikes are the same fun, but also a different fun. Like, two kinds of fun rolled up into one.

And we could all use a little more fun, right?

Have a great weekend.

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