Campagnolo // Hunt // Wolf Tooth // Tailfin // Specialized // Northwave & more!

campagnolo HPPM power meter crankset with spider shown closeup on a bike

Lots of cool new components, drivetrain bits, and upgrades this week! From Campy’s first power meter to riser drop bars for gravel, there are some seriously affordable new carbon wheels and a budget Shimano drivetrain, too! And a whole lot more! Here’s the best new stuff this week:

  • Campy HPPMpower meter
  • Hunt carbon road wheels
  • Shimano ESSA
  • Redshift Top Shelf drop bar
  • Prologo 3D bar tape
  • Feedback Ltd. Ed. Pro Stand
  • Tailfin frame bags
  • WTC valve stems
  • Fix Mfg Eflator digital pump
  • Bluegrass Jetro MTB helmet
  • Specialized Search & Recon
  • Northwave Hammer Plus
  • Random special editions

Campagnolo unveils its first-ever power meter

The new Campagnolo HPPM (High Performance Power Measurement is a spider-based power meter that they say is extremely accurate. It uses 16 strain gauges (four inside each of the spider’s arms) and a built-in gyroscope to measure torque and angular velocity every 5 milliseconds to deliver +/-1% accuracy.

The My Campy app provides wireless calibration and updates, plus post-ride power data analysis. It’ll provide more than a month of riding and completely recharge in under four hours, using the same magnetic charging cable as current wireless Campy groups (nice!).

It comes on a Super Record crankset with titanium Ultra-Torque axle and UD carbon fiber arms in 170/172.5/175mm lengths with three chainring combos (45/29, 48/32, 50/34). Crankset weight w/ PM is 656g (172.5mm w/ bearings installed and 45/29 chainrings). MSRP $2,449 (€2,240 / £1,949 / CAD$ 3,299).

Hunt Carbon Disc wheels get wider, still super affordable

The very affordable new Hunt Carbon Disc wheel lineup comes in 30/40/50mm depths with new, wider hooked rims measuring 22mm internal. The U-shaped aero rim profiles are proven in the wind tunnel and measure 30mm at their widest. They’re optimized for 700×28 tires, but rated for 25-50mm tires.

New 36-tooth ratchet rings inside the hubs provide 10º engagement and use a fixed ring on one side for simpler maintenance. They’re built with 24/24 spoke counts, but use “rider tuned” thinner double-butted spokes up front for compliance, and slightly thicker spokes in the rear for better power transfer.

Wheels ship tubeless ready but are tube-compatible. Weights are 1408g (30mm), 1433g (40mm), and 1464g (50mm). Prices from $979 to $999.

Shimano ESSA wide-range 8-speed group gives budget bikes modern gearing

Designed for the “Essence of Active”, the new 1×8 Shimano ESSA group brings a modern, well-designed wide-range drivetrain to low-cost bikes. Aimed at the Acera/Altus/Tourney price point bikes, it has narrow-wide chainrings and 400% range with an 11-45 cassette. Chainrings options are 32t and 40t, giving it appropriate options for both MTB and commuter bikes.

Separately, their CUES lineup gets new short-reach shifters and brake lever options for smaller riders. Their non-series entry level hubs will get better sealing and wider compatibility with Micro Spline and other current standards.

Feedback Sports limited team edition gold Pro Workstand

Feedback is celebrating 20 years with this limited edition gold and platinum (anodized, not actual) Pro Mechanic repair stand. It gets a special 20th anniversary badge and machined gold-anodized release button, too. Includes a padded travel storage bag. MSRP $450, less than 850 available worldwide.

Redshift Top Shelf riser drop bar

If you thought gravel bikes were basically becoming XC mountain bikes, this should confirm your suspicions. The new Redshift Top Shelf riser handlebar for road, touring, and gravel gives you 50mm and 70mm rise options, with a strut leveling off the top for additional accessory mounting space and/or handlebar bag support.

Available in 44/47/50cm widths, it gives you 2″ to 2.75″ of increased height without resorting to huge stacks of spacers on your steerer. Drops have 25º flare, 65-70mm reach, and 110mm drop. Weights from 499g to 545g. MSRP $139.99.

Prologo Onetouch 3D handlebar tape

The Prologo Onetouch 3D handlebar tape uses their F1-inspired CPC texture with conical elastomer tubes to create a 3.5mm thick bar tape that enhances grip and reduces vibrations, perfect for cobbles, cyclocross, and gravel. Already raced by the five World Tour teams they sponsor, it’s available now for $45 (€49.90). Weight is 129g for the set. Black only.

Tailfin frame bags come in too many sizes…

…and that’s a good thing. Tailfin’s new frame bags come in 6 half-frame bag sizes and 3 wedge sizes. Which means there’s something to fit any drop-bar bike you’ve got, and maybe even some full-suss MTBs. Half-frame options include 2.3/3.0/3.8/4.5/5.3/6.5 liters, and Wedges include 1.9/2.7/3.5 liters.

They’re 3D-welded and have internal carbon fiber space frames to hold their shape so they won’t bulge and cause knee rub. That frame also makes them easy to zip and unzip with one hand, and they don’t require a rear strap around your seat tube.

V-shaped cradles and Velcro-free TPU straps secure it to your frame and minimize sway and frame rub, and the front straps are positioned to match those on their top tube bag, so you can share straps between both for a cleaner look. Fully waterproof with a light-color interior with pockets and a hydration hose/charging cable port. MSRP $120-$160. (video here and here)

Wolf Tooth drops a rainbow of tubeless valve stems

The new Wolf Tooth Tubeless Valve Stem Kits come in 44mm and 60mm lengths and 9 colors, missing only olive and espresso from the rest of their collection. Match them with bottle cage bolts, bar-end plugs, headsets, seat collars and more to finish the look.

An oversized nut with big flanges makes it easy to install and tighten to prevent leaks. The caps are also machined aluminum, and the kit includes a color-matched alloy valve core removal tool, two extra valve cores, and three different rubber gaskets to fit any rim shape. MSRP $31.95.

Fix Mfg Eflator Digital Tire Pump gets a dual valve head

Fix Mfg’s tiny electric Eflator Digital Tire Pump now has a dual valve head, letting it work with both Presta & Schrader valves w/o adapters. Just set the desired pressure, press a button, and it does the rest while you get ready to ride. A built-in light makes it easy to find the valve stem at night. Pumps up to 100psi. MSRP $99.95.

Bluegrass Jetro 3/4-shell enduro/freeride mountain bike helmet

If you like to go big but a full-face is a bit much, the new Bluegrass Jetro 3/4-shell MTB helmet offers nearly full coverage with excellent ventilation, full visibility, and goggle compatibility. The integrated visor breaks away on impact, and MIPS C2 rotational impact protection earned it a 5-Star rating from the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab.

Removable cheek pads, Fidlock magnetic buckle, a 360º “head belt”, and three vertical adjustments in the retention system make it easy to dial the fit. Three sizes, weights from 570g to 660g. MSRP €250, not available in the US (yet?).

Specialized Search helmet & more affordable Recon gravel shoes

The new Specialized Search all-road/gravel helmet has their biggest vents ever for more cooling. It’s just $160, but is stacked with useful features like MIPS, sunglasses dock, and the same straps and retention mech as their high-end Evade & Prevail helmets. It even has a 5-Star safety rating from Virginia Tech Helmet Lab. (video here)

The updated Recon gravel shoe line is led by a 10g-lighter Recon 3.0, which is nearly S-Works level but $200 less. It has a carbon sole for efficient pedaling, but a flex toe for easier walking. Seamless upper and dual BOA Li2 dials keep it comfy. Below it are the Recon 2.0 and 1.0 with single BOA dials and slightly less-stiff soles. All have chunky rubber treads, but not as chunky as…

Northwave Hammer Plus gravel adventure shoes

Built with an XC shoe fit on a walkable sole with thick rubber treads, the new Northwave Hammer Plus is for riders who prioritize fun and exploration over segment wins. The Jaws Evo outsole provides tons of stability and grip when walking or portaging your bike, making them perfect for bikepacking. They have more toe flex and arch support than their other shoes, too.

They use NW’s X-Dial with a small lever that makes micro-adjustments super easy while riding, and release quick and complete for fast shoe removal. Available in four colors, standard and wide, men’s and women’s. MSRP is just $149 (€135). Below that is the standard Hammer with Velcro straps only for €99.99.

Limited edition colors from Fizik & Spot Bikes

These two would go great together! The limited Atlas Enrosadira color is inspired by the colorful skies found high in the Dolomites at dusk and dawn, where the mountains radiate a rosy hue. The design is a collab with Sportler and All4cycling, available on the Fizik Terra gravel shoes for $170.

The Spot Ryve 115 Limited Edition Twilight Purple is sweet new color for their light trail/downcountry bike. The unique Living Link suspension uses a flexible carbon fiber plate in lieu of a lower rocker arm, which gives it a very efficient pedaling platform and good support throughout the 115mm rear travel.

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Parting Thoughts

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