Cane Creek // Parlee // Kona // FiftyOne // Zipp // Trek // Maxxis & lots more!

cane creek invert gravel suspension fork on a bike

Below are the cream of the crop from a flood of product announcements this week. Why so many? Because it’s Sea Otter Classic week, and every brand under the sun uses the world’s largest consumer cycling festival to launch new products.

There’s lots of new bikes and XC race tires, plus several interesting wheels and components. I’ll have even more to show you next week. For now, here’s the highlights, starting off with the incredible new Cane Creek Invert!

  • Cane Creek Invert
  • Parlee Ouray
  • Kona Ouroboros
  • Jamis Renegade
  • FiftyOne SIKA
  • Blackheart Road AL
  • Sierra Roamer
  • Race Face Era chainring
  • Fox Transfer
  • Ritchey SuperLogic Butano Ridge
  • Industry Nine Solid M Hubs
  • e13 Piedmont gravel wheels
  • Zipp Super 9
  • Crank Bros Candy Lace
  • North St. Adventure Panniers
  • Restrap Race Top Tube Bag Short
  • Trek CarBack radar taillight
  • Insta360 X4
  • New MTB Tires:
    • Bontrager RSL
    • Hutchinson Python 3
    • Vittoria Peyote & Mezcal Race
    • Maxxis Team Issue Aspen

Cane Creek Invert upside down gravel suspension fork

The new Cane Creek Invert used what they knew about suspension forks, left out all of the mountain bike-specific stuff, and created the world’s lightest telescoping gravel suspension fork. A carbon-and-alloy upper chassis pairs with forged-and-machined alloy lowers to hit 990g in the SL version (30mm travel). The Invert CS adds a Climb Switch lockout and weighs 1,113g (40mm travel).

Besides the upside down construction, what makes it really unique is there’s no damping cartridge. They say it’s unnecessary with such short travel, so it only added weight and complexity. I’ve ridden it, and I agree, especially since it’s aimed at gravel racers sticking to dirt roads and groomed surfaces. It’s for the roadie who’s switched to gravel, not the mountain biker looking for a drop bar trail bike.

The Climb Switch is a simple push-button hydraulic lockout. On the bike, it’s barely noticeable that it’s a suspension fork, which was very intentional. Bikerumor has a great article with cutaway views if you want a deeper dive. MSRP is $1,099 for SL, $1,199 for CS. Available mid-summer.

Parlee Ouray monocoque all-road endurance bike

I’ve been a Parlee fan for a long time so I’m giving them a bit extra. The new Ouray is their first new bike in years, and it’s a big departure from their typical aesthetic, yet very much a Parlee.

The frame is a one-piece monocoque construction, which is rare enough, but they take it a step further with exacting layups that let them sell it with a nude finish – no paint, filler, bonding, or anything else to hide the meticulous carbon placement. It’s topped with a durable wax coating, nothing more, which saves 100g or more versus paint.

closeup details of parlee ouray monocoque carbon fiber road bike

The Ouray (“yur-ay”) is their first bike with a sloping top tube, and geometry is fully modern and designed for endurance riding with a bit more stack, shorter reach, and clearance for 700×38 tires. Thin, dropped seatstays and “tuned compliance” keep it comfy, but with a stiff BB section and angular downtube & head tube for the explosive acceleration and precise handling Parlee is known for.

Electronic drivetrains only, stealth routing, T47 BB, and UDH are standard. The front brake mounts fit 160mm rotors directly, with no adapters, for a cleaner look and easy upsizing to 180mm for larger riders. Frames are made in EU, then assembled and custom painted (if you want) in their Massachusetts HQ. All builds are custom with cockpit and crank length specs fit to you. Framesets from $5,299.

Kona Ouroboros is the mountain biker’s gravel bike…maybe?

This is a weird one. The new Kona Ouroboros has been ready to launch for almost 3 years, but, you know, they had to do some BOGO deals to clear out inventory. Now it’s launched as a mountain bikey gravel bike, with a super slack front end and suspension corrected geo that’s nearly identical to their Sutra.

It comes in carbon, and was supposed to come in alloy, but apparently they just cancelled the alloy option. And then they set up their Sea Otter booth, then was told by their CEO to take down the booth and report back to the office. So, maybe you’ll be able to get one, maybe not. Here’s a review of it if you’d like to check it out. (video here)

Jamis Renegade adventure bikes get a full refresh

2025 jamis renegade gravel adventure bikes in carbon and steel frames

The new Jamis Renegade gravel adventure bikes come in carbon and steel, no more alloy) and are fully updated with a bit slacker front end, 1x and 2x compatibility, and tire clearance up to 700x50mm. A flip chip in the fork dropout lets you change the head angle and offset to optimize around 700×30 road tires, letting you swap wheels and tires to make it a road bike, too.

It has 21 mounts across the frame and fork, making it great for commuting and bikepacking, and maintains normal (external) cockpit routing on the carbon frame, and full external routing on the steel frame. Bikes from $2,399 to $8,999, steel frameset is just $1,099.

FiftyOne Sika is a 690g everyman’s road bike

FiftyOne Sika carbon road bike

The FiftyOne Sika is designed to be an ultralight, high-performance road bike that’s designed for regular riders, not pro racers. It’s something between a race bike and an all-road bike. The geo is based on hundreds of custom bike fits they’ve done over the years, then built with high-end Toray carbon fiber to hit 690g for a medium.

It fits 700×40 tires, has a standard 27.2 seatpost, and thin split seatstays for comfort, but aero optimized tube shapes, stiff BB, and new one-piece bar/stem for speed. It has a lifetime guarantee and UCI-approval, too. MSRP $4,500, which sounds like a lot until you compare it to top-end framesets from big brands.

BlackHeart Road AL is a modern alloy road bike

blackheart bicycle co aluminum road bike in pink

Offered as a more affordable (bikes from $3,999) version of their titanium road bike, the new BlackHeart Bicycle Co. Road AL has a fully modern aluminum road bike with integrated cable routing at the cockpit and ENVE IN-route fork.

Dropped seatstays and 34mm tire clearance add a bit of compliance, but with an aeroshaped downtube and otherwise stiff frame, it’s a race bike, with sharp handling perfect for crits. Framesets are $1999 with Cerakote finish.

Sierra Roamer custom bike by Hot Salad x Paul Component

Every year Sierra Nevada and Paul Component create a custom bike to raffle off to raise money for a non-profit, this year it’s The Roam Collective, where you can find all the details on this sick custom build from Hot Salad Bicycles.

Race Face Era carbon fiber-and-steel chainring

Able to handle the torque of a Cummins diesel engine, there’s little chance you’ll break the new Race Face Era chainring. And with stainless steel teeth, it’ll take you 5x longer to wear it out, too.

By combining carbon fiber spider with stainless steel teeth and an alloy mount, it weighs the same (82g) as an alloy chainring, but lasts way longer. Available in 52/55mm offsets and versions to fit Shimano and “other” 12-speed chains (including SRAM Flat Top), with 30/32/34 tooth counts. MSRP $149. CINCH crankset mounting only.

Fox Transfer dropper post now smoother & more durable

The new Fox Transfer posts have seriously upgraded internals to be smoother than ever, requiring 46% less force to initiate, which means less jockeying for position to properly weight and drop the saddle. New Ekonol bushings have tighter tolerances, and updated bushing placement reduce play.

The collar twists off without tools, letting you wipe it down, but double internal seals plus a wiper give it a claimed 300-hour service life. You can also reduce travel by up to 25mm, and there’s a new dedicated 34.9 version to maximized stiffness. Travel options from 120-240mm before adjustments.

Lastly, they simplified the shaft and IFP design to reduce leaking, and added a Schrader valve so you can now adjust air pressure on your own. A revised clamp head makes it easier to adjust saddle angle, and price is lower – $289 (black) to $339.95 (Kashima).

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Ritchey SuperLogic Butano Ridge gravel bar-stem combo

Like Ritchey’s wide, flared gravel bars but wanted a lightweight, one-piece carbon fiber cockpit option that’s stealth routing compatible? The new SuperLogic Butano Ridge is it, with a -20º stem rise for a nearly level setup on modern bikes. Specs are 17.5º flare, 5º backsweep, 73mm reach, 115mm drop, and 417g weight in its largest size.

The underside has a removable cable cover for easy stealth routing and includes an adapter to fit bolt-on computer mounts. MSRP $599, available in 420/90, 420/100, 440/100, and 440/110 bar width/stem length combos.

Industry Nine Solix M hubs & wheels

industry nine solix m wheels

Industry Nine has taken their new lightweight Solix hubs over to XC/Downcountry riding with the new Solix M wheels. The Solix hubs have a snappy 0.59º engagement with five pawls ratcheting across 605 points of contact.

They’re laced to your choice of alloy or carbon rims in XC and trail widths/designs. All are laced with Industry Nine’s custom alloy spokes, with weights ranging from 1,385g – 1,535g and all the anodized color options you could want.

e*Thirteen Piedmont Race gravel wheels come in carbon & alloy

The new e*Thirteen Piedmont Race Carbon gravel wheels are a bit wider (26mm internal vs 24mm) than their XCX lineup, and get a faster engaging hub (3º vs 13º) with better sealing, too. Laced 24/24 with Spam double-butted spokes, they claim good compliance and a reasonably light 1600g w/ valve stems & tape (rims are only 340g each). MSRP $1,680/set.

There’s also an alloy version with 24mm wide (internal) rims that are just 19.5mm deep. Same hub and spokes, and weight is 1,500g (rims are 415g each). MSRP $750/set.

Zipp Super 9 full disc triathlon/track wheel

Zipp’s first and latest wheels are a full disc rear wheel for track and TT. The new Zipp Super 9 is wider, with a hookless tubeless rim bed optimized for 700×28 tires with lower tire pressure.

They come with the TyreWiz wireless tire pressure monitor to help ensure you’re running the ideal pressure at all times. Weight is 1,050g, internal rim width is 23mm, external is 30.4mm, and max tire pressure is 73psi. MSRP $3,000.

Crank Brothers Candy Lace gravel shoes

The new Crank Bros Candy Lace gravel shoes use a fiber-reinforced nylon sole for good pedaling efficiency while still being walkable (something I’ve proven on a recent “adventure” ride that included several unrideable sections). The gummy outsole is grippy, and the water-resistant upper fits well without creating any weird creases.

The lace-up design is fully color matched, and the laces tuck under an elastic strap with their lovely pull tab making it easy to use. A longer 35mm cleat track with wide open entry and exit makes it really easy to clip in and fine tune your pedal position. MSRP $159.99.

North St. Adventure Micro+Macro pannier bags

North St. Bags has upgraded their Adventure Panniers with a lighter, more streamlined design. They now use a single-layer waterproof sailcloth with side-clip rolltop closure and outer zipper pocket. Velcro straps loop around racks, saving weight compared to hook hardware. Available in Micro (14L / 16.5oz weight / $120) and Macro (21L / 19.5oz / $120) in 11 colors.

Their Trunk Bag gets the same new side-clip rollmop design, fabric and colors (8L closed, 12L open / 9.7oz / $120), and also attaches with Velcro straps. The new Handlebar Pack (2.8L / 7.2oz / $95) attaches with two included nano-voile straps & a shock cord, has two external mesh pockets on the backside, and interior zipper pocket with key fob.

Restrap Race Top Tube Bag, short version

Restrap’s original Race Top Tube Bag Long is really long, stretching about 2/3 of the way down my top tube for plenty of snack storage. There’s also a Regular version, and now a new 1.2L Short version, too!

The compact size simplifies with a one-way YKK Aquaguard waterproof zipper (not two-way like the longer models), but keeps the same X21 technical waterproof outer and nylon inner materials. MOLLE strap loops let you strap it on solo, combine with a frame bag, or use the integrated holes for strapless bolt-on mounting. MSRP $83.99 (£59.99 / €71.99)

Trek CarBack radar taillight

The Trek CarBack Radar Taillight adds another measure of safety to their already fantastic bike lights. It pairs with all compatible GPS cycling computers via ANT+ and with their own TrekAccessory smartphone app, which displays the car’s location in more detail. Side indicator lights show battery status while riding or with a quick press while off.

It detects cars from 240m, and the light has 2km daytime visibility and “disruptive” flash pattern to alert drivers well before they reach you. It’s compact, about 2/3 the height of a Garmin Varia, and comes with a versatile mount that fits aero seatposts, too. MSRP $199.

Insta360 X4 is an 8K 360º camera with AI processing

The new Insta360 X4 action camera bumps up to 8K30 (or 5.7K60 or 4K100), giving you incredibly high resolution even when framing and cropping down for standard POV-style footage. Even “ME Mode”, where it tracks you (or any subject) automatically, can record in higher 4K30fps or 2.7K120fps and spit out ready-to-share flat video clips.

Inside is a bigger battery, offering up to 135 minutes of 5.7k30 filming, and their 5Nm AI chip, giving it voice and gesture control for touch-free operation when you need to mount it away from you. It even pairs with Bluetooth headsets to record audio and give you voice control.

The companion app makes framing easy, just move your phone to create the framing and it saves a flat video clip for export. A larger 2.5″ Gorilla Glass touchscreen makes it easy to see what you’re shooting and switching modes. Horizon locking, steady shooting, time lapse, and the usual features are all here. Mobile and Desktop editing apps included free. MSRP $499. (video here)

Bontrager upgrades MTB tires with RSL-level options

Left to right, the new Bontrager Sainte-Anne, Vallnord, Montrose, and Gunnison are a complete revamp of their MTB tire line. The left two are XC race tires, with the Vallnord for mixed conditions including wet roots and rocks, and the Sainte-Ann for dry, hardpack trails. Both get new RSL 220tpi casing options with woven sidewall protection and dual tread compounds for lightweight, fast-rolling performance.

The right two are trail tires, getting dual or triple compound options and RSL XT 120tpi construction with full bead-to-bead protective layer and apex pinch-flat cushions. These RSL models are the new top option, with Comp, Elite & Pro levels beneath them.

Hutchinson Python 3 reboots their top XC tire

The Hutchinson Python won the first Olympic XC MTB race in 1996, and with 2024 being another Olympic year, it’s getting a reboot and a new Python Race semi-slick option. The top-level Python 3 Racing Lab edition gets their Hardskin protection layer from bead to bead, two layer 66tpi casing with overlap under the tread cap, and RaceRipost XC compound with its familiar but updated tread design. Weights from 780g-810g.

For dry, hardpack conditions, the new Python Race uses a more supple 127tpi casing with the same dual layer/overlap layout, but no protective layer for weights as low as 600g for 29×2.4. Both have casings optimized for higher volumes 29×2.4 sizes and modern wide rims in mind.

New Vittoria Mezcal & Peyote Race XC tires

Vittoria’s Mezcal and Peyote XC tires get updated designs and a new Race Formulation rubber that blends Graphene and Silica for better wet grip and suppleness. It’s laid over a durable 60TPI tubeless-ready casing that’s both durable and supple.

They the new tread design is faster and more agile, and the updated construction makes them tough enough for modern courses, but with great deformation for improved traction. Available in 2.25 & 2.4 widths, 29er only. Weights from 680g-740g. MSRP is $99.99.

Maxxis Team Spec 170tpi Aspen XC race tires

The current 120tpi MaxxSpeed tires from Maxxis are really good, but the new 170tpi Team Spec Aspen tires offer a limited time chance to get the same tires their World Cup pros (like Nino) race on. I’ve ridden prior 170tpi Maxxis tires at a press thing and they’re incredible.

These combine MaxxSpeed compound with their lightest casings, saving about 60g over the 120tpi versions. They have EXO protection, but won’t be as durable, so save ’em for race day. It’s offered on the Aspen and new Aspen ST (shown on left…semi-tread?), a formerly pro-only option that’ll now also be available in a 120tpi version. Available 2.25 & 2.4 widths, 29er only. MSRP $100-$101/tire.

Small Bites

Parting Thoughts

I’m at Sea Otter, hustling to get this out and back to the show, so no deep thoughts this week.

If you’re digging those new tires, I’ll have some coming in for test soon, but in the meantime, please check out BikeTiresDirect. Not only are they sponsoring this newsletter this week and throughout the year (Thanks BTD!!!), they also have a huge selection of tires for every type of riding, often before anyone else has them in stock.


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