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Cervelo // Norco // Digit // Reserve // Vittoria // OneUp & More!!!

Cervelo // Norco // Digit // Reserve // Vittoria // OneUp & More!!!

It’s a big week this week; too many killer new things to fit in the headline! Add EVOC, Wolf Tooth Components, Ritchey, and Pirelli to that list. Plus, REI partnered with Airstream to create a killer, gear-filled camper trailer. Here’s all the best stuff to talk about on today’s lunch ride!

Cervelo S5 aero road bike gets faster and lighter

The all-new Cervelo S5 aero road bike helped Team Jumbo-Visma take Yellow, Green & Polka Dot jerseys at the Tour de France thanks to a lighter, and faster, frame. Taking advantage of the UCI’s updated rules about tube ratios, they made almost all the tubes deeper, and revised the trailing edges, too.

Combined with the new wider Reserve wheels (below) and tires (it fits up to 700×34!), they say it drops 65g of drag, with improvements at every wind angle. Their V-shaped stem drops 53g and adds adjustability, too. MSRP is $9,000 with Ultegra or Force, and $13,000 with Dura-Ace or RED…electronic drivetrains only.

New Reserve Turbulent Aero road, rumble-ready gravel wheels

reserve 52-63 aero road bike wheels and 25GR gravel wheels are lightweight and affordable

Coming as OE on the new S5, the Reserve 52/63 “Turbulent Aero” road wheels use different rim profiles front to rear, and get really wide with 24-25mm internal widths to fit tires up to 700×35. The new rims are lighter, too, offering a really fast aero wheelset as light as 1,514g with a lifetime warranty, starting at just $1,799.

The new Reserve 25GR gravel wheels (right) get a shallow, wider rim (25mm internal) with a semi-hooked profile and a broad bead seat they say makes it super easy to mount tubeless tires. Aimed at riders that favor technical terrain and singletrack, they’re still light enough for racing at 1,358g with Industry Nine 1/1 hubs. MSRP is $1,599.

Ritchey WCS Zeta GX alloy gravel wheels

Ritchey WCS Zeta GX alloy gravel wheels

The new Ritchey WCS Zeta GX bring their MTB roots to an affordable, modern, all-purpose gravel wheelset. For just $599, you get a 25mm wide (internal, 29mm external) rim with an offset spoke drilling and shallow 19mm depth.

They’re built with new WCS thru axle/Center Lock hubs with sealed cartridge bearings, 36 points of engagement, and tall flanges for a little extra lateral stiffness from the double-butted DT Competition spokes. Available in 650B (1,740g) and 700c (1,840g, including rim tape), choose from HG, XDR or Campy N3W freehub bodies.

Vittoria Corsa N.EXT tires combine speed, grip, and durability

vittoria corsa next endurance road bike tires with puncture protection and high grip

Vittoria wanted make a multi-layer 100tpi nylon casing as supple as a cotton casing, but more durable. The new Corsa N.EXT endurance road bike tire is the result. A puncture protection layer under the tread cap makes it even tougher, and a Graphene & Silica rubber compound delivers grip, low rolling resistance, and longevity.

Available in 24/26/28/30/32/34mm widths in tube-type (shown center) & tubeless (on right), the 28mm-and-wider TLR sizes are hookless rim compatible. The protection and thick rubber adds weight, with a 700×28 TR tire hitting 330g, but if comfortable, reliable performance is your priority, grab them for $85/tire. (available at JensonUSA)

Pirelli takes Yellow with new tubeless tire sealant

Pirelli tubeless tire sealant is bright yellow to make punctures easier to see

Using a bright yellow that should make leaks super obvious, Pirelli’s new tubeless tire sealant comes in two varieties – road, and everything else. The high-pressure P-Zero road bike sealant uses latex and ammonia with micro particles to help seal things up quickly, and is CO2 compatible.

The Gravel (Cinturato) and MTB (Scorpion) sealants are the same product. This one’s latex, protein, and ammonia free, so they’re easier on your rims, and are designed for tires running from 15-100psi. Looks good, but good luck finding this liquid gold anywhere yet.

Norco Fluid FS is a full-suspension alloy MTB for everyone

2023 norco fluid fs alloy full suspension trail mountain bike

Tired of all the very specific mountain bikes focused on a sub-niche of riding? With 130mm travel, an affordable 6061 alloy frame, low standover, long droppers, and geometries for riders from 5’1″ to 6’7″, the new Norco Fluid FS is the mountain bike for every type of ride and rider, from beginner to advanced.

The frame gets a custom tuned rear shock to make the most of its travel, plus integrated accessory mounts under the top tube. A 140mm fork handles front impacts, and 29″ wheels with 2.35″/2.4″ tires roll over anything (it’ll fit up to 29×2.6″). Four models range from $2,699 to $4,499.

Digit Datum MTB integrates the rear shock into the frame

Digit Datum full suspension mountain bike with rear shock integrated into the frame

The made-in-California Digit Datum full suspension mountain bike integrates its rear shock directly into the frame. The design reduces moving parts, which saves weight and increases lateral stiffness. Claimed weight for the custom-butted alloy frame (w/ shock, obvi) is 6.4lb, size large.

The bike gets 140mm rear travel and is designed around a 27.5″ rear wheel and a 29er front wheel with 150-160mm fork. They say it’s as efficient as an XC bike, but able to keep up in the bike parks. In development for years, it’s finally on sale now with delivery in early fall. MSRP is $3,500 for frame only.

OneUp upgrades their dropper post remote

oneup components v3 dropper seatpost remote with replaceable thumb pads in colors.

The OneUp Dropper Post Remote V3 has a revised cam that reduces the required thumb force by 27%, making it easier than ever to engage your dropper seatpost. Replaceable thumbpads come in seven colors and have a port on the back to trap the end of your cable. It’s $45 w/ cable and housing, just add your choice of 22.2, MMX, i-Spec EV or i-Spec II clamp for $14.50 more.

Wolf Tooth Espresso colorway tamps down the bling

wolf tooth components espresso brown anodized color bike parts

Wolf Tooth Component’s new Espresso ano option gives you an understated way to add color across your bike. It’s available on most components they make – bolt kits, headsets, seat collars, dropper levers, and even their Cerakote Morse Cage Ti bottle cage. Check out all the options in their Color Shop.

New EVOC frame bags are ready for any bikepacking adventure

new EVOC bikepacking frame bags collection are waterproof and lightweight

EVOC’s new bikepacking collection features a fully waterproof set of frame, saddle, and handlebar bags. Compared to their original collection, this one adds more sizes (with a seat bag up to 16L), and designs more focused on gravel bike frames rather than mountain bikes.

The seat bag’s BOA dial mounting system is upgraded, cable channels make the handlebar bag easier to mount, and both of them get better vents so they roll up and compress easier. All straps are upgraded to Hypalon Velcro for stronger, more durable connections to the bike, and all pieces have reflective hits. Available this Autumn.

REI x Airstream Basecamp camper trailer

REI Airstream Basecamp camper trailer shown in the desert

If you prefer to haul your camp behind your car, this special edition REI Airstream Basecamp trailer comes equipped for longer adventures. It gets upgraded solar panel capacity, a composting toilet, indoor and outdoor showers, and extra gear storage compartments and lash points inside.

Starting at $52,900, it’s a compact 16′ camper that sleeps two, has a full kitchen with panoramic windows, rooftop A/C, and tankless water heater. Use the side door for entry, and the rear door for loading your bike inside. Oversize tires and generous departure angles let you take it off the beaten path, too.

Small Bites

Deals

  • Pactimo Summer Kits are 30% OFF until midnight tonight (29th)
  • Club Ride flannels & pants 25% OFF w/ code SummerCleaning25
  • REI has a HUGE sale on bike parts, gear & WTB tires thru 8/8
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