Fox // Trek // ENVE // Silca x Supreme // Princeton // Battaglin & more!

2023 Battaglin Portofino G lugged steel gravel bike with internal cable routing

This week we have two gorgeous steel gravel bikes, one classic and one that’s bleeding edge, plus some ultralight climbers’ wheels, a Silca x Supreme collab (and really tall aero socks), fork tuning bits, a carbon bottle cage, lightweight dropper posts, bold new e-cargo bikes from Trek, and more! Here’s the best new stuff this week…

  • Battaglin steel gravel bike
  • Ritchey Outback 50th Anniv
  • Silca x SUPREME?
  • PC’s ultralight wheels
  • ENVE CIM bottle cages
  • Transition Smuggler
  • Fox Transfer SL Trail
  • Formula fork tuning
  • Reserve alloy MTB wheels
  • Bell Full 10
  • Trek Fetch+ cargo bike
  • Electra e-bike
  • Brompton x CHPT3

Battaglin Portofino G custom lugged steel gravel bike

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Battaglin (batta-yeen) has long pushed the boundaries of lugged steel bikes with oversized tubing and brilliant finishes and details. The new Portofino G gravel bike takes this up a notch with a straight 1.5″ head tube to hide all hoses inside…nothing to hide the incredible cromovelato finish.

Their custom seatpost clamp uses a hidden wedge to put even pressure on the post with no visible bolts. Tubing is custom drawn Columbus GB81 steel with a carbon fork, max tire is 700×40. Only 70 will be made each year, each full custom including paint. Frameset price is €5,000.

Ritchey Outback 50th anniversary gravel bike

50th anniversary Ritchey Outback steel gravel bike in blue fade paint with Ingrid drivetrain

Available in limited quantities with this faded Half Moon Blue paint and special decals, the 50th Anniversary Ritchey Outback frameset runs $1,699.

It’s otherwise the same as ever, featuring rack & fender mounts, 700×48 or 650Bx50 tire clearance, and easy external cable routing. Shown here built with Ingrid Component’s cranks, cassette, and rear derailleur, plus Ritchey wheels, tires, and cockpit.

Supreme x Silca mini tool, plus Tall Aero Socks!

supreme x silca bicycle mini tool

You know you’ve made it when Supreme requests a collab, and they asked Silca, who made a custom Supreme-branded Tredici mini tool. Naturally, it sold out before Silca could even post about it.

silca tall aero socks with drag reducing texture chevrons to create laminar airflow

For those days when your unshaven legs are creating drag, the new Silca Tall Aero socks cover more with “turbulator” chevrons to smooth airflow…and save 5-10 watts! They’re made in Italy, cuff height is 19.5cm (the UCI legal limit), with flat toe seams and six colors. MSRP is $30/pair.

Princeton Carbon ALTA 3532 ultralight climbing wheelset

princeton carbon alta 3532 ultralight climbers road bike wheelset with wave rim profile

With a new low-profile 348g rim that keeps their signature mixed-depth wave pattern, the new Princeton Carbon ALTA 3532 wheels deliver a modern 21mm wide (internal), tubeless-ready disc brake climber’s wheelset as low as 1,094g.

Weight savings come from a new rim layup and design, minimizing interior material while shortening the drive side (rear) and disc brake (front) spoke lengths to improve bracing angle and lateral stiffness. Optional 215g Tactic Racing hubs help, too. The solid tire bed means no tape required to go tubeless. Prices from $3,000 to $4,150.

ENVE Carbon Injection Molded water bottle cage

enve CIM carbon injection molded lightweight bottle cage that holds tight over rough terrain

The new ENVE C.I.M. bottle cage uses long fiber carbon-reinforced polyamide that’s injection molded into a full coverage cage. Rails wrap around the bottle tightly and completely, preventing bottle creep and ejection, even on the roughest terrain. It’s just 31g, and surprisingly affordable (for ENVE) at just $35.

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Transition Smuggler gets longer travel, cleaner cables & lines

2023 transition smuggler 130mm travel trail mountain bike with size specific geometry being ridden on loamy trail

Last updated in 2018, the new 2023 Transition Smuggler adds 10mm more rear travel, now at 130mm, paired with 140mm forks. The frame is updated to match the aesthetics, kinematics, and size-specific chainstays of the Spur and Sentinel, sitting between them in travel.

Designed to be equally effective up and down the mountain, it gets new drop-in headset bearings and cleaner internal cable routing, tool/accessory mount, and 29×2.5″ tire clearance. Framesets (6.6lb claimed, carbon, size M w/ shock, $3,699) are available now, complete bikes coming soon. Prices from $5,999 to $8,499. (video here)

Fox Transfer SL droppers add longer 125-150mm travel options

2023 fox transfer sl long travel lightweight dropper seatpost for downcountry and trail mountain bikes

Originally only available in 50/70/75/100mm travel for XC and gravel bikes, the lightweight Fox Transfer SL dropper post now has 125mm and 150mm travel lengths. Aimed at Downcountry and Trail bikes, they weigh just 432g and 437g respectively, but only come in 31.6mm diameters.

That’s up to 167g lighter than comparable Transfer posts, and it’s available in Factory (Ti hardware, Kashima upper, $399) and Performance Elite (+10g steel hardware, Black upper, $329). Minimum insertion is 80mm, max is 275mm. Remote lever sold separately.

New Formula CTS insert makes forks way more supple

formula CTS replaceable high-speed compression damping circuits let you customize your MTB fork tune

Formula’s CTS (compression tuning system) is a series of swappable high-speed compression damping circuits that let you quickly & easily customize your fork’s tune. The latest Violet circuit opens up high speed ports to allow for much faster, easier compression in fast hits (like rocks, roots, etc.).

Low-speed compression is unaffected and still externally adjustable. This new circuit comes stock on all forks, and other circuits are available for ~€60. (Install video here)

Reserve launch alloy mountain bike wheels w/ lifetime warranty

Reserve alloy mountain bike wheels are affordable with a lifetime warranty

Like their carbon wheels, the new Reserve Trail & Enduro/eMTB alloy mountain bike wheels get a lifetime warranty. At just $699 with DT350 hubs, choose from 29er, 27.5″, or a mixed wheelset. And they come with the excellent $50 Fillmore valve stems, too!

The tradeoff is weight. The 30SL-AL is 1,920g (30mm internal rim width, 500g 29er rim weight), and the 30HD-AL is 2,000g (30mm internal, 580g rim weight, and you’re right, that doesn’t exactly add up). The HD wheelset is also available with Super Boost 12×157 Industry Nine hubs, also for $699.

Bell Full-10 goes full send on safety features

Bell Full-10 Spherical MIPS full face helmet for enduro, DH, and MTB bike park riding. Photo by Austin White.

The new Bell Full-10 is the first full face MTB helmet with Spherical MIPS, allowing the outer shell to roll and twist independently of the inner frame. Watch their video to see how it works.

Add massive vents, a breakaway visor and included, removable camera mounts, quick-release magnetic pads, titanium hardware and more, and it’s an impressive package for DH, park, and enduro. Four sizes w/ multiple cheek pad widths to fit anyone. MSRP $650, weight is 1,000g (size M).

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Trek Fetch+ e-cargo bikes

trek fetch+ 2 e-cargo bike with rear rack holding two kids and hardshell pannier baskets

The new Trek Fetch+ e-cargo bikes come in two flavors, the traditional looking Fetch+ 2 and the bakfiets-style Fetch+ 4. Both are powered by a Class 1 Bosch BES3 Smart System with 500Wh and 750Wh batteries, respectively.

The Fetch+ 2 ($5,999) has a 240lb capacity, with available hard-sided panniers holding an impressive 20lbs (front) and 159lbs (rear). Or put two kids on it (up to 79lbs each); it’s compatible with popular child seats without any adapters. It comes with 20″ wheels, rear footrests and twin-leg kickstand.

trek fetch+ 2 bakfiets e-cargo bike with front cargo basket with reclining child seats

The front loader Fetch+ 4 ($8,499) uses an Enviolo internally geared hub with Gates Belt Drive and steer-by-cable design with larger 27.5″ rear wheel, 20″ front. The front basket holds up to 80kg (176lb) has two built-in, reclining child seats w/ 5-point harnesses. It also has a rear rack that can support a kid’s seat.

They’re available in Europe now, the US in March. Fenders, panniers, & other accessories sold separately.

Electra Loft Go city e-bikes

The Electra Loft Go e-bikes come in step-thru and step-over designs, both for $1,999 (each). The step-thru model has a more upright, relaxed geometry for cruising about. The step-over has a sportier riding position & handling.

Both have an alloy frame with internal 250Wh battery w/ a 250Wh range extender battery available, a Class 1 (20mph max assist) 250W/40Nm hub motor, 7-speed drivetrain, lights, and color-matched fenders.

Brompton x CHPT3 edition titanium folding bike

2023 Brompton x CHPT3 limited edition folding bike with titanium frame and fork

At 1.5kg lighter than the original, the 4th edition Brompton x CHPT3 edition gets a titanium fork and rear triangle on their steel frame. That’s the start, then they add their own direct-mount 60g 4-speed derailleur, Tubolito ultralight tubes, and custom tan-wall Schwalbe One tires.

A Fizik Terra Argo X5 gravel saddle damps vibration and has a short nose, Ergon grips provide premium handles. A custom waterproof Hypalon frame bag stores an included spare tube. Claimed weight is 9.5kg (20.5lb), retail is $3,200. (Video here)

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