Haro // Canyon // HED // Bontrager // Muc-Off // Stan’s // OnGuard & more!

2025 haro buzzard gravel bike at sea otter classic

It seems there’s a renaissance coming for tubeless valve stems, with three completely new designs launching at Sea Otter. But the most surprising thing was the resurgence of three brands -Turner, Haro, and HED- that’ve been real quiet for years finally showed something new. I also found a few other cool new bikes, components and tech. Here’s the best new stuff this week:

  • Haro is back!
  • Turner, too!
  • Canyon Neuron ONfly
  • Devinci e-Troy
  • HED Vanquish
  • Project321 gravel hubs
  • Rockshox Rudy Ultimate
  • Rockshox Domain & Psylo
  • Bontrager valve stems
  • Muc-Off valve stems
  • Stan’s valve stems
  • Fizik Antares Adaptive
  • OnGuard Rock Solid U-Lock
  • Restrap hydration vests
  • Crank Bros cleat tool
  • 1UP Super Duty rack

Haro reboots with performance gravel & road racing bikes

If BMX is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Haro Bikes, you’re not alone. To date, anything they did with 700c wheels was offered under the Masi brand. But that’s about to change as they go all in on high performance bikes.

The Buzzard Top Shelf gravel bike packs lots of frame and fork mounts, plus internal downtube storage, and full stealth cable routing. Seatstays are bowed and offset, helping absorb and redirect impact forces away from your bum.

The “Top Shelf” spec gets SRAM Force XPLR AXS with Reverb AXS dropper and FSA AGX carbon wheels. MSRP $6,799, available in May.

The Haro Rivette road bike gets a BLKTEC one-piece bar/stem and co-branded aero seatpost, Dura-Ace Di2, and Vision Metron 45 SL tubeless-ready wheels. Both bikes spec size-specific crank lengths, which is a nice touch. MSRP $7,999, also coming in May.

Turner Venn titanium bikepacking frame & fork (and more)

Turner had three killer bikes on display. Above is the new Venn “Do Everything” bikepacking frame, which has external brake and shift routing, sliding dropouts, and a new titanium fork with three-bolt cage mounts. Geometry is more relaxed than their mountain bikes, but with a slightly steeper head angle to improve handling when the front end is loaded with gear.

The Cyclosys gravel bike gets new 3D-printed dropouts with integrated shift cable management, slim drive side 3D-printed yoke, and stealth top tube bag mount bolts with welded thread nuts (as opposed to riveted). It’s built here with Garbaruk hop-up derailleur kit, wide-range cassette, and chainring.

The Gila Singlespeed came after getting a lot of requests for a singlespeed-specific frame. Its sliding dropouts have a massive 25mm of adjustment, which accommodates a huge range of gear combos and tire sizes. Split seatstays let you run belt drives, and a UDH-compatible dropout lets you add a hanger for geared configurations, too.

In addition to the bikes, I really liked his titanium seatpost, which makes both bolts easy to access thanks to a long, wide slot on the back. It’s also (thankfully) available in a 0mm setback version, too. The Gila and several other models use a one-piece 3D-printed titanium chainstay yoke that increased tire clearance and rigidity.

Canyon Neuron ONfly e-trail bike is pretty light…

Canyon’s first lightweight eMTB is the Neuron ONfly, powered by the Bosch Performance Line SX with 400Wh battery, 55Nm torque, 600 watts of power, and the ability to adjust output via the app. The “ON” part means its and e-bike, and the “fly” part is their new designation for compact, lightweight motor integrations.

It’s like their analog Neuron trail bike, with 140mm rear travel, 150mm forks, 29er wheels, and a claimed weight as low as 44.76lbs. MSRP $5,499 w/ Rockshox Pike, SRAM Code R brakes, and Shimano Deore 12-speed.

…but the alloy Devinci E-Troy Lite isn’t impressed.

The Devinci E-Troy Lite is their first lightweight alloy eMTB, uses the same Bosch PL SX motor & battery, and comes in as light as 42.99lbs (19.5kg) w/ GX AXS, which is really impressive for an alloy frame with basic spec. It’s made in Canada, too, eh.

They say it rides like a bike without a motor…until you want a little assist on the climbs. It has 150mm rear wheel travel using their Split Pivot design. Fork has 160mm travel, it rolls on mixed wheels, fits 2.6″ tires, MSRP $5,499 to $7,399 USD. (video here)

HED Vanquish aero wheels get lighter, stronger & wider

All-new HED Vanquish wheels get a wider, slightly more blunt aero profile optimized for 25-28mm tires. They keep a hooked tubeless-ready design with 22.4mm internal rim width (1.4mm wider than before). They’re a bit lighter thanks to better compaction and higher-end carbon, but also stronger thanks to reinforced carbon layers at the bead walls and spoke bed.

Standard versions come in 45/62 mm depths for $1,750/set (1653g/1710g), Vanquish Pro versions come in 45/62/84 mm depths and get upgraded carbon fiber, spokes, and hubs for $2,600/set, weights from 1490g to 1770g. A Vanquish Pro disc rear wheel is $2,100.

Prototype Project 321 gravel hubs

Based on the same design as their recently released G3 MTB hubs, these prototype Project321 Gravel hubs get double-row bearings at the freehub interface, magnetic pawls (no tiny springs), and 144 teeth on the drive ring.

The difference is the pawl quantity is halved (four, rather than eight), dropping the engagement to “only” 2.5º. Still very quick, quicker than most other road/gravel hubs, but just a little less noisy. They use their 6-Lock rotor attachment that lets you run Center Lock or 6-bolt rotors on them.

Bontrager Gravel Tires get faster w/ more protection

Last week it was new MTB tires, now Bontrager has two new gravel tires – Girona (left, 35/38/42mm widths) for fast, hardpacked roads, and the knobbier Betasso (right, 42/45/50mm widths) for mixed and loose conditions. Both have fast rolling center sections with progressively bigger, more open knobs toward the edges.

Both have new casing options – GR has bead-to-bead puncture protection, GX adds an additional puncture strip under the tread cap. Both are 86% more resistant to pinch flats. Top-level RSL models ($70) have supple 220tpi casings & grippier dual compound rubber. Pro models ($50) drop down to 60tpi casings.

Rockshox Rudy Ultimate XPLR gravel fork upgraded

The new Rockshox Rudy Ultimate with a new Charger Race Day 2 damper that functions very similar to the prior one, but the Open/Firm knob is a bit bigger and easier to turn while riding. And the lower seal head has less friction and is more robust, to it’ll last longer.

Claimed weight is 1,344g (with Maxle Stealth & uncut steerer). MSRP is $839. It may or may not be a couple of grams lighter, but it’s probably not heavier.

Rockshox Domain & Psylo upgrade budget fork performance

Rockshox’s budget lineup of forks includes the Psylo (Pike/Lyrik equivalent) and Domain (Zeb equivalent), and both get a new, stronger chassis with a new Isolator damper that gets performance closer to their premium Charger 3 damper. The Isolator uses a spring-backed IFP for a more reactive action, and adds 3-position (Open/Pedal/Firm) compression damping adjustments.

Both forks get an updated DebonAir air spring that keeps you higher in the travel for better mid-stroke support, and upgraded bushings and lubriction in the lowers, too.

The Psylo Gold RC now has 35mm stanchions, comes in 130-160mm travel, weighs 2320g (max), and is $539. The Domain Gold gets 38mm stanchions, 150-180mm travel, weighs 2,501g (max), and runs $579.

Muc-Off Big Bore tubeless valve stems

Muc-Off’s Big Bore tubeless valve stems ditch the valve core for a ball valve, which creates a completely unrestricted flow path when it’s twisted open. It’s a bit bulky, but once you twist the knob, the stem is completely open with nothing to impede air flow. Just remember to close it before removing your pump! Bonus points in that you can use the valve to very carefully release air to adjust pressure.

They’re coming in August with three versions – Lite (same size as standard Presta), Hybrid (fits Presta rims but with Schrader pump attachment), and Ludicrous (Schrader-sized valve). The latter requires a Schrader-sized hole in your rim, and they say they’re talking to rim brands about that now and even considering making their own rims. MSRP TBD.

Stan’s NoTubes Exo-Core tubeless valve stems

If there’s one brand that should be reinventing tubeless setup it’s Stan’s NoTubes, and now they are. Their new Exo-Core valves use a wide-open top section with more air flow than a standard Presta valve core, but the real trick is that you can easily twist that top section off to add more sealant.

Once removed, the valve core needle is easily removed to clean out any sealant buildup, too. If you didn’t grab one at Sea Otter, you’ll have to wait until their official debut later this season. (video here)

Bontrager High Flow Valve Adapter

Promising 300% more air flow, the Bontrager High Flow Valve Adapter simply replaces the valve core on your existing tubeless valves with a wider, more open design that’s unlikely to clog. The cap has a built-in core removal tool, making it easy to install, and it’s compatible with any threaded valve stem with a removable core. Very cool, and they’re only $24.99 for a pair!

Fizik Antares Adaptive 3D-printed race saddle

Fizik’s popular racing saddle gets a more comfortable edition with the Antares Adaptive 3D-printed model. It keeps the low-profile, mostly flat shape, but uses multi-density zoned padding to support you on long, hard, fast rides. A central cutout in the shell relieves pressure where it counts.

It’s available in R1 (carbon rails) and R3 (hollow Kium metal rails), both in 140mm and 150mm widths. Weights from 180g to 225g, prices from $260-$300.

OnGuard RockSolid angle grinder-proof U-Lock

The new OnGuard RockSolid U-Lock has an ultra-slick diamond-ceramic coating over the hardened steel shackle that is impervious to angle grinders. The grinding discs simply “slide” off the coating, unable to create friction on it, and thus unable to grind it down.

MSRP is $199.95, it weighs 3.1lbs (1.4kg), and comes with five keys and up to $5,001 of bicycle insurance. Available mid-May.

Restrap Race Hydration Vest & bikepacking bottle cages

The new Restrap Race Hydration Vest ($189.99) is designed specifically for fueling on the bike. It sits high on the back so you can still access your jersey pockets, and has a 2L bladder and multiple front stash/zip snack pockets. Two additional mesh pockets on the back hold extra bottles and gear, and webbing loops let you strap on more as needed.

The unisex design comes in two sizes with three adjustment points (side, shoulder, chest) to dial the fit, plus a built-in safety whistle and ambidextrous hose routing. Not shown, they also have new side entry bottle cages that use an optional rubber strap for better security on rough terrain.

Crank Brothers cleat alignment tool fits any brand

Crank Brothers’ new cleat alignment tool works with any brand of cleat (theirs, SPD, Look, Time, HT, etc.) and makes it easier to hold the cleat steady and prevent twisting while tightening the bolts.

It snaps onto the cleat, too, so you don’t have to hold it the whole time you’re working with it. The side prongs have 1mm differences in base height so you can check tread depth to determine if you need spacers under your cleat. Coming soon.

1UP Super Duty bike rack holds 100lbs per tray

The new 1UP USA Super Duty hitch bike rack is rated for off-road use and carries the heaviest of e-bikes, up to 100lbs per tray. It’s for 2″ hitch receivers only, but can be expanded to carry up to four bikes.

It uses their latest one-handed release, fits everything from 16″ kids bikes to 29ers and 5″ fat bike tires. Optional wheel chocks slot into the tray to reduce steerer rotation on bikes over 75lbs. Base unit is $600 (1 bike) to $900 (2 bikes), with add ons, handles, light kits and more available separately.

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Parting Thoughts

Does it feel like the entire bike industry is in lock-step sometimes.

Four new XC race tires last week?

Three new valve stem designs this week? (There’s a fourth coming later this year that I can’t tell you about yet)

For some things, like Boost and UDH, it’s obvious that all of the brands are made aware of it and will likely launch updates around new standards in a short-ish window of time.

But for small stuff that doesn’t require a redesign, it amuses me that so many people are thinking the same thing at the same time.

What’s fun is seeing how differently they approach it.

Some of those tires had 220tpi casings. Others had 60tpi. All claimed to be extremely supple. Some focused on weight and all-out race-day-only performance. Others added a bit of puncture protection for better all-around performance.

What I really wonder is this: Do these engineers and designers sit around and stare at their bikes and think “what part of this could be different and better?”

Or do they just get frustrated with something breaking or failing or underperforming? Or have enough customers ask for something? Or deal with too many warranty claims and support calls?

No real point to this, just something I found interesting.

Have a great weekend, and if you found something in this issue interesting, please pass it along to your riding buddies.

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