Ritte // Trek // Specialized // Conti // Focus // K-Edge & more!

sweet protection redeemer 2Vi giant time trial helmet being raced at Volta ao Algarve.

Sweet Protection’s massive new TT helmet leads out two very fast new commuter and cargo e-bikes, Trek’s fully refreshed Farley fat bike (with an awesome fully-equipped adventure model), upgrades from RWGPS and Wahoo, Hunt x Classified collab, more tubeless-ready GP5000 tires, a cleverly ergonomic new Ritchey handlebar, and lots more! Here’s the best new stuff this week:

  • Sweet Protection Redeemer
  • Ritte carbon road bike
  • Focus Raven
  • Specialized Globe Haul ST
  • Trek Verve+ 4S
  • Trek Farley
  • Hunt x Classified
  • Ritchey handlebar
  • Conti Grand Prix tires
  • Adventure Panniers
  • K-Edge adds color
  • Ride w/GPS mobile exports

…and more from Wahoo, Trailforks, Ornot and others!

Sweet Protection Redeemer 2Vi TT helmet

sweet protection redeemer TT helmet that looks like spaceballs dark helmet character
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Clearly designed for function over form, a wildly oversized design helps the new Sweet Protection Redeemer 2Vi time trial helmet cheat the wind. The wide, bell-shaped shell directs air smoothly over the rider’s back & shoulders.

The “Laminar Flow Bypass Duct” prevents a high pressure zone up front by channeling the center air into carbon fiber channels that send it out the back faster than surrounding air, further reducing drag. In testing since 2021, it’ll race at the TdF this summer and go on sale in Fall 2023. Pricing TBA. (video here)

Ritte Esprit carbon road race bike coming soon

ritte esprit carbon road bike sneak peek

The upcoming Ritte Esprit promises to be a race bike that you’ll want to ride all day, too. Size-specific layups, tube shapes & fork offsets promise it’ll be equally smooth across the six sizes.

They say it’ll have that “balanced” feel that old-school steel stage race bikes had, but with modern standards like internal routing, integrated cockpits & wide tires. Coming in April, you can enter to win one with a $16k prize package now.

Focus Raven is a downcountry… XC race hardtail?

2023 focus raven carbon hardtail mountain bike with 120mm fork and adjustable head angle

Designed to put the fun back into high performance carbon hardtails, the new Focus Raven is built around 120mm forks with an adjustable (66.5º-67.5º) head angle. Fully integrated cable routing, plus an internal gear storage port on the downtube, keep it looking minimal.

29×2.4″ tires come standard, with dropper posts on two of three models. Complete bikes from €2,199 to €3,599.

Specialized Globe Haul ST cargo e-bike hits 28mph

2023 specialized globe haul st e-cargo bike with

The new Specialized Globe Haul ST (Short Tail) brings fat 20×3.5″ tires for comfort, and an integrated rear rack, bright lights & fenders for safety and convenience, and 18+ mounting points for accessories, racks, bags, kid seats, etc. Max load is 419lbs.

The 772Wh battery powers a hub motor with 5-mode remote that can add an optional throttle for pedal-free cruising. It’s Class III w/ 28mph max assist and range up to 60 miles. One size fits riders 5’6″ to 6’4″. MSRP $2,700; US only for now. (video here)

Trek Verve+ 4S commuter e-bike is fast, too

The Trek Verve+ 4S upgrades their commuter e-bike lineup with a Class III (28mph) ripper, too. Features a quick-release battery for easy charging, integrated lights, MIK-compatible rear rack, fenders, and a suspension seatpost.

The Bosch Performance Line Sport motor w/ 500Wh battery mates with a 10sp Shimano Deore group for up to 70 mile range. MSRP is $3,499, available in regular and step-thru frames.

Trek Farley fat bike gets Race & Adventure builds

2023 trek farley fat bike shown in race and adventure builds with bikepacking gear

Dammit, now I really want a fat bike. Almost a decade after it’s debut, the Trek Farley finally gets updated with shapelier carbon and alloy frames, tons of mounts, an all-new carbon fork, 27.5×4.5″ tires, and three very distinct builds.

The Farley 9 (alloy frame; $3,999) comes ready for bikepacking with custom front and rear racks and frame bags. The Farley 9.6 (OCLV carbon; $3,699) race bike comes in at just 28.9lbs (claimed, size M). The Farley 7 (alloy; $2,999) is the “fun” bike with a Manitou Mastadon suspension fork. All three come with dropper posts. The Farley 5 (alloy; $2,199) is a good starter with MicroSHIFT Advent X 1×10 group.

Hunt x Classified aero, gravel wheels

Hunt aero road and carbon gravel wheels shown with Classified Cycling's Powershift rear hub shell

Building (literally) on Classified’s success with their Powershift internally geared hub (which just made its World Tour race debut), Hunt Wheels is offering their 48 Limitless Aero Disc (1501g, $1,349) and 40 Carbon Gravel Disc (1270g, $1,199) wheels with Classified’s rear hub shell. Add the Powershift internals (€1,299, sold separately) and you’re ready to roll with 2x range on a 1x build and some really lightweight, wide carbon wheels.

Ritchey Skyline ergo handlebar scales reach & drop

ritchey skyline road bike handlebar with ergonomic shapes and size specific reach and drop measurements

The new alloy Ritchey Skyline has a broad, subtly ovalized shape across the top for crusing comfort, but the ergonomically shaped drops are what make it special (and brilliant!). Unlike most bars’ fixed specs, it gets size-specific reach and drop to better fit riders at every size.

A 4.5º backsweep and 5º flare match with drop ranging from 115-125mm and reach from 70-80mm. Even the center clamp section varies its width from 80-140mm across the four sizes (38/40/42/44cm). Available in WCS ($110, 275g) and Comp ($55, 295g) models.

Continental GP5000 adds tubeless All-Season, TT tires

new continental gp5000 all-season and TT tubeless ready road bike tires

Meant to replace the popular GP5000 4S tires, the all-new Continental Grand Prix 5000 All-Season Tubeless Ready tires (AS TR) add a fourth Vectran protective layer over the Black Chili compound, plus a new vibration absorbing material. Hookless rim compatible, too. ($109, 700×25/28/32/35, 300-425g)

The new GP5000 TT TR drops to two Vectran layers and slims down the treads to create a lighter race-day tire that still has some puncture/cut protection. ($115, 700×25/28, 225-240g). Available this summer, pre-order at links.

North St. Adventure Micro Pannier Bags

North Street Adventure Micro Pannier bags with velcro attachments for universal fit on bike racks for gravel and MTB

Holding 10L to 14L depending on how tightly you roll the top, the new North St. Adventure Micro Panniers use two wide Velcro straps up top with a mini Voile strap on the bottom to attach to almost any front or rear rack.

Designed to hold tight, quiet & bounce-free over gravel or singletrack, the recycled, waterproof sailcloth material has an external zip pocket, too. $103 each, five colors.

K-Edge adds limited edition colors, graphics

limited edition colors and laser etched graphics on K-Edge cycling computer mounts include green, purple & black

K-Edge’s engraver got creative, so they started offering limited edition colors with unique laser-etched graphics. First up are Green “topo map” and Black “oil slick” Max XL Combo mounts. It’s available in Purple “Abstract Laser”, too, as are Specialized and Universal direct stem-mount options.

Ride w/ GPS now exports GPX files from mobile app

export gpx files with ride with gps mobile app and sync to wahoo and garmin cycling computers

You can now export GPX files directly from the Ride With GPS app and send via text/Airdrop/email or wirelessly sync directly with your Garmin or Wahoo device via Bluetooth.

The free Starter account still lets you make routes & export/share GPX files from Desktop, but a paid plan ($60-$80/yr) is required to create-and-save a route and export it directly from Mobile. Trust me, I tried.

Wahoo now shows Trailforks trail maps & routes on screen

wahoo roam gps cycling computers sync with trailforks to show trail maps and ride routes on screen

Trailforks now integrates with Wahoo’s ELEMNT ROAM computer, letting you sync your Routes, Rideplans, and Ridelogs, displaying them on screen. Choose a trail or route, then just follow the full-color map on ROAM rather than pulling your phone out at every junction.

Ornot Mission Pants for adventures in commuting

With 4-way stretch recycling material, gussetted crotch, a side zip pocket, and reflective patches visible when you roll up the leg, the new Ornot Mission Pants look perfect for any activity, on the bike, or not. Four colors, two inseam lengths. MSRP $148.

Pro Tip

When leading a ride and it’s time to regroup (like at the top of a hill, or a turn) wait for the entire group to get there AND catch their breath. There’s nothing worse than catching up to the group only to take off again with no chance to have a break.

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