We’ve got a wide variety of stuff this week, from all-road & gravel bikes to leaked images of SRAM Red, titanium water bottles to aero pedals, wide shoes to bigger bike bags. There are also more colors for more things, and a chance to help get funding for more long-distance bike paths and trails in the US! Here’s the best new stuff this week:
- Moots Vamoots 33
- SRAM Red spy shots
- LOOK Keo Blade
- Pilot Scram Pinion
- Whisky carbon adventure fork
- Fizik Omna Wide
- e*Thirteen MTB wheels
- Titanium Camelbak bottle
- Suunto Sonic
- Wahoo KICKR Run
- Wolf Tooth Remote Pro colors
- Cane Creek Aurora
- Rudy Project Rx Shield
- Ortlieb bike cargo bags
- EXPLORE Act
Moots Vamoots 33 all-road bike is (slightly) more affordable
Moots’ Vamoots 33 all-road bike is a simplified yet more capable addition to their Vamoots lineup. The other two are racier with lighter 6/4 tubing and fully integrated routing. The Vamoots 33 sticks with thin-wall, straight-gauge 3/2.5 titanium tubing and standard internal cable routing.
But it does get their 3D-printed flat mount brake, and adds more tire clearance, fitting up to 700×38 tires with fenders. And it starts at “just” $7,499 w/ SRAM Rival AXS, about $3,500 less than the others. Or go for the Dura-Ace Di2 model starting at $13,099.
New SRAM Red spy shots leaked on X
This could be our first look at the next SRAM Red road group. The biggest difference appears to be the brake lever shape, with a larger gap at the top for better finger clearance, and a higher pivot point for more leverage and better modulation. The hoods also appear slimmer, with a smaller hump at the front.
The rear derailleur sticks to a traditional bolt-on mount, not a concentric Transmission/T-Type mount like their MTB stuff. The outer plate has a cutout, and the chain has huge cutouts on the outer plates like the top-level XX SL T-Type chain.
The brake calipers and rotors are both chiseled, I’m guessing it’s part of making Red once again the lightweight leader. Rumor has it this debuts in May or June, likely around the first big classics races. (all photos @MoBaohua)
LOOK Keo Blade pedals get more aero
The new LOOK Leo Blade is lighter with a new aerodynamic shape with reduced frontal profile good for 2w savings. The massive 64mm wide, 705mm2 pedal contact patch provides a solid platform. The revised carbon fiber springs flex earlier in the clip out for faster release, and they’re now easier to swap to change retention force. Better seals and grease improve durability, too.
The top model rolls on ceramic bearings with a new titanium spindle design and weighs just 95g (190g/pair) for $389. The non-ti version is 230g ($252), as is the non-ceramic bearing version ($174). (video here)
Pilot Scram Pinion is first drop-bar bike w/ electronic gearbox
The new Pilot Scram Pinion is the world’s first road/gravel bike to use Pinion’s Smart.Shift electronically shifting internal gearbox. It has the 12-speed C-Line unit, which has its own battery pack to power shifts.
It’s paired to TRP HyWire shifter & brake levers, which dramatically improve ergonomics, aesthetics, and rider safety over the prior dual-cable twist shifter. You can shift it while coasting or stopped, and even set it to automatically shift to a specific “starting” gear when it senses you’ve stopped.
The frame is titanium, fits up to 700×45 tires, has tons of mounts for racks, bags & bottles. The Pinion & Gates CDX Belt Drive combo makes it virtually maintenance free. Bikes from €8,250.
Whisky No.9 MCX+ suspension corrected rigid carbon fork
Usually it’s a frame’s geometry that’s “suspension corrected”, but if you have one of those and wanted to add a rigid carbon fork to save weight, you’ll need one that mimics the dimensions of a squishy fork. The new Whisky No.9 MCX+ fork does just that, with a 430mm axle-to-crown height and 47.5mm offset, roughly matching what a 40-50mm travel fork would measure at sag.
It’s 590g, saving you more than 1000g off most suspension forks, and fits 29×2.3″ tires. Three-pack and low-rider rack mounts add cargo capacity, and internal brake and dynamo wire routing keep it clean. It’s full carbon and comes with a 12×100 thru axle and compression plug for $550.
Fizik Vento Omna Wide cycling shoes for wide feet
The new Fizik Vento Omna Wide have a wider last and upper to create more room for wide feet, but keep all of the same performance features as the standard Omna.
It has a single BOA Li2 dial pulling across the entire tongue to disperse pressure. A medium-stiffness nylon outsole with vents and generous rubber pads at toe and heel keeps them cool and walkable. Weight is 240g, sizes 36-48, white and black colors, MSRP $169.99.
e*Thirteen launch all-new MTB wheel collection
e*Thirteen’s new mountain bike wheels come in four varieties, with e-spec versions getting steel (versus alloy) axles and 32-count spokes on the rear wheel for improved strength on AM/EN e-MTBs. The Optimus Race is for trail riding w/ 28mm internal rim widths and quick 4-pawl/3º hub internals. All of the others have 30mm internal rim widths.
The Sylvan (all-mountain) is the only model with asymmetric rim profiles, and gets the same 3º engagement for the non e-spec model, the rest get a 3-pawl/6º engagement hub. The Grappler (EN & DH models) get beefed up hubs and rims for better durability. All four models come with alloy and carbon rim options. (video here)
Camelbak titanium & stainless steel Podium bike bottles
Camelbak’s Podium bike water bottles now come in titanium and stainless steel versions. Both are vacuum insulated to keep drinks cold for up to 7 hours, and the double-wall construction should keep them from condensating all over your downtube. There’s no squeezing, you simply lift to pour the drink out. The straw is an air vent to let air in as fluid comes out. The bite valve pushes down to prevent leaking when not drinking.
The Podium Titanium ($100) comes in 18oz size and weighs 240g, about 3x the weight of their plastic insulated podium bottles, but without all that plastic. The Stainless Steel Podium bottle ($35-$40) comes in 18oz & 22oz sizes, various colors, and weighs 300-354g.
Suunto Sonic is a slimmer bone conduction headphone
Following their debut Wing headset, the new Suunto Sonic bone conduction headphones are a pared down version without the lights and motion controls. They keep the noise-cancelling mic, 10-hour battery life, and multi-function buttons for easy control, even with full finger gloves.
The open air design keeps you aware of surroundings, and they weigh just 31g. I’ve found that they fit well with a helmet, but don’t work as well with a beanie under or over them. For non-freezing-winter use, they’re excellent.
Wahoo KICKR Run smart treadmill coming soon
If you’re the multisport type, the upcoming Wahoo KICKR Run treadmill will automatically adjust its speed based on your stride and cadence for hands-free running, even when you’re doing a variable-pace workout. It can even automatically adjust the grade (presumably when connected to a workout app or virtual trainer). Pricing & availability TBA.
Wolf Tooth Remote Pro dropper level now in colors
The Wolf Tooth Components Remote Pro dropper lever now comes with your choice of 9 colors for the lever – black, orange, espresso, blue, raw/silver, olive, red, purple, and gold – that match their other components, too.
The lever works with almost any mechanically actuated dropper seatpost and has lateral adjustment to help you situate it even if your brake lever’s clamp sits exactly where it shouldn’t. MSRP is $69.95 for the complete part, or if you already have one, swap out just the lever blade itself for $19.95.
Cane Creek Aurora limited edition colors
Cane Creek’s Aurora special edition colorway blends gold and bronze with a Saran Texture to make every one unique. It’s available on the Helm MKII suspension fork (29er only, 44mm offset, travel from 100-160mm, air or coil spring) and eeWings cranks (all-road or MTB versions).
Rudy Project adds prescription directly to cycling sunglasses
Rudy Project has long offered prescription inserts that sit behind the main lens, but now they can directly fulfill orders for integrated one-piece Rx lenses…at least through their Rudy Project North America portal. They offer this for several models, including the Cutline shown here.
This not only looks better, but reduces the weight resting on your nose, improves air flow for less fogging, and provides clearer visuals on the edges. They’re pricy, up to $770 for a pair with two swappable lens colors, but that’s not far off Rx “fashion” eyewear.
Ortlieb adds more bikepacking & cargo options
The new Ortlieb Back-Roller Plus is an oversized 23L version of their waterproof pannier bag with a roll-top closure that lets you adjust the volume as needed. It has a quick-connect back panel to latch onto most standard rear racks and handles up to 19.8lbs of gear. MSRP $140 per side, comes in four colors.
The Duffel RC is a new roll-top duffel bag that’s perfect for strapping to the deck of a cargo bike. It comes with integrated loops to run straps through, and has removable shoulder straps so you can use it as a backpack, too. It comes in 49L and 89L sizes, MSRP $130-150, three colors.
Help get more bike trails (and outdoor recreation) in 60 seconds
Like biking? Use the Outdoor Alliance’s Action Form to quickly and easily (takes 1 minute, for real) your reps in the Senate and House to help push through their outdoor recreation policies: America’s Outdoor Recreation Act (AORA) in the Senate and the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act in the House. These acts support:
- Biking on Long Distance Trails Act (BOLT) to identify and create more long-distance bike trails
- Protecting America’s Rock Climbing Act (PARC) to safeguard Wilderness climbing
- Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act (SOAR) to improve recreational permitting for outfitters & guides
- Permanent direction for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership and FICOR
Who says cycling isn’t a snow sport?
- Lots of 2024 events opened up registrations this week!
- Call of a Life Time Season 2 drops today @6pm CT (watch parties)
- Zwift Academy finalists have been selected
- Ibis adds UDH & new colors for Ripmo AF & Ripley AF
- Seriously, fill in the Outdoor Alliance’s Action Form right now
- Get free customization on Camelbak bottles thru 1/28
- Alchemy’s excellent Lycos gravel bike is just $2,999 w/ AXS
- RedShift Sports Scratch & Dent Sale on suspension stem, seatpost
- Get an add’l 25% off Pearl Izumi clearance sales thru 2/11
- Get 35% off all beer-themed gloves & kit at Handup Gloves
- Insta360 Winter Sale has action cams, accessories up to 80% off
- KICKR Core is just $599 w/1 year Zwift AND free cassette
It’s been a week. I’ve got nothing.
Here’s to celebrating with friends over a Burns Supper this weekend!
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