Tritao // Yeti // Scope // MMR // Norco // Atherton // Rogue Panda & more!

triton tritao aveiro titanium gravel bike with 3d printed dropouts and yoke

Lots of fascinating bikes this week, from 3D-printed titanium to lugged aluminum, plus two ultralight road racing models! Plus, Yeti returns to XC racing with the new ASR, and RadPower introduces impressive battery safety tech. There’s also a lot of great new gear and gadgets for hauling and fixing bikes, carrying gear, and keeping your feet fresh! Here’s the best new stuff this week:

  • Tritao Aveiro
  • Scope Artech Aeroscales
  • MMR Adrenalin SL
  • Corratec CCT EVO Ultra
  • Yeti ASR
  • Atherton S170
  • Norco Fluid VLT
  • Radpower gets legit
  • Swagman Summit rack
  • Feedback Sports
  • Crank Brothers Trail Lace shoes
  • Swiftwick Aspire 5
  • Tifosi Stash
  • Rogue Panda bar bag cradle
  • Park Tool BRK & 1971
  • Trailforks Traildar

Tritao Aveiro titanium gravel bike in 3D

Formerly called Triton Bikes, Tritao rebranded after leaving Russia to escape the conflict and corruption. Now based in Portugal, their first new model from their new factory is the Aveiro 3D, a titanium gravel bike built around 3D-printed 6/4 ti dropouts and severely dropped chainstay yoke.

That design lets them fit up to 700x58mm tires with a 1x drivetrain, or request a custom yoke to accommodate 2x gearing with slightly smaller tires. The main tubes are 3/2.5 titanium, and it has a fully integrated head tube for stealth routing. It’s compatible with electronic and mechanical drivetrains and has a UDH (T-Type compatible) derailleur hanger and T47 BB shell. Frames from €2,500, bikes from €4,900, as shown is €7,500.

Scope Artech Aeroscale road wheels offer ultralight aerodynamics

The new Scope Artech Aeroscale wheels could have stopped with their textured rims, which use a fish scale-like pattern across the rim’s surface to smooth air flow. Unlike dimples, which improve air flow by creating a tiny boundary layer of air that reduces turbulence, Scope says their scales force the air to move at slightly different speeds across each section, which makes it move over the wheel more smoothly.

That makes them competitively aerodynamic in a straight line, but where they really shine is by dramatically increasing stability in crosswinds with greater than 10º yaw angles. The reduced drag makes them faster in real-world conditions.

But they didn’t stop there. The Aeroscale rims are laced to lattice-like 3D-printed Scalmalloy hubs that weigh just 205g for the set. They have a heavily machined alloy FH body with diamond-like coated titanium ratchet rings inside.

They’re laced with bladed Carbonlite carbon spokes, and offered in 22, 45, and 65mm depths. Complete wheelset weights range from just 965g (!!!) up to 1,244g for the road wheels with a 23mm internal rim width. The Allroad series have a 25mm internal width and range from 990g to 1,319g. MSRP per wheelset is $3,635, shipping in April and May.

MMR Adrenalin SL is their lightest ever road frame

Coming in at just 800g, the new MMR Adrenalin SL is the lightest road bike frame they’ve ever made. To do that, they used rounder and smaller tube shapes. These, along with a reduced stack and slightly longer reach, make the bike and rider more aero, too.

By using more high/ultra-high modulus fibers than the standard model, it’s also stiffer for better power transfer (but also less compliance). A straight 1.5″ headtube design allows for internal stealth routing and stiffer front end. An aero frame version switches to a more aero seatpost shape and arched seat tube that tucks the rear tire into it. Tire clearance is increased to 700x32mm tires for all versions.

Corratec CCT EVO Ultra is a 6.8kg aero road bike, only 34 made

Also with a ~800g frame, the extremely limited edition Corratec CCT EVO Ultra is a custom built, top spec version of their aero road bike. Claimed weight is just 6.8kg (~15lbs) with Lightweight Obermayer aero wheels, CarbonTi chainrings and brake rotors, Look carbon cranks w/ SRM power meter spider, CeramicSpeed OSPW, Token/CeramicSpeed headset, and titanium bottle cage bolts.

It has a fully integrated cockpit sized to your fit, and a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150 group rounds things out. MSRP is €25,000 and includes a complete matching kit w/ helmet, tool set, bike cover, and EVOC travel case…all blacked out to match, of course.

Yeti ASR races back into XC w/ ultralight frame

They’re calling it their lightest, most advanced carbon fiber frame ever, the all-new Yeti ASR minimizes carbon overlap, removes any excess material by putting the linkage pivot at an already reinforced area, and uses a heavily machined one-piece billet aluminum rocker to hit 22.97lbs for the top model (4.03lb frame weight).

Like the original in 2003, it uses flex stays to eliminate a rear pivot, with a nearly linear leverage ratio that gets firmer throughout the 115mm rear travel to prevent bottom out. Size-specific stiffness makes it feel just right for every size rider. A straight seat tube fits up to 200mm droppers. It fits 29×2.4 tires, two bottles inside the front triangle, and has 120mm forks.

Complete bikes from $5,600 to $13,900. Top models have lighter TURQ carbon frames, others have standard carbon frames that are about 130g heavier.

Atherton S170 is their way-more-affordable alloy enduro bike

Starting at $5,119 for a complete bike, the new Atherton S170 enduro bikes mimic their carbon-and-3D-printed-titanium A-series models, but bonded together from drawn 7075 aluminum tubes and CNC’d lugs. This not only brings the price down, but makes it strong enough to have a lifetime warranty, even if you’re shredding it at their home Dyfi bike park, which is exactly how they tested it.

It has the same 170mm rear travel, 180mm forks, mullet wheel setup, and straight seat tube for long droppers, but with a simpler (but still awesome and easier to maintain) 4-bar DW-link suspension. Available in a massive 12 frame sizes to fit any rider. (action video here and explainer video here)

Norco Fluid VLT is a lightweight, full-power carbon e-MTB

The new Norco Fluid VLT mixes a carbon frame with Bosch’s lighter Performance Line SX drive system and 400Wh battery for a full-power eMTB that comes in as light as 18kg (39.7lbs). That’s only about 6-9lbs heavier than comparable analog trail bikes. Add a 240Wh range extender for bigger rides.

Like their other models, it has size-specific geo across five sizes, and there are two travel options: 140/130mm and 150/140mm. All versions use mixed wheel sizes, some with full carbon, and some with alloy rear ends. MSRP $5,999 to $11,499. (videos here and here)

Radpower e-bikes get much better, still very affordable

Thus far, I’ve not covered Radpower bikes because, despite selling more e-bikes in the US than any other brand, I thought their spec and quality left a lot to be desired. But their new 2024 models remedy that with better frames, brighter lights, turn signals, hydraulic disc brakes, Class 3 speeds, more powerful motors, and torque sensors.

But the biggest improvement comes from new UL-Certified Safe Shield batteries with integrated thermal protection that reduces the likelihood of a fire in the event of a circuitry malfunction, impact puncture, or other damage.

The four new models with these upgrades are the RadWagon 5 ($2,199), Radster Trail ($1,999), Radster Road ($1,999), and RadExpand 5 Plus ($1,899). (complete lineup video overview here, and worth noting that some states have incentives that make these even more affordable)

Swagman Summit vertical hitch bike rack

Their first vertical bike rack, the new Swagman Summit comes ready for four bikes up to 60lbs each (which means it’s compatible with most e-MTBs!) and can be expanded to carry six bikes total. The oversized wheel trays are designed for mountain bike tires from 1.9″ up to 5″ and wheel sizes from 26″ to 29er.

There’s no frame contact, and straps secure the rear wheels to the lower cross bar, plus bungie straps can hook to the pedals to keep all of the cranksets perfectly offset from one another. The center mast collapses down for easier storage off the car, and the whole thing pivots back and down even when fully loaded for access to your tailgate. A gas-assist shock makes it easier to raise it back up when it’s time to go. MSRP $899, expansion kit is $229. (video here)

Feedback Sports adds snips & pliers

Feedback Sports’ new plier lineup includes mini needle nose, adjustable, and mini diagonal cutters. The latter has a flat-edge on one side, perfect for getting perfectly flush cable tie trimming. The mini needle nose pliers measure just 6.5″ long, perfect for working in tight spaces.

The adjustable wrench with slip lock jaws fit anything up to 35mm (1-1/4″) and have smooth surfaces to prevent marring nuts and bolts on your bike. All three feature hardened steel tool surfaces for long term precision bike maintenance and textured rubber grips for comfort. Prices from $30 to $55.

Crank Brothers’ new lace-up MTB trail shoes

Hot on the heels of the Mallet Trail BOA kicks, Crank Brothers has a lace up version of their comfy mountain bike shoes. They come in Mallet (clipless, shown) and Stamp (flat pedal) versions, both with big, directional lugs on them for good traction off the bike and on the pedals.

A lace pocket on the tongue tucks the strings out of the way while riding. Perforated synthetic upper is breathable but water resistant, and scuff guards on the side and toe add durability. The Mallet has an extended 35mm cleat track for more adjustability, with ramped front and rear entry and exit for easy clip-ins, no matter which type of pedal you’re using.

Swiftwick Aspire now has 5″ cuff height option

Love Swiftwick but want something between their low-rise and 7″ cuff height? The new Aspire 5 has a five-inch height using their updated single-ply cuff with firm-but-not-too-much compression.

A seamless two, mid-sole compression band, and lightweight mesh foot and ankle combine with their signature synthetic Olefin fiber to keep your feet cool, dry, and comfortable on long rides. Available in black, white, neon yellow, and black with various stripe patterns. MSRP $18.99/pair.

Tifosi Stash cycling shades are light w/ all the lens options

Weighing just 34g, the full coverage Tifosi Stash come in two photochromic lens colors that goes from nearly clear to 13% light transmission in direct sunlight. The other two lens/frame colors come with multiple lens sets that include dark, red, and clear.

The large lens has a lower frame to help reduce glare, and the shatterproof lenses repel water and are optically de-centered to avoid distortion or magnification. All are $79.95 each and feature their grippy, adjustable nose and ear pieces. Free insulated Polar water bottle with purchase while supplies last, too!

Rogue Panda Blue Ridge handlebar bag cradle

Not only does the new Rogue Panda Blue Ridge bag cradle push your handlebar roll out in front of your handlebar for improved cable and accessory clearance, it also holds it rock solid and keeps things from rubbing on your head tube. Using machined alloy clamps with 12″ carbon fiber support beams, it securely straps dry bags, tents, or any standard burrito bag to it.

It’s available with shims to fir 22.2, 31.8, and 35mm handlebars. Weight is 240g, max tested load is 6lbs, MSRP is $185, shims are $10 (sold separately, required). Upgrade from the standard plastic strap buckles to US-made Austere Mfg Cam Buckles for another $40.

Park Tool’s $2k Big Rolling Kit

Park Tool’s new Big Rolling Kit (BRK-1) is a $1,995 all-in-one mobile tool bench for professional mechanics with almost 90 tools to adjust, replace, diagnose, and repair most components on a bicycle. It comes in their BX-3 Rolling Big Blue Box, which is also available separately if you prefer to build your own kit. So, hey, Park Tool, my address is…

The new 1971 Clamp Adapter for Park’s work stands to safely and securely clamp D-shaped aero seat posts. It pops in and stays put, so you don’t need to juggle that while hoisting the bike into place, but pops out easily, too, when you don’t need it. MSRP $7.73.

Trailforks Traildar alerts you to POI & turns

Trailforks’ premium subscribers can now create alerts with Traildar, setting waypoints on your planned route that’ll then ping you with audible and/or haptic alerts as you get closer.

Set as many as you like for anything from turns, trail entrances, stashed bevvies, technical features you don’t want to be surprised by, etc. The alerts get louder and more intense as you get closer, and they’re speed sensitive, alerting you earlier if you’re hauling arse down the trail.

Small Bites

Parting Thoughts

I start off prepping most week’s recaps thinking I’ll knock it out quickly.

And then I keep finding more cool stuff to add!

It’s always a balance between putting too much in here and giving the very best stuff room to breathe.

So, you won’t see every new thing here, only the best new things.

I think about this with my travels, too. Especially foreign travel. My instinct is to pack in as much as possible because I know I won’t be back there for a long time (if ever), and I don’t want to miss anything.

So, what often happens is that I cram too many things into every day of the trip.

And then I stress about doing all of it, which sometimes makes it hard to truly appreciate any of it.

And it runs the fam ragged, which only adds to the stress. Then I get home and need a vacation from my vacation.

So, I’m learning to build in more “room to breathe”.

That often means leaving mornings open to relax (or catch up on work, write this newsletter, etc.). Or only planning one thing per day so that other little stuff doesn’t detract from our enjoyment of it. That also gives us time to revisit a favorite spot, meander aimlessly, or just sit at a cafe and soak it all in.

Oddly, that usually ends up making for the best days.

Addition by subtraction.

Less is more.

Cheers,

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