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Hiding in plain sight at the launch of Scott’s all-new Addict RC was an as-of-yet unnamed prototype 28mm-wide tubeless tyre from Schwalbe that is widely expected to be an updated version, or successor, to the Pro One. The tan wall Schwalbe Pro One — a forbidden fruit (for now) Best road bike tyres in 2019: everything you need to know There were representatives from Schwalbe on hand at the launch and they confirmed it was indeed a new tubeless tyre with a casing construction that differs from the current, much-loved and long-standing Pro One. The tyres have a different logo to the original Pro One and, appear to adopt its Addix compound Jack Luke / Immediate Media Schwalbe also confirmed that the new casing should better reflect real-world sizing when mounted to a rim — by that, Schwalbe means that, with the new tyre, a 25mm should measure 25mm when mounted to an appropriate rim. This is in reaction to a common issue where, when mounted to a modern wide rim, a 25mm tyre could measure wider than expected. This can cause clearance issues on certain frames. Looking closely, the tyres also appear to adopt Schwalbe’s Addix compound. This has, thus far, only been seen on its mountain bike tyres. Assuming the orange colour of the Schwalbe logo relates to the compound, this would suggest the tyres are constructed using the soft version of the compound. The tread pattern appears identical to the original Pro One. Other than that, we have no details at this time. We have been invited to a road launch with Schwalbe later in the year and will bring you information as soon as we have it. However, for now, we think it’s safe to speculate that… A new road tubeless ETRTO standard is imminent We also suspect that the new tyre is being designed to meet the ETRTO’s (yet to be announced) tubeless road tyre guidelines. The European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation is the industry body that regulates and determines specs for tyres and rims across many industries. Most big players from the European automotive and bicycle tyre industries sit on its board. No ETRTO standard currently exists for road tubeless tyres. This means that tubeless specs and standards are currently a minefield, with Mavic’s UST standard being the only thing that resembles a universal standard. However, this standard demands that the spoke bed be completely sealed, with few rim manufacturers offering this. A unified industry-wide ETRTO-ratified standard for road tubeless specs that moves away from this has been a long time coming — Continental claimed at last year’s launch of its GP5000 road tubeless tyre that the ETRTO board, which it sits on, was coming close to a conclusion. That was seven months ago and all has been silent since then. Hunt’s new wheels are compliant with the ETRTO’s, as-of-yet, unreleased road tubeless standard Hunt However, we spoke to Hunt — who’s new wheels are fully compliant with the new standard — which is close to the development of the standard and it confirmed that, while it does not have a set date, it expects the specs of the standard to be announced soon. All of this may not sound like much to your typical consumer but, if you’ve ever tried to make a stubborn road tubeless setup work, it’ll be extraordinarily welcome news. As for the new Schwalbe tyres themselves, we’re sure they’re bound to be interesting and, if they’re anything like the original Pro One, they’ll perform well too. Let’s just hope they come in a tan wall version as well. What would you like to see from a new tubeless road tyre from Schwalbe? Easier fitting? Better durability? Wider options? Lighter weight? As always, leave your thoughts in the comments.
At the beginning of April, Hydro Flask, a brand best known for its stainless steel, vacuum-insulated water bottles, launched the first of its hydration packs designed for mountain bikers in its Journey Series. The bags were insulated (more on that later) and available in 10L and 20L capacities. Now, the brand has extended the Journey Series with the 14L Down Shift and 16L Women’s specific pack. Best hydration packs Don’t miss a shot with Evoc’s new MTB-ready camera bags Both the bag and reservoir are insulated, and the pack itself is articulated for max airflow HydroFlask Like the rest of the Journey Series, the Down Shift and Women’s pack feature Hydro Flask’s Cold Flow system, which sees the interior of the bag insulated with heat reflective material — think space blanket — to prevent body heat and ambient temperature from warming the water inside. The packs also come with a HydraPack IsoBound reservoir, which is insulated with double-wall construction and open cell foam to create an extra layer of heat resistance. All the bags feature an articulated back panel to maximise airflow, and Hydro Flask claims the Journey Series bags will keep your water chilled for over four hours. Down Shift 14L The Down Shift puts the bladder near the bottom of your pack to better distribute the weight HydroFlask The 14L Down Shift Hydration Pack is designed to keep the centre of gravity near the bottom of the pack by placing the 2-litre hydration bladder in the lumbar section of the bag. This not only puts the weight on your hips, but also shouldn’t mess with your balance on the bike. Made from a lightweight fabric, the interior features stretch mesh and scratch-resistant pockets. There’s also a magnetic hose clip, a neoprene insulated hose and HydraPak blaster valve at the end. Available in three colours — Sapphire, Guava and Black — the 14L Down Shift will retail for $135. International pricing TBC. Journey Series 16L Women’s Hydration Pack Hydro Flask says the 16L bag is tailored with a women’s specific fit HydroFlask The second new pack offers a 16-litre capacity and is said to be tailored for a women’s specific fit. According to Hydro Flask, the back panel has been narrowed and shortened, and smaller shoulder straps chosen to curve comfortably around the chest as well a shorter hip belt to fit a smaller frame. The outside of the pack is made using waterproof fabric with taped seams and sealed zippers to keep gear moisture-free. Inside, there are two separate compartments with plenty of room for tools, a pump, snacks and extra layers, as well as a quick access top pocket and a side pocket for your phone. With a 3-litre reservoir capacity, the 16-litre pack also gets a magnetic hose clip. Available in Pomegranate and Black, the 16L Journey Series Women’s Pack will retail for $185.
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