Bontrager Flatline Mountain Shoes Flat pedals win medals—or at least that’s how the saying goes. Regardless of whether you ride for glory or cruise for fun, flat pedals can improve the way you ride. Removing the metal cleats from the bottom of your shoes can make riding your bike even more exciting than it was before; however, be forewarned that flat-pedal riding is not easy. Keeping your feet glued to your pedals while blasting through a rugged rock garden requires more finesse and bike control to safely make it through to the other side. The right pedal and shoe combo is key to having the best flat-pedal experience. Bontrager, a company that has been rapidly growing its component and apparel line, recently introduced a new shoe for flat-pedal crusaders. The Flatline mountain shoes promise durability, protection and maximized grip for trail riders who prefer flat pedals. We laced up a pair of Bontrager’s newest flat-pedal shoes to see if they held up to our standards. | | | Next → | Single PageThe post Product Review: Bontrager Flatline Mountain Shoes appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
DJI has officially entered the action camera market with the Osmo Action. DJI is the gold standard when it comes to consumer gimbals and drones and it is clearly aiming to give GoPro a run for its money. With a form quite similar to GoPro’s Hero cameras, the Osmo capitalizes on what the company has learned about small cameras on its drones and the Osmo Pocket, and offers 4k video at 60fps or 12mp photo recording on a 1/2.3in sensor, and for smooth, super slo-mo, the camera will also film in 240fps at 1080p. With over a decade making three-axis mechanical gimbals, DJI’s Osmo Action is its first camera to include electronic image stabilization. DJI calls its system RockSteady and says it allows the camera to film steady footage at 4k/60fps. The front screen will make framing shots from your handlebars a cake walk DJI The camera also allows for HDR (High Dynamic Range) video at 4k/30fps where the camera delivers three stops of dynamic range to capture more details in the highlights and shadows. DJI has opted to use color screens on the front and back of the camera so you’ll no longer have to guess when framing up a shot, and end up chopping the top of your head off. With a brightness of 750 nits, both screens should be easily visible in bright sunlight. The front screen isn’t a touchscreen, but DJI says the rear is and it has been given a hydrophobic coating to help resist fingerprints and water. The lens uses three aspherical glass elements and is complete with an anti-fingerprint and anti-reflective coating too. Beyond the touchscreen, which gives you access to the menus and even manual exposure controls, the camera can be controlled with five buttons or your voice. The camera also has dual microphones and is claimed to withstand drops from up to 5ft/1.5m, is dustproof, and waterproof down to 36 ft/11m without a housing (housing available for purchase). Everything here is included with the Osmo Action camera DJI In a particularly savvy move, the Osmo uses a two-pronged mounting interface, which means the camera will be compatible with the vast range of mounts designed for GoPro cameras With a removable battery designed to work at temps touching -10C/14F, the Osmo Action is claimed to run for 93 minutes recording 4k/30fps with RockSteady enabled and 135 minutes recording at 1080p/30fps without RockSteady. Priced at $349, the Osmo Action squeaks in just below the price of the Hero 7 Black, and DJI is even offering a trade up program for customers to trade in their current action cameras regardless of brand or other technology, such as tablets, phones and drones, for credit towards the purchase of an Osmo Action.
Do you ever feel that the year is flying by far too quickly? We’re well on our way to the summer solstice (or winter solstice if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) and before you know it the seasons will be turning again. So it’s best to get as much riding in as possible now. Shimano GRX — dream gravel groupset or too little, too late? Super cheap SRAM SX Eagle groupset? To be fair, we’d say that whatever the time of year, but it’s good to have a few extra motivators to get out for those post-work rides when you’re feeling a bit tired, right? If you need any more motivation, how about the fact that cycling has been shown to be so beneficial for health that it’s being trialled by the UK’s National Health Service on prescription! Although we think it might still be a while before you can get that dream bike on doctor’s orders. If you’re looking for more motivation, we’ve got a list of benefits so share them with your non-cycling friends and get more people riding. IRIS women’s jersey and shorts Founded by Iris Slappendel, IRIS or I Ride In Style has a selected range of women’s road cycling kit Phil Hall Bright, eye catching, vivid, unusual – this cycling kit is certainly not run of the mill. Don’t let the good looks lull you into thinking it’s all style over substance though. The woman behind IRIS, or I Ride In Style, knows a thing or two about what serious performance kit needs to incorporate. And the woman behind IRIS is Iris Slappendel, Dutch ex-pro cyclist turned designer, activist and businesswoman. Truth be told, Slappendel was always those things, but in the wake of her racing career she has had more time and energy to dedicate to her other skills and passions, though, as ever, cycling is front and centre. The jersey features a repeated eye pattern; a play on words of both the brand name and the founder Phil Hall The All Eyes On Me jersey does exactly what it says, with a blue and white eye print on a red background, and is both a reference to and a play on words of the brand name and logo. Features include a full length zip, mesh back and underarm panels for increased breathability, and three rear pockets including a water-resistant zippered pocket for your phone, money or keys. Bib shorts are a key piece of kit for most riders, and they’re important to get right. The microfibre Signature Bib Short IIs have a panelled construction and lazer cut leg bands with silicone gripper dots to provide grip without that sausage leg look. The old question of comfort breaks is dealt with by the addition of a magnetic clasp at the back, which allows the shorts to be dropped without stripping off your top half. A clip on the back makes toilet breaks a little bit easier Phil Hall Finally, you can get kitted out top to toe because the range includes striking caps and socks designed to complement the jersey and shorts range, and coordinate with other products from Iris. All Eyes On Me jersey: €99 Signature Bib Short II: €135 Bonk cap: €19 Hammer Sock: €16 Buy direct from IRIS Fizik Infinito R1 19 19 road shoes The special edition Fizik Infinito shoes have been developed in celebration and remembrance This new incarnation of the range-topping Infinito R1 shoe is a special and limited edition, designed to celebrate the centenary of the first Giro D’Italia in 1919 after the end of the First World War. The reflective outer is a design element as well as a safety feature, reflecting (excuse the pun) the fact that many of the stages in that original race lasted upwards of 15 hours with riders riding on into the night. Stiff carbon soles aid with power transfer, while a reflective upper is both eyecatching and a safety feature The pink pattern that traces both the outer and inner of the shoe is a representation of the 1919 route and 2019 route, both of which take place in Italy in its entirety, with no stages or prologues moving overseas. As you’d expect from a performance shoes, the shoes feature a unidirectional carbon sole and the upper uses a BOA dial closure system, allowing the outer and inner to be tighted independently of each other. Weight: 578g per pair, size EU45 £349.99 / €380 / US$450 Available from Fizik Santa Cruz V10 downhill mountain bike Channel the Syndicate and get sendy with the Santa Cruz V10 Will Poole The World Cup Downhill season is well underway and soon racers will once again descend on the Scottish town of Fort William (or Fort Bill as it’s affectionately nicknamed) for the round 2. One of the core teams on the circuit is the Santa Cruz Syndicate, and they’ll be riding their versions of this bike, the V10. We say ‘their versions’ because it’s possible we’re going to see a lot more so-called ‘mullet bikes’ this season, which are bikes with a combination of wheel-sizes, such as a 29er up front and 27.5 at the rear. The V10 we’ve got in is positively conservative by comparison, with 29ers front and rear, but it’s still a burly beast that looks ready to tackle whatever gravity and geology can throw at it. It’s the seventh incarnation of the bike and features a coil shock, top quality carbon frame and X01 groupset. £7999 / €8799 / $8199 Available now from Stif Cycles Miss Grape Cluster seat pack and Trunk bag The Miss Grape rear bag straps on securely and can be compressed down Italian brand Miss Grape is bringing the bikepacking game, and we’ve just got our hands on the Cluster seat pack, as well as a Trunk bag, which is essentially a drybag suited to ‘anything cages’. The Cluster seat pack comes available in two sizes — 13 and 20L — and is claimed to be easily compressible, which should in theory make it easier to use with smaller frame sizes. Miss Grape claims to have made strategic choices around materials to ensure its bikepacking bags are structurally sound and long-wearing. These materials include a blend of nylon, polyester and polyurethane. The Trunk bag on the other hand is essentially a dual-use dry bag that can be mounted on both the fork (using an appropriate fixture) or directly onto the handlebar. It has a 4.5L capacity and is fully waterproof. Miss Grape Cluster seat pack (13L) £124.99 / $162.59 / AU$233.06 Buy from Triton Cycles Miss Grape Trunk bag £55 / $71.54 / AU$102.55 Buy from Triton Cycles Peak Design Tech Pouch The Peak Design Tech Pouch is exactly what it says it is… an elegantly-executed way of organising your tech accessories If you do a lot of travelling, or even if you tend to cart a load of tech stuff around (and let’s face it, that’s most of us these days), then having a compact bag that keeps things organised can be a godsend. The Tech Pouch from photography accessories company Peak Designs is just such a bag, and as with a lot of Peak Design kit, it’s exceptionally well thought out and packs in the features. Internal pockets and pouches mean that there’s a place for everything, so reaching in and grabbing the item you want is easy It opens out origami style to reveal a selection of pouches, zipped pockets and slots, ideal for keeping memory cards, batteries, cables, pens and even a compact action camera if you fancy. There are plenty of external hooks and handles for holding or hanging the bag, and it’s constructed from a weatherproof nylon. £59.99 / $59.95 Available now from Amazon Argon 18 Nitrogen Disc Astana team edition bike We’ve had the pro-tastic Astana Argon 18 in the office this week Will Poole Feast your eyes on this pro bike loveliness! The Nitrogen Disc from Argon 18 is, as is plain to see, a bike built for speed: aero tubing, aero seatpost, disc brakes with flat mounting — little wonder then that the exact version we have in is a pro bike! Okay, to be fair, you can’t actually get your hands on this model because it has actually come from the Astana Cycling stable, but you can get one very similar to it. While it may not have the pro team livery, it will have a carbon monocoque frame and forks, and up to 30mm tyre clearance. £2,499.99 frame only / $TBC Availability to be confirmed, via the Argon 18 website Smith Tempo women’s cycling glasses The glasses have interchangeable lenses, and each pair comes with two sets If you ever needed a reason to buy a new pair of shades for riding, let us help: You need to protect your eyes from the dirt or sun glare! A good set of glasses with great optical clarity make riding a more pleasurable experience! You need glasses that match your kit! Okay, that last one was a bit of a stretch. But if you are in the market for some performance cycling glasses then have a look at the Tempo shades from Smith. If you’re not a fan of that loud and brash nineties inspired riding look that’s super popular at the moment, then the more classic look of these glasses will appeal. Featuring interchangeable lenses, each set comes with an alternative option. In the case of these purple-framed Tempos that’s smokey grey lens and a contrast improving orange set. There are plenty of other lens colours to pick from, and if you prefer a bigger lens then Smith also offers the Tempo Max glasses. £139 / €169 / $199 Buy now from Wiggle Muc-Off Pressure Washer The optional extra snow foam attachment allows you to screw on a bottle of Muc-Off and coat your bike in a fine covering of cleaner Phil Hall Pressure washers are brilliant for taking the drudgery out of washing a bike, and there’s something so satisfying about blasting mud off your frame and leaving it shiny and new looking. However, some pressure washers can also blast the grease out of places where you actually do need it, hindering rather than helping your bike maintenance. Enter Muc-Off, purveyors of myriad bike cleaning products – and people, motorbike and tech cleaning products for that matter. It’s spent two years creating a brand-new pressure washer expressly for cleaning your bike, which won’t, it claims, cause damage in the process. The Muc-Off pressure washer has been designed for use on bikes Phil Hall If you want to get your hands on it, there are several packages available. There’s the basic pressure washer which comes with two washing lances, one for bikes and one for motorbikes. You can also get a bag designed to keep it all neat and tidy, and a full bundle that has the pressure washer, bag, a litre of Muc-Off bike cleaner and a snow foam lance. Having seen the snow foam lance in action, this is a part we’re really taken with. It screws on directly to a bottle of Muc-Off and allows you to spray a fine foam of cleaning product all over your bike. Follow this up with a rinse with the bike lance and hey presto! Shiny, clean bike. The whole process is deeply pleasing — or it is if that’s the kind of thing that floats your boat. It plugs in at the mains and needs to be connected to a hose, which is the only downside because that tethers it to the home. We’d like to put in a special request for a portable version please Muc-Off! News: Muc-Off launches ‘bike specific’ pressure washer MucOff Pressure Washer, Bag, Snow Foam Lance and Cleaner Bundle: £99 / $TBC MucOff Pressure Washer: £79.99 / $TBC Available directly from Muc-Off Dakine Hot Laps waist bag The Dakine Hot Laps 5-litre pack is ideal for the rider who prefers to travel light but wants the essentials on them Phil Hall We love riding in the summer: dry trails, warm sunshine, hours of daylight to play with. Things we don’t like about riding in the summer include getting a sweaty back from lugging around a hydration pack all the time or getting dehydrated because one or two on-bike water bottles aren’t really enough for all the bike time. How to ditch your backpack on MTB rides — six alternatives to lighten your load This is one reason why waist packs, AKA bum bag in the UK or fanny pack in the USA, have become increasingly popular in recent years. Dakine’s Hot Laps waist pack is designed for just such a scenario. It holds a decent 2-litre water reservoir (included) and has enough room to stash some emergency repair kit, snacks and a compact outer layer in case of rain. Inside there’s a pocket for a water reservoir and another with places to organise tools and snacks Phil Hall There are plenty of straps and webbing on the outside so you can hook on things such as your kneepads on long climbs, and internal pockets mean you can keep your phone separate from your multi-tool. While it does come in a range of subtle, low-key colours including black, camo or grey, we’re really taken with the loud and unashamedly eighties Electric Mint colourway. £55 / €70 / $75 Available from Leisure Lakes Bikes Morvelo Overland Back Country Short Sleeved Shirt Morvelo’s Overland range is designed for riders who want technical kit that doesn’t look like traditional Lycra Mathew Allen / Immediate Media Co Is it a shirt? Is it a jersey? Is it a shersey? Or a jert? Who knows. What we do know is that it’s part of Morvelo’s new Overland range, designed with the gravel rider in mind. It’s for those riders who love a bit of an explore, whatever type of bike they opt to do it on, but don’t want to look full-on mountain biker or Lycra-engulfed roadie. Essentially, it’s a selection of T-shirts, shirts and shorts that can handle some hard riding, but won’t get you on the receiving end of weird looks if you pop into a restaurant or bar for a little post-adventure refreshment. The Back Country shirt may look like your typical cyclist plaid shirt but it’s constructed from stretchy, performance material. A loose, cycle-specific cut with a longer back means it’s suited for that on-bike riding position, and it’s quick drying, so if you get caught out by the weather you’re not going to stay sopping wet for long. This shirt, like most of the Overland range, is unisex and to complement this the sizes range from XS to XXL. £75 Available from Wiggle Marzocchi Bomber Z2 forks The return of a classic! For those among you who can hark back to earlier, simpler times in mountain biking, the Marzocchi Bomber Z2 will be a familiar name with a serious heritage pedigree. That classic has been reincarnated 20 years later with the new trail-ready Bomber Z2, an air sprung 100–150mm travel fork with Rail damper, 34mm stanchions and the iconic M-shaped arch design. It has all the mod-cons you need for a straightforward fork, with 27.5 or 29 tyre compatibility, 44mm and 51mm fork rake options and 100mm, 120mm, 130mm, 140mm and 150mm travel options. Rebound and compression settings can be adjusted and it has 15 x 110mm axle spacing. £TBC / $499.99 Availability to be confirmed
LettersTHE TOURING OPTION PART 1 Dail-E Grinder My wife and I are happy owners of two Bulls e-bikes—a Dail-E Grinder and a Cross Lite E. As of the end of December they will be our only transportation after our lease on a Nissan Leaf ends. We are really looking forward to losing the high costs of automobile insurance. | | | Next → | Single PageThe post Letters appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Racers battle up the hill in this shot from the Pedalfest race at Lake Castaic, California, in May 2016. The racing action returns to Lake Castaic on Thursday afternoons from now through the next few weeks. The biggest races start right around 6 p.m. Photo by Brandon Castelli/Mountain Bike Action The post Throwback Thursday: Pedalfest 2016, Lake Castaic, California appeared first on Mountain Bike Action Magazine.
When Santa Cruz revived the Stigmata in 2015, the brand took what it knew from mountain bikes and adapted it for skinny tires and drop bars. For 2019, it has revamped the frame while at Juliana a version named the Quincy has been released. The previous version of the Stigmata was aimed squarely at cyclocross racers with no fender or rack mounts, though it did have room for two bottles. Now, the Stigmata sees mounts galore, for fenders and a third bottle, so you can carry a frame bag and water at the same time Santa Cruz claims it has revised the carbon layup using the lessons learned from the Highball and Danny MacAskill’s trials bike to offer what it says is “a ride so law-abiding you’d think HR had sent it on a compliance training course.” We’re honestly not sure if they’re talking about compliance or handling here, but based on the dropped seatstays it shouldn’t be a bruiser, and with the on-trend gravel geometry we can make an educated guess that it’s not going to ride like a twitchy race bike either. The new Stigmata is less of a pure-breed racer than its predecessor The frame will accept a 45mm 700c or 2.1in 650b wheel and, of course, uses thru-axles front and rear. While the bike comes stock as a 1x frame with the dropped driveside chainstay, Santa Cruz says a clamp-on front derailleur mount can be used should you be a 2x aficionado. With a 27.2mm seatpost, stealth routing for a dropper post has also been included and the frame features a threaded bottom bracket too (hooray!). The geometry sees some slight changes, notably in the 52/54 sizes, which Santa Cruz says will suit riders 5ft3in and above. In size 54, the frame has a 71.5-degree head angle and 74-degree seat angle, with the stack and reach a bit shorter at 576mm and 380mm, the head tube also gains 10mm and the bottom bracket drop measures 72mm — the head angle, bottom bracket drop and head tube height are scaled through the sizing. Santa Cruz will also spec different fork offsets to limit toe overlap as much as possible — 50mm offset for the 52–54cm sizes and 45 for the 56–60mm frames. Juliana Quincy The Juliana Quincy shares the majority of the same features as the Stigmata, but misses out on the top components spec Starting at a size 49, the Juliana version goes up to a 54 frame and sees identical geometry to the Stigmata in that size. The only actual differences are the paint job, the Ergon SR10 women’s saddle and narrower bar width. Both bikes will be available with a Reserve carbon wheel upgrade. There are two options, either the Reserve 22 or 25, which have internal rim widths of 22mm and 25mm respectively and feature a 20mm depth, asymmetric profile and are built with 24 spokes front and rear. Stigmata and Quincy pricing and availability The Stigmata will be available in Rival 700c (£3,599), Ultegra mechanical 700c (£4,599), Force AXS 650b (£5,599), Force AXS Reserve 650b (£6,799), RED AXS Reserve 650b (£8,999). The Quincy will be available in the same builds and pricing minus the RED AXS Reserve build — we’re not sure why. Of note, at launch it doesn’t appear there will be a Shimano GRX build. US and Australian pricing are to be confirmed.