Check out some more Sea Otter Classic content from Park Tool, Abbey Bike Tools, and Feedback Sports. Feedback Sports continues to evolve their lineup of products. Their branch out into the tool space has been productive and they had a variety of them on display. The Range is their new hand held beam style torque wrench that works with a bevy of plug and play tools included that you’ll find on most bikes. It allows for a quick way to torque a wide range of bolts quickly and accurately on the bike. Feedback Sports also has a sweet compact bike trainer called the Omnium Zero-Drive and Omnium Over-Drive. You’ll be sure to see this at the World Cup events as the self contained until makes things easy for mechanics and riders alike. The trainer folds up nicely into a compact carrying case and the Over-Drive offers variable resistance based on how hard you’re pedaling. If you’re tired of those floppy trainer setups this one is sure to win you over. $379.99 (Zero-Drive) / $429.99 (Over-Drive) Park Tool has been showcasing their tools at Sea Otter for some time now and they allow riders to tune their bikes up at the show too which is awesome. We love tools and Park Tool always has something new to help make wrenching easier. Plenty of stands for riders to tune their bikes up for free. In addition to the free to use tools across Sea Otter they also have their latest and greatest tools on display. They had two new stands on display, the PCS 9.2($159.95) and PCS 10.2 ($199.95). The key difference we noticed is in the head/clamping design. The 9.2 has a spin style head to clamp while the 10.2 offers a flipping lever for quicker and easier application of force for the clamp. Continuing along with what’s new at Park Tool they had a neat brake tool that allows you to quickly and cleanly cut or insert a barb into a disc brake hose. The lever moves to provide two functions. It holds and cuts your hose and the other side pivots to push in the disc brake barb. Hand screwdrivers are nice for precision work and Park has new offerings for 2mm (DHD-2), Torx T25 (DHD-25), and 3mm (DHD-3). Also new is their breaker bar and 3/8″ ratchet. Sockets are also available for suspension work or long allen tools as well. Pretty! Abbey Tools had a new Decade chain breaker on display. In typical Abbey fashion it seems well designed, comfortable, and robust. The mid-plate is also interchangeable. $175. The threaded body and lead screw are made from cro-moly and receive a low friction powder vapor deposition (PVD) coating to give it a silky feel you’ve never felt in a chain tool before. The greatest part of the chain tool has to be the interchangeable mid plate though. The saddled part that holds the chain in position can be swapped to work with nearly anything the industry comes out with. This ensures that your investment won’t become obsolete when company “X” comes out with an 18 speed cassette in 20 years. See more of our 2019 Sea Otter coverage
For those of us that spend a large part of the year in cold riding conditions you know what it is like to have have frozen digits when out on the bike. Winter riding can be a blast, maybe not like ripping Whistler Bike Park laps, but when all your favorite trails are covered in snow…it’s nice to get out to spin your legs and get your drift on. Frozen hands and feet suck and are definitely in the back of my mind when we come up with excuses no to work on your Dad bod and head out for a winter ride. We have been testing a few products long term and we wanted to share our thoughts with the masses. Bluetooth Heated Insoles by Digisole By- Jack When the box arrived from France I was super excited. I have used disposable heat packs inside my winter 5.10 riding shoes but they always made my feet fall asleep and were super uncomfortable. Contrasting, the Digitsole Warm series insoles fit perfectly into my shoes and charging them was easy with a micro usb and supplied split cord. The insoles rely on an Phone app and Bluetooth technology. You can download an app for your Iphone or Android, connect the insoles and charge out the door knowing you will have toasty feet. The app is simple and works to control the amount of energy the charged insoles deliver under your forefoot. There are no wires connected to batteries that you have to worry about and the batteries are integrated into the insole. You can control the temperature with your phone and it has a handy timer so you can maintain the temperature of your fee, avoiding overheating your toes like with disposable heat packs. The app also has a timer build to maintain battery life. The insoles battery life was great and I could head out for a couple of hours in sub zero temps with warm happy feet. You have to be careful to ensure that your phone battery has plenty of battery life left so that you can control your insoles during your ride. If your phone battery runs out, your insoles will turn off as well. You’ll also need to be careful not to freeze the battery. I usually leave my riding shoes in the garage but with the Digisole Insoles you’ll need to keep them inside to ensure you treat the battery the way Digisole wants you to. The insoles are not overly thick like you’d think a insole with a battery and built in GPS would be. Speaking of the GPS, Digisole markets the insoles for a variety of winter sports so tracking your steps is a luxury for many winter enthusiast. For cyclists where Garmins and Strava are common place the GPS is probably overkill and we’d love to see a more economically priced heated insole without the GPS option. Overall it was awesome to have warm feet and they were super useful. On a few rides my phone battery was basically dead as I headed out for a night ride and couldn’t turn the insoles on. I certainly missed them as I had to revert to disposable heat packs. Are they worth the 200 Euro? If you suffer from cold feet and ride a lot in the winter, early spring or late fall rides then yes. They are a luxury but they do work really well. Digisole did provide a set of insoles for this review but we received no monetary compensation. You can find out more information on the insoles here https://www.digitsole.com/connected-heated-insoles-warm-series/ -Jack Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Glove Review By Kevin I purchased my Outdoor Research (OR) Lucent Heated gloves early in the winter of 2018 to enjoy winter fatbiking. I struggle with Raynaud’s in a few fingers and couldn’t find a glove combo that was warm enough. Additionally, I’m not a fan of pogies (bar mitts) as they aren’t ideal at warming up your hands after you’ve been exposed changing a tire or dealing with a mechanical. The Lucent gloves fit a bit larger compared to my other gloves (XL vs. my XXL) and have a deeper thumb groove, which nicely accommodates gripping a handlebar. I find the gloves a bit thinner on the palm, which translates to better bar feel. OR states the heating wraps around all the fingers and I never noticed any cold spots while riding in up to -20C temperatures. I would alternate between the highest heat setting after having the gloves off, the medium heat setting when descending in cold temps, and the lowest heat setting when climbing. When temps warmed up I was able to use the gloves without heat. Battery life was always longer than my ride time, regardless of my heat setting selection. I do find the batteries are slow to charge, so I would recommend always charging well in advance of your ride. The split battery design meant I didn’t notice the batteries while wearing the gloves. The LED button was easy to use and hassle free. If you are looking for a cycling glove feel these probably aren’t the gloves for you. However, if you struggle with hand heat in the winter and don’t really have a cold cut off for riding these are a proper glove that’ll keep your hands warm and let you enjoy your ride. That you can take them skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc. without skipping a beat is an added bonus. You can find out more information about the Outdoor Research Lucent Glove here: https://amzn.to/2XiHYew The post Extending Ride Time in the Winter appeared first on The Bike Dads.
The 765 RS Gravel is Look‘s first dedicated gravel bike SRAM’s 1×11 Force groupset is used, but it’s a relatively tight cassette at the back Curvy, asymmetric chainstays offer tyre and chainring clearance Betting on the future — UCI approval for the gravel frame Look designs the entire front of its bike as a single system to ensure the feeling through the bars is what it desires Neat, rattle-free cable routing Decent clearance for the low-profile 37mm WTB riddler tyres Thin bar tape adds to the racy feel SRAM provides the braking via a Force caliper The e-765 RS Gravel takes inspiration from the 765 RS Gravel and the e-765 Optimum The narrow range 11-speed cassette There’s definitely clearance, just! Fazua’s bar controller is simple, if not svelte Look is speccing WTB tyres across the gravel range The 3D Wave chainstays are there to improve compliance and grip Look leaves the base of the Fazua motor naked to reduce the chance of water pooling and to keep the motor cool One side is enclosed, the other open for swift wheel changes The Fazua’s motor and bottom bracket key together with a simple mechanism This version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a 2×11 Shimano 105 group The SRAM Force version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a matt green paintjob Shimano Ultegra adorns this 765 RS Gravel The Drivepack contains both motor and battery SRAM Force appears on this top-level e-765 Gravel SRAM Rival provides the stop and go here Look has hit the dirt road running with a brace of gravel bikes: one man-powered, the other motor assisted. The two bikes share their DNA, with the 765 Gravel RS being a very race-focussed gravel bike, while the e-765 Gravel is a touch more relaxed but should still be quick up the hills thanks to its electric assistance. This gravel bike has a dropper and suspension Good news, now even bar tape is gravel specific Look 765 Gravel RS Neat, rattle-free cable routing Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The 765 Gravel RS plays on what Look refers to as ‘the new playground’ — gravel roads that are becoming increasingly popular to ride, especially in the US. The RS in the name stands for Racing Sport, hinting at the general demeanour of the bike. This means that there’s an increased proportion of high modulus carbon fibres in the frame’s layup, for a lighter, snappier ride. Betting on the future — UCI approval for the gravel frame Tom Marvin / Immediate Media There’s also a UCI Legal sticker just ahead of the seatpost, which could hint to the bike’s intentions. While there are no UCI sanctioned gravel races, Look believes that there could be soon in the future and therefore want a bike ready to go. Look also says the 765 Gravel RS is suitable for cyclocross. The frames weigh a reported 1.2kg with a 350g fork. Look 765 Gravel RS frame design Look has gone where a number of other gravel frames have gone before, with a dropped chainstay design. This gives Look the ability to put wider tyres in its frame and maintain the use of road cranks (and their narrower Q-factor) and up to a 50t chainring. SRAM’s 1×11 Force groupset is used, but it’s a relatively tight cassette at the back Tom Marvin / Immediate Media Tyre size is a hot topic in gravel, and Look says that the bike can run regular road-sized wheels and tyres for more road-orientated riders and easily up to 40c tyres on slightly wider 700c rims for those who want a fair mix of road and dirt. For those who want to purely hit the dirt, 650×2.1in tyres and wheels can also be fitted. These have a far larger volume for better traction and comfort but maintain a very similar outer diameter. The chainstays get the 3D Wave treatment, which we saw recently on the E765 Optimum E-Road bike that Look launched. This profile, which has two distinct curves in the tube profile, is said to offer 15 percent more compliance than a straight tube. This is handy on a gravel bike, not just for comfort over rougher terrain, but also to improve the tyre’s ability to track undulations in the road surface, thus improving traction. The 3D Wave chainstays are there to improve compliance and grip Tom Marvin / Immediate Media To make sure that the bikes are ready to get out into the wilderness there are four bottle cage mounts on the bike: three inside the main triangle and one below it. One of them is super low in the frame to improve weight distribution, which I suspect will be limited to 500ml bidons if you wish to use all four. There’s also a pair of bolts on top of the top tube for a bento box, ready for long stints in the saddle, and there are fender mounts to keep you dry too. The Look 765 RS Gravel range Three models make up the 765 RS Gravel range: The SRAM Force version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a matt green paintjob Look Up top is the SRAM Force 1×11 bike, featuring a Force carbon crank with 42t ring and an 11-36t cassette. It comes with Force brakes, Mavic All Road Disc CL tubeless wheels with WTB Riddler 37mm tyres, Look’s finishing kit (including a 12-degree flare gravel specific bar) and Fizik Antares R7 saddle. Look will be selling this bike for €4,299. Shimano Ultegra adorns this 765 RS Gravel Look Next is a Shimano Ultegra build. This comes with a 50-34 double chainset and 11-34t cassette, and Shimano’s Ultegra hydraulic brakes. The bike rolls on Shimano RS 370 wheels and the same WTB Riddler tyres. Finishing kit is again Look and Fizik. This model comes in at €3,999. This version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a 2×11 Shimano 105 group Look Finally, there’s a Shimano 105 group bike in very much the same format, though it’s Shimano RS 170 wheels this time, and has a price of €3,599. For our initial ride impressions of the Force level bike, scroll down! The Look e-765 Gravel The e-765 RS Gravel takes inspiration from the 765 RS Gravel and the e-765 Optimum Tom Marvin / Immediate Media Look has taken the 765 RS Gravel and the e-765 Optimum (check out the details of that here) and merged them together to create the e-765 Gravel — an electrically assisted gravel bike. Many of the features from the 765 RS Gravel can be found on the electric bike version: the 3D Wave seatstays, dropped chainstays and colour too. However, these are joined by the Fauza motor, which has impressed in the past. As with the e-765 Optimum, Look chose this motor because of its low weight and unobtrusive feel through the cranks. Look leaves the base of the Fazua motor naked to reduce the chance of water pooling and to keep the motor cool Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The motor, battery and bottom bracket system weigh around 4kg, so there’s not a massive weight penalty, and if the feeling on the bike is similar to its tarmac sibling, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference to how the bike rides. The motor has 250 watts continuous power, peaking at 400 watts, while there’s 60Nm of torque and a 250Wh battery. Four power modes are offered, though one of those is a non-assist mode. Look has had a play with the software to give a power profile that’s better suited to gravel riding, it says. There’s an associated app with the bike too. This gives you all the data you need on the battery and motor, including temperature, battery level and range. It also has mapping capabilities, including a rather smart map that will show you the range at which you’ll be able to get to and back from on one battery charge. How accurate that is in reality obviously depends on a number of factors, though. The battery and motor ‘Drivepack’ can be dropped easily out of the bike, leaving just the 1kg bottom bracket assembly behind, should you really want to go ‘au natural’! The Drivepack contains both motor and battery Tom Marvin / Immediate Media Look e-765 Gravel range There are two e-765 Gravel bikes on offer from Look. SRAM Force appears on this top-level e-765 Gravel Look There’s a SRAM Force 1×11 build, with a FSA crank featuring a 42t ring and SRAM 11-36t cassette. This bike comes with Force CX1 brakes and Mavic All Road Disc wheels with WTB Riddler 37mm tyres. Look provides the finishing kit and Fizik the Antares R7 saddle. This version costs €6,499. SRAM Rival provides the stop and go here Look There’s also a SRAM Rival 1×11 bike, following much the same pattern, though it comes with a Shimano RS 170 wheelset and a San Marco Monza saddle. This bike is priced at €5,799. Look 765 RS Gravel first ride impressions I took a quick 10km ride on the 765 RS Gravel through the vineyards of the Loire Valley to get a flavour of the bike. The first thing I noticed is that this is clearly a race-inspired design. The position on the bike feels fairly low and aggressive, and this is compounded as soon as you hit the dirt. The front of the bike — fork, head tube, stem and bars — are fairly stiff and uncompromising, which is further accentuated by the thin bar tape I had on my test bike. Thin bar tape adds to the racy feel Tom Marvin / Immediate Media This combined to give a fairly harsh initial ride. However, if I had further time to play around I’d ensure I ran the tyres tubeless, to drop pressure, and would investigate running slightly wider tyres than the 700x37c WTB Riddlers on there as stock. The tyres themselves are the Fast Rolling, Light version. Despite a relatively skinny profile and low-stack tread, I didn’t have any traction issues up loose climbs — perhaps those 3D Wave seatstays really are contributing. Decent clearance for the low-profile 37mm WTB Riddler tyres Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The drivetrain, yet again, clearly shows road inspiration, with a tight 11-36 range. With no ‘easy’ gear on there, it encourages you to attack climbs because it’s rather tricky to sit and spin. Dropping a 10-42 cassette on there shouldn’t be an issue if your chain is long enough. As I’ve often found, the faster you go over gravel the comfier it gets, and this was no different on the Look machine. It’s not the most sofa-like ride, and certainly has that aggressive edge, but it’s perfectly able to cross choppier ground and dodge potholes with its snappy, engaging handling.
POC has shown off its spring range A new addition is the OMNE road lid The Resistance women range received design and Innovation awards for its clever use of fabrics and integrated pockets POC says the VPD Torso system uses body heat to mould to your shape The brand has also added the Clarity lens to its range of performance sunnies Since Swedish brand POC entered the cycling space it’s created a range of some of the techiest road and mountain bike gear on the market. And continuing with this trend, the brand has bagged two more designed and innovation awards. POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review POC launches new Ventral Air helmet OMNE Air Spin helmet A new addition is the OMNE road lid Courtesy It wasn’t all that long ago that POC launched its top of the range Ventral Air helmet, and now the brand has debuted a new mid-range road lid the, OMNE Air Spin. Looking eerily similar to the Oakley ARO3 road lid, POC says the OMNE features an ‘optimal liner density’ where certain zones on the helmet have been beefed up to keep your brain happy and healthy in case of an impact. Unreleased POC helmet at Tour Down Under In a similar vein, the OMNE Air will come with POC’s Spin pads. Short for ‘Shearing Pad INside,’ the SPIN pads are the company’s version of a rotational force dissipation technology, using a silicone gel membrane inside the padding rather than an insert. While POC says the helmet gets an “aero influenced” design, it doesn’t make any drag based claims. The new lid gets POC’s 360-degree size adjustment retention system and strap splitters for no-fuss comfort. At the moment, we don’t know how much it weighs, but it’s available online now and is retailing for £140 / $175 / AU$TBC. VPD Torso system POC says the VPD Torso system uses body heat to mould to your shape Courtesy When it comes to body armor, its usually accompanied by a hot sweaty (read: stinky) mess. POC is no stranger to this arena, and with the new VPD Torso system is aiming to make an airy, lightweight solution that limits the sacrifice of comfort for protection. According to POC, this chest and back protector is not only vented, but moulds to the rider using their own body heat to soften the material, so it conforms to their shape, but in the event of an impact the material hardens similar to a non-newtonian fluid. Again we don’t have a claimed weight for the VPD Torso system, but it’s retailing for £85.00 / $100.00 / AU TBC for just the chest plate and £210.00 / $240.00 / AU TBC for the chest and back protection. Resistance Collection The Resistance Women’s range recieved Design and Innovation awards for its clever use of fabrics and integrated pockets Courtesy The new Resistance Collection is the latest addition to POC mountain bike clothing range and has bagged a design and innovation award for its clever use of fabrics and integrated pockets. The back and underarms of the top are made using mesh in an effort to dump as much heat as possible, while the sleeves are made with Cordura to fend off abrasion for increased crash protection and durability. At the back, there are pockets with an internal gaiter and elastic lining so you can carry food and tools without the need for a backpack or hip pack. There’s also a zippered side pocket for small items such as credit cards. The jersey is cut to be most comfortable in the bent over riding position, and there is room to accommodate a back protector and elbow pads. Available in both ¾ and long sleeve variations, the Resistance jerseys come in both men’s and women’s cuts and start at £140 / $160 / AU$TBC. Also new are the Resistance shorts, and in the same vein as the jersey are designed around pads and feature reinforced areas that commonly see abrasions, namely the side of the hip, thigh and knee. However, instead of Cordura, the shorts are reinforced with tear-resistant Vectran. The knees are pre-bent, and the fabric gets a DWR finish. There are two side pockets and a zippered pocket on the rear, plus Velcro waist adjustment. Available now, the shorts go for £140 / $160 for both the men’s and women’s version. Clarity sunglasses The brand has also added the Clarity lens to its range of performance sunnies Courtesy POC has given its popular Crave, Aspire, DO Blade and DO Half Blade sunnies the Clarity treatment. Clarity is the Swedish brand’s tuned lens, designed to increase contrast and limit eye fatigue to help you spot road or trail hazards faster — think Oakley’s Prizm or Smith’s ChromaPop. Depending on your frame, POC’s performance sunnies complete with a Clarity lens start at £215 / $230 / AU$TBC.
These technologies all claim to allow the helmet to rotate independent of the head, reducing forces that have been linked to concussions. The post Spin Doctors: How the Bike Industry Wants to Protect Your Head appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
RadFit-Power Your Workout Like a spin class on steroids, the RadFit electric stationary bike features a classically Rad colorway and our standard 750W electric motor. The RadFit does your workout so you don’t have to. For more info, check out www.radpowerbikes.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post RadFit-Power Your Workout appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
POC Tectal Race Spin Helmet POC Sports is a Swedish company that was founded in 2005 to create safer equipment for gravity sports athletes and cyclists. The company began designing products for the ski market and later ventured into the cycling industry, bringing technologies such as MIPS to the table. That’s right, for those of you who may not have known, POC was the first company to incorporate a MIPS liner into a mountain bike helmet. POC and MIPS, both Swedish companies, continued to work together until POC announced a new safety technology they had been working on called SPIN. POC’s SPIN (Shearing Pad INside) technology was designed to replace the yellow MIPS liner seen in many helmets today. MIPS technology has been widely accepted and used by many helmet manufacturers to add a low-friction layer between a rider’s helmet and head, reducing rotational forces experienced during a crash. While the yellow thin liner known as MIPS has developed an almost cult-like following, POC has moved away from using MIPS in any of its new helmets. Our testers decided to see for themselves what POC’s new SPIN technology is all about. Tech features: The Tectal Race SPIN is a helmet designed for aggressive trail riders and enduro racers. Constructed from a fully wrapped unibody shell and featuring deep coverage around the temples and back of the head, the Tectal is built with safety and strength in mind. Aramid bridge technology further enhances structural integrity, and a polycarbonate shell helps protect against sharp objects. The Tectal Race SPIN has a goggle clip in the rear and features an adjustable visor. The all-new Tectal’s most standout feature is its SPIN padding. Instead of using a MIPS liner, POC uses a more simplistic design. Silicone-filled pads provide the helmet with a closer-to-the-head fit that allows a rider’s head to shear in any direction during impact. POC sells the new Tectal Race SPIN for $220 and offers it in three color options. Field test results: To be honest, we were a bit skeptical of POC’s new SPIN technology; however, once we got our hands on the new padding, our opinion began to change. If you’ve worn a MIPS-equipped helmet, then you have likely felt the movement the thin yellow liner offers. We placed POC’s new helmet on our heads, and while the amount of movement was noticeably less, we couldn’t deny the shearing effect offered by SPIN. The Tectal Race had a comfortable fit, and the slightly thicker pads provided better comfort than some MIPS helmets. The new Tectal is a comfortable helmet with great coverage and solid construction. The visor easily adjusts out of a rider’s field of view and stays in place over rough terrain. We noticed the helmet fit the majority of our testers well and provided great ventilation, even with its deep coverage and solid construction. The helmet does come with a steep price tag, and its SPIN safety technology is only designed to address rotational forces, unlike 6D’s Omni-Directional suspension or Leatt and Kali’s Armourgel that are designed to protect against direct forces as well. Overall, POC offers a great helmet that’s built tough and claims to offer increased safety. We recommend this helmet to any rider looking for advanced protection. Hits • Great construction • Well-ventilated Misses • Hard to prove if SPIN is as effective as MIPS • Steep price tag www.pocsports.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Product Review: POC Tectal Race Spin Helmet appeared first on Electric Bike Action.