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Inside we take a look at some e-MTB products on display at Sea Otter from Bosch, Bulls, and Specialized. The prevalence of Electric Mountain Bikes has increased at Sea Otter again this year. Many attendees were very interested in swinging a leg over these bikes from what we saw. Bulls had a huge presence at Sea Otter this year and have many options for those looking for an eMTB. The two below were highlights of their massive booth. Many attendees swung their legs over a Bulls e-bike for the first time and we heard plenty of praise from exuberant test riders. The E-CORE EVO AM Di2 27.5+. The big Bulls bike that is most appealing is the E-Core EVO EN Di2 27.5. It is powered by Shimano’s new 250watt E-8000 eMTB motor and two 275WWH power packs. Having 750WH onboard is no small amount of battery juice. It boasts a big e-bike range of 90-100 miles. Check out the detailed shots below to see more on this 180mm travel enduro/downhill weapon. Bosch has been steadily improving their e-MTB technology and they released their KIOX system that looks quite impressive. They’ve partnered with a number of brands to utilize their motor and Kiox system. The Gorilla Glass, bluetooth connectivity, and full color-screen are impressive in person. With the Kiox on-board computer, you can keep track of the battery charge level, as well as your speed, heart rate and performance. Robust and small, the compact Kiox is the perfect training partner for ambitious riders. Cube had their Stereo Hybrid 160 (Action Team 500 27.5) in the Bosch booth. The 160mm bike is designed to offer an enduro suspended bike with the power of a Bosch CX drive system. Specialized’s Turbo Kenevo is a popular offering in the e-mtb space and they had an Ohlins dual crown fork bolted to one in their booth. Range anxiety is a thing with heavy e-bikes and Specialized has a Mission Control App to give you full control of your Turbo Kenevo to tune it to the proper level and assistance in the e-MTB to ensure your ride goes as planned. See more of our 2019 Sea Otter coverage
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
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Wow, so where has the start of this year gone? We’ve been successfully propelled into the quasi-Summer time after spending way too long stuck in the doldrums of winter. So, to keep your spirits lifted and the wind in your sails, we’ve been busy bringing you some top-notch reviews and buying advice for all of the latest bits of kit on the market. Giant Trance 1 review How much suspension travel do I need on my mountain bike? Specialized’s new Roubaix returns to its racing roots YT has launched an electric bike, the Decoy, we’ve seen Orange release two new single pivots, the Five and Alpine 6 and our road and MTB Bike of the Year awards are now all done and dusted. To top it off, the cobbled classics are now finished, with Philippe Gilbert winning the Paris-Roubaix on the brand new Specialized Roubaix that our Warren checked out just before the race. So what have we got to look forward to in the coming months? Well, the racing scene, both mountain bike and road, in the Northern Hemisphere is starting to get into full swing, so keep tuned for your dose of tech coverage right here on BikeRadar. We’ve also got a summer of shredding ahead of us — what are your goals for the coming months? Whatever they are, maybe some of this kit will help you achieve them. Mission Workshop The Sans jacket Mission Workshop’s The Sans is beautifully made Alex Evans It’s a pricy bit of kit, The Sans, but please don’t let that put you off. Designed and manufactured to last, the Toray-built jacket uses an Entrant microporous membrane that’s claimed to be exceptionally waterproof while still being breathable and stretchy. The 3L jacket is made by Toray in Japan Alex Evans The jacket’s got an adjustable hood, a breast pocket with zip, taped seams and weighs an insanely light 167g. Despite its light weight, it doesn’t feel like a plastic bag and the jacket exudes levels of quality that are virtually unparalleled. At 167g, it’s mega light but doesn’t feel like a wafer-thin shell Alex Evans The three-layer construction helps reinforce that feeling of quality, but it does almost seem a shame to drag the jacket through hell and back on the mountain bike considering its price and presence. The cuffs are fairly large and should fit over gloves Alex Evans We’ll have a full review soon. £390 / $475 / AU$790 / €455 Buy The Sans jacket direct from Mission Workshop 100% Surpass knee guards The Surpass is 100%’s toughest most gravity orientated knee guard Alex Evans 100% has now branched out into the protection range and the Surpass knee guard is its top tier protector that’s been impact tested and has the maximum level two protection accolade. It features a fully-vented plastic cup over the knee, is pre-curved into the riding position for maximum comfort and the pad fabric’s elastic helps to keep them secure on your knees. Top that off with two straps and silicone webbing and it’s unlikely the pads will slip when you’re sending it. £115.99 / $139 Crankbrothers Synthesis XCT wheels Crankbrothers’ new Synthesis wheels are individually tuned as front or rear wheels Alex Evans In a move away from a lot of other brand’s offerings, Crankbrothers’ Synthesis wheels are front and rear specific. Each wheel has been tuned to be either stiffer or more compliant depending whether it’s for the front or rear. The rear wheel has more, heavier spokes that are under higher tensions and are laced on a tougher rim with a narrower internal width, which Crankbrothers says will make the tyre’s profile more rounded. Crankbrothers claims this improves the tyre’s grip and reduces rolling resistance. The hubs have Project 321 hubs with magnetically activated pawls in the rear’s freehub Alex Evans Up front there are fewer spokes which are lighter and run with lower spoke tensions. The rim is lighter and its internal width is larger. This, Crankbrothers claims, rounds the tyre’s profile and increases its contact patch, improving turning. They look very well made Alex Evans The jury’s out on whether the claims translate to on-trail performance, but we’ve got a set in to review so stay tuned. £1,500 / $1,699 / €1,699 Buy the Crankbrothers Synthesis XCT wheels direct from Crankbrothers Muc-Off High Performance Waterless Wash bike wash Muc-Off’s latest product is a waterless wash. Simply squirt it on and wipe away with a microfibre cloth for gleaming results Alex Evans Designed to remove smaller amounts of dirt, don’t expect the waterless wash to do a thorough all-bike clean. Muc-Off claims it cleans and polishes the bike to keep it sparkling clean in seconds. Simply spray it on and then rub off the dirt with a clean, dry microfibre cloth. If you want the ultimate shine, buff the now clean surfaces with another cloth. £11.99 Buy Muc-Off High Performance Waterless Wash direct from Muc-Off Bedrock Bikepacking Bags Moab handlebar bag The Moab bag is designed to work with shorter, 80mm or less stems Alex Evans If the adventurer in you fancies getting a bit gnarlier, then you’ve probably been plagued by ill-fitting frame and bar bags that don’t work with bikes that have more extreme intentions. Well, Bedrock has an answer for the handlebar bag, at least. Traditionally-shaped bar bags had a tendency to interfere with brake levers, especially if you’ve got a short stem fitted, but the Moab is shaped so that it avoids the levers’ action. It does still butt up against and interfere with the bike’s brake cables but it shouldn’t affect how they perform. $160 Buy the Moab hanglebar bag direct from Bedrock Bikepacking Bags Ghost Hybride Slamr X S4.7+ AL U Ghost’s Germanically-named Hybride Slamr X S4.7+ AL U is massive and purposeful Looking beyond the very Germanic nomenclature and what we’ve got here is a rather hardcore and exceptionally large bike, in extra-large at least. The battery sits on the top of the down tube Alex Evans With a 1,299mm wheelbase, a 65.7-degree head angle and hard-hitting components, the Slamr looks like a veritable beast to ride. Our Seb is going to be putting this XL bike through its paces soon. Wearwell cycling clothing Beautifully modelled by Jack, the Wearwell kit certainly looks smart Alex Evans Wearwell Revival Jersey – Second Edition jersey The logo is certainly bold looking Alex Evans The Revival jersey has some neat features beyond its rather bold styling. It’s got a waterproof pocket for your most treasured items with headphone cable routing, silicone grippers on the bottom of the jersey to help keep it in place and has small perforations on the sleeve cuffs, which also feature silicone grippers. The Wearwell Revival Jersey has some nice features Alex Evans The pockets, they claim, are designed to not sag whilst still having plenty of cargo space. £98 Buy the Wearwell Revival Jersey – Second Edition jersey direct from Wearwell Wearwell Bib Shorts – Revival Collection bib shorts The bib shorts have a mesh back and a sewn-on logo Alex Evans Contrasted against the matching jersey, the bib short’s styling is particularly subtle. The bibs are designed to help you last for longer in the saddle, offering high levels of comfort. There’s a small ‘radio’ pocket on the rear of the shorts, but we think you’d be brave to store anything of value in there. The chamois pad is made from dense foam and the mesh backing should help to wick away sweat. £118 Buy the Wearwell Bib Shorts – Revival Collection bib shorts direct from Wearwell Wearwell Revival Mitt fingerless gloves Fingerless gloves aren’t to everyone’s taste, but arguably have their place Alex Evans With padded palm sections made from a hard-wearing blend of nylon and polyurethane, these gloves should shake off the abuse any fanatical rider can throw at them. The backs of the gloves are lightweight and breathable and the fingerless design is best suited to warmer climes. £29 Buy the Wearwell Revival Mitt fingerless gloves direct from Wearwell 7Mesh MK3 Bib Shorts These are the third iteration of 7Mesh’s fantastic bib shorts Alex Evans Even though these aren’t the cheapest of cycling shorts out there, after the first couple of rides I can confirm that they’re the comfiest bib shorts I’ve ever worn. And that’s just as well, because 7Mesh set out to make an ultra-comfy long-distance set of road riding shorts. Featuring an Elastic Interface chamois that’s got high-density foam and fantastic breathability, every detail has been considered. The material is soft and the over the shoulder braces are stretchy Alex Evans The inside of the shorts, where they contact your skin in sensitive areas, is entirely smooth with the seams moved away from these places. Not only that, the fabric is fairly compressive but highly stretchy. 7Mesh has decided not to fit aggressive hem grippers to the legs that means they fit smoothly around your legs. I can’t wait to spend more time in these bibs and you can expect a full review soon. £130 / CA$250 / €175 Buy the 7Mesh MK3 Bib Shorts direct from 7Mesh Oakley Sutro glasses Oakley’s Sutro glasses are inspired by the urban cyclist and certainly look dramatic Alex Evans The Sutro is a modern-looking wraparound pair of riding glasses that should help to protect your eyes against debris and the elements when you’re out racking up the miles. They’re assembled in the USA Alex Evans Fitted with Oakley’s Prizm lens technology, the lens promises to turn up the colour, making everything look more vibrant and lively. £130 / $163 / AU$214.95 / €152 Castelli Linea Pelle combi pack This little combi pack from Castelli will keep your derriere and private bits feeling sweet after long days in the saddle Alex Evans Give your skin the love it deserves with this kit of three different types of cream. There are two pre-ride balms to apply; one to heat your muscles up and one to protect it from the elements. It features three types of cream for your skin Alex Evans There’s also a chamois cream to keep your private bits well lubricated out on the bike. £29 Buy the Linea Pelle combi pack from Sigma Sports Specialized S-Works Venge The Specialized Venge S-Works looks amazing Alex Evans This has to be one of the sleekest and smartest looking road bikes out there. Designed for pure speed with an aero shape that’s the manifestation of plenty of hours of research, there’s no denying how quick this bike has the potential to be. But for the price tag, it had better be. With this level of components, it’s a safe bet to make that the rider is going to be the weakest link. Read Warren’s review of the slightly cheaper Venge Pro here. £9750 / $12,520 / AU$14,500 / €11,299 Buy the S-Works Venge direct from Specialized