Bell Introduces MIPS Equipped Kids Helmets
Bell's Limited Edition Star Wars Collection
For all the Star Wars fans out there, Bell has teamed up with Lucasfilms to produces a limited edition line of of helmets with movie-inspired graphics. There are a total of five different designs, including the Boba Fett Super 2R shown above, and the Millenium Falcon Segment Jr. on the right. At first, the designs will only be available in the United States, but that could change depending on how many fans in the US emerge from their basement lairs and head to their local bike shops to buy the new helmets. The price for the Super 2R with MIPS will be $240 USD, and the Segment and Segment Jr. will both go for $50.
There's a growing demand for higher performance products in the youth market as the riding level of today's groms skyrockets. Bell's latest entry into that market is the Segment, a smaller sized version of their popular Stoker helmet. It offers the same level of extended coverage as the Stoker, 15 vents and Bell's ErgoDial fit system, plus there's even a MIPS equipped option in the Youth sized version. With MIPS, the Segment will be € 60 (US pricing is still to be determined). Mavic Crossride Hip Belt
The sentiments of the fashion police aside, there's something to be said for the benefits of shedding the traditional hydration pack and replacing it with a hip pack of some sort for shorter rides. Sweaty backs become a thing of the past, and a well designed hip pack is much less likely to bounce and flop around when the trail gets rough. Mavic have decided to join in with their new Crossride belt, which is designed to integrate with the belt loops on their Crossride shorts to keep it from shifting out of place, but there's no reason it wouldn't work on any shorts with belt loops. The larger pocket on the left side has enough room to hold a mini-pump, tube, and tools, while the zippered pocket on the opposite side can fit a phone and other smaller items. A 20oz water bottle sits diagonally for ease of access on the fly. Topeak Joe Blow Booster Pump
It used to be that installing a tubeless tire setup absolutely required the use of an air compressor, but thankfully better tire and rim designs are making that a thing of the past, and to make life even easier we're starting to see pumps specially designed to provide the blast of air needed to seat a tire that doesn't want to cooperate.
Topeak's new Joe Blow Booster uses the same principles that Bontrager introduced last year with their Flash Charger pump, but the execution is slightly different. There's a large rotating dial that surrounds the pressure gauge, with two possible settings: Charge and Inflate. When the dial is turned to the Charge position, the secondary chamber is inflated to 160psi. Once the dial is turned back to Inflate, the pressurized air is quickly released into the tire just like it would be with an air compressor. The base plate is made from steel for added stability, and the air chambers are made from aluminum. The pump will be available in January 2016 for €150.