Randoms: Automatic Seat Angle Adjustment, Graphene Brake Pads & More - Taipei Cycle Online 2021

Mar 4, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
The Taipei Cycle Online show replaces the face-to-face show that was cancelled this year due to COVID. It yesterday and will be running until March 30 as a virtual reality exhibition with over 240 exhibitors from 24 countries displaying products. As with the physical Taipei show, it's mainly an industry-facing event packed with smaller components, catalogue frames and new technologies. It does still feature new, customer-ready products too but far less than the other big shows of the year such as Sea Otter and Eurobike.



KMC Updates X Series 12 Speed Chain


KMC has announced a number of updates to its X12 chain, which is designed to work with all 12-speed groupsets. The main aim seems to have been increasing shifting performance with wider spacing between the chain plates and asymmetrical chamfering. The final upgrade sees them raise the pin power to 400kgf to enhance durability. The chain is available in gold, black and gold or in KMC's EPT anti-rust treatment. More info, here.

Jagwire's Elite Cooling Graphene Brake Pads


We've seen plenty of wild fins and spines used by brands to help dissipate heat from brake pads but Jagwire has gone a step farther with its new pads that use graphene. Graphene is currently used to cool electronics and Jagwire have taken that idea to create a thermal transfer plate that sits behind the semi-metallic compound to pull heat into the aluminium cooling fins. They claim this will prevent brake fade and warped rotors. More info, here.

Zeno's Anti-Theft Seat Collar


With bike theft on the rise due to the pandemic, it was no surprise to see a number of anti-theft innovations in the halls of Taipei Cycle Online. Zeno, for example, have created a range nifty products that keep your seatpost and wheels safe even when you're not with the bike. These covers can only be removed when the bike is upside down. so as long as your bike is locked in a way that it can't be flipped over, those parts are inaccessible to thieves. More info, here.

Lockinvisible's seatpost lock


If you're fed up with lugging around a D lock or chain on trips into town then this retractable seat post could solve your issues. The seat post isn’t on sale yet but you can register for a preorder on the Lockinvisible website. More info, here.

Creven's Seatpost changes your seat angle on the fly


It's no secret that a saddle angled with its nose down is better for climbing but the problem is that we have to keep our saddles locked in the same angle for our entire ride. We've seen recent examples to change that such as the Switchgrade we recently featured or Specialized's Wu Command post but what if you had a saddle that changed angle as you pedaled?

Well, that's the idea behind Creven's new Sangle Fit seatpost. The saddle sits on a lever and a spring so as you shift or lean forward, it will pitch to a steeper angle. Or, at least, that's the theory. In reality, it looks a bit like a pogo stick and almost certainly won't be a good replacement for a dropper post for any mountain biker, however it could be an option for commuters looking for a comfier ride.

The Sangle Fit offers a 15° range of motion with the option of three different spring resistances to suit a variety of riders up to a maximum of 120kg. The seatpost fits and seat tube wider than 27.2mm, is 380mm long and weighs 515 grams. More info, here.


83 Comments

  • 126 4
 So my reverb was giving me about a cm of nice, supple suspension action that I really liked. No joke it was nice. I think BikeYoke makes an XC dropper that does that, but on purpose.

Its a shame that when I had to fix my reverb (wouldn't rise if it was colder than 70 degrees outside; I have a similar problem but they say its normal for my age) I lost that spring action.
  • 90 0
 Just drop your reverb using the lever as you would normally, then reef on the top of the seat and pull it up without depressing the lever. You'll get your suspension action back soon enough.
  • 14 33
flag Super7 (Mar 4, 2021 at 10:23) (Below Threshold)
 @j-t-g: Or you could buy a OneUp. Love their droppers!
  • 32 0
 This is the ultimate "it's not a bug it's a feature"
  • 33 0
 @Mtmw: A broken seatpost is great, in the same way that contaminated brake pads are great because they now have an "anti-lock function".
  • 5 5
 how old are you exactly?
  • 14 3
 @shredddr: Hey, it happens to us all. Nothing to be ashamed of. Stress of work, kids, plus just normal aging all contribute. Feel free to talk to your doctor about it- he/she will understand.
  • 1 0
 I have had about 25mm of bounce in the 100mm KS that has been on my rigid fat bike for the past 4 years. It gets less frequently use than the regular mtbs and I wouldn’t want it on most bikes but on this one it is perfect.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: just date a Latin girl a couple times and that sag will become a 35 handlebar
  • 76 0
 Is anyone else bothered by the improper fit of the riders on those bikes? They could have raised their seat to get appropriate leg extension atleast. Also, maybe its a road thing but I've never seen cycling capris till now.
  • 24 0
 It's a lifestyle
  • 7 0
 I'm more bothered by the same Saddle+angle+fit= Sanglefit
  • 12 0
 Agree completely. Not the best way to launch a fit-related product.
  • 11 0
 The dude didn't look like he really knew how to ride a bike? Lots of beginner wobbles.

The seat way too low, saddle tilted all the way forward, and pedals in the center of the foot didn't help appearances much either.
  • 7 4
 That saddle is not marketed towards us.
  • 23 0
 @hamncheez: Too late already bought one
  • 4 0
 At one point the guy looks like he’s sitting on the nose of the saddle. To each his own, but that’s not how a saddle works.
  • 11 0
 @mobiller: I like the fact the person has 3 fingers on the brakes.
Ready to launch the catapult.
  • 4 0
 This was hard to watch. yuck.
  • 1 0
 hahahaah was thinking about the same thing...
  • 31 0
 Well properly sized and adjusted bikes would also help with power generation... just saying.
  • 15 0
 Where to begin with that ad lol

They probably should have begun by involving a cyclist somewhere in the process.
  • 3 2
 @DirkMcClerkin: its not aimed at cyclists
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez: The product is for....?
  • 4 2
 @DirkMcClerkin: commuters. I meant its not aimed at enthusiast/serious cyclists.
  • 3 0
 @wolfe1027 New Power Generation?
  • 11 2
 @hamncheez: I'm a commuter. I work on a lot of commuters' bikes. I know a lot of commuters, some of them ride close to 30000k a year, that seems pretty enthusiastic to me.
  • 2 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: Agree. I'd call myself a enthusiast (freak?) but most of my milage comes from commuting those 15k one way each day. But I cant talk about saddle angle problems going uphills living in the flattest country on this very planet Big Grin
  • 13 0
 aside from how easily that lock can be broken by wedging something in it while it's locked, that's actually a pretty cool idea.
  • 17 0
 All locks are just deterrent anyhow. If someone wants it bad enough, they’ll get through anything. That being said, would totally rock that on the townie. Way nicer than a coiled cable.
  • 4 0
 @mountainyj: yep same, i'd get it just to eliminate the possibility of forgetting my bike lock on the morning commute. even the burliest ulocks can be broken so this thing looks great!
  • 3 0
 Seems annoying to have to align the saddle everytime. I have a U around the top and down tubes and the downtube mudguard keeps it from moving around.
  • 21 0
 @Gibbsatron: I accidentally ordered a couple of the Massive Kryptonite U locks for a shop once. Whatever the biggest of their New York series was at the time. Thought they would sit on the shelf forever. Literally first day, a rather butch woman (mean that in a positive sense, no other way to describe her easily) came in and bought it without second guessing. We asked why she wanted such a large heavy lock. She pulled up the front of her Jean vest and showed us a small .38 on the front of her belt, and her response was. “If this runs out, this will finish the job.” As she held up the lock. Still the only one I’ve ever sold, haha
  • 3 0
 Bro, imagine you walk up to your bike with this lock and some school kids left a candy wrap inside your seat tube when you were away.
  • 3 0
 @mountainyj: reminds me of one of my bike shop true stories. This YUGE bloke came in shady looking fkr no doubt he wasn't a biker. Starts looking at the parts cabinets an asks to see some seat posts. Asks us "whats the heaviest one?" So we show him a chromo BMX post "yeah that'll do some damage" he says. Then he asks for some grips to put on the post... pays, leaves...
We immediately rang the police an sent them the shop CCTV footage!!!
  • 6 0
 3 second lock picking lawyer video inbound..
  • 12 0
 Just getting the first vote in for the mtb section of the Sangle video. Shredit of the year! Did you see him attack that rock garden?
  • 6 0
 I watched the Sangle video without audio. 'Back Pain', 'Muscle Fatigue', 'Leg'... Wait, are legs bad? Why do I want to eliminate my legs?
  • 6 0
 Sangle R&D team's motto - "We think so far outside of the box, it's beyond comprehension."
  • 2 0
 Ok the Sangle Fit does not accomplish what they advertise it to do. If it had a linear actuator that was activated by a tilt-o-meter then it would do what they claim it will do. Otherwise it can only kind of provide the saddle angle variability if the rider slides forward and aft on the saddle...and then their the shock absorption...nothing new about that concept, if anything the pivoted nature of this seatpost makes the spring less beneficial. All said it is just a bad shock absorber as currently designed. The invisible bike lock, though, that thing is ingenious and a great choice for a commuter bike...wish it had a position retension clamp so that your seat went back into the frame at the same height every time without having to give much thought to that.
  • 1 0
 How about a thin strip of tape? But I agree it’s a hassle. I wouldn’t want to have to reset seat height and saddle alignment every time I run an errand.
  • 1 0
 @OldDert: Fizik make a seatpost rubber ring that can mark the post height.
  • 2 0
 lol this lock is a thiefs dream its a single piece of steel its unflexible so you're certain that there's always a sizeable gap between the frame or attachment and the lock and it makes the tube hollow to fit in there so you can slice it off even more easily. a lot of thieves nowadays aren't afraid of going full-on circular saw to get a lock off.

also I've never seen a carbon touring bike and the frame (which looks quite nice) makes me thing of unno
  • 2 0
 This is not automatic seat angle adjustment, its just utter crap. I work for a Bike Part Brand and we have tested this Product and many others like this. Low Quality and Cheap Springs. There has to be something smarter, just like the Switchgrade from Aenomaly Construction.
  • 4 0
 Been trying to think of a funny comment about that seatpost but don't even know how to approach it.....
  • 29 0
 You should try and comment from a few different angles
  • 5 0
 @Jcmonty: good point, come up with a few angles then just spring it on you guys?
  • 5 1
 @RadBartTaylor: Perfect.. on the edge of my seat in anticipation
  • 5 0
 @Jcmonty: Ok, I'll drop them in a post later tonight....
  • 5 0
 You both seem very well adjusted ... nicely played.
  • 3 0
 In a world....
  • 5 0
 Loving the effort guys. Really leaning into it.
  • 5 0
 That seatpost................ why?
  • 6 0
 To have your saddle tilted down...always?

It was an astonishing ad for an astonishing product. Clearly not a single cyclist involved in the process anywhere. They couldn't even find models that cycle lol
  • 1 0
 Actually it might be an interesting idea. But the execution of this product and also the marketing very strongly discourages any belief in it.
  • 5 0
 Saddle, angle, fit...Sangle. This is Lazer, Blade, and...Blazer.
  • 2 0
 I have an EPT coated chain on my fendered rain/commuter bike, it doesn't rust, it also doesn't last as long as a SRAM chain, stretch wise. Anyone using KMC chains on SRAM Eagle? Does it shift OK and how long does it last?
  • 1 0
 I heard from a friend that they shift perfectly and last (almost) forever!
  • 1 0
 Looking at the pad fins I'm really wondering why we don't buy them separately, you could save the cooling fin and change just the pads, for example Shimano pads with the cooling fins, that's a lot of material trashed when the pads are done
  • 3 0
 Anyone else notice the bike lock actor almost drop his keys when he did that cute little toss towards the end of the video
  • 3 2
 Cool brake pads, but I've heard that graphene is hell to properly dispose of, it's bad for the environment. I'm not sure how or why, anyone with more knowledge care to enlighten me? How does it compare to regular ol' carbon?
  • 4 0
 Saying “graphene” isn’t talking about one thing, like blends of alloys in an aluminum frame. Graphene can be used to filter water or it can be hazardous to health.
  • 2 0
 It's not like the current brake pads are recyclable so I guess so you could say these are no worse than what we already have. A recyclable pad could be nice, but nobody does curbside pickup of metal sooo I'm not sure there is anything to gain here.
  • 1 0
 carbon, glass fibre, kevlar and so are not recycleable either.
  • 3 0
 How did their resting heart rate drop any lower?
  • 4 0
 It's the scientific knowledge that we mere mortals will never understand Big Grin
  • 1 0
 They must have become more comfortable so they were less in a rush to get home.
  • 1 1
 Oh no they made the vibration dampening seat. But holy stop with all these facts. Scientific studies this... Scientific studies that....
  • 4 0
 But it provides a comfortable a relaxing position for the rider on every possible terrain! A seatpost which you have never seen before! Commute riding without obstacles!
  • 1 0
 They can't even adjust the seat height correctly for their advertisements.
  • 3 0
 qr axles???
  • 2 0
 For a city bike it's absolutely appropriate...the problem I see with the product is, that i just don't believe it's going to work all year all conditions without getting stuck.
  • 2 0
 Anyone else catch a Dr Hoe infomercial vibe off that Sangle ad lmao.
  • 1 0
 The Wu was amazing on a demo rig I had on a trip a few years ago. Wonder why it went away, and the others didn’t copy?
  • 2 0
 KMC TiN boiiii! I luff gooolld!
  • 2 0
 Gods bless KMC ! Best there is
  • 1 0
 This should be top comment right here!
  • 1 0
 Wow, had no idea that my pedaling uphill was ineffective without this spring saddle gimmick.
  • 1 0
 I could hear those pads rattling just by looking at them.
  • 1 0
 EPT - checking to see if a new baby chain is on the way!
  • 1 0
 3 Finger braking?
  • 1 0
 That seat is ridiculous.

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