Tech Briefing: Diverse Hardtails, Stem Storage, Jorts, & More - August 2020

Aug 10, 2020
by Sarah Moore  

Tech Briefing is a feature for the new stuff that we spot every month, but haven't gotten our hands on yet. An eclectic serving of tech, from revolutionary products to novel traditional gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.

BrakeAce's Power Meter

BrakeAce's brake power meter and software allows riders to analyze how much, or how little, they're braking. (Learn more.)

Nukeproof Limited Edition Reactor 290c Worx
£6499.99/ €7499.99/ $6499.99

Nukeproof celebrates 30 years with a limited edition bike. (Learn more.)

Öhlins Spare Parts Kits and Home Service Videos

Öhlins has launched their own series of home service videos alongside a new range of spare parts kits to make it easier for riders to service their own suspension. (Learn more.)
Photo Ga tan Rey

Vittoria eMTB Tires Designed to Increase Battery Life
From $63.99 USD

The e-Mazza, e-Barzo, e-Agarro and e-Martello all use graphene to improve tread life and Vittoria's 4C compound. (Learn more.)

HandUp Jorts
$43 USD

HandUp are the latest brand to release a riding version of a park rat's essential pants. (Learn more.)

Pipedream Limited Edition Ti Moxie Hardtail

Just 24 of these titanium frames will be released. (Learn more.)
2020 2021 Hardtail Check Out

Rocky Mountain 'Overtimepack' External Battery for Powerplay eMTBs
$799 CAD / $649 USD / 680 EUR

Combined with the standard Powerplay battery it offers over 1000 Wh. (Learn more.)
Photo by Margus Riga

Santa Cruz Bicycles Mixed Wheel V10
$5999 - $7999 USD

Santa Cruz now offers medium and large riders a mixed wheel version of the V10. (Learn more.)

Kona Shonky DJ Bike Completes
$1,399 USD

The Shonky was previously just available in a frame-only option, but now you can purchase it as a complete bike. (Learn more.)

Dry Version of Peaty's LinkLube
£7.99 for 60ml / £11.99 for 120ml

A lube designed for dusty summer days. (Learn more.)

Mons Royale Merino Apparel

Mons Royale unveil two 'new standards' in Merino apparel. (Learn more.)

Mondraker Grommy e-Balance MTBs

An e-MTB for kids with a three position throttle and a max speed of 17.7km/h. (Learn more.)

Urge BP All Mountain Helmet with ERT Rotational Impact Protection
89 € RRP and 109 € RRP with ERT insert

ERT, developed with 7idp, claims to reduce energy transfer by 20%. (Learn more.)

RAD Apparel 'Made In Colorado' Mountain Bike Jersey
$55 USD

RAD Apparel launch their new 'sustainably produced' mountain bike jersey. (Learn more.)

Yeti Limited Edition ARC Hardtail
$9900 USD

Only 100 of these 90s tribute hardtails will be released. (Learn more.)
2020 2021 Hardtail Check Out

MicroSHIFT Advent 9-speed Shifter and Cassette Updates
Shifter: $29.99 USD/ Cassette $39.99 USD

MicroSHIFT bring some of the technology from their Advent X 10-speed drivetrain to their cheaper 9-speed offering. (Learn more.)

2021 Marin Hawk Hill
$1599 - $2649.99 USD

Marin's Hawk Hill trail bike gets some spec updates for 2021. (Learn more.)
Evan rides the updated 2021 Marin Hawk Hill

9point8 Slack-R Headset Angle Adapter
$99 USD

9point8 unveils the Slack-R, which they claim is the only headset angle adapter for bicycle frames using the IS Standard. (Learn more.)
Slack-R Press Release Media

High End Specs of YT Capra and Decoy

'Elite' level specs added to YT's long-travel enduro bikes. (Learn more.)

Fezzari Delano Peak
From $2299 USD

The Fezzari Delano Peak is the newest edition to the Fezzari family of suspension bikes. (Learn more.)
Fezzari Delano Peak 135 150mm travel carbon 29er

Bontrager BITS Integrated Stem Tool System
$89.99 USD

Bontrager's take on stem storage utilizes a compression fitting and keeps necessary tool bits within arms' reach. (Learn more.)

Burgtec Cloud Boost Dirt Jump Saddle

A saddle for jumping, jibbing and bike park lapping. (Learn more.)

Panzer Evo Insert
35.00 €

Panzer claims the new insert offers more protection to the rim, more durability and structural rigidity to the insert.
 (Learn more.)
EVO Shape detail.

Race Face Turbine R 35 Wheels
$900 USD€

Race Face has a new enduro-rated wheelset. (Learn more.)

Bird Aether 9C Trail Bike
From £3,463.50

Bird's first carbon bike features 29" wheels, 130mm of travel, and size-specific seat tube angles. (Learn more.)

Urge BP Lightweight Full Face Helmet for Enduro Racing
169 € RRP

The Lunar is Urge BP's latest full face helmet that is made using 80% recycled materials. (Learn more.)

Giant's Lightest Ever Aluminium Hardtail
From $1,200 USD

The 2021 XTC SLR has a frame weight that encroaches into the territory of some carbon fiber frames. (Learn more.)


  • 22 0
 MicroSHIFT really switched gears on that pricing... First it was "make it affordable and awesome. And now it's "make it incomprehensibly expensive at $9,900 so people think it's 9 times better Sram Eagle..."
  • 9 0
 Yeah for that price you could buy a Yeti Limited Edition ARC Hardtail.
  • 9 1
 @acali: Oops! Pricing updated Wink
  • 7 0
 now i really want it
  • 17 1
 We've now passed dentist bike and gone full blown Hollywood plastic surgeon groupset.
  • 15 1
 Tires to increase battery life... because resistance doesn't matter on normal bikes. Seems that ebikers already forgot what cycling was like before.
  • 1 3
 gonna guess that specialized already did this with their butchers for ebikes. Apparently some people actually like them on regular rigs (I've ridden only dhf's dhr's and marys for the last decade or so have no experience on them), but the ones that come on levos and kenevos are so terrible they have to be swapped out immediately. squirrelly in wet or dry conditions. guessing they modified the regular butchers to make for less rolling resistance, but that comes at a $180 tax since you have to throw them in the trash. Weird that they'd risk the reputation of a tire name that some riders seem to really like.
  • 3 0
 @ranke: I can attest to that. Maybe it's the 2.8 size, but I ended up with a loaner back wheel while mine got warrantied, the shop has a spesh demo fleet so it was a roval wheel with a butcher tyre, they offered to swap my dhr2 onto it but I said be reet ill manage.

I wish I'd got them to swap it. It was horrible, to the degree the 2.5 aggressor I've got on a second wheel set is far gripper on practically every surface. The only bonus was it took them 9 weeks to sort it, in which time I'd done over 300 miles on their tyre not mine lol
  • 13 0
 An evoke for kids? We deserve coronavirus
  • 7 0
 Really, jorts huh? Should sell them in a combo pack with a floral Hawaiian shirt...
  • 8 0
 Throw in some temporary tattoos and a stick-on handlebar mustache
  • 8 0
 I don't think it should be allowed. If you want to look like a jerry on a bike, you should have to be uncomfortable while you do it, and it should cost you 2 dollars and 10 horibble minutes of scrounging at Goodwill. It has to be a COMMITMENT, DAMN IT
  • 7 0
 I could definitely do with a Ti Hardtail frame... But it's just a Pipedream Rolleyes
  • 5 0
 Idea: Shorts with integrated kneepads.

What I personally want: Short shorts with good zipped pockets
  • 1 0
 Chromag has great shorts. Ambits are basic and high quality.
  • 2 0
 Yes. Zipped pockets are the best.
  • 1 0
 Bib shorts with knee pads would be better?
As could turn into flasher shorts when you crash?
  • 1 0
 @aljoburr: I was thinking more 3/4 length shorts but the bottom third of the short being made out of G Forms pad material or something
  • 3 0
 7Mesh makes nice shorts w/ zippered pockets, but they’re not short because it turns out that short shorts are not a good idea for MTB.
  • 1 0
 @erikkellison: I was just wanting something casual, but I'll probably just make my own eventually
  • 5 0
 Is that foam insert on fire?
  • 5 0
 To be fair if there was a year for designer jorts it would be 2020
  • 5 0
 "My eyes - da eBike filter, it does naaathing!"
  • 2 0
 Too funny... That reference gets thrown around my house all the time.
  • 4 0
 Wow the Jorts have officially jumped the shark.
  • 4 0
 The panzer inserts will make your tyres and rims as strong as a tank
  • 3 0
 Jorts?? Next up is loud print parachute riding pants.
  • 2 0
 Northern Florida seems like a pretty limited market for which to specifically design a pair of riding shorts.
  • 2 0
 I saw “Jorts” in the headline, and immediately thought Dangerholm was mass producing a signature line! @bicyclerider
  • 2 1
 They obviously don’t have kids! I make the brakes on my girls bikes drag to slow them down some. Momentum is dangerous!
  • 1 0
 My fingers tell me how much to brake?
May be soon you can get remote controlled bikes that all you need to do is pedal?
  • 1 0
 Stem storage... sounds like somebody I know ????
  • 3 1
  • 1 0
 The kid’s e-bike hasn’t triggered anybody yet?
  • 1 0
 @justinsp: missed that, thanks!
  • 1 0
 Mons makes high quality merino stuff if you can swing the price.

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