Tech Briefing: New Helmets, Apparel, Bikes & More - March 2020

Mar 5, 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.

Canyon Strive Factory Race Models & 2020 US Line
Various prices

Canyon have announced the addition of two new Strive CFR (Canyon Factory Race) bikes to their line and unveiled their 2020 models for the US. (Learn more.)
Photo Courtesy of Canyon

Velocirax No Lift Vertical Bike Racks
$749 USD - $879 USD

The new bike rack from VelociRAX allows vertical bike storage without the need to lift your bike. (Learn more.)

Motion Instruments Data Analysis Systems
Various prices

Motion Instruments is focused on providing user-friendly bike suspension data. (Learn more.)

Race Face Getta Grips
$19.99 USD

Race Face wants to help you get a grip... (Learn more.)

Wolf Tooth Components Mega Fat Paw Foam Grips
$32.95 USD

Wolf Tooth Components have launched a new version of its Fat Paw grips which claim to be the thickest foam grips available to buy. (Learn more.)

Transition Scout Trail Bike
$4,499 - $6,599 USD / Frame $3,199 USD

The new Scout is Transition's modern-day take on the Bottlerocket. (Learn more.)
Press release photos for the new Scout.

Muc Off Technical Clothing Range
£29.99, $34.99 USD to £174.99, $249.99 USD

Muc Off's burgeoning catalog expands even further with a new line of technical clothing. (Learn more.)

Melon Alleycat Riding Shades
$200 USD

A new player in the riding sunglasses space. (Learn more.)
Melon Alleycat in turquoise with neon yellow icon and silver Zeiss lens

Intend's "New Age" Suspension Line
1949 Euro (29”) & 1899 Euro (27,5”) incl. VAT

Cornelius Kapfinger has been hard at work making some major updates to his suspension forks for 2020. (Learn more.)

Norco Bicycles Sight VLT 29 eMTB
Starting at $4,399 USD

Norco's new Sight VLT29 has 29" wheels, Shimano STEPS e-MTB drive system, and has the option for range extender batteries. (Learn more.)

CrossWorxCycles Dash275
2399 € w/o shock

CrossWorxCycles' Dash275 bike has 160mm of travel and is designed and built in Thuringia, Germany. (Learn more.)

100% 2020 Spring Bike Collection
Various prices

New designs and new colourways for 100% of your Spring riding. (Learn more.)

Bontrager Lifetime Warranty on All Carbon Wheels
Included in price

There is now a lifetime warranty against wheel defects on all Bontrager wheels. (Learn more.)

TweedLove 10-Year Anniversary Endura Jersey

The jersey is currently in production at Endura’s HQ in Livingston and is available to pre-order online at (Learn more.)

Pässilä Bicycles Titanium Bikes
Completes start from 3199 € / $3465 USD / £2 655

Pässilä Bicycles is a small rider owned bike company from Finland that have a line of five different titanium frames and complete bikes. (Learn more.)

Format Bikes 'Format 4112' Downhill Bike
From 199 990 rub. / Estimated $3020 USD

Format bikes reveal details for their completely redesigned 'Format 4112' downhill bike. (Learn more.)

Chromag Redesigned Alloy Bars
$110 CDN

When Chromag first launched the alloy handlebar in 2003, it was one of the widest bars on the market at 720mm. Times have changed! (Learn more.)
Chromag OSX Bars 2020

RSD Bikes 2020 Range With Aluminum MiddleChild HT & New Wildcat FS
Completes from $1499.00 USD

2020 sees the introduction of a brand new aluminum version of RSD's MiddleChild hardtail and an all-new version of the Wildcat full-suspension trail bike. (Learn more.)

Revel Wheels
Rims: $700 each, 1/1 wheels: $1975, Hydra wheels: $2200

The American made Carbon rims are claimed to be lighter, stronger and 100% recyclable. (Learn more.)

Rhino-Rack X-Tray Pro Rooftop Carrier
$455 USD

The high rails on the tray provide a secure roof system for everyday luggage and adventure toys. (Learn more.)

Troy Lee Designs New D4 Helmet
Textreme Carbon: $575 USD / Composite: $399 USD

The new D4 weighs a claimed 1,000 grams, making it the lightest DH helmet Troy Lee Designs has ever produced. (Learn more.)
Troy Lee Designs D4 helmet

Jamis Carbon Portal and Hardline Models
$4699 USD - $8499 USD

Jamis' 130mm Portal 29" and the 160mm Hardline 27.5" are now available with carbon frames. (Learn more.)

Squidworx Modular Flat Pedal
$160 (includes 1 spare cage, replacement cages are $5 each)

Squidworx have designed a customizable pedal with easily replaceable parts. (Learn more.)
Squidworx Modular Flat Pedals black teal.

Nukeproof 20-26" Cub-Scout Kid's Bike Range
£599 / USD $ 599 to £999 / $999

The new range of Cub-Scout Hardtails are available in 20”, 24” or 26” options. (Learn more.)

Commencal Meta TR SX
3 999,00 €

Commencal built the new TR as an all-purpose jump, freeride, street, dirt or enduro bike... (Learn more.)

Fox Racing Speedframe Trail Helmet
$159.95 USD + $109.95 USD

A new open face helmet aimed at trail riders from Fox Racing. (Learn more.)

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 Cornelius Kapfinger Sounds like a comic book villain that fires bullets without a gun.
  • 6 0
 It would not surprise me if @Bommelmaster could fire bullets without a gun.
  • 2 1
 Sounds like a James Bond villain to me. And he obviously has some mad mechanical skillz too.
  • 15 0
 I like the concluding line of the Format press release: "All childhood diseases have been eliminated over the years of development, testing and operation on spots, as a result, we received real combat machine."

1. I can't tell you the number of childhood diseases I've gotten from previous, untested bikes.
2. "we received real combat machine." is basically as stereotypical Russian sentence as I can come up with.
  • 5 1
 Thats just bad translation. Idiom should sound like "teething problems".
  • 9 0
 @BurningBeard: And here I was thinking that I could support a bike company that finally had the humanitarian commitment to tackle everything from polio to pinkeye.
  • 13 0
 @BurningBeard: in Russia bike ride you
  • 1 0
 Strong like bull, smart like tractor...
  • 12 3
 I literally cannot believe people will pay $200 for this unbelievably unattractive glasses from Melon.
  • 10 0
 i literally cant belive who would play 800 bucks for a bike rack lmao
  • 24 2
 @dylanrutz: i metaphorically cant believe who would pay $10k+ for a pedal bike!
  • 2 0
 @dylanrutz: add in the exchange rate and we have crossed over what I paid for my first "real" mountain bike. This probably just speaks to how old I am, but still...
  • 3 0
 @flyguyty: ikr, its crazy, even 5k is a lot for a bike.
  • 3 2
 If you don't understand, you clearly aren't an endurbro. You can't go Full Enduro with big, oversized sunglasses and $200 is a low price to pay to go full endurbro.
  • 1 0
 @fullendurbro: just get pit vipers for 60 bucks
  • 1 0
 @dylanrutz: or go to the home improvement store and snag some Uvex safety glasses for $10. Literally the same thing as those Pit Vipers.

I met those guys the last few years at Dirt Fest Pa. Super nice guys, ready to party, they rode Honda Helix scooters from Ohio for the event, handed out probably 50 pairs of glasses from a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist. However they're just cheap safety glasses with flashy 80s graphics for a real premium.
  • 2 0
 @dylanrutz: But Pit Vipers won't garner the fullenduro respect I demand on the trails. I only put things on my face that cost more than $200. Bonus for Kashima lens.
  • 1 1
 @fullendurbro: u spend no less than $200 on eye
protection. gawd.
  • 8 0
 i cant believe you would buy a "complete bike" without a shock...soon to come....complete bike without brakes...not sure i understand this industry.
  • 9 0
 its like video games, you buy the good portion of it and gotta finish it off with a sweet DLC purchase
  • 3 0
 @flyguyty: And the last 20-50% of the base game is rushed to get it out the door.
  • 6 0
 The Velocirax looks like a straight-up copy of the Recon Rack. Which is fantastic, one of the most solidly-built pieces of equipment I've ever bought, and made by a guy in Ferndale, WA.

TL;DR: Buy a Recon Rack.
  • 1 0
 dont worry, it wasnt that long
  • 1 0
 Oh no this one is painted red, that gets around the copyright laws right.
  • 1 0
 Complete rip off I think is more accurate. Bummer to see the extra promotion of a lower quality knock off. Recon racks are one of those few lifetime purchases you can make. Mine will no doubt outlast my 04 tundra, which is saying something.
  • 1 0
 The Squidworx price is Canadian dollars; only $115 USD. I bought a pair, like the feel and quality. Cheap shipping took less than a week to Reno. Only down side, watch the threading, they lack L/R marking or the traditional machining for the left side.
  • 1 0
 I'm not seeing the benefit of the rack being able to store my bikes as well. I have several bikes and wouldn't see myself unracking 4-5 bikes each time I haul the rack to install on car. Maybe if it was modular and you could could keep part of rack in the garage storing bikes, while the rest is on the car. That or continue with $5 hooks from my ceiling.
  • 3 0
 I like the look of the Melon glasses but I would never let that rough glass finish rub on my cheeks for an entire ride.
  • 2 0
 And in a crash, glasses with a bottom rim will slice into your face.
  • 1 0
 Also they look hilarious on. Go ahead n get em guys. I swear people arent laughing and pointing when you roll by with vipers on
  • 4 1
 Why are we limiting to electric bikes, when there are combustion engines!
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  • 2 1
 Fuel cells are the future. Petrol is much more energy dense than batteries and you can top up your bike at the servo on your way to the trails.
  • 3 0
 Wheres the Canfield ONE.2?!
  • 3 0
 I don’t need any of this crap.
  • 3 0
 Moar tagz!
  • 3 1
 Looks like these February links didn't generate the desired clicks?
  • 1 0
 That Canfield One.2 should be bike, and everything else of the year.
  • 1 0
 $20 grips are fair
  • 1 1
 Where are my Meaty Paws?
  • 1 3
 Should have called them Greta grips...about everything in the world...

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