Tech Briefing: Oil Slick Pedals, Flat Pedals Shoes, A Dozen New Bikes, & More - July 2020

Jul 6, 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.

NS Bikes Aluminum Define
€3999 - €5699

A more affordable aluminium version of the Define is now available. (Learn more.)
NS Define AL 160 Race

Apidura's Expedition Downtube Pack
$67 / £52 / €59

Apidura's Expedition Downtube Pack aims to solve the problem of limited water bottle storage by offering a small bag that can be securely strapped onto your frame. (Learn more.)

Trond Hansen's Kidreel
399NOK or $40

The Norwegian freerider is back with a new product to help get kids up the hills. (Learn more.)

Orange Five and Stage
£5,300 ($6,600)

The two trail bikes get an Evo makeover. (Learn more.)

YT Shred Spec Aluminium Capra and Decoy

YT has reacted to the calls for high-performance aluminum bikes with coil shocks by releasing two new specs. (Learn more.)

Commencal 2021 Clash

The new Clash gets a significant geometry and suspension update for 2021. (Learn more.)

Pirelli Scorpion eMTB Tire

The brand's first eMTB specific tire uses their SmartGRIP+ compound. (Learn more.)

Forbidden Bike Co. Druid Builds & 3 New Frame Colors
$4,599 USD / €4899 / £4399 (Frame: $3,099 USD / £2949)

Forbidden are now offering an XT and SLX complete build for their Druid bike along with new frame color options. (Learn more.)
Druid XT Complete Build

Industry Nine Expanded Carbon Wheelset Lineup
$1,575 - $1,825 USD

Industry Nine announces four new value-oriented carbon wheelsets. (Learn more.)

Únic Custom Kit Range for Younger Riders
96.75 €

Groms can now design their own riding kit with Únic's online editor. (Learn more.)

Specialized Mixed Wheel Size Demo

Mullet as standard and loads of adjustability on the latest Demo. (Learn more.)

Nukeproof Horizon and Neutron Wheelsets
From £120/ US $169/ Euro €134

Nukeproof are claiming improvements across performance, durability and serviceability. (Learn more.)

Revel Bikes Tire Levers From Recycled Carbon Rims
$15 USD per lever

Prototypes and scrap are chopped up, heated, compressed and reused as a handy tool. (Learn more.)

Canfield Crampon Mountain Limited Edition Oil Slick Pedals
$174.99 USD

Canfield releases a limited edition version of their flat pedal to match their 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Canfield Balance. (Learn more.)

Chromag Rift Knee Guard
$135 CAD

Chromag expands their apparel collection with the addition of the Rift knee guards. (Learn more.)
Rift Kneeguard from Chromag

Magura Apparel Collection

Magura collaborates with clothing specialists Maloja for its new range of clothing. (Learn more.)

Revel Bikes Rascal & Rail

Two new colorways for the Revel Rascal and Rail. (Learn more.)

Burgtec Enduro MK3 Stem
£89.99 / $110 USD / $150 CAD / €99.00

According to Burgtec, their new stem was "tested with the world's fastest jibbers and sendiest racers." (Learn more.)

Únic Essential & Signature Range
€113 (outside EU), €138.99 (EU)

Únic launches more wallet-friendly essential range of customized clothing. (Learn more.)

Ride Concepts' Vice Flat Pedal Shoes
$100 US / $150 CAD / €100 Europe / £89.95 UK

Ride Concepts unveil their new flat pedal offering that has been developed with Kyle Strait and their dirt jump, slopestyle and BMX athletes. (Learn more.)

Hayes XC Group
$139.99 - $899.99 USD

Hayes' new lineup includes the return of the R7 fork and an XC-focused air shock. (Learn more.)

MRP "Ready to Shred" Package
Free for a limited time

The service, which includes a cut steerer, a brake adapter, a baseline set up and star nut and crown race fitting, would normally be a $40 upgrade but is free for a limited time. (Learn more.)
Staff Rides - Mike Levy s Rocky Mountain Element

Garmin Edge 130 Plus and Edge 1030 Plus Computers
$199.99 - $249.99 USD & $599.99 USD - $699.99 USD

Garmin's new computers can help you navigate trails, give in-depth training insights, tell you how smooth you are, and how much time you spend in the air. (Learn more.)

Cotic SolarisMAX Hardtail
£675 frame

Cotic update their SolarisMAX Hardtail with new features, colours and a steeper seat angle. (Learn more.) product solarisMAX

Muc Off Sealant for Inner Tubes

Muc Off has released a new sealant product designed for use with inner tubes. (Learn more.)

Urge BP Deltar Full Face Helmet

A new budget friendly helmet from the eco-conscious French brand. (Learn more.)

MyBoo eMTB Range
€4,499 // £4,090 - €5,999 // £5,454

Ghanain-made, bamboo eMTBs launched. (Learn more.)

Revel Bikes Ranger Trail Bike
$4999 - $9999 (Frame $2,799 USD)

Revel Bikes unveils the new Ranger bike that combines XC efficiency with their CBF suspension platform. (Learn more.)

AbsoluteBlack Graphene Infused Chain Lube
$150 / £115 / €130 for 140ml

The lube comes with hugely impressive claims of efficiency and durability. (Learn more.)

Commencal 2021 Meta AM 29

2021 sees Commencal redesign its Meta AM 29 with changes to geometry and kinematics. (Learn more.)
2021 Commencal Meta AM

Leatt Aaron Chase Signature Twenty/Twenty Shoe
$129.99 USD

A shoe for riding, digging and everything in between. (Learn more.)
Richard Kurowski Photography

Cascade Components Transition Sentinel and Patrol Linkage
$315 USD

Transition has stated that installing the link will not void your warranty. (Learn more.)
Silver link

Guerrilla Gravity Limited Edition Trail Pistol Race SL
$7895 USD

Guerilla Gravity has put together a limited edition run of just 25 Trail Pistol Race SL models. (Learn more.)


  • 52 10
 Ooh after seeing this article I simply MUST buy a Revel Ranger in that beeyuootiful green to match my 46 8 oz. bottles of absolute black graphene infused multi purpose lube! The website says it works on bikes, but I'm going to douse myself in it and strip nude so that the internal revenue service can't apprehend me for the 85 accounts of tax fraud I have been accused of. Don't worry, it will get here in time, I payed only USD 40,000 to have the lube delivered instantly from Nantucket via magical griffons made from Sam Scott's sweat collected from his chamois after the 2016 DH world champs and aged for four years before being transformed by dumbledore himself!
  • 8 7
 This is a very ‘wiki’ response - are u the replacement? Or is wiki moonlighting?
  • 10 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: I'm not sure who you are talking about.
  • 4 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: But you may consider me an alternative, if you wish.
  • 20 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: It's Waki, old boy....Waki is the name you are looking for.
  • 5 0
 That's Graphene Infused not Gryffindor
  • 2 0
 @rip29: Did I say otherwise?
  • 5 0
 @brokemywristbyfallingoffmybike: that's EXACTLY what Waki would've said!
  • 2 3
 @endlessblockades: imma going with wiki
  • 4 0
 Dudes on Ludes.
  • 23 0
 Bamboo ebike? Really? I guess the guy wearing jorts has found his new ride.
  • 5 0
 Is it okay to Google 'jorts' at work?
  • 15 0
 @iamamodel: it’s never ok to google jorts
  • 7 0
 @iamamodel: Not if your network gear has the Cisco Kook Alert filter installed.
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: It's not necessarily safe to do so, but it does cause quite the distraction when the Feds arrive. Framing the branch manager by using his account to launch the diversion allowed me the perfect opportunity to sneak out of the 6th story window and climb down using a traceless battery powered suction anchor. From there, I went to my home, destroyed all my sales receipts from JCpenny, and doused my jort closet with gasoline. I came and went before they even thought to check, and by then the evidence was destroyed. The city's jort response team was understaffed, and they had played themselves, leaving their surveillance spot outside my residence long enough for me to make my move.

But that was only the first half, and everything had been done deliberately, from the anonymous tip suggesting I was a jortophile, to the food poisoning three jort team members recieved while dining at their favorite buffet, forcing them to stay home the day of the planned raid. At home that night, I took 3 sleeping pills, went to bed, and waited for the jort squad to arrive. When they did, they recieved no response to their demands, and breached the house. Two weeks and one highly publicized lawsuit later, I recieved two million dollars in reparations for damages to my property.
  • 10 2
 So now its trendy to hate oil slick lol? People trying to be cool and fit in talking about how much they dislike oil slick. If you hate something why waste your time and energy commenting about it? Get a life?

Having said that black > oil slick
  • 1 3
 I agree, also, apart from 26ers, rim brakes and mongoose (rip), can products in the mtb world really just go "out of style?"
  • 6 0
 You can keep your puke brown bikes, yellow jerseys, and anything in a 70's colourway. One day you'll all wake up and look at yourselves in the mirror with that natty beard, smelling like five day old pizza cheese. Then you'll wonder where it all went wrong. It went wrong when you rejected gorgeous colour!!! Give me that beautiful oil slick, harvested from the backs of glorious hummingbirds from magical farms in the sky!
  • 3 0
 No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to hate on oil slick parts as effectively as the BMX world.
  • 1 0
 It's gaudy as heck, sorry, just one dude's personal opinion
  • 9 3
 @cedricgracia I love you man, but I think you’re paddling upstream trying to get North Americans/English as a first language customers to buy your Unic product. Number one reason and probably the only reason is the name. We see Unic, and it’s inherent definition, not Unique. I would LOVE some custom duds, but not with one drop of the company name on it. Sorry bud, great idea, but I think it needs a rebranding/name change to achieve the success it deserves. Not trying to be a dink, just saying what everybody is thinking. I hope it’s doing well, I just think it would do much better with a more unique name.
  • 2 1
 Not sure what you're getting at... 'Unic' isn't even close to the spelling of 'eunuch' if that's what you're implying.
  • 2 0
 Did anyone read Apidura and hear Epidural?

Brand names do strange things to people. I still can't believe that Assegai made it out there.
  • 3 1
 @srjacobs: Why a person would desire to associate themselves with the concept of forcefully castrated male servants of women of elite status is beyond me. Perhaps it is a form of self identification, with the brand marketing to males with such low self esteem as to consider themselves alike to sterile footservants. Unfortunately in today's world, such a phenomenon is real, most famously known as involuntary celibates, or incels for short, and many communities of such people breed nothing but additional self-loathing and violent attitudes towards the opposite sex, who they believe has betrayed them. The best course of action for one to take upon realizing they may be similar to the aforementioned groups would be to socially distance themselves from likeminded peers and focus on repairing and rehabiliting their mental state before then exposing themselves to a much wider and more inclusive range of individuals with which to interact. Self love and realistic expectations are of utmost importance in maintaining mental health.
  • 2 0
 Why not spell it differently, maybe like "Unyk" or with an upside down e instead of a y...?
  • 2 0
 @brokemywristbyfallingoffmybike: lol, OK Waki, you don't need to hide anymore.
  • 1 0
 @srjacobs: I quite literally am not the 'Waki' you speak of, although I must say they sound interesting. Take a look at my profile, see for yourself that I am not a mere alternate account created by the one you speak of.
  • 8 0
 I'm getting one of those KidReels for my buddy's bike then when I get tired he can tow me up the hill...
  • 9 2
 Oil slick: the cheetah print of mountain bikes. Or maybe it's more like light-up shoes?
  • 10 0
 Light up shoes would be rad! Super small bump sensitivity for green lights to crazy lights when you do a big hit?
  • 4 0
 I'd ride the living shit out of a cheetah print mountain bike.
  • 6 1
 I love oil slick/rainbow.
  • 1 0
 @Yetimike2019: Must include sound effects as well.
  • 12 5
 Has oil slick jumped the shark yet? Must be soon if not?
  • 13 6
 I agree. We should all conform to black pedals, and ride Cannondales while wearing lycra and spandex with matching lids. Or you could come to Whistler one summer and see the plethora of color as riders show off their own designs and color schemes. Embrace color.
  • 6 1
 They can't seem to kill tie-dye, so no, Oilslick is probably immortal. What's wrong with it? You don't shroom, breh?
  • 1 17
flag werics (Jul 6, 2020 at 16:54) (Below Threshold)
 @hypa: Unless you are paid to race under a ruleset that says no lycra (and I highly doubt you are), throwing watts down the drain is still kind of stupid, no matter how much cooler you think you look.
  • 5 0
 Crampons are tied with deity bladerunners as the best pedals out there. Oil slick or no.
  • 3 0
 @hypa: colour? You mean black and white fasthouse jerseys, and raw carbon d3 lids?
  • 6 0
 Plus 100 on the Cascade Comments link... Best 300 bucks you could spend on a V1 Sentinel...
  • 3 0
 Friggen Autocorrect... Cascade COMPONENTS... Smile
  • 1 0
 @stiingya: waiting on mine now. Have a patrol on coil. Pretty stoked. They are in the process of making it because they sold out so fast!
  • 1 0
 Couldn't agree more. The link plus ElevenSix coil shock upgrade and you have an amazing upgrade.
  • 3 0
 Can't say much for their gloves, since it took two rides before they tore at the seams and I had to hand sew them back together, but those chromag rift guards are the greatest pair of "pedally" kneepads I've ever owned. So comfy, stay in place, and no warmer than any others in the same class. Highly recommended.
  • 5 0
 It takes balls to wear Unic clothing... Or it takes lack of balls... I’m not sure.
  • 3 0
 Ironic that they're making kits for kids.
  • 3 0
 Dang a lot of new machines on the circuit. Just when you thought yours was the best.
  • 6 0
 member back when you could keep track of most every make and model and easily recite the most important spec or feature... now there are so many bikes and brands it's impossible to keep up!! PLUS even basic bikes are dam near phenomenal these days...
  • 1 0
 That clothing looks really euro. But euro’s are way cooler than us so I guess we can look forward to looking like that in 2 or 3 years?
Well, not me. But you guys i guess.
  • 2 0
 Raw aluminum Clash or raw aluminum Capra?

Or Raaw Madonna?
  • 8 11
 Friends don't let friends ride the Y's (Yeti/YT).
  • 9 0
 @fullendurbro: You been ridin Youporn all day.
  • 4 3
 I'm 6'2" and the standover clearance on those bikes makes me nervous. No thanks to all of those bent up top tubes.
  • 1 0
 @fullfacemike: Romantically or platonically? (This question excludes the notion of 'friends with benefits')
  • 10 9
 Anyone else hate oil slick stuff?
  • 7 2
 Not me. Love the stuff
  • 3 1
 No. Color for all!
  • 2 0
 It's all that bland food you were raised on. Wink
  • 1 0
 New bikes.... good luck finding one right now.
  • 1 0
 I don't reckon that bamboo E-bike will be selling out any time soon!
  • 1 0
 I don't need any of this crap.
  • 1 0
 That Define definitely looks alot like a S....pectral!
  • 2 2
 Kid leash = ebike

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