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Tech Briefing: Violet Hubs, Kids' Components, 87 Gram Tubes, & More - November 2020

Nov 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 traditional novel gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.

Crankbrothers Cigar Tool
$29.99 USD / €29.99

A compact tubeless repair kit that looks to be a nice little investment and has absolutely nothing to do with smoking. (Learn more.)
Crankbrothers Cigar Tool

Cube Two15 Series
SLT €5,999, SL €4,699

Cube presents two fully redesigned Two15 series for the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill Worlds. (Learn more.)

BikeFlights.com Reusable Bike Box for Protecting Bikes in Transit
$149.95 (Large) / $119.95 (Medium)

BikeFlights.com have developed an entirely new, reusable bike box system. (Learn more.)
BikeFlights new Bike Box

Canyon 2021 Torque and Sender AL Bikes
$2,599 - $5,399

Canyon's updated Torque and Sender AL get new components and colors. (Learn more.)

Dainese Trail Skins Protection Line
€59,95 - €149,95

Dainese's new and improved Trail Skins line is designed for all-day pedaling. (Learn more.)

Nukeproof 2021 Reactor Trail Bike

The Reactor range gets a spec overhaul. (Learn more.)

Schwalbe's New Lightweight Aerothan Tubes

A 29" Aerothan tube weighs only 87 grams and takes up much less space than a traditional rubber tube. (Learn more.)

TRP's Special Edition Gold DH-R EVO Brakes

To mark the 2020 World Championships in Leogang TRP have launched a limited edition gold version of their DH-R EVO brakes. (Learn more.)
Official TRP Product Photo

Nukeproof's Mullet Dissent Downhill Bike
£3,299.99 - £4,899.99

A mixed wheel set up is now available for Nukeproof's DH rig. (Learn more.)
Nukeproof Dissent

Five Ten Hellcat Pro Shoe

Keep an eye out for these white prototypes in Leogang. (Learn more.)

e*thirteen Helix Wide Range Cassette
$289/ €289

Helix components are engineered to bridge the compatibility gap between SRAM and Shimano components. (Learn more.)

Reynolds XC Wheel Line
$1299.99 to $2099.99

The new 309/289 XC family features four build levels with Reynolds' new front and rear-specific rim designs and spoke counts. (Learn more.)

Specialized's New Tire Compounds & Casings

Specialized's more gravity-oriented tires are now available with a slower rebounding T9 rubber compound. (Learn more.)

Dynaplug Announces New Covert Bar End Tubeless Repair Kit

Dynaplug jumps into the plug side of the hidden tool game. (Learn more.)
The Dynaplug Covert Tire Plugging Tool

Leatt 2021 Clothing & Protection Range

A head to toe refresh of the Leatt range. (Learn more.)
Richard Kurowski Photo

Pembree New UK Made D2A Pedal

UK brand Pembree launches their second Carbon Neutral pedal. (Learn more.)
Pembree D2A Pedals

Hide-A-Bike System

Hide-A-Bike allows you to store your bike flat against your ceiling. (Learn more.)

Pässilä Bicycles Hamari Hardtail
2 799€, £2 539, $3 279

The Finnish company is launching their first 4130 chromoly steel hardtail. (Learn more.)
P ssil Bicycles Hamari. 4130 chromoly hardtail.

Cascade Components V4 Tallboy Link
$331 USD

Cascade Components' new V4 Tallboy link adds progression and travel. (Learn more.)
Red Tallboy link

Urge BP AllTrail Helmet
69 € RRP

Urge BP unveils their new open face all-mountain helmet that uses recycled materials. (Learn more.)

Dharco's Kyle Strait Rampage Replica Jersey
$85 USD

With no Rampage this year Dharco has released a replica version of Kyle's 2019 jersey. (Learn more.)

Fox Racing Limited Edition Tahnee Seagrave Kit

To celebrate their 10-year partnership Fox has launched a limited edition Tahnee Seagrave kit. (Learn more.)

PYGA Bikes Now Available in 23 Countries Worldwide

PYGA will now be available to a wider range of markets including Europe, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America. (Learn more.)
Test ride on PYGA SLAKLINE

SUNringlé Brings Back the 3D Violet Super Bubba
$359.99 USD

Ringlé is bringing back the 90's with their 3D Violet Super Bubba Hubs. (Learn more.)

Crankbrothers Highline XC/Gravel Seatposts
$199.99-$299.99 USD

Crankbrothers are now offering their Highline seatpost in a 27.2mm option with up to 125mm of travel for smaller diameter seatpost bikes. (Learn more.)

Hayes x Reynolds Limited Edition Dominion Brake
$289.99 USD

The Dominion T2 is 50g lighter per brake with titanium hardware and a Reynolds Carbon lever. (Learn more.)

Nukeproof's Urchin Range of Kids' Components
£20 GBP

Nukeproof releases a new line of components for smaller riders. (Learn more.)

Raveman Bike Light with High Low Beams

Raveman adapts the high low beams from cars for their bike lights. (Learn more.)

Square Root Carbon Wheels are Now Available Worldwide

Square Root has launched its new website which allows shipping across the globe. (Learn more.)
Dropping in to the upper section of the urban course in PV. Square Root wheels clearly visible.

fizik Terra Aidon X1 & X3 E-MTB Saddles
X1: €179, $179,99, £169.99 / X3: €139, $139,99, £129.99

Take energy off road with two dedicated saddles designed specifically for e-MTB. (Learn more.)
fizik Terra Aidon ebike saddle

Urge BP's Nimbus Kids Helmet
55 € RRP

The Nimbus is the latest helmet from Urge that has been specifically designed for kids. (Learn more.)

Jamis Bikes 3VO Carbon Suspension Bikes
$4,199 USD

An all new carbon price-point of $4,199 for the Portal C4 and Hardline C4 models. (Learn more.)
Jamis Hardline C4

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 $150 for a cardboard box.. regardless of how often you can reuse it, it’s $150.

Ask any bike shop for a box and they’ll likely give you one for free, with packaging which you can then recycle once your back.

Fair play for the company monetising a shops waste though.
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 Do they come with Dale from king of the hill to unload your bike?
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 And when you get back from your biking holiday you can hoist your bike on to you ceiling with your $45 piece of rope.
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 Last time I flew with a bike it sat by the plane in the rain for half an hour on top of the luggage truck then got deliberately dropped/thrown 3 meters onto the tarmac. I watched all this unfold from departures at Munich airport. Bag destroyed and bike damaged, had it all on video and Easyjet still passed me round countless people including demanding a full engineers report on the bike damage.

Free bike shop boxes and double packing since then and avoiding sleasyjet if at all possible.
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 @Riggbeck: Had a similar experience with EJ, we were sat in our seats watching some angry swiss man walking back and forth over our bikes and then one fell off the top of the conveyor. Fortunately no damage, though half the plane were riders and everyone was kicking off.
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 At the shop I worked in we charged like $20 for a regular cardboard bike box, I felt like such an a*shole every time I sold one.
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 @Riggbeck: I saw mine in the trailer laying flat under all the rest of luggage when the box had 'keep vertical' and 'fragile' labels all over...
Unfortunate, but in the end of the day depends not so much in the airline, but how whoever handles the bike feels that day.
How did your story end up?
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 Wait, a normal cardboard bike box can't be reused several times? I guess I've been doing it wrong for years. I mean, an actually sturdy plywood crate the size of a bike box would cost way less to make. Would be heavy tho.
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 Airlines will always load a big box or crate laying flat. Also never put fragile stickers on anything. Many airlines won't cover damage on stuff labeled fragile. If you're worried about moisture on your bike in its box, use plastic wrap.
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 @iiman: actually it hasn't ended yet. They admitted liability straight away then demanded endless amounts of supporting evidence like photos and specifications. Not only once either, after the airport documented it, they had one department for the bag then transferred it all to another for the bike, each time I had to fill in and send all the documentation again. Months of being pushed back and hours of form filling, printed and online. Shocking customer service.

Clearly it was the Munich baggage handlers fault, I had a bad feeling when I saw it on the trucks roof, thats when I got my phone out and recorded them loading the flight. I thought it would fall off while driving to the belt, not get deliberately chucked!
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 @HollyBoni: My LBS charges a packet of biscuits
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Had a pretty decent experience with an airline...shocking I know...

Flew from Denver to Melbourne once. Airline went on strike once we got to L.A. for the final leg. Pandemonium ensured and I was told I would be reimbursed the difference if I could find any other way to my destination. So 2 business class tickets via Soul and $14K on my credit card later we boarded and made it to Australia. Bike got lost. Because I was a business traveller there were literally no questions asked and a check for a new bike and rental fee while in Australia was waiting for me at home.

It took 3 months to get my $11,500 Reimbursement check. But somehow as the exchange rate changed I managed to get the full $14k reimbursed (and then some) as I was in Australia at the time.
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 @HollyBoni: I walked into a shop asking for a box and they tried to charge me $10...I laughed, said "man, what a racket, getting people to pay for your trash" and walked 15 minutes to a shop that gave me one for free.
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 @Riggbeck: terrifying
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 And everybody be aware that British Airways does NOT accept cardboard boxes.
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 @kcy4130: good luck importing non certified wood into certain countries like canada
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 @SleepingAwake: They did for me last summer?
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 @SleepingAwake: It depends on what nation you're coming from/going too. Realistically a plywood crate would be impractical, pretty heavy to lug around an airport and could be a pain to store at your destination.
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 The way to go if anyone is so inclined is to make a box out of coroplast. Get some foam and cut it to match in places to bulk it up so there isnt any load put on the bike. Light and strong.
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 @SleepingAwake: first news of that and nothing mentioned in their policies. Again that might depend on state of costipation of the one in the counter and her interpretation of what's a specific bike box.

@Afterschoolsports: there's websites that sell hardware and panels for custom made heavy duty boxing for instruments/delicate equipment. That plus coropoast panels would make a nice box
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 @iiman: bang on. The cases for my big mapping survey drone plane is made from corflute, epp, and penn elcom hardware.

Two of them combined are about the size of a bike box and weigh about 12kg total. They have a lot more foam than a bike box would have.

They weigh about 1/5th of the equivalent aluminium composite cases. They have survived many transcontinental flights.
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 @iiman: it was a couple years back and i don't know if it is maybe an airport specific thing but it didn't sound like that when i called them 24h before my flight to reserve my spot. The lady told me yeah no problem then gave me some additional info and threw that "no cardboard" in at the end. Ended up buying an evoc bag and repackaging everything...
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 150 bucks for a cardboard box...now Ive seen it all. I really want to meet someone who buys one just to see what planet they are from.
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 For anyone reading this, I have a few high quality bike boxes in stock that I will gladly sell for the low, low price of $99.95. That's 33% off the going rate! Don't wait, supplies are limited.
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 I would be excited to try the e*thirteen cassette if they would have ever followed through on a remedy for all the issues I had with the last one. I opened a 'ticket' and it was closed before they had a remedy. After multiple attempts to contact again, they responded weeks later with a solution in which they then never followed through.
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 Can we get a review of the new Jamis bikes?
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 I've got my Five Ten Hellcat Disco Slippers, the e*thirteen Helix medallion, Violet Super Bubba and Lightweight Aerothan latex in my back pocket... Light up the Raveman. Beer
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 Poor Jamis. They muster the bare minimum to get a mention on PB. What a waste of an awesome suspension design.
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 45 dollars for a piece of rope and some carabiners it must be high quality! I better buy 3! Also 150 dollars for a box those have to be good! gonna need 2 of those as well!
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 Just want to see the Santa Cruz Nomad V5... Frown
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 Proper flat pedals for medals for my daughter's bike, yay! Good to see more real MTB components coming for kids bikes.
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 Am I the only one wondering WTF makes a saddle E-Bike specific?
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 Extra soft in the middle for people who refuse to HTFU.
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 I think it's the higher back, you don't really ever have to get out of the saddle on climbs so they have a higher back to make the steep climbs more comfortable
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 is it bad I want those gold TRP brakes
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 tubes? REALLY? even my road bike is tubeless!
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 Some ppl carry spare tubes
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