We first heard of SHRED when talking with Kiwi, Kelly McGarry as he's recently signed on to their eyewear line up. The $179 USD Shortstack helmet is packed with features, but the one that caught our attention is on the inside of the construction. SHRED uses Slytech 2ND Skin in a honeycomb, cone structure combined with EPS foam to efficiently absorb and disperse impact energy. The Shortstack comes in 4 colours; Scream (pictured), Don (Black), Wheelie (White) and Credit Card (Charcoal). Their eyewear line up is growing too and utilizes Carl Zeiss lenses. We really liked the looks of the Provocator Dogwood with their wooden arms. You'll be able to pick up a set for $179 USD at your local shop.
Having owned a few roof baskets over the years, I found this one at the Kuat booth of interest. The Skinny as it's called is about 1/2 to 2/3 the width of your standard roof basket, but can be greatly extended in length to match your vehicle, be it a small car or a longer van. The idea of the slimmer width was to allow vehicle owners more options for roof mounted accessories like say a ski box, or kayak mounts. Plus a bonus feature is the single fork mount for a bike, so yes they do have you covered for all your activities. Expect to spend $389 USD on the Skinny, plus accessories.
With bottom brackets getting lower and lower, we find ourselves seeking out the thinest pedals that we can get away with on our trail and DH bikes. This is Azonic's offering, the Flat Iron and it retails for $149 USD. For your hard earned money you'll find yourself choosing between Ano Black or Neon Yellow colours. All Flat Irons are 10mm thin and come with 18 fat pins per pedal (Micro pins are available separately). Weighing in at 385 grams with pins installed. The pedal body is 6061 - T6 forged Aluminum and the axle is 4130 CR-MO. There is a sealed bearing at the crank arm interface and internal bushings rotating on that CR-MO axle. Are these the pedals that you are looking for to gain some ground clearance?
This coat from ACRE falls into the "better late than never" category as it arrived at the show at 10AM Friday morning. If you are looking for a no holds barred, high end, riding coat? Then you might want to check out the Meridian Hybrid. This coat is minimalist by design with very few zippers or even velcro closures. In place of more standard pit zips, there are drill away vents in the arm pits and along the back. The Meridian Hybrid has a removable hood, waterproof, easily packable, comes in 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL) and 2 colours (Black and Charcoal), and has one rear zippered pocket for storage. At $485 USD this coat is for a very small niche of riders, but if you're looking for quality then you'll want to try one on.
Rhino-Rack are a Denver, Colorado based vehicle mounted, rack company. This Jeep was heavily outfitted in their roof rack/storage solution set ups as well as rear hitch bike racks. With a set up like this, one could really get after it on the weekends.
This here is the fresh Wheels Manufacturing Eccentric BB and it was still warm from coming off of the laser etching machine. It'll come in BB30 and Pressfit 30 options with Enduro bearings installed. The two bolts will keep it secured in place. This BB is made in the USA and will retail for approx. $125 USD.
The world of POV cameras is ever growing and we are pretty stoked on this offering from Garmin called the VIRB. The VIRB is waterproof, shoots in true HD 1080p with a 16 mega pixel CMOS processor. Its lithium-ion battery will shoot for 3 hours at 1080p. Additional details include chroma display - Hi Res full colour for ease of set up, playback and general viewing. High sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and barometric altimeter round out the key features on this $399 USD camera.
What you see here is the newest iteration of dropper post from the Canadians at 9Point8, the Fall Line. It'll be hitting stores in January of 2015 with a retail of $325 USD. Features include; 125mm of infinite adjustment, Stealth cable routing, Air Sprung, Quick Release cable for ease of seat/post removal, Lifetime warranty, 30.9 and 31.6mm diameter posts, Weight is said to be 470 grams without cable and lever. The Fall Line is not a hydraulic post, but rather operates on an internal brake mechanism to allow its infinite adjustment capabilities.
They know how to party at the Surly bikes' booth and it looks like things may have gotten out of hand this year. That's a wrap, see you all in a year's time.
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