Day two of the Sea Otter Classic in 2021 brought warmer temperatures and much more sunshine, as well as an even bigger pile of new treats on tap. In this round of coverage, we take a look at Enduro Bearings’ supposedly indestructible (!) Maxhit bottom brackets and headset bearings, Orucase’s smart top tube bag with its brilliant magnetic zipper, Alchemy’s new ceramic coating, made in the USA carbon fiber gravel bike, a new vibration-demanding strain from VSA, wheels that Sonny Colbrelli used to win Paris-Roubaix for men, and … yes, you get the point.
There are many fun bike types on the Sea Otter and there will be much more to share in the coming days.
Vision’s new Metron SL tubeless-compatible carbon clinchers reportedly won just over Paris Paris-Roubaix under Sonny Colbrelli.
Are tubulars performed in pro-peloton? Not yet, but it does not look so good for fans of glue.
The new Vision Metron SL wheels have a generous 21 mm wide inner width and bold outer widths that are optimized for 28 mm wide tires.
The new rear hubs drop traditional pawl-type drivers for a new helical spline design.
The new PRS rear hub has a responsive five-degree engagement speed and reportedly better durability than the old pallet design.
The front hub looks good, but what I find more interesting is the 2-to-1 lace pattern for more even oak tension.
FSA’s new NS VAS stem has an elastomeric clamping insert that supposedly dampens vibrations before it can get into your hands.
The elastomeric insert requires a rather unusual clamping design that includes a third clamping band in between and completely separate from the usual two.
Bottom fittings usually consist of a cartridge bearing pressed into a separate cup. But with Enduro Bearings’ new Maxhit bottom bracket, the cup and the outside are one and the same, which allows for much larger bearing balls than normal and far better durability – at least according to Enduro Bearings.
Stainless steel construction promises to keep corrosion in check — so much so that Enduro applies a lifetime warranty on the new Maxhit bearings, even in the event of wear. They are still a few months away from being available and will also be several grams heavier than a more conventional bottom bracket made with aluminum cups.
Enduro Bearings will offer its new Maxhit bottom brackets in BSA threads to fit 30 mm, DUB and 24 mm Shimano spindles. The retail price will be US $ 160 when they hit the market in March.
When it comes to sustainability, bullet size makes a big, big difference, and that’s supposedly the key to the lifespan of Maxhit bearings. We’ll find out soon enough, I think.
Enduro also uses the Maxhit formula on various zero-stack headset bearings. Having trouble keeping the headset bearer alive? It could be the ticket.
Guide price for Enduro Maxhit headset rental will be US $ 120 per person. Set (seals are removed here just to show the interior). As with the bottom brackets, the headset bearer carries a lifetime warranty, even against corrosion and wear. Unreal.
Have you ever wished you could train on gravel at home? Feedback Sport has covered you – but only if you ask very, very nicely.
Alchemy Bikes debuted a new Rogue carbon fiber gravel bike at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. And yes, excuse the feet in the background.
It’s not traditional paint you’re looking at here. It is an ultra-durable Cerakote ceramic surface treatment that should be suitable for gravel riding.
Rogue is unusual because it is a cast carbon fiber gravel bike actually made in the United States. It obviously does not make it better, but it will be remarkable for some buyers regardless.
A note to gravel bike manufacturers everywhere: Fender brackets do not make your bikes less serious. What they do is make your bikes more versatile and usable.
The press-fit bottom bracket provides more space to spread the chain layers apart for more tire spacing. Alchemy says that Rogue will accept 700 × 50 mm knots.
That’s pretty pretty, right?
Giro Synthe gets a few minor changes that help bring the price down a bit.
These mesh vents that once supposedly increased the aero performance of the original Synthe? They are gone.
The biggest change is how the MIPS liner is now incorporated directly into the restraint system, which Giro says provides a better fit and improved ventilation compared to the original Synthe MIPS.
Giro has developed a range of taillights for its helmets. This is clamped to any helmet with a Roc Loc 5 restraint system.
Other lightrs are designed to fit into the rear vents on specific helmet models, as well as the handle end plugs. It is currently unclear whether any of these are really bright enough for effective daytime visibility.
Giro debuted with a new shoe in cold weather called the Blaze, which has a waterproof shell and Primaloft insulation. I may not be looking forward to winter, but I look forward to trying these things.
Like so many other winter cycling shoes, the Giro Blaze mimics cross-country boots with its speed lace interior and zippered shell.
Giro Blaze is built on top of a fiber-reinforced nylon sole and a grippy rubber outsole that is specially formulated for cold temperatures.
Works as good ingredients for toasted feet.
If you’d rather go the traditional overshoe route, Giro has made some of the same laminated Xnetic knitwear used in its popular waterproof gloves.
A rubber-coated coating on the bottom of the Giro Xnetic overshoes promises to prevent these from collapsing too quickly.
Specialists are often accused of making products that are just outrageously priced, but this new Tactic MTB helmet is anything but. It has to be the best US $ 100 helmet I have come across.
Lots of coverage, lots of ventilation.
The outer vents are designed to hold your sunglasses.
This new Tactic uses a traditional MIPS liner, but there is also a lot of deep internal ducting that promises good airflow. I’m eager to try this one.
As with other specialized mountain bike models, the restraint system adjuster is built directly into the foam liner.
The magnetic zipper on Oruca’s top tube bag is absolutely brilliant. It’s incredibly easy to get to your stuff, and yet you never have to deal with manually opening or closing anything. The retail price also seems pretty acceptable at US $ 50.
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