Gear Break: Something for everyone in today’s Gear Break: The Basso Terra gravel bike, new Roval components, new MET Rivale MIPS helmet, State Bicycle Co introduces sustainable clothing, HED wheels and Rapha’s autumn guide for men.
Basso: Tera Ready to Explore – Fast
While others do gravel, #wedopalta. Our interpretation of gravel is something totally different. It is the logical extension of the fantastic ride quality and feeling that we build and have been building into our road frames for over 40 years. Speed, Handling, Reactivity, Comfort and Reliability… without compromise… no matter the terrain. While Palta expanded the possibilities of where you can experience the fantastic ride quality of Basso, Palta itself has expanded into a family. An additional model expands the audience that can take advantage of a better Basso riding experience.
In order to render the tried and trusted performance of the Palta available to a wider audience the Tera takes on a price conscious yet technologically advanced design to bring Basso gravel capabilities to all. Tera, meaning earth/dirt/ground in Veneto dialect, applies knowledge gained from the Palta experience, incorporating a healthy dose of Palta DNA and adding significant new technology for a Palta based platform that goes well beyond.
Like disco music, heavy metal is dead. It is the age of carbon and aluminum and Basso have seen fit to put the two together in an effort to create a platform that celebrates the performance qualities and advantages relative to both materials. The first mixed-material, semi-suspension, performance oriented gravel solution on the market combines an aluminium front triangle with a carbon fiber rear triangle. While it might seem as if similar construction has been seen on the road in the past, the tera’s construction is quite unique as it provides an ingenious and lightweight solution for suspension. The front triangle is made of lightweight yet sturdy aluminum to ensure maximum power transfer where it counts while keeping weight low. The carbon fiber rear triangle on the other hand is bonded directly to the bottom bracket area and via advanced layup technique, form and geometry ensure both an efficient structure as well as extremely compliant vertical flex. The fixed pivot design allows for up to 8 mm of flex while remaining extremely efficient in terms of power transfer.
The advantages of the fixed-pivot, semi-suspension carbon rear triangle pairs well with the Palta-derived front fork to deliver a performance oriented compliant complete unit. The Tera fork stands on the shoulders of a gravel icon, the Palta, while incorporating even more versatility thanks to spacing for up to 45mm tires.
Sturdy construction, compliant fork and rear triangle and spacing for large tires make for a machine ready for anything. The addition of dropper post compatibility adds both a degree of fearlessness and versatility. Bolts for up to 4 water bottle cages, constructed for perfect compatibility for multiple bags and even bolting options for fenders or racks, the Tera is ready for any terrain or adventure you care to take on.
Internally routed cables, on the other hand, make for not only a cleaner aesthetic but for a better protected drivetrain and brake system. Perfectly compatible with both 1x and 2x drivetrains the Tera is ready for any configuration you desire for your build.
Others do gravel, #wedopalta …and the palta family is growing. The younger brother to the Palta has its own personality, as all siblings do, however its mission and performance are the same. Creating a platform that easily translates Basso’s fantastic ride feeling made famous on the road to a cornucopia of terrain through fantastic craftsmanship and design makes both this new platform and the Palta stand out amongst their competition. Tera’s fantastic value proposition brings a riding experience reserved for a smaller audience to an infinitely larger group of riders. There has never been a better time to choose to ride better…Ride Basso.
● Discover more at: tera.bassobikes.com
Roval Announces Component Offerings, Advancing ‘True To Your Ride’ Promise
A Systematic Approach To Performance
Focussed on improving the riding experience for road, gravel, and trail riders, Roval Components announces new components that deliver true performance benefits.
Entering the cockpit market in earnest, the brand complements its Tour De France stage-winning Alpinist CLX wheels with a feathery, 255-gram Alpinist one-piece bar/stem and 136-gram Alpinist seat post to.
For gravel riders, Roval is also releasing a new Terra seatpost that offers 18mm of ride-smoothing performance when the road turns rough.
Designed to be used as a complete system, the Alpinist family of products operate in harmony – shaving weight, increasing speed and stiffness. Alpinist is made for the mountains, and the new Alpinist cockpit is a class-leading contender for low weight, but this is only part of the Alpinist experience.
Contact points are essential to performance, comfort and speed extend beyond the wheels and frame itself. The Alpinist Cockpit incorporates lessons from the advanced carbon work Roval did with the Alpinist Wheelset, delivering great ride feel and feathery weight.
The Alpinist seatpost is another complement to the best in class CLX series wheels, matching a super-low weight to an excellent blend of stiffness and damping properties to deliver power and absorb undue vibration at the same time.
Alpinist Component Details:
● Full Carbon, Ti stem bolts with replaceable nut plate
● Integrated computer mounting point
● Di2/EPS Compatible
● Traditional Bend with 125mm drop, 75mm reach
● 6 degree Stem Angle
● Weight: 255g (42cm x 110mm)
● 10 Sizes:
● 40cm bar x 80, 90, 100mm stem lengths
● 42cm bar x 90, 100, 110, 120mm stem lengths
● 44cm bar x 110, 120, 130mm stem lengths
● System Weight Limit: 275lbs/125kg
● MSRP $600
● Carbon Fiber Construction
● 2-bolt micro-adjust clamp with 46mm saddle rail cradle enables an effective offset from 0mm to 20mm.
● 12mm nominal setback
● 27.2 X 300MM = 136G
● 27.2 X 360MM = 141G
● System Weight Limit: 275lbs / 125kg
● MSRP: $275
As with the category-defying characteristics of the Terra CLX and CLX EVO wheelsets, the Terra seatpost is designed to excel on any sort of mixed-terrain ride, from rough chip seal to full-on jeep track. Roval engineers devised a layup that delivers up to 18mm of compliance while keeping the weight low, avoiding complex shapes and mechanical dampers to deliver the best gravel post possible at a race-ready weight. The Terra seatpost and wheelsets truly capture the spirit of gravel performance with road-like weight and trail-ready toughness.
Terra Seatpost Details:
● Full Carbon Construction
● Single Bolt Clamp
● Up to 18mm of deflection for compliance (varies based on offset and extension)
● Available in four variants:
○ 27.2 X 330MM X 20MM = 199G
○ 27.2 X 380MM X 20MM = 213G
○ 27.2 X 330MM X 0MM = 194G
○ 27.2 X 380MM X 0MM = 208G
● System Weight Limit: 275lbs / 125kg
● MSRP: $250
All-New MET Rivale MIPS – Safer, More Comfortable, More Efficient
Kilometer after kilometer, mile after mile, turn after turn, we relentlessly fight against ourselves to go faster, higher and further. The rival is within us, and the tarmac is our playground. Once the battle is won, it leaves an everlasting mark in our mind that makes us belong to the cycling world even more than before.
The new MET Rivale MIPS is made to leave a long-lasting impression to the point of being inseparable from our best cycling memories. It allows riders to have an aggressive presence on the road thanks to its distinctive style and design. It’s one of the most vibrant statements of MET’s mission, which began more than 30 years ago; create iconic designs that inspire confidence and enhance your experience of riding.
The all-new MET Rivale MIPS belongs to cycling!
With MIPS® technology, the new MET Rivale MIPS combines an extraordinary price-quality ratio and all of the advantages of the brain protection system against rotational forces. MIPS® is engineered to add at least 10% extra safety to the standard construction of helmets in case of certain impacts.
The all-new MET Rivale MIPS is an evolutionary design on the outside and a revolutionary inside shape. Compact on the head, it provides an incomparable comfort even during the hardest days on the saddle.
New Fit System
The fit is unparalleled and thanks to its new Safe-T Upsilon retention system the helmet is stable on the head. The 360° head belt ensures that there are no pressure points on the skull and its easy to use vertical adjustment leaves you with an individual fit.
The front of the helmet is designed with wider and longer vents, which improve the ventilation, and they also serve for securely docking sunglasses. These front vents work in synergy with the internal air channeling and the NACA vent, to keep the head cool in all circumstances.
The rear of the new MET Rivale has the signature MET style – especially the NACA Vent built-in with a lower and tube-shaped profile, which makes the new MET Rivale more aerodynamic than its predecessor and more ventilated.
Key Infos – MET Rivale MIPS & MET Rivale:
● MET Rivale MIPS: 150€ | £140 | US$180 | CAD$250 | AUS$250
● MET Rivale: 130€ | £120 | CAD$200
● Weight M size: 230g | 250g (MIPS Version)
● Sizes: S (52-56cm) | M (56-58cm) | L (58-61cm)
● Certifications: Certifications CE; AS/NZS; US
● MIPS-C2® brain protection system available, Safe-T Upsilon Fit System with 360° head belt and vertical adjustment, sunglasses ports, ponytail compatible, 18 vents, gel-padded head support, Air Lite straps, adjustable cam dividers, reflective rear decals.
State Bicycle Co Introduces Sustainable Clothing Built From Post-Consumer Recycled Fabric
Made with mindfulness and respect for Mother Earth – using recycled materials.
As riders, we must ensure that we are taking care of our outside playground and preserving it for future generations. That is why State Bicycle Co. uses recycled/recyclable materials in this product and packaging. Each jersey and bib set is constructed with REPREVE® recycled polyester – made from 100% post-consumer waste (primarily water bottles).
The fabrics are woven in a tight-knit circular mesh so that the rider notices no physical difference between the recycled fabric and other traditional options.
Performance and quality have not been spared in the name of sustainability. State Bicycle Co. has redesigned its cycling kit options to focus on exquisite fit, top performance, and attention to detail.
Recycled Kit Line Details:
● Performance cut
● Premium grippers on Jersey and Bibs
● Landing Page
○ Jersey $79.99
○ Bibshorts $89.99
○ Full Kit $150 (discount taken at checkout)
● Risk-Free Purchase – State Bicycle Co. offers free exchanges* – if this piece doesn’t work out, they’ll send you a return label and exchange for free!
● State Bicycle Co. offers a 1-year warranty on all clothing items to be free of any defects, rips or wear/tear.
● *jersey grippers and zip are not recycled, bib gripper, chamois, and straps are not made of recycled materials.
State has even revamped the packaging – it’s made from post-consumer materials and is 100% recyclable.
All of this is offered at a fraction of the price of many other traditional offerings. State Bicycle Co. Sustainability collection is available for $79.99 for jerseys and $89.99 bibs.
Thank you for supporting State’s initiative to be more responsible and more sustainable. They enjoy sharing the planet with all of you.
More at: www.statebicycle.com
The Next Generation of HED Cycling Products
Rapha: A Guide to Autumn – Men
Rapha exists to make cycling the most popular sport in the world and one of the ways we do this through is by enabling our customers to make informed decisions about what to wear when riding. Earlier this year Rapha launched the #choosecycling campaign to celebrate millions of people around the world who turned to cycling during lockdowns caused by COVID-19. Thousands of cyclists, new and seasoned, joined us in showing their affinity to riding a bicycle.
As the nights draw in and leaves start to fall, we stay positive that interest in cycling will remain just as strong. Cooler temperatures, a more casual pace along with warming cafe stops are just a few virtues of riding at the turn of the seasons.
We created this guide in aid of discovering the joys of riding in the autumn without getting caught out should the weather take a turn.
Prepare for Chilly Starts
Wear removable layers like gilets, warmers and gloves, then take them off when it warms up.
Be Ready for Rain
Always carry a waterproof jacket or gilet that packs down into a jersey pocket, ready for the rain.
Stay Bright in Low Light
As the nights draw in, reflective garments help ensure you’re visible even in low light conditions.
The weather can turn quickly in the autumn. Choose removable layers like caps, gloves, arm warmers and leg warmers to make sure your outfit can be configured on the fly to match the conditions.
To shrug off sudden showers and ward off the worst of the wind, always make space for a packable jacket or gilet that can be stowed in a pocket, pulled out and put on when needed.
As the nights draw in, it’s even more important to make sure you’re visible. Pick from our broad range of products with reflective detailing to make sure you stand out.
What to Wear
Each of our collections is designed for a different kind of riding. Whether you’re looking to hold on to late summer racing form or riding through your first autumn, browse the outfits below for technical garments that are tailored to the autumn conditions.
Developed for years to save you seconds, Pro Team is our elite-level racewear, tried and tested in WorldTour competition.
Made with soft merino wool and luxury lycra, our Classic collection uses only the finest materials to guarantee you the utmost comfort and performance. With timeless styling inspired by cycling’s golden era and quality that lasts, the Classic collection might be our oldest but still leads from the front.
Whoever you are, wherever you ride, the updated Core collection sets the standard in comfort, performance and value.
Our Full Autumn Range
To browse all of our collections together and compare side-by-side, take a look at our full autumn range. From the miracle merino wool base layers to waterproof jackets that make the most of the latest fabric technologies, we’ve got every layer covered.
Everything from lightweight race jerseys to heavyweight woolen winter jerseys.
Browse our range of lightweight, packable jackets and gilets.
Best of Bibs
Browse our world-leading range, including thermal bibs for cooler rides.
Keep out the elements and plug the gaps in your outfit with our versatile range of accessories. Shop now
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