Gear Break: Muc-Off, LORE Shoes, Fernando Tatis Jr. x 100%, Roval’s Rapide CLX Wheels, Abus Gamechanger & Strava Updates

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After a short break for the Tour de France and the Olympics, Gear Break is back with more top kit: MUC-OFF launches the World’s first plastic-free bike cleaner, LORE, the future of cycling footwear launches pre-order, Fernando Tatis Jr. x 100% – The game looks different, Roval’s Rapide CLX wheels shine at the Tour de France, Abus Gamechanger helmet, Reddiyo Strava Integration and Strava 3D Terrain View on its Global Heatmap.


MUC-OFF Launches the World’s First Plastic-Free Bike Cleaner

Muc-Off, the global leaders in bicycle and motorcycle care, are stoked to announce the launch of a truly ground-breaking new product. Introducing Punk Powder: The world’s first plastic-free bike cleaner.

Muc-Off have been the bike-washing benchmark since they first arrived on the scene in 1994, and this latest innovation is no exception. Delivering epic cleaning performance, Punk Powder is an all-eco, smaller and more convenient cleaner, that’s safe for the environment as well as all types of bikes.

Sustainability is built in, with a state-of-the-art formula made from readily biodegradable ingredients, 75% of which are plant-based. The product comprises of two small but mighty 30g powder sachets, which can each be made into 1 liter of cleaner by simply adding water. This means huge carbon footprint reductions for the brand, as Punk Powder uses 92% less packaging than the equivalent 2 liters of regular bike cleaner.

Producing the world’s first plastic-free bike cleaner was a huge task in itself, but the real challenge was creating a product that had incredible cleaning power, while also being readily biodegradable and using as many plant-based ingredients as possible. The team worked tirelessly for over three years, developing over 20 variations, before landing on the winning formula.

“This has been a real passion project for us as we continue our mission to reduce single-use plastic. Punk Powder embodies everything Muc-Off stands for, a marriage of high performance and sustainability. It had to be just as good as our other bike cleaners, but in a more environmentally focused and convenient format. The team have done an epic job producing something truly game-changing and totally plastic-free. We can’t wait to get more riders shredding then cleaning their bikes with Punk Powder – it’ll help us all do our bit for Mother Nature!” – Alex Trimnell, CEO at Muc-Off.

Formulated using the latest technological advancements, the fast-dissolving powder lets users quickly clean their machines so they can get back to the important business of riding them. To activate Punk Powder, it’s as simple as refilling an old, washed-out Nano Tech cleaner bottle, adding the powder and shaking. Riders can even take their eco-warrior status to the next level, by using rainwater to refill their bottles. Any type of water can be used providing it’s clean, offering the opportunity to clean a machine during a bike packing adventure or after a race.

Punk Powder has also paved the way for another eco-innovation, the all-new Bottle For Life. It’s an ultra-long-lasting aluminum bottle, complete with a non-toxic, food-grade silicone base that provides protection and stability. Punk Powder and the new Bottle For Life will be sold as a bundle, to give customers the chance to enjoy the ultimate green-cleaning solution.

The launch of these products comes following Muc-Off’s recent announcement of their new Project Green commitment to save 200 tonnes of plastic by 2023. Punk Powder will play a key role in the brand achieving this ambitious target.

With Punk Powder also being water-free, it’s significantly lighter and smaller to ship around the world. This is helping to dramatically reduce the brand’s CO2 impact throughout their entire global supply chain. Globally, Muc-Off calculate that by using Punk Powder, more than 61 tonnes of plastic will be saved per year.

Punk Powder is vegan and vegetarian friendly, and like all Muc-Off products, never tested on animals. The packaging is 100% plastic-free and petroleum-free and is made from more than 50% renewable raw materials, with vegetable-based inks used for printing on the packaging. Each sachet is compostable and certified to EN 13432 standard, so riders can enjoy conscience-free cleaning. The two sachets come packed in a recycled FSC card box, which even comes with instructions for converting it into a handy funnel, so no powder will go to waste.

Muc-Off will be using everything they’ve learned creating this ground-breaking formula to continue reducing their environmental impact across the entire product range. Thanks to their latest innovation, the future is looking greener than ever for this famously pink, bike-cleaning powerhouse.

Punk Powder is priced at $19.99 for two 30g sachets, while the Bottle For Life bundle is priced at $39.99.
Both products were launching on 29th July 2021 and are available exclusively at muc-off.com.


LORE, the Future of Cycling Footwear Launches Pre-Order

Introducing the LoreOne from Lore Cycle on Vimeo.

LORE launches for pre-order the LoreOne, the most powerful custom road shoe ever created, and first 3D-printed hard-shelled carbon shoe. With over a dozen patent-pending features that push the boundaries of both shoe design and manufacturing, LORE bills the shoe as a breakthrough cycling component with deep performance implications for the sport.

“This is an exciting moment for cycling as a sport, footwear, and manufacturing as a whole. The LoreOne realizes the long-held promise of 3D printing for groundbreaking end-use products: it is incredibly complex in its organic, custom-built form, and transmits power very effectively due to its novel composite structure,” said Stephan Drake, CEO of LORE. “The technology is transformative and almost alien. What matters most is biomechanical performance and feel on the bike. It’s been amazing to watch the extent to which top athletes have been blown away by how the LoreOne dramatically improves their pedaling experience.”

Timothy O’Donnell, a world champion triathlete, has been testing the LoreOne and said of his experience, “I was amazed to look down at my Garmin and see the watts jump significantly over my normal shoes – the sensation of pedal drive and broader power band was instantly apparent. The better power transfer and improved efficiency are clear, and I’m excited for the potential gains that those energy savings can bring on the run. The LoreOne is a sport-changing piece of equipment.”

The LoreOne is fully customized to an individual’s feet, utilizing patent pending MORPHIC® 3D Scan+Print technology. This gives cyclists the ability to scan their feet at home using an iPhone® and the Morphic® App. The personalized scans become 100% custom LoreOne shoes, robotically manufactured in the USA and delivered directly to the door, ready-to-ride. The Morphic® process enables precision fit and biomechanical performance that were previously inconceivable using traditional footwear and composite processes. This combination brings a level of individualized production unseen in wearable goods and allows 3D printing of carbon fiber to maximize strength, performance and efficiency.

Through its development of the LoreOne, LORE partnered with cycling thought-leader, Colby Pearce, an Olympian, elite bicycle coach and fitter, who stated: “The Lore project is three massive steps forward from any other shoe on the market. Prepare to have your head explode and for your feet to feel true power transfer for the first time ever. The technology used in the design and manufacturing is light years ahead of everything else. The way the athlete interacts with the shoe is groundbreaking, and the foothold is unparalleled. The Lore shoe will change the way you interact with your bike, forever.”

LoreOne preorders are currently being taken on LORE.cc with printing and fulfillment beginning Fall 2021. The first 277 orders will be part of the LORE Founder’s Kit, a limited run, curated kit that includes: the LoreOne custom shoe, three booties (one with a limited-edition colorway), a LORE commemorative pennant, technical shoe travel bag and Founder’s Edition cycling cap. This limited-run kit will be priced at $1900USD and is available to cyclists around the globe on a first-to-buy priority queue beginning today. The purchase is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee.

The Lore team was assembled with diverse backgrounds and experience including action sports, footwear, consumer tech, and aerospace. Collectively, the team has led design and engineering at brands like Apple, Puma, Tesla, Nike, Black Diamond, and DPS.

To join the LORE movement, visit LORE.cc and on Instagram at @lorecycle.


Fernando Tatis Jr. x 100% – The Game Looks Different
Available from Monday, July 12th, 2021.

Fernando Tatis Jr. and 100% have teamed up for their first-ever eyewear collaboration. As part of the debut limited-edition collection, Fernando applied his distinct design and color style along with his Tatis icon to the Speedcraft and S3 Sport Performance Sunglasses. We’re excited to share the TATIS 23 LIMITED EDITION collection.

This collab is 100% Tatis style. Each sunglass is hand-painted in his signature gold and takes his fearless and authentic touch to the next level. His vision is reflected throughout this collaboration. Fernando will debut the TATIS 23 LIMITED EDITION eyewear in time for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.

“From day one, my relationship with 100% has been incredible. They give me the freedom to design what I want and how I want it and that is what makes this partnership such a success,” said Fernando Tatis, Jr. “I am excited to keep things fresh with this new limited-edition sunglass collection. Rolling these out with my signature gold color, I can’t wait to show the world how great this new product really is.”


Tatis 23 LE Gold S3 HiPER Gold Mirror Lens

S3 Features:

  • Designed and custom painted in California
  • HiPER Gold Mirror Lens – proprietary technology ramps up contrast, amps up colors, and enhances detail to see more of what matters
  • Ultra HD lenses manufactured from high-impact resistant and lightweight polycarbonate
  • 5.5-base cylindrical shield lens for increased peripheral view and protection
  • 360 degree visibility for unobstructed views and optimal field of vision
  • Lower air scoops to increase ventilation while reducing moisture on the lens
  • Interchangeable scratch-resistant lenses provide 100% UV protection (UV400)
  • Hydrophobic and Oleophobic lens treatment repels water, dirt, and oil
  • Durable, flexible, and lightweight TR90 frame
  • Ultra-grip rubber nose and temple tips provide a secure fit no matter how much you sweat
  • Includes a hard case, microfiber cleaning bag, clear replacement lens, and extra alternative fit nose pad
  • Filter category 3, light transmission 13%
  • Clear lens: Filter category 0, light transmission 88%
  • Web: 100percent.com/tatis


Tatis 23 LE Gold Speedcraft HiPER Gold Mirror Lens

Speedcraft Features:

  • Designed and custom painted in California
  • HiPER Gold Mirror Lens – proprietary technology ramps up contrast, amps up colors, and enhances detail to see more of what matters.
  • Ultra HD lenses manufactured from high-impact resistant and lightweight polycarbonate
  • 5.5-base cylindrical shield lens for increased peripheral view and protection
  • 360 degree visibility for unobstructed views and optimal field of vision
  • Lower air scoops to increase ventilation while reducing moisture on the lens
  • interchangeable scratch-resistant lenses provide 100% UV protection (UV400)
  • Hydrophobic and Oleophobic lens treatment repels water, dirt, and oil
  • Durable, flexible, and lightweight TR90 frame
  • Ultra-grip rubber nose and temple tips provide a secure fit no matter how much you sweat
  • Includes a hard case, microfiber cleaning bag, clear replacement lens, and extra alternative fit nose pad
  • Filter category 3, light transmission 13%
  • Clear lens: Filter category 0, light transmission 88%
  • Web: 100percent.com/tatis

  • MSRP: $210 USD – Available in 1 color

  • Roval’s Rapide CLX Wheels Shine at the Tour de France
    The Fastest Wheels At The Tour

    The Tour de France is the pinnacle of cycling, and the ultimate testing ground for both riders and equipment. It’s on this stage that Roval’s Rapide CLX has shone the brightest, racking up 6 stage wins through 15 stages. From Julian Alaphillippe’s stunning solo attack for victory on Stage 1, to Nils Politt’s first Tour victory on Stage 12, to Mark Cavendish’s perfectly timed record-tying sprint on Stage 13 the Rapide CLX has delivered more than any other wheelset.

    This success isn’t surprising, when Roval sought to combine the lightweight prowess of the CLX 32 and the aerodynamic efficiency of the CLX 64 they spared no detail in engineering the fastest overall road wheels in the world. The Rapide CLX was developed on the roads as well as in the wind tunnel. Roval sought to make the Rapide CLX slippery in a straight line but also stable in crosswinds, which often decide the outcome of Tour stages. The Rapide CLX wheels are 25% more stable in crosswinds than the previous CLX 50s, meaning the French countryside’s fearsome crosswinds have less of an effect.

    Overall the Rapide CLX is more aerodynamic than the CLX 64 while generating less torque from wind gusts than the CLX 50. Roval also equipped the Rapide CLX with AeroFlange hub shells with DT Swiss Ratchet EXP internals for lightweight, reliable engagement. The results speak for themselves, with the Rapide CLX taking victory 6 times under 3 different riders thus far. The Rapide CLX, identical to those used by Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck – Quick-Step, are available at Roval’s Website and your local Specialized dealer.

    MRSPs:

  • Front $1100, Rear $1400
  • Wheelset $2500
  • More info at: rovalcomponents.com

  • Abus Gamechanger Helmet

    Introduced last year and field-tested by the Movistar Team, this next-level helmet not only accommodates multiple head angles without sacrificing streamlined speed but also tosses in improved airflow as a bonus, thanks to a reduction in front surface area.

    Features:

  • Weight: 260 grams (size small)
  • Forced Air Cooling Technology optimizes ventilation channels for cooling and aerodynamics
  • Multi Shell In-Mold Technology delivers safety shock absorption at the highest level
  • Flutter-free FlowStraps keep the helmet in place without irritating skin
  • AirPort sunglasses holder with temple channels is at the back of the helmet for aerodynamics
  • Finely adjustable Zoom Ace system delivers comfort and the perfect fit
  • Available in three sizes – S (51–55 cm), M (52–58 cm), and L (58–62 cm)
  • Ten color combinations, including new shrimp orange and gleam silver
  • MSRP: $249.99

  • Reddiyo Introduces Strava Integration In Its Latest Feature Update

    Strava Integration
    Now that you can record workouts directly in the app, it makes sense to share them! As requested, Reddiyo now includes Strava integration. Any workouts users complete in the app will be sent to Strava upon completion. Users can authorize the sync easily under “Apps and Devices.”

    Time in Zone Chart
    Reddiyo also added another feature often requested, a new chart that shows the expected vs. actual time in zone for each respective workout. Check it out on your next ride to see how close you are to hitting the mark.

    What’s Next?

  • Lastly, Reddiyo wants to hear from you. What do you want to see in the next version of the app?
  • Reddiyo is currently live for iPhones and Android, and the app is now available in the US Google Play and Apple app stores.
  • More information at: https://reddiyo.com/learn-more
  • Strava 3D Terrain View on its Global Heatmap

    3D Terrain view is a new way to view the Global Heatmap and see the terrain the Strava community covers in realistic, high-def view. Athletes who frequent mountainous or varied terrain–hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, skiers, etc. – will be able to preview, plan and relive their adventures by seeing where their communities explore most frequently.

    Strava is on a mission to enhance all of its maps and this includes building 3D capabilities everywhere possible.

    Details:

    • 3-D Terrain view is a new way to view the Global Heatmap and see terrain the Strava community covers in realistic, high-def view.
    • The Global Heatmap is available “Zoomed Out” even without a Strava account.
    • Subscribers can toggle between their Personal Heatmap in 3D vs the Global Heatmap.
    • This is a web-only feature update found at: https://www.strava.com/heatmap

    Other recent (2021) Maps updates:

    • In April, Strava added 3D Terrain view to Personal Heatmaps (part of a subscription – visible on web only)
    • In May, Strava began using MapBox maps for our record screen on mobile.
      • This allows for athletes to toggle on the Global Heatmap layer on their record screen map. (available to all athletes – including nonsubscribers)
    • Strava updated the Maps tab on mobile, bringing all things Segments and Routes to one place.
      • And launched Segment suggestions: personalized recommendations to help athletes plan the kind of run or ride they want.

    Note: PezCyclingNews ask that you contact the manufacturers before using any products you see here. Only the manufacturer can provide accurate and complete information on proper / safe use, handling, maintenance and or installation of products as well as any conditional information or product limitations.

     

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