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Gear Break: Muoverti, Brooks/Chris King, Ileve District, Shimano Shoes, Muc-Off & SockGuy

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Gear Break: Muoverti unveils the first indoor bike that feels like real cycling, cycling component Royalty join forces – Chris King x Brooks England Cambium saddle is back, ILEVE DISTRICT: Swiss start-up shakes up sports eyewear market, new Shimano special edition Dura-Ace and sprint-focused S-PHYRE performance road shoes launch alongside mid-range lineup, Muc-Off rolls out Ultrasonic Chain Optimisation Service through select global dealers and SockGuy releases +40 new designs for fall 2021.


Muoverti Unveils The First Indoor Bike That Feels Like Real Cycling

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  • Riders can balance and steer, accelerate and brake, fully engaging the whole body
  • On-pedal feel accurately models the physics of cycling for effective simulation
  • Digitisation enables the bike to seamlessly interact with virtual environments

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Muoverti, a pioneer in indoor cycling, has today unveiled a pre-production preview of its new TiltBikes at London’s Rouleur Live. The immersive cycling trainer, designed for riders in search of more effective exercise, redefines the understanding of indoor cycling through innovation and science.

TiltBikes are for athletes of all levels looking for engaging simulations and effective exercise from essential training to E-Sports to interactive gaming. They enable riders to balance and steer, accelerate and brake, and fully engage the whole body to simulate riding outdoors, indoors.

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Christoph Wilfert, Muoverti CEO and Co-Founder puts TiltBikes into perspective, ‘Our modern lifestyle, with its home and desk-bound time pressures, is at odds with our bodies, which have evolved over millennia to move and not to sit. Our vision is to bring about a world where people can exercise with enthusiasm and commitment in harmony with their life, family and work’.

According to two-time Tour de France stage winner, Simon Gerrans, ‘The ability to balance and the accurate simulation of inertia and resistance are a game changer for indoor cycling’.

Muoverti chose to publicly preview TiltBikes at Rouleur Live ahead of being commercially available in 2022 in order to broaden its engagement with athletes for further refinement. To be amongst the first to ride a TiltBike join the Muoverti mailing list at muoverti.com to find out how.

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Real-Feel

  • TiltBike’s ‘real-feel’ capability stems from its unique rider-tuned, elastomer guided lateral frame rotation
  • Self-centering digitized handlebar steering allows the bike to move freely under the rider when seated or climbing and sprinting out of the saddle
  • The patented Muoverti system uses a dynamic electromagnetic resistance control and physics engine to algorithmically replicate the feeling of physical forces such as rolling resistance, incline, weight, acceleration, braking and inertia
  • Algorithms update 1,000 times per second, in constant communication with the resistance control resulting in highly accurate feedback from digital training and riding platforms
  • Magnetic resistance is connected to the cranks via an efficient and durable carbon belt drive, making for a virtually silent riding experience

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Immersive Experiences

  • Compatible with all the leading training and racing platforms
  • TiltBike can act as your controller for exploring open world and free roam interactive games and E-Sports platforms including popular console titles such as Descenders – Mini joystick controls integrated into shifters interact with digital platforms without the need to dismount

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Data Points

  • Power, speed, cadence, L/R balance, pedal smoothness, torque effectiveness, lateral force and even seated vs standing readings are all provided in real time without any need for additional sensors

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Customise Your Fit

  • Traditional quick release seatpost clamp for saddle height adjustment – Standard rail clamp allowing riders to install their preferred saddle
  • Patented adjustable stack and reach handlebar
  • Proprietary adjustable length cranks
  • Easily add preferred choice of clipless or flat pedals
  • Gearing and shifting systems are digitally customizable to replicate groupsets of all leading manufacturers
  • Interchangeable handlebar setup – road, MTB or time trial
  • Easily interchangeable frame designs to swap between designs or geometries – Adjustability allows for geometry from frame sizes 49 to 64

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About Muoverti
Muoverti – Italian for ‘keep moving’ – is a pioneering indoor cycling venture, enabling athletes at all levels to train with enthusiasm and commitment. Muoverti was founded by entrepreneurs Christoph Wilfert and Alex Caccia, also the original founder of the WaterRower. Muoverti is based in London, UK, Muoverti.com.

About Muoverti TiltBikes
Real Feel Cycling

Balancing and steering: Lateral frame rotation combined with self-centering handlebars allow the bike to move freely under the rider to preserve the body’s natural fluidity. The feel is both aesthetically pleasing and a more effective workout, as it engages core muscles and recruits balancing reflexes. Steering also enables riders to move freely in virtual spaces.

On-Pedal Feel
Physical forces including rolling resistance, incline, weight, acceleration, deceleration and inertia are computised and embedded into a patented dynamic control algorithm. As the algorithm updates a thousand times per second, the electromagnetic resistance control behaves completely as the physics would have it behave. This enables real-time simulations such as drafting, angular wind speed and rolling resistance, as all forces can be software-controlled.

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Personalisation
Motion capture – Data sensors on the bike capture rider motions such as left-right balance and seated vs standing position in addition to common cycling metrics, such as power and cadence. A companion app communicates gearing, grade, and more than 20 cycling stats in real time to visualise performance and make the bike a highly effective training simulator.

Virtual shifting – Programmable to match the gear ratios, number of speeds, cassettes and groupsets from leading manufacturers – or to create new configurations; while the virtual brakes decelerate the bike’s in-game movements.

Frame swapping – The frames can be separated from the base to mount alternative configurations, such as a time trial or a mountain bike. The Bike can be customised with preferred handlebars, cranks, pedals, and saddle.

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Apps and gaming
Use the bike as a controller for gaming consoles, such as Xbox, thanks to built-in joystick controls which remove the need for a keyboard. The Muoverti TiltBike easily pairs with your smartphone, tablet or PC via Bluetooth and is compatible with popular training apps such as Zwift, RGT, Trainer Road and others.


Cycling Component Royalty Join forces – Chris King x Brooks England Cambium saddle is Back

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While most cycling components are made to move you, there are a few bike-parts makers so iconic, they’ve helped to move, shake and shape the entire industry. Back together again, two such brands are teaming up for another exciting collaboration in a new, vibrant colourway. Meet the latest limited-edition Open House Cambium Saddles by Brooks England and Chris King.

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Every autumn, the powers-that-be behind the precision parts at Chris King open the doors of their Portland workshop to the general public. Their annual Open House welcomes visitors for a look behind the bearings with machine-shop tours, a bike show and a host of brightly anodized components and collaborations. Bridging the trans-Atlantic divide between the West Midlands and West Coast once more, Chris King and the saddle makers at Brooks England have teamed up to release their latest limited-edition Open House Cambium saddles in this year’s unique colourway: bold, beautiful blue.

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The 2021 Open House Cambium features iconic Brooks rivets, reimagined in anodized blue to match the entire Chris King seasonal range and contrasted against an anthracite-coloured, vulcanised-rubber saddle surface. Available in both the C17 Carved and the slimmer C15 Carved silhouettes, these limited-edition Brooks bicycle saddles make for the ideal adventure companions thanks to all-day comfort and all-weather performance. And of course, they pair perfectly with coordinating precision Chris King components.

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United by a shared commitment to craftsmanship, quality, and once again, colour, the Chris King and Brooks Cambium saddle is back—learn more at www.brooksengland.com or see it featured on many of the best builds in the bike show at the Chris King Open House on October 26th.

Shop Brooks saddles on Amazon here.


ILEVE DISTRICT: Swiss Start-Up Shakes Up Sports Eyewear Market

Imagine cycling glasses that not only address functional expectations, but also meet cyclists demand for design and sustainability. With this approach the start-up from Bern develops, designs and produces cycling eyewear. This trend in the booming cycling community – not only focusing on performance but also on lifestyle – is well known from the apparel industry. With its glasses, the start-up is closing the gap in the eyewear market.

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Patent-pending technology, minimalist design, high-quality materials, local manufacturing: all combined in one frame. “Our purpose is to develop cycling glasses that consist of as few components as possible and at the same time meet our high expectations in terms of functionality, design, durability and low environmental impact,” explains Simon Krähenbühl, Co-Founder and Head of Design & Development at ILEVE DISTRICT.

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Swiss Engineering: Click-In Technology is Patent Pending
The start-up developed a screwless click-in hinge. The technology is patent pending and guarantees reliable grip when cyclists need it most: on steep climbs in the cradle and on rapid descents. For the development of the nose section, countless facial data were analyzed. The result: a nose pad that is entirely integrated into the frame with no additional silicone pads needed anymore. Another advantage is the material characteristics of the 3D printed frames. The glasses are very light, robust and flexible at the same time. The temples can be easily adjusted individually. That’s how the start-up guarantees best fit and highest wearing comfort.

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Smart Product – Minimalist Design
When it comes to design, the glasses are inspired by the design principles of the influential industrial designer Dieter Rams. The design is reduced to the essentials: one lens, one front, two temples, four pins. That’s it. The founders do not follow short-lived fashion trends, they take a contemporary approach instead. With its modular product design, the glasses can be easily assembled, spare parts quickly replaced and the material disposed of properly. Therefore, the eyewear is long-lasting and sustainable.

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Locally Produced – By Conviction
The eyewear is 3D printed. Thanks to the innovative manufacturing process, the frames can be entirely produced in Switzerland. 3D printing offers another advantage: with international growth, the frames can be produced locally in the target markets. “Sending print data does not leave a CO2 footprint. Shipping products around the world, on the other hand, does,” says Silvia Nadenbousch, Co-Founder and Head of Branding & Marketing. “In the future, the start-up wants to go even a step further. With Print on Demand, they only want to produce the quantity needed. And they want to use bio-based or recycled raw materials. The founder continues: «This is our contribution to preserve the environment we are cycling in.”

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About Ileve District
ILEVE DISTRICT is the cycling eyewear brand of LARS Brillen AG. ILEVE means ‘bicycle’ in an old secret language that was spoken in Bern. With this meaning, the founders pay tribute to their passion, cycling, and to their hometown. The market launch for Switzerland and surrounding countries is being prepared for next spring. Last week, the start-up launched a limited edition of 99 glasses to get initial market feedback.

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New Shimano Special Edition Dura-Ace and Sprint-Focused S-PHYRE Performance Road Shoes Launch Alongside Mid-Range Lineup
Shimano’s hunt for next-level performance continues with the introduction of the track and sprint-focused S-PHYRE RC902T shoes as well as the limited-edition Dura-Ace RC902S S-PHYRE kicks. Maximizing power transfer and pedaling efficiency, these performance oriented shoes can be spotted on the feet of the world’s best track sprinters as well as top professional teams like Jumbo-Visma, Alpecin-Fenix, Team DSM, and Arkea-Samsic. Additionally, Shimano trickles down top-of-the-line technology to its new RC702 and RC502/RC502W models, bringing premium performance and fit to even more riders.

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S-PHYRE RC902T Track / Sprint Shoe
For riders who demand the ultimate in power transfer and control, the all-new RC902T combines the latest S-PHYRE technologies and construction with BOA Li2 dials for the fiercest finishing sprints, track races, time trials, and criteriums. Featuring a stretch-resistant, Surround Upper to minimize foot side-to-side movement, the external heel cup comfortably stabilizes the heel to reduce twisting movements.

One low-profile BOA Li2 dial with Power Boost lace guide and a single Velcro strap provide a strong and comfortable hold while maintaining compatibility with toe straps for seamless power transfer on the track. A low stack height also brings the foot close to the pedal for added stability while Shimano’s ultra-rigid 12/12 carbon outsole is geared for maximum power transfer.

Shop Shimano S-Phyre RC902 shoes at Amazon here

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● Stretch-resistant, 360-Degree Surround Upper
● Microfiber leather upper construction
● Li2 BOA dial with Power Boost lacing
● Toe strap compatible
● Anti-twist heel cup structure Limited Edition Dura-Ace S-PHYRE RC902S
● Silvadur anti-bacterial treated insole
● Sizes: 38-48, Half-sizes 42.5-45.5
● Available Colors: White
● Weight: 235g (size 42)
● MSRP: $430

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Celebrating the launch of Shimano’s new Dura-Ace 12-speed road components, the S-PHYRE RC902S special-edition Dura-Ace shoes deliver Shimano’s hallmark uncompromising performance and style. The RC9S follows the shimmery Dura-Ace color scheme with an enameled black surround wrap upper and gloss black heel cup. The dual pearl metal, low-profile BOA Li2 dials add further pop to this special edition model.

● Li2 Alloy Metal BOA dials
● Reinforced mesh and microfiber leather upper construction
● 360-Degree Surround Upper
● Anti-twist heel cup structure
● Silvadur anti-bacterial treated insole
● Sizes: 36-48, Half-sizes 39-47
● Available Colors: Black
● Weight: 240g (size 42)
● MSRP: $430

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SH-RC702
Echoing S-PHYRE technology, the all-new RC7 delivers smooth pedaling and efficient power transfer for premium performance at a mid-level price. The shoe features Shimano’s proven DYNALAST fit for stability and comfort, dual BOA dials for quick, micro-adjustments, and a Surround Upper for a glove-like fit. The new RC702 model also receives upgraded BOA Power Zone lacing for even more control. The new blue and red colorway is sure turn some heads.

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● Surround Upper
● Synthetic leather / TPU mesh layer upper
● Dual L6C BOA dials with Power Zone lacing
● Sizes: 38-50, Half-sizes 41.5-46.5,
● Wide Sizes 40-48 (Black Only)
● Color options: White, Blue, Black
● Weight: 266g (size 42)
● MSRP: $240

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RC502 and RC502W
Blending performance features with all-day comfort, Shimano’s RC5 and RC5W women’s shoes combine a mesh/TPU and synthetic leather upper construction with a single BOA L6 dial and Velcro strap to accommodate a wider range of foot shapes. The shoes feature a seamless midsole for lower stack height and improved stability while the sole is rated at an 8/12 in stiffness for more comfort and compliance.

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The all-new RC5W women’s model shares the same features as the unisex version but with a women’s-specific last for a smaller and mid-sized feet.

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● Surround upper construction
● Synthetic leather upper
● New seamless mid-sole construction
● Sizes: Men’s 40-48, Wide 40-48, Women’s 36-44
● Men’s Colors: Black, Blue, White
● Wide Colors: Black
● Women’s Colors: Black, White, Turquoise
● Weight: 241g (size 42)
● Price: $170

● More info at: bike.shimano.com


Muc-Off Rolls Out Ultrasonic Chain Optimisation Service Through Select Global Dealers
Muc-Off, the global leaders in bicycle and motorcycle care, are excited to announce the launch of their pro-level chain optimisation service to select bicycle dealers, utilising their new Ultrasonic Clean and Lube Tanks.

The service is available now in over 20 select dealers across the UK, with the global roll-out to follow next month with a further 300 stores in over 15 countries. This news follows their recent launch of the ground-breaking Ludicrous AF – the fastest race lube in the world. With Ultrasonic Tanks, Muc-Off are once again making the pinnacle of World Tour-level performance, accessible to every rider.

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A process that’s been developed with, and tested by, the likes of INEOS Grenadiers, EF Education-NIPPO, Canyon//SRAM, Team BMC Pro Triathlon and Team GB, Muc-Off’s chain optimisation service using Ultrasonic technology has provided unrivalled gains for the world’s elite cyclists and triathletes for almost a decade. When the difference between a win or a podium position are down to mere milliseconds, every watt saved matters. Any rider in any part of the UK, and soon across 15 international markets, can use Muc-Off’s Dealer Map to find their closest authorised chain optimisation centre, and get their chain ultrasonically cleaned and lubed. The dealer map is housed on the Muc-Off Performance Hub which demonstrates the breadth of class leading technology that is used to support the pinnacle of cycling performance.

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“After years of testing and over seven figures invested into research and development, we’re completely stoked to be bringing this incredible process to bike shops. We think every rider deserves to experience the same products and services as the pros, just like with the launch of the Grand-Tour-winning Ludicrous AF Lube. Ultrasonic Tanks are the next evolution in our performance journey – we can’t wait for more riders to experience the epic gains these products offer!”Alex Trimnell, CEO at Muc-Off.

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Aside from tank hardware and accessories, four Muc-Off products make up the core of the chain optimisation process. Muc-Off’s specifically formulated High-Performance Ultrasonic Chain Cleaner, which quickly breaks down the stickiest oils, grease and grime, giving a chain a complete refresh; High-Pressure Quick Drying Degreaser, which can be used in the absence of a dedicated air-line to blast the cleaning fluid from inside the chain links; and Ludicrous AF, the world’s fastest race lube, or Hydrodynamic – Muc-Off’s award-winning high-performance all-weather lube, which are provided as the two lubricant options for customers to choose from.

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Using Muc-Off’s Ultrasonic Tanks, the chain goes through an intense cleaning and lubing treatment to level-up drivetrain performance. The chain is placed into the tank, which emits high-frequency sound waves that pulse through the cleaning liquid. This agitates, lifts and removes any dirt out from within the chain links, which, after a blast from the High-Pressure Quick Drying Degreaser, leaves squeaky-clean surfaces for the lube to adhere to.

For the lubrication process, Ludicrous AF or Hydrodynamic lube are gently heated to the precise temperature required to create the optimum viscosity for the lube to penetrate deep into all contact points within the chain links. The lubricants themselves contain organic friction modifiers, which with their polarised heads and non-polarised tails, attach themselves to either side of the base oil’s surface to form a low-friction shear plane. It’s this combination of formulation and application which results in reduced friction, increasing the amount of watts making it through the drivetrain, and therefore the rear wheel. The result? More speed!

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“We have enjoyed seven very successful years together with Muc-Off, marked by wins at a number of Grand Tours and other major races. Muc-Off have been ultrasonically optimising our chains for years, and the subsequent gains we’ve seen in drivetrain efficiency during that time, have been instrumental in helping us deliver those results. It’s fantastic that everyday riders can now experience the same benefits as our pro-riders – making this kind of technology widely available takes aspiring pros one step closer to achieving their goals.” Carsten Jeppesen, Technical Director at INEOS Grenadiers.

Muc-Off’s work with pro athletes and teams also spans into elite-level triathlon. The real-world testing and development of the ultrasonic application of Ludicrous AF, carried out in collaboration with an elite triathlete of BMC Pro-Triathlon has been a testament to the power of their drivetrain optimisation abilities. By swapping out the existing chain for a new, optimised one, the process delivered a 50% reduction in power loss, which powered them to a 2nd place finish at an IRONMAN event. The chain was then returned and re-optimised, causing the coefficient of friction to be reduced by a further 10%, helping them claim the victory at their next IRONMAN. A further 5% improvement was then squeezed out of the chain, as the compound effect of the optimisation process, means the chain simply keeps getting faster each time. Read more about this process on the Muc-Off Performance Hub.

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Drivetrain optimisation has long since been overlooked in the pursuit of speed, with riders naturally gravitating towards aerodynamic improvements and weight reduction. With Muc-Off’s new Ultrasonic Optimisation Service retailing at £49.99/€64.99 for application with Ludicrous AF, and £24.99/€32.99 with Hydrodynamic Lube, riders can slash watts and enjoy more speed, at an accessible price point.

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Despite being ultra-fast, smooth and highly efficient, the optimisation process using Ultrasonic Tanks is a sustainable one. The High-Performance Ultrasonic Chain Cleaner is readily biodegradable, Ludicrous AF is made of 75% plant-based materials, and Hydrodynamic lube is petroleum-free, meaning the fluids from tanks can be safely and responsibly disposed of. In addition to this, ultrasonically deep cleaning and lubricating a drivetrain will mean expensive componentry lasts longer, minimising waste and further reducing the environmental impact.

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Muc-Off’s new Ultrasonic Tanks will be previewed at Rouleur Live this week. For those not attending the show, they can head to Muc-Off.com and use their Dealer Map to find their nearest Chain Optimisation Centre, which will be updated regularly as the service is rolled out into new markets over the next two months.

Shop Muc-Off Cleaning Kit at Amazon here


SockGuy Releases +40 New Designs for Fall 2021

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SockGuy has +30 new designs engineered to inspire athletes everywhere from roadies, mountain bikers, runners, hikers, and gym freaks.

With over 25 years as sock experts, SockGuy has been providing athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and pretty much everyone else with high-performance fit and cool designs for hard-working/hard-playing feet. SockGuy socks are manufactured right here in the USA – no outsourcing, no cutting corners – just great-fitting, no blistering, high-styling socks.


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