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Gear Break: Muc-Off Tool, G4 Gifts, DeFeet Socks, Sportful Jacket, Gnarly Nutrition & Küat Piston Rack

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Gear Break: Muc-Off launches new eBike drivetrain tool, G4: Be my valentin(e)! DeFeet: Show your feet some love, Sportful: Fiandre Light Norain jacket, Gnarly Nutrition transitions to recyclable steel packaging and Küat Piston™ Pro X announced winner in the 2022 Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards.


Muc-Off Launches New eBike Drivetrain Tool
Muc-Off, the global leaders in bicycle and motorcycle care and performance, are excited to announce the launch of their new eBike Drivetrain Tool.

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Cleaning, lubing and protecting an eBike drivetrain can be a challenge, as the motor means the chain doesn’t spin backwards with the crank arms, like a regular bike. Until now!

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Introducing the Muc-Off eBike Drivetrain Tool!

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This revolutionary bit of kit locks firmly into an eBike sprocket bolt, allowing the drivetrain to spin backwards freely, making eBike maintenance a breeze. Not only is it quicker, but it’s safer on parts too. Riders have taken to flipping their bikes upside down or wheeling the bike forwards to apply lube to their chains; thanks to the Muc-Off eBike Drivetrain Tool, scratched up displays, bars, saddles and frames can be a thing of the past.

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The Drivetrain Tool is made from a durable CNC machined 6061 aluminum body and finished in the classic Muc-Off anodized pink. It’s compatible with most eBike chain rings (excluding spiderless), thanks to the supplied 5mm, 6mm Hex & T30 Torx bits which snap into place with a magnetized connection. There’s even a protective silicone sleeve which means it won’t damage cranks.

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“We get excited about developing simple products that provide solutions to big problems, and we love taking riders’ maintenance game to the next level – this new eBike Drivetrain Tool hits the mark on both fronts! After months of real-world testing, we’re stoked with the results; it makes looking after eBikes easier than ever, so we’re confident it’ll become a ‘must-have’ tool for eBikers everywhere.”Alex Trimnell, CEO at Muc-Off.

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Due to the force generated by the motor, an eBike drivetrain is subjected to significantly higher torque loads than that of a traditional bike, so chain lubrication becomes a vitally important part of the maintenance regime. An eBike drivetrain which is either not lubed, or that is lubed with a non eBike specific lubricant, can lead to snapped or stretched chains, as well as increased wear to expensive components such as cranks, cassettes, and derailleurs.

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Using one of Muc-Off’s eBike specific lubes, alongside this new Drivetrain Tool can help prevent these issues, making it a must-have combo for any eBike shredder. Plus the new tool is supplied with a lanyard and carabiner clip, so it’s on hand for when the drivetrain needs some lovin’!

Muc-Off are celebrating the launch, with the release of their eBike Arcade video, which sees fan-favorite Chopper Fielder, as he searches for a post ride clean down. Attracted by flashing lights and cheers of celebrations, he attempts to win the ultimate eBike cleaning and maintenance jackpot. Watch the video and check out the eBike Arcade blog, which is stacked with tips and tricks to supercharge rider’s eBike maintenance game.

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  • The Muc-Off eBike Drivetrain Tool is priced at £19.99 / €29.99 / $34.99 and is available now from selected retailers and muc-off.com.

  • G4: Be My Valentin(e)!

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    DeFeet: Show Your Feet Some Love
    Our new Love Letters socks will have you dancing in your slippers!

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    Love Letters

    This special Valentine’s Day pattern is available on the Levitator Lite, a compressive performance sock, or the All Day, a padded cozy sock.

    Don’t forget the matching Askott!

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    Woolie Boolie Love

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    A little snow in your boot? If you’re wearing the Woolie Boolie, that’s okay – just shake it out and put the shoe back on.

    USA-grown Merino wool pulls moisture away from the body, keeping feet warm and dry. Engineered with a padded fit for the rigors of winter sports, the Woolie Boolie offers all-day cozy comfort from a day of adventure to curling up on the couch.

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    Aireator Bike Crush

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    Do you have a bike crush? We get it. Wear your heart on your … ankle with Bike Crush – and share your bike love with your cycling friends!

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    Sportful: Fiandre Light Norain Jacket

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    Fiandre Light Norain Jacket

    A lightweight jacket with a wind- and light rain-resistant fabric on the front and a highly breathable fabric on the back. Versatile and ready for a wide range of conditions depending on the base layer you use with it.

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    Dressing accordingly to the weather forecast is the first step towards having a great ride.

    Our Fiandre line is here to help you simplify this task without compromising on comfort and weight, especially when condition are variable and a sunny day can easily twist in a Spring shower.

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    Gnarly Nutrition Transitions to Recyclable Steel Packaging

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    Gnarly Sports Nutrition, the makers of clean, effective, and great tasting sports nutrition supplements, is proud to announce that they will be transitioning all of their product packaging from plastic tubs to highly recyclable tin coated steel cans. As the first sports nutrition brand to utilize steel cans, Gnarly is spearheading a movement in sustainable packaging within the supplement industry.

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    Gnarly Nutrition’s transition to tin coated steel is inspired by the fact that steel has the highest recycling rate of any material, with around 71% being repurposed compared to 8% of plastics. As the US lacks domestic recycling infrastructure, most recyclables are currently sent to landfills. Unlike plastic, steel can be recycled indefinitely with no loss of quality. While Gnarly Nutrition’s plastic tubs have historically been made using recyclable HDPE plastic #2, plastic can only be recycled one to two times before it starts being broken down further beyond recyclability and with concern of microplastic creation. The majority of all new steel manufactured comes from recycled steel, helping greatly reduce the amount of iron ore, limestone, and coal being mined. In addition, steel is often and easily pulled from landfills due to its magnetic properties.

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    “Over the last 18 months, we’ve been trying to find a replacement for single use plastic packaging that not only makes a substantial improvement in packaging sustainability but also maintains our high product quality standards,” says Gnarly CPO/COO, Shannon O’Grady. “In addition to their superior recyclability, Steel cans are also hermetic, or air tight, thus setting the standard for shelf life and product integrity. This is Gnarly Nutrition’s first step towards responsible packaging and we’re in it for the long game.”

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    Gnarly Nutrition is proud to announce that their sleek, durable steel cans are USA-made. Their first steel cans will begin to ship to customers on September 30, 2021, with their Pre Workout and BCAA products leading the transition. Collagen Pro, Whey, and Vegan products will shift to the new, more sustainable packaging throughout the fall as inventory allows. Gnarly hopes that their new packaging solution inspires other brands to join suit in reducing plastic waste.

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    Eli Kerr, Gnarly’s CEO, says “We know our customers trust our quality and effective products, and we are focused on continuing to build a brand that we believe also resonates with our customers – which includes caring about the Earth and our impact on it. These steel cans are just one step (albeit a giant one!) for Gnarly towards more sustainable solutions for our packaging. I am proud of our team and their vision to do something different, something better than what has previously been done in the supplement industry. We are just getting started.”

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  • More about Gnarly Sports Nutrition at: https://gognarly.com

  • Küat Piston™ Pro X Announced Winner in the 2022 Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards
    The Piston™ Pro X, Küat’s newest flagship rack, is a winner in the 2022 Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards.

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    Küat, designer of premium and lightweight bike, ski and kayak racks, is honored to be announced as winner of the Outdoor Retailer Innovations award while in attendance at the winter show in Denver.

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    The all-new Piston™ Pro X, releasing to consumers in spring of 2022, is a hitch-mounted bike rack that boasts integrated LED tail lights, Genuine Kashima coated hydro-pneumatic tire arms, and numerous other features.

    “Winning this award is a real validation of our brand’s commitment to innovation.” Said Luke Kuschmeader, founder and CEO of Küat. “We were proud to display the Piston™ Pro X at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show and were honored to be in the company of such innovative and inspiring brands and products.”

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    The Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards are a highlight of Outdoor Retailer, the largest U.S. trade show business event for the outdoor industry. 2022 marks the fourth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation awards.

    The winners of the fourth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards were announced in a live ceremony during the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show on Thursday, January 27, 2022, in Denver, Colorado. The independent judging panel selected 14 product and service winners for their overall innovation and achievement in outdoor product and program development. They represent gear and programs from across all seasons and were scored based on original design, function, impact, and inspiring attributes.

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    “Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners of the Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards,” said Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer senior vice president and show director. “It was amazing to be back together in-person to celebrate the incredible work happening across the industry to help more people discover the joys of nature. These innovators found solutions and are inspiring others to both get outside and to keep thinking of creative ways we can all make an impact.”

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  • More info on Küat Piston™ at: https://www.kuat.com.

  • To learn more about the 2022 Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards winners, visit https://outdoorretailer.com/news/outdoor-retailer-announces-winners-of-fourth-annual-innovation-awards/.

  • 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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