Gear Break: Tifosi Optics, fizik Saddle, La Passione Clothing, Floyd’s Tincture, Endura Shorts & Donnelly Tires
More top cycling kit!
Gear Break: Tifosi Optics launches new Swank XL – The bigger the better, fi’zi:k unveils its lightest short-nosed saddle yet – The Vento Argo 00, La Passione on the side of those who dream big, the Believer Collection is here, Floyd’s of Leadville introduces immunity tincture, Endura Pro SL bibshorts – Great for indoor training and Donnelly gravel tires for your next adventure.
Tifosi Optics Launches NEW Swank XL – The Bigger the Better
As the #1 selling brand of eyewear in specialty cycling stores, Tifosi is beloved by the everyday sport-enthusiast for constructing premium optics at a strikingly low price.
Over the past year, the brand has gained popularity in the outdoor-lifestyle market after launching their best-selling Swank series, a $25 sunglass that features high-quality Grilamid TR-90 frames, polycarbonate lenses, and a classic design that transitions seamlessly between sport and lifestyle.
On February 15th, Tifosi launched a new member of the Swank series, the Swank XL. In line with the oversized trend in eyewear, the Swank XL not only amplifies the Swank in size, but in style as well.
Chuck Sez: Cycling-specific sunglasses may look way cool when you’re decked out all EuroPro for a road ride, but they’re probably not the most fashionable for off the bike activities. Since oversized is the current trend for cycling sunglasses (although my PEZ compadre Ed Hood has a few thoughts about that), why not for regular sunglasses too? The Tifosi Swank XL fits that bill. Even on my what I consider average size head, they don’t look to big (I asked for outside opinions from my wife and daughter). I got the Satin Vapor colorway, which is a medium dark gray to my eye. And I’m a big fan of the mirrored smoke red lenses with optics that are crystal clear. I know style is a very personal thing, but IMHO the Swank XL is stylish. I wouldn’t be quite so bold as to say the epitome of cool, but very cool nonetheless IMHO. The Blackout and Brown Fade versions have a classic 60s vibe while the other colorways are a more modern look. I’d feel right at home wearing Swank XLs poolside in LA, cruising South Beach in Miami, at a cafe on the Champs Elysee in Paris, or sipping a Negroni in Lake Garda. That and a Cortado at any of my favorite coffee shops here in Babylon on the Potomac.
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Pondering when spring will get here
- MSRP starting at $29.95 (compare to Smith Lowdown MSRP $99)
- An everyday, versatile sunglass perfect for the beach, a bike ride, or a walk down main street
- Grilamid TR-90 frame is lightweight and durable for all day comfort (26 grams)
- Hydrophilic rubber nose pieces provide an anti-bounce and no-slip grip – the more you perspire, the more they grip
- Polycarbonate lenses are shatterproof, scratch resistant, and optically decentered for optimal clarity
- Available at https://www.tifosioptics.com/.
- SHOP Tifosi Optics Glasses at AMAZON here
fi’zi:k Unveils its Lightest Short-Nosed Saddle Yet – The Vento Argo 00
Meet the latest, lightest addition to the Argo line up
For many cyclists, the name Argo is already synonymous with cutting edge performance and unrivaled comfort. Featuring a versatile, short-nosed design to place riders in a more planted position, Argo offers a superior platform for effective power transfer to the pedals.
Today, fizik releases the lightest ever version of its now iconic short-nosed racing saddle. At just 139g, the ‘Vento Argo 00’ utilizes a high-modulus, full-carbon fibre shell and unique one-piece mobius loop rail to deliver stiffness and low weight. Meanwhile, the low-profile, injected EVA padding offers supreme comfort whilst also shaving off precious grams for performance-focused riders.
The ‘Vento Argo 00’ has been specifically engineered for race bikes with aggressive geometries. The purposeful shape of its design helps cyclists achieve a better riding posture as the dropped nose supports the pubic ramus when the pelvis rotates forward to add power or to get more aero.
A large, central ergonomic cut-out was developed using detailed pressure analysis and input from medical experts – reducing physical pressure when riding in aggressive, aero positions.
The Vento Argo 00 is available from all fizik stockists now priced $275/ £275/ €275.
La Passione on the Side of Those Who Dream Big, the Believer Collection is Here
The new collection is the ideal choice for those who approach cycling with enthusiasm like it’s their first time.
Designed for those whose legs haven’t racked up those kilometers yet, but have infinite routes mapped out in their heads, the new collection from La Passione features a classic look for stress-free cycling.
Alejandro Valverde – Movistar Team
The Believer Jersey, built on a previously developed collection, the versatile PSN Club, is a garment that offers absolute comfort without sacrificing style and responds perfectly to the needs of those who prefer to wear cycling clothing that is not going to be compressive.
Suitable for different builds, even the most robust, the jersey hugs the figure without constricting it. The sleeves, developed with a specific round structure, are hemless and finished with a light hypoallergenic gripping tape, which allows the jersey to adapt and guarantee stability to any build.
The waistband – one of the most critical points – has been designed with a special folded seam to offer absolute comfort at all times and especially when in position on the bike.
The high quality stretch polyester fabric ensures high breathability and quick drying, while the ergonomic collar eliminates the passage of air, greatly improving the fabric’s aerodynamics.
johan Jacobs- Movistar Team
Designed with the same philosophy as the jersey, the Believer Bib Short has been improved to eliminate constriction thanks to its multi-panel construction that ensures an optimal fit without excessive bunching. The result is a practical and simple garment with clear and functional technical content.
Developed by optimizing the strengths of its Club Bib Short predecessors, Believer has an extra edge, thanks to new elements such as the Multi Density Elastic Interface® pad by CyTech, now improved in shape and internal construction, with new flat padding that guarantees excellent breathability and helps find the correct posture on the saddle, and a totally new construction of the braces. The braces are in fact made of soft, extremely adjustable elastic and connected to a mesh positioned on the back with the dual function of stabilizing and maintaining high levels of breathability.
The garment is completed by new Lycra elastic at the end of the leg with a raw cut and internal grip to maximize stability.
Alejandro Valverde – Movistar Team
The entire collection is a veritable ode to ambition. Commitment and determination are the key words of the Believer philosophy, which aims to inspire cyclists every day to believe in their ability to set themselves goals and achieve them, putting themselves to the test every day.
A high-performance line at an affordable price.
More info at: lapassione.cc
Floyd’s of Leadville Introduces Immunity Tincture
Infuses Wellness Properties of CBD with Herbs, Extracts and Vitamins
Athlete-focused CBD products leader, Floyd’s of Leadville is expanding its line with the new Immunity CBD Tincture that infuses the wellness properties of CBD and trusted, natural herbs, extracts, and vitamins.
Immunity CBD Tincture Oil contains THC-free CBD blends that delivers wellness into your recovery routine in combination with Grapefruit Extract, Elderberry, Licorice Root, and Vitamin C to help give your body’s defenses natural support for all seasons and any adventure.
Endura Pro SL Bibs
Riding inside is a challenge – you’re pedaling constantly and you don’t shift position as much as when you’re out on the road, adjusting constantly as you corner, climb and descend. Treat yourself to pro-level comfort with Endura’s top-of-the-line Pro SL bibs, developed with ProTour riders to deliver comfort and cooling when you’re deep into a workout.
World Hour Records, Aero D2Z kit, sponsorship of Movistar, the #1 ranked team for many years…even kit so fast it has been banned by the UCI. These are all testaments to Endura’s commitment to road cycling.
Founded by committed TT racer Jim McFarlane and hailing from a solid engineering background, the Endura philosophy has always been based on “the substance of advantage.” Having stepped out of WorldTour sponsorship for now, partly in recognition that their innovation has been perhaps frustrated by regulation, they refocus on their rugged heritage in making no-nonsense kit for Hardcore Roadies like aero development iconoclast Graeme Obree, Endura’s Disrupter in Chief.
The novel concept of matching a bibshort pad to the rider’s body pressure points has been copied but not bettered. Endura’s mighty and game-changing Pro SL Bibshort which previously set a new standard in seat comfort, allowing you to ride harder longer has now been remastered to keep it ahead of the bunch.
With a more aggressive fit and continually evolving pad technology, it is perfectly suited to the sort of rider that favors an extra lap over an extra latte.
Fully overhauled for 2020, the new Pro SL Bibshort now boasts a ‘perfect fit’ with lumbar support and power straps as well as the award-winning multiple pad width feature. Made from high quality Italian power Lycra® fabric with Coldblack® technology dramatically reducing heat buildup and providing UPF50, this bibshort features an ergonomic, pre-shaped multi panel construction for an ideal fit in the road riding position. Available in 3 pad width options, the updated 700 series pad delivers unrivaled comfort. Finishing touches include the raw edge hem bands with inner silicone print and available long leg options (+4cm).
The women’s version features Endura’s unique DropSeat technology, providing a practical solution to the ‘comfort break’ problem with immediate access when you need it most. The DropSeat function provides a zipped access around the hips allowing you to take a hassle-free comfort break. It is positioned in such a way that it avoids body flex and is made with a stretch zipper – this means that you will barely notice it at all when riding.
PRO SL Bibshort Highlights:
Award-winning multiple pad-width technology (3 widths) with top-end 700 series pad
High quality Italian power Lycra® fabric with Coldblack® technology
Enhanced Lumbar Support
Wide bib straps for comfort
raw hem with printed silicone grip
Women’s bibshorts featuring Dropseat
- Available from Endura:
- MSRP $194.99
- Mens: www.endurasport.com/Pro-SL-Bibshort
- Womens: www.endurasport.com/Women
- Shop Endura Bibs at AMAZON here
Donnelly Gravel Tires For Your Next Adventure
Don’t Get Stuck This Spring – Donnelly Tires Is Like Having Four-Wheel Drive!
(My jokes are bad.) Colorado-based Donnelly made a successful entry into the cyclocross market in 2009, launching the PDX tire model, which established the company as a trusted, race-worthy tire manufacturer. Many of us have glued up a few sets of PDX tires in our days, and most knew them when they started out as Clement.
Since then, Donnelly has designed more ‘cross treads, as well as road, and an extensive gravel/adventure tire collection, focusing on conceptualizing, designing, creating, and delivering the best tires in the world. More recently, the Donnelly MSO and Strada USH 40mm have made their way as a tire of choice for Unbound Gravel.
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