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Gear Break: Cycology Tijuana Jersey, Rawvelo Launches In North America, Ribble Launches Stone into Gravel, SockGuy Releases 33 New Designs, Pas Normal Studios Singapore and Munich Flagship Stores & Super Pacific’s Switchback X1 Camper

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Gear Break: Cycology Tijuana jersey, endurance &amp adventure nutrition brand Rawvelo launches in North America with The Feed, Ribble launches stone into gravel, SockGuy releases 33 new designs for fall 2023, Pas Normal Studios extends its global footprint by opening Singapore and Munich flagship stores in September and Super Pacific’s Switchback X1 camper – The ultimate camper for gravel & mountain bikers.

Cycology Tijuana Jersey – $99.95


Inspired by Mexican art and design with a cycling twist, Tijuana  Jersey delivers both style and performance with high quality fabrics ensuring you enjoy outstanding riding comfort every time. Constructed with lightweight high stretch fabric that delivers excellent breathability and ventilation to maintain a cool and dry body. Close-fitting without being constrictive the jersey has flat-locked seams for comfort and laser-cut grippers on the sleeves to keep them in place.

Three rear pockets and a zip pocket are perfect for storing your ride essentials and a rear hem gripper keeps the jersey in place. A full length YKK zipper makes it easy to control ventilation and reflective elements add security when the light begins to fade. With a striking original Cycology design this jersey provides all-day comfort and head-turning style.


Chuck Peña PEZ sez: Design and construction-wise, the Cycology Tijuana Jersey is tried and true don’t fix what’s not broken design:

  • Front panel that’s divided in half by a full-length YKK zipper (the gold standard)
  • Two side panels
  • Rear panel
  • Mock neck collar
  • Raglan sleeves (that are combination of hemmed and raw cut)
  • Silicon gripper on the back hem

All the seams are flat-stitched

The front panel and sleeves are more of a solid/opaque material. The side and back panels are more “porous” (a kind of micro-mesh) for venting/wicking and a little lighter weight.

The requisite three rear jersey pockets are hard to see with the graphics. The reflective strip (on the right pocket) hides the secure zipper.

Fit-wise, the Tijuana Jersey is what Cycology calls a their Performance Fit — close fitting using performance stretch fabrics that hug the body — and is their most popular jersey style. According to Cycology: “This is a close fitting jersey. If you are in doubt on sizing or prefer a slightly looser fit, it may be worth sizing up. We get more returns due to customers finding the jerseys smaller than they expect so that may be worth considering in your size selection.”

For the gram counters

On me (5’8″, 130 pound ectomorph), the Tijuana Jersey (size small — the smallest size they make in Performance Fit) was just the other side of snug. Still form fitting but not race fit. What I wrote about the Cycology Bike Graffiti Jersey that’s also Performance Fit:

The sleeves still hug my skinny arms (just not quite as tightly), but the body of the jersey doesn’t cling to me like a second skin. It’s not “baggy” but does have some small “flappy” areas. (NOTE: To provide some perspective, this jersey would’ve been considered race fit back in my racing days in the early/mid-90s.) That said, it’s very comfortable (and even though I wear a base layer under a jersey, the fabric is soft and smooth against my bare skin). I know not everyone wants (or can wear) race fit jerseys — so if you’re one of those riders, Cycology Performance fit jerseys are the ‘droids you’re looking for (I’m guessing they will be a better/more comfortable fit for a wider demographic of riders).

I appreciate that Cycology uses easily removed safety pins to affix hang tags rather than more typical retail plastic fasteners that have to be cut — something you would expect in higher end, more expensive kit

Not race fit, but still form fitting

The Cycology Tijuana Jersey may not be a ready for prime time race jersey (although the Cycology 8 Days kit I reviewed previously is a bonafide race fit jersey), but not every jersey needs to be. As much of my riding is just riding to ride, e.g., coffee rides with my wife, as it is “fast” riding (at least by geezer standards) with my crew. Not that Cycology kit can’t be worn on “go fast” kind of rides (and it’s a great way to stand out from the crowd, if you do), but — for me — it’s perfect kit for more relaxed/social rides.

The mock neck collar was comfortable for me, i.e., not tight around my throat

Of course, what makes Cycology kit different is the style. What I call the “fun factor.” I was immediately drawn to the Tijuana Jersey’s design that’s colorful but not overly “bright.” In particular, I love the different skulls graphics that evoke Día de los Muertos and bring to my mind the Day of the Dead opening scene in the James Bond movie Spectre.

Not pirate skulls

And as someone who went to high school not too far from the US-Mexico border (the San Diego area), how could I not want a jersey named after Mexico’s famous border town?

Not as long and as tight as  aero race sleeves, but not loose/flappy on my skinny guns

Not matchy-matchy, but Cycology jersey and bar tape that will get you noticed

And then there are these memories from my youth:

Endurance &amp Adventure Nutrition Brand Rawvelo Launches In North America With The Feed

  • Plant-based, all-natural nutrition brand now available across North America exclusively via the online marketplace
  • Energy Bars, Energy Gels and Hydration Drink Mix initially available with new Recovery Drink Mix to also be added to the The Feed’s range


Rawvelo, the London-based all-natural, plant-based endurance & adventure nutrition brand, has today launched in North America via online nutrition marketplace The Feed. The Rawvelo range is now available from The Feed’s comprehensive, hand-picked range of leading sports nutrition brands, from which consumers can purchase individual items to create their own bespoke basket of nutrition.


Rawvelo takes a no compromise approach to endurance & adventure nutrition, with a range of energy, hydration and recovery products made from ingredients selected from nature, making Rawvelo a choice that’s better for you and the planet. A No Compromise approach to taste, performance and ingredients, means the end product is real food that helps you push your limits without any maltodextrin, artificial sweeteners, preservatives or chemical nasties that can harm your gut.


This approach extends to Rawvelo’s wider impact too, with all products coming in easily recyclable wrappers and packaging. Furthermore, the brand is a registered member of 1% For The Planet, so by choosing Rawvelo, you’re also benefiting the planet. It’s as much about doing better for the athlete as it is for the environment.


Rawvelo Co-Founder, Jason Evans said: “Expanding into the US market is the natural next step for us now, with its customer base who are paying more and more attention to what they consume and looking for ‘better for you’ options from their nutrition. The Feed is the perfect platform for us to introduce Rawvelo to North America with its shared focus on environmental impact, plus its curated approach to nutrition and bespoke support available to all its customers – something that will allow us to reinforce the reasons why you no longer need to compromise on your sports nutrition.”


Rawvelo launches on The Feed from today with its all-natural plant-based Energy Bars, Energy Gels and Hydration Drink Mix, each available in a variety of flavours. The recently launched vegan Recovery Drink Mix will soon also be added to the range.

Ribble Launches Stone into Gravel
Ribble takes their award-winning Gravel range to the next level with the introduction of the all-new Stone Collection. The Stone Collection features an exclusive and unique series of three CustomColour hand painted finishes to the world-class Gravel platform.


Ribble’s Stone Collection draws inspiration from rock formations found in the natural world, bedrock and landscapes associated with the adventurous exploration of gravel riding and is available in three effects; Marble White, Granite Grey and Slate Black.


“With this all-new paint finish, we are proudly showcasing the design, craftmanship and true technical capabilities of our team and our newly upgraded in-house paint facility. Each hand painted bespoke bike is a unique work of art – no two paint finishes will ever be the same. Our CustomColour option allows our customers incredible levels of personalisation when buying their ideal and unique ride.” Enthuses Jamie Burrow, Head of Product, Ribble.


The Stone Collection applied to the Carbon Gravel SL will be the bike of choice at the Gravel World Championships in Veneto for the three Elite Ribble Collective riders selected to compete for Team GB.


“I’ve been riding my Gravel SL across the world this year at races including Unbound, Gravel Earth Series and Raiders Gravel and I’m thrilled to be representing Team GB on this lush new Stone Collection CustomColour machine at the Gravel World Championship.” Maddy Nutt, currently 2nd GES GC, Ribble Collective.


The three Stone finishes are available across the Ribble Gravel range of carbon, aluminium, steel & e-bikes via the CustomColour option.


To highlight this exclusive new finish further, Ribble has created a special Gravel SL Marble Hero build with Shimano GRX Di2 1×11-Speed, Zipp 303 S wheels and LEVEL 5 Carbon Integrated flared handlebars at £4,499.


Ribble Gravel SL Marble Hero build full spec:

Shimano GRX Di2 RX815 1×11-Speed
Shifters: Shimano GRX RX815 11-Speed Hydraulic
Brakes: Shimano GRX RX810 Flat Mount Hydraulic
Chainset: Shimano GRX RX810, 1×11-Speed
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BBR60 Threaded BSA
Cassette: Shimano Deore XT M8000 11-Speed
Chain: Shimano Ultegra HG701 11-Speed Super Narrow
Rear Derailleur: Shimano GRX Di2 RX817 Shadow RD+
Disc Rotors: Shimano MT800 Centre Lock 160mm

Frame: Toray 1000/T800 Carbon Fibre Monocoque
Forks: Gravel SL, Full Carbon, Tapered, Carryall Mounts

Wheels: Zipp 303 S Tubeless-Disc Brake, 12x100F/12x142R
Tyres: Schwalbe G-One Allround TLE, 700x40c, Tan Wall

Finishing Kit:
Bar/Stem: LEVEL Carbon Integrated Flared, 42/51cm
Bar Tape: LEVEL Embossed Tape, Black
Seatpost: Ribble SL Carbon with 5mm Offset
Saddle: Fizik Taiga, S-Alloy Rails, Black


  • More info on Ribble’s Stone Collection can be found here…:

SockGuy Releases 33 New Designs for Fall 2023

SockGuy has new designs engineered to inspire athletes everywhere, from roadies, to mountain bikers, runners, hikers, and gym freaks. As usual, we’re keeping it weird and fun!

With 27 years as sock experts, SockGuy has provided athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and pretty much everyone else with a 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, moisture-wicking, high-styling socks.

Here are some of our new designs:


Top row, left to right:

Bottom row, left to right:

See all of our new designs here

  • SockGuy socks are available in fine athletic retailers worldwide and online at SockGuy.com
  • MSRP is $11.95-$22.95
    • Halloween & Holidays
      Every year, SockGuy adds to our special collection of Halloween and Holiday socks. These are this year’s new designs:

      sockguyHaulidaysView All Holiday Socks


      • SockGuy has hundreds of original sock designs sold in thousands of retail locations across the U.S. and Internationally. www.sockguy.com.

      Pas Normal Studios extends its global footprint by opening Singapore and Munich Flagship Stores in September
      Danish cycling apparel powerhouse Pas Normal Studios confirms its intentions for global expansion with the opening of two new flagship stores Singapore and Munich this month. The brand now has 7 flagship stores in Asia, Europe and North America.


      Pas Normal Studios continues to grow in a segment of the cycling market that caters to a technically-driven, aesthetically conscious demographic with higher-priced options. In 2023 it has made its intentions clear: ambitious goals for global expansion and growth. The Danish brand confirms this with the continued introduction of flagship stores around the world.

      This past Spring, Pas Normal Studios introduced itself to the west coast of North America with the opening of a flagship store in downtown San Francisco. A highly celebrated store opening recently took place in the heart of Munich on Fraunhoferstraße 10 in a 180 m2 space designed by Danish architects OEO. While the doors of another Asian store, in Singapore, will open to the public at the end of the month. https://pasnormalstudios.com/pages/singapore

      These additional openings bring the total number of Pas Normal Studio stores to seven: San Francisco, Copenhagen, Mallorca, Singapore, Taipei, Seoul and Munich. Pas Normal Studios intends to connect with local cycling communities through the provision of physical spaces to gather at for weekly social and training rides, to host events and serve as a physical touchpoint for all things related to the brand. The stores afford customers the opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ and take advantage of the support offered by trained staff in spaces that are Scandinavian-designed showcases of brand heritage.

      According to Pas Normal Studios CEO Peter Lange “We are now at a point where our global range of stores ensures that we are reaching a wide audience of cycling enthusiasts. Our stores are designed as a base for the local community to gather for ride-outs and social events. The space offers a possibility to connect with the brand and displays our latest collections. Our stores are important touchpoints between us and local communities, gathering feedback that helps us continue to develop technical apparel and meet the needs of our customers.”

      The latest addition, and the third store in Asia after Taipei and Seoul, is a Pas Normal Studios flagship store in Singapore, due to open on the 30th of September at 01-04, 107 North Bridge Road, Funan. An exciting line-up of events are planned in the lead-up to the store opening. The programme of local rides can be seen here in the dedicated Singapore Pas Normal Studios Strava Club on Strava, on the instagram profile and download the flyer here.

      Ultimate Camper For Mountain Bikers
      The spacious, adventure-proof tent is designed to keep you comfy, rain or shine


      Introducing Super Pacific’s Switchback X1 Camper—a spacious, adventure-ready truck camper designed to provide the best in class comfort in all weather conditions and for any adventure.

      The Switchback X1 Camper boasts an elevated and modern design aesthetic, setting it apart in the wedge camper category, and it fits most mid- and full-sized trucks.


      Premium Build – 100% Made in USA

      Built like an airplane, the Switchback X1 is designed to withstand the extreme stress and vibration of off-road use. Using aerospace fabrication methods, the X1 features precision laser-cut sheet aluminum and aircraft-grade rivets. This flexible and modular camper-system is customizable for a multitude of disciplines for year-round adventures.

      The canopy portion of the camper which is called the Fuselage, is built from .080” 5052 aluminum sheet that is laser cut, break formed, and riveted together with solid rivets in their manufacturing facility. The clamshell that mounts to the fuselage and houses the tent is built from a combination of the brand’s proprietary extrusion and custom parts machined from 6061billet aluminum to their specifications. These parts hold composite panels that make the floor and ceiling of the clamshell.

      The composite material used is common in transportation and aerospace industries and is built with exterior layers of fiberglass over a honeycomb polypropylene core that give them a great strength to weight ratio and maintain transparency for radio signals, so the clamshell does not interfere with over-cab antenna placements. All sheet metal parts are powder coated and all machined parts are anodized with a UV stable formula that was developed to survive UV sterilization in a medical setting.


      The all-weather tent is meticulously hand-sewn in Oregon with marine-grade material called Top Gun 9, making it one of the most durable and sophisticated tents of its kind. It is a polyester textile that is impregnated with an acrylic treatment to provide a durable, weatherproof finish. This fabric was developed for sail bags and dodgers that are continuously exposed to harsh maritime conditions.

      The adjustable ventilation system creates optimal airflow and reduces condensation. Each vent has a rain fly that can be opened with a fiberglass batten from the interior of the tent to provide passive air circulation in all conditions. Above each door is a screened vent that can be opened for ventilation or closed to retain heat. The XL sleeping loft and functional floor panels offer many solutions for multiple occupants and furry companions. The bed platform is purposefully designed around the Exped Megamat Duo LW+ Mattress, among the most comfortable camping mattresses available. Unwind for the night and take in the scenery with three no-see-um grade screened doors and 270° views.

      Versatility and Customization

      Adding versatility, the truckbed can be transformed into a full standing height space, better known as Living Room Mode™. By creating a dry and secure space in your truck bed, the Switchback X1 adds value to your truck as a daily driver. The Free Flow™ vent system is designed to give you control over temperature and condensation for the ultimate comfort level. The modular Molle Panels allow gadgets to be kept right where you need them – close yet out of the way. Universal t-slots are included: Awnings, cross bars, solar, you name it, the t-slots can handle it. More features include 3 zippered and screened tent doors, 3 locking canopy doors, a 3rd brake light, and cabside acrylic windows.


      Customization becomes effortless with the modular platform, adapting your gear setup to your changing needs. A mobile gear locker (commerical-grade canopy) is built in for secure storage and allows you full access from all sides. All three canopy doors are keyed alike and can be opened with one hand for full access to the sides of your truck bed to easily load and access your gear during your work week and your weekend adventures.

      Personalize the look of your setup: you’ll have a choice of 6 premium powder-coated aluminum colors (Black, White, Grey, OD, Green, Tan, and Blue), your choice of 2 tent fabric colors (Grey or Tan) and either a Tailgate Acrylic window or Solid Tailgate Door.

      Personalization options:

      • Powder coat options (no cost): black, grey, white, green, tan, blue
      • Tent fabric options (no cost): tan, grey, color blocked navy/oyster
      • Tailgate door options (no cost): fixed acrylic window, solid aluminum
      • Cab-side window options: Fixed acrylic (no cost), operable cab-side slider ($425 upgrade)

      Go the Distance with Confidence

      The Switchback X1 is USA-made and sourced, ensuring exceptional quality, craftsmanship, and lifespan. Super Pacific is constantly working closely with manufacturing partners, updating customizations so the Switchback X1 base stays compatible with an expanding accessory eco-system designed to help get the most out of your experience. All campers come with a 2 Year Limited Warranty.


      Standard Features:

      • A mobile gear locker: Contractor-grade canopy and full access from all sides
      • Exped Megamat Duo LW+ Mattress
      • Three zippered and no-see-um grade screened tent doors
      • Three locking canopy doors
      • Stainless steel fasteners are used throughout
      • Universal t-slots: Awnings, cross bars, solar, you name it, t-slots can handle it
      • Fits most mid- and full-sized trucks
      • 3rd brake light
      • Cabside Acrylic windows
      • 2-Year limited warranty
      • MSRP: mid-sized trucks – $12995 / full-size trucks – $13495
      • Free installation and no sales tax when purchasing and installing in Portland, Oregon
      • More info at: superpacificusa.com.


      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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