Gear Break: MFLEX Customizable Deep-Tissue Massage Tower, Ekoï Gravel New Adventure Collection, Scicon New Aeroscope Sunglasses, fizik Antares Racing Saddle, Canyon Launch Limited Edition MVDP Aeroad CFR & Ass Savers Creative Collaborations
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Gear Break: MFLEX customizable deep-tissue PSOAS massage tower, Ekoï Gravel new adventure collection, Scicon new Aeroscope sports performance sunglasses, fizik unveil Antares racing saddle perfected for high performance, designed with Mathieu van der Poel: Canyon launch limited edition MVDP Aeroad CFR and Ass Savers celebrates creative Win Wing fender collaborations.
MFLEX | Customizable Deep-Tissue PSOAS Massage Tower – $99.95
MFLEX is award-winning massage gear that gets to places where pain can cause some real mobility problems. Set up, get up and get on your way.
- Adaptable base is designed to widen/retract to target diverse muscle groups
- Interchangeable heads for beginners and advanced users
- No power needed, always ready for deep tissue recovery
- 3 available colors
- Award-Winning 2021’s best bodyweight-based massage tool
Chuck Peña PEZ sez: When I was younger (I’ve been an active competitive athlete in different sports since high school) I didn’t pay much attention to stuff like stretching and massage. When you’re young you’re invincible, right?
The best part of GoldenEye
Even into middle age I didn’t do a lot in terms of muscle maintenance and recovery. But now, as a senior citizen, I’m a lot more diligent about daily stretching and massage (I have a massage gun and a vibrating roller). The MFLEX is a new tool in my arsenal for the latter.
Part of the beauty of the MFLEX is its simplicity. It consists of a base unit that can be adjusted for width and into which the heads (two different heights) slide and lock. That’s it! And it’s relatively compact so can be easily carried in the supplied bag to the office, gym, etc. Almost anywhere you want to go.
Push the buttons to slide the heads in or out
BTW, if you’re wondering what the psoas is (per WebMD):
Your psoas muscles are the main muscular connection between your torso and lower body. Their major function is to help flex your hip joint by bringing your leg up and in toward your torso. They also help strengthen your lower spine, which lends support to your posture.
Think hip flexors. So pretty important for cycling.
Push the buttons on the bottom to adjust the width of the MFLEX
But the MFLEX isn’t just for your psoas muscles. The included user manual also shows how it can be used for:
- lower back
- upper back
- outer thigh
- inner thigh
I haven’t used the MFLEX for all of those, but can attest that the heads do their job of pushing deep to zero in on trigger points and help your muscles release. NOTE: njoie recommends starting with the low heads for first time users. I definitely echo their recommendation — especially if you’re new to deep tissue massage. The MFLEX is way more intense than a foam roller, so it’s best to start easy and build up. I tried the tall heads and found I could “tolerate” them for some muscles, but that’s because massage is part of my regular routine. YMMV.
If you’re a first-timer to deep tissue massage, use the tall heads at your own peril
One thing to be aware of is that — unlike a foam roller or massage gun — there’s more of a learning curve for the MFLEX. The MFLEX is easy enough to use but you’ll need to pay attention to the instructions in the user manual the first several times you use it to get it right.
Will the MFLEX replace my massage gun and vibrating foam roller? No. But it will complement them as another tool to help my aging body sit on wheels and hang with some of the younger guns on group rides so I can live up to Fausto Coppi’s adage: Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill.
Ekoï Gravel, The New Adventure Collection
- More info on the Ekoï gravel range at: ekoï.com.
Scicon New Aeroscope Sports Performance Sunglasses
The new Scicon Aeroscope sports performance sunglasses were released on the 22nd of May. PEZ has a pair to try out for a full review coming soon.
- More info at: sciconsports.com.
fizik Unveil Antares Racing Saddle; Perfected for High Performance
A versatile, low-profile saddle offering a wider range of positions, fit for racing.
fizik have launch a new Antares saddle range, enhanced and adapted for racing. Utilising a versatile, low-profile design, wider nose and central cut-out, the range eliminates pressure hotspots, enabling easier movement around the saddle for improved comfort.
The wider nose allows the rider to adopt multiple positions and the low profile design enables more connection through the saddle, optimising power transfer and pedalling efficiency. The updated model also offers a central cut out eliminating pressure hotspots and facilitating blood flow, even when tucked into an aero riding position.
Vento Antares 00
The 00 model is the lightest in the range, utilising a combination of high-module, full-carbon shell and rails for maximum stiffness and featuring injected EVA padding, tuned to improve power transfer and weight saving.
The updated design can be found in both 140mm and 150mm width options, with 00, R1, R3 and R5 models offering carbon, Kium and S-alloy rail options to cater for all weight and stiffness requirements.
Alex Locatelli, Product Manager at fizik said: “The new generation of Antares saddles highlight the constant innovation we see every day at fizik. We recognize the importance of maximising comfort and appreciate the varied needs of road riders no matter what their style of riding.”
Vento Antares 00
140mm – 118g
150mm – 124g
Pricing: €299,00 / £259.99 / $299.99
Vento Antares R1
140mm – 161g
150mm – 166g
Price: €199,00 / £179.99 / $224.99
Vento Antares R3
140mm – 195g
150mm – 202g
Rail: 7×7 mm
Price: €149,00 / £144.99 / $149.99
Vento Antares R5
140mm – 210g
150mm – 217g
Price: €109,00 / £104.99 / $129.99
- To find out more about the fizik product range visit fizik.com.
Designed with Mathieu van der Poel: Canyon Launch Limited Edition MVDP Aeroad CFR
A road, cyclocross, and MTB phenom – Mathieu van der Poel is one of the most outrageously talented riders on the planet. And now he’s teamed up with Canyon to design a bike that’s pure Poetry in Motion. With a colourway designed in collaboration with MVDP himself – and which he raced while storming to victory at Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo 2023 – the special-edition Aeroad CFR Disc MVDP is an aero race bike fit for a champion.
An homage to the all-action style of one of the leading lights in pro cycling today, the Aeroad CFR Disc MVDP’s red-hot custom artwork reflects the fire and panache of one of the world’s very best. Van der Poel on the custom artwork he helped design: “The Aeroad CFR is the fastest bike I’ve ever ridden – simply sensational in every way. With this edition, I wanted the artwork to express that special kind of fire and passion I feel when I ride at the biggest stages in cycling.”
Poetry in Motion: decals designed with MVDP
For an extra measure of MVDP racing flair, the Aeroad CFR Disc MVDP features exclusive decals you won’t find anywhere else. There’s a 3D MVDP logo on the front of the head tube, and the frame also comes adorned with one of his favourite mantras reflecting his serene, metronomic, relentless riding style: ‘Poetry in Motion’. Three words that say it all.
A World Champion whip
Style means nothing without speed. And when it comes to speed, nothing compares to the Aeroad CFR MVDP. Combining the Aeroad’s world-class aerodynamics with a component set that that reads like a wishlist for a pro rider’s dream bike build, this is a bike that’s worthy of MVDP’s name.
Every inch of this bike is trimmed to deliver pure pace. Cheat the wind with a super-aero front end and a carbon Canyon CP0018 Aerocockpit which fully integrates all cables and lines into a beautiful, adjustable, travel-friendly design. The Canyon SP0046 aero seatpost saves more watts with its aerodynamically optimised tube profile.
Shimano’s flagship Dura-Ace wheels are pro peloton fast, with super-stiff 60 mm rims delivering incredible power transfer and advanced aerodynamics thanks to Shimano’s latest Di2 design.
The bike also uses Shimano’s latest and greatest Dura-Ace groupset, which raises the high-performance shifting stakes to a whole new level. The 12-speed, semi-wireless groupset combines cutting-edge technology, supreme efficiency, and iconic design to set a benchmark in road cycling.
Rounding out a first-class setup is Mathieu’s signature Selle Italia Flite Carbonio Superflow MVDP Edition saddle. Designed with MVDP, this saddle is his first choice for the biggest races, with special artwork and superlight carbon rails.
One of the world’s fastest bikes dedicated to one of the world’s fastest riders.
Limited edition available now
Like Van der Poel himself, the Aeroad CFR MVDP pushes the boundaries of road racing speed and performance.
- The bike to beat is available right now in a limited run exclusively at canyon.com.
- Canyon products are exclusively available online at www.canyon.com.
Ass Savers Celebrates Creative Win Wing Fender Collaborations
Following last years’ launch of their latest minimalist fender, the Win Wing, Swedish brand Ass Savers was awhirl with special-edition design collaborations from leading artists, brands, cycling teams, events and media from around the world of cycling.
Treating the Win Wing’s recycled-plastic blade as a blank canvas, key collaborators include Rapha’s RCC Program, Paul Smith, Team Amani, LA Sweat, Open Cycles, Rodeo Labs, Bikepacking.com, Path Less Pedaled, Bicycle Pubes, LtD Gravel Raid, The Nordic Gravel Series, Bohemian Border Bash, KOM Berlin and more.
First introduced last autumn, the Win Wing is a distinctly innovative approach to stopping spray and mud from ruining rides. Quick and easy to attach to practically any road or gravel bike, the Win Wing operates off the principles of what Ass Savers calls “tangential coverage.” Put simply, tangential coverage means the Win Wing is positioned at the exact spot where water and mud leave a spinning wheel, resulting in a minimalist mudguard with maximum spray protection.
Special-edition Win Wing fenders can be purchased through their respective collaborating partners’ web shops, while the flagship Ass Savers fender designs, colors and patterns are available online at ass-savers.com or through Ass Savers dealers worldwide.
Brands, artists, events or teams interested in creating their own unique fender designs from as low as 30 pcs, please contact Staffan Widell at [email protected].
- More info at: ass-savers.com.
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