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Gear Break: Enduro Bearings Toolset, Selle Italia ‘Smart Tape’, MyWhoosh Free Indoor Virtual Platform, CHAPTER2 Last Chance Holiday Deal, fizik Nanuq GTX Winter Shoe and Gifts from Studio 51

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Gear Break: Enduro linear press bearing service toolset, Selle Italia renews its handlebar tape line and launches the adhesive-free and reusable “smart tape, MyWhoosh free-to-use indoor virtual cycling platform, CHAPTER2 last chance alert! Unlock a great holiday deal before it’s gone, fizik: All-mountain, all winter long – Meet Nanuq GTX and give the gift of good luck and good looks to the cyclist in your life with Studio 51.


Enduro Linear Press Bearing Service Toolset – $299

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This kit includes two length press rods sized specifically for hub or suspension applications, a pair of interchangeable Liner Quick Handles along with a full complement of bearing guides and receiver cups to ensure efficient and accurate bearing removal and installation.

The Linear Bearing Press utilizes the same 29 degree angle Acme thread design found in high precision applications such lead screw drives for CNC machines. This design results in wider and broader thread bases which have greater strength and overall durability. Most importantly, this thread design is much more accurate than standard V shaped threads providing exact 90 degree force for perfect bearing seating and installation alignment.

Unlike other bearing press products available which specify a plain bushing or no bearing at all, each Linear Press rod features a static nut fitted with a precision needle bearing set with ground surfaces to provide smooth and accurate, bind-free action.

Finally, the Linear Quick handles are like small transformers where you can combine two short handles for tight spaces, two longer handles for more leverage or long-short handles for control. These 6061 alloy handles snap on to the 15 mm (or 5/8”) stainless nuts, which can also be worked with open end or socket wrenches, or if one prefers to work with Allen wrenches, that option has been machined into the end of each handle as well.

Chuck Peña PEZ sez: Consider this a preview/prelude to a future DIY bearing replacement article. As many a son’s father admonished: “Use the right tool for the job.” The Enduro Linear Press Bearing Service Tool is exactly that. Yes, I’ve known people who have built their own, homemade bearing presses using a piece of threaded rod, a bunch of washers, and matching nuts from the hardware store. And yes, there are inexpensive bearing press tools available via Amazon and other online retailers. In an absolute pinch, they can get the job done. But if you want to seat bearings perfectly — meaning centered and straight and without damaging cups/races — you need to use a shop grade tool (or otherwise risk destroying your bearings or, worse, your hubs or bottom bracket).

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So when I decided I wanted to a bearing overhaul — hubs, bottom bracket, and headset — on my Felt FC, I consulted the experts at Enduro and they recommended their new Linear Press Service Tool. They also recommended their XD15 ceramic hybrid bearings. According to Enduro: “Enduro’s XD15 bearings actually get smoother and faster over time as a result of our grade 5 ceramic balls spinning within the XD15 nitrogen steel races.” And Enduro has so much confidence in the performance of their XD15 bearings that they carry a lifetime warranty against wear and corrosion.

So in addition to the Linear Press Service Tool, I got:

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XD15 ceramic hybrid bearings for my hubs

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Left: 1-1/8″ upper headset bearing and Right: 1-1/2″ lower headset bearing. NOTE: These are Enduro’s 440C stainless steel bearings not XD15 because XD15 isn’t available for the bearings specs I need. Also, modern integrated headsets are a drop-in affair so no special tools needed for replacement.

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TorqTite XD15 bottom bracket. NOTE: I was originally just going to replace the bearings on my Wheels Mfg BB30 outboard bottom bracket (that uses Enduro angular contact bearings) but ended up going Full Monty with a whole bottom bracket.

Stay tuned for a forthcoming article about DIY bearing replacement!

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All the different pieces of the Linear Press Bearing Service Toolset come in a storage pouch that can do double-duty as a seat wrap/bag (for carrying a spare tube and tire changing bits … not hauling a heavy-ish shop tool around on a ride!)



Selle Italia Renews its Handlebar Tape Line and Launches the Adhesive-Free and Reusable “Smart Tape”

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Alongside its vast selection of saddles, Selle Italia also offers a range of handlebar tapes, each with unique features. The company gives its existing tapes a new look and launches a new one: Smart Tape, the latest addition to the Greentech family with a deeply sustainable soul. Improves grip and comfort: handlebar tape is an essential product that affects both performance and comfort. Selle Italia has developed its own line of products, each with unique features to meet the various needs of cyclists. A range now enriched by the new Smart Tape with a sustainable soul and the totally redesigned SG-Tape and Granfondo Tape.

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Only in black

The new Greentech Smart Tape
In 2021, Selle Italia launched the first saddle made with Greentech technology, an automated process allowing the production of high-quality, eco-friendly products. This year, Selle Italia presents its latest addition to this family with the same, low environmental impact: the new Smart Tape handlebar tape. The tape is supplied as a single strip with incorporated cap in the same material, calling for an entirely non-traditional application process, whereby the cap needs to be applied first to tape the handlebar. The tape is made without the inner double-sided adhesive strip: the special micro “suction cup” structure compensates for the lack of glue and allows the tape to be reused once removed from the handlebar. With a thickness of 2.5 millimetres it guarantees comfort and superior grip and saves up to 20% of the time needed to wrap the handlebars.

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All eco-friendly

According to a study by the Italian startup Up2You, with which Selle Italia collaborated to examine and quantify the company’s CO2 emissions as part of its commitment to decarbonisation, the production of one Smart Tape involves the emission of 0.72kg of CO2, 24% less than a standard handlebar tape produced outside the European Union.

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Alastair Hamilton PEZ sez: We all need handlebar tape, except maybe if you are riding a hill-climb and want to save those important 200gms. A nice comfortable tape can make a big difference on a long ride, but there is more to handlebar tape than comfort. I’ve seen many badly wrapped bars, some people just can’t manage it and bar-tape with a sticky-tape on the inside makes it even harder. The new ‘Smart Tape’ from Selle Italia has no glue, it is very easy to remove and re-wrap and it will stay in place. Plus it has a built in end-cap, so you can’t lose the cap on a ride. As in their tutorial video, wrapping your bars is very easy, even for the inexperienced, and took me not much more than 5 minutes and there is no paper to peel off from the sticky strip. As they suggest in the video, you need to use a strong tape to finish off and hold the ‘Smart Tape’ at the centre of the bars, then use the Selle Italia finishing tapes on top. Easy!

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The ‘Smart Tape’ has a rubber feeling to it, but is padded for comfort. I didn’t think I would like the feel of the rubber, as I usually use a more material based tape, like the older Selle Italia Granfondo tape 2022, of which there is a new version I hope to try, along with the new SG Tape. The ‘Smart Tape’ feels good and is comfortable, it feels similar to your brake-lever hoods, plus there is no chance of your hands slipping.

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The ‘Smart Tape’ only comes in black, and just like shoes, I only like white. Okay, not everyone is like me. For winter riding I can see a great advantage as you can wash your bike down after a ‘dirty’ ride and give the tape a good scrub at the same time. While you are on a wet ride the ‘Smart Tape’ won’t absorb the rain/snow etc. It would also be good on your home trainer bike, as you can take it off to dry the sweat on the bars as many times as you want, to help prevent corrosion, also as it rubberised and should offer some protection.

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I can’t see any disadvantages, apart from colour choice, to the ‘Smart Tape’ and it is very eco-friendly and not expensive compared to most handlebar tapes on the market. Perfect for winter use and the home trainer bike, or if you like black tape, then any bike.


How to fit Selle Italia ‘Smart Tape’

Technical Specifications:

  • Materials: Greentech
  • Thickness: 2,5 mm
  • Regular Size: 25 x 1800 mm
  • Weight: 200 g
  • Smart Tape recommended retail price: US $19.90, EU €12.90, GB £11.90
  • For more information: www.selleitalia.com.

MyWhoosh Free-To-Use Indoor Virtual Cycling Platform

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MyWhoosh, the free-to-use (unlike most) virtual cycling platform, provides a dose of fitness inspiration during the winter months.

As official partners for UCI Cycling Esports World Championships for three years starting in 2024, MyWhoosh is now a serious contender in the indoor training and riding market – and all at no cost to the user.

With the colder days and darker nights, it’s important (and somewhat harder) to keep yourself moving. This is where MyWhoosh can help.

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From 730+ dedicated workouts suitable for all levels – beginner to advanced, sprints, endurance and tempo to tailored training plans focused on a variety of disciplines including road racing, time trialling, triathlon and criterium, MyWhoosh offers all the tools you need to take your cycling to the next level.

You can also explore five beautiful worlds based on real-life locations from across the world including Australia, Belgium (yes, Belgium IS beautiful!), and Colombia. From challenging climbs to fast flats, lush jungles to sparse deserts, and dense cities to the rolling countryside, all from the comfort (and warmth) of your own home.

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All you need is an iOs, Android or Windows device, smart bike or smart trainer and you’re good to go.


CHAPTER2 Last Chance Alert! Unlock a Great Holiday Deal Before It’s Gone!

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fizik: All-Mountain, All Winter Long – Meet Nanuq GTX

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Turn Snow Days into Trail Days
Introducing Nanuq GTX, a new name in cold-weather comfort and performance.

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While the weather outside might be frightful, your rides can still be delightful in Nanuq GTX, an insulated, waterproof all-mountain shoe designed with the breathable protection of GORE-TEX performance. Tackle snow-covered trails and navigate icy terrain. Nanuq’s fleece interior keeps the stoke high when temperatures plummet. Our X2 outsole, available in both clipless and flat-pedal versions, provides a sure grip in slippery conditions while a raised ankle cuff and GORE-TEX membrane keep cold, wet weather from creeping in. Enjoy all-mountain riding, all winter long with Nanuq GTX.

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Give the Gift of Good Luck and Good Looks to the Cyclist in Your Life with Studio 51

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Studio 51 invites riders to unwrap something unexpected this holiday season: cycling inspired jewelry for “Good Luck and Good Looks”.

Trying to select the perfect holiday gift for the cycling enthusiast in your life can be challenging. The big stuff all costs a bundle, kits can be tricky when it comes to sizing, and who really wants another pair of socks in their stocking?

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That’s where Studio 51 comes in. Based in Rhode Island, USA, Studio 51 produce a range of handmade cycling-inspired jewelry that makes the ideal thoughtful gift for any two-wheeled enthusiast. Responsibly crafted domestically from a range of quality, hypoallergenic materials, including stainless steel, brass, gold, and recycled acetate, Studio 51 items are a perfect way for any rider to express their passion for the sport both on and off the bike. Studio 51’s cycling-inspired pendants, made by hand in the USA.

Additionally, for those looking to give a gift they can feel even better about, Studio 51 donate 5.1% of all profits to cycling related charities, helping spread the joy and convenience of riding to individuals around the world. Named after the legendary dossard number 51, a revered symbol of good fortune during cycling’s Golden Age, Studio 51 promote more than just good luck and good looks with their products, but a good cause, as well.

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Prices for Studio 51 jewelry start at just $19.00, making it an easily giftable item this holiday season that promises to stand out on any rider’s favorite gift list.


 

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