Gear Break: New Wheels, Bars, Gravel Bike, Clothing and In-Door Training
Gear Break: This week we have new wheels from Corima and the Zipp Vuka Shift AXS 90 aero extensions with brains, plus the redesigned Waheela C gravel bike from Otso. Looking forward to summer the Gore C3 jersey and bib shorts. For in-doors; the Robert Axle Project home trainer thru axle and free at-home workouts from Fit Radio.
New Corima MCC DX wheels
Corima wheels are individually moulded by hand using prepreg carbon fibers, entirely hand-made in our workshop in Loriol sur Drôme, France.
Three years of research and development with a single clear focus: designing and producing the Perfect disc brake wheelset to cover all aspects of racing, from lightweight and superior stiffness for climbing to optimizing aerodynamics and control for fast descents and flat roads.
The new shape of the MCC DX wheels has been designed to reduce air drag. This new design results in a 9% (front wheel)* and 18% (rear wheel)* aerodynamic improvement.
Double torque technology – Corima’s D2T system on the rear wheel overcomes the biggest obstacle for FULL carbon disc brake hubs-torque in both directions from pedaling and braking.
The Torsion Box concept – All Corima wheels are filled with a structural foam and a horizontal UD carbon fiber bar to increase overall rigidity and strength.
Ultra light DX* system Set from 1,295g:
● MCC DX 32mm Tubular: 1,285g (550/735g) – US$4,000 MAP
● MCC DX 47mm Tubular: 1,355g (585/770g) – US$4,200 MAP
● MCC DX 32mm TLR: 1,435g (650/785g) – US$4,000 MAP
● MCC DX 47mm TLR: 1,535g (675/860g) – US$4,200 MAP
More info at: www.corima.com
The availability date is still TBD based on uncertainty in shipping from the Covid outbreak.
Otso Waheela C Redesigned
The Waheela C has a new look with new paint colors and graphics, as well as an upgraded base build spec featuring Shimano GRX.
We built the Waheela C with several features that set it apart from other gravel bikes:
Adjustable wheelbase: our patented Tuning Chip rear dropout system allows the wheelbase to be lengthened or shortened by up to 20mm and the bottom bracket height to be raised or lowered by 4mm.
Giant tire clearance: this bike can fit 700c x 53mm, 650b x 53mm, or 29” x 2.1” tires. EPS-molded carbon frame: it’s a lightweight bike that’s ready for a quick climb up the next punchy hill or sprinting away from the lead group.
Inspired geometry: the rider is centered over the wheels for extra confidence and stability, while the longer top tube adds an aggressive, racy feel. Meanwhile, bowed seat stays make for a compliant rear triangle that’ll absorb bumps in the road and give you comfort while you’re spending all day on the saddle.
We built the Waheela C with several features that set it apart from other gravel bikes:
● Adjustable wheelbase: our patented Tuning Chip rear dropout system allows the wheelbase to be lengthened or shortened by up to 20mm and the bottom bracket height to be raised or lowered by 4mm.
● Giant tire clearance: this bike can fit 700c x 53mm, 650b x 53mm, or 29” x 2.1” tires.
● EPS-molded carbon frame: it’s a lightweight bike that’s ready for a quick climb up the next punchy hill or sprinting away from the lead group.
● Inspired geometry: the rider is centered over the wheels for extra confidence and stability, while the longer top tube adds an aggressive, racy feel. Meanwhile, bowed seat stays make for a compliant rear triangle that’ll absorb bumps in the road and give you comfort while you’re spending all day on the saddle.
● The Waheela C is available as a frameset for $2,550 or as a complete bike with Shimano GRX for $3,600.
More info at: otsocycles.com
The Robert Axle Project Trainer Thru Axle – For a Better Ride Inside
An Essential Piece of Gear for Indoor Cycling
The Robert Axle Project Trainer Axle allows you to attach your thru-axle equipped mountain, cross, gravel or road bike to wheel-on indoor bike trainers. For those with new bikes and older trainers, this provides crucial compatibility. Even many newer trainers don’t include quality thru-axle adapters, making for a suboptimal connection at the only place your bike is supported on a stationary trainer.
With multiple sizes and thread pitches, they are designed to fit a wide range of bikes, using minimal washers and spacers.
The Robert Axle Project makes all standard thru-axle sizes, including axles for proprietary systems such as Mavic Speed Release, as well as Focus and Cervelo R.A.T. axles. Use the Axle Finder on the Robert Axle Project website to find the thru-axle that fits your bike.
● Precision designed and machined to fit your bike as well (or better than) the stock axle.
● Suitable for riding with or without the trainer, indoors or out.
● No special tools required. Easy installation using a standard 5mm hex key.
● Designed, built and quality-tested in Bend, Oregon, USA.
● MSRP: $54 – $80
● More info here: robertaxleproject.com/wind-trainer/
GORE C3 Jersey and Bib Shorts
GORE’s ‘basic’ kit for warm weather. Aimed more at ‘fun’ rides and commuting. Priced reasonably so won’t drain your bank account.
A lightweight jersey with that’s soft and smooth to the touch. A semi-form fitting, somewhat ‘looser’ fit (especially in the sleeves) that will appeal to those who might be a little more self-conscious wearing full-on second skin race kit. Three rear pockets plus a zipper pocket. A slightly longer tail with silicone gripper all the way around at the bottom.
Chuck Peña, PEZ clothing tester: “My first ride in this jersey was on a sunny and 70(F)-something day. The looser fit and mesh-like material provided plenty of air flow. For “around town” and more casual riding, it’s not as constricting and great for running errands (feels and looks more like you’re wearing a t-shirt/polo than a bike jersey). Although I’m basically a roadie, I think this jersey would also do well MTB-ing or gravel grinding.”
13 panels (including the wide leg gripper sections that have soft silicone dots) plus mesh bib section (the straps are mesh too). The chamois is GORE’s Active seat insert that’s a hybrid road-mountain bike design. Not quite as firm/dense as a full-on race chamois, but these aren’t full-on race bibs.
Chuck: “For anything less than a hard core road ride, these are great ‘all around’ bibs for ‘everyday’ use. Comfortable but not race-fit suck-your-stomach-in tight compression. I found the silicone dot leg grippers a nice touch. Enough grip to keep the leg sections in place without ‘digging in’ to your legs the way a more narrow silicone gripper strip can. The rear mesh bib Y-back helps wick away moisture. And the straps allow air to flow through and are wide/soft enough that they don’t dig in. The chamois is more than comfortable enough for short to medium-length rides.”
There’s no lack of online workout options right now, but everyone knows music is everything when it comes to genuinely enjoying your workout and staying motivated.
While we’re all stuck in our house, Fit Radio is a must-have exercise music app! It’s an unparalleled workout experience created by real DJs from Vegas, Miami, and around the globe. It’s a real human creating the mix, so sometimes they’ll throw in a movie quote or something else fun and interesting. These DJ’s create an experience that’ll have you hooked in no time – it really is like magic!
Through audio-guided workouts coaches will push you further and cheer you on, while DJs continuously surprise you with kick-ass playlists (there’s even a brand new “Quarantine Mix”). Scroll through more than 40 music genres and workouts (like Cycling, Cross-Train, Zumba, Running), or search by track or artist. When it comes to running, Fit Radio features pace matching technology so that each song matches your stride.
The quality of the audio-guided workouts of Fit Radio far surpasses what’s currently on the market. Coaches are put through vocal coaching for a month before recording any workout. Every word has a purpose and every word is pre-planned. Coaches only talk when necessary – not just to fill dead air.
Perhaps the best part: the music is separate from the audio coach. This means, if you like country music you can listen to that genre with the coach you want. This is the #1 thing that makes Fit Radio different than anything else out there. Plus, Fit Radio lowers the music to just the right level whenever the coach speaks so you can hear what they’re saying.
Fit Radio works on Android, iPhone and Apple Watch.
Anyone can test it out with a free trial at www.fitradio.com, in the App store or Google Play store.
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