What's Cool In Road Cycling

Gear Break: Primal, Repente, MAAP, Acrlight, Merida Scultura & New Shimano Ultegra

What's new and great on the cycling market

Gear Break: Primal Equinox: Simplicity meets technology, Repente Saddles: CR version – Quasar becomes ultralight, MAAP // Riding Season: Nova Pro jersey, Shine a light: A reimagined view on bike safety; Arclight Pedals, Meet the new Merida Scultura Team – Streamlined race compliance and new Ultegra R8100 road components deliver Shimano’s unrivaled road performance to even more riders.

Primal Equinox: Simplicity Meets Technology
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REPENTE: CR Version – Quasar Becomes Ultralight
Extra carbon fibre, extra light weight. Quasar CR is the ultralight version of this successful 142 mm saddle.


What makes a difference compared to the standard model is the new rail: in the CR version it is entirely made of UD T700 carbon fibre. Thanks to this substantial innovation, the total weight has dropped to just 130 grams.
The new Quasar CR is among the lightest padded seats world-wide.

Carbon fibre is also present in the shell in the form of long fibers (LCF technology), which further strengthen the PA12 structure.

Quasar CR has been inaugurated in the recent cross country Worlds in Val di Sole by Juri Zanotti, U23 vice-World champion and vice-European champion, as well as Italian champion. Quasar CR is also one of the Repente saddles used by Davide Rebellin.


The saddle measures 260 mm x 142 mm. The “smart length” of 260 mm ideally compromises between the necessary freedom of movement for the cyclist and, at the same time, a highly effective support when pushing.

The seat inspiration is a «flat» design. The saddle has a large central opening for relieving pressure in the perineal area. The wide rear support surface has been modeled according to the anatomical and ergonomic requirements of Repente’s signature “Close fit” design: the marque’s iconic shaping that ensures seat comfort without having to use thick layers of padding.

The water-based PU microfibre cover has an anti-slip function: it allows the most effective pedaling position to be easily maintained, without however hindering free movement on the saddle.

The shape of the front, tapered at the tip, has been modeled to allow an easy transition from the sitting position to the sprinting position and back.


Quasar CR is entirely manufactured in Italy. The price is 189 euro.

  • COATING Water-based PU Microfiber
  • PADDING Polyurethane foam
  • SUPPORT STRUCTURE PA12 Long Carbon Fiber (LCF)
  • RAIL UD Carbon Fiber T700 Ø 7×9 mm
  • DIMENSIONS 260 mm x 142 mm
  • WEIGHT (± 5%) 130 g (4.58 oz)
  • GRAFIC Black
  • More info at: www.sellerepente.com.

MAAP // Riding Season: Nova Pro Jersey


From 2020 to 2021, there was a global surge in cycling activity as long-forgotten bikes were pulled out of storage ready for their second life, and the demand for new bikes became more prevalent. With an increase in cyclists on the road, being seen has never been more important.


In an adaptation of their top-selling Evade Pro Base Jersey, MAAP have created the Nova Pro Jersey. Featuring all the details and fabrics you know and love like bluesign® APPROVED, ultra-soft knitted Italian and pre-dyed fabrics, honeycomb mesh sleeves for breathability and SPF50+ sun protection; with the additional feature of six strategically placed reflective graphics—a fusion of their signature icons and 360 degree visibility in low light conditions.


“From day one, incorporating reflective detailing has always been a non-negotiable for us. It’s as much a stylistic decision as it is a safety consideration, with visibility on the bike paramount to every rider. The Nova Pro Jersey takes the traditional MAAP design placement of the reflective graphic on the back left hand side, and enhances it five-fold with additional reflectivity on the front, back, and sleeves”, said Misha Glisovic, MAAP Creative Director.


The Nova Pro Jersey is available online now, alongside drop one of MAAP’s new Autumn & Spring collection via maap.cc or through your local MAAP dealer.


Features List:

  • Ultra-soft knitted Italian fabrics
  • Dyed honeycomb mesh sleeves
  • Reflective print transfers on chest, back and sleeves
  • Elastic hem with internal silicone logo print
  • YKK Vislon Snap Lock Zip
  • SPF 50+ sun protection factor
  • Signature Pro fit
  • Low profile collar
  • Anti sag back pocket
  • bluesign® APPROVED fabrications
  • Elastic hem band OEKO-TEX® certified
  • More info at: maap.cc

Shine a Light: A Reimagined View on Bike Safety; Arclight Pedals

The Arclight Pedals are a unique set of bike lights that take advantage of the natural motion of a cyclist. The pedalling motion creates a distinctive and instantly recognizable light pattern. This unique light movement provides a clear signal to motorists of a cyclist’s presence. Using Arclight Pedals increases visibility by up to 57% compared to standard bicycle tail lights. Arclights are a set of durable aluminum platform pedals, which include 4 rechargeable and removable light modules (2 for each side) that have built-in smart features and customizable flash modes.


Redshift provides cyclists a better way to stand out and stay safe while riding. Introducing the Arclight Pedals. Arclight bike pedals are designed to leverage the natural movement of a cyclist. The movement of the pedals creates an unmistakable visible appearance. This enables a rider with Arclights to stand out and be instantly recognized as a cyclist. Arclights can be seen from all angles, a full 360 degrees. Arclight pedals fit on any bike and are designed to make riders visible both day and night.

Historically, bicycle lights and safety ‘flashers’ have been affixed to the seatpost and handlebar. These lights have gotten brighter as technology has advanced but still present a simple stimulus to a driver or observer. Research conducted by *Edewaard, et al, has shown lights located near the cyclist’s ankles are up to 57% more effective at capturing the attention of drivers than standard seatpost mounted lights.


“Leveraging the motion of the riders legs allows the lights to really stand out. This means that the rider will be significantly more visible than when using traditional fixed lights. And because people are really good at recognizing human biological motion a driver will consciously identify a rider with Arclights as a cyclist which further increases safety.” explained co-founder Erik deBrun.

The Arclight modules feature SmartSet technology which make the pedals simple and intuitive to use. This includes Auto On/Off functionality where the lights automatically turn on when you start riding, and off when you park your bike. In addition, the pedals can determine orientation and set the forward facing light to white and the rear facing light to red.

Simple to install and easy to use for all riders. The Arclight pedals are designed for all types of riding and bikes – road, MTB, gravel, urban, e-bikes, and kids bikes over certain sizes. The pedals fit any bike with a standard 9/16” interface and provide a large grippy surface. The Arclight modules plug directly into any USB outlet for easy recharging.

The Arclight pedals began with a desire for a better way to stand out while riding and be recognized as a cyclist. The development of the Arclight pedals has spanned a number of years and quite a few prototypes and iterations. The pedals provide riders with all the expected performance and ride characteristics of a traditional ‘flat’ pedal plus the added safety benefit of the lights!


Arclight pedals ship with 2 pedals (left and right), 4 rechargeable light modules, and a USB charging hub. Arclights carry a 1 year warranty, and work on all types of bicycles.

● Maximize Safety – up to 57% more visible than traditional lights
● SmartSet Technology – Auto On/Off and color set functionality
● 360 degree visibility – stand out from any angle
● USB rechargeable – directly plug into any USB charger (hub included)
● Aluminum pedal – ideal for all types of bikes and riding
● Long lasting battery – up to 36 hours of run time
● Works on any bike – urban, e-bike, MTB, cruiser
● 3 light modes – flash, eco-mode, steady
● Weatherproof – IP64
● Multi-Mounts – mount Arclight modules on bars, seatpost, bags, helmets
● Expected MSRP of $135
● 1 year warranty
● Kickstarter Page Preview: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/redshiftsports/arclight-bike-pedals-stand-out-ride-safe

Meet Our New Merida Scultura Team – Streamlined Race Compliance


Less weight, less drag – and more comfortable too? If you thought it couldn’t be done, then meet the bike that will prove you wrong; the new 2022 SCULTURA TEAM delivered by MERIDA. Building on the unquestioned heritage of the lightweight road bike range, they’ve drastically reduced drag, boosted the comfort to new levels and all while shaving off precious grams to deliver a versatile, World Tour proven, race-winning weapon.

Since its introduction in 2006, the SCULTURA TEAM has always stood for lightweight, compliance, responsiveness, ‘classic’ good looks and proven racing performance, resulting in a machine that’s always been the go-to bike for our World Tour teams. The race-winning heritage has continued even before the official launch, with the fifth generation of SCULTURA TEAM already adding four World Tour wins to its trophy cabinet, well before its release.
While the SCULTURA has always shone when its lightweight climbing credentials or its fatigue reducing compliance was called for, so they set out to improve these aspects even further for the new SCULTURA TEAM while also raising the bar on its aero credentials.


In comparison to its predecessor, the new SCULTURA TEAM frame is more than 4% lighter, noticeably more comfortable due to the ability to run up to 30 mm wide tires and increased seatpost extension, drastically more aerodynamic thanks to the complete cable integration and one-piece cockpit, updated headtube and fork profile and lowering of the seat stays attachment points (amongst other things).

The end result, the all-new SCULTURA TEAM, is still the versatile and lightweight all-rounder it has always been, but its ability to perform at the highest levels has been boosted even further by these changes. Greater comfort means less fatigue, while drag reduction is now significantly improved by around 10 watts compared with its predecessor, all while easily achieving the 6.8 kilograms UCI limit.


As mentioned before, the fifth generation of the SCULTURA TEAM continued its winning streak from the day it was handed to our Team Bahrain-Victorious, by winning two stages in the Critérium du Dauphiné underneath Mark Padun, one in the Tour de France, ridden by Dylan Teuns and one by Damiano Caruso in the Vuelta a España. In its short presence on the World Tour stage, the new SCULTURA TEAM already proved itself as the perfect sidekick to aero focused REACTO, given the team as well as other road enthusiasts the perfect choice between lightweight, outstanding compliance and improved aero capabilities of the SCULTURA or class-leading air slicing abilities of the REACTO.

New ULTEGRA R8100 Road Components Deliver SHIMANO’s Unrivaled Road Performance to Even More Riders
Connecting rider to the road, Shimano’s new ULTEGRA R8100 series takes trickle-down technology to a new level with an ultra-efficient drivetrain, wireless cockpit, new levels of braking control, new carbon wheel lineup, and the fastest shifting ever.


Built for the joy of riding, whether that’s the pursuit of a fiery sunset or racing friends up the local climb, the new ULTEGRA R8100 delivers Shimano’s premium road technology to a broader range of rider and riding style. Launching in conjunction with DURA-ACE R9200, the new ULTEGRA component group features the same industry-leading, ultra-efficient 12-speed drivetrain, a reliable wireless cockpit, highly refined ergonomics, new wheels, an enhanced brake system, and integrated digital technology engineered so riders can engage with the world them around and leave time behind.

SHIMANO ULTEGRA R8100: Science of Speed
Every detail, every decision, and every component of Shimano’s new 12-speed road groups have been engineered to deliver a faster, more reliable, and more intuitive ride experience. In the pursuit of excellence, Shimano dedicated years of research and development to refine the road riding experience. Reconnecting riders with the road, ULTEGRA R8100 is about the joy of leaning into a tight switchback, or the comradery shared amongst friends after a playful day of town line sprints and coffee stops.

  • Evolved Di2 Platform – Completely redesigned Di2 system delivers Shimano’s fastest shifting ever in a wireless cockpit design
  • Most Advanced Drivetrain – Optimized 12-speed gearing for unmatched efficiency and Shimano’s proven HYPERGLIDE+ technology for seamless shifting no matter the situation
  • Refined Interface and Ergonomics – The optimal balance of comfort, aerodynamics, and aesthetics, ULTEGRA offers secure and comfortable ergonomics, a cleaner cockpit aesthetic, and ultimate customization
  • Enhanced Brake System – Improving braking control, the new ULTEGRA brake system offers a quieter, maintenance-friendly system
  • All New Wheel System – Blending aerodynamics, rigidity, weight, and cost in a competitive full-carbon, tubeless wheel lineup

SHIMANO ULTEGRA: Evolved Di2 Platform and Technology
ULTEGRA R8100’s new Di2 platform showcases Shimano’s most advanced drivetrain technology and shifting performance to date. Introduced alongside DURA-ACE R9200, the new Di2 platform delivers faster front and rear shifting than ever before so riders can focus on the terrain ahead with total confidence in their shifting performance. Further Di2 refinements include a charging port and D-FLY wireless connectivity integrated into the rear derailleur.


Shimano ULTEGRA R8100 is wired where it makes sense, featuring a central, multi-port battery that supplies stable, long-lasting power to both front and rear derailleurs. New smaller diameter SD300 wires connect directly from the battery to each derailleur, eliminating the need for junctions and simplifying the build process. The central internal battery also simplifies charging and remains secure over the roughest of roads.

SHIMANO ULTEGRA: Advanced Drivetrain Technology
The new R8100 ULTEGRA drivetrain provides faster, smoother shifting with Shimano’s proven HYPERGLIDE+ drivetrain technology. Developed first for mountain bike applications, HYPERGLIDE+ improves shifting both up and down the cassette, even under maximum pedaling


The new 12-speed ULTEGRA drivetrain features optimized gearing options for club racers and weekend warriors alike. Engineered for efficiency, Shimano sticks with an 11-tooth small cog on the cassette while optimizing the “sweet spot” gears between the 6th, 7th, and 8th cogs.
And for an easy transition to 12-speed, SHIMANO ULTEGRA R8100 retains compatibly with current 11-speed Shimano freehub bodies. No new standards or proprietary wheel parts necessary.
ULTEGRA offers two cassette ranges, including 11-30 and 11-34, that deliver wide gear ranges to riders of all levels. Whether climbing, descending, or hitting the flats, ULTEGRA’s gear options encourage steady and smooth pedaling so riders can switch off and enjoy the ride more freely.

The ULTEGRA R8100 drivetrain employs the same 12-speed chain used on the Shimano XT M81000 series, simplifying inventory requirements for retailers and riders.

FC-R8100 Crank

    • HOLLOWTECH II Crank Set
    • 2×12-speed
    • Chainring combinations:

o 50-34T o 52-36T

CS-R8100 Cassette

    • HYPERGLIDE+ Technology
    • 12-speed
    • 11-tooth small cog for optimal efficiency
    • Optimized “Sweet Spot” Gears for pedaling efficiency
    • Compatible with 11-speed freehub bodies
    • Cassette Options:

o 11-30T o 11-34T


RD-R8150 Rear Derailleur

  • Shimano SHADOW Rear Derailleur
  • Integrated D-FLY connectivity
  • 12-speed
  • Compatible with 11-28, 11-30, and 11-34T cassettes

FD-R8150 Front Derailleur

  • 12-speed
  • Smaller and lighter (110 grams)


SHIMANO ULTEGRA: Refined Interface and Ergonomics
Shimano’s wireless ULTEGRA cockpit delivers a clean aesthetic and simple setup while reimagined ergonomics bring a new level of comfort and control. The ULTEGRA hoods are taller with a slight curve inward for a more secure, natural perch over any terrain. The lever body reach is also extended by 4.6mm to create more space between the brake lever blade and the

The new ULTEGRA Di2 lever switches are also redesigned for better control and easier access. The longer switches are easier to reach when riding in the drops and an increased offset between the switches makes them easier to differentiate while riding. A third switch on the hoods continues with the new R8100 series shifters.

A new Shimano E-TUBE App (version 4.0.0) offers intuitive operations for personalizing the
ULTEGRA R8100 drivetrain.

Offering a suite of customizable options, riders can choose between different shift speeds, customize shift button assignment (what buttons performs which functions), program different automatic shift modes like Synchronized and Semi-Synchronized shifts, fine-tune shifting, and connect with third party bike computers.

ST-R8170 Shifter

  • Wireless Di2 connectivity
  • 2×12-speed Dual-Control lever
  • Refined hood for improved ergonomics and aerodynamics
  • Improved button access
  • 4.6mm longer reach for increased security and control


SHIMANO ULTEGRA: Enhanced Brake System
Confidence on the bike comes with control, and Shimano’s new ULTEGRA brake system provides better brake performance for faster, more confident cornering. The new R8100 brake system now features Shimano’s proven SERVO WAVE technology that enhances brake performance thanks to a faster initial bite point followed by a wider control area. This allows riders of all abilities to modulate their braking more easily and precisely.

ULTEGRA 8100 also includes a refined brake caliper design, delivering a quieter brake system. The new brake calipers boast a 10% increase in pad-to-rotor clearance to reduce noise while a separate bleed port and valve screw simplifies the bleeding process. Likewise it’s now possible to bleed the system without removing the caliper from the frame.

BR-R8170 Brakes

  • More fine-tuned control and heightened braking performance
  • 13% wider control area from the brake lever
  • 10% wider pad clearance
  • Easier bleeding process
  • Servo Wave Technology


SHIMANO ULTEGRA: All New Wheel System
Delivering the first full-carbon wheel lineup in ULTEGRA’s history, the new R8100 wheels blend exceptional rigidity, faster aerodynamics, and lower weight so you can hit your PR and feel more confident riding in varying conditions. The full-carbon, tubeless wheel range features wider 21mm internal rim widths suited for modern road tires and is offered in three rim depths so riders can choose the best option given their chosen riding terrain and conditions. Aerodynamics haven’t been ignored either, with even faster and more stable rim profiles used across the ULTEGRA range.


  • Lightweight wheels for riding where acceleration is key
  • Front 1:1 standard spoke lacing // Rear 2:1 Optbal spoke lacing


  • All-around wheels for breakaways and more
  • The perfect balance of aerodynamics, rigidity, and lightweight construction
  • 5-watt reduction in drag compared to current DURA-ACE C40-TL wheels
  • Front 1:1 standard spoke lacing // Rear 2:1 Optbal spoke lacing


  • Aero wheels for sprinting and high-speed pursuits
  • Optimized lateral rigidity for sprinting and larger riders
  • Front 1:1 standard spoke lacing // Rear 2:1 Optbal spoke lacing
  • More info at: shimano.com

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