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Gear Break – Special Offers and Innovations

Gear Break: Another fine selection from the World of bikes. The GORE® R5 GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ insulated jacket wins ‘Product of the Year’, new from AssSavers the ToeTector and BroTector, Mathieu van der Poel limited-edition 100% S3 neon orange eyewear, winter raffle from Katusha, State Bicycle Co.’s Undefeated goes electric and CeramicSpeed supports Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal cyclocross team. All great stuff!

GORE® Wear Takes Home Ultimate ISPO Honor:
The GORE® R5 GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ Insulated Jacket wins “Product of the Year”.

This year’s ISPO Award celebrations saw GORE® Wear claiming the “Product of the Year” title for its GORE® R5 GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ Insulated Jacket – the first of its kind in the world. Included in the collection for autumn/winter 2020, this jacket is special in all sorts of ways, and not only because of its appearance due to a transparent face fabric. Featuring the new GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® lining construction , the jacket weighs a mere 250 g in size large while still offering windproof protection. It keeps you warm thanks to a Polartec® Alpha® insulation and is fully equipped with two zippered side pockets and a hood.

During the development phase the designers focused primarily on the question of how they could make sure that the insulating layers remained dry and, consequently, effective enough for running outdoors in winter. After all, the less moisture a jacket takes up – from the baselayer and from outside – the more able it is to maintain its insulating capabilities.
The key idea was to develop a completely new GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® laminate to be used as the inner rather than the outer layer, as is typically the case. The fabric is windproof, extremely lightweight (24 g/m²), breathable and ensures that sweat neither soaks into the Polartec® Alpha® insulation layer on top of it, nor into the rest of the jacket: water vapor is quickly transported out of the garment, ensuring that runners stay warm and dry. The outer garment layer also features an extremely lightweight fabric (31 g/m²) that is transparent and has a PFC free DWR treatment. The ingenious thing about this jacket is that the reflective tapes and brand logos are not on the outer fabric but instead on the insulation layer underneath it.

The result is an unbelievably light, soft-to-the-touch, quiet and stylish jacket that keeps runners warm and dry – even if they sweat a lot, or when the weather gets grim. For sport and for afterwards, for runners and other outdoor enthusiasts looking for top functionality accompanied by a unique outward look and feel. Men’s and women’s versions of the GORE® R5 GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ Insulated jacket will begin to launch at retail for €249.95 in a variety of color combinations in August 2020.

Find out more at: www.gorewear.com #AlwaysEvolve #GOREwear

• Buy it on AMAZON here.

New Products! Toe and BroTector are Here!

For many years you have been asking for the “Buddy Saver” and we’ve seen countless of converted Ass Savers on the rear mudguards of winter warriors. Well, this one is for you. Let us introduce you to the new tag team of mudflaps:

ToeTector and BroTector
Toe & Bro comes in either a Stealth Black or a Raspberry Red Reflective. They prefer to operate as a team but can also be bought separately. Be the first one to get your hands on a set here!

• Buy it on AMAZON here.

Mathieu van der Poel focuses 100% on Defense of Cyclocross World Title
MVDP to debut limited-edition S3 neon orange eyewear to represent his country, as the Flying Dutchman vies for a third UCI Cyclocross World Championship victory.

100%,the San Diego-based sports performance company, is thrilled to announce a new limited edition of the S3 sunglasses that reigning cyclocross World champion Mathieu van der Poel will debut at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Dübendorf, Switzerland, this weekend.

“The greatest recognition in cycling is racing with the rainbow jersey of the World champion,” says 100% CEO Ludo Boinnard. “We wanted to make something unique, so when MVDP lines up once more against the world’s best—his one-of-a-kind neon orange S3 shield will let the entire world know that this proud Flying Dutchman is there to defend the title for his native Netherlands.”

The limited-edition S3 model features 100%’s top-of-the-line HiPER® Red Mirror lens. They are designed in California and made in Italy, with a cylindrical shield Ultra HD lens manufactured in France. The unique shape gives riders subtly softened angularity, while retaining the definitive look of unwavering power—which is especially true on the face of the multiple-time national, European and world champion.

The HiPER® Red Mirror lens is the perfect lens to boost contrast and definition in all weather conditions. The unique lens exposes shadows in the dark and also provides riders with a soft brightness in the sun that doesn’t overwhelm. 100%’s original HiPER® lens delivers unmatched protection while helping riders see more of what matters, no matter the conditions.

Van der Poel has long been recognized as a cyclocross phenomenon, and he’s now known as the most versatile cyclist on earth, winning everything from one-day classics to stage races to mountain bike championships. This April, he’ll defend his title at the famed Amstel Gold Race, racing for UCI ProTeam Alpecin-Fenix. Van der Poel adds to 100%’s world-class roster of cyclists, which includes seven-time Tour de France green jersey winner Peter Sagan and Team Movistar. Whether it’s racing in the mud in Switzerland, the cobbles of the spring Classics or the mountains of the Tour de France, riders who give 100 percent ride 100%.

The limited edition S3 Neon Orange sunglasses are available starting January 30, 2020 for $195 USD at 100percent.com and through 100% global dealer network.

More info at: www.100percent.com.

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Win Katusha Summer 2020 Kit
Before the official release!

Make a €100 or more purchase on the website between now and 23rd February and your name will be entered into the winter raffle, to win an early release KATUSHA summer 2020 kit of your choice.

Use the code SUMMERKIT at the checkout in order for your name to be included. This code cannot be used in conjunction with any others.

The winner will be announced on Monday 24th February. Good luck!

State Bicycle Co.’s Undefeated Goes Geared With Electronic-Powered Shifting
Built Upon The Undefeated Fixed’s Winning Pedigree, The Undefeated Road Is Race-Ready Out Of The Box.

State Bicycle Co. releases the Undefeated Road, their second geared bike and first performance road bike. Available with two build options or as a frameset, the Undefeated Road takes performance to a whole new level with 7005 Double-Butted Aluminum tubing, an oversized tapered head tube and a full carbon fork that come together to create a stiff, responsive, and fast ride. State paired the frameset with some of the best build kits available – SRAM Force AXS and SRAM Apex, the former with with 1x or 2x chainring options. As you’d expect from State, the Undefeated Road looks as sharp as it is fast. Subtle rainbow flake clearcoat with black build kits and trim give it a purposeful look. If you’re a fan of classic designs you’ll find something to love in the lines of the frame, too. The Undefeated Road eschews the trend of dropped seat stays and aero tubing for a traditional diamond silhouette. Built upon the legacy of State’s top-of-the-line Undefeated Track Bike, the Undefeated Road is the perfect bike for your next crit, county line sprint, or styling coffee ride.

Build Options:

SRAM Force AXS | MSRP: $2899.99
Details: The SRAM Force eTap AXS Drivetrain features quick and precise electronic shifting over a lightweight 10-33 cassette. Riders can choose the simplicity of SRAM’s 1x system, or go for a wider range of gears by selecting the 2x crankset. All of this is sitting upon DT Swiss P1800 wheels which sport a wide, light and tubeless-ready aluminum rim, complemented DT Swiss’ proven hub system and a high-end build with bladed spokes and aluminum nipples. The AXS package gives the Undefeated Road race-winning potential out of the box.

SRAM Apex 1 | MSRP: $1299.99
Offering a simplified 1×11 drivetrain paired with an 11-32T Cassette, the Apex 1 build provides a gear range to meet the challenges of the road. The SRAM DoubleTap shifter provides smooth shifting, and the Mavic Aksium wheels wrapped in Michelin Dynamic Sport tires, glide over the road ahead. State’s stiff yet compliant Black Label 31.8mm handlebar and stem provide control in the cockpit. The Undefeated Apex begs for speed, so be prepared to race your mates when the city limit sign comes up!

Frameset | MSRP: $649.99
An extremely capable, nimble and responsive road bike frame, that will give even the best carbon frames a run for their money. There’s an old adage… “Don’t race, what you can’t replace.” the Undefeated Road is an aluminum crit-killer that can withstand the beatings of training, traveling, and commuting. The frameset includes a full carbon fiber fork with tapered steerer tube for light weight and stiffness, and a fully-sealed FSA integrated headset.

More details at: state-bicycle.echoscomm.com

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CeramicSpeed supports Belgian cyclocross team Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal
Winning riders including Iserbyt and Sweeck choose CeramicSpeed components to train and compete with for the coming season.

CeramicSpeed are delighted to welcome Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal to their roster of off-road sponsorships for 2020 – the important remaining fixtures that will determine the major honors for the 2019-2020 season, and looking ahead to the 2020-2021 season which starts with World Cup fixtures in America before the packed European winter program.

The team includes one of the worlds up-and-coming cyclocross stars, 2016 and 2018 U23 World Champion; Eli Iserbyt, 2020 Belgian Cyclocross champion Laurens Sweeck and 18 other dedicated athletes who will be riding a combination of CeramicSpeed Bottom Brackets, OSPW Systems and pulley wheels on their Ridley bikes in World Cup, Word Championships and other top-level competitions in Europe and beyond, at Elite, U23 and Junior levels.

Laurens Sweeck (Belgian Cyclocross Champion 2020 Elite men)

Laurens Sweeck said: “Honestly, I’m really excited about the partnership with CeramicSpeed. The brand is not at all new to me: I knew it well before this cooperation started, and I had already tested their products. Having the best gear is a very important thing for me as a professional rider. Cyclocross is and always will be a mechanical sport: it’s not only our legs that are decisive, but also our bikes. That’s why having the best and the most reliable gear is key.”

Team’s Sport Director, Gianni Meersman mentions: “Being a professional cycling team, it’s obvious we always aim for the best of the best. Not only in terms of results, but also in the gear we’re using. That’s why we are delighted to partner with CeramicSpeed. We won’t only be using their famous oversized pulleys, but also the CeramicSpeed bottom brackets. These are very well sealed to prevent dirt from entering. Result: a very high durability combined with low friction. A very important quality in a discipline like CX, where wear and tear are high because of the extreme racing conditions.”

CeramicSpeed’s Executive Vice President Martin Banke said, “With a long and successful history in the road applications, we are proud to welcome more and more names to our cyclocross and off-road supported teams and athletes. Team Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal has a line-up of talented riders that have tested our products at the start of the season, delivering nothing but positive feedback and choosing CeramicSpeed to help them collect even more victories in the 2020 season. We look forward to seeing them pushing our products to the limit, training and racing them at the highest level, we feel our product offering gives them the best chance to reach their potential”.

For more information on how CeramicSpeed is always innovating, visit ceramicspeed.com, follow the team on pauwelssauzen-bingoal.be/.

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