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Gear Break: New from Zipp, Rapha, Dynaplug, Wolf Tooth and Muc-Off!

Gear Break: This week we premiere five new products on the cycling market – New wheels from Zipp, a new clothing range from Rapha, new tire plugging tool from Dynaplug, Woolf Tooth’s new premium and performance headsets and a new US made antibacterial hand sanitizer by Muc-Off. Plus CHAPTER2 – In Support of Bigla-Katusha and Cairn Cycles joins forces with Cyclescheme in the UK.

Zipp 303 Firecrest – Efficiency Equals Speed
Zipp’s 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc-brake wheelset is designed for the real world… a world of imperfect conditions, road surfaces, and elements where the bottom line is simple. Efficiency = speed.


It’s faster, 300 grams lighter, and more capable over varied terrain—whether the surface is pavement in all its conditions or no pavement at all. Deeply rooted in Zipp’s drive to conquer the Spring Classics, the new 303 Firecrest is redesigned with a purpose-made approach for the demands of modern road bikes. This is the first Zipp wheelset to feature TSE™ Technology (Total System Efficiency). The 303 Firecrest’s precise rim layup results in greater all-around efficiency for greater speed through reduced:
– Wind resistance
– Rolling resistance
– Gravity (weight + durability)
– Vibration losses

The 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc brake was designed using real-world direct measurements (vs. primarily wind tunnel or computer simulation). This included Zipp’s new RollingRoad™ Testing Protocol. The results were huge. Its rim is slightly more bulbous in design than its predecessor, with a 30mm outside width, a 25mm internal width, and a 40mm rim depth. The profile provides low drag and an improved transition between rim and tire, boosting aero efficiency on the road. The wide rim stance also features less tire deflection for reduced rolling resistance. The combination of the wider tire, increased tire volume, and lower tire pressure helps to reduce rider fatigue by smoothing out the ride over imperfect pavement and road conditions—the tire and wheel system absorbs the shaking, not the rider. At the center of the 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc brake is a versatile and durable new hubset, the German-engineered ZR1 DB. This hubset features 66 points of engagement for quicker response.

The 303 Firecrest Tubeless Disc-brake wheelset is for those after greater efficiency for greater speed. The payoff is a smoother, faster ride.


● New Zipp graphics and cosmetic identity that scream speed
● Versatile endurance wheelset for the modern road bike with tubeless and hookless rim profile
● Lighter weight, a 300 gram reduction than its predecessor, making it nimble and fast
● Tubeless Made Easy, optimized tire bed sign allows for simple tool-free installation and removal with no need for an air compressor to seat the tire
● Ultra-wide 25mm rim profile creates a better tire interface to be fast on or off the road
● New 40mm rim depth makes a light and aero wheel in every situation
● New ZR1 DB hub is engineered in Germany with better seal design for improved durability and quicker response with 66 points of engagement
● Ships with 12mm front and rear end caps
● Center locking rotor interface. Lockring is included with the wheels
● XDR™ or SRAM/Shimano driver bodies
● Campagnolo driver body sold separately
● Lifetime Warranty

Size (wheels): 700c
Rim construction: Carbon
Tire compatibility: Clincher Tubeless Ready
Brake compatibility: Disc (Center Lock)
Wheelset Weight: 1,355g
Rim – inside width: 25mm
Rim profile: Symmetrical
Rim finish: UD fiber, adhesive decals
Nipple material: Aluminum
Spoke type: CX-Sprint
Spoke count: 24
Spoke pattern: 2 Cross
Driver body type: SRAM XDR, SRAM/Shimano Road
Axle type (Wheels): TA 12×100, TA 12×142
Bearings: Cartridge – Stainless Steel
Driver Mechanism: 6 Pawls Leaf Spring

303 Firecrest Carbon Tubeless Disc Brake Center Locking 700c Front 24Spokes 12x100mm Standard Graphic A1 $925.00/€875.00/£780.00
303 Firecrest Carbon Tubeless Disc Brake Center Locking 700c Rear 24Spokes SRAM 10/11sp 12x142mm Standard Graphic A1 $975.00/€925.00/£820.00
303 Firecrest Carbon Tubeless Disc Brake Center Locking 700c Rear 24Spokes XDR 12x142mm Standard Graphic A1 $975.00/€925.00/£820.00

Shop online Zipp 303 Front wheel

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The Rapha New Pro Team Flight Collection
Limited edition print collection inspired by the movements of the peloton.

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Seen from afar, the peloton moves in unison, but the flock’s fluid movements are not the will of one. The Pro Team Flight collection features a limited edition design modeled on the discrete motions of a peloton in full flight and includes a selection of highly-technical garments tried and tested in top-level competition by our race teams.

The collection consists of the Pro Team Aero Jersey, Pro Team Training Jersey, Flight Base Layer, Pro Team Bib Shorts II, Women’s Pro Team Aero Jersey, Jersey, and Pro Team Socks.

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Pro Team Flight Aero Jersey – Men’s and Women’s
New for 2020, the Flight collection combines our race-ready Pro Team garments with a limited edition design inspired by the fluid movements of the peloton. Everything we’ve learned about aerodynamic apparel appears in the World Tour, race-winning Pro Team Aero Jersey. Our fastest-ever racewear cuts through the air with ease.

Smooth and textured fabrics are combined for an aerodynamic advantage. The back panel’s sleek material has a directional nap – smooth in one direction, rough in the other – to minimize drag with a figure-hugging fit. A bonded tape supports filled pockets and a lightweight, breathable mesh inside keeps your lower back cool.The front zip has an extended placket to protect your bib shorts when you’re tucked tight in the drops. An updated valuables pocket means you can access contents on the move with ease, and a new zip is more robust than previous iterations while easier to open one-handed.
$195 USD – Shop for other pro cycling jerseys here

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Pro Team Flight Training Jersey – Men’s and Women’s
New for 2020, the Pro Team Flight collection combines the performance technology of our Pro Team garments with a limited edition design inspired by the fluid movements of the peloton. Before race day, however, training requires a different mindset. The Pro Team Training Jersey is made specifically for training days. Made with a lightweight, open-structured fabric on the front panels for wicking and breathability, the jersey features a close-knit fabric for added sun protection on the back. A thicker, elastic trim on the pockets keeps contents secure, and a gusset at the bottom expands to add extra volume. Since comfort trumps all on training days, wrap-around elasticated grippers on the sleeves and at the hem deliver a firm but comfortable fit. The full-length zip features an easy-glide, lockable puller for easy adjustments on the fly, while a subtle zip garage at the neck prevents irritation. Contrast sleeves complete the training day look.

Available in Red Print and Orange Print for Men and Orange Print for Women.
$115 USD – Shop for other pro cycling jerseys here

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Pro Team Flight Bib Shorts II – Men’s
New for 2020, the Flight collection combines the race-ready garments in our Pro Team collection with a limited edition design inspired by the fluid movements on the peloton. Worn by the riders of EF Education First Pro Cycling, the Pro Team Bib Shorts are the ultimate in comfort and performance. Comfortable enough to be worn every day for training and racing, these shorts are also durable enough to withstand the chaos of the pro peloton, from the punishing cobbled roads of the Classics to the high summit finishes of the great Grand Tours.

Our dual-density Pro Team chamois provides comfort and support with minimal bulk. The pad is size-specific for a perfectly tailored fit—no one-size-fits-all here. The main fabric is lightweight, fast-wicking with excellent compression and support. Extra wide, direct-applied silicone leg grippers keep the shorts in place comfortably, with a sleek, low-profile finish. Breathable uppers provide superb stretch and support, while low-profile bonded edges barely show beneath close-fitting race jerseys. Two radio pockets are positioned on the lower back, offset to avoid discomfort against the spine. Two leg lengths offer the perfect fit and look come race day.
$270 USD – Shop for other pro cycling bibshorts here

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Pro Team Flight Base Layer – Sleeveless
New for 2020, the Flight collection brings together the highly technical, race-proven garments from our Pro Team range with a limited edition design inspired by the fluid movements of the peloton. At the heart of it, the Pro Team Base Layer is made of a super lightweight and highly breathable fabric that rapidly wicks sweat away from the skin to regulate body temperature. Stretch panels under the arms provide a close fit while low-profile seams – both bonded and flatlock – prevent any irritation or chafing, and ensure the garment fits well underneath tight-fitting race jerseys. An anti-bacterial treatment is applied to keep the base layer feeling fresh on longer rides while a laundry tag ensures this vital piece of kit never goes missing.
Available in Red Print and Orange Print
$65 USD – Shop for cycling baselayers here

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Pro Team Flight Socks
New for 2020, the Flight collection combines highly technical garments from our race-proven Pro Team range with a limited edition design inspired by the movements of the peloton. To complete the look, add a pair of Pro Team Socks made with an improved nylon fabric that wicks sweat efficiently and remains soft next to the skin. With a breathable mesh upper, these socks are designed for high-intensity riding or racing. Aiding comfort and fit, the fabric has added Elastane to provide more stretch, while the cuff – which has Pro Team ‘convict stripes’ on the back – offers improved support.
$20 USD – Shop for other cycling socks here

More info at: https://www.rapha.cc

Dynaplug Launches New Carbon Racer – The World’s Lightest Tire Plugging Tool
Available from Dynaplug…and on the New Cannondale Scalpel.


Tubeless tires are not only faster to ride, they are also faster to repair in the event of a puncture. Dynaplug has established itself as the best solution for fast repairs in the field, and now introduces a new Carbon Racer tool made of glass-filled Nylon to plug pesky punctures that evade sealant.

The Carbon Racer is ultralight at a mere 14g–half the weight of the already-light aluminum racer, and highly durable. Discerning riders who care about every gram and prize a minimal form factor will appreciate that the Carbon Racer is the smallest and lightest plugging tool available.

Following the form of the popular Racer tool, the Carbon Racer is double-sided, with one standard Soft Tip plug and one Megaplug ready to plug almost any type of puncture. Kits include 3 spare plugs and snug snap-on caps to protect each end. A second model of Carbon Racer is forthcoming, optimized for smaller tires and punctures with two Soft Tip plug tubes.

Less weight and faster repairs are the game here. Even the complimentary bolt-on Carbon Silicone tool holder is super-light at 10g, mounting under bottle cages or to other accessory points for maximal tool security and availability for quick puncture plugging. The holder is also compatible with the classic Racer.


Carbon Racer Kit Includes:
● Dynaplug® Carbon Racer tool
● 3 – Regular Plugs (Pointed tip)
● 2 – Megaplugs (Bullet tip)
● 2 – Road Insertion tubes
● Carbon Silicone Tool Holder

Carbon Racer Highlights:
● Ultralight at 14g-half the weight of classic alloy Racer
● Molded of Nylon 6 plus 30% glass fill fibers
● Included Silicon holder installs under bottle cage or to accessory mounts
● The lightest tire plugging tool in the world.
● Smallest form factor. Biggest punch, highest quality.
● Lifetime warranty
$47.99 MSRP
Product Page: http://www.dynaplug.com/carbonracer

SHOP for Dynaplug Tool here


In addition to aftermarket availability, Carbon Racers will come as standard equipment on the new Cannondale Scalpel. Dynaplug and Cannondale collaborated on the STASH kit quick draw repair carry system to hold a racer tool as well as Co2 and a mini tool.

Woolf Tooth New Premium and Performance Headsets

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Wolf Tooth now has two choices for headsets and bearings: Premium Headsets with stainless steel bearings and Performance Headsets with black oxide bearings. The addition of the black oxide bearings create another pricing option for the Wolf Tooth line of headsets. All existing sizes of External Cup, Integrated Standard, and Zero Stack headsets are available with the new bearing selection.

Wolf Tooth headsets are designed, engineered, and machined in Minneapolis, Minnesota using aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum. This material was chosen because it is lightweight, strong, and durable. The previous line of Wolf Tooth Precision Headsets featured stainless steel Enduro bearings. These are now labeled as Wolf Tooth Premium Headsets, while headsets with black oxide Enduro bearings are named Wolf Tooth Performance Headsets.

Beyond bearings, a few key differences separate these two new lines of headsets. Premium Headsets with stainless steel bearings are available in nine colors, have three options of stack height for upper top covers, and a lifetime warranty. These retail at $59.95-$64.95 USD for uppers and $39.95-$54.95 for lowers. Performance Headsets feature black oxide bearings, are available in nine colors, have one option of stack height for upper top cover, and a one-year limited warranty. The new Performance Headsets retail at $39.95-$44.95 for uppers and $19.95-$34.95 for lowers.

Stainless steel Enduro bearings in Premium Headsets are resistant to corrosion and will last the lifetime of your bike with proper care. Black oxide Enduro bearings in the new Performance Headsets are steel bearings that have a black oxide coating to reduce corrosion. To protect the system, all Wolf Tooth headsets have custom seals in three key places that have a tight, secure fit and keep out all moisture and contaminants. The bearings themselves also have two silicone dual-lip seals to further keep the elements away from the interior steel balls that are vital to the performance of a headset.

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The complete list of sizes and colors can be found on the Wolf Tooth website, along with a full line of spacers and stem caps. A collection of photos and graphics can be found here. Wolf Tooth Premium and Performance Headsets are available now on wolftoothcomponents.com and wherever Wolf Tooth is sold.

SHOP for Wolf Tooth Headsets HERE.

Cairn Cycles Joins Forces with Cyclescheme

We are proud to announce our partnership with Cyclescheme. Offering our UK customers the opportunity to access Cairn and the E-Adventure 1.0 through this excellent employee benefit.

Cyclescheme is the UK’s leading provider of tax-free bikes for the Government’s Cycle to Work initiative. It’s a brilliant programme where everyone wins – employees make big savings on new bikes, whilst employers get a healthier, more motivated workforce and everyone enjoys significant savings.

On average 16 million of us jump in our cars every day averaging 10 miles distance. Thanks to the launch of the new scheme in 2019 where the previous and very well known £1000 limit was removed this means access to E-Bikes is available on the scheme for the first time.

We are huge advocates of making riding accessible to all (the very ethos behind the Cairn E-Adventure 1.0) so we are delighted to now be part of this valuable initiative.

Find out more information about Cairn and Cyclescheme HERE.


CHAPTER2 – In Support of Bigla-Katusha

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As you are aware, the Bigla-Katusha Team’s 2 naming sponsors have been unable to fulfil their sponsorship obligations and therefore the team has had to unlock the UCI Bond as well as create a GOFUNDME page to support the team’s ongoing operations which includes rider and staff salaries, as well as other operational costs needed to start racing again.

This is particularly important right now since racing will resume soon under the revised UCI Calendar. The team had an amazing start to the 2020 season before Covid-19 took over and we can’t wait to see the girls racing in Europe and other countries on board their CHAPTER2 REREs and HURUs.

As the Team’s Technical sponsor we support any initiative that helps the team and women’s racing and therefore for a limited time only, from today until 7th. June CHAPTER2 is offering a 25% discount off any RERE/HURU Bigla Edition Frame and accessories, with 15% of the profit from the sale going towards the team’s GoFundMe campaign.

The promo code at checkout to purchase any Bigla Edition RERE or HURU framesets and any accessories to support this initiative is “BIGLA”.

More details at: chapter2bikes.com.

Muc-Off Launches US Made Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer


Over the past 25 years, Muc-Off, the UK based specialist in bike care, have put consumer needs, innovation and agility at the heart of their business. Building on this, is the launch of a new antibacterial hand sanitizer, designed in the UK, but made in the US.

“We are stoked to have been able to manufacture our first ever product in the US. We usually work under high pressure to create products that win bike races. Facing into the headwinds of the pandemic has been tough. With our performance background, we have stepped up a gear to be able to make and launch our new product in a matter of weeks.”Alex Trimnell, Muc-Off CEO.

With significant experience from creating the innovative antibacterial dry body wash and QUAT based antibacterial equipment cleaner, Muc-Off created a new focus to deliver a hand sanitizer that helps tackle germs for people whether they be on the go, at home, education or work.

The high performance hand sanitizer conforms to a World Health Organization (WHO) recommended formula. With its 80% alcohol content, it delivers strong stopping power by killing 99.99% of bacteria and high concentrations of alcohol destroy disease-causing agents and pathogens by breaking apart proteins and disrupting a cell’s metabolism.

With a quick drying high alcohol water thin liquid formulation and portable 4floz precision drop bottle, the Muc-Off Hand Sanitizer is the go to protector for people on the move.

Muc-Off are also committing to supporting the global fight against Covid-19 by donating 10% of profits from the new sanitizer to the WHO Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund which coordinates efforts against the spread of the Coronavirus.

Muc-Off have also committed to donating 100,000 antibacterial products globally to front line key workers. This program has already started in the US with donations being made across Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, South Carolina and New York to medical teams, police and fire departments via Smart Warehousing who have provided logistics support to the Muc-Off team.

This new launch follows the recent introduction of a range of sanitizers and cleaners across Europe. Muc-Off plans to develop the range further for the US and Canada in the near future.

Available throughout the US and Canada from Muc-Off dealers, e-retailers and direct from us.muc-off.com..


Shop for other Hand Sanitizer here

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