Adrian from Scott Sports shows us the Foil lineup for 2012. Scott believes aero road bikes are here to stay and is making available a Foil for a wide range of costs to make sure everyone can get on one.
Easton shows off the new EA90 RT tubeless road wheelset that features the same UST system technology they’ve been using. It’s a tubeless rim that doesn’t add any weight and has a 17.5mm internal rim width that adds 12% air volume.
Billy from Mission Workshop shows us a couple of new things coming out soon from their 2012 line.
The Fitzroy is the new medium sized, non-expandable backpack from Mission Workshop. It’s a larger version of their Sanction backpack and features more organization, iPad and U-Lock pockets, an expanded gusset on the outside to double the volume and an inside zipper pocket that can fit a 17″ Macbook. It will retail for $219.
For 2012, Fizik is introducing a new line of saddles, Kurve. The Kurve line puts a premium on comfort, with tunability via a soft or hard tensioner at the nose of the saddle. Continuing with their Spine Concept, three distinct models will be available. Depending on your flexibilty, you may fall into one of three categories. The most flexible of riders will ride their Snake saddle, someone with less flexibility will ride a medium or what they call their Chameleon, and the most rigid of riders, the Bull.
All three variations of the Kurve use a lightly padded cover over what Fizik calls their Re:flex Base. Constructed from thermoplastic composite materials, the base will adapt to the bodies twist and turns. The base is also designed with only a single layer beneath more critical parts such as where your sit bones and perineal nerves make contact with the saddle. The forged 2014 aluminum rail, named the Mobius rail, is designed to hold the saddle at the very ends of the saddle, allowing the rails to act as a sping under compression, complementing the flex of the base.
The Ultremo ZX is Schwalbe’s high end light weight tire featuring a 127 TPI casing. A triple RaceStar rubber compound comprising of a fast rolling center compound, with softer shoulder compounds for better handling. HD Speed Guard, a high density woven puncture resistance protection layer only available from Schwalbe. And is available in over a dozen colors. Though Schwalbe recommends all black for the very best in performance grip and durability.
Schwalbe also offers the Ultremo ZLX for those looking for an even lighter tire. The ZLX offers zero puncture protection, and is considered a race day only tire. Weighing in at just 160 grams, it sheds 35 grams from a normal ZX tire. But if you’re looking for an all out competition race tire that will offer the fastest, least rolling resistance tire, the ZLX may be your ticket.
RSE Bib Short
- Ultra Profi breathable fabric
- Compression bands on leg
- Grid on the inside
FXE Chamois in RSE Bib Short
- Uses vibration control dampening
- Anti-microbial top layer
- Foam construction uses silver ion technology
- Mesh ventilation panels in back and front
Dustan shows us the newest road bike from Norco, the 2012. It’s a more comfortable riding road bike meant for long miles. The Valence Carbon comes in 4 different pricepoints starting with the Di2 package. 3 different alloy versions with 2 women’s specific models are also available.
The 2nd generation I-Clic² pedals have had their body changed by adding a small plate of stainless steel to protect against wear out. The I-Clic² pedals range from $140 for the Fiberflex to the top of the line Titanium for $450.
- Fiberglass blade
- Composite body
For 2012, Marin has 3 new Pro Fit models, the Stelvio T3 Red Edition, Stelvio T3 Force and the Stelvio T3 Apex, with the Stelvio Red coming in at $5999 and the Apex at a more affordable $2500. Marin’s Endurance Fit series has also been redesigned for 2012.
Marin Pro Fit Stelvio T3 Red
- SRAM component spec
- T3 carbon frame set
- Tapered steerer tube
- 14.8 lbs complete bike
- Reynolds carbon clincher
- Full red group
- FSA components
- Prologo saddle
- Sizing 47-60 cm
Kuat (koo-at) is introducing an interesting lock for 2012. Aptly named the Bottle Lock, the lock lives in a faux bottle. The cable lock is coiled up inside the bottle and is completely self contained. The bottom of the bottle unscrews to reveal a small compartment, where the key lives, or possible anything else you might want to hide in a secret compartment on your bicycle. The Bottle lock sits in any bottle cage and can be moved from bike to bike easily. It’ll go on sale sometime in November for the MSRP of $34.99.
Kuat will be offering a new version of their popular NV rack for 2012, the NV Core. It’ll be a stripped down, CORE, version of the NV. It’ll still retain many of the key features that make it an NV, but lacks the Trail Doc rack mounted repair stand and will not come with the integrated cable lock. MSRP is just $439.