The perusing continued on the second day of Outdoor Demo, with still more products to be seen and more gadgets to be photographed. Fresh shoes, redesigned brakes and of course, innovative electronics were all part of the fun in the south Nevada desert.
Lapierre Bikes EI
Lapierre Bikes are continuing their electronic advancements with EI (Electronic Intelligence) suspension systems. Now in its second generation, the biggest design change comes with the redesign of the controller/sensor. They got rid of the handlebar-mounted computer screen and replaced it with a new controller/sensor that mounts to the stem, which features an on/off switch and a button to select one of three settings: open, medium and locked. The technology senses acceleration in the front fork, as well as pedal frequency, and within 1/10 of a second, automatically adjusts the rear shock. Lapierre says this system will eliminate the need to adjust the shock on the trail.
New for 2015, Fizik’s M3b is a lightweight, slick-looking shoe. At first glance it resembles a road shoe, but with grippy lugs underneath, it seems like it wouldn’t slip around much when the occasional hike-a-bike presents itself. Price: $275.
Chris King will be dipping its parts, including the new Cannondale Lefty Max hub, into a fresh new ‘Candy Apple’ anodization bath. Also, in case you haven’t heard, King Hubs are available with a SRAM XD freehub.
Osprey Syncro 15
There are plenty of reasons to decide to leave your pack at home. One of those reasons being, “It’s too hot.” But Osprey Packs has implemented a new back panel, Airspeed, with their latest iteration of the Syncro that allows ample airflow through an open-mesh, back-panel system.
Sony Action Cam
We don’t have to tell you that the POV camera market has taken off. More and more helmets come equipped with camera attachments, there are handlebar and seatpost attachments found everywhere and the chest-mount shot is seen in almost every video these days. The third generation Action Cam is lightweight, has a plethora of mount options and new for this year, no longer needs an additional case to make it splash proof.
TRP Slate brakes
This completely new brake for 2015 runs off of mineral oil, has top-loading pads on the caliper and has design elements that upon first glance, eerily resemble a Shimano brake. Based in Ogden, Utah, TRP has worked hard to keep their brakes reasonably priced, and the Slate doesn’t fall short in that respect. It will sell for $160 per wheel and includes rotors in 160-, 180- or 203-millimeters sizes. Weight: 352 grams per wheel.
Shimano Torbal M200
The Torbal M200 gets a stiffness rating of 8 on Shimano’s scale of 4-11, so they’re pretty stiff. However, the shoes have some side-to-side flex, so they roll with the foot as riders maneuver their bikes. On the bottom, the lugs utilize a few different types of rubber depending on placement. The red rubber is a bit harder and placed in high-wear zones, while the black lugs are softer, providing added security. For retention, there’s a speed lace protected by a Velcro strap for the lower foot and a ratcheting buckle at the top. The Torbal M200 is far from the first shoe in this category, but it’s got serious promise, and at $180, it packs more features than shoes twice the price.
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