Meet the all-new Tomac Vanish. Although Tomac Bikes was absent from the show floor, we did spot this new 160-millimeter bike at the Kenda booth.
Topeak's new $150 Air BackPack uses a unique bladder system for structural support without the weight of a metal structure. Plus—the bag collapses to a near non-existent pouch when not in use. It also comes with a well through out gear caddy for keeping track of tools and tubes, a deployable helmet holder and rainfly, and 650-cubic inches of storage space.
Air Jordan, eat your heart out.
The JoeBlow Mountain is an MTB only pump for those looking to air up in a hurry and who don't have any skinny-tire bikes in the garage. The 75-PSI-max pump spits out so much air it can also be used to seat tubeless tires. Not bad for $59.99.
Ever try to snake a floorpump into an already crowded car trunk? It's not as easy as it sounds—the floor panel acting like bars on a hook trying to go the wrong way. Enter the new MegaMorph, granddaddy of the best-in-class Mountain Morph mini-pump, this floor pump comes with its own carrying case and folds up into a shape that is easy to thread into even the packed cargo spaces. The pump retails for $69.99, and as with these other Topeak products is part of the company's Team Issue collaboration with its Team Ergon roster of athletes.
Geax Saguaro tires are now available for wagon wheelers.
The Saguaro uses an all-around tread that hooks up in a variety of terrain and comes in multiple bead options, such as Geax's TNT - Tubes or No Tubes - standard.
Geax's new AKA...
A WTB Weirwolf LT and a Kenda Small Block 8 had a love child, a bastard also known as the new Geax AKA—a fast-rolling new tread that ought to be a favorite among hard-pack charging SoCal types this winter.
Looking to get a new Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er up to speed quicker? Try adding 30-millimeter-wide Edge Composite rims, which weigh just 450 grams apiece (400 grams for a 26-inch hoop) and deliver a cloud-nine ride. It'll cost you though—the rims are available custom-built to Chris King or DT Swiss hubs starting at around the $2,500 mark.
Edge Composites is branching out from wheels, which they've been making for three years now, into components like this seatpost.
One of the secrets to Edge Composite's carbon wheels is that the company molds spoke holes into the design, eliminating the fiber-shredding drilling step that inherently compromises strength.
Because nothing spreads out the tire profile of an All Mountain tire like a 30-millimeter wide carbon rim.
Stems and handlebars also are in the 2010 lineup from Edge Composites.
For a lower-cost carbon wheel option, try Sun's Carbon Chargers, which weigh 1,550 grams/set, and cost $1,550.
Sun's Carbon Chargers' 26-millimeter-wide rim.
Sun's new direct-pull hubs.
Sun's Charger Pro Tubeless wheels (with conventional alloy rims) come ready to roll with Stan's strips (not pictured) and Sun's new direct-pull hub design, convertible between all the usual suspect axle configurations in the front, as well as multiple through-axle options in the rear. This all-mountain wheel weighs a quite-respectable 1,699 grams/set (although final weight will vary with options).
Sun's Charger Pro Tubeless wheels use 28-millimeter-wide rimes (22.7 internal width)....just add Stan's strip.
Wheels are laced and hand-trued in the USA and sell for an extremely reasonable $600/set. Also available as a 1,800-gram 29er setup. Skewers, Stan's tape and sealant included.
Available in QR, 15- and 20-millimeter options.
Expanding on its ever-growing, always-quality line of apparel, the new $120 Vanya women's knickers use a super-thin chamois, are made of four-way stretch fabric and are stitched-in-the-USA. Get you some.
The Pasha, a posh $160.
Chrome's Midway is no cheap sneaker. Made from 1,000-denier Cordura, this shoe uses vulcanized rubber sole, a reinforced shank, reflective heel, a "lace garage" to keep laces away from chainrings and a low-profile toe design to better fit into a toe cage. All that and a satisfaction guarantee for $90.
Like the Midway, the Chrome Kursk comes in black, brown or gray, all the same features with a lower-cut design for $70. More at Chromesf.com