Funn UpDown Dropper Post | $280
If that name doesn’t get you excited about a dropper post, I don’t know what will. It speaks to the inner-child who always wanted a trampoline but never got one. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, the UpDown post won’t bounce around (like a trampoline) but it will go up and down 125 or 150 millimeters, and there are 170- and 200-millimeter versions in the works. But what we noticed first was how easy it goes up and down. The action of the lever is feathery light.
The post is built with a dual-piston design, which means every time you drop it all the way, the post automatically bleeds itself of any air bubbles. No more searching for the bleed port. And if something terrible happens, replacement cartridges are $40.
The remote is also noteworthy since it can clamp the cable, or hold the cable end. That means it can work for pretty much any cable-actuated dropper. The thumb-lever angle can be adjusted and it can be mounted left, right, above or below the bar and will soon be available aftermarket.
Fix Manufacturing Wheelie Wrench Pro | $50
If you are unfamiliar with Fix Manufacturing, it makes handy tools that serve as a belt buckle. First there was the Wheelie Wrench and now there is the Wheelie Wrench Pro. This one is a prototype, but the real thing will be available this August. It will fit into existing Fix Manufacturing belt buckles, but has more tools than the original Wheelie Wrench.
Which tools? The big changes are a chain tool, an eight-millimeter Allen key, deeper-insertion spoke wrenches, a Presta-valve wrench, room for a spare master link and a rotor-straightening tool. It’s a two piece design that can come apart and clip together for extra leverage--so next time you’re on the trail, you’ll look like a pro.
MIPS B2 BOA System
MIPS and BOA have come together to integrate as one system. Why? It results in a better fit and there’s no compromise in safety by having two different systems. MIPS has become almost universal in helmets, and we loved the BOA in the Bontrager Rally, so it’s great to see the two working together. MIPS has developed the system as an option for helmet manufacturers, but no one has adopted it yet.