ENVE Carbon Road Hubs
How do you make carbon wheels lighter? Carbon hubs, of course. That’s the tact ENVE is taking with its new full carbon shell hubs, which use continuous fiber construction and molded (not drilled) spoke holes. The end result is a 232-gram hubset. You read that right, 232 grams. Of yeah, they have DT Swiss internals and Ceramic Speed bearings, too. As expected all this lightness doesn’t come cheap. Just the hubs will run you $1350. And if you want a pair of ENVE SES carbon clinchers built up around these bad boys, you’ll need to bring $3500 to the table. Learn more at enve.com.
Vee Apache Chief Tire
Once a little known overseas brand, Vee Tire is making serious waves in the U.S. with both road and MTB offerings. The updated Apache Chief utilizes Synthesis technology, a specially woven lightweight tissue located on the sidewall to help prevent punctures. Available in 23c, 25c and 28c, these tubeless ready clinchers with 185 tpi casing are equally at home whether you’re training or racing. MSRP: $55. Learn more at veetireco.com
Wren Sports Ceramic-Aluminum Composite Rotors
Weights weenies may have one less thing to complain about when it comes to disc brakes on road bikes. The new Wren Sports Ceramic-Aluminum Composite Rotors come in at just 55 grams for a 140mm or 65g for the 160mm. Wren claims braking performance is as good or better than the big guys’ rotors. They’re available now in 6-bolt, with center lock on the way soon. Pricing not yet available. Learn more at www.wrensportsllc.com
Giro Empire ACC Reflective Shoe
Giro is yet another brand with a compelling safety story. The new Giro Empire ACC Reflective Shoes are made in part with reflective coating built into the microfiber upper. When hit with light — say from a car — the shoes illuminate, making it easier to spot and hopefully avoid the cyclist who is wearing them. And the coating wont scratch off, so even if you scuff them the safety component endures. MSRP: $275. Learn more at www.giro.com.
Bell MIPs Helmets
Like a lot of helmet makers, Bell has integrated MIPs into its product line. But no one has gone to quite the same extent. As of this writing, you can get the multi-directional impact protection system in upwards of 15 different models, including kid’s helmets. Upcharge is around $20, but we see that as a small price to pay for a technology that can reduce the harmful rotational forces that can result from certain impacts. www.bellhelmets.com
Sapim CX-Carbon Spokes
Calling it the stiffest and lightest aerospoke ever, Sapim unveiled the new 3 gram CX-Carbon. That’s 25% lighter than Sapim’s lightest steel spoke, but because there is no elasticity in the spoke, stiffness is not compromised. Due to the laminated steel inlay at the end you can use standard nipples and rims. But the special head form requires a special hub flange design and the spokes are only available in straight pull. Pricing not yet available. Available in February 2016. More info at ww.sapim.be.
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