BikeBiz takes a look at the latest products in the cycling industry, this month featuring Cannondale, Time Bicycles, Continental, Fizik, Fox, Lazer, Hiplok and Quoc
This guide first appeared in the May edition of BikeBiz magazine – get your free subscription here
Cannondale Topstone Carbon
Cannondale unveiled a refreshed Topstone Carbon, with improved geometry and upgraded, smoother Kingpin suspension. The new Topstone Carbon features Cannondale’s Kingpin suspension, designed to be 100g lighter, more durable and more streamlined than before, Cannondale said.
The kingpin absorbs shock and vibration without the weight and complexity of shocks or springs by using a thru-axle pivot in the seat tube that allows the rear of the frame to flex.
In combination with Cannondale’s Applied Proportional Response, Kingpin gives Topstone riders better traction on rough terrain. Additional geometry changes include bottom bracket and bottom bracket height. All Topstone carbons are compatible with SmartSense, and some models are already available with it.
The new Topstone Carbon will be available in sizes XS-XL. Topstone Carbon 1 Lefty and Topstone Carbon 2 Lefty are equipped with Lefty Oliver. SmartSense will be featured on 1 RLE, 2L and 3L carbon models. Topstone sells for between £2,700 and £7,750.
Time ADHX Gravel Bike
Time Bicycles has announced the release of its first-ever gravel bike, featuring an innovative design. The new Time ADHX is the first gravel bike to use Carbon Braided Structure Technology (BCS) and Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), weaving multiple types of carbon fiber together.
Available in five sizes, with four colors, the ADHX frame weighs just 1025g in the small/medium size and offers up to 38c tire clearance. The ADHX, which stands for Alpe d’Huez X, is available online in Canada, the United States and Australia, with an RRP of between €3,299 and €3,499 in Europe,
according to specifications.
Continental Gravity Range
Tire manufacturing giant Continental has launched its new product line, the Gravity range, targeting
downhill, enduro and trail mountain biking markets. Continental is distributed in the UK by ZyroFisher, I-Ride, Bob Elliot and Raleigh.
The five unique new tread patterns have been designed to handle dry hard terrain, soft terrain, mud and everything in between, with three carcass options and three compounds, in four sizes. Named Xynotal, Argotal, Hydrotal, and Kryptotal Fr and Re, the Gravity Range tires were released on April 7, and pricing starts at €59.90.
Fizik Vento Ferox Carbon
Fizik introduced the Vento Ferox Carbon, a new all-terrain shoe designed for the trails. Durable, tear-resistant woven mesh over a laminated PU upper, Li2 BOA Fit System, X1 Carbon sole with rubber tread, stiffness index 10, weight: 297g, sizes: 36-48 (also 37-47 in half sizes).
The Vento Ferox Carbon combines a stiff, responsive, performance-ready carbon outsole with a breathable, lightweight, durable and resilient upper construction. It comes in two colours: lilac/white and black/black and is priced at £299.
Fox 32 Taper-Cast Gravel Fork
Fox announced the release of a new suspension fork designed for gravel riding. The new 32 Taper-Cast gravel fork is the lightest suspension fork Fox has ever built, and is designed to increase control and soften the blow on long off-road rides.
Designed with Fox’s FIT4 or GRIP shock options, the lightweight fork has the ability to tune mountain bike suspension, with less weight and less travel. Available now in the UK and Ireland via Silverfish UK. From £849 to £1,039.
Lazer introduced KinetiCore, the “world’s first” fully integrated rotary impact technology for cycling helmets. KinetiCore has been in development for over a decade and is set to “change the way people think about brain protection technology.”
It offers better protection for cyclists while making helmets lighter, improving air circulation and increasing comfort. Development of KinetiCore began just over a decade ago when awareness of the dangers of
the impact of rotation began to improve and technologies began to appear on the market to combat these effects.
KinetiCore will initially be available in six helmets: two road, one MTB, one urban and two kids. The price is :
Vento (aero road) – £259.99
Jackal (MTB) – £179.99
Strada (mid-range road) – £99.99
CityZen (Urban) – £59.99
P’Nut (kids) – £39.99
Nutz (kids) – £39.99
Hiplok Organizer, Ride Shield and Flipstand
British lock brand Hiplok have launched a range of storage and maintenance accessories to protect kit and bikes. The three new products – the Organizer, the Flipstand and the Ride Shield – are all part of the Hiplok line of accessories, designed to make life easier for cyclists.
The Ride Shield, which retails for £120, is a padded car and bike protector that fits on the back of a vehicle to prevent scratches when traveling with a bike. Flipstand is a unique tool that can be used to hold the handlebars and protect the saddle when working on the bike while it’s upside down. It also comes with a pocket for storing tools. Retail price is £19.99.
Hiplok’s Organizer, which costs £39.99, is a cycling gear and gear storage accessory, which has pockets for helmets and shoes, with elastic storage straps for tools and accessories. The organizer is compatible with the Airlok, hangers and wall mount from Hiplok.
Quoc Gran Tourer and Chelsea cycling shoes
British cycling shoe brand Quoc has unveiled its two latest models – the Gran Tourer II gravel shoe and the
Chelsea cycling shoe. The Gran Tourer takes Quoc’s best-selling lace-up gravel shoe and combines it with a stiffer sole, improved all-weather microfiber and an in-house developed dial system.
Featuring a nylon composite midsole for touring comfort, a vibration-absorbing sockliner, and a Gravel-Grip rubber outsole, the Gran Tourer is purpose-built for on-road adventures. gravel. Available in classic black or gum black/pink colours, the Gran Tourer sells for £190.
The SPD-compatible Chelsea boot is designed for trail runners, cyclists and urban commuters as a water-resistant shoe that combines an all-day boot and a stiff cycling shoe. Made with a slip-on design, a cycling-ready midsole, two-tone suede, and with fully recessed mountain bike cleat compatibility. Comes in black and brown, priced at £180.