Gore have been making inroads into the cycling market in the past few years with their Bike Wear clothing and Ride-On cables. We checked out their latest kit at a press launch at the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho. Click on the thumbnails on the right for more pictures and information.
Gore Bike Wear
Gore Bike Wear's collection is impressively diverse, not only covering road, mountain and commuter/casual riders, but also the gamut of weather conditions and a wide range of price points.
The top-end Xenon Sonic bib shorts are aimed at the competitive road segment, with an aggressively cycling-specific cut and nearly half a dozen different 'Gore Select' fabrics, each chosen with a specific purpose in mind such as muscle compression or moisture transfer.
The Gore-exclusive Cytech EIT stretch pre-shaped chamois caters to those preferring a less intrusive feel with thin gel-foam inserts and a smaller overall size, and 360-degree reflectivity is also built in for night-time safety.
Many of the pieces feature the company's own proprietary fabric technologies, such as the Phantom jacket with its versatile Windstopper shell to block out cold morning or high-altitude air. When conditions improve, though, simply zip off the outer sleeves to leave a wind-front short-sleeved jersey behind.
Women's items boast specific cuts, styling and colours as usual, but Gore go one step further on several items. On the Phantom Lady jacket, for example, the Windstopper shell material is used throughout the entire garment for additional warmth as opposed to the men's version, which trades in a more breathable panel down the centre of the back.
High-alpine off-road adventurers will want to look at the highly adaptable Alp-X (say, 'alp cross') collection such as the intriguing Alp-X shorts, which use a baggy shell sewn to just the outer sides of a traditional-fitting cycling short. According to Gore, these provide the pedaling efficiency and snag-free crotch of a traditional short but with styling that's a bit more casual – and definitely more unique.
The Alp-X jacket is among the most technical items in the range, with a full-length convertible vent lining the front zip, a compressible Gore Paclite shell material, and a drop-down tail for especially nasty conditions. Match this with a pair of Fusion pants with their zip-off lower legs, Windstopper shell, welded-on pockets and reinforced right lower leg and you'll likely be well equipped for a multi-day trip into the mountains.
Alp-X is Gore's ultra-technical off-road range
Less friction, lower price from Gore Ride-On
Gore's Ride-On bicycle cable division forges ahead as well with a lower price on its Low Friction cable set, new housing colours and a super-slick road-only derailleur package.
The new Professional system – co-developed with SRAM – skips the usual full-length inner liner in favour of smaller and lighter pre-lubed 4mm outer housing and special nosed housing caps with extra-long liners.
These admittedly aren't quite as protected from the elements as Gore Ride-On's fully sealed system but they're pretty close and supposedly reduce cable friction by 20 percent over that already-slippery setup. Moreover, pro road team mechanics have taken a liking to them for their easier installation.
Suggested retail price is US$64.99 for one bike's worth of inner derailleur cables, housing, and all requisite housing and cable caps.
The non-sealed Low Friction cable systems carry on with their non-sealed ePTFE (commonly referred to as 'Teflon') cables but prices have now dropped to US$39.99.
All of Gore Ride-On's cable sets will now be available with either black or white housing – say goodbye to grey.
Gore Ride-On's new Professional cable kit is specifically aimed at the road market