Hello and happy Friday! Welcome to this week’s edition of 11spd, your regular dose of fresh bike gear to kick off the weekend. Today we’ve got your road and mountain needs covered with a new dropper seatpost, enduro grips, gnarly fat bike treads and speedy road rubber, a helmet with an integrated tail light, a thermal jacket and more.
New mountain bike gear
Race Face Turbine dropper
Rather than start from scratch with an unproven design, race face opted to use trail-tested internals developed by 9point8 and integrate them into their own seatpost:
The dropper seatpost market is heating up for a growing number of competitors. Rather than start from scratch with an unproven design, Race Face opted to use trail-tested internals developed by 9point8 and integrate them into its own seatpost. This bodes well for the Turbine’s performance, as we’ve been very impressed by the reliability of the 9point8 Fall Line we’ve been abusing for months.
The internally routed Turbine uses a quick-connect system, allowing it to be easily removed for travel or to easily swap between bikes. It comes with a universal lever that can be mounted on the right or left side of the handlebar. Race Face also offers a 1x specific lever that mounts in place of the front shift lever.
The Turbine is available in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters with 100, 125 and 150mm of drop.
The ergon ge-1 slim grips are designed for riders who generally wear small to medium gloves:
Ergon’s GE1 grips are designed for an aggressive ‘elbows out’ riding posture. The new GE1 Slim grips have a smaller diameter better suited to riders who wear small or medium-sized gloves. These grips use a single inner collar to lock onto the bar and have an ergonomic contour designed to lessen hand and arm pump
Dakine’s oakridge flannel is intended to be comfortable on or off the bike:
We’re not sure there’s such a thing as an enduro-specific flannel shirt, but Dakine’s Oakridge shirt certainly comes close. At the very least, it will keep you warm on chilly rides and keep you looking presentable enough to swing by the bar for a post-ride beer.
The Oakridge has relaxed fit and is constructed from 100% polyester.
$80 / £57 / AU$ TBC
Scott Shr-Alp RS shoes
The scott shr-alp rs is a trail shoe with a medium level of flex, rubber lugs and a boa closure:
These boots were made for shralpin’.
Behind the funny name is a promising trail shoe. The Shr-Alp RS has a more relaxed fit than the company’s cross-country shoes to put a few more millimeters between your toes and rock strikes. Speaking of protection, there’s additional layer of material around the edges of the shoe and a high inner cuff to protect your ankle from crank-arm kicks.
Inside the shoe you’ll find Scott’s ErgoLogic insole with adjustable support for the arch as well as the metatarsal button.
The Shr-Alp is built on a nylon sole with a generous amount of flex and sticky rubber lugs that should make hike-a-bike sections easier.
How do you make an aggressive fat bike tire even more gnarly? Well, adding 160 tungsten studs to the Gnarwhal clearly adds a lot more gnar, not to mention a lot more bite in icy conditions.
This additional traction does come with a weight and price penalty, however. The studded Gnarwhal tips the scale at 1,360g, which is 85g heavier and about $100 / £70 more expensive than less studly Gnarwhal.
The integrated light has three settings, and a rain cover stows underneath: the integrated light has three settings, and a rain cover stows underneath
This new commuter helmet by the German lock giant is all about practicality, from the bug mesh in the front vents to the removable visor to the large reflective strips to the integrated LEDs and rain cover.
It comes in multiple styles at a reasonable price.
The zipp tangente course was redesigned to lower rolling resistance, but contains a puncture-protection strip for durability, too: the zipp tangente course was redesigned to lower rolling resistance, but contains a puncture-protection strip for durability, too
The Zipp Tangente Course was redesigned to lower rolling resistance, but contains a puncture-protection strip for durability, too.
Zipp’s website contains front and rear pressure suggestions based on weight and conditions.
The endura pro sl thermal windproof jacket: the endura pro sl thermal windproof jacket
A race fit, thermal insulation and four-way-stretch windproofing combine in this Scottish jacket. The jacket is cut for the cycling position; the fronts of the shoulder feel a little tight when standing up, but lean forward to put your hands on the bars and the fit is dialed.
The tall collar has a soft interior with a secondary short internal collar for windblock when the neck is unzipped. At the wrists, flat cuffs slide easily under the tops of gloves.