The Moots Vamoots RSL DiscBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Made in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the titanium Moots Vamoots Disc RSL comes with all manner of options. Beyond the nine sizes with their own tube diameters and wall thicknesses, the Vamoots RSL Disc can also be built with an additional 1cm height on the head tube, a pump peg, a chain hanger, an engraved head tube and internal brake routing. Oh? And custom builds? Moots can of course do that, too.
With race geometry, the Vamoots Disc RSL can handle up to 30mm tires.
3D printed dropout — not something you’d find on an old-school ti bikeBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Julbo Aerospeed Zebra sunglasses have a photochromic lensBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Two main things to note here: one, the photochromic lenses darken when exposed to bright light. And two, the arms have something Julbo calls its “Air Link temple system”, which is basically a little rubbery suspension for where the arms sit behind your ears.
Vittoria’s new Air-Liner tire inserts are cut to length and secured around the rim with a zip-tieJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Next up from Vittoria are the new Air-Liners.
These tire inserts are designed to reduce the risk of pinch flatting tubeless tires and denting and cracking rims. Vittoria also claims the Air-Liners improve ride quality by damping impacts and can increase traction, since riders are able to run lower pressures without fear of damage to tires and rims.
These lime green inserts are constructed from a closed-cell EVA foam that won’t soak up sealant. Vittoria offers the Air-Liners in four sizes to cover cross-country, enduro, plus and fat bikes.
We’ll be testing the medium width, suitable for 2.2 to 2.5in tires, with Vittoria’s 29×2.3 Martello tires. Stay tuned for ride impressions.
Shimano has updated its flagship cross-country shoe, the S-Phyre XC9, for 2019Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
Shimano has updated its premium mountain bike shoes. The new S-Phyre XC9 builds on the already stellar version introduced last season with a new synthetic upper. This race shoe also receives reinforcements around the toe box to shrug off impacts.
The updated XC9 has a new more breathable, perforated microfiber upperJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Like past versions, this top-end cross-country race shoe is built on a rigid carbon sole that goes all the way to 11 on Shimano’s stiffness scale. Grippy Michelin rubber covers the outsole to provide off-the bike traction.
As you can see, these shoes went straight from the box to the trail. Stay tuned for a full review.
£TBC / $400 / AU$TBC
These speedy new shoes will be available at Shimano retailers this fall.
Dakine Hot Laps 5L
Dakine’s Hot Laps 5LJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
If you’re not quite a minimalist, but want to free yourself from the shackles of hydration packs, the Hot Laps 5L could be for you.
Dakine offsets the waist buckle to improve comfort and added rubberized mesh on the back and hip panels to promote airflow while keeping the pack in place.
A magnetic buckle holds the hose in placeJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
This feature-filled hip pack comes with a 2-liter Hydrapack reservoir with a magnetic buckle to keep the hose secure and plenty of internal organization to hold ride essentials.
If you need to bring a bit more gear, a pair of external loops can carry kneepads or a rain shell.
Bontrager has updated its dropper seatpostJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Bontrager has updated its dropper seatpost. The new Line is an evolved version of the Drop Line seatpost. It has been redesigned to be easier to install and service with fewer moving parts and more seals. Best of all, it’s more affordable than its predecessor.
Riders can now fine-tune the amount of drop they want through the use of 10 and 30mm spacers.
Shown here is the 150mm version. It has a total length of 445mm and a complete weight with remote of 624g.