Greetings, BikeRadarians! We have some very interesting items to show off in this week’s new gear round-up. We have a dropper lever that puts the competition to shame, a magnetic face shield for cold weather riding / ninja cosplay, and socks made from possums. Read on to find out more.
Merino plus possum equals the Pearly Possum SocksJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
You’re probably familiar with the benefits of merino wool, but what about possum?
Yes, those ill-tempered nocturnal marsupials that you often see skittering across the trail during a night ride. It turns out their fur is soft and quite warm, especially when combined with merino wool. While sheep are sheered, these possums meet a less benign fate.
Now for a brief history lesson…
Early settlers introduced the Brushtail Possum to New Zealand from Australia. Then as now, it was prized for its fur. Unfortunately, with no natural predators to keep the population in check, this bushy little critter reproduced at a staggering rate and wreaked havoc on New Zealand’s fragile ecosystem.
Pearly’s Possum Socks are made from possums that have been harvested to keep their population in check.
They come in knee-high version as well as the shorter over-the-ankle length shown here.
The Wolf Tooth ReMote is designed with more attention to detail than most other dropper leversJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Wolf Tooth has carved a niche out by manufacturing high quality upgrade components for other companies’ products.
The ReMote dropper seatpost lever is no exception. This US-made ergonomic aluminum lever pivots on a 21mm cartridge bearing for smooth operation. It also offers reach adjust and uses a washer to hold the dropper cable in place, rather than a set screw, which is a surefire way to mangle the wire.
The ReMote is available in a hinged clamp as well a Matchmaker version for SRAM (shown) and IS-II and IS0AB version for Shimano brake levers.
A 3mm bolt is used to slide the lever inboard or outboard while a 2.5mm bolt secures the cableJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
It works with nearly all cable-actuated seatposts, including those made by Fox, KS, Specialized, Thomson, 9point8, Easton, Race Face, Gravity Dropper, Giant and more.
Pricing is set at £48–55 / $59–69 / AU$78–92, depending on the model.
Specialized’s new 2FO Clip Lite LaceJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Specialized has a new lace-up version of its popular clipless enduro shoe. The 2FO Clip Lite Lace uses the same tech as the 2FO Clip Lite minus the double BOA dials.
The sole is the same as the BOA version of the Clip LiteJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
This simplified clipless shoe has a large “Landing Strip” cleat pocket intended to minimize interference issues between the outsole and pedal while making it easier to clip in. There’s also an extended cleat slot so you can run your cleats further back if you so desire.
The 2FO Clip Lite Lace uses a lace keeper to keep them out of the drivetrainJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The toe box is armored to ward off rock strikes and the tread is soft enough to give plenty of grip while hike-a-biking.
The Shaka is available in the Rincon Blue shown here as well as a more subdued Zuma GreyJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
“Performance flannel” isn’t an oxymoron. The Shaka Flannel has a low-key look, but it has a few techy features that make it trail worthy.
It’s constructed from a quick-drying brushed polyester fabric. Mesh panels concealed under the armpits improve venting and a low-profile pocket sewn into the back of the shirt gives you a secure place to stow your smartphone while riding.
The Shaka is available in the Rincon Blue shown here as well as a more subdued Zuma Grey.
The Weatherneck could be a hit with fat bikers, all-weather commuters, roadies who aren’t afraid of windchill and those who own nunchucksJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
You probably know of Brian Davis through his Fix It Sticks multi-tools, though he has developed other cycling products as well. His latest venture is the Weatherneck System, a two-piece balaclava designed for cold weather cycling.
Magnets are used to connect the face mask to the cap, making it easy to remove if you start to overheat. The “Mullet Hat” is extra long in the back, so you don’t have to worry about winter creeping in from behind when you’re hunched over the handlebars.
The ‘Mullet Hat’ name makes a lot of sense from the backJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The 7Mesh Corsa Softshell Jersey is basically a thin jacket that fits like a jerseyRussell Eich / Immediate Media
Is this a jersey or a jacket? Well, it’s a little of both. Using Gore WindStopper material with four-way stretch, the Corsa feels like a stretchy jacket with a tight road cut — and a long, drop tail.
There is a soft, brushed interior around the collar, but otherwise the Corsa feels like a slick jacket on the inside. It’s fairly light — 264g in medium — and breathes decently for a water-deflecting piece. I’ve worn it on a few spirited group rides and didn’t feel like I was boiling over.
The Corsa has a long droptail and two giant rear pocketsRussell Eich / Immediate Media
The two giant pockets are a little confusing. For a winter jersey, large cargo makes sense as you might end up cramming a jacket, gloves or other bulky items in the pockets. But for a shell-like jersey, I’m not sure what bulky thing you’d be wearing over the top that you might want so much storage for. Also, the side-cut pockets billow when descending in a tuck.
FSE is a new wheel company based in TennesseeBen Delaney / Immediate Media
FSE stands for Filament Spin Evolution. The new company FSE claims its carbon is lighter and stiffer than what is commonly used in wheels, thanks to the way it is woven together under tension. And the consumer-direct wheels are certainly cheaper than similar wheels from brands like Zipp or ENVE.
The UCI-approved EVO 55C carbon clinchers weigh a claimed 1,485g for the pair with the 55mm-tall rims.
The FSE rims come in a variety of depths, with modern, wide profilesBen Delaney / Immediate Media
FSE has its own hubs and you can also get DT Swiss 240 hubs for an upcharge.
FSE has a two-year warranty and a crash-replacement program.