There was no shortage of new products and tech unveiled this year. I had the opportunity to try my share of shiny new bike bits. Some offered more style than substance, others were truly innovative and the best of the bunch became items that I’ve ended up bringing with me on most of my rides.
Here’s a look at my top-five new products of 2017.
SRAM GX Eagle packs a lot of performance into a budget-friendly groupMick Kirkman/SRAM
In 2016, SRAM disrupted the drivetrain market with the introduction of XX1 and XO1 Eagle. These premier 1×12 groups silenced many 1x naysayers and nearly sealed the mountain bike front derailleur in its tomb.
The Otto Lock is a great option for quick tripsJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
When it comes to bicycle locks, every rider must weigh the pros and cons of security, weight and convenience. The Ottolock has become my go-to bicycle lock for use in low-theft / high-visibility areas.
It may look like a rubberized zip-tie, but under its colorful exterior are multiple layers of steel and Kevlar bands.
It’s available in 45, 76 and 152mm lengths. The 152mm-long version weighs in at just 235g.
Orange Seal has become my go-to tubeless sealantRussell Burton / Immediate Media
There’s no shortage of tubeless tire sealants on the market and I’ve used nearly all of them. Orange Seal has become my go-to because of its performance on the trail and cleanliness and convenience in the shop.
It’s been effective at sealing small cuts and keeping cactus thorns from ruining my rides. The easy to use applicator included with each bottle makes for easy tubeless setup, and sealant top-offs much less messy. Just unscrew the valve core and add as much as you need to get rolling.
The WTB Resolute is an all-conditions gravel tireJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
I’ve been a proponent of gravel cycling for many years. In 2017, the category finally got the attention it deserves. I’m also glad to see so many great tires come to market to support riders with a strong vitamin G habit.
The Resolute is available in 650b and 700c version. I’m partial to bigger wheels, and have found the 700c Resolutes at home on chunky gravel roads. These treads can also hold their own on flowy singletrack, too.
If you live in an urban area filled with stretches of singletrack, these tires are a great way to link together roads and trails.