Last year’s inexpensive (as in just US$20) Velo series, built with molded plastic and a single attachment point, grows from a single 42mm width to four sizes in total. These include a 47mm model for trekking bikes and hybrids, a 55mm-wide version for ‘cross bikes, and a 65mm version for mountain bikes. All are available with an optional secondary set of stays (US$10) for more stability.
Road riders looking for something even more basic can look to the seatpost-mounted S-Blade with its strap-style, quick-release attachment, adjustable angle and generous length to ward off spray from the rear wheel.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is the RaceBlade XL, which provides far more coverage to keep everyone reasonably happy on group rides. The set is built around semi-permanent brackets at the brake mounting bolt, and quick-release skewers that have been redesigned for 2013 for easier removal and attachment, plus a sturdier fitment overall.
SKS is moving into the market for frame-mounted bags
Other introductions for 2013 include a new range of frame-mounted bags – one ‘Bento Box’ model, plus two that attach inside the front triangle.
Elsewhere is a new US$8 Wirecage aluminum bottle cage built with extra wraparound holding power, and an upgraded Spaero Sport mini pump that can reportedly achieve up to 110psi of pressure with its Presta-only screw-on head and retractable flexible rubber hose.