Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Uvex introduces The Revolutionary Variotronic Sunglasses

variotronic ff - orange

The future right in front of your eyes

uvex revolutionises bike glasses with a trend-setting glass technology that adapts to rapidly changing lighting conditions automatically or with the press of a button. This is made possible by a laminate of liquid crystals with electrochromatic activation through by a photocell light sensor. It reacts to the current intensity of light and regulates the tint of the glass in a split second. The uvex variotronic is available as the Sports Shield for cyclists, and as the full frame version optimized for mountain bikers.

Grams thoughts => How cool is this? I love photochromic sunglasses as they let you be in all sorts of lighting conditions outdoors, but the one issue they had been when you get in dark woods or caught out at dusk. Obviously you can carry sunglasses with changeable lenses, but that's a pain and this new technology will be extremely functional for riding. They also have ski goggles that use the variotronic technology that have multiple lens colors for varying conditions that can occur during skiing.

POC Introduces Two New MTB Helmets for 2016

POC Coron

The Swedish based POC gravity sport protection company is at the forefront of safety in regard to multiple sports (snow, bike, skateboard) protection, and their helmets are the epitome of their substantial engineering and research prowess. They are introducing two new helmets for 2016, the All Mountain Tectal and the full faced Coron. The full-coverage Tectal helmet has increased coverage, improved ventilation and uses their lightweight Unibody shell construction. The full faced Coron incorporates their advanced fiber M-FORGE shell material and has a multi-impact EPP liner and breakaway visor. My brutally tough downhill helmet is their safety juggernaut full faced POC Cortex DH, which has excellent safety characteristics such as multi-impact, anti-penetration and impact softening abilities.

POC Reimagines What is Possible for Mountain Bike With New Tectal and Coron Helmets

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 2, 2015) — Five years after redefining the mountain bike helmet with its award-winning Trabec, POC, a leading manufacturer of skiing and cycling helmets, apparel and accessories, turns the tables for 2016 with a pair of bold new helmets – Tectal and Coron.

“We’ve seen a change in riding style since we introduced the Trabec, with riders asking for more from their aggressive trail or enduro helmets,” says Oscar Huss, POC’s head of product development. “We developed the Tectal with these riders in mind, offering more coverage, increased ventilation and the Unibody shell construction from POC’s ground breaking Octal road helmet.”

Monday, August 31, 2015

SCOSCHE Releases the boomBOTTLE+ Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

SCOSCHE Expands Its Suite of Optimized for OUTDOORSProducts with the Rugged, Waterproof boomBOTTLE+ (plus)

OXNARD, Calif. – (Aug. 27, 2015) – SCOSCHE Industries is excited to announce the availability of its new boomBOTTLE+ (plus). The rugged, waterproof, wireless boomBOTTLE+ is a fearless Bluetooth portable speaker that can withstand the harshest of conditions, while delivering impressive sound via large 55mm drivers and two passive radiators.

boomBOTTLE+ (plus) features a durable shock-absorbing TPU exterior, strong enough to withstand drops and sealed dustproof speaker grills to keep dirt out during backcountry rides. The IP67 rated dust and waterproof speaker’s design makes it ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping and more. It even floats, allowing for easy retrieval around the pool, at the beach or while on a boat.

The speaker’s dual pairing capabilities allows two boomBOTTLE+’s to play music in unison, creating true stereo sound. The integrated omnidirectional diffuser produces 360 degrees of immersive sound, while the large passive subwoofer, housed in a tuned and ported enclosure, delivers incredible bass.

Cylindrically shaped, the speaker fits in most bicycle cages, allowing cyclists to swap obtrusive headphones for a safer alternative.

Grams Thoughts

I have used the original boomBOTTLE and found it to be one of my favorite outdoor Bluetooth speakers. I have used it on hikes, bikes rides and when I do trail maintenance. It's rugged, waterproof and it sounds pretty darn good for such a small speaker. I also use it quite often down in my home bike shop, and my daughter is always borrowing it to play music in her bedroom. I like the new technical aspects of the boomBOTTLE+ that you could sync two of the together, the ability to charge your smartphone and the larger speakers. Looking forward to trying one out to hear how it sounds!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Magura Introduces the Vyron Wireless Dropper Seatpost

Magura Vyron

Dropper seatposts are ubiquitous in the mountain bike world, and except for those annoying hand operated dropper post, they all depend on a cable or hydraulic line and a remote for actuation. Magura has jumped up the ante with the release of their 150mm Vyron wireless dropper post. It's a cable-free system that uses a handlebar remote that communicates wirelessly using the ANT+  protocol to a transceiver on the post. The transceiver in turn operates a small piezoelectric motor to open and close the oil port for travel actuation. The Vyron is a hydraulic post that utilizes an air spring for return. I am looking forward to trying one of these wireless dropper posts out, as I not only like the idea, but I highly value all of Magura's excellent product suite.

The Vyron will be available early 2016 in two popular diameters–30.9 mm and 31.6 mm. Recommended retail price will be $460.

Magura Vyron - closeup

Magura Vyron Wireless Dropper Seatpost

The first of it's kind, Vyron wireless dropper seatpost from Magura uses the proven eLECT, cable-free, remote with ANT+ wireless technology—the same remote already utilized on Magura suspension forks and shocks. The exclusive wireless remote operation adds significant functionality and user-friendliness. With a quick press of the button on the handlebar remote, the saddle height drops smoothly by up to 150 mm—another quick press returns it to its optimal position for pedaling.
Because the Vyron needs no cables—an exclusively unique feature—it is incredibly easy to install or even switch between bikes. The seatposts battery only needs recharging after approximately 400 actuations or typically around two months’ use. A motion sensor in the seatpost puts it into sleep mode to save battery power when the bike is not moving, and Magura’s engineers have ensured that even if the remotes battery or the main rechargeable pack in the seatpost are almost empty, there are still up to 20 emergency actuations. A full recharge from empty is around 3 hours via a micro-USB port.

The Vyron's eLECT remote can be mounted to your preference on the left or right side of the handlebars, placing the operating buttons close to the grip for instinctive on-trail operation and maximum ergonomic efficiency. The Vyron's remote can also be easily mated with Magura eLECT suspension fork and/or shock units. All three buttons can be used to remotely control each eLECT unit used. Vyron uses Magura Royal Blood hydraulic fluid for a particularly maintenance-free system—and if it ever becomes necessary, bleeding the Vyron’s hydraulic system is remarkably easy.
The Vyron will be available early 2016 in two popular diameters–30.9 mm and 31.6 mm. Recommended retail price will be $460.

Cane Creek Launches the DBcoil CS Rear Shock


Cane Creek has announced their first enduro-specific coil shock with their Climb Switch technology, aptly named the DBcoil CS. The shock will utilize their Twin Tube damping with gas independent compression and rebound in two high-speed and four low-speed damping circuits. It has 4-way independent adjustments including high and low-speed compression, high and low-speed rebound along with their fantastic and highly functional Climb Switch technology.


Riders who prefer the linear spring feel and exceptional low-speed sensitivity of a coil shock will now have access to a climbing platform. DBcoil CS is the world’s first enduro-specific coil shock for 150-170mm travel bikes with a Climb Switch. (CS). The proprietary CS (patent-pending) feature for Double Barrel shocks adjusts low-speed damping characteristics on-the-fly. Keeping

The suspension fully active while you climb results in better connection to the trail and increased efficiency without annoying pedal-bob. When you’re ready to descend, it’s all Double Barrel.

Grams Thoughts => This was what I thought of the DBAir CS: "The DBAir CS is the best All-Mountain air sprung rear shock I have used, and it provides incredible plushness and ride composure on any terrain, especially in the gnar. The alterable air volume and four-way independent adjustability make for a massive amount of tuning capabilities, allowing great control over the characteristics of the shock’s interaction between the bike, rider, and terrain.The addition of the new CS feature offers greatly improved climbing characteristics up technical and rugged terrain, with increased traction and control."

Now Cane Creek has upped the ante by adding a coil to the shock. For anyone that has ridden rugged terrain on a 150mm+ suspension bike with a coil shock, it adds some amazing characteristics, including linearity, plushness, support and control, and offers an almost buttery smooth feel to the rear end. I am looking forward to seeing how this already fantastic shock does with the edition of a coil.