“Friday Five Product Revue” is our weekly roundup of new bikes and products that have made their way through the doors of RBA headquarters. Many will be featured in upcoming issues of Road Bike Action magazine, so be sure to subscribe.
Silca HX-ONE Home and Travel Essential Kit
There is one set of tools that is used more than any other in a bicycle mechanic’s arsenal, that would be allen wrenches. It seems like every year or so, if you are working on your bikes on a regular basis, you need to replace your rounded out allen wrenches. Silca’s answer, make an allen tool kit with strong, precision cut ends, with a shock resistant, dense chrome coating that will reduce the amount of wear on the tool. The Silca HX-One tool kit is a whopping $125, but as time goes on and you would need to replace cheaper tool options and the bolts you ruin with them, this is a worthy investment.
Kinetic Rock And Roll Smart
Well renowned trainer company, Kurt Kinetic makes the occasional changes to their already popular trainers to make it easier for riders to hook up their bikes, to accommodate the newest upcoming sizes in tires, or transportation. This time, Kinetic chose to renovate the Rock and Roll trainer, which gives the swaying motion a regular bike experiences. One of the upgrades they have made are getting rid of the massive swooping legs that added a bunch of weight to the trainer making it almost a two-person job to move. Kinetic also launched their new InRide fitness app that hooks up to the trainer, via blutooth, to help put some focus to your trainer workout.
Specialized Allez DSW Sprint X1 Expert
In 2013 Specialized had revamped it’s thoughts on aluminum and started to manipulate the metal to compete with the price and performance of carbon fiber bikes. The Allez Sprint is designed to be a flatter ride/race bike. A single front chainring allows for a lighter and more aerodynamic setup with a stiffer connection for power output. the Allez Sprint has a massive hydroformed bottom bracket area that will increase the stiffness exponentially, while the aero-foil seat tube and seatpost helps decrease drag.
It seems with riding, there is always the chance of an unfortunate accident occurring. There are always ways to try to prevent as much damage to yourself as possible, but sometimes it isn’t always enough. EPIC-id is a new way of identification that you can have basic information on an etched piece of metal to give first responders your contact information. In the metal connector part of the band, there is a programmable USB drive that can give your medical history, ailments and special considerations for allergies, and medication, as well as more in depth information.
Velowurks Tubeless System tire Sealant
Time to change the sealant in your tubeless tires? Consider Velowurks Tubeless System Tire Sealant for your next sealant refill. Velowurks uses a lower viscous fluid that utilizes a proprietary blend of emulsifiers and microfibers to quickly seal punctures. The Velowurks Tubeless Tire Sealant is a latex based, water soluble sealant and is available in a 90mL, 500mL and 2L bottles.
WIN SOME RBA SCHWAG!
Now here’s your chance to win a prize package from the RBA office’s schwag pile. This week winner will take home a Bottle of Slime tubeless tire sealant and Genuine Innovations Tire Repair Kit. To win, all you have to do is send us an email at [email protected] with answers to the following question(s) and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. (The winner must be a resident of the U.S.) Good luck!
During the off season, do you;
1. Relax and stay off the bike for a bit?
2. Ride outside all year round?
3. Cyclocross season?
4. Ride the trainer if you cant ride outside?