“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.
Galfer Disc Brake Pads
Disc brakes making noise? This may be the first clue that you may need to look at some new brake pads. Galfer makes after-market with proprietary compounds that provide better braking power and longevity with less braking noise and vibration. Galfer makes most, if not all, models of disc brake pads for all disciplines. They also make certain pad compounds that provide better braking or durability depending on your needs.
Rudy Project Synform Sunglasses
Sunglasses are a must need for riding, but they sometimes they can be bulky and not easy to transport in a gear bag. Rudy project solved this problem with a completely foldable pair sunglasses and will fit in the palm of your hand. The Synform is available in six different color frames with seven lens colors. The Synform uses an adjustable rubber nose piece and temple grippers to provide a comfortable fit for all faces.
Soma Cazadero Tires
Entering the winter months, hitting the dirt on your gravel bike might get a little hairy when the dirt turns to mud. The Soma Cazadero combats that with and aggressively treaded 700×42 tire. A smooth raised center tread provides a faster rolling ridge for the asphalt with ultra tall nobs on the sides for traction control in sand and mud. The Cazadero is available in either 700c or 650b but online in the 42mm width. All of Soma’s tires are manufactured in Japan.
Wheels Manufacturing PF30-THD
The majority of frames are now using some form of pressed in bottom bracket, Wheels Manufacturing has a plethora of different solutions for press-fit systems. Wheels MFG’s PF30-THD system makes it easy to install a PF30 system without the need of epoxies or wait time. The PF30-TRD is available in three different prices, depending the level of bearings pre-installed into the Press-fit cups.
Effetto Mariposa Caffelatex
There are many companies that have created their own version of tubeless tires sealant, each trying to one-up each other. Effetto Mariposa’s Caffelatex uses 2 micron diameter particles, compared to 150-300 micron particles that most companies use, to help to push more sealing particles into the puncture holes for a more secure seal. Caffelatex is also unique because instead of being stagnant fluid, the sealant foams up when sloshed around which allows for better sidewall puncture sealing.
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 Large Scott Bikes T-shirt and wallet. 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!
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