“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.
Ridea bike components are most well know for their ovalized chainrings and stiff, light weight aluminum cranksets. Now Ridea has added bottom bracket to their reserve of products. they have provided a variety of solutions for all styles of cranks and bottom bracket shells and are available in steel or ceramic bearings. Ridea has options for BB30, PF30, BB92, BB90, BB86 to Shimano or Sram spindles. Along with crank-based parts, Ridea also makes wheels, brakes, derailleur pulleys, chain catchers, saddles, and much more.
Clement LAS Tire
Cyclocross season is right around the corners and riders will soon be pulling out their bikes, checking out their equipment, seeing what they are going to need for the upcoming season. Most riders will be throwing on a fresh set of tires for the new season, or are going to try something new so they can shed some time off of their previous personal records and move up the ranks. The Clement Las tire is file-treaded tire for ultimately low rolling resistance that will still grip in mild dirt, grass and roll quite smooth on the pavement. Currently the LAS is available only in a clincher or a tubular model in a 33mm wide to be legal for sanctioned events.
Gu Energy Stick
The first to pioneer a goo-like energy gel, Gu has finally release their first energy bar. Gu’s main ingredient in the bar is quinoa which is revered by athletes as a great super-food that is rich in protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Quinoa is also gluten free, if that is your preference. The Gu energy stick is available in two flavors: Organic Honey Peanut and Chocolate Almond and are 200 calories for each bar.
Smith Optics Pivlock Arena Max
Smith is currently growing out of just supplying their riders with glasses. That hasn’t stopped Smith from cranking out new designs of glasses to provide shades for the masses. Smiths Pivlock Arena is variation from the original V2 glasses. The one piece shield-style glass wraps tighter around the face than the V2 so that the glasses fit better for narrower faces. With the narrower glass, the arms sit shallower on the face and reduce interference with helmet retention systems.
360Fly Action Camera
Action cameras nowadays are few and far between, NOT! The Internet is filled with videos or sports and activities shot with a ultra-wide fish-eye lenses on a fixed location. 360Fly breaks that mold by providing even more angle of views with one lens allowing for full view of everywhere around the camera, “360” degrees of view to be exact. The 360Fly has a max frame rate of 29.97 and is completely element proof. The 360Fly will retail for $400 and are currently taking pre-orders on their website.
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 grab bag (box) of cycling apparel. To win, all you have to do is send us an email at [email protected] with answers to the following question(s), or simply answer them below in the Facebook comments section, 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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