RBA’s Friday Five Revue

“Friday Five Product Revue” is our weekly roundup of new bikes and products that have made their way through the doors of RBA headquarters or have simply caught our eye. Many will be featured in upcoming issues of Road Bike Action magazine, so be sure to subscribe!




Maxis’s newest addition to their road line just got an update. The Padrone is now tubeless ready and is their premier 170 TPI competition tire made for the fastest of group rides and races. Available in three different widths, this tire is made with a carbon bead with a dual compound rubber. Head over to www.maxis.com for more info on the Padrone TR.



The Terevail Cannonball 700c brings it’s own defenses for rides such as these. Employing an intentional tread design and additional fibers that are two times stronger than kevlar between the outer rubber and the inner casing to deflect these pointy foes, letting the ride finish as it should. Weighing in at 498 grams, the Cannonball comes in a 60 TPI version. www.teravail.com has all the info you need about the Cannonball!



IRC’s road platform tire uses their Rice Bran Ceramic Compound(RBCC) is derived from actual rice bran that is ground down to a fine powder and super heated. After that, it is cooled to make tons of ceramic glass that then  kneaded into the rubber. This compound ensures a race ready tire made for any circumstances, whether it be wet, dry, or rough conditions. The Formula Pro is a tubeless ready tire that weighs in at 296grams. Check out www.irc-tire.com to learn more about the compound and the way their tires are made!



WTB’s favorite cross country mountain bike tire is also available on a gravel platform. The 40C Nano is built for speed on all conditions for gravel or cross racing whether it be dry to damp or hardpack to sand. The Nano is available in three levels; the comp, race, and TCS Light/ Fast Rolling. It has a rounded profile with an elevated centerline for a fast rolling tire. Check out the Nano and the rest of their line at www.wtb.com!



Michelin’s newest Power line comes in three different versions, the Competition, Endurance, and the All Season. Pictured above is the All Season, the grippiest of the range. These tires are designed for superior grip and rolling performance with an emphasis on extreme protection. Michelin flaunts a 10 watt power gain and up to 20% additional protection against punctures all while providing upwards of 15% grip. The All Season weighs 275grams and is now on sale! Learn more about the Power range at www.michelin.com!




Now here’s your chance to win a prize package from the RBA office’s schwag pile. Each week, we will grab at random from our schwag pile, a few items to send to the winner. To win, all you have to do is send us an email at [email protected] with an answer to the following question and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. (The winner must be a resident of the U.S., as we are only authorized to ship goods to the U.S. ) Good luck!

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