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!



AME Clear Road Bike Tape

AME is known for making new ways to enhance the cycling experience. They hit the road market hard with their headed bar tape and now they have just introduced their Clear Road Bike Tape. This new all weather tape is self bonding so it sticks to itself without leaving any residue on the handlebar or your bike. It is also UV, oil, salt, and corrosion resistant with a no slip grip. Though it is marketed as a bar tape, we could see this being used for much more like chain stay wraps and other protection areas to save your frame. Check out how this Clear Road Bike Tape works at www.amegrips.com!


Brooks Pickswick Rucksack

The well known saddle maker Brooks changes it up on occasion with pieces of a casual line. They are notorious for creating vintage style products with modern twists to it and now they have brought back their Rucksack. The popular Pickwick Rucksack comes in all black with copper plated details and is a robust handmade bag made in Italy using a water-resistant cotton canvas and finished with vegetable-tanned leather details. Crafted from the highest quality materials by craftsmen with a lifetime experience. This limited edition backpack is available for a short time on www.brooksengland.com!

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State Contender II

State Bicycle Co updates their line, introducing the all new Contender II. Available for a mere $649, the Contender is made from a Reynolds 520 Chromoly frame with a Essor USA carbon fork. This fixed gear option is updated from their previous rendition to be stiffer and faster and so have the aesthetics. Multiple color options are available to have just the bike you want. Find out more about State Bicycle Co. and the rest of their bikes at www.statebicycle.com!

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Silca Super Pista

SILCA is expanding their floor pump line after the tremendous success of the SuperPista Ultimate. The new SuperPista is made using 100% Aluminum construction (not a single plastic component), with an exceptionally wide base for stability, the SuperPista is a user friendly pump with modern-classic styling. Borrowing many features from the Ultimate like the oversized shoe friendly base geometry,  full-grain leather gasket, and IGUS linear bearings for ultimate smoothness, this pump is highly engineered to stand the test of time. The new SuperPista features a solid wooden handle and a larger gauge, making accurate pressure a breeze to execute. www.silca.cc has all the info you need for all of their pumps!


Topeak Ninja P

The Ninja line from Topeak is all about concealing hand items throughout your bike. A few weeks ago we highlighted the Ninja C bar ends that have a multi-tool built in and this week we have the Ninja P. The Ninja P is a 62 gram pump that hides in your seat post. The presto valve only pump grabs onto a rubber mounting ring so its easily removed, but isn’t bouncing around on the inside of the bike. Hitting a capacity of 160psi, the Ninja P is made from a CNC’ed aluminum barrel with a plastic head. Learn more about the entire Ninja series at www.topeak.com!


In his saddlebag he has 3 tubes, 1 tire lever, 1 tire boot pre cut into 2, 1 glueless patch kit, 2 25g co2 cartridges, a co2 inflator head, multi tool with chain breaker, and a master link (not pictured) that matches his 11spd chain. As a last resort and back up he also has a hand pump attached to his frame.


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!

  • Are you comfortable buying a bike online and never seeing it? or do you have to go into the retailer? Why?

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