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!



Miles Wide Industries Bottle Pod

Some people cannot stand to have a saddle bag underneath the saddle, so new companies have found different alternatives to storing tools, tubes, and inflation accessories. Miles Wide Industries has created the Bottle Pod, a soft bottle that fits right inside any bottle cage that can be zipped open to stuff full of essentials. An inside zipper pocket and an elastic pocket holds things secure while two elastic loops can hold either CO2 cartridges or a mini pump. Take an inside look at the Bottle Pod at www.miles-wide.com!

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North St. Buckman Gear Bags

When you finish a ride, your gear is wet and you need to shove it in your backpack, sometimes the moisture can transfer onto the surrounding things in your backpack. North St. has solved this problem with the Buckman gear bags, a waterproof bag made to keep the moisture in or the moisture out while inside your backpack. Made from a ripstop nylon sailcloth, this bag has inside seams and a drawstring closure for a durable, yet trusty bag made in Portland, Oregon. Head over to www.northstbags.com to get a complete look at the new Buckman Bag!


Bont Vaypor S

Bont has been known for their creation of custom cycling shoes of high quality for quite some time. A distinct shape, low heel cup, and non traditional methods of design are what distinguishes Bont from the rest of the pack. On their new Vaypor S, features include a new upper design and integrated retention system; a light weight Durolite upper; a unidirectional carbon fiber base; and a one piece tow guard and grippy heel guard. www.bontcycling.com has all the info and some on the new Vaypor S so head on over!


Kuat NV 2.0

Küat Racks, manufacturer of lightweight, stylish and easy-to-use racks and accessories has released their latest offering, the NV 2.0. With an eye to quickly widening tire sizes, the NV 2.0 now accommodates tire sizes up to 4.5 inches, while the redesigned wheel trays also allow for quick angle adjustments that enable users to stagger handlebar height to ensure that there’s no interference between bikes when mounted together on the rack. Check out www.kuatracks.com for more info on the NV 2.0!

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Effetto Mariposa Guistaforza Pro Deluxe

Effetto Mariposa’s Pro Deluxe torque wrench features a reversible ratcheting head, has no plastic parts or batteries, is built to last and is extremely simple to use.  The Pro Deluxe offers a torque range from 2 Nm-16 Nm and includes bits that cover all the needs of newest Shimano, Sram and Campagnolo high-end groupsets, plus those of reversed-bolt stems. Best of all it is made in Italy and anodized red!  It might be the most expensive torque wrench you will ever own but it will also be the only one you’ll ever need. The Giustaforza Pro Deluxe retails for $259.99. For more info, head over to www.effettomariposa.eu!



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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