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!
Tire expert, Clement just released their newest cyclocross tire ready for roots, rain, and mud. Named after Boston, the BOS features strong side-knobs for essential traction in mud and off cambers. This tire will be available in a clincher option, another that is tubeless ready and also a tubular edition with a 33mm width. For more info, head on over to www.clementcycling.com!
Shimano has introduced their 2017 line of footwear that includes the RC7. The new RC7 continues Shimano’s Pedaling Dynamics (SPD) platform where footwear and pedals are engineered together as a complete system, optimizing bio-mechanics to increase rider efficiency and comfort. In a first for Shimano, a collaboration with Boa led to the use of the dial retention system on the RC7, along with a single Velcro strap at the toe. Check out the rest of their footwear line at www.shimano.com!
Scott Centric Plus
The Centric Plus was designed and developed for world class road and mountain bike racers. With ventilation as Scott’s priority, they leveraged their extensive aerodynamic expertise to make one of the best ventilated helmets in its class. These achievements go beyond the outside profile with optimization of airflow on the inside of the helmet as well. MIPS with Scott air technology provides the benefits of a MIPS brain protection system and features a unique construction to further enhance ventilation. From Scott’s testing, they found it is so efficient that it cools your head by 2.2% better than if you were not wearing a helmet at all. Www.scott-sports.com has all the info you need and more on the new Centric Plus!
Cannondale Women’s SuperSix Evo
Cannondale’s lightweight race frame welcomed a new set of componentry this year. Disc brakes are embraced across the line of the SuperSix models including the women’s specific Hi Mod Evo. The disc models use integrated flat-mount disc brake system with a 12mm front thru-axle and internal cable routing on both the frame and fork. A redesigned SPEED SAVE Micro-Suspension delivers more compliance from the frame and fork for cornering, comfort and control. Subtle TAP (Truncated Aero Profile) tube shapes in the frame and fork reduce drag and improve aero efficiency. Check out www.cannondale.com to find out more and perhaps pick up your own!
Wilier Cento10 Air
Wilier has announced some major updates to the Cento Air that are aimed to further improve aerodynamics as well as tire clearance. Now called the Cento10 Air, the bike actually sees an increases in frontal area of nearly 3% compared to the Cento1AIR, yet has an 8% improved aerodynamics efficiency according to Wilier. Rather than focusing on the front end, Wilier designed the frame to maximize the efficiency of the entire bike. Learn more on Wilier’s fastest bike at www.wilier.com!
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