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!
Panache Speed Jersey
Boulder, Colorado-based Panache Cycling Wear continues to pump out eye catching styles. But there’s more to the new Speed Jersey than just good looks. This competition-focused top has an aero, close-to-body fit, plus a gripper band on the sleeve to keep flap at bay. Other features include wicking main fabric for all-effort comfort, stretch side panels for improved fit, and a full zip for easy hot-day ventilation. MSRP: $135. Available March 2016. Learn more at www.panachecyclewear.com
Smith Podium TT
The new Smith Podium TT helmet fills in their line, giving them a full aero lid for time trials and triathlon. It sticks with their Koroyd construction for protection and venting, but relies a little more heavily on EPS foam under the much more enclosed shell. Up front, two small vents let air in, then interior channels pull it over the head and out of the rear Koroyd vents. The lenses also get two vents to bring a little AC to your brow, and they remove quickly thanks to magnetic connections. Available in four colors and two sizes (medium 55-59cm / large 59-62cm), retail will be $350. Claimed weight is 12oz (330g). Smithoptics.com has all the info you need about the new helmet!
Park Tool Chain Cleaner
Chain cleaners have historically been one of the cheapest-feeling tools money can buy, made with flimsy plastic that often cracks on the first drop. Park is upping the ante with a die-cast aluminum cleaner. The brushes and the bracket that the chain runs through are built into a replaceable cartridge, which Park will sell independently. Head on over to www.parktool.com for more info!
Yakima Dr. Tray
The Dr. Tray is Yakima’s new remedy for hitch-mount woes. At 34 pounds in the stock two-bike configuration (a third tray can be added on), Yakima says it’s the lightest in its class. The tilt lever at the top allows for easy one-handed operation, and the trays can be adjusted horizontally to avoid handlebar/seat interference. The tightening knob at the base of the rack expands a wedge inside the stinger, which keeps the Dr. Tray from wobbling. The rack will retail for $580 when it hits the market in March.
Read more at www.yakima.com!
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