This week’s latest and greatest includes grips capable of world domination, a helmet that will increase your chee and keep money in your pocket, a challenger for best cycling sunglasses ever, some controversial wheels, lightweight platform pedals, and the most talked about forks of 2013.
Here are the ODI-SDG grips Aaron Gwin used to blitz last year’s World Cup downhill circuit, becoming the first American male to win the DH overall title (Missy Giove and Kim Sonier have both brought home titles for American women.)
The Kali Chakra Plus helmet is one of the best deals in cycling; bottom-wrap in-mold shell, removable bug screen, ratcheting fit dial, and Kali engineering!
Smith’s Pivlock V2 sunglass is lighter than the Oakley Radar, and there is no frame to interfere with your vision. This new Acid Yellow color comes with three lenses that are easy to swap. Plus you’ll get a free Smith T-shirt when you order a pair—while supplies last, of course.
We recently got a set of Rolf Prima’s new Vigor Alpha wheels to demo for a few weeks. The Alpha wheels have a 22mm wide rim, so they ride nice and corner better than standard 19mm rims. The set weight is 1504 grams which is very respectable considering the rim is 33mm deep. Let us know what you think in the comments section – we haven’t yet decided if we’re going to carry them.
Blackspire Sub4 pedals arrived. These pedals are super light for a platform pedal. They have a 17mm low profile and are made just north of the border in Canada eh.
2013 Fox Forks are here! Some of them anyway. The 26″ 34 Talas and Float arrived with new CTD compression dampers. CTD stands for Climb-Trail-Descend. Essentially, the CTD damper works similarly to the way Fox’s ProPedal rear shocks have always worked, except CTD forks are more adjustable. 2013 Fox Forks have a revised bushing material so they should be even plusher than last year.