Didn’t make it up to Whittlebury Hall last week? CI.N caught up with several of the distributors making a case to become your bikes and accessories supplier for the year ahead. Here’s what you may have missed from Extra UK:
Fizik reveals what it deems to be the future of performance cycling saddles with Adaptive, featuring padding Crafted by Carbon using Digital Light Synthesis technology, a revolutionary 3D printing technology developed by digital manufacturing pioneers Carbon.
Carbon has taken 3D printing to “a new level”, enabling the firm to produce a range of saddles that feature padding made of one material but with seamlessly engineered zonal cushioning, support and power transfer properties. These unique features mean it will be possible in the future to produce saddles tailored to riders’ individual biodynamic data.
FIZIK ARGO SADDLES
Argo is a new range of short-nosed saddles from Fizik, designed to put cyclists into a riding position that allows for greater stability and better weight distribution. There are two versions of the new saddle to suit different riding styles: Vento Argo and Tempo Argo. Vento Argo is geared more towards racing cyclists, with its dropped nose and ergonomic cut-out to support and aggressive aero riding position, whereas the Tempo Argo is suited more to endurance riders looking for all-day comfort and soft tissue pressure relief.
FIZIK GRAVITA ALPACA X5
Gravita Alpaca is a mountain bike saddle that provides the control you need for fast, aggressive downhill riding. Developed with the highly successful Santa Cruz Syndicate downhill race team, its World Cup-proven features perfectly complement gravity-oriented bikes, from long travel enduro to pure downhill. Rounded contours won’t interrupt the fast inner legs movements required for downhill control. Co-injected softer edges along the wings and rear-end flex upon impact, protecting legs and soft tissue areas from bruising. And less bulk and a shorter length means it doesn’t get in the way.
FIZIK TERRA ALPACA X5
The Terra Alpaca is a mountain bike saddle offering support and riding control for full-suspension trail bikes. Designed for all-mountain and enduro riding, Terra Alpaca offers great pedalling support but is also easy to move around on. A gradual transition from nose to wings encourages constant fore and aft position changes, while a slightly waved tail discreetly supports the lower back. The nose is wide and flat, offering a solid platform to push against when tackling steep climbs. And an ergonomic indent relieves soft tissue pressure without interfering with baggy riding shorts. Alpaca saddles are designed to feel right whether the dropper post is extended for pedalling or dropped for descents.
FIZIK R4 OVERCURVE
Meet Fizik’s most versatile road shoe yet: the Tempo Overcurve R4 with its focus on reliability, comfort and efficiency in a lightweight all-round package and an eye-catching unique iridescent finish.
Tempo Overcurve R4 is quick and easy to fit your feet comfortably and securely with its asymmetrical shape, flexible PU-mesh upper and micro-adjustable Boa® closure. The new vented R4 sole blends nylon and carbon fiber for a medium flex power transfer and a win-win ride with Classic looks combined with contemporary construction.
Fizik Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave
The Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave shoes provide an extremely breathable Aeroweave upper material which consists of a high tenacity net-like upper structure, developed specifically for high ventilation offering low weight and superior strength.
The R2 carbon outsole is indexed at 10 for stiffness and has been optimized for cleat positioning, and lightness; tuned for power transfer with advanced venting. With the closure designed for an enveloping fit.
Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4
The new gravel-focused Terra Powerstrap X4 has arrived. This versatile shoe is created for a close fit, high performance and comfort when drop-bar adventures go beyond traditional paved roads.
Powerstrap X4 matches the simple, efficient and reliable Powerstrap Velcro closure system with a whole new outsole engineered specifically for the gravel adventure rider. The close-fitting upper is paired with a whole new outsole engineered specifically for the gravel adventure rider. The X4 is a carefully considered balance of stiffness and comfort for efficient drive on mixed surfaces, combining nylon – with targeted stiffness – and a rubber tread for effective grip and durability.
Terra Powerstrap X4 is the first fizik shoe made specifically for gravel adventures, ready to be worn any time you’re heading off-road, from weekend rides to big endurance events.
ABUS Quin Technology
If your customer is riding by themselves, whether that’s on the road or on the trails, there’s always that chance of a fall or accident. Should the worst happen, getting help fast is key.
ABUS QUIN technology becomes an emergency helpline, detecting impacts through its integrated Q-sensor alerts your emergency contacts of your situation and location so they can coordinate assistance.
ABUS offers the QUIN technology in its sportive product segment for off-road and road helmets. The top-ranked off-road products equipped with this technology are the MonTrailer QUIN and the Moventor
QUIN. On the road, the high-performance Aventor QUIN road helmet and its little brother, the Viantor QUIN helmet, offer the innovative technology.
Extra is now Abus’ exclusive distributor for the UK market.
Cinturato Gravel and Cyclocross Tyres
Expanding from the successful Cinturato Velo range, the new gravel and cyclocross line of tires from Pirelli features purposely designed tread patterns, dedicated development per each size and a new rubber compound. They have been designed to handle the most demanding off-road applications of CX and Gravel bicycles, no matter the weather.
Whether for the specific cross use or for the gravel riding, for racing, bikepacking or simply for extending the bike’s capability of leaving paved roads, the Cinturato Cross and Cinturato Gravel tires offer a comprehensive choice of sizes and technologies for the best riding experience. All tires are tubeless-ready (TLR). Coupling a reinforced casing construction featuring a woven fabric bead-to-bead layer with a TLR aramid bead optimized for wide rims.
Hard Terrain and Mixed Terrain versions are available.
Following the terrain-specific logic of the Scorpion MTB tires, where the tread pattern is linked to the surface consistency and not anymore to the weather variable, Pirelli designed a compact tread design – H or Hard Terrain – for all the paved or hard packed gravel roads and the M, or Mixed Terrain design, with bigger spacing and aggressive knobs for more demanding terrains.
The H and M tread patterns obviously differ whether for the Cross or for the Gravel use as the needs of the two disciplines are different, particularly in terms of mud evacuation and speed.
The Cross version, in its specific Hard Terrain and Mixed Terrain designs, is available in 33x700c
The Gravel version, in its specific Hard Terrain and Mixed Terrain designs, is available in 35x700c, 40x700c and 45x700c, as well as in 45x650b and 50x650b
Falcon and Disc-Disc Wheels
FFWD wheels has launched the outrageously styled Falcon 2-spoke wheel – offering what they claim as aero benefits of up to 9 watts over the leading competitor at yaw angles of 0 to 10 degrees. The Falcon is available in both rim and disc options with a rim that varies in depth between 48mm and 90mm on their NACA profile. The wheels are constructed from Toray T800 and T1000 for the optimum stiffness to weight ratio, tubeless ready bead, and front, rear, and track applications.
To further complete the range of wheels for all riders/ athletes in all disciplines, FFWD Wheels developed a Full Carbon disc brake disc wheel. The FFWD DISC FCC serves a from new disc-brake equipped triathlon and time trial bikes used in all levels of performance.
When used in combination with the FFWD Falcon wheel at the front, FFWD state this as the most aerodynamically efficient disc-brake wheelset on the market. In addition, the Falcon will also be offered as a tubular track front wheel or F/R set where testing has proven a Falcon paired with rear DISC is more aerodynamic than other current wheel combinations.
Bringing disc brakes to FFWD’s ultimate training wheel set. The lightweight F3A is the affordable training sets based on the high-quality parts that FFWD is known for. The rims are tubeless ready and is perfectly suitable for road and gravel bikes. With their strong but lightweight construction at only 1,560g.
DT Swiss hubs are known for their high quality and low and easy maintenance. On the disc brake models the 2:1 spoke ratio brings more spokes on the critical side of the wheel making sure the best balance and durability is reached.
The wider rims with tubeless compatibility in combination with the disc brakes also make these wheels your perfect choice for gravel use. Go up to 40mm to choose your ideal tire profile to attack those gravel roads!
Maxxis Wetscream 29
The Maxxis wetscream is known on the race circuit for being able to find traction in the muddiest downhill courses, designed especially for the challenging condition of France’s Les Gets.
Previously only available in 26” and 27.5”, the Wetscream is going to be available for the new breed of 29er downhill bikes. It features a Maxx Grip compound and dual ply downhill sidewall. Trust the WetScream to carry you to victory.
Maxxis Assegai and Dissector Trail
Although the Maxxis Assegai has been popular in a downhill dual-ply casing Maxxis have released it in a lighter EXO and EXO+ casing for gravity racers looking for the ultimate all-conditions tyre.
The tall knobs punch through dust and loam to find traction, but also offer support and confidence on wet roots and rocks. While other tyres excel only in certain conditions, the new Maxxis Assegai is built to go fast everywhere.
This is joined by the Maxxis Dissector tyre, designed in conjunction with Australian racer, Troy Brosnan.
The Dissector seeks to minimize drag while retaining cornering control. This versatile tire can be used as a front, a pair, or as a rear depending on trail conditions. It’s not only available in a dual ply tubeless-ready construction, but also in EXO and EXO+ Maxx Terra compound.
Ergon Saddles and Grips
The revolution in saddle design continues. After successfully bringing the ST Core Prime touring saddle to market, Ergon now proudly introduce new additions to the core range with the SC Core Prime designed specifically for comfort touring bikes and the SM-E Mountain Core Prime saddle designed around the typical seating positions of E-Mountain Bikes.
Ergon has also continued to develop their range of SM saddles developing the SMC and SM Enduro Men’s saddles to round of there most comprehensive range of premium saddles to date.
Meanwhile, Ergon has revamped their entire mountain bike grip range with a completely new colour pallet with eye catching additions such as Frozen moss with oil slick bar end collars.
Cane Creek Hellbender BB
Cane Creek prides itself on making advancements in technologies that make cycling better and the Hellbender Bottom Bracket is exactly that. Cane Creek has collaborated with SKF’s and incorporated there MTRX bearing technology into a revolutionary new bottom bracket that’s combines the best of both reliability and performance.
During use SKF’s MTRX bearings release oil from micro-pores in the polymer, continuously lubricating the bearings. The solid oil matrix has the effect of eliminating any empty space inside the bearing – preventing dirt, mud and water from entering and causing wear and damage.
This allows the bottom bracket to be ridden in the most extreme conditions without having to regularly service or lubricate the bearings. The Hellbender Neo is so robust that it will even stand up to regular pressure washing.
The Hellbender BB is machined from 6061 – T6 aluminium with a two-stage anodize black and gold finish and is available in BSA threaded, PF41, PF30 and BB30 variations.
Rapid Racer Products
RRP Proguard Bolt On
ProGuard Bolt-on is the first large direct-mount mudguard of it’s type. It offers outstanding protection from mud and spray, and provides a slick factory look thanks to not requiring zip ties or Velcro straps to secure it in place. Available in either “standard” or “mini” sizes and compatible with Fox, new Marzocchi, Ohlins and SR Suntour forks.
Topeak has introduced over 60 new and updated products for the 2020 season, most of which are now with Extra UK. Among other developments, Topeak has implemented a “tubeless-friendly” theme into its inflation and tool offerings, as well as elevating their already robust on-the-trail / travel products.
Improving on an already trusted design, the 2020 JoeBlow floor pumps have gone digital. In addition to their traditional wide steel bases and oversized handles, you’ll see extra-long hoses, and protective/rubberized, easy-to-read digital faces.
For those that wish to take their inflation on the road or trail, Topeak has multiple updated offerings in their inflation category. From the TubiBooster X (which easily inflates tubeless tyres, like a giant CO2 cartridge) to the Roadie TT hand pump (which features their exclusive Twin Turbo Technology).
Introducing the complete “TubiTool” product line; specifically designed for the tubeless tyre rider. This category contains all you need for essential tubeless maintenance and quick repairs. Topeak has integrated a plug, plug holder, reamer, air-stopper and cutting knife into one folding tool. Additionally, they’ve developed a tiny bullet-shaped tool “TubiBullet” (designed to attach to the bike frame for quick access and repair) and a compact repair system “RacePack TX” (carry essential repair tools to fix a flat and quick inflate without weighing you down).
Continuing with the general theme of 2020, the Topeak Tool family keeps growing. Introducing the Mini P30,/Mini P20, AliEN S and PowerLever for quick removal/connecting Power links /Master links.
The new on-the-go BarLoader stem bag and waterproof FreeLoader nicely round-out the Topeak Bikepacking Series. The updated FrontLoader has been optimized with stronger materials and a more streamlined mounting process. Pack up freedom with Topeak Bikepacking bags and keep on exploring in 2020.
The PakGo GearPack has been developed to help riders pack up essential gear and clothing in a well-organized fashion. Regardless of rider style, the included transition mat and hide-away shoulder strap will appeal for on-the-go training and travel.
Finally, the Topeak TetraRack series (inspired by Tetrapods — animals with four feet) will securely grab any bike frame with a unique, quick-mount rack holder. No need for rack eyelets and/or seat post clamps, the strut slot adjustment enables the loading plate to sit parallel and secure. *Works with Topeak MTX trunk bags and the new Pannier DryBag.
Extra UK are contactable on 01933 672 170.