New Arrivals June 17, 2004
Edited by John Stevenson
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Welcome to New Arrivals, a section showcasing the latest equipment
that's landed on the Cyclingnews tech desk. Look out for reviews over
the next few months when we've clocked up some saddle time with this stuff.
Specialized Pro Carbon 04
Specialized Pro Carbon road shoes
The 2004 fruit of Specialized's Body geometry shoe design program is
these carbon-soled, synthetic leather-uppered, three-strap units that
tip the scales at 630g/pr and will put a US$185 hole in your credit card
should you decide to plonk down some of your hard-earned on them.
Features include a three-strap closure with two Velcro straps and a ratchet
buckle; Body geometry comfort features such as a Varus wedge, metatarsal
button, medial arch support and three-density Performance Footbed; and
moulded heel cup.
There are fittings for SPD, SPD-SL, Look and Speedplay cleats and the
buckle and strap are replaceable.
More info: www.specialized.com
Crank Bros Mallet M
Crank Bros mallet C pedals
After grabbing everyone's attention a couple of years ago with the innovative
Egg Beater pedal, Crank Bros has continued to develop the design, introducing
the general-purpose semi-platform Candy pedal last year, and most recently
the Mallet C platform for riders who want a lot more support.
The Mallet Cs weighed 540g/pr and while that's not a bad weight for a
clipless/platform pedal - and it doesn't matter much to downhillers, one
of the main users of this sort of pedal - lots of people who also ride
uphill like the comfort of platform pedals. For them, Crank Bros has introduced
the Mallet M. That's M for magnesium, used for the body of a pedal that
tips the scale at 460g/pr. That makes the Mallet Ms the lightest clipless
platform that we're aware of.
Mallet Ms are available in silver and team issue orange and an extra
set of the replaceable metal end plates is included with longer teeth
for better pedal grip.
Price: US$140; Au$269
Colours: Silver, orange
Thomson Elite X4
Thomson Elite X4 31.8 MTB stems
From the good folks at stem and seatpost gurus LH Thomson come these
mountain bike stems sized to grab a 31.8mm handlebar. The Elite X4 gets
its name from the four bolts used to hold the handlebar, while a pair
of bolts grabs the steerer. Torque wrench fans will be pleased to see
torque settings etched into the stem.
Currently, the available sizes are 70, 90, 100, 110mm in zero-degree
angle, with 120, 130, 140 and 50 coming soon, followed by a ten degree
Thomson bills the Elite X4 as "the lightest, strongest 31.8 stems available"
and the weight claim certainly seems fair - we've not been able to find
any 31.8mm MTB stems lighter than these, and the Elite X4 is lighter than
plenty of road 31.8mm stems.
Weights: 110mm - 171g; 100mm - 167g; 90mm - 159g; 70mm - 147g
More info: www.lhthomson.com
It's been a long time coming, but the third edition of classic cycling
tech book 'Bicyling Science' has finally arrived. The 1982 second edition,
by current author David Gordon Wilson and Frank Rowland Whitt, who died
of the after-effects of a stroke in the early 80s, has been out of print
for a few years and a third edition was therefore long overdue.
The second edition was an essential part of any cycling tech-head's book-shelf
- so much so that another cycling tech-head liked my copy enough that
they never returned it after borrowing it back in the '80s! The third
edition looks likely to be similarly essential with chapters on cycling
history, human power generation and cooling, seven chapters on physics
and engineering topics such as aerodynamics, braking, materials and steering
and a final pair of chapters on human powered vehicles and machines beyond
the standard bike.
This almost certainly isn't a book anyone will read cover to cover, but
it looks like excellent dip-in and reference reading. Look for a full
review in a few weeks' time, or if you can't wait, scoot on over to Amazon
US or Amazon
UK for your copy.
Drop In II
Drop In II
Drop In is a Canadian-made TV series featuring a band of mountain bike
daredevils traveling to various super-technical riding hotspots and throwing
themselves and their bikes down stuff that would have sane people reaching
for the abseiling gear or calling a helicopter.
This pair of DVDs features all 13 episodes of the second series in locations
such as Vancouver Island, Whistler, and Kamloops.