Reynolds Cycling SDV66 T road wheels
Reynolds Cycling's SDV66
My, how far Reynolds Cycling has come. Whereas a few years ago
some might have even been surprised that Reynolds made something
other than forks and frame tubes (the tubing is actually produced
by a wholly different company), Reynolds Cycling now stands as one
of the most recognizable high-end wheel manufacturers around (the
giant logos certainly don't hurt).
The SDV66 T is one of its latest models, offering 66mm-deep all-carbon
tubular rims laced with DT Aerolite spokes to DT Swiss-made hubs.
According to Reynolds, the NACA (National Advisory Committee for
Aeronautics)-recognized rim profile is among the slipperiest around.
Internal nipples keep the aero profile even cleaner and require
smaller holes for better durability, and the stringent build procedures
promise to keep things running truer for longer, too.
Actual weight for our test pair is dead-on with manufacturer claims
at an impressive 1370g per pair without skewers (630g front, 740g
rear). Once we get our corresponding set of Continental Sprinter
tubulars glued up and cured, it's time for testing and we've got
high hopes for these.
Price: US$2,200 (includes skewers, valve extenders and carbon-specific
TRP R960 brake calipers
The new TRP 960
TRP impressed us with its carbon fiber R950 brake calipers a while
back and now goes with CNC-machined aluminum for its new R960. If
the skeleton-like arms look light to you, that's because they are;
total weight for a front and rear caliper is just 250g including
the aluminum and titanium hardware, alloy pad holders and SwissStop
pads (Dura-Ace 7800 calipers are 305g per pair).
Even with such little weight, TRP appears to have taken few, if
any, shortcuts. The dual-pivot arms look reassuringly beefy, there's
a handy centering adjustment, and not a single flimsy 2mm set screw
to be found. The quick-release mechanism is a little odd and the
blocky look may not suit everyone but we're planning on putting
these through the wringer anyway and will report back shortly.
Price: US$409.99 (includes front and rear)
CDI Computorq3 torque wrench
The CDI Computorq3 torque
Modern high-end frames and componentry push the boundaries of light
weight and durability further than ever and a high-quality torque
wrench is no longer an option; it's a requirement. Shops looking
for a pro-level tool can look to the Computorq3 from CDI, a division
of legendary toolmaker Snap-On.
Users program the desired torque setting on the digital display
and a trio of LEDs plus an audible tone lets you know when you've
reached the target torque (as well as when you're close and if you've
gone too far). The included NIST (National Institute of Standards
and Technology)-traceable certificate of calibration also promises
that what's on the display is what you actually did and the internal
CPU stores the last actual torque reading, too. Claimed accuracy
is two or three percent of readings from 20-100 percent of full
Our tester features a usable range of 2.71 - 27.10Nm (24 - 240in-lb)
and the 1/4" ratcheting head rotates in both directions and tilts
up to 15°. A generous 38cm overall length (15") provides plenty
of leverage, too. Other models offer ranges of 13.6 - 135.6Nm (120
- 1200in-lb) or 33.8 - 338Nm (300 - 3000in-lb).
In addition to putting this thing through the wringer firsthand,
we'll also be dropping this off at our favorite local shop to get
their feedback, too. At this price, we're expecting a lot. Stay
Enduro BB30 bottom bracket bearing tool
Enduro continues to expand
its range of bearing tools
The BB30 bottom bracket standard is fast-growing in popularity
so the frequency of worn-out bearings will certainly be on the rise
as well. Enduro now adds a BB30-specific edition to its range of
bearing service tools that shares the same high-quality machined
and anodized aluminum construction and well thought-out design.
The dual-purpose tool can both remove old bearings and install
new ones and is compact enough to fit in most home tool setups.
Instructions are easy-to-follow and straightforward, too, meaning
that yes, even you can likely tackle this job at home. Go
ahead; have it with that pressure washer.
Effetto Mariposa CarboGrip and CarboMove
Effetto Mariposa's CarboGrip
Effetto Mariposa takes a different approach to adding friction
on clamped carbon parts with its new CarboGrip. Instead of a paste
loaded with tiny plastic spheres, CarboGrip is a resin spray that
you apply to parts right before installation. Once it sets up, Effetto
Mariposa claims that you can easily clamp parts to their recommended
torque spec without fear of slippage and the compound prevents corrosion
and seizing, too. In addition, it isn't water-soluble so riding
in the rain won't wash it away (plus it might provide a better seal
to prevent water intrusion into the frame for those living in wetter
If you're on the other side of the coin and find yourself with
a seized carbon post in your high-end frame, Effetto Mariposa also
introduces a new CarboMove part removal spray. CarboMove supposedly
acts as both a penetrating lubricant and powerful solvent to eat
away corrosion. Just spray it on, allow it to seep in and soak for
24 hours and hopefully it's done its magic by then. According to
Effetto Mariposa, CarboMove won't do any damage to carbon composites
or metals, either.
We don't currently have any seized posts in the fleet so it'll
be hard for us to test this one firsthand but we wonder if it'll
also work on metallic frames and posts (nor do we know if it will
work better than any number of penetrating fluids already on the
market). Either way, it's a reasonable cost for something that could
potentially save an afflicted user thousands of dollars.
Price: US$19.95 (CarboMove, 200ml or CarboMove, 75ml)
Park PMP-5 Dial Adjust frame pump
The Park Tool PMP-5 Dial
Park Tool's new PMP-5 Dial Adjust frame pump will undoubtedly be
a big hit among shop owners as they'll no longer have to carry multiple
sizes. The innovative indexing design adjusts in length to fit most frames, the switchable head accommodates both Presta and Schrader valves and the pivoting T-handle affords the necessary leverage to inflate high-pressure road tires..
Since it's a Park product, the PMP-5 will also carry the usual
unconditional lifetime warranty and it should be reasonably easy
to attain small replacement parts down the road.
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews
Honey Stinger's new Organic
Honey Stinger's Organic Energy Chews incorporate the company's
favored carbohydrate sources, honey and organic tapioca syrup, but
in a new chewable format. According to Honey Stinger, the honey
and tapioca syrup provide a sensible blend of glucose, fructose,
maltose and sucrose for both quick and long-lasting energy, and
the 100 percent organic ingredient list is also gluten- and dairy-free.
Most importantly, our sample pack is über-tasty with an agreeable
texture that won't get stuck in your teeth.
Each 50g (1.8oz) package will pack 160 calories, 1g of protein,
1g of fiber, 0g of fat and 100 percent of the US FDA's recommended
daily allowance of vitamin C. Honey Stinger will offer the Organic
Energy Chews in cherry blossom, orange blossom and berry flavors.
Price: U$1.89 per packet
Soma Crystal Polypropylene Bottle
The Soma Fabrications Crystal
There has been a lot of attention paid in the general media lately
about the dangers of drinking out of certain types of plastic containers
due to chemical leeching. While the LDPE #4 plastic widely used
in bike bottles is already considered safe, Soma says the FDA-approved
food grade polypropylene in its new Crystal bottle is even better
at keeping contained fluids free of weird aftertastes.
Regardless, the bottle walls feel surprisingly sturdy yet are still
easy to squeeze, and the top is impressively leak-free (darn near
Specialized-like, in fact). Fit quality in some of the cages we
tried was a little funky and the bottom isn't entirely square but
if that's the price to pay for bearing children with the proper
number of appendages, it seems at least worth a shot.
Ahrens Wisecracker Lite bottle opener
Like beer after a ride?
Ahrens' Wisecracker Lite is somewhat unusual for us in that it
not only does nothing to improve your bike's performance but actually
adds weight (albeit only 14g). Nevertheless, some riders
will undoubtedly consider its cleverly integrated bottle opener
a 'must have' accessory anyway. Simply replace one of your standard
1 1/8" headset spacers with this widget and enjoy hour after hour
of your favorite frothy beverage. Ah… tasty.
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