New Arrivals June 3, 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.
DMT Ultimax shoes
DMT Ultimax RSX
Shoes, these days, aren't just shoes. DMT's top-of the line Ultimax RSX
shoes - as used by Webcor's Chris Horner - are as much a piece of engineering
as a piece of footwear. They feature a rigid, light weight carbon fiber
sole, and DMT's 'Energy strap closure' which comprises a combined heel
strap and ratchet buckle designed to lock your foot very firmly but comfortable
into the shoe.
The upper is a combination of ventilated mesh and leather sections at
the wear points and the carbon sole is compatible with three-bolt (Look-style)
Claimed weight is 324g per shoe for a size 41, but our samples actually
weighed less: 635g per pair in a 42.
Available sizes are 37-40 in full sizes, 40-46 in half sizes (largest
half-size is 45.5), 47 and 48.
More info: www.diamantdmt.com;
US importer: www.uplandsg.com
Jaggad One Cyclesuit
Jaggad One Cyclesuit
An Australian clothing manufacturer making waves with high-end stuff
is Jaggad whose signature garment is these bib shorts, dubbed the One
Cyclesuit. Made from high quality Italian Lycra, the Jaggad One's most
unusual feature is a short, zippered fly to make convenience stops more,
The bib and braces features a narrow 'Racer' back and low front for comfort
and increased ventilation, and the Italian-made 'Multi-Level Pad' seat
liner features padding where it's needed and channels for ventilation.
More info: www.jaggad.com
Price: US$140.00, AU$149.95
Blue Steel Sports
Blue Steel Waxes, gels & lotions
Blue Steel is a new range of body care products for sportspeople, including
hair-removing wax strips, hair-removing lotion, anti-chafe cream, soothing
gel, arnica massage oil and wash lotion.
The wax strips come in a pack of 30 and are hypo-allergenic, fragrance
free and "guaranteed to outperform 'girlie' supermarket varieties" according
to the manufacturer. And waxing has the advantage of keeping your legs
smooth for up to six weeks. If peeling of wax strips sounds too ouchie
(though Blue Steel claims it's painless if you follow the instructions),
the hair-removing lotion is claimed to work on even the coarsest hair.
The anti-chafe cream contains skin conditioning agents and tea tree oil
and is suitable for use as a chamois cream for cyclists while the soothing
gel helps relieve sunburn, windburn or even shaving rash.
For post-ride care, the wash lotion gives you a way to clean up when
you can't shower - just apply a small amount to a clean cloth and wipe
yourself clean. Finally, the massage oil contains the herb arnica, renowned
among masseurs as a muscle soother.
Prices: Anti-chafe cream - $14.95; Soothing Gel - $14.95; Wash
Lotion - $12.95; Arnica Massage Oil - $24.95; Hair Removing Lotion - $14.95;
Sports Wax - $19.95
More info: www.bluesteelsports.com.au
Cannibal Bullet bib shorts
We seem to be inundated with high-quality shorts at the moment, and one
thing that's interesting about them is the decline in dominance of good
old Nylon/Lycra - other fabric manufacturers are moving in on what was
previously DuPont's exclusive dominion.
Not that DuPont is lying down and taking it. From Australian manufacturer
Cannibal come these bib shorts made from a very strong, heavyweight stretch
Tactel/Lycra - a Dupont fabric. Like Nylon/Lycra it's stretchy and breathable,
but has a less a slick feel, and is distinctly beefy. Glenn Forbes at
Cannibal told Cyclingnews that the fabric was chosen for its durability.
"All the Lycra was wearing quickly and lightweight Lycra hasn't improved
in that regard. The heavyweight Tactel/Lycra is better; it's a strong,
Cannibal is aiming to become known as a maker of durable clothing, says
Forbes. "Our jerseys last but [previous] shorts haven't because of the
Another unique aspect of the Bullet knicks is the pad (chamois). It not
only features the 'seamless welds' of high-end knicks, but it's also printed
so it's not plain old beige. Instead, it's a funky blue and purple design.
More info: www.cannibal.com.au
Ellsworth's Truth cross-country dual suspension bike features what the
company calls Instant Center Tracking, which is jargon for a suspension
design that doesn't waste rider energy in bobbing, but instead puts it
all into forward motion. In short, it's a carefully-designed true four-bar
linkage - that is, there's a pivot between the dropout and the main frame
pivot, so the suspension can still move even under braking.
Our Truth was supplied by Australian importer Dirtworks and it's hung
with a droolsome selection of the company's goodies, including Fox Forx,
Hayes carbon-lever hydraulic disk brakes, Ritchey carbon handlebar and
tyres and SDG saddle and seatpost.
Prices: Frame - Au$3,250; US$1,995
More info: www.ellsworthbikes.com
or for Australians, www.dirtworks.com.au
LeMond Fitness Lewedges
LeMond Fitness Lewedges
According to LeMond Fitness, many riders have a "forefoot tilt", in which
the front of the foot is not flat but rather has an angle or tilt. When
you ride on conventional clipless pedals and cleats, the foot is forced
into a flat attitude and the body compensates by the knee moving laterally
during the pedal stroke.
Lewedges - which have been suggested to Cyclingnews by the folks at Rocket
7 as a solution to product tester Anthony Tan's shoe fit issues - solve
the problem by changing the angle of the cleat on the sole to allow the
foot to adopt a more natural position. The picture also shows the Forefoot
Measuring Device which enables a rider or shop technician to measure the
number of wedges needed for a rider
Prices: Wedges - US$24.95 (pack of 8) Forefoot Measuring Device
More info: www.lemondfitness.com
Got a heart rate monitor, but running out of room on your handlebar?
Atomic Mount lets you ditch that bit of foam from your bars and move your
HRM to the stem where, on most bikes at least, there;s a bit of spare
room. You simply remove the HRM's wrist strap, thread the Atomic mount's
strap through the HRM body and strap it on your stem.
More info: www.atomicmount.com