We continue our coverage this week with brief capsules of some of the new products that we saw at Interbike – some by popular brands you know and may use, others by new brands just coming to market (or soon to be on the market). As always, we will plan reviews over the next year of many of these, and other, products.
Chamois Butt’r GoStik
Chamois Butt’r introduced the GoStik, a solid stick lubricant designed to eliminate chafing and skin irritation. It’s commonly used around clothing neck openings (wet suits), under arms, between thighs, backs of ankles, balls of feet, or anywhere skin rubs against skin, fabric, leather, rubber, etc.
GoStik was created to provide a fragrance-free formula with better lubrication and a higher melting point than competitive brands like Glide. It is non-viscous, non-greasy spot lubricant that stays where you put it and will not stain skin or clothing. The stick is applied to areas other than your chamois.
$3.00 for 0.15 oz or $14.99 for 2.5 oz GoStik www.chamoisbuttr.com
2xu Recovery Tights
2xu introduced two new recovery tights to their line of compression wear, to be available later this month. The unique reinforcement rings provide greater graduated compression, and the new over-foot compression kick starts your blood return to the heart for even faster recovery to sore muscles. Tights come in both men’s and women’s sizes.
$139.95 – Power Recovery Tights; $109.95 – Recovery Compression Tights G2 www.2xu.com
Zevlin Z-Attack Two-Tone Bar Tape
Zevlin introduced a line of Z-Attack polymer two tone bar tape that is darker on the top of the bars (60% of tape) and lighter on the drops (40% of tape). The tape is designed to provide comfort and grip. It comes in a variety of colors, 30mm width and a 2.5mm thickness, so you can customize the look of your bike.
Polar Launches New Colors and a New ZipStream Cap
Polar extended its classic line of insulated squeeze bottles with new coloring and an upgraded high flow cap. Colorful opaque materials give the 24 oz. Color Series a unique look. The bottle’s dual-wall insulation design helps keep liquids cold (or hot), and the self-sealing high flow cap delivers quick bursts without spillage. Available in six bold colors, BPA- and Phthalate-free, dishwasher- and freezer-safe, as well as fitted with the new ZipStream cap.
ZipStream is the first Polar Bottle cap to feature a self-sealing valve. The valve’s design prevents the bottle from leaking even in the open position and allows pressure to build inside the bottle when squeezed, releasing a powerful burst of whatever liquid you put inside. ZipStream is dishwasher-safe and has a removable valve for easy cleaning. The cap’s valve is bright orange to distinguish it as a Polar Bottle product. It’s also made in the USA and backed by the company’s lifetime guarantee.
If you currently have aPolar Bottle, ZipStream caps will fit all their sport insulated bottles for an easy retrofit.
The Color Series Bottle to be released next year, pricing unavailable. ZipStream caps available now. www.polarbottle.com
Muc-Off – New CX Lube, Matt Detailer
Muc-Off continues to expand its line of Team Sky lubes and will be coming out with new Classic Lube for cyclocross chains. It’s a blue cream/paste that goes on by hand and is specifically designed for the harsh conditions of cyclocross.
Another new product to be launched soon includes Matt Finish Detailer, which was specifically developed for satin matte paints, matte finishes and matte vinyl wraps. The formula leaves any matte surface with a streak- and gloss-free protective finish that reduces dirt adhesion. Pricing not yet available.
Their Bike Protect premium bike protection spray used to be called Bike Spray. Same formula, just new name. It leaves a dry, non-sticky protective film and drives out excess moisture. ($14.99/can)
Topeak Ninja CO2 Cage, Pouch Road
Topeak had prototypes of its new Ninja series that will be out sometime between November and January. The Ninja CO2 water bottle cage carries two CO2 cartridges and an inflator. The Ninja Pouch Road holds a spare tube, leaving more room in your saddle bag for a phone, bar or tools. The pouch is currently designed to carry up to a 23mm tube and a 25mm with some extra effort. $49.95 Ninja CO2 cage; $34.95 Ninja Pouch Road www.topeak.com
Coeur Sports Zele Collection
Coeur Sports introduced its new Zele (French for Excited) collection. The designers at Coeur created Zele with two goals in mind. First, create an aerodynamic garment and, second, hit the absolute top of the mark with respect to quality and comfort. To do that they utilized the most comfortable and aerodynamic (hence the dimples) fabric on the market and treated it with a coating called ColdBlack that helps keep you cool (covered in my article from last week). Then they built in design elements like the convenient side zip (for easy nature breaks) on the bibs and topped everything off with beautiful, sleek designs.
The line also includes both triathlon shorts and tops. The game-changing feature in Coeur’s tri kits is the seam-free chamois. That means no raised areas on each pedal stroke that causes chafing and saddle sores. Hence the company’s use of the descriptive hash tag: #noangrykitty.
I’m always on the lookout for a comfortable women’s bib short that also takes into account the challenges we have when nature calls. I look forward to testing out a Zele kit to experience their design for myself. $139.99 Zele Aero Sleeved Triathlon Top; $124.99 Zele Aero Triathlon Shorts; $139.99 Zele Speed Cycling Jersey; $199.95 Zele Performance Zip Bibs www.coeursports.com
SheBeest Petunia Bibs
SheBeest introduced its Petunia bib shortsduring the show. Here’s another take on a women’s bib design to address bathroom breaks. The unique, minimal, breathable bib construction stretches from the spine and finishes behind your neck in a halter style, allowing it to be lowered without removing your jersey. The SheLastic chamois is laser cut, with 4-way stretch, designed with comfort in mind. The bibs also offer soft grip, stretch Sheband cuff for seamless hold. $120 Petunia Bib www.shebeest.com
Bolle Aeromax Cycling Sunglasses
Bolle introduced its new Aeromax cycling sunglasses, which just hit the market last month but were already seen on riders during the TdF. Featuring B-Max technology for wide horizontal and vertical fields of vision, the Aeromax maximize comfort and airflow.
The thermogrip temples and adjustable nosepads offer a dialed-in fit and stability. This new model is also equipped with Bolle’s B-Clear lenses based on a Trivex NXT™ structure for optical quality and featherweight lightness. Offering similar quality of vision to mineral glass, the Bolle B-Clear lens is 75% lighter (and 10% lighter than a polycarbonate lens), and brings with it maximum resistance to impact. The lenses are also hydrophobic (shed water) and olephobic (shed dirt). $160-$200 www.bolle.com
Kask – New Optics Brand Launched
Kask, known for its iconic helmets, launched a new brand and its first venture into optics, to be available in December. The new brand KOO’s first collection is called Open and will be available in 12 different colors so you can coordinate with your KASK helmet. The lenses are made by Zeiss, one of the world’s premier lens makers.
A unique feature of the Open model is the ear stem pivots when folding the sunglasses for storage. You can also leverage this pivoting function, called”‘Airflow Active System,” if your lenses fog. It simply tilts the lenses slightly away from the face at three different angles to allow for increased airflow. A soft rubber nose-pad with two adjustable positions for a customized fit, and a smaller nose bridge, will also come as standard in the packaging. Open comes with 2 lenses – clear and smoke, with a photocromatic lens available to buy separately. $239 www.kask.com
SockGuy’s New SGX Line
SockGuy’s new 4th generation SGX sock line provides a compression fit, performance ribbing, enhanced ventilation and reduced friction profile. The compression ribbing cuff promises to help prevent fatigue by increasing blood flow, and the mesh upper provides maximum airflow ventilation. The SGX sock comes in 1/2-, 6-, 8- and 12-inch lengths. $12.95 – 1/2” or 6” sock; $13.95 – 8” sock; $19.95 – 12” sock www.sockguy.com