Gear Break: This week we have a very varied selection of new kit: Pirelli P ZERO race tires, tested by PEZ’s Chuck Peña, MyVeloFit launches A.I. powered bike fit tool, KOM Cycling’s rocker plate for your home trainer, get your hands on the new 2021 EF Education-Nippo clothing, the ABUS Pedelec 2.0 – the next-gen micromobility helmet and SockGuy releases 38 new sock designs for Spring 2021.
Pirelli P ZERO Race Tires
The P ZERO Race tube type clincher tire is one of two new Pirelli tires:
- The P ZERO Road aims to be the perfect solution for those riders who are looking for the most balanced performance.
- The P ZERO Race is crafted to pack all the benefits of tube type technology into an all-rounder cycling tire for high-intensity training sessions and races.
Using experience from World Tour racing, coupled with a constant desire for excellence, the Pirelli engineers have developed the best performing all-round bicycle race tire ever conceived by the iconic brand. The P ZERO Race is crafted to pack all the benefits of tube type technology into a race-ready all-rounder which outperforms all cycling clinchers that we have created before (tubulars included). After three years of development working with the fastest racers in the World Tour, including Men’s and Woman’s 2019 UCI World Champions, Pirelli designed this new tube type tire with the new SmartEVO compound and the TechBELT casing technology to provide our Professional riders, as well as all cycling enthusiasts, with a superior product.
According to Pirelli:
- The new TechBELT tube-type carcass is a high performing casing structure with an added layer of high cut resistant fabric underneath the tread to provide superior puncture protection in a wide variety of conditions.
- The SmartEVO Compound is a new formulation from Pirelli motorsports winning traditions specifically developed for cycling demands, providing maximum grip with low rolling resistance.
- The tread pattern of P ZERO Race is an evolution of the design of P ZERO Velo: several seasons of research and development on the roads of the World Tour led to a new design that enhances the behavior of the bicycle in every weather condition.
The P ZERO race comes in three sizes: 700×26, 700×28 and 700×30.
Chuck Peña PEZ sez:
PEZ readers know I’m a fan of the Pirelli P ZERO Race TLR tubeless tires. The P ZERO Race tube only tire clincher uses the same SmartEVO compound. The tread pattern is also the same. The actual tire carcass isn’t exactly the same as the demands of tubeless (holding air, puncture protection) are different. The result is that the tube only P ZERO Race is lighter (205 grams vs 270 grams for the 700x26s PEZ got). The P ZERO Race casing is 127 tpi (threads per inch) vs 120 tpi for the P ZERO Race TLR, so — at least on paper — a little more supple and smoother.
My 700x26s weighed in 13 grams heavier than spec
I decided to put the 700×26 P ZERO Race tires on my Irwin AON38 wheels that I have on my #steelisreal Hollands. Despite my affinity for riding tubeless tires, I run tube clinchers on my Hollands because I don’t ride it as often (but I still love riding it) so it doesn’t make sense to have them tubeless (meaning the hassle of setting them up and having to top off sealant on a regular basis). Also, being a “vintage” 90s bike, 700×26 is probably as wide as I can squeeze in.
With Tubolito tubes, I have a fairly light set up for traditional clinchers. Based on actual weights (assuming my scale is accurate), 259 grams (218 grams for 700×26 tire + 41 grams for 60 mm valve stem tube). So tire+tube is lighter than P ZERO Race TLR spec (without sealant) for 700×26. Inflated to 84 psi rear/80 psi front (Pirelli actually recommend 95 psi for my weight with a 5 psi drop for the front wheel for comfort, but I prefer even lower tire pressure and haven’t experienced any pinch flat issues) my 700x26s measured 25.9 mm wide. I can’t speak for tread life or puncture protection, but this set up resulted in a ride that was smooth, comfortable (not as plush as P ZERO Race TLR tubeless 700×28 at ~10 psi lower tire pressures but a nice ride nonetheless), and felt fast based on my seat-of-the-bib shorts chamois meter (I realize this is subjective but I can’t actually measure rolling resistance).
A couple things to remember. The P ZERO Race is a directional rotation tire so check and double-check (and maybe even check again … ask me why) to make sure you mount them in the right direction. And make sure you center the Pirelli logo and valve stem for that EuroPro look.
MyVeloFit Launches A.I. Powered Bike Fit Tool
For the first time, cyclists can confidently check their position at home and receive recommended adjustments with no prior knowledge required.
Cycling is experiencing an unprecedented boom, and helping riders find a good position on their bike has never been more important. Responding to this need, MyVeloFit has launched the world’s first video based, markerless, motion capture bike fit service (MyVeloFit.com). Using artificial intelligence, the service helps cyclists uncover actionable insights about their riding position that they can use to improve comfort and efficiency on the bike.
MyVeloFit was created by industry veterans Jesse Jarjour and Justin Goulding. The team has provided thousands of professional bike fits between them and have held various other positions across the cycling industry. This experience led them to identify a significant gap in the way bike fitting has typically been done.
We believe professional bike fitters play a critical role in solving complex fit issues for many riders with injury, significant mobility issues, or specific performance goals. However, our experience is that the many riders simply need an accurate and reliable way to find a great position, but in a more convenient and accessible package.
Our goal isn’t to replace bike fitters, but to make data driven bike fit more accessible and easier for anyone to assess their position and make informed changes on their own.
The MyVeloFit technology uses proprietary motion tracking and human pose estimation to assess cyclists’ mobility and position on the bike. It then makes recommendations based on a machine learning model built on a database of over one billion data points, taken from thousands of fit sessions. This is all packaged in an approachable web-based interface which allows almost anyone to quickly find a great position on their bike. Unlike many other fit tools, MyVeloFit requires no additional equipment and provides high quality results with as little as a cell phone video.
MyVeloFit currently provides fit recommendations for Road, Mountain, Triathlon, Time Trial, Hybrid, and Spin bikes, so no matter what type of cycling you do there is a fit solution for you. Their service offering ranges from riders looking to fit their own bikes, to retail stores, coaches, and healthcare practitioners looking to expand their bike fit offerings for clients.
● Pricing starts from $35 USD
● Full details available at www.myvelofit.com.
KOM Cycling: Indoor Rocker Plate RPV1 – $449.99
Reserve yours today to be the first to receive the Rocker Plate when we are back in stock! Estimated Ship Date is April 13th – Hopefully Sooner!
Decrease Discomfort to Ride Longer
The KOM rocker plate is the perfect accessory to extend your indoor ride time whether you are dropping watts on Zwift, Trainer Road, or Wahoo SUF. With horizontal movement it decreases static pressure to your joints, creating a more comfortable immersive indoor cycling experience, that will keep you training all winter long.
Improves Balance and Engages Your Core
The Rocker Plate provides 13° of total horizontal motion that forces you to engage your core and balance your body like you do while riding outside. The result of this is stronger core muscles ensuring you maximize every second of your indoor training time.
Heavy-Duty Skid-Resistant Construction
We enhanced the durability and thickness of the Rocker Plate to ensure it lasts all the laps around Watopia you put in when you cannot ride outdoors. The bottom plate features rubberized grips so it won’t scratch your floor and allows you to sprint all out without having to worry about the Rocker Plate moving.
Universal Design to Fit Your Trainer
A near-universal design that supports most types of bike trainers. The KOM Cycling Rocker Plate is compatible with Wahoo, Saris, Kinetic, Elite and many other trainer setups. Contact us with any questions before ordering and we’ll be happy to ensure it fits your smart trainer and any other specific needs.
Trainer Compatibility Guide
The KOM Cycling Rocker Plate features 13 mounting slots to ensure it will accommodate most trainers on the market. Below is a list of compatible trainers:
● WAHOO FITNESS: KICKR Core, KICKR, KICKR Snap
● SARIS: Mag, Mag+, Fluid 2, M2
● TACX: Neo 2T, Flux 2, Flux, Flow
● And most other trainers!
What is included?
The Rocker Plate ships from the United States and includes the following..
● Rocker Plate
● Velcro Straps x5
● Inflatable Balls
● Ball Inflator Pump
● Level Tool.
Rocker Plate Specs:
● Length: 64″
● Width: Widest 34.5″, 11.5″ Narrowest
● Height: 3.75″
● Weight: 42lbs.
Rocker Plate FAQ’s
Will this work with the Wahoo KICKR BIKE?
Yes, the KOM Cycling Rocker Plate can be used with the Wahoo KICKR Bike to build the ultimate pain cave setup. More photos and video of this setup coming soon!
Is the Rocker Plate available on Amazon?
Yes, the Rocker Plate is available on Amazon.
● More info at: komcycling.com.
Athlete Collections New 2021 EF Education-Nippo Kit
Now available – the world’s most compliant kit
From the low-profile blackout kit debuted at the 2019 Tour Down Under to the standout switch out that shook up last year’s Giro, Rapha and EF have always designed to disrupt. Pulling on a kit should always mean pushing the envelope and committing to driving the sport forwards.
But even as the team who brought the pro peloton its first duck-inspired kit, we don’t want to ruffle too many feathers. After getting into hot water last season, we’ve decided to create a compliant kit for 2021. In fact, we’ve tried to create the world’s most compliant cycling kit. Though we’ve earned a reputation as rule breakers, our design for this season centers around the rule-makers’ regulations.
To ensure we comply with every rule and regulation no matter how seemingly insignificant, our designers have shown their work. For correct positioning and spacing of sponsor logos, they’ve left their meticulous measurements marked up while subtle annotations are a nod to their creative approach to compliance.
These finer details won’t be seen from the helicopter shots but for those who wear our kit, riders and supporters alike, they will serve as a reminder of our team’s desire to move the dial and change the sport. For fans following the team on TV or from the roadside, their favorite riders will still stand out in the team’s traditional hi-vis pink.
Men’s & Women’s EF Education-Nippo Pro Team Aero Jersey
The Pro Team Aero Jersey is made for the fastest race days, when even the slightest aerodynamic advantage can support a race winning move. No ordinary replica, this team edition jersey is identical to those used by EF Education-NIPPO riders at the highest level of competition.
Every element of the Aero Jersey has been designed from a pro racer’s perspective. Smooth fabrics on the front and texture at the back minimizes drag to ensure effort equates to speed. The sleek material on the back panel has a directional nap – smooth in one direction, rough in the other – to provide an additional aerodynamic advantage.
This fabric, as well as those used on the sleeves and the front of the jersey, are extremely lightweight and offer excellent mechanical stretch for a figure-hugging race fit at the lowest weight possible. Bonded seams across the back of the jersey support three pockets even when they are stuffed full of food while inside, a mesh lining aids breathability across the lower back. The full-length zipper is oversized for quick adjustments even when riding on the rivet while a zip guard prevents irritation when zipping up for the victory salute.
Men’s EF Education-Nippo Pro Team Bib-shorts II
Designed for comfort when the race is on, the EF Education-NIPPO Pro Team Bib Shorts combine technology developed over years of all out racing from climbs to cols. Deep blue in color, the bibs complement the EF team’s unique 2021 jersey design and use a soft yet slightly compressive fabric that’s comfortable against the skin. Cut for comfort in an on-bike position, the shorts feature our size-specific, dual-density Pro Team chamois pad, as used by team riders. A minimal seam construction creates a streamlined shape to prevent the fabric from bunching at the hips while low-profile, wide leg grippers ensure a stable fit. The uppers are printed with the compliant design that adorns the team jersey and are made of a high-stretch mesh fabric that is fast-drying and high-wicking for comfort on hotter days. Flat, bonded seams sit close to the skin to prevent rubbing or chafing. A single radio pocket is positioned on the lower back for use in races.
EF Education-Nippo Women’s Pro Team Bib-Shorts
Designed for comfort when the race is on, the EF Education-NIPPO Women’s Pro Team Bib Shorts combine technology developed in the women’s peloton with the most eye-catching design from the men’s. Deep pink and blue in color, the bibs complement the EF team’s unique 2021 jersey design and use a soft yet slightly compressive fabric that’s comfortable against the skin. Cut for comfort in an on-bike position, the shorts feature our women’s specific chamois pad, used by our pro riders during their toughest training rides and most intense race efforts. A minimal seam construction creates a streamlined shape to prevent the fabric from bunching at the hips, and low-profile, wide leg grippers keep everything in place. The uppers are printed with the oil slick design that adorns the team jersey and made of a high-stretch mesh fabric that is fast-drying and high-wicking for comfort on hotter days. Flat, bonded seams sit close to the skin to prevent rubbing or chafing. A single radio pocket is positioned on the lower back for use in races.
EF Education-Nippo Pro Team Socks – Regular
Raced throughout the season by the riders of EF Education-NIPPO, the Pro Team Socks are the ultimate in comfort and performance. Featuring a new, improved nylon fabric, the Pro Team Socks wick sweat efficiently, are soft, comfortable, and stay in position more securely than other race-wear equivalents. With a breathable mesh upper, these socks are designed for high-intensity riding or racing. Aiding comfort and fit, the fabric has added elastane to provide more stretch, while the cuff offers improved support.
EF Education-Nippo Musette
The musette is a classic cycling accessory, used for years by pro teams to deliver mid-race nutrition to riders. As handed out by EF Education-NIPPO’s soigneurs, this limited edition musette features the team’s eye-catching logo and compliant kit design for 2021. Made from a durable cotton, the musette is made to last with a popper at the top to keep contents safe and secure.
EF Education-Nippo Lightweight Snood
Created to maintain body heat while remaining breathable, this lightweight snood is made with PrimaLoft®, a high performance thermal yarn. The snood can be used as a collar to keep cold air at bay or be pulled up over your nose and ears for added coverage while training in cold weather. This team edition version features the team’s updated 2021 kit design.
● Men’s & Women’s EF Education-Nippo Pro Team Aero Jersey: USD195 GBP145 AUD255 CAD270
● Men’s EF Education-Nippo Pro Team Bib Shorts II: USD270 GBP195 AUD340 CAD365
● Women’s EF Education-Nippo Pro Team Bib Shorts: USD270 GBP195 AUD340 CAD365
● EF Education-Nippo Pro Team Socks – Regular: USD20 GBP15 AUD27 CAD30
● EF Education-Nippo Musette: USD20 GBP15 AUD27 CAD30
● EF Education-Nippo Lightweight Snood: USD20 GBP15 AUD27 CAD30
● See more at: www.rapha.cc
The ABUS Pedelec 2.0 Is The Next-Gen Micromobility Helmet
Safety For Your Bike, eBike and eScooter
Designed specifically for urban use, the Pedelec 2.0 helmet from ABUS features an unmatched combination of safety and convenience features.
Visibility is the first line of defense in the city, so the Pedelec 2.0 features 360º visibility with bright retroreflectors, as well as a large and bright integrated rear LED light. The flashing red triangle LED is one of the largest helmet-mounted lights on the market.
With growing traffic congestion and eBikes and eScooters offering increased transit options, more riders are choosing to head out regardless of the weather forecast. The Pedelec 2.0 is rain-ready, with an integrated rear port hiding a rain cover that can be quickly deployed – the rear mount is fixed in the port and the cover hooks into place on the front, covering the vents for wet or cold weather use. Of course the cover features the same reflectors as the shell and splits around the LED light so both active and passive visibility systems remain functional when it’s dark and cloudy.
Rounding out the package are the clever Fidlock magnetic buckle for one-handed operation, ponytail compatibility for long locks, and full-coverage shell to keep the helmet protected from the minor dings associated with city use.
Pedelec 2.0 Features:
● Constructed with a double shell in-Mold for durable fusion of the outer shell and the shock-absorbing helmet material (EPS).
● The design includes deep temple and neck protection
● Integrated rechargeable Rear LED light
● Integrated Rain cover can quickly be pulled over the helmet
● 13 vents with integrated front fly nets
● Replaceable visor
● Zoom Ace dial-adjustment fit system
● Sizing: 52-57cm (Sm/Med); 56-62cm (L/XL)
● MSRP $149.99
● More info at: mobil.abus.com
● Affiliate Retailers: Target, Propel Bikes and Amazon.
SockGuy Releases 38 New Designs for Spring 2021
SockGuy has 38 new designs engineered to inspire athletes everywhere from roadies, mountain bikers, runners, hikers, and gym freaks. This release includes new designs ranging from a sock honoring 2020 showing a flaming dumpster to clouds, hearts, and cacti. We’re also launching four stripe designs in our SGX compression line, as well as a new sock style, SGX Sugar, which features a double-over cuff for added ankle support.
With 25 years as sock experts, SockGuy has been providing athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and pretty much everyone else with a high-performance fit and cool designs for hard-working/hard-playing feet. SockGuy socks are manufactured right here in the USA – no outsourcing, no cutting corners – just great-fitting, no blistering, high-styling socks.
See all of our new designs here.
New: SGX Stripes (compression + 6” cuff)
New: Sugar SGX (compression + 2.5” double-over cuff)
● SockGuy socks are available in fine athletic retailers around the world and online at SockGuy.com
● MSRP is $10.95-$21.95.
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