Race Face had a variety of new things to showcase at Interbike this year. Check inside for details on their new pedals, Next Carbon cranks, their 35mm Bars / Stem, and more. Sony was showing off their new Action Cam that they recently updated as well as some neat new partnerships with K-Edge. In addition to the AS30V updates, they also have a new AKA-LU1 cradle that allows you to use the Action Cam like a camcorder.
Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V
MSRP: $300 ($399 for a Special K-Edge packaged kit)
The Sony Action Cam received some updates recently that have it competing with the popular GoPro cameras. They’ve added some new features that many riders will be drawn to like the revamped housing that is slimmer, 1080p 60fps mode, and much more.
Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V
The quality looks quite good from what we’ve seen from this new camera and with Sony’s good low level performance it is a good camera to consider in cycling as we often need image stabilization due to bumpy terrain and dark shadowy areas where these features shine. Th Action Cam has a Carl Zeiss lens as well which is quite notable when considering quality lenses let alone in a helmet camera.
K-Edge is offering mounts as well for the Sony Action Cam
The Sony AKA-LU1 lets you snap the Action Cam into a camcorder housing to shoot from the sidelines better.
Sony AKA-LU1 Camcorder attachement
All of the mounts have a tripod base so compatibility is nice for other attachments available. The big yellow clip is a little bit bigger than GoPro and wider a well. This should help with stability but takes up a larger footprint as a result where it is mounted. The new housing is slimmer as well and they’ve aded buttons to the side to make the buttons accessible from the outside. Submersion depth is reduced in comparison to the 1st generation housing but its still adequate for most users.
They’ve added GPS to the camera as well which lets you utilize this camera in new and exciting ways. The built in wifi allows you to utilize a smartphone to live view the action or replays.
Be sure to read the additional details below:
Sony Expands its Action Cam POV Video Lineup and Debuts New Model at Interbike 2013
Newest Addition Brings Easy Share via Wi-Fi and NFC One-Touch Connection, GPS, Slimmer Housing, High Res Photos, and Optional Wearable Live-View Remote
WHAT: Sony’s recently announced Action Cam model – HDR-AS30V – is an ultra-compact point-of-view HD shooting solution shipping with a ruggedized, waterproof housing that is 35% lighter and 25% smaller than its predecessor. For the first time, Action Cam has GPS and captures sharp 11.9-megapixel still photos in addition to its Interval Still Recording mode for impressive time-lapse photography. A back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor grabs even more light for beautiful images and with six recording modes, from Full HD 1920×1080 60p/50p to HD SLOW 4x 1280×720 120p, it’s perfect for all types of adventures. Built-in Wi-Fi® allows users to instantly share their Action Cam content to a smartphone or tablet (using Sony’s free PlayMemories MobileTM) for easy upload and also allows control of the camera with any compatible device, including the new Live-View Remote (RM-LVR1). This optional wristwatch-style waterproof controller has a color LCD and synchs wirelessly to the video camera, for hands-free operation when Action Cam is mounted in hard-to-reach places. And with NFC one-touch connection support, it’s even easier to synch with compatible Android devices to operate the camera.
All Action Cam models offer Sony’s hallmark SteadyShot™ image stabilization to deliver stunningly smooth video and an ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar lens to capture all the action in a 170-degree field of view. With on-board GPS, Map View displays location and trail information while Multi View reads speed information to create an exciting speedometer-style video overlay. Sony is also excited to announce its partnership with Kinomap, a geo-location video community where people can upload and share videos taken with the new GPS-enabled Action Cam.
Two-Screen Multi View combines video files captured simultaneously with two different cameras and after a video is shot, Movie Rotation can turn the file clockwise or counterclockwise every 90° if the video was taken from left-to-right, in reverse, or upside down. And in addition to the HDR-AS30V, new mounts were launched including a Chest Mount Harness (AKA-CMH1), Roll Bar Mount (VCT-RBM1), Universal Head Mount Kit (BLT-UHM1), Action Monopod (VCT-AMP1), Underwater Housing (MPK-AS3), Float Mount (AKA-FL2), and Accessory Kit (ACC-DCBX). Sony has also collaborated with K-Edge to deliver two Action Cam mounts designed for bike enthusiasts. The new mounts are made of anodized 6061 T6 Aluminum for a rugged, light solution allowing uncompromised performance.
ABOUT: Sony’s HDR-AS30V and its new mount offerings will be available for about $299.99 at http://store.sony.com, Sony retail stores and other authorized retailers nationwide in late September/early October. The K-Edge mounts will be offered as a bundle with the camera for $399.99 or individually through K-Edge. Follow #ActionCam on Twitter for the latest Action Cam news.
The Kinomap geo-location video community is free; the company’s training app – Kinomap Trainer – is available for $11-65 depending on the length of subscription and allows cycling enthusiasts to train indoors using their home trainer by choosing among the biking videos uploaded on the Kinomap community. Visit www.kinomap.com for more information.
Race Face 2014
Race Face has a lot of new things for 2014. To kick things off, they’ve revamped the Next SL crankset. These carbon cranks take a lot of insight from what they learned with the SixC. They’ve revamped the axle system into a simple system they’re caling Cinch. Cinch allows the 2014 Next crankset to be quite versatile and customizable. They’re made in Vancouver as well. The axle is replaceable to swapping between multiple bikes is straightfoward. The spider also is removable so running a dedicated single ring is easy. With the single ring spider, you can also run a smaller chainring sizes that are often also used on XX1/X01 style drivetrains. Multiple chainring option also are no problem for the Next SL.
Race Face also makes these crank protectors that work with a wide variety of carbon cranks to help protect them from damage.
Moving onto handlebars, Race Face has been churning out some new 35mm series bars and stems. They’ve been able to get their products even lighter as a result while still offering great stiffness.
New 35mm handlebars for 2014
The 35mm SixC handlebars you see above are even lighter than their 31.8 counerparts. They’re available in the typical 8×5 (rise/sweep) in 10mm , 20mm, and 35mm rise. They’re also 800mm wide.
The 35mm colored Atlas bars that you see above are also lighter this year than the 31.8 and also feature the 8×5 setup in a wide stance.
The Next carbon bars are 760mm and are available in 10mm and 20mm rise.
New 35mm bar clamp Atlas stems - 65mm(pictured) / 50mm / 35mm
35mm bar clamp Atlas
The Atlas Direct Mount 35mm bar clamp stem is also new this year. It’s 50mm long and comes with an optional riser plate to push the stem up if you want.
Atlas Direct Mount
It’s a bit of a surprise Race Face hasn’t tried to make pedals before being a component manufacturer but they were showing off two new pedals this year. The Atlas flat pedal features 3 bearings in its design and is quite flat.
The pedal pins reverse out from the underside so a bent pin should be easier to remove should that occur. Race Face has also angled the pins and they say it provides additional grip. Colors include red, black, blue, and green. MSRP $170.
They also have a more budget pedal, the Aeffect. It features two bearings and a bushing in a slightly heavier but more conventional pedal at $110 MSRP.
Aeffect - Red / Blue / Black
Rounding out the highlights is the Loam Ranger flannel. It’s got a variety of pockets and has flexible panels in the shoulder blades to help for when you’re on the bike to prevent any tugging or restrictions in that area.
Famous Rob sporting the Loam Ranger
The Indy Pad is a new d30 pad as well from them for the Enduro crowd. It’s a lightweight pad that’s easy to pack and provides some protection in key areas.
Race Face Indy Knee Pad
Wheels are something you need an Race Face has a cheep and cheerful option for trail bikes called the Turbine Wheelset for 27.5 and 29er. 142×12 setup in the rear (convertible to 135) and a 15mm front axle. 28 spokes. XX1 driver is coming soon with an MSRP of $580.