More new products inside from e*thirteen, Lazer Sport, and Spurcycle.
e*thirteen launched a few new products at the show including a 12 speed TRS+ cassette (9-50t) , 11 speed XCX+ cassette, lighter chain rings, and new crank offerings. The cassettes have been simplified and don’t require specialized tools. They are also backed with a 5 year warranty . Check out the video below for a quick overview of the new products.
The new products launched include a TRS PLUS 12 Speed cassette with 9-50t range. If you have an 11-speed drive-train already and are looking to go 12 speed, they also offer a 12 speed upgrade kit.
Their two piece cassette is improved and secures easily with a 3mm allen, a standard chain ring tool, and a single chain whip now.
The outer rings secure into the inner rings cleanly. If you happen to wear out the aluminum carrier they also sell that separably so can save some money which is never a bad thing.
If you don’t want the range of the 9-50t, they also offer the TRS Plus 11 speed cassette in a 9-46t. The cassette is also e-bike rated for the additional torque those bikes can generate. 10 steel cogs and 1 aluminum cog.
The XCX+ is also available in 9-42, 9-34, and 9-39. Ideal for gravel bikes or riders looking for tighter spacing.
In addition to the new cassettes, e*thirteen also has reintroduced some new cranks. They now have updated the lightweight XCX Race carbon cranks in more sizes for gravel riders. They also have new lighter chainrings as well.
Lazer Sport has 100 years of experience and since Shimano has bought them they’ve been improving things even more. They had some new mountain bike helmets that launched and have a lot of impressive features to them. They are available in 3 sizes (S/M/L) with specific foam molds. Some manufacturers offer 2-3 sizes by offering different size pads instead of different molds.
Overview video below.
The $139.99 Impala MIPS helmet was the star of the show for them. As the name suggest, it features the MIPS system integrated into the helmet along with a lot of other features. Their APS retention system works by easily turning the knob on the back of the helmet which connects to the whole ring around the helmet to securely and evenly tension the whole helmet and not just the back like many other helmet manufacturers.
The Impala features 22 vents The action camera mount works out of the box with GoPro and other action cameras. In the past some riders have been injured by various mounts and Lazer have designed their mount to be able to break-away and not cause damage to the rider in the event of a crash.
For $119.99 you can get the Impala but you’re probably best off with MIPS if you can swing the extra $20.
If you’re after a more budget friendly helmet they also have their Coyote model of helmets which is available in a MIPS ($99.99) and non MIPS version. They have a few less features such as no action camera mount and fewer vents (21)) but they represent an impressive helmet for a good price.
Color options are plentiful and Lazer Sport helmets can be purchased or ordered through any authorized Shimano dealer.
Spurcycle makes some neat bike accessories and they had plenty on display at Sea Otter. If you’re after USA products they have plenty.
The original Spurcycle bell is $49 but its a thing of beauty and works impressively well in a very svelte package. They utilize brass and stainless steel, are made in the USA, available in black or raw finish, and are only 45g. They’re engineered for quality sound and if you’ve ever rang one of these you know it’s a quality bell.
At Sea otter they had a few additional offerings in their bell range. From left to right below they have a $29 yellow brass bell that features a slightly different tone, $39 nickel brass , $49 raw finish (classic bell), and $59 (classic bell) with black finish. The new offerings pictured below with the two bells on the left will be available in the fall.
They were able to lower the price on the new bells as they have a redesigned offering that saves on costs by modifying the materials and lever used in the construction. Note the lever design differences on the original bells in the right of the picture above. They’re still planning to offer both offerings as the original bell does provide a different aesthetic look to it.
Spurcycle also has a $69 lightweight minimalist 90g Grade 5 titanium toolkit made by Paragon Machine Works in California. Includes bits (2,2.5,3,4,5,6,8,t10,t25,p2). The $39 Titanium key clip is only 20g and doubles as a bottle opener.
In addition to the bells they have some motivational bottles for $12ea MSRP.
The $45 saddle bags are also minimalist and are expandable based on how much you need to store in it.
The $29 Multi Pouch is made of Dyneema fabrics and weighs 14g. Made in the USA. It can fold, snap, and zip into a variety of sizes to suit your needs. You can even snap two together. They are weatherproof lightweight and transparent.
Lastly, the hip pack is something they’re working on sill but it’s not quite ready just yet. It has a lot of Dnyeema as well on it and holds its shape nicely along with storage pockets for all sorts of things.