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Muc-Off presents Cube-Tec in new bike protection kits
Muc-Off, the brand known for keeping things clean, now offers the ultimate product for frame cleanliness and order: a series of bike protectors with adhesive protection designed for chainstays, cranks, forks and everything rest. Frame protection kits use Cube Tec material with 45° angled cubes that are said to be strong and flexible. Muc-Off claims that the frame protection will not yellow over time and that the kit is “self-healing”, meaning scratches will fade if riders apply hot water to the kit. Guard kits come in a variety of assortments, from complete frame kits for $99 to crank guard kits for $20.
Giro Fixture Helmet Update, New Glove
The affordable Giro Fixture mountain bike helmet just got a facelift, as well as updated MIPS integration. Giro says the Fixture II should also ventilate better, and this time around there’s a second larger universal size available in select colors.
Giro has also launched a new protective glove, the Giro Gnar. Featuring D3O on the knuckles and palm, the Gnar glove is designed for maximum protection.
Ramble Rack makes a bike rack for 4×4 enthusiasts
Bike carriers are usually designed to carry a bike on paved roads. Anyone who has shuttled down a bad road can attest that they worry a bit more about the safety of their rig when bouncing around ruts and rocks. The RambleRack attempts to address the safety issue with oversized wheel trays and a ratcheting arm that only contacts the tire.
The video above shows some of the extreme test conditions the rack was subjected to, and they say, “In all of our destructive testing, the only point of failure was a front rim. And our rack had a 20% higher pass rate on this test than any other tray-style hitch-mounted rack. Note that at these forces, all other racks also suffered damage to the rack itself.
- Price: Hitch racks start at $899
- Available: Rig’d Supply
OneUp V3 Dropper Remote
OneUp just released the third revision of its dropper remote, and there’s plenty to be excited about. The new design features a replaceable, grippy thumb rest available in seven colors, and it is said to require 27% less actuation force than the previous version. If you already have a compatible handlebar clamp, you can save money and just buy the new V3 remote.
- Price: $45 (remote), $14.50 (clamp)
- Buy on OneUp
The Kali Cascade helmet uses recycled materials
The new Kali Protectives Cascade helmet uses environmentally friendly materials such as recycled EPS foam and recycled plastic, as well as “sustainably sourced” bamboo pads. The Cascade has a FidLock magnetic buckle and 13 vents for maximum airflow. It is available in two sizes: S/M and L/XL.
- Price: $260
- Available: Kali Protections
Lever blade HC-W + Magura MT7 brake
The HC-W lever, designed in collaboration with Loic Bruni, is now available with Magura MT7 brakes for North and South American buyers. The alloy lever has an adjustable reach and should be available this month.
- Price: $269 per brake
- Buy from Magura.
The Kitsbow Denim Icon Shirt is made for the long haul
Old Fort, NC-based Kitsbow has released a new high performance denim shirt and it’s made to move. The Icon shirt folds over the back of the shoulders and features mesh vents, as if the shirt wasn’t cool enough. The Denim Icon uses a 4-way stretch twill with the comfort of cotton and the durability of nylon along with the flexibility of Lycra. The Icon comes in a variety of sizes, with a feminine signature and relaxed fit.