Wheels, tyres, brake pads, pumps, lights and energy products feature in our final Core Bike Show round-up.
29er frames have come a long way in a short space of time but the wheels haven’t necessarily followed suit, with riders complaining that stiffness is compromised as a result of the charge wheel size. Sun Ringle have hit back by producing the Charger Pro 29er, which was developed with the aim of being as rigid as possible. The all mountain wheels have Stan’s No Tubes rims, double butted spokes (28 spokes front and rear) and alloy nipples. Claimed weight is 1850g and retail price is £449.99.
Carrying on with the 29er theme, this is the WTB Moto AM TCS tyre. “The Moto is an aggressive square lugged tyre designed to navigate through mud, rocks and loose soil,” according to the manufacturer. It’s available in one size (1.9), weighs 650g and will take £39.99 from your wallet.
Race Winning Designs – or RWD for short) are a new company who focus solely on the production of mountain bike disc brake pads. RWD is a by-product of Bremstech, who have been brake pads for the motorsport industry for more than 30 years. RWD’s brake pads are made from one of two materials; either organic friction material (the preferred choice for summer riding) or a sintered metal material (which revels in wet and gritty conditions, so best saved for demanding trail riding and downhill). You can find out more about the technology behind RWD brake pads at www.racewinningdesigns.co.uk
The chaps at Upgrade Bikes told us that all Lezyne’s pump hoses now come with the company’s Air Bleed System, a small button on which depressurises the hose to make for easier removal.
We’ve also got news from Lezyne regarding their lights range. They moved into that market last year with a three-light range targeted at commuters (read our review of the 450 Lumen Super Drive here) and they went down a storm, so Lezyne are now working on a range of more powerful torches – pumping out more than 1,000 Lumens, we’re told – perfect for night riding.
Heard of For Goodness Shakes? The brains behind the popular recovery drink have launch Nectar with the aim of simplifying hydration. Nectar is a thick liquid/gel diluted with water to create a sports drink. It comes in a two litre tank – one pump creates a hypotonic drink (for short, hot or low intensity training sessions), two pumps makes an isotonic drink (for standard training or racing) and three pumps rustles up a hypertonic drink (for sprint sessions or interval training). Nectar launches with two flavours, light orange and lemon lime, while 50ml sachets are also available to take to races/sportives or to carry in your jersey pockets.