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Fi’zi:k is offering six new two-color team replica saddles, along with a new saddle design.

Retail:$199 (saddle and bar tape) Weight:199 grams Web Fi'zi:k is releasing a new saddle model, the Arione CX, in six team replica colors, sold with matching fi'zi:k microtex handlebar tape. The Arione CX has a new foam formulation to reduce the weight by 30 grams. The foam is higher density and requires less bulk, reducing weight and producing a lower and sleeker saddle than the Arione.

Look! It’s 1986! The French frame maker offers a limited edition Mondrian paint scheme.

Retail price: $4499 (frame only) Number produced: 50 Web site: Look is producing a limited number of Look 586 Mondrian frames this year. [nid:75937]The paint jobs are in the style of the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, and of course will remind old timers of the La Vie Claire team kit worn by Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond in the 1980s. That team used Look pedals from its inception and began using Look frames in 1987.

A first look: Shimano’s new Saint group

When it comes to downhill and freeride components, there is a real need to make them tougher. Manufacturers want parts to last longer and stand up to greater abuse, but the riders using them often take durability for granted and strive for something else — light weight.

Technical Q and A with Lennard Zinn: On bearings and brakes

Dear Lennard,
I want to replace the Raceface X-type road bottom bracket on my Giant TCR C1 road bike. I want to replace it with one that is smoother running, likely one with ceramic bearings. Will any Shimano compatible ceramic bearing bottom bracket work? I guess this sounds like a very general question, but it is probably because I have never changed or installed a bottom bracket before. I didn't know if I would have to worry about spacers to keep the proper chain line, etc.

Sampson Sports has a new time trial and triathlon group designed to shave weight and time.

Sampson Sports has put together some of its existing and new products to create a time trial bike package that it says will allow riders to affordably assemble a sub-16-pound aero bike. The package includes Sampson's new Stratics time trial bars with Sampson's stem, brake levers, brakes, cranks, bottom bracket, pedals, saddle, and front and rear derailleur. The package includes Shimano Dura-Ace shifters and cassette. Sampson Sports' Eric Sampson said combining the package with a 1700-gram frame and 2100-gram wheels will produce a 15.5-pound bike.

Ritchey is going to a “Wet White” finish on some of its new parts.

Ritchey is all about white for the new season. The California company showed a new "Wet White" WCS alloy road handlebar at Sea Otter. It's already in use by the brand’s star domestic road team, Health Net–Maxxis and by the Tibco women's team. The company also is making a matching Wet White WCS 4-Axis alloy stem.

Still new: the last Sea Otter tech gallery

This year’s Sea Otter was better than ever with regards to new product roll-outs. There was too much to see during the short four days I was in Monterey, but we caught the vast majority in the hottest new stuff category. I’ll cover the rest of the best in this final photo gallery, but look for a few more stories from the Otter that go deeper than these galleries have. You should expect a rundown of Shimano’s new Saint group online tis week, while reports on Tomac, Yeti and FSA will pop up in future pages of VeloNews and