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By Zack Vestal
Garmin announces Mac compatibilityThe Garmin Forerunner 405 is now compatible with Apple computers, so Mac users can now wirelessly download to Garmin Connect. The Forerunner 405 is a watch-sized GPS unit that in addition to tracking routes, has 35 customizable data fields including heart rate, speed, time, cadence, and more.
It also has a touch-sensitive bezel around the face of the unit, so that most functions can be accessed without having to find buttons. For more information, visit www.garmin.com.
Polar introduces the CS600XPolar has added GPS functionality to the original CS600 computer by creating the new CS600X. When paired with Polar’s G3 GPS sensor accessory, the CS600X can record GPS mapping information for download and viewing through Polar ProTrainer 5 software or other GPS mapping programs. The new computer also has more recording and memory capacity to hold more data points and therefore higher resolution of heart rate and power.
The CS600X can be paired with any of Polar’s other W.I.N.D. sensors to provide customized training measurement. Speed and cadence, GPS, and power measurement sensors are all available. When the CS600X is paired with the power output sensor, it can actually track cycling efficiency by comparing the riders calculated energy output against forward momentum.
More information, including pricing and links to a video with ProTrainer 5 features are at www.polarusa.com
Louis Garneau’s new time trial helmetLouis Garneau has a new time trial helmet to go with the Diamond road helmet released last week. The 2009 Superleggera is 50 grams less than its precurser (the Garneau Rocket Air) and features two front vents with three rear vents. Dimples across the front and top of the helmet help maintain smooth airflow. Windtunnel testing at Colorado Premier Training in Fort Collins, Colorado helped confirm the aerodynamics of the Superleggera.
The Superleggera is compatible with a new, ventilated Louis Garneau windscreen which attaches to the helmet. The combination of the helmet and windscreen is claimed to be the fastest on the market.
Louis Garneau sponsors Team Type 1 and Rock Racing, both of which are actively racing with these helmets this week at the Tour of California.
For more information, visit www.louisgarneau.com.
Schwalbe releases new Ultremo R tireSpotted on some of the Liquigas Cannondales at the Tour of California is a new tire from Schwalbe. The Ultremo R claims to be the lightest clincher tire on the market at just 180 grams. Combined with material to reduce rolling resistance added to a lower the chance of punctures, and it’s no wonder the Liquigas riders are embracing the tire.
The Ultremo R has a built-in belt of “High Density Guard” which is a thinly woven layer of high-density material from Warwick Mills. The tire also has a layer of ceramic particles incorporated in the tread belt to repel sharp bits of glass and debris. These technologies, combined with the radial orientation of material in the protective belt, give the tire its unique characteristics. The radial construction and a new rubber compound are claimed to give the tire 10 percent less rolling resistance.
For more information, visit www.schwalbe.de.
Giro Announces Livestrong helmet collectionTimed to coincide with the Tour of California and Lance Armstrong’s return to racing, Giro has announced a new LIVESTRONG helmet collection. In partnership with Lance Armstrong and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, four new special edition LIVESTRONG helmets will be launched in April. The helmets will feature the signature yellow and black LIVESTRONG colors, and proceeds from each helmet sold will go to the LAF.
The four helmets included in the LIVESTRONG collection are the Ionos (a version of which Armstrong himself wears), the Saros road helmet, the Rift mountain bike helmet, and the Rodeo kids helmet.
For pricing and more info, visit www.giro.com/livestrong