Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.
Ibis carbon hardtail MTB aims for affordability
Ibis designed the DV9 to do it all, for the right price. The frame costs just $999, which is only a little more than a comparable aluminum frame. The complete bikes start at $2,199. Yet this thing’s ready to race, with a frame weight of 1,204 grams and the option to run a 100mm or 120mm fork. This 29er hardtail also has clearance for tires up to 2.6 inches, so you can get rowdy on your local singletrack too. DV stands for development since the bike was originally conceived as a bike for high school racers. It comes with a seven-year frame warranty.
Lezyne’s Shop Floor Drive pump has secrets
A pump is a pump. Well, unless it’s also got some hidden gems, like a multitool integrated into its handle. Oh, and some tire levers. And glueless patches. It’d be nifty in the garage, but the Shop Floor Drive belongs in the back of your car or truck for setup at the trailhead. The aluminum barrel and base make it rugged enough to survive your neglectful tosses into the back seat. And at $100, it’s a good investment for years of use. It goes all the way up to 220 psi, so use it for road or mountain.
Scicon snubs its nose as it enters saddle game
You’ve likely heard of Scicon and its line of heavy-duty bike travel cases. Now you can sit on ’em too. The Elan Carbon saddle is Scicon’s first, and it takes a cue from the growing trend of snub-nose saddles. The shorter length helps increase blood flow and position the rider’s hips optimally to increase muscle function, according to Scicon. It’s got all the high-end touches like carbon rails, a wider rear, and a feathery weight. Scicon says it’s ideal for both road and mountain bikers due to its ergonomic shape. It can be yours for $229, or $299 for the special edition kit.
Does gravel need its own helmet? Kask thinks so.
Okay, to be fair, Kask has launched both a revised road lid, the Mojito X, in addition to the “gravel-specific” lid, the Mojito X Peak. What’s the difference, you ask? The Peak has a peak! Yep, it’s got a removable brim that Kask says will help protect you from rain, grit, mud, and the sun’s glare. Otherwise, it’s identical to the Mojito X, which features 26 vents and a 220 gram weight (size medium; the peak on the Peak will add a few grams, of course). The Mojito X runs $200, while the Mojito X Peak costs slightly more at $206.
BKool updates allow better compatibility, faster startup
BKool now plays nice with more smart trainers, opening up its 3D graphics to more at-home riders. Perhaps even more exciting, however, are the improvements to pairing with smartphones and tablets. BKool says you should be able to start riding within a minute of turning on your device. And courses are now available in offline mode, so you’re not tied to a bad wifi connection. You’ll need to mark the route as a favorite while you’re online in order to access it later offline. There have been improvements to the 3D graphics, and an updated TV-style camera angle makes it all a bit more interesting.