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Week in Tech: Mavic’s MTB rims, eTap shifters, and more

This week, Mavic unveils its new mountain bike rims, SRAM announces new eTap Clic shifters for aerobars, and much more.

Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Mavic launches new full-carbon mountain bike rims

Mavic unveiled its first full-carbon mountain bike rims, the XA Pro Carbon. Available in both 27.5-inch and 29-inch options, the full carbon rim is 100-percent UST compliant and has a hookless design to reduce weight and improve durability. The rims will be available starting in September and will cost $1,850.


SRAM eTap releases Clic buttons for aerobars

New aerobar extension shifter buttons are now available with SRAM’s eTap wireless drivetrain. The eTap Clics fit into the ends of extensions with an inner diameter of 19-21.5 millimeters and connect to the eTap BlipBox for easy shifting while riding in the aero position. The Clics will be available starting in July and will be priced at $100.


Quality bikes for kids is Islabikes’s mission

Portland’s Islabikes launched a new series of bikes called the Pro Series that are made specifically or kids. The line includes mountain, cyclocross, and road bikes that are built with premium components to suit the age and size of kids. If a certain component doesn’t exist to fit these needs, Islabike will make it in-house.

The company is also giving back to its local community by donating bikes to Portland’s Community Cycling Center. This nonprofit organization is determined to grow the bicycle movement by showing kids how to fix their own bikes and get them exploring their neighborhoods. With a larger fleet of quality bikes, the Community Cycling Center is able to take kids on rides, adventures, and bike camps that may have been out of reach otherwise.


360-degree cameras now available at retailers

360fly announced global retail availability for the 4k cameras that can mount to your bike or helmet for 360-degree video recording. The single-lens camera captures stitch-less, 360-degree video with interactive and mobile virtual reality viewing capabilities. The cameras are arriving at retailers now and will continue to roll out through June.


Mavic supports USA Cycling for nationals and Olympics

Mavic announced a partnership with USA Cycling to provide neutral support for national championship events, including masters and the pro road race and time trial events this week in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mavic also announced it will be the official wheel supplier to the USA Cycling track teams through the upcoming Olympics with the Comete, iO, and new Rio wheels.


New app calculates your finish time for rides and races

The free ETA App is a GPS-based app that provides estimated finish times by using a “smoothing average” pace calculation, which differs from the instantaneous pace calculation used by many GPS watches. The app continually calculates and updates your current estimated time of arrival and provides information about the average pace needed to meet certain time goals. The app is only available for iPhones, but an Android version is coming soon.


Flyrack’s wall-mounted bike rack live on Kickstarter

Flyrack is the newest cycling product to jump on the Kickstarter movement with a new campaign for its wall-mounted bike rack. The design is simple and holds bikes up and out of the way for more organized bike storage. And when the rack isn’t in use, you can fold it up and use it as a picture frame to decorate your wall.