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Week in Tech: New Pivot Vault, Lazer aero helmet, Clement gravel tires

Pivot introduces a new 'cross bike that likes gravel too, Lazer unveils an aero road lid, Why bikes launches a line of ti frames, and Clement has a faster gravel tire.

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The Pivot Vault gets some slick upgrades for 2017

Photo: Pivot
Photo: Pivot

The new Pivot Vault is a competition-ready cyclocross machine that doubles as an all-season racer on any road surface. The 2017 frameset includes an all new, full carbon, tapered steerer fork from Pivot, with an oversized crown, increased tire clearance, and Shimano’s new flat-mount brakes. To reduce weight and improve handling, the fork dropouts have been upgraded to a 12mm thru axle design. The new model is available as a frameset or as a complete bike with a mixed surface build featuring Shimano Ultegra and Stan’s Grail wheels for $3,999.

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Clement releases new fast-rolling, mixed-terrain X’Plor adventure tire

Photo: Clement
Photo: Clement

Clement adds a third tire to its line of X’Plor mixed-terrain, adventure tires. The Strada USH combines the company’s Strada LGG road tire with the knobbier X’Plore USH, creating a tire with a fast rolling center track and scaled up herringbone tread toward the edges for traction in the turns. The 32-millimeter wide tire weighs a claimed 341 grams in its tubeless ready version and retails for $75. A folding, 120 TPI tire with protective belt, bead to bead, retails for $80 while the 60 TPI tire with puncture-protection under tread goes for $55.

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Kinetic unveils new smart control trainers

Photo: Kinetic
Photo: Kinetic

Minneapolis-based Kinetic design announced its new line of smart control trainers including the free-moving electronic Rock and Roll trainer. The trainers include an electronically controlled resistance unit, large flywheel, power data, and realistic ride feel. They are Bluetooth Smart compatible and fully integrated with the Kinetic’s Fit power training app. Kinetic will officially debut the new trainers at Eurobike and Interbike and products are scheduled to arrive in stores beginning in late September.

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Lazer balances aero and ventilation with new Bullet aero helmet

Photo: Lazer
Photo: Lazer

Lazer’s sleek new Bullet aero road helmet has a small frontal area and narrow drop-like shape for optimal aerodynamics. But it doesn’t sacrifice ventilation for speed like most aero road helmets on the market. Small side vents and a large rear exhaust vent provide airflow while an adjustable front vent can be opened or closed to adjust the level airflow needed.

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Hiplock’s wall-mounted lock combines home storage and security

Photo: Hiplock
Photo: Hiplock

Hiplock launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new wall-mounted bike lock and storage solution. The streamlined triangular design provides stable storage (hanging the bike from the top tube) for different types of bikes and has a rubber lining so it won’t scratch your bike’s paint. It includes secure wall fixing and an integrated hardened steel lockable bolt for security. The crowdsourcing campaign kicked off just days ago and is gaining momentum with nearly $15,000 raised of its $90,000 goal.

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