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The Week in Tech: Quarq power, SRAM Apex, coffee

Quarq and SRAM unveil new cranksets, Rocky Mounts has a new hitch rack, Cycliq improves its safety camera, and Northwave has a windproof jersey.

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

Quarq launches new DZero power meter platform

Photo: Quarq
Photo: Quarq

Quarq’s next generation power meter platform builds on the company’s spider-based power meters we first saw 10 years ago. The DZero uses a new measurement circuit and a revised strain gauge design for improved data accuracy throughout the pedal stroke. It is Bluetooth low-energy and Ant+ compatible and will now work with Boost 148 (52mm chainline) mountain bikes and BB386EVO bottom brackets. And in case you were wondering, Quarq sticks to its particle physics theme, naming the DZero platform for the DZero Experiment, a project that was aimed at detecting subatomic particles moving at the speed of light … Neat!

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Rocky Mounts gets outta the way

Photo: Rocky Mounts
Photo: Rocky Mounts

The MonoRail Swing bike rack from Rocky Mounts allows full access to the rear of your vehicle, even with bikes attached. The platform rack fits two-inch receivers and holds bikes with wheels sized between 20-29 inches, with zero frame contact. It also provides clearance for fat bikes, including those with Bluto forks and 197mm rear spacing. The swinging rack carries two bikes but can accommodate a third with an add-on that is sold separately. The MonoRail rack is also available in a standard, non-swinging version. Racks will be available next spring for $530 for the swing option and $370 for the standard version.

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I brake for coffee

Photo: Coffee Brake Mug
Photo: Coffee Brake Mug

Blend a little cycling flair into your daily coffee habit with this funky mug that uses a bicycle brake lever for a handle. Creator Ben Clark launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Coffee Brake Mug project and it quickly surpassed the $10,000 goal with three weeks of fundraising left to go. The 20-ounce insulated mug features a screw-on lid, is BPA free, and is dishwasher safe. Giddy-up!

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Apex 1 crankset completes SRAM’s price-point 1x package

Photo: SRAM
Photo: SRAM

SRAM’s Apex 1 crankset has an integrated four-arm asymmetric spider and X-Sync chainrings to complete the company’s most affordable road 1x drivetrain. The four-arm system was developed to maximize stiffness-to-weight while X-Sync chainring technology provides better chain retention for the 1x system. Apex 1 cranks are both 10- and 11-speed compatible and available in 40, 42, and 44T chainring options. The GXP crank goes for $100 while the BB30 option is $118.

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Northwave airs it out

Photo: Northwave
Photo: Northwave

Northwave’s newest summer jersey, the AirOut, shields riders from the wind without sacrificing breathability. Windproof material isn’t typically something we look for in warm-weather gear, but Northwave says this jersey was designed to prevent riders from getting chilled on long, cool descents after sweating on the climb up. The AirOut uses an ultra-compact weave AirBlock material across the front of the jersey, which Northwave claims will keep out 78 percent more air than normal polyester while only giving up 4 percent in breathability. But the windproofing on the front of the jersey means riders will not get blow-through cooling effects when riding uphill or on the flats. So just how cool can you stay in a windproof summer jersey? We’ll get one for testing and let you know.

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Cycliq camera gets a new closure system

Photo: Cycliq
Photo: Cycliq

Cycliq released its updated Fly6[v] rear-facing HD camera and light combo that features a new closure system for faster and simpler mounting. Designed to capture your ride with looping video technology, the Fly6[v] also provides extra visibility with the built-in 30-lumen rear light. The camera offers 720p video and HD audio recording so you can documents your ride for later viewing in case of an on-road incident with cars or to catch your wheel-sucking friends when they refuse to pull through on a ride.

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Mountain Bikers React to Their First Taste of Non-Alcoholic Craft Beer

These local mountain bikers tried Athletic Brewing Company's craft beer for the first time, and you'd be surprised by their reactions.

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