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Week in Tech: A free Santa Cruz, brake mugs, and more

Felt announces new, fatter mountain bikes, Kitsbow is giving away a Santa Cruz, Pegoretti designs fashionable bike gear, and more.

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Felt unveils Surplus 27.5+ mountain bike

Felt released its newest mountain bike, the Surplus, which features the increasingly popular 27.5-plus wheel platform. The Surplus will be available in two complete models, both built around a double-butted, hydroformed 6061 aluminum frame that will be available in five sizes: extra small (14-inch), small (16-inch), medium (18-inch), large (20-inch), and extra large (22-inch). Key features include a ControlTaper integrated head tube, a BB92 bottom bracket, and Boost 148 rear hub spacing.

The Surplus 30 sells for $2,199 and comes complete with a Rock Shox Reba, Race Face Aeffect crankset, and Shimano Deore 1x drivetrain and brakes. The Surplus 70 is priced at $1,399 and features a SR Suntour Raidon 27.5+ fork and Shimano Deore 2×10 components.

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Score a Santa Cruz Stigmata with Kitsbow’s Roadventure giveaway

To celebrate the launch of its new road collection, Kitsbow has teamed up with 10 co-sponsors to create the Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway. Prizes include Kitsbow riding gear, a Santa Cruz Stigmata CC frame, a SRAM Red CX drivetrain, a Strava Pro membership, and a Smith Overtake helmet. The entry deadline is April 15.

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Dario Pegoretti brings high fashion to cycling’s everyday gear

Students from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design teamed up with master frame builder and artist Dario Pegoretti for a joint enterprise in creating a cycling-inspired exhibition that will be presented at the Furniture Fair in Milan. The 15 cycling-related products include an elegant lace-up cycling shoe, a cool urban helmet with a new fitting system, a stylish rain cape, nylon mesh bike lights, and pilot-styled cycling glasses.

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A unique travel mug built for cycling, coffee, and design enthusiasts

When bike shop owner Ben Clark fixed the broken handle of his coffee mug with a used brake lever, customers noticed and started asking for their own. Clark’s Coffee Brake creation is a 20oz mug that is double-wall vacuum insulated. It’s dishwasher safe and has a BPA-free, screw-on lid with a sip spout for a leak-free seal. Selling his stainless steel Coffee Brake mugs from his shop since 2006, Clark is now looking to expand production and is using a Kickstarter campaign to help fund this expansion.

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Blackburn’s sleek and simple Grid 13 multitool

Blackburn’s new Grid 13 multitool provides a useful selection of tools to interface with modern bicycle components. It’s a small, minimalistic multitool with 13 functions, but each tool design has been carefully thought out with consideration to length and placement so the right tool is easily accessible. The Grid 13 multitool is available for $20 and weighs approximately 145 grams.

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New SockGuy socks for spring

SockGuy’s new spring line features over 40 new designs that range from classic striped patterns to edgy modern designs. The socks come in a variety of heights ranging from a half-inch to knee-high as well as men’s and women’s specific options. Celebrating its 20th year in business, the Carlsbad, California-based company continues to produces all of its socks in the U.S.

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