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Week in Tech: Dirty Kanza women, new Mavic gear, and more

Check out this week's roundup of tech news, which includes a new push to get women on bikes and an Olympian's jersey.

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#200women200miles at Dirty Kanza

There’s something missing from Dirty Kanza’s 200-mile rugged and remote gravel race: women. Last year, women only made up 10 percent of the riders in the 200-mile event but the female finish rate and average times were identical to the men. So Dirty Kanza Promotions is campaigning to not only get more women on bikes, but also empower these women to push beyond their comfort zones.

Photo: Dirty Kanza Promotions
Photo: Dirty Kanza Promotions

They’ve set a 200-female-rider goal for the next Dirty Kanza 200 race, and will reserve 200 entries specifically for women. This is a big step, as the race typically sells out of its 1,000 entries in a matter of hours. DK200 will also start sharing videos and profiles of women who have set lofty goals, overcome barriers, and built life-enriching experiences on the bike. They’ll also offer educational clinics, seminars, and training to help prepare women for the grueling race through the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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Islabikes does cyclocross tires for the kids

Photo: Islabike
Photo: Islabike

Children’s bike company Islabikes has introduced a new range of lightweight cyclocross race tires for kids. The Gréim Tires (pronounced ga-rhyme meaning ‘grip’ in Scots-Gaelic) feature closely spaced center knobs for reduced rolling resistance on hard pack while aggressive side knobs add grip in corners and aid in mud shedding. The tires are available in both a lightweight, folding variant and a wire bead version that offers increased puncture protection. The Gréim Pro tires use a 185 TPI casing and retail for $55, while the less expensive Gréim tires go for $30 and have a lower 72 TPI casing. The tires are available in 24-inch, 26-inch, and 700c.

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Abus lights up your commute with LEDs

Photo: Abus
Photo: Abus

Abus’s new premium range of performance helmets features integrated LED lights, rain covers, and magnetic chinstraps. The Hyban helmet has 18 large air vents and multiple reflectors for added safety. LED lights line the back of the helmet for 180 degrees of visibility on the road. An adjustable head ring snugs up with a quick twist of the dial.

The Urban-I v.2 helmet uses an in-mold design for durable fusion of the outer shell and shock-absorbing helmet materials, according to Abus. It has a magnetic lock system on the chinstrap to easily secure it in place, as well as 12 air inlets and five outlets for ventilation. The Urban also has LED lights and reflectors for added visibility.

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Mavic gets dirty with new mountain bike line

Photo: Mavic
Photo: Mavic

Mavic’s 2017 mountain bike gear includes new helmets, shoes, and wheels.

  • XA Pro Carbon wheels ($2,000) are Mavic’s first full carbon rims.
  • Crossmax Pro Carbon ($2,000) is Mavic’s latest wheel in the Crossmax line; they use the same carbon layup processes developed to build the XA, but have a narrower profile (23mm internal width, 28mm external) for XC racers.
  • Deemax Pro ($1,250) is a complete wheel-tire system purpose-built for enduro, with a 28mm rim up front and a 25mm rim in the rear. They are paired with the new Pro XL tire.

Mavic also re-upped the Crossmax Helmet line with three options:

  • Photo: Mavic
    Photo: Mavic

    Crossmax Pro Helmet ($180) focuses on full coverage with comfort, breathability, moisture management, and protection.

  • Crossmax SL Pro Helmet ($150) is a pure cross-country helmet that combines aerodynamic qualities, ventilation, and added protection for the back of the head.
  • Sequence XC Pro Helmet W ($150) is ergonomically shaped to more naturally fit a woman’s head. The Sequence also utilizes the Ergo SL Retention system for easy positioning and adjustability.

Finally, on the shoe side:

  • Photo: Mavic
    Photo: Mavic

    Crossmax SL Ultimate Shoe ($400) is a dedicated XC shoe for racing.

  • Crossmax Pro ($250) utilizes Mavic’s Ergo Dial QR for tightening and micro adjustment and includes the Ergo Fit 3D+ Ortholite insole.
  • Deemax Pro ($200) is an enduro racing shoe with asymmetric construction that protects the inside of your foot in heavy riding conditions. It also features the new Energy Grip AM outsole.
  • Echappee Trail Elite W ($120) is a women’s trail shoe that’s built around comfort and versatility.

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Dan Craven’s Namibian Olympic jersey available from Rapha

Photo: Rapha
Photo: Rapha

Rapha released a limited edition version of Namibian professional cyclist Dan Craven’s Olympic jersey. Craven became a viral sensation last summer when he appeared to be tweeting from within the peloton during the road race in Rio de Janeiro. The special edition jersey is a version of the Pro Team Aero Jersey. The design celebrates Craven with his “Nam Lion Man” moniker on the inside collar. It features a graphic gold sun paired with the colors green, blue, and red from the Namibian flag. The ochre color on the bottom of the jersey references Namibia’s ubiquitous red rock and clay. A matching cap is also available in the colors of the Namibian flag. Rapha will donate a set amount of proceeds from the jersey and cap sales to benefit the Namibian Cycling Federation.

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