The best components and clothing at Sea Otter – with Giro, Fox, Redshift, Kask and more
We’ve shown you the best road bikes and gravel bikes from the huge Sea Otter Classic bike festival, now it’s time for some new components and apparel. If you like your suspension seatpost (but not too much), your loud and durable jerseys and your pedals to light up, there’s something in this roundup for you…
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Smith Helmets & Goggles
Smith released its new Bobcat goggles last month. They offer the coverage of the Smith Wildcats that off.road.cc reviewed a few years ago, but in a smaller fit.
You get non-slip Megol temples and nose pads, as well as an installed Chromapop luminous lens – designed to enhance contrast and natural color – and a clear lens.
The Smith Boomtown also offers ample coverage, but it’s more of a lifestyle-focused option. The lens is not interchangeable, but you can choose from a whole bunch of different tints.
The Smith Resolve offers medium coverage in a wraparound fit. You get ChromaPop lenses and clear lenses so you can switch between them depending on the lighting conditions. The Bobcat and Resolve each come with a hard case.
The Smith Ignite MIPS is an aerodynamic helmet that uses Koroyd to provide impact protection and a MIPS liner designed to reduce rotational motion transferred to the brain in the event of an impact.
The vents on the back are huge.
The Smith Jetstream TT also uses Koroyd and MIPS for protection. It comes with magnetic eye protection; you can choose between a clear lens or a CromaPop lens.
Fox 32 TC fork
off.road.cc told us about Fox’s new 32 Taper-Cast (TC) gravel fork last week. This is the lightest suspension fork Fox has ever made—with a claimed weight of 1226g—and uses Fox’s existing GRIP or FIT4 shocks.
The arch is at the rear of the fork, above a lower point on the tire than if it were at the front. This means that less material is needed.
The Fox 32 TC fork is available in 40mm and 50mm travel options.
We told you last September that Redshift had exceeded its crowdfunding goal for its Arclight LED smart pedals.
A sensor detects the orientation of the pedal and shines a white light at the front and a red light at the rear – so the pedal can never be the wrong way round. The pedal goes into sleep mode after 30 seconds of inactivity.
Each LED lasts about three hours between charges in constant/steady mode, according to Redshift, and up to about 35 hours in eco-flash mode. When the battery runs out of juice, you slide the LED out of the pedal – it’s held in place by a strong magnet – for USB charging.
Once the pedals have been distributed to everyone who funded the project, Redshift will start shipping to everyone else in about a month.
Arclights are flat pedals for city bikes and electric bikes. They are priced at £132 including duty and VAT.
Redshift plans to then develop an automatic version, compatible with SPD shims.
You can also buy an Arclight Multi Mount (£14.99) which allows you to mount an Arclight light module to the front or rear of your bike.
The Redshift ShockStop suspension seatpost has been around for years – check out our review – but now there’s a ShockStop Pro RT version that offers 20mm instead of 35mm of travel and is 25% lighter.
Like the original ShockStop suspension seatpost, it uses a linkage design with elastomers that provide progressive spring rate.
The ShockStop Pro RT is 27.2mm in diameter – shims are available for larger seat tube sizes – and comes in 280mm (380g) and 350mm (415g) lengths. It is priced at £279.99.
off.road.cc reviewed the Redshift ShockStop Pro dropper post last year. Again, it’s lighter than the original – by 15 per cent, according to Redshift – thanks to more CNC machining and the use of titanium hardware.
Read off.road.cc reviews of the Redshift ShockStop Pro suspension stem
Like the ShockStop Pro RT suspension seatpost, the stem offers 20mm of travel. It comes with five elastomers that you can swap out to fine-tune performance and is priced at £229.99.
Giro offers new Renew Series garments with a focus on sustainability. Renew Series products use recycled nylon, polyester, spandex and Econyl Lycra made from salvaged fishing nets and other marine debris.
Giro states that at least 50% of the finished product must use recycled content fabrics and materials to be included in the Renew series. It also says that 54% of its entire line uses recycled materials, with 55% using Bluesign-approved materials.
The Ride jersey for women, for example, intended primarily for mountain biking and gravel riding, is made from a blend of merino wool and recycled polyester, while the Ride shorts are made from 95% recycled nylon.
We told you about the Giro Eclipse Spherical helmet last month. The brand claims that it is the fastest road helmet ever tested thanks to its aerodynamic efficiency over multiple wind angles.
The Eclipse Spherical features the ball-and-socket spherical MIPS protection already found on the Aether – two separate EPS layers, the outer can pivot around the inner if you crash to help redirect impact forces away from the brain.
The Supreme Jacket from Poc is a three layer waterproof jacket with a claimed weight of just 81g and amazingly packs down to golf ball size when not in use. It has a waterproof rating of 20,000mm, which is high, and passes wet steam at a rate of 50,000gsm/24 hours, which is also high.
What’s not to like? Well, it’s priced at £450. Ouch!
The Ambient Thermal Jersey (£140) – available in both men’s and women’s cuts – is designed for spring/autumn and also for cooler summer mornings and evenings. It is a lightweight polyamide/elastane blend with four-way stretch.
A reflective tab with space for emergency contact information can be removed from a back pocket in low light conditions. You also get reflective detailing on the collar, back pocket and along the bottom hem.
The Poc Kernel Layer Vest (£45) is made from a blend of merino wool, polyester and polyamide, the idea being to provide heat and odor control whilst wicking moisture away from your body .
It is available in this Granite Gray or Dioptase Blue color with product details in large print on the back.
As the name suggests, the Ventral Lite helmet (£240) is the lightweight option in the Poc range, weighing less than 200g while still meeting the necessary safety standards, of course.
The polycarbonate shell has been reduced to the essentials and the structure of the helmet has been designed around the use of a different density than normal of EPS (expanded polystyrene).
Kask Protone Icon Helmet
We told you about the Kask Protone Icon headset last week, so check out our original story for all the details.
Along with a modified shell designed to improve ventilation and aerodynamics, one of the most notable new features is the improved Octofit+ fit system with a larger rubber covered dial than before for more adjustability. easy.
The Kask Protone Icon is priced at £245.