Tech roundup: Schwalbe Pro One x Spartacus tyres, dhb Thrift+ bag, Trek FX Carbon ‘gravel-ready’ bike, new Rapha and Tifosi Optics kit collections plant trees

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If you thought keeping tanned sidewalls clean was a challenge, perhaps it’s best not to look too closely at Schwalbe’s latest set of limited-edition Pro One tires – it would surely require world champion-grade stamina. to keep them in such a state

But plenty of time to tackle it – we also have dhb’s drive towards a more circular economy for apparel, Trek’s frontier pushing back ‘gravel ready’ flatbar bikes – plus two great new collections of kits from Rapha, in collaboration with cyclocross star Maghalie Rochette and L39ION of Los Angeles.

Schwalbe Pro One x Spartacus tires

Schwalbe Pro One x Spartacus tires

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Fabian Cancellara now has his own signature tire – a Schwalbe Pro One in pristine white to commemorate his four world time trial titles. Pops of color on the case and side reference his Swiss nationality and other famous victories: he won gold in the Olympic time trial twice, spent 29 days in the yellow jersey of the Tour de France and won the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix three times each. .

Not only do red and yellow separately represent Switzerland and the Tour de France, but together with blue they constitute the colors of the flag of West Flanders – and of course red, yellow and blue are also included in the jersey Rainbow. It works on several levels.

The tires are so unique that Spartacus says he himself was ignored as cycling fans eyed his white rubber: “Everyone has checked them out, whether roadies or tourists. Then I noticed that no one was looking at me, as is often the case, but all attention was drawn to my white tires.

The Schwalbe Pro One is designed for tubeless use and maximum performance, using the German brand’s Addix compound for low rolling resistance and high grip. The Schwalbe Pro One x Spartacus version is only available in 28mm and is limited to 2,000 pieces. The price is €72.90 (per tyre) and more details can be found their website here.

dhb Thrift+ bag

Dhb Thrift+ Bag

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dhb, the in-house apparel brand of multisport retail giant Wiggle, has partnered with Thrift+ to bolster its support for the “circular apparel movement”. Essentially, it’s a way to donate clothes you no longer want, while being rewarded with a 10% off voucher on your next dhb purchase.

To enter the system, all you have to do is add a Thrift+ bag to your next order with Wiggle (normally it would cost $0.02 / £0.02, but they’re currently 50% off ) and fill it with any unwanted clothes.

They don’t have to be from dhb, but they must be in good enough condition to resell. Then simply return the bag (free of charge) via InPost or Collect Plus.

As a reward, you’ll receive a 10% off voucher on your next dhb kit spend and a warm fuzzy feeling for helping to reduce clothing waste and contributing to the circular economy. For more information, you can read more at Wiggle website here.

Don’t call it a hybrid: Trek debuts ‘gravel-ready’ FX Sport Carbon

Trek launches the FX Sport Carbon

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New from Trek FX Sport Carbon received a complete overhaul and has now evolved into a “gravel-ready fitness bike”.

Touted as a “new category leader”, Trek sought to blend “the looks of an Émonda, the versatility of an FX and the capability of a checkpoint” and all at a “more competitive price than never”. Take this last point, we will come back to it later.

The three bikes in the range all feature a 400 Series OCLV Carbon frame and fork, while the two more expensive models both use a 1×11 Shimano GRX drivetrain with an off-the-shelf shifter for use with the flat handlebar.

Tire clearance is a maximum of 42mm with 700c wheels and the frame comes with mounts for a rear rack and a full set of fenders.

Of course, these are all features that can also be seen on different hybrid bike models. Perhaps the area where the FX Sport Carbon—with its “gravel-ready” credentials—differs the most is in price.

The high end FX Sports 6 comes in at $2,599.99 / £3,000, resplendent with frame-matched carbon wheels and a largely third-tier Shimano groupset (105-tier components), save for the Ultegra-equivalent GRX RX812 rear derailleur.

Compare that to Canyon’s $2,099.00 / £1,949.00 Roadlite CF 8 carbon hybrid bike, which at least fits an Ultegra crankset to the rear derailleur – although most of the rest of the group is level 105 and the wheels are aluminum. But again, considering the price, you’d have plenty left over for upgrades.

Even between Trek’s own models, the price is a surprise. For $2,299.99 you can get a Procaliber 9.5 (or for £2,150.00 you can get a Carbon Procaliber 9.6) each a hardtail mountain bike with a Shimano 1×12 drivetrain and 100mm RockShox front suspension. Of course, a direct comparison to a mountain bike is tricky to make, but it feels like you get a bit more bang for your buck.

Two new Rapha collections: Rochette and L39ION from Los Angeles

Two new Rapha collections: Rochette and L39ION from Los Angeles

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Rapha has teamed up with Canadian cyclocross star Maghalie Rochette to launch a limited-edition collection of kits for men and women, inspired – quite uniquely – by Rochette’s part-time hobby, beekeeping. .

The almost psychedelic collection of abstract shapes and colors was inspired by bees’ ability to see colors that we cannot. “Basically, it’s just a good vibe,” Rochette said, “it puts a smile on my face and gives me the right attitude to tackle any kind of tough training, long adventure or big race!”

The Rochette collection will be available for sale from April 19.

Similarly, Rapha is also launching the new L39ION Los Angeles kit for fans to buy – also in men’s and women’s cuts, and with part of the proceeds going directly to the team to “help them promote diversity at the within sport”.

“Inspiration came from a series of photos of night races that my brother and I fell in love with,” said Justin Williams, Team Manager and co-founder of L39ION. “Rapha executed our design for 2022 perfectly. I am delighted

that we could use this jersey to celebrate what we love most about bike racing: chaotic straights, fast corners and even faster sprints. »

The L39ION collection from Los Angeles can be seen here and is available now.

Tifosi Optics will plant a tree for every pair of sunglasses sold next week

Tifosi Rail Sunglasses

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Tifosi Optics has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation – a nonprofit conversational organization that has planted over 500 million trees – as part of its commitment to plant a tree for every sunglasses purchase made on TifosiOptics.com during Earth Week (April 16-22), this year.

“The health and well-being of our customers and employees is inextricably linked to air quality,” commented Joe Earley, CEO of Tifosi Optics. “Raising awareness and moving Earth Week forward is something Tifosi has championed since day one of the brand.”

For more information, you can visit the Tifosi website here.

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