Giro Formula Pro Shoes
Giro’s new Formula Pro shoe has been designed to meet the needs of the modern trail cyclist, with relatively low weight, a dual-dial Boa fit system and a carbon composite plate for pedaling efficiency. Sensor rubber is used for the outsole, with deep lugs to aid traction off the bike – it’s not just a road shoe that’s been redesigned for mountain bike use.
Polyurethane overlays are heat bonded to the upper fabric (translation: a rubbery material is bonded to the shoe) to protect it from abrasion, and the toe box is reinforced for added protection.
When it hits stores early next year, the Formula Pro will be priced at US$300. There is also a “regular” formula that uses a single Boa dial and sells for $250.
The Formula and Formula Pro will be available in three different colors in sizes 39 to 50, with half sizes for 42.5 to 45.5. The Formula Women model will be available in 2 different colorways in sizes 36 to 43, with half sizes from 37.5 to 42.5.
Ergon GXR Grips
Ergon’s new XC slip-on grip is now available in 32mm or 34mm diameters. The German-made grips are made from Ergon’s AirCell rubber and weigh just 53 grams per grip, including end cap. The GXR has a slightly tapered shape – it’s a bit wider on the outer side where the edge of the rider’s palm rests. The rubber surface has some texture, although it is quite minimal, which makes the grips comfortable with or without gloves. The grips are available in black, blue, red or orange and are priced at $24.95 USD.
Trek Commuter Pro RT headlamp
The days are getting significantly shorter in the northern hemisphere, which means it’s time to hibernate or turn off the lights. Trek’s latest solution to brighten up the night is the Commuter Pro RT.
As the name suggests, it’s partially aimed at commuters, with features like a “Commuter Kind Beam”, which focuses the beam on the road rather than shining it into the eyes of an oncoming cyclist. reverse, a daytime running light function and the ability to wirelessly pair with Trek’s Flare RT tail light.
When it’s time to get off the road and into the woods, the Commuter Pro RT has a 1,000-lumen high beam setting that’s bright enough for proper single-track driving. At full power, the run time is 1.5 hours and the medium setting of 500 lumens increases it to 3 hours.
The Commuter Pro RT is priced at $159.99 and comes with a USB-C charging cable and an adjustable hard stand.
Hayes Dominion T4
Hayes launched the new Dominion T4 brakes earlier this summer, a lighter version of the well-received Dominion A4. The weight saving of 50 grams per brake is achieved through a carbon fiber lever blade made by Reynolds, the elimination of the tool-less reach adjuster and a generous helping of titanium hardware. The four-piston caliper has also been stripped of all excess material, and there is also a composite reservoir cover on the lever body.
A set was just presented for review, and so far they have provided the ultra-light action and smooth power that the stock A4 brakes are known for. Look for a full review once I’ve put enough miles on these stealth plugs.
MSRP: $325 per wheel.
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