The 7 Coolest Products From Winter PressCamp 2016

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Finishing our Ellsworth photo shoot. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

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Thank you for your service, mannequin head #1. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

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No, this ain't no motorcycle. It's the drivetrain for the Haibike XDURO Downhill Pro. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

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eDH bike Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

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Product explanation at Winter Press Camp. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

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Lazer AeroShell deployment. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

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Vintage Raleigh racing jersey by Giordana. This one's not for sale but sure looked great. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

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See those horizontal lines? That's compression fabric on the Giordana NXG bib shorts. Detail matters. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

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Yo. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

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Ridley beer steins. Works great. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

The 2016 winter PressCamp wrapped up recently and there’s a lot to talk about. Here are my personal highlights in no particular order.

Haibike

Love this Haibike FatSix RX. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly
Love this Haibike FatSix RX. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

I have to admit that I once thought Haibike was a brand out of Asia (and there’s absolutely no shame of being an Asian brand, just ask Samsung). Haibike is actually German and has been around since 1995. “Hai” means shark in German and their eBikes are catered to the performance-oriented crowd. In 2016, they’re offering 55, yes, 55 eBikes from their SDURO and XDURO line equipped with either a Bosch or a Yamaha motor. “Your dealers must hate you,” an editor jokes.

Jokes aside, I’ll say this: Haibike makes beautiful ebikes. The XDURO FatSix RX fat bike might just be the ultimate do-it-all SUV on two wheels that I’ve been waiting for.

Giordana

Discussion about them chamois. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly
Discussion about them chamois. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

I can talk all day about all the nuisances of fabrics technology that goes behind a jersey (for example, it takes six separate pieces of fabric to construct the collar of the body-hugging NX-G jersey). But Giordana‘s EXO line stood out to me. Summer weight knickers with compression designed in conjunction with the legendary Dr. Max Testa? Sounds perfect for that typical San Francisco “summer.” We’re currently testing one and will report back soon.

Also love their sport jersey made with a blend of merino wool too. A slightly more relaxed fit, soft to the touch and clean, understated color wise. Sign me up.

Ellsworth

The Ellsworth Epiphany in red, 27.5 hoops and carbon fiber. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly
The Ellsworth Epiphany in red, 27.5 hoops and carbon fiber. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

Ellsworth is back. With BST Nano Carbon being its new owner and after a redesign, gone are the massive rocker links Ellsworth was known for. But founder Tony Ellsworth is excited to show us that the soul Ellsworth remains unchanged. Legacy models such as the MomentDare, and Epiphany are now offered in carbon fiber and boost 142×12 rear with a hex-shaped axle end for stiffness. Thankfully the bottom bracket is still english-threaded.

The Epiphany, being Ellsworth’s bestselling model, will also offer a USA made, alloyed-frame version with a shot-peened finish both inside and outside the tube. You now have three different wheel options to choose from (27.5, 27.5+ and 29). While you’re at it make sure to check out their 4-layered paint job, especially in red.

Abus

The Abus head model hard at work showing off the Hyban helmet. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly
The Abus head model hard at work showing off the Hyban helmet. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

Founded in 1924, Abus sure knows a thing or two when it comes to locks. Products such as the Bordo have been a hit and now Abus is finally bringing their helmets to the states. The Hyban helmet will have a rear taillight and a storable rain cover for those unexpected showers while the magnetic Fidlock buckle clips securely into place with the quick flip of a finger. Pretty neat stuff. I am sure you can race with it too with all those vents atop.

Divo

Being a former Giro and Vuelta stage winner is pretty darn special and Divo Bike founder Pietro Caucchioli is one of those guys. Here he's holding a special Divo ST dusted with real gold bounded for Los Angeles boutique Twohubs Cycling. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly
Being a former Giro and Vuelta stage winner is pretty darn special and Divo Bike founder Pietro Caucchioli is one of those guys. Here he’s holding a special Divo ST dusted with real gold bounded for Los Angeles boutique Twohubs Cycling. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

It’s a bold, confident move when your entire line up consists of only one model and that’s exactly what former Giro D’Italia and Vuelta winner Pietro Caucchioli is doing here. Just one bike, the do it all ST. Though Divo offers only one model, it’d be hard to find two identical Divo ST given the robust Divo customization program ranging from frame color, decals, carbon finish, and custom geometry too. Now that’s custom for realz.

Lazer

That little black box is the Lazer LifeBEAM. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly
That little black box is the Lazer LifeBEAM. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

For Lazer, helmet integration is (literally) the name of the game: Add an AeroShell for aerodynamics and warmth; a LifeBEAM sensor to measure your heart rate like a fighter pilot, and a pair of Magneto sunglasses that’ll snap onto your helmet strap, or the back of your helmet via magnets. Don’t like it? You can always shake take it off.

Added bonus: An inclination sensor to your Lazer time trial helmet to gently remind you during your ride/race that the helmet is within the optimal aero position.

Ridley

The Ridley Noah: Aero bike we can afford. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly
The Ridley Noah: Aero bike we can afford. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Element.ly

We love super bikes, but honestly how many of us mere mortals can afford dropping all that money on a bicycle that costs as much as a decent motorcycle every few years? Well here comes the Ridley Noah. It’s essentially a Noah SL (same mould, actually) but with a different carbon layup and a traditional fork compared to the more expensive F-Split fork to keep the price more affordable ($3,750 for a Ultegra-equipped bike) while staying aero.

  • MavicMoto

    Signore Pietro Caucchiol’s bike looks very “open mold”. Here’s hoping it’s not another Italian ex-racer bamboozling us with “bling-y” paint jobs.