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Preview: Giro LA DND Women’s Glove

6 Giro LA DND Women's Glove

There are two styles of mountain bike gloves I use. The first is your basic, light-weight, and is really there to keep your hands from slipping off your bars when they are covered with sweat, or when you slide across the hard pack dirt trails. The second type of glove I use is for longer rides, with a bit more padding in the palm and normally a size bigger for when my hands swell and my fingers “grow.”

The Giro LA DND gloves fall into the first category, with extra points for style.

Giro LA DND Women’s Gloves $26

MSRP: $26
Features:

  • Slip on design (no adjustable strap)
  • Slim fitting
  • Used on road or mtb

Full review of wear and tear in a month or so! If you are looking into buying a pair of these, support BSG by purchasing through this link at JensonUSA.

 Disclaimer: I was provided this product at no charge for review. Unfortunately, I was not paid or bribed for my opinion.

Preview: ZOIC Women’s Clothing

5 ZOIC Women's Clothing

Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to watch the company of ZOIC Clothing transform and become a more popular choice for women’s clothing. Stylish and functional clothes for mountain and lifestyle bicycling, their clothing is a great fit for my move to the mountains!

ZOIC Women’s Starburst V-Neck Tech Tee $50

 

ZOIC Women’s Starburst V-Neck Tech Tee

 

Out of the 4 pieces that were sent from ZOIC this is easily my favorite. $50 for a tech t-shirt may sound a lot, but it has functions like vents near your shoulder blades and a pocket for an iPod or key. It also fits like a your favorite workout shirt but long enough on me for when I bend over riding. Time will tell how this wears, but for now it is a go-to when commuting or wearing a hydration backpack.

ZOIC Women’s Posh Plaid Shorts with Liner $79

 

ZOIC Women’s Posh Plaid Shorts

 

This stylish short pairs well with the Starburst V-Neck Tech Tee above. The liner is a pretty basic chamois, but good for someone’s first mtb short and liner combo. When mountain biking and needing a padded short I will personally use a short or bib that I already own. (I use fancy chamois remember?)

I plan on trying this short as a commuter too, maybe with a higher end wool underwear to act as that bacteria liner.

ZOIC Women’s Tailwind Tank $60

 

ZOIC Women’s Tailwind Tank

 

It’s summertime and we all care about our tan lines, right ladies? This tank, with built in shelf to hold your girls in place, is pretty dang comfortable. I have yet to test the shelf on a mountain bike ride, but I would assume if you are more than a large “B cup” you will want to wear a sports bra under. One of the best features of this tank are the two pockets (one zipper and one elastic) on the small of your back.

ZOIC Women’s Aura Shorts with Liner $79

 

ZOIC Women's Aura Short

 

The Aura short feels like a mountain bike short to me. Elastic across the backside, on the inner and outer (medial and lateral the Dr. E has to add) leg and adjustable velcro closure on the hips for a secure fit. These shorts will stay in place on your next uphill climb or downhill adrenaline rush. Time will only tell how the rear will hold up against dirt and sand on the saddle. As mentioned in the Posh short, I won’t be using the liner for long rides but it will work for a commute or your first mountain bike rides.

Initial Thoughts

Overall, most of these pieces have had one or two rides on them so I’m not prepared to talk too much about the fit or long term wear. I can say that they all look better in person than on ZOIC’s website. The materials feel nice on your skin and the attention to detail on stitching, accents and functional placement of things like zippers/mesh airflow pockets and such are pretty darn good for the price tags!

Look for a full review in a month or so, until then check out ZOIC’s women’s collection online.

Disclaimer: These products were provided at no charge for review. I wasn’t paid or bribed for my opinion. 

Preview: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women’s Hi-MOD Dura Ace

6 Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women's

While the growth of available product for women in the bicycling industry is evident there are two key area’s lacking, high end mountain and road product. It takes a bold company, with a strong belief in women, to invest in product with a high price tag for women. Cannondale is doing it with their SuperSix Evo Hi-MOD. Available in SRAM Red, Shimano Dura Ace and Ultegra Di2. I recently took delivery of the Shimano Dura Ace model and will be putting it through some abuse to see if the $6600 road bike is for you.

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women’s Hi-MOD Dura Ace

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women's

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Chrome Welded Transport Rucksack & Postbag

0 Chrome Welded Transport Bags

Weatherproof? Check

Clean lines? Check

You gotta love a sexy, utilitarian, commuter bag. Sexy and commuter don’t normally go together but it looks like Chrome got these two bags right. The only thing I am left asking is if it will fit and what the all day comfort will be like.

Chrome Welded Postbag

Chrome Welded Transport Postbag

MSRP: $80

Details: Adjustable cross body strap and interior handles. Meant to be worn over one shoulder or strapped to a bike rack/basket. (Looking for photos of it in this use.) Padded laptop sleeve fits up to a 15″ MacBook Pro. Waterproof 600 denier TPU.

Chrome Welded Rucksack

Chrome Welded Transport Rucksack

MSRP: $110

Details: Backpack style, high-tech welded seam construction. Padded laptop sleeve fits up to a 15″ MacBook Pro. Quick access exterior pocket.

Gotta say, this one reminds me of a Seal Line backpack!

Looking forward to testing these out and seeing out comfortable they are on a long haul.

Learn More over at Chrome Bags

Preview: Jaybird Bluebuds X Headphones

0 Jaybird Bluebud X Headphones

Yes, I wear headphones when I ride. Don’t worry, I can hear the cars beside me and if we ride together I promise I won’t ride with them in.

Meet the Jaybird Bluebuds X

Micro-sized bluetooth buds

  • MSRP: $169.99
  • Wireless music and phone calls
  • In-ear white noise reduction that eliminates listener fatigue
  • 8 hour playtime on one battery charge
  • Sweat-proof (I’ll be testing this to be true or not!)
  • A ton of crazy good reviews

I’ve been trying these out for a couple weeks now, need to have a few more good long rides or workouts to test out the battery before I give a sound review. For now I can say I am impressed, other than the install and trying to figure out what size my ears were, they have been easy to use and an amazing music experience (comparable to my Motorola or Bose in-ear headphones) when I need that get away.

Look for a full review in coming weeks, for now check out their website or watch the video below!

Preview: Specialized Rumor 29er Full Suspension

3 Specialized Rumor Review

It is a rewarding time as a woman that loves bikes. More styles of bikes are being released, especially in the full suspension trail category. Specialized came out swinging with the Rumor, a 110mm travel 29er bike. This bike will be for the girl that loves to climb but wants to rip down whatever their trail has to offer.

Reasons why I’m excited for this new bike to hit market

• Shorter front end, which should provide better balance and front end handling
• Pretty low stand over for Small model (706mm)
• Well spec’d
• More options for women growing in the sport
• Carbon in the future? (maybe?!)

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Preview: Soul Glow LED Neon Wheel Lights

1 Soul Glow LED Neon Wheel Lights

I’m always looking for creative and fun ways to stay safe on the bike. A new LED light string looks to be creative and fun, without a crazy price tag.

Soul Glow LED Neon Wheel Lights

$30 a set, coming in Green - Blue -  Red - White - Pink - Purple - Turquoise - Yellow

Soul Glow LED Neon Wheel Lights

These lights claim to be weather resistant and easy to install, hopefully I’ll get a set to try in the near future for fun night rides!

Learn more on SoulCruzers.com

Preview: Po Campo Roscoe Cross Body Bag

0 Po Campo Roscoe Crossbody Bag

Ever since Po Campo sent out an email a couple weeks back about the new colors in the Roscoe Crossbody bag I’ve been waiting patiently for Quality Bicycle Products to get them instock. I had hoped they would get them in before Frostbike (industry trade show this week) but unfortunately they did not. Maria from Po Campo braved the snow and traveled to Minneapolis this weekend for Frostbike. She was nice enough to bring along a bag for me to buy!I was able to use the Roscoe over the past couple days to carry around my iPad mini, iPhone and other key items (ID badge, charger, business cards, etc.)

Maria saved the day, so thank you!

Roscoe Crossbody Bag

I wouldn’t say this is a cycling specific bag at all, but more of a great looking bag with touches for those that use it on the bike. The color and function are what completely caught my attention and what I’ll be basing an upcoming review on!

Hopefully over the next week I’ll be able to ride with the bag and can give a pretty straight forward review with more photos of the interior pockets.

Disclaimer: I purchased this bag, super stoked on it and reviews (as always) will be based on using/abusing the product to give you the best feedback possible.

 

Preview: Chrome Niko Camera Bag

0 Chrome Niko Camera Pack

Chrome has launched a big brother to their Niko Messenger Camera Bag.

Meet the Niko Camera Pack

The Niko pack was designed and built for day shooting and travel with a tough weatherproof denier nylon outer shell and military grade truck tarpaulin liner. It has a fully customizable interior compartment for lenses and flashes and multiple pockets for cable and gear storage. Other features include quick access top loading compartment for items like a windbreaker or phone, a padded laptop compartment that fits up to 15” Macbook Pro, front Velcro straps for securing a tripod or skateboard, and side access u-lock holster.

Features:

  • MSRp: $180
  • Fully weather resistant Video/DSLR camera pack with PU coated zipper
  • Large zip around opening and customizable main compartment for organizing lenses, flash and other equipment
  • Padded laptop compartment fits up to Macbook Pro 15
  • Quick access top-loading camera compartment
  • Front velcro straps secure large tripod or skateboard
  • Side access U-Lock Holster

See more on Chrome’s website

 

Preview: SRAM XX1 MTB Drivetrain

10 SRAM XX1 Review

When my work started “pre-selling” the new XX1 group I knew this is what I had to have for my new hardtail race machine. Not only is it the latest and greatest, which doesn’t always appeal to me on my own bikes, it was very tested and several pro racers I know whispered in my ear that it REALLY was the bee’s knees.

Setup of XX1 Reviewed

MSRP: $1450
Shifter: Trigger shifter
Cranks: 175m, 32t, 168 Q
Cassette: 42 x 10 (with 11 speeds!)

Benefits of SRAM XX1

Rear Derailleur – Redesign of the rear derailleur. With an offset of the upper pulley, larger pulleys and a “straight parallelogram” that takes away ghost shifting and making it easier to shift. This derailleur also has the Type 2 clutch which keeps your derailleur from bouncing when you’re going down hill.

Chain- I can’t even begin to explain the chain, so I’ll show a photo!

XX1 Chain

Cassette- 10x42t. The cassette also has larger gaps to clean out better.

Cassette body- due to the size of the cassette going down to 10t, you have to get a new freehub called XD. I picked up a set of SRAM Rise 60 wheels (preview to come at a later date) and had to do a freehub swap. Super painless, and the freehub feels awesome. I haven’t had it on technical uphills to test out the engagement, but it feels good at most the trails I ride. A bit of a warning that there isn’t a ton of selection yet on freehub bodies.

Shifters- One shifter, pick your poison, either Grip Shift or Trigger. (I went with trigger, long term when I build up an all mountain bike I’ll switch the trigger to it and get Grip Shift for the race bike.)

Learn more “tech” stuff from SRAM by clicking here.

 

Initial Impressions

Pimp. I’m a bit biased as I’ve always preferred how SRAM shifts. I’ve ridden XX, I’ve ridden XO and XTR. This by far takes the cake. The range I get out of the rear cassette is amazing. There is no cross chaining and it performs perfectly throughout the range.

My crank setup is a 32t chainring with 168 Q-Factor (going to be the most popular option.) I plan on picking up a 36t chainring closer to XC season but right now on the road I spin out the 32×10 at roughly 27mph. Your speeds my vary and my legs can only spin so fast! The biggest reason I want to go up on a chainring is so that I’m using the middle of the cassette more. Currently when hitting the few off-road intervals I’ve had in the off season I have been riding lower in my cassette, which (in my experience) wears out parts faster. PLUS, I like to have more wrap on my cassette when going down hill so my derailleur /chain are under tension a bit more. Yes, you can tell me that is what the Type 2 derailleur does but I still like what I know has worked for years.

Conclusion

If you are in the market for new parts, building up a new bike or simply like the best. I would recommend giving this a spin, if you can find it. As a rep my bike is always in my car, and most shops that I have visited have NOT seen XX1 themselves. At least not mounted on a bike that can be test ridden. The first group sets have been out in the market for a few weeks (I believe the started shipping the beginning of December.) I’ve seen some Specialized S-Works coming out of the box with XX1 too. Give it a couple months for more shipments to come from SRAM and I’m sure it will be more readily available at your favorite bike shop. If you see me, you can take mine for a spin, BUT not moments before a race, just a warning.

$1450 is a pretty penny for a drivetrain only setup, if you are looking to take yourself and bike to the next level you won’t regret it with this.

Once I need to replace my chain I will chime back in with a full review of wear and long term thoughts.

Disclaimer: I purchased this drivetrain out of my own wallet. This wasn’t given to me, and my opinions will always be honest.