Tech Briefing: Bike Storage, Copper Components, A Snowbike Conversion Kit & More – January 2021

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Tech Briefing is a feature for the new stuff that we spot every month, but haven’t gotten our hands on yet. An eclectic serving of tech, from revolutionary products to traditional novel gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.

Reverse Components Nico Vink Signature Series Grip in Copper

€19.90 / $24.99 to €79.90 / $99.99

The Nico Vink Signature Series Grip is now available in a new Copper colourway. (Learn more.)

Children’s Illustrated MTB Book – ‘A Bike For You’

$17.99 USD

‘A Bike For You’ is a children’s illustrated book about bicycles and the animals who ride them. (Learn more.)

Get Dirty Gaiters for Trail Builders

$29.95 USD

Keep your shoes free of dirt, sticks, and rocks with the Bandit gaiters from Get Dirty Designs. (Learn more.)

Mossy Cog Tight Stack Bike Rack

$375 USD

Mossy Cog Designs has launched its new bike storage solution which is designed to free up space while still storing up to four bikes. (Learn more.)

Canyon Stoic Hardtail

€799 to €1,699

Canyon’s new hardtail is made to be affordable and versatile. (Learn more.)

Wolf Tooth GeoShift Performance Angle Headset


The new headset allows riders to alter the geometry of their bike by changing the head tube angle by 1 degree. (Learn more.)

Wolf Tooth GeoShift Angle Headset

Scott Stego Plus Helmet

€ 199.95

The Stego has been completely redesigned for 2021. (Learn more.)

Trailforks on Garmin Wearables

Free locally or $3/month for Trailforks Pro

The Trailforks app now works on the Garmin wearables like the Forerunner and Fenix watches. Check out the article about some of the useful features when following a route with a watch.(Learn more.)

Carbon Marin Alpine Trail Enduro Bike

$3,189 to $4,099 USD

Matt Jones and Martha Gill take a rip on their new carbon steeds. (Learn more.)

27.11.20. Marin Bikes Alpine Trail 2 Carbon. Rider Matt Jones. PIC Andy Lloyd

Commencal Meta Power TR

$4,999 up to $7,199 USD

The new Meta Power TR is equipped with Shimano’s new EP8 motor with a 630Wh battery. (Learn more.)

Manitou Mezzer Expert Fork

$749.99 USD

Built from the same chassis as the Mezzer Pro, the new Expert fork looks to offer similar performance at a lower cost. (Learn more.)

Cascade Components Specialized Enduro and Norco Sight Links

$358 USD

Tune the suspension characteristics of the latest Specialized Enduro and Norco Sight with these new links. (Learn more.)

Purple Sight link in the wild

2021 Canyon Strive

$3,599 to $6,999 USD

Canyon’s Strive gets colour and spec updates for 2021 and all models now feature 170mm forks. (Learn more.)

Kali Mission and Cascade Gloves

$30-40 USD

Kali adds two new lightweight gloves to their lineup. (Learn more.)

Our all-new Cascade glove is a slip on design for the rider seeking comfort durability and performance.

Melon Optics Rob Warner Signature Alleycat Riding Glasses

£120 /€135 / $150 USD

A wild new colorway for a wild kind of guy. (Learn more.)

Monserat Sustainable Mountain Bike Jersey


Monserat has spent three years researching how they can make a sustainable and responsible riding jersey. (Learn more.)

Bird Aether 9AL Short Travel Trail Bike

Frames start at £1260

Following the Aether 9C Bird has now revealed an alloy version of their short travel bike. (Learn more.)

VHS Slapper Tape Version 2.0

$44.99 NZD / £24.99 GBP

Velocity Hucking Systems’ newest tape is claimed to be softer, wider, and quieter than the original. (Learn more.)

Commencal Updated Prices & Timelines


Long lead times for components, skyrocketing transportation costs, and Taiwanese exchange rates are issues facing a lot of companies at the moment. (Learn more.)

EWS Finale 2020

Salsa Cassidy & Blackthorn

$3,199 – $7,499 USD

An inside look at how Salsa’s biggest, most aggressive mountain bikes came to be. (Learn more.)

Salsa Cassidy and Blackthorn Development

ENVO Electric Snowbike Conversion Kit

$2000 USD

A pedal-powered snowmobile with a throttle option? Interesting. (Learn more.)

Pivot Shuttle eMTB

$10,999 USD

Pivot’s $11,000 eMTB receives updated geometry and a new motor. (Learn more.)

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