Mark Dickson from KRD imports in Christchurch showed up this afternoon with a few bags full of goodies that he's showing round the stores. There's some sexy new flats from DMR, a new guide offering from e13 and some new Turbine parts from the freshly revised Race Face. DMR's new Vault pedal is so damn rad it's got me tempted to drop the clips on the WFO9 and go back to flats; the polished chrome one is soooo rad. So, at 115 mm x 115 mm, the Vault is a bit bigger than the v10 and they are super light at 400 gm per pair and only 17 mm in thickness. They are machined from 6061 aluminium and feature 4140 CroMo steel axles as standard. Eleven ‘flipPins’ per pedal can be fitted, in short or long lengths to fine tune the grip available.
While we're on the DMR front Mark also had these new Muta lock-on grips. They're 135 mm length dual compound with spiral grip pattern, 30 mm diameter—not too fat, not too thin—for use with or without gloves. The 42 mm mid-size soft flange houses the inner locking bolts and bar clamp, and they weigh in at 130 grams.
With the influx of height adjustable posts these days it's easy to forget about the post that pretty much started it all, the Gravity Dropper. Well they have just brought out a new model specifically aimed at fatties. Yup you read that right, this 5" post is designed for riders over 100 kg and features oversized stanchions as well as three keys for minimal slop and for the first time it will come in 30.9 which means NO MORE SHIMS!!! While you're all getting hyped on the Reverb Stealth remember that the Gravity Dropper's cable goes in at the base and never moves so you can run super tidy cable routing!
I'm pretty sure we've shown you the Race Face Turbine XC cranks before but here's a little reminder in case you forgot how rad they are. Super versatile, you can buy this dual ring set here and run it with or without the bash ring and if you're keen to run a single ring the small spider is removable as well. They are light enough for XC yet strong enough for AM use. Made from 7050 alloy, Race Face crank arms have stronger pedal threads than XT.
If you did decide to go single ring with the Turbine you could run one of these sweet Race Face Single rings. They are a super stiff 4 mm thick and feature Race Face's ‘I-beam’ construction. They are light too; the 36 tooth ring weighs in at a svelte 40 grams.
I'd never held a Turbine stem till today and damn they are light! (the 90 mm is 135 grams). But honestly they would have to be on the shortlist as one of the raddest stems out there at the moment. And it's not just looks, the Turbine's interlocking 4 bolt bar clamp secures the bar and distributes loads away from bolts and into the body.
Sometimes you forget that Race Face (ex Roach) were one of the first pad pioneers and are still pushing it. The 2011 Ambush knee guard is proof of that, featuring an open back (no more trying to get them on over shoes) and they also now use D30 technology as well as triple density foam padded side walls for additional coverage.
This thing is so new I almost forgot what its called, this is the new E13 Trail Guide. Anyway it's pretty obvious it's a sweet-as lightweight single ring chain guide, it comes in BB and ISCG 05 mounts.
I don't even really care what was in this bag (it was some BB30 press fit thing) but I was super stoked on e13's zip lock bag. They were as well and have come up with this sweet little campaign for not throwing away their packaging; more bike companies need to get on e13's bandwagon.
So there you go, there's a tonne of new stuff coming at you soon so be sure to hit up your local store and get a pre order in if anything tickles your fancy!