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IB14: Cantitoe Road Showcases New Carbocut Saw, Hi Tech Trelock Light, & More

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CarboCut Saw Cantitoe Road

Cantitoe Road is the exclusive distributor of Effetto Mariposa in the US and an importer of all things awesome. As such, they always have cool stuff to play with. This year, the first thing I was asked when I stopped by the booth was if I wanted to cut a rock with a saw? I’m more of a table saw kind of girl, but the display was impressive none the less.

The tool they were using is the new CarboCut saw, which has a 10″ Tungsten Carbide blade, and is designed for cutting carbon composites. That said, it will also make quick work of steel, ceramics, geological samples, etc…

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Manufactured in Italy by Effetto Mariposa, this high quality bicycle tool retails for $49.95. A replacement pack of five blades costs $39.95.

Trelock LS 950 Headlight

They also had the Trelock LS 950 headlight on display, which performs one of the best tricks we’ve ever seen. Most lights do not have a battery indicator, but the Trelooc has an LED battery indicator built right into the top of the device. By cycling the plus or minus signs, you can adjust the brightness of the light. An indicator column on the the right shows you the light intensity, while a second column on the right keeps you appraised at a quick glance of the battery capacity.

Run time at the brightest setting (70 LUX) is 5 hours, but dialing the light down to its lowest setting (10 LUX) increases runtime to 45 hours. Retail $199.95.

Safety Wing Fold Out Bicycle Reflector

The Safety Wing is a fold out “reflector on a stick.” The base mounts to the seat stay and can be folded flat when the bike is stored. While riding, the reflector sticks out to provide additional clearance and visibility on busy streets. Retail is $14.95.

Wipperman 11 Speed Chain

A new 11 Speed Connex chain was also on display. It features a new chain plate design, which is extensively chamfered for improved shifting. As an added benefit, they’ve found the new design helps shave almost 20g a chain!

Wipperman 11 Speed Chain (2)

The chains are also assembled with a new process. Rather than stamping the pins, they’re radially riveted. This reduces strain on the outer plates and increases longevity. Tyler covered the tech in greater detail during Eurobike, so head over here for more info and pictures.

Retail for their top of the line chain the SX, which has a stainless steel inner link and roller is $119.95. The price drops down to $79.95 for their SO chain, which is made from high qaulity steel.

Each chain also comes with one Connex Link. They retail separately for $29.95 and are worth every penny. If you’ve had a reason to try and remove the masterlink on an XX1 chain, you know it’s next to impossible without using tools. The Connex on the other hand is claimed to work with every 11 speed chain on the market and is incredibly easy to remove and reinstall. For anyone who lives in a rocky location this is a must have.

Wipperman Chain Tool (1)

For road side repairs, they also carry a Wipperman Folding Chain Tool.

Wipperman Chain Tool (2)

On the backside of this tool is a small chamber for storing a spare link. Weight is claimed at 80g and retail is $29.95

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don
don
8 years ago

The park master link remover, MLP‑1.2, is $15 and works fantastic.

You can buy 7 SRAM power links for the price of one connex link. Not really a selling point for their chains.

don

Gunnstein
Gunnstein
8 years ago

Ah, the good old reflector on a stick. Those were common back in the 80ies. Perhaps a good idea to reintroduce them. Possibly make it a little longer, with a sharp carbide steel point at the end, to make a nasty scratch in the paint/leg of any driver/cyclist passing too close.

Greg
Greg
8 years ago

That reflector is perfect for the recumbent kooks.

gringo
gringo
8 years ago

@Gunnstein.

yep, you got it.

I have a beer cap attached ‘sharp end out’ to my left bar end. Not only for adding a scratch to the close cutters, but for collecting evidence in the way of a paint sample should I ever be the victim of a hit and run.

chasejj
chasejj
8 years ago

Shimano DuraAce or XTR chain carry some extra pins and a lightweight chain tool. Makes it easy. I have found the chain pins to be the easiest most reliable way to fasten a chain. The powerlinks have always been a PIA for me anyway when trying to do what they were intended(remove the chain in a repeatable fashion).

Joe
Joe
8 years ago

Or. Get this, instead of being forced to buy a 5 pack (which you honestly will not use over the course of a year, even as a large shop), you can buy a single blade for your already owned hacksaw for… $4.07 http://www.mcmaster.com/#4025a11/=tw47dy

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
8 years ago

That Carbocut blade looks like a remake of the old Remington Grit Edge blades used for cutting tile and what not since the 70s. The reflector on a stick is also old hat, I had one on my bike in 1981 or so that was made in Germany and AYH was selling a flag on stick from the US around that time as well.

Seraph
Seraph
8 years ago

That Carbocut saw is far from new. We’ve had one here in the shop for the last few years.

Tom Petrie
8 years ago

Sigh.

Full disclosure, we are the importer of these products. Our replies:

Don, the price for the 11-speed link is so high because we don’t want people buying them to join SRAM, Shimano, Campagnolo, or KMC chains. Why should we support a competitor’s product. But the 11-speed Connex link is INCLUDED AT NO CHARGE with every Connex 11-speed chain. Get it? If you just want the link so you can use it on a competitor’s chain, OK, but you’re going to have to pay. Buy the chain and it comes with it.

Gunnstein, Greg, Gringo. Yep, it’s a reflector on a stick and it’s definitely got a high nerd factor (if you’re a lycra racerboy concerned about your image, this one ain’t for you). But it works. And, while I appreciate the “make it 3-feet long and attach a razor to the end” impulse, this works so well because it is NOT confrontational. It just says, “hey, I’m here, please pass with care” and the great thing is, they do. You can watch cars pull wide as they pass. I use it on my commute bike. (As a former racerboy wannabe, I would never put it on my road bike, but commute bike with groceries on a crowded street? You bet.)

Slow Joe Crow, Seraph, Nope, the CarboCut isn’t new. We’ve been selling it for several years. If you’re using it in the shop you know that it cuts carbon steer tubes like butter and leaves the cut end smooth as a baby’s a**.

John
John
8 years ago

That hacksaw looks Nice, and stealthy! I use a hacksaw constantly and have cheap ones and expensive ones- well the cheap ones just sit there. Id happily pay more for a better feeling, working, looking tool. Maybe I’ll buy 2. It would be cool to see a special steerer tube cutting guide made for those grit blades – they are too wide to fit some guides and so abrasive I’ve worn down the edges of a guide enough to make it useless.

Tom Petrie
8 years ago

Hi John, There’s a life hack for making a PARK guide work with the wide blade – a couple of spacing washers. See the how-to on Effetto Mariposa’s site here: http://www.effettomariposa.eu/en/products/carbocut/

anonymous
anonymous
8 years ago

This is why I use KMC chains.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

So Tom, what you’re basically saying is you want people to have to deal with your chain because you make a good quick link? The Wipperman chains are quite behind the times, KMC has been making far superior products (chamfering, hollow plates/pins and all in every color and coating and finish you could desire) for some time, and all but their most high end products are less.

The only bonus the connex link has over a KMC link is that it’s easily visible. I don’t WANT my chain to come apart without a tool. And while that connex link might claim to be 11 speed compatible with all brands, where’s the reviews on the chains themselves vs. OEM chains?

Washers aren’t a “life hack”. They are making a tool designed for precise cutting use a much more wide cutting blade than intended do the job. My crosscut saw would do a nice fast job on a carbon steerer too!

I’ve nothing particularly against the products here, but you might want to rethink your marketing approach of “Get it?” and “You’re going to have to pay.” and “Life hacking” your expensive precision tools to fit oversized abrasives.

greg
greg
8 years ago

what really sucks about that hacksaw is it is WORSE than hacksaws available right here for $25 or less. 10inch blade instead of the more common 12″. overpriced abrasive blades. NOT quick release for blade changes. kind of ridiculous.
circumferential peening has been around for so long with everyone else.
and despite seeing hardly any connex quick links around, 100% of the broken ones ive seen (approx 5) have been connex.

Flip
Flip
8 years ago

Has anyone ever seen the Shimano rep demonstrate chain flex? Wipperman’s brand new chains always nearly come to complete circle, while Shimano’s flex just a few CMs. He didn’t demonstrate Campagnolo, but basically every other one did the same thing.

Also, not requiring a tool to open a quick link is not actually a virtue; instead it’s a failing.

STS
STS
8 years ago

@Flip
And what exactly do you want to tell us with this story? That lateral flex is a bad thing for chains?

Psi Squared
Psi Squared
8 years ago

I’m happy to use quick links. I’ve used both Wipperman and KMC quick links, although given how well the KMC work, I can’t see ever going back to Wipperman.

Lateral flex is a good thing, especially with today’s wide cassettes.

jim
jim
8 years ago

People, cantitoe products may not be for you, but I for one like having options. I had used a number of their products and have been satisfied with every one of them. including connex link. And I am going to order their chain tool as well. Happiness to everyone.

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