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…
Manufactured in Italy by Effetto Mariposa, this high quality bicycle tool retails for $49.95. A replacement pack of five blades costs $39.95.
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.
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.
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!
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.
For road side repairs, they also carry a Wipperman Folding Chain Tool.
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