Modular. If there was one word to describe Topeak’s Eurobike booth, that was it. Whether talking lighting and electronics, or bottles and gear, it was all about building a system that would work best for your an your individual needs.
Designed as a completely modular system, the CubiCubi systems includes multiple parts from different battery bricks, additional batteries or GoPro Session cameras, different mounts, and the ability to mount a smart phone or GPS.
One very interesting thing about the light – the amount of lumens are based off the battery pack, not the light itself. All three options use the same XLamp LED head unit, but the batteries are split into 500, 850, or 1200 lumen options which all have different mAh ratings. The battery cartridges can also be used as a power bank and they’re all USB rechargeable – or you can buy the optional dual charging power dock.
Since the entire system is designed around the same dimensions as the GoPro Session, you can mount your Session camera underneath your light. Or next to it. Or on top. You can also run a spare power bank. Or run two head lights. There’s quite a few options.
And if you don’t want to run it on your bars? There’s an optional helmet mount that will allow you to run the 500 lumen light as is, or split the 850 or 1200 lumen light in two and mount the battery to the back of the helmet.
Topeak hopes to have these available by the end of October, and target retail is from $99.95-$129.95 depending on the options.
Modularity was also a popular theme for Topeak’s new Ninja Master and Ninja Brother bottle cage series. The Ninja Master series includes eight different bottle cages which all have accessory integration built right in. The Ninja Brother series on the other hand is an adapter that lets you use the Topeak accessories on any bottle cage, not just Topeak versions.
Ninja Master cages all have quick release docks at the bottom of the cage for easy access of the accessories whether that’s for a multi tool, tube, bag, or more.
An honorable mention goes out to the SK cage which has a special attachment at the bottom which fits standard plastic bottles of many sizes as long as it has a thin neck. How many times have you seen people struggling with a disposable bottle in a bike cage before? Now you can lock it in place as shown, or replace it with an actual cycling bottle which fits as well.
The Ninja Brother is the same idea, just with a universal bracket that mounts behind any standard cage. No word on pricing or availability on these yet.
In other bottle cage solution news, the Topeak DP Mount is designed to allow you to run a bottle cage on your dropper post. It’s spaced out far enough that it will slide over the post, though depending on your frame design you might run into interference.
Like everyone else it seems, Topeak has their own tubeless inflator called the Tubibooster. The bottle can be filled with a standard floor pump, and the silver nozzle on the side is what you attach to your valve. As a bonus, the chuck can be removed and used with CO2 cartridges.
And when you’re done, you can check those pressures with the new Twin Gauge D2. Designed to be a simpler gauge than their Shuttle or Smartguage, the Twin Gauge has no locking lever and a press to activate sensor.