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Weekend Roundup: Fresh tech from Factor, CyclingCeramic x SRAM, Knog and more!

State Bicycle Co.
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Like many, State Bicycle Co. is excited about summer and is celebrating with a new bike release! The Pardi B – similar to the rest of their Core-Line offerings – is designed for casual commuters searching for a bit of style while on their way. Its frame has double butted 4130 chromo steel tubes and internal chain tensioners built into their new die-cast dropouts. The $450 Pardi B comes in 6 sizes and 4 bar options including bullhorn, dropper, riser, and pursuit. It’s also equipped with a flip-flop rear hub for easy fixed/freewheel swaps, front and rear brakes, gum walled tires, alloy Wellgo pedals and optional 40-mm rims or Lo-Pro rims. Also, their Core-Line also gets a paint job for summer. Models include the Bernard, Hanzo, LaFleur 3, and the Rutherford 3.

Knog at base camp

Bikepackers may be interested in the Knog Bandicoot headlamp. It’s Knog’s first step towards reaching a broader outdoor enthusiast audience generally consisting of climbers, runners, and hikers. Four outputs include spot, ambient, night and reading lights. Its peak output is about 100 lumens, a battery life of 2 hours at max output, and it recharges through a built in USB. Above all, its entire build is silicon that stretches to fit and adjusts when needed accommodating 470 – 640mm heads. It’s currently available on Kickstarter to those pledging $30AU/$22USD and is available in blue, red, grey, and black.

Factor O2 gets a special release

Factor O2 Road bike
photo c. Factor Bikes

There are 2 new options for the Factor O2 that are designed with the Belgian and Swiss national champion colors. Options include disc or rim brakes, chassis (frame & cockpit) or rolling chassis (frame, cockpit and wheels), Belgium (black & red) or Swiss (red & white), custom bar width and stem length. The special edition starts at $5,000 and comes in sizes 46 – 61. Checkout our previous article for more frame details, here.

CyclingCeramic meets SRAM Etap

CyclingCeramic ETap pulley
photo c. CyclingCeramic

CyclingCeramic just announced their SRAM Etap cage assembly. It’s designed specifically for SRAM’s electronic system and considers everything from the chain length to the most efficient chain angle and cog size. Ultimately, they claim it saves 2.7 watts and a minute over a 20km time trial. It has a carbon cage with titanium bolts and aluminum pulley wheels. The French made Etap cage is priced at €330 and offered in red, black and silver. Stay tuned for limited editions.

All day with Attaquer

Attaquer Faded Stripes Alphabets
photo c. Attaquer

Australian apparel brand Attaquer recently added new pieces to their All Day collection including the Alphabetics and Faded Stripe jerseys. The Alphabetics jersey ($190AUD left) has breathable fabrics, a race fit and compression, short collar, full front locking zipper, 3 rear pockets and long sleeves. It’s available in black/white and black/blue and sizes XS – XXL. Their Faded Stripe jersey ($190AUD right) has the same build as the former including the same Italian made quality and SPF 50+ protection. Colors include white/blue and black/pink with sizes ranging from XS – XXL.

Traxxas gets a Fox makeover

New from Traxxas is their For Raptor replica, complete with Fox branding. The  body is detailed with hood intakes, side mirrors and the Raptor’s “Ford” grill. It’s shielding the Traxxas Slash which features a Titan 12 motor, XL 5 speed controller, full-ball bearings, and waterproof electronics. Complete, the $270 car will surpass 30mph on the included 4 amp battery pack out of the box. We’ve been thrashing the Slash 4×4 for months and they’re awesome – check out our our review to see how it performs.

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