FEATURES: RBA NEW PRODUCT REVIEW
December 8, 2012


On top of all the new products we hear about,  there continues to be a steady stream of 2013 products rolling into the plush, well lit, RBA office. So, we figured you might want to get a little sneak peak at some of the latest. This week the theme is seven products that start with a S and they include the new Serotta Gran Fondo, the Santini bib short,  a Selle Italia SLR Team Edition Flow saddle, a pair of Syncros wheels, a Specialized Allez, Stan's No Tubes ZTR Alpha 400 wheels, and some new shades from Spy.

AS FOR THE SEROTTA
  Serotta
just released info on the new Fondo SG, a bike that combines the durability of titanium with frame geometry that delivers all-day performance.
 
Emblazoned with anodized blue graphics, the Fondo SG is offered in six standard sizes. With an optional Heads Up head tube extension, the Fondo will fit most cyclists. A complete bike, including a Shimano Ultegra Tried & True component kit, retails for $4,295. A frame and fork only retails for $3,195.
 
“Our goal with the Fondo was to meet or exceed cyclists’ expectations in ride performance, design and manufacturing integrity – all while keeping an eye on price,” said Ben Serotta, president and founder of the company. “We’re convinced that once cyclists try the Fondo, they’ll know we hit the mark.”

The Fondo features Serotta’s size-specific tubing and carbon front fork, Power S-bend chainstays and proprietary titanium rear dropouts. “We only know one way to build a bike,” Serotta said. “Like every Serotta, the Fondo is built by hand in our factories in Poway, Calif., and here in Saratoga Springs by the same craftsmen to our one standard: Serotta perfect.”



                                                          Santini Cool Bibshort
The new 2013 Cool Bibshort from Santini is made for the hottest times of the year. The bib shorts contain their new and improved MIG3 Chamois that is their most breathable chamois while still maintaining optimum comfort. Santini uses its Newport fabric that is made from seventy-eight percent polyamide and twenty-two percent elastane. The Newport fabric contains a compression feature to reduce muscle strain. The elastic inserts on the sides of the bib short are said to give a very moisture wicking ability. The tight, but very thin material give the feel of an additional layer of skin. The Italian made shorts are available in seven sizes ranging from extra-small to four-extra-large. Also available in white, yellow, and red.
Price: $260
For more info: Santini


                                             Selle Italia SLR Team Edition Flow
Since 1897, Selle Italia has been a top saddle manufacturer and has proven to make saddles for everyone from racers to recreational riders. With nine different "families" of saddles, they have created many different saddles for many different purposes. One of their most popular saddles showed up at our office earlier this week and we cant wait to get riding on the SLR Team Edition Flow. Made with their carbon composite technology, the saddle has an anatomical cutout with extra padding that provides optimum comfort. Weighing in at 175 grams and available in only black and white, the saddle has a definite sleek and fast look to it. Selle Italia constructed the saddle's base with thirty percent carbon and it uses 7mm Vanox tube rails.
For more info: Selle Italia


                                                            Syncros RR1.0 Carbon
Originally founded back in 1986 as a hardcore Canadian mountain bike component brand,  Syncros was recently acquired by Scott Sports and they are jumping into the thick of it with a wide variety of assorted products and accessories; from floor pumps to saddles, and multi-tools to wheels. The new Syncros RR1.0 Carbon wheels rolled into our office with flashy looks. The all carbon wheel is 46mm deep and is their lightest wheel, weighing in at 862 grams (rear) and 715 grams (front.) Built on the inside by DT Swiss, the wheels have some history. The Hubs are CNC machined with DT Swiss Star Ratchet System on the rear for quick engagement. The hubs also have stainless steel bearing for a long life span.
For more info: Syncros


                                           Specialized Allez Race Rival Mid-Compact
As a bike company always brimming with new product, it's safe to say that nary a week goes by that we don't hear about or see something new from Specialized. The latest is the Specialized Allez. Styled after their top of the line carbon Tarmac, the aluminum Allez shares the same frame geometry and is built with their latest Smartweld E5 alloy. Also, the Allez features the Tarmac SL4 full monocoque FACT carbon fork with a tapered steerer. The bike is equipped with SRAM Rival and Axis DC 2.0 mid reach brakes. The Race Rival Mid Compact bike is intended for aspiring racers, or simply performance oriented recreatiomal riders. Available in all black and in seven different sizes.
Price: $2,400
For more info: Specialized


                                                    Stan's No Tubes ZTR Alpha 400
Stan's No Tubes has been pushing cycling's wheel market forward with their tubeless rim technologies.  The latest wheel set that rolled into our office is the ZTR Alpha 400, a rim that shares the same dimensions and Bead Socket Technology as the Alpha 340 but adds the triple channel and internal arch design of their Arch EX and Flow EX rims. The ZTR Alpha 400 is built with a 33% thicker spoke bed than the original Alpha 340 rim for maximum durability. The new ZTR Alpha 400 weighs in at 425grams and comes in options of eighteen, twenty, twenty-four, twenty-eight or thirty-two spoke holes. Black anodized finish with a machined brake track for consistent braking performance. Fully tubeless compatible with 2 layers of 21mm yellow tape and 44mm valve stem.
Price: $120
For more info: Stan's Notubes



Spy Optics Discord with Happy Lens
Usually when we talk about Spy and their eyewear, RBA focuses mainly on cycling/performance eyewear. However, this time we step aside from the bikes and check out their all new Happy Lens' within one of their most popular frame, the Discord.  The casual frame, Discord, is a style similar to Ray Bans or other big eyed with the arms at the top of the frame style glasses. The Happy Lens is a new lens technology that is said to improve vision, and also invigorate the mind and mood alike. The lens' were born of Spy's desire to improve daily life through the way we see it, making people "happier." The lens offers one hundred percent UV protection, ninety-nine percent protection from glare, and the ability to boost contrast and depth perception. The Happy Lens will be available in nineteen different frames and colors.
For more info: Spy Optic




 

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