Interbike may have lost a few of the big bike companies as exhibitors over the years, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting products unveiled at the annual bicycle convention. Sometimes you just have to poke around booths and ask questions to find the interesting new gadgets outside of bikes and new cyclocross and gravel tires. And at the more-intimate Reno setting, that’s exactly what we did.
Now that we’re not two-timing our tech coverage with the U.S. UCI Cyclocross World Cups, we’re bringing you a few items that caught our cyclocross and gravel-oriented eyes at the show. We’ve got a cool tool from Feedback Sports, neat gears from Leonardi Factory, a hub from Two Point Zero that comes apart on demand, a powerful new unit from Minoura, extra security from Redshift Sports, and a Rolex of a light.
Scroll through the different products with the “Next” arrow.
High-end components typically require precise torque settings on their bolts, but what happens when you’re 40 miles into the boonies on your gravel adventure and have to make an adjustment?
Prestacycle and Feedback Sports have teamed up to create handy, pocket-sized torque wrenches with all the popular 1/4″ bits for any trailside or home garage adjustment.
The pint-sized unit, called The Range, pairs a small two-way ratchet with a torque measurement dial.
Unlike most torque wrenches, The Range is made to help you loosen bolts as well as tighten them.
Use the ratchet to loosen a stem bolt, make the necessary adjustment, flip a switch and use the ratchet to tighten the bolt part way. Then grab the end of the ratchet to put the finishing torque on the bolt. As you push down, the dial reads out the Nm capability of your cyclist’s triceps from 2-10 Nm, and will tell you when you’re at the manufacturer’s spec.
Feedback Sports put together a demonstration video for The Range here.
The Range comes with its own storage case and 14 bits. It retails for $79.99 and should make for a nice companion to the Team Edition Tool Kit.
Prestacycle offers a similar, more-affordable unit using different steel in its bits. Its TorqRatchet retails for $59.99 and includes 20 bits. We got our first look at the unit at Sea Otter, but it’s shipping now.
Stay tuned for a review of both products.
Click Next to see Leonardi Factory’s newest cyclocross cassette.