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.
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Got an XD driver freehub wheelset, but find that you don’t always want a pie plate rear cog or a long cage derailleur?
Leonardi Factory has a new 9-36 XD cassette that offers wide-range gearing in a more compact format. Whether you’re looking to bump up your gear inches come race day, or need to swap your adventure cogs for a set better suited for chasing roadies, the new option from the Italian company provides more possibilities with 95% of the range of a 10-42 cassette.
The cassette is machined from one piece of steel, with the exception of the largest cog, which is alloy.
The 36t rear cog should also allow use with some medium cage rear derailleurs. So yes, the €300 cassette might help you push the limits and turn an RX800 drivetrain into a wide-range 1x Shimano setup.
The Italian company also offers some ovalized chainrings. These rings feature a dramatic squared-off shape that is said to offer a bigger difference between the power and weak spots in your pedal stroke compared to both round chainrings and competitors’ ovalized options.
The Gecko Track ovalized chainrings right now are mountain bike-oriented and come in popular BCD sizes with direct mount options. They retail for around €50. You can expect larger, more cyclocross-oriented sizes to come in the near future.
Leonardi Factory is imported by Pro Net Cycling.
More info: www.pronetcycling.com
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