With events like this weekend's Dirty Kanza 200 and the Lost and Found gravel races, pre-race planning and packing is half the challenge. Racers dial in the details of nutrition and hydration and bringing the right gear so they can finish the event is also part of the essential pre-race preparation.
Topeak’s mission appears perfectly tailored to helping gravel cyclists get to the finish line or campsite. We took a look at some of the brand’s latest tools, pumps, inflators, bags and more.
Lights and Mounts
Topeak’s new CubiCubi series of modular lights look ready to get you through nighttime and extra-long adventures. The lights come in 500, 850 and 1200 lumens, with different cartridge battery options. There are five different brightness settings.
The lights retail for $99.95, $119.95 and $139.95 and can be paired with a mount that holds your GoPro camera and your head unit.
Should you need to burn the midnight oil, the company offers a spare 6000 mAh power pack to charge your light or devices for $49.95. That should come in handy if you need your head unit to navigate, or to boast to your riding buddies about your PRs from your extended adventure.
Tools and Cages
Topeak's impressive Ninja line includes a number of water bottle cages that can also hold tools, pumps and essential gear. The only item missing accessory is a ninja star.
The Ninja series also includes tools that sit nicely under your hydration. The new Ninja 16 combines 16 functions into a folding body.
Topeak, like Feedback Sports and Presta Cycle, offers a mini ratchet with all the bits for your bike. The $79.95 Ratchet Rocket NTX+ has 19 functions and includes an adjustable TorqBit and chain tool.
It all comes in a nice handy case to keep all the bits in place. The case is likely too big for your average saddle bag, but Topeak already thought about that...
Bags for Essentials, Bikepacking
Carrying your gear is important for both one-day gravel races and multi-day bikepacking trips. Topeak's bags are aptly named the FrontLoader, BackLoader, MidLoader and TopLoader to help you remember where they go.
The new $36.95 TopLoader bag is one likely useful for one-day events. The top tube bag has a built-in rain cover, stores your fuel, battery or devices, and has an exit port for wires to charge your devices while riding.
The $84.95 FrontLoader has 8 liters of storage with room for bulky items such as a sleeping bag.
The BackLoader comes in three different sizes—6, 10 and 15 liters—and features a waterproof inner bag and an updated saddle mount.
There's even a frame bag called the MidLoader that comes in different sizes and stays aero.
Topeak has three new "G" mini pumps with gauges. There's a Roadie DA G (Dual Action), MTB DA G and an MTB TT (Twin Turbo) G. The DA G pumps start at $34.95.
The company also has a forthcoming Airbooster_G2 CO2 inflator with built-in pressure gauge.
The Airbooster_G2 is Presta and Schrader valve compatible, has a separate end for cartridge storage, and a valve to adjust the flow during inflation.
The Co2 inflator with a gauge retails for $44.95, but don't rush out hoping to get one in time for Dirty Kanza or Lost and Found. It starts to make its way to retailers on June 10.
Still need to get your bike ready for your next gravel or cyclocross race?
Topeak's new $269.95 PrepStand X features portable, stable bike adjustment for the garage or race day. The new workstand accepts quick release, 12mm, 15mm and 20mm thru-axles.
For more on all of Topeak's products, see the photo gallery below. To check out more new products we've seen this season, visit our archives from the Sea Otter Classic.
More info: topeak.com