Hutchinson Challenger tires, MAAP Roam Jacket, Gore winter MTB kit, book written by CEO Brompton and zine for cycling

This week has seen a slew of new bike releases with Canyon, Trek, BMC and Santa Cruz all announcing new machines.

Canyon has updated its all-in-one bike, the Ultimate. While there may be an air of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ about the new bike, first riding impressions of Ashley Quinlan suggest Canyon has achieved its goal of achieving the perfect balance for many riders.

Also Thursday, Trek released the new Domane, which ditches the IsoSpeed ​​front to create a faster bike.

The brand also announced a new EX fuel version that, on first impressions, rewards aggressive riders. Tom Marvin was present to write the first review of the ride.

Santa Cruz released a new version of its motorcycle, the 5010. The previous iteration was the last 27.5-inch bike in the brand’s lineup, and with this new version switching to a mixed-wheel setup, Santa Cruz waved goodbye entirely to 27.5-wheel bikes in two.

BMC has revealed a Kaius gravel bike that is inspired by its Teammachine bike with an ultra-light frame and aero accents.

Away from bikes, Zwift has announced that it will be launching a smart trainer. The new piece of hardware can rival many competitors – especially with its relatively low retail price.

While Zwift’s smart coach and brand CEO uses the word “Zwift” as a verb that may indicate the possibility of genericIt’s not the only training platform in town. We’ve published our guide to RGT Cycling, after updating our guide to the best training apps last week.

We also dived into the world of gravel dropper shafts and tire size, spotted Hope’s HB.916 and reviewed the 2023 Giant Propel Advanced SL 0.

Hutchinson Challenger tire

The Hutchinson Challenger costs £29.99.
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The Hutchinson Challenger is an economical road bike tire for training, endurance riding and athletes, according to Hutchinson.

It features a new dual-compound design with stiffer rubber in the center of the tire and softer rubber on the outer edges.

The tire has a dual compound to balance durability and performance in bad weather.
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The stiffer center section is said to reduce the risk of cutting the end of the ride, while the softer edges are for “superior cornering grip.”

The sides of the tire have grooves to help grip when cornering and dripping across the tire is said to improve safety and stability.

The 66 TPI casing under the rubber balances protection and performance while providing puncture protection.

Look closely and you can see the pitting.
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Hutchinson says that the rubber on the Challenger is thicker than other tires, which increases the potential mileage to 8,000 kilometers.

The Challenger is available in 700 x 25mm, 700 x 28mm and 700 x 30mm sizes with a tubeless version slated for 2023.

MAAP Roaming Jacket

The jacket has an oversized cutout.
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The MAAP Unisex Roam Jacket was designed for cycling but seems to take more inspiration from hiking jackets than typical cycling rain jackets.

The jacket is cut a little oversized to fit your regular outfit. I suspect this is a reaction to the trend of wearing larger mountaineering-style coats from brands like Arc’teryx as casual wear as well.

After all, MAAP is not averse to playing with fashion trends and hype, as their collaborations with Perks and Mini prove.

MAAP says the jacket uses a medium-weight 265 g/m2 3-layer waterproof and windproof jacket, with an additional waterproof coating. The jacket has taped seams for added protection from the elements.

While many commuter or mountaineering jackets will have Velcro cuffs, the Roam jacket has an internal elastic cuff with a stiffer outer layer, which should integrate with the glove in a manner similar to the double cuff of the Castelli Alpha RoS jacket.

The jacket has a hood with a rain peak and there are elastic straps to adjust the fit.

Reflective details spread across the jacket and there are two pockets at the front.

  • £220 / $295 / AU$386 / €260

KBR Daily Jersey Goure Laura Trail Jacket

Lupra jacket is breathable and lightweight.
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Gore has introduced several new items to its mountain biking range this winter, including the Lupra Jacket and Trail KPR Daily jersey.

The Lupra Jacket is a lightweight, breathable mountain bike jacket. Gore says it can be worn while cycling up and down hills. It is also said to offer greater freedom of movement than traditional rain jackets.

Behind these claims is the Infinium fabric from Gore-Tex, known for its water resistance, breathability and stretch.

On the front of the jacket is a Gore-Tex Windstopper fabric to block out any cold air.

The sleeve is designed for cycling, with a slightly longer back to provide protection from wheel splash and elbows that are cut short to fit your riding position.

The Lupra’s hood reportedly fits a helmet and can be worn with a backpack, according to Gore.

Besides being tailored to the demands of cycling, Gore says it has enough wearable style on the bike. And like the MAAP Touring Jacket, it appears to be fairly neutral and doesn’t scream “bike.”

The “bike” is clearly Gore’s Trail KPR Daily shirt. Gore says the mountain bike jersey is lightweight, sturdy, and provides “skin contact comfort.”

It features a round neckline, a longer back for coverage, and a two-layer cuff and hem for durability.

The shirt is made from 100 percent recycled materials that are breathable and quick-drying.

  • Gore lobra jacket: £179.99 / $180 / €179.95
  • Gore Trail KPR Daily Jersey: £59.99 / $60 / €59.95

Brompton: Engineering for Change Written by Will Butler Adams and Dan Davies

The book was co-authored by Will Butler Adams and Dan Davies.
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Brompton: Engineering for Change Co-written by Will Butler Adams, CEO of Brompton, and Dan Davies, a journalist and economist who has written for financial times And the New Yorker.

The book chronicles Brompton’s history, from founder Andrew Ritchie’s first folding bike designs in 1975 to Butler-Adams joining the company in 2002 as an engineer and later organizing a purchase and becoming CEO.

The book takes a closer look at how Bromptons are manufactured, as well as delving into their potential as a sustainable means of transportation.
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It focuses on the challenges Brompton and Butler Adams have faced over the years, how the company has grown from producing a few hundred bikes a year to more than 90,000, and why people have fallen in love with these folding wheeled mini bikes.

But Butler Adams also uses it to illustrate his arguments about changing the concept of industrialization and the need to change urban transportation in detail, often with frankness that makes for a refreshing read.

Zain cycle shorts

Al-Zain celebrates cycling while addressing its cultural and societal impact.
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Cycle Pants is a Zen “inspired by the wonderful world of cycling” that aims to explore different aspects of cycling culture while highlighting alternative ways of thinking about life on two wheels.

This first issue, following a first-person pilot, contains articles on cycling and pregnancy, the therapeutic benefits of cycling with others, to name a few, as well as an interview with Thighs of Steel co-founder Harri Symes.

The zine includes reading and listening lists that highlight articles and podcasts that address the problem of cycling with diversity as well as its liberating potential.

Zine also has a directory of “people who do good things,” from tire builders and bike cooperatives to grassroots organizations that are attracting more people to the sport.

The project is not-for-profit and the organizers encourage people to connect with them and participate.

  • £4 (unpaid), £6 (paid), £10 (pro)

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