Ergon, makers of (arguably) the world’s most comfortable flat-bar handgrips, is introducing their first-ever line of saddles in 2012. The SM3 series is being marketed for mountain biking, but some of the saddles look promising for all-around utility and commuting use.
Ergon SM3 → [2.9mb PDF]
Civia is introducing a new city bike this week at Interbike. The Twin City will be offered in either a step-through or diamond frame with either a single-speed hub or 7-speed internal gear hub. Standard features include upright bars, integrated rear rack, chain guard, and kickstand. Fenders are optional for an additional $45. Retail will be $795 for the 7-speed and $495 for the single-speed.
The Gotham from REI’s 2012 Novara line-up looks like a nice, low-maintenance, all-weather commuter. Features include a NuVinci N360 hub, Gates CenterTrack belt drive, dynamo hub, Basta lights, disc brakes, alloy fenders, and a rear rack. Retail will be $1299.
Giro has a new retro-style helmet coming out later this year. It’s similar to the popular Nutcase and other skate-type helmets, but with more vents, a detachable visor, and Giro’s “Auto-loc” adjustment system. It looks like a nice alternative for those who prefer retro styling but want more cooling vents than are typically spec’d on this type of helmet.
It looks like a number of new belt drive bikes were debuted at Eurobike this week, with around 40 brands showing belted bikes. The Gates blog has the details.
Gates Carbon Drive Systems Blog →
Details about the 2011 Eurobike award winners are posted on the iF Design website.
iF Design →
Eurobike Award →