What’s old is new again for this week’s installment of gear patrol. New, and nicer. Sombrio adds custom design options to west coast apparel patterns, Turner introduces a blacked out and decked out Ltd version of the longstanding RFX model, and Fox issues an all-new version of the Flux helmet. Cane Creek keeps retro new by bringing back bar ends and, rounding out the list, Rocky Mountain makes the Altitude electric.
Sombrio Cartel – Sombrio Custom Progam
Does your new enduro team need new jerseys? West coast apparel brand Sombrio Cartel has launched a custom clothing lab with some unique features. You can add your design to one of their existing base prints, and there’s also a live-design aid where you work in real-time with someone from Sombrio to get your kit looking just the way you picture it. Add low minimums, free shipping, and Sombrio’s reputation for quality gravity apparel, and this is a project to watch.
Turner – RFX Ltd.
Turner rolls out the RFX 27.5” in a fully decked out, blacked out Limited Edition build. More than just black paint, Turner specs the RFX Ltd. with extra trick suspension bits from Cane Creek, the DB Coil shock and Helm Fork. Add Knight Composites wheels rolling on Project 321 hubs and some gold parts from SRAM and this RFX is definitely worthy of its Ltd. designation.
Cane Creek – Ergo Control Bar Ends
More from Cane Creek this week, as the company finally caved to peer pressure and reissued its popular bar ends. If bar ends aren’t your jam, you likely don’t understand why this is news. If you’re already on the phone to your LBS, you won’t be surprised that Cane Creek sold over 500 sets in the first week alone.
Fox – Flux Helmet
Fox has redesigned and reintroduced there venerable Flux helmet. While the Flux name has been on the trails more than ten years now, Fox has redesigned the Flux with a full complement of modern features, including a MIPS option. There’s also new colours. Many, many new colours.
Rocky Mountain – Altitude Powerplay
If you’ve been e-curious, but not really sold on the lackluster ride characteristics (or aesthetics) of the majority of e-MTB’s out there, Rocky’s mountain bike first, e-bike second approach to the Altitude Powerplay could be what makes you plug in. The e-MTB’s been well reviewed in Europe, and is now available in Canada.