Would you ride with a selfie stick attached to your bike? Plus load more tech news of the week from Rapha, Brompton, Vittoria, Kask and Factor

We’ve got a ton of bike tech news to tell you about this week, but the most unusual release we’ve heard comes from Insta360…

Would you put a selfie stick on your bike?

Did you ever think your bike needed a selfie stick? Let’s assume for a moment that she answered yes to that question. The word ‘assume’ is doing some heavy lifting there, but let’s go with that.

Well now your bike can have its own selfie stick thanks to the Insta360 Third Person Bike Handlebar Mount that works with a variety of Insta360 cameras. It is designed for you to capture images of yourself, your surroundings and your bike.

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Using Insta360’s ‘invisible selfie stick’ effect, the pole is said to disappear in 360 images “allowing cyclists to capture incredible third-person shots of themselves on a bike that would otherwise be impossible to achieve by themselves”.

An Insta360 ONE X2, for example, has two lenses that capture a 200° view each.

“Then Insta360’s proprietary algorithm stitches the images together, using the overlap between the two to hide the extension pole,” says Insta360. “This is all done automatically, so when viewing the shots in the Insta360 app, it’s just the rider and the world around him!”

The best camera for cycling? Insta360’s new ONE RS now has built-in stabilization

The aluminum mount that comes as part of the kit fits 25-32mm round handlebars, covering most of the available options, and two Go Pro-style attachment points accommodate other bike accessories such as computers or lights.

Insta360 says that their third-person bike handlebar mount is designed for road cycling and not suitable for off-road/mountain biking, but would you like to ride with a thin carbon fiber pole stretching out in front of you?

The standalone kit is available to buy now at £41.99 or bundled with the ONE X2 360 camera for £487.99.

Learn more here

Roll up, roll up! Get your tickets for a Foals x Brompton folding bike

Here’s a partnership we weren’t expecting: folding bike company Brompton and Foals. Yes, Foals, the radio rock band. They’ve come online to offer you a chance to win a one-of-a-kind bike in support of the Mental Health Foundation.

Foals x Brompton 2022 Racing Bike - 2

Foals drummer Jack Bevan is a Brompton fan and has worked with the London brand on the design.

“Based on Brompton’s renowned C Line folding bike frame, Jack customized the design using images adapted from Foals’ ‘Life Is Yours’ album to create a completely distinctive design,” says Brompton.

Foals x Brompton Racing Bike 2022 - 1

“The bike was completed using Jack’s choice of components, including a Brooks Cambium saddle, as well as stylish high-performance tanwall tires supplied by Schwalbe.

“The result is a one-of-a-kind item that money can’t buy and will be irresistible to Foals collectors and bike lovers alike. Built by hand in London, its value is impossible to quantify.”

It must be said, we really like that finish.

You can pay £5 for one entry in the draw, £10 for three entries or £20 for eight. Technically, you can also get in for free by mail, but don’t be so strict.

The giveaway will be open for the next four weeks.

Learn more here

PNW Introduces New Satellite Saddlebag

PNW Satellite StarDust Saddle Bag

Just like your existing Rover Hip Pack, PNW’s new Satellite Saddlebag is made from recycled material.
canvas. PNW says this makes it highly durable, and thanks to a DWR (durable water repellent) coating, it’ll also keep your essentials dry.

The bag features a sturdy strap to attach to the saddle rails and an optional hook and loop elastic that makes it dropper post compatible.

The PNW Satellite Pannier is now available in two colours: ‘Dark Matter Black’ and ‘Star Dust Khaki’, weighs 55g and retails for £33.

Learn more here

Vaast Unveils Aero Inspired R/1 Allite Super Magnesium Road Bike

Vaast R/1 magnesium aero road bike

Vaast has unveiled the R/1 road bike, the latest addition to what it describes as its “sustainable bike range”.

Vaast makes its ‘sustainable’ claim based on the fact that it is made from ‘Allite Super Magnesium’ which it says is 33% lighter than aluminum and as strong as carbon fibre, giving it a lighter weight. to the box of 1250 g.

The R/1 is available in three build options, starting with a mechanical Shiman 105 build at £2,299.99 up to a Sram Force AXS spec option with 45mm deep carbon wheels for £4,999.99.

Will you make a bike’s green credentials a deciding factor in your next bike purchase?

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The return of the Rapha Women’s 100 and a special edition kit to celebrate

2022 Rapha 100 women

The Rapha Women’s 100 will return in 2022, an annual challenge that encourages thousands of cyclists from around the world to ride 100 km (62 miles). This year’s races will take place on Sunday, September 18 and aim to involve 100,000 people.

Rapha 2022 Women's 100 Collection Kit

The UK tours will start and end at clubs in Manchester and London and Rapha has also announced a special edition Women’s 100 collection (shown above) available to buy in August.

Learn more here

Kask offers Mojito helmet in new colors

Kask Mojito 3 Matt 2022 helmet colors

The Mojito has been turning heads for a long time and Kask says it will now turn heads as well with the launch of five new matte finishes. The ‘Matt Capsule Collection’ colors are Gray Matt, Bloodstone Matt, Atlantic Blue Matt, Olive Green Matt, and White Matt.

> Review: Kask Mojito 3 Helmet

2022 Kask Matte Mojito - 1

Kask says the Mojito 3 is suitable for road or gravel rides. Kask graphics are reflective and in size medium the helmet weighs 230g. The new colors are available to buy now with an RRP of £139.

Learn more here

oooh! Special Edition Factor Ostro VAM comes with gold graded hubs

2022 factor Ostro VAM gold limited edition classified

Classified has continued their wave of partnerships and this time installed their front end destruction technology in this limited edition Factor Ostro VAM.

Take a look at Classified’s super innovative Powershift transmission

The bike is not cheap, starting at €10,699. That’s around £9,100!

> Review: Factor Ostro VAM frame

In addition to the Classified rear hub, the bike features a Sram Red AXS 1x groupset and then the bar/stem, bottle cage and wheels come from Factor Black Inc’s component brand. Tires come in the form of Panaracer Race D Evo 4s in black. / brown color scheme.

> Review: Panaracer Race D Evo 4 tire

Classified says it will make 100 special edition gold hubs with the first 25 reserved for Factor. Each one has the build number laser etched in the center. Are you a fan of bling centers?

Learn more here

Velocio introduces its “most advanced and highest performing jersey to date”

2022 Velocio concept radiator jersey

Velocio says its new Concept Radiator jersey is cooler than any jersey thanks to Polartec Delta Mesh “Radiator” fabric, a combination of Tencel and recycled polyester yarns in a 3D mesh structure.

Our thoughts:
A. It’s a shame they missed the heatwave
B. It is not cheap. £155, in fact.

The jersey is designed for “big rides, sport tours and races when performance, comfort and riding experience are paramount” and features a new race fit pattern to provide a “skin suit-like fit”.

Learn more here

Vittoria launches Ultra Light Speed ​​TPU inner tubes

Vittoria Ultra Light Speed ​​TPU Tubes

Vittoria is a major player in the inner tube market, so we were made aware when it recently announced its first ever TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) inner tube. Using this lightweight plastic is a great way to save space and weight and, according to Vittoria, reduce rolling resistance thanks to reduced friction between the tire and tube.

Compared to Vittoria’s butyl tubes, the brand says the new TPU offering is 70% lighter, 14% faster, 57% stronger and recyclable.

The new tubes are currently available in only one size and valve length: 700×25/30c with a 60mm valve and removable Presta core.

Learn more here

In case you missed it earlier in the week…

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