Lots of new exciting tech this week, with POC adding its helmet range for gravel riders and tyre brand Hutchinson introducing a wider 50mm option for added versatility. Hope showed off its new Pro 5 hub, and Giant released its new Revolt X gravel bike complete with suspension.
Hope’s latest ‘Pro 5’ hub
Known for its colourful array of precision-engineered machinery, Yorkshire bike part manufacturer Hope has taken another progressive step into modern hub tech. This new hub has improved pick-up speed, load capacity, drag and increased longevity. Seals are zero drag, and new springs within the pawls and ratchet system give the hub a longer lifespan. Faster engagement now occurs with the hub featuring increased engagement points from 44 to 108. Hope has balanced a new stiffer hub shape without adding to its weight. Keeping up with the times of electric mountain bikes, Hope has also designed a hub to withstand greater forces. Prices start from £95.
Hutchinson’s 50mm tyres
Hutchinson’s Touareg, Tundra and Overide tyres get some extra chunk to grind away on that gravel, with a new 50mm width to offer the rider ultimate versatility. No massive design changes have occurred, with the tyres staying the same regarding tread pattern and casing but with the added width. The traction is in the form of a scaled tread pattern not to compromise performance. Why not treat your wheels to some? £49.95 from cycling.hutchinson.com.
New gravel helmets by POC
POC recently unveiled its latest Omne Lite and Omne Ultra. Both helmets offer riders more safety and versatility while remaining true to their looks. The Omne Lite works off the Omne Air helmet with increased airflow, while the Omne Ultra is a wild card with attachment points for a waterproof cover, ID patches or even snacks.
Giant's new bouncy gravel machine - Revolt X
2023 Giant Revolt_X_Advanced_Pro_2_Product_WebRes_17.jpg, by Giant Bicycles
Looking at the new Revolt X gravel bike, we can see it shares features with a lightweight mountain bike. But of course, you could argue that it also shares characteristics of a road bike when you see it has dropped bars and similar aesthetics. So here, Giant has merged the lines and engineered a bike capable of more rugged off-road terrain than ever before. Three models are available; the Advanced Pro X in two configurations and the alloy framed X1 offering a more affordable price point. All of the models have 40mm front travel, a dropper post, and flared handlebars. Read the full story below for the componentry in more depth.
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