5 cool things from Wolfpack, Bontrager and Dakine
There are more new tyres on the cards this week, this time for a relatively new brand called Wolfpack. We've also got a new WaveCel Rally helmet from Bontrager and gravity riding kit from Dakine
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Relatively new tyre brand, Wolfpack, have just launched a new range of cross-country and trail tyres. With the founder and designer a 'compounder' with a history of mixing different rubber compounds and having been responsible for things such as the Continental Black Chill compounds, worked on the Specialized Gripton compound and been the man in charge of the Schwable Addix programme, we were keen to see the tyres he produced when let loose under his own stream.
The tyres here all get the brands 'ToGuard' compound which they say offered increase grip with less rolling resistance, combined with a casing that has improved flat protection. Wolfpack says ToGuard works by reducing energy absorbed by tire deflection, which in turn decrease rolling resistance compared to other tyres using compounds from previous branded projects.
The puncture protection comes in the form of increased resistance to small objects embedding themselves in the outer layer of the tyre. Wolfpack says their ToGuard surface-to-shell compound protection enables more flexibility and lower rolling resistance compared to tyres which use an inner 'puncture protection belt' or layer which makes an increasingly stiff tyre.
All of the new tyres come in 27.5 and 29er sizes with a choice of 2.25, 2.4 and 2.6 and all are tubeless ready. As well as the three tyres below there is also a more aggressive Trail tyre and a rather chunky looking Enduro tyre, the latter only available in a 2.4 and 2.6" diameter. We'll hopefully be showing you the Trail and Enduro tyres in the weeks to come.
Wolfpack Cross 29 x 2.25
Wolfpack says this is a 'trail centre' tyre or a front tyre for marathon race setups paired with a Wolfpack race (below) or a front and rear tyre for more traction. They say its good in wet weather too but it still looks like a pretty fast rolling tyre to us, weighing in at 640g for the 29x2.25" its certainly an XC tyre as is the Race and the Speed.
Wolfpack Race 29 x 2.25
The Race is for 'fast tours' or marathon races, also used a rear tyre with the 'Cross' up front. Wolfpack says it has a 'fast-running' profile and minimal rolling resistance. Again this one weigh in a 640g for the 29 x 2.25" we have on test.
Wolfpack Speed 29 x 2.25
Last but not least is the fastest rolling tyre of the lot, it's also lighter 590g. The speed offers minimal rolling resistance from the small, closely grouped tread. This tyre makes reference to cross-county racing, making us think of an XC track rather than marathon style.
All tyres - £45
Bontrager Rally WaveCel helmet
WaveCel is the latest helmet innovation from Bontrager, with the brand releasing their first WaveCel equipped helmet in March 2019. We took a proper look at the helmets here and then reviewed their only mountain bike offering, the Blaze here which retailed at a mighty £200. The brand has now brought the same WaveCel tech with its collapsible cellular structure to a lower priced mountain bike lid, the Rally which costs £130.
Dakine Thrillium jersey and shorts
Designed for gravity riders in mind, the Thrillium jeresy and shorts are loose fit pieces for downhill riding. Dakine says they are made from a mid-weight material and are quick drying. The shorts get four way stretch and ventilation holes covering most of the upper front panel to keep the rider cool.
- Jersey - £40
- Shorts - £90