There is more news this week of Coronavirus affected events, some new dated for those previously cancelled plus new gear on show. There's a new full face lid from Kask, a single speed gravel bike from Salsa and lightweight gear from Restrap.
Salsa launched a brand new single speed gravel bike this week, ditching the mech and advertising the bike for muddy conditions, sounds like a trip to the pain cave for us! The bike will be available as a frameset only in the UK and it'll come with two different dropouts, one for the single speed fans and one for those who want to run a 1x drivetrain. More details here.
New Zealand brand Zerode names bikes with gearbox bikes and have up until now used a chain to drive the bike. They have just announced that they are putting a belt drive version into production. The Gates Carbon Belt Drive will be available on all Taniwha (27.5") and Katipo (29er) platforms.
Restrap teases a set of bike packing bags weighing but 1kg, available to preorder on the 29th March.
If you are a Wahoo user and an e-bike rider then you'll be interested in a new update for the EMEMNT Bolt - it now intergrates with Giant and Specialized e-bikes meaning you can see battery life, range, percentage assistance and things like how much time you have spent in each assistance mode. Oh, yeah and it also comes in stealth black now....
Kask has just launched a new full face helmet. It's their first one, it's carbon and it's claimed to weigh just 750g (size medium). It retails at a whopping £470 though!!
Litter picking not for profit organisation announced their 'Spring Clean Tour'. Head here to find out where you can meet them and be one of the hundreds of riders lending a hand to clean up the trails this coming April.
Canyon's short travel e-bike, the Neuron:ON gets an update with integrated motor and battery. Prices start at £3,329 for the Neuron:ON 7.0 which is specced with a Shimano Steps E8000 250w motor with 540wh battery, Shimano XT 12 speed, Shimano MT520 brakes, a Rockshox Recon RL fork and a Deluxe Select R shock. More details here.
We learnt last week that Sea Otter Classic was cancelled, they have just announced the new dates as the 1st-4th October. They expect the event to go ahead as normal with both races and the trade show, all tickets etc will be automatically transferred.
Round one and two of the EWS are the lastest events to be cancells due to the coronavirus. The two races were due to be held in Colombia (27-28th March) and Chile (4th-5th April) but will now take place later in the year on the 7-8th November and the 14-15th November respectively.
The Lousã Portugal Downhill World Cup has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The race was due to take place on the 21st and 22nd March 2020 but will now be rescheduled until later in the year. The date is as yet unannounced.
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