New Product Discoveries

ABSOLUTE BLACK DUAL-DENSITY SILICONE GRIPS

Light and unique design

Absolute Black is best known for its line of chainrings that look more like art than functional components. Absolute Black has added to its range of high-quality parts with its new Dual Density silicone grips. These silicone grips are 130mm long and have 33mm-diameter ergonomic channels cut into them for a unique look. Absolute Black uses CNC-machined aluminum bar plugs with rubber seal rings for a snug fit. They are 100-percent silicone and will work on carbon and aluminum handlebars. Retail price is $36.50 per pair, and they can be found online at www.absoluteblack.com.

ELITE FLY 550ML WATER BOTTLE

For the pack-less crowd

Water bottles are still relevant, even if some frame designers won’t build cage mounts into their frames. Elite makes a massive range of products—from trainers to water bottles—and the Fly is its minimalist race bottle with 550ml (16 ounces) of capacity. This bottle is light- weight (without liquid) and is BPA-free. Elite offers the Fly in 10 different colors for a retail price of $15. www.elite-it.com

TOPICAL EDGE 10-OUNCE TUBE

Lube up and go set some records

Topical Edge is a new company with a proprietary lotion aimed at suppressing lactic acid buildup in your muscles. Originally, Topical Edge offered the lotion in single-serving packets but now has a 10-ounce tube with a new formula that is a little cleaner than the original. Retail price on this tube is $35, and one tube is enough for 15 applications. Check out www.topicaledge.com or your local bike shop.


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