Gravel Grinder News: Wilde Fork, Showers Pass, Reynolds & More News

Gravel Grinder News: Wilde Fork, Showers Pass, Reynolds & More News – by Guitar Ted

This week, Eurobike is happening after being muted or cancelled due to the pandemic the last two years. That means a lot of news is coming out this week. We have some of it here with Wilde announcing a new fork, a Showers Pass Eco-friendly rain jacket, and more. First, the Wilde fork news…

Wilde Carbon fiber bicycle fork in an outdoor, greenery setting.
The Wilde Bikes Wayfinder Fork

Wilde Bikes Wayfinder Fork: Problem: You’ve got an 1 1/8th inch straight steer tube fork on your Surly Straggler, (as an example), and you want a full-featured, carbon fiber fork to lighten up your rig but retain all that versatility the steel fork has. Solution: Wilde Bikes’ new Wayfinder fork. It has “Three-Pack Mounts”, it is set up for flat mount brakes, it has internal dynamo routing, internal brake line routing, a threaded mount at the fork crown, and a 100 X 12mm through axle, of course.

Detail shot showing the Wilde Bikes Wayfinder fork crown
The Wayfinder fork features Three Pack mounts on its blades and a nice threaded mount on the fork crown

Wilde Bikes’ Jeffrey Frane says, The Wayfinder marks our first attempt at creating something that we felt was sorely lacking in the market, namely a carbon fork with all the features that will retro-fit to existing bikes, give another choice for frame builders to expand traditional techniques, and still work well with 44mm and tapered head tubes. Essentially, do-it-all and fit just about anything.

The specs on the Wayfinder fork read as follows:

Specs
Fork Weight: 470g with uncut steerer
Tire Clearance: 700c X 2.1″ or 27.5″ X 2.3″ 
Axle to Crown – 398mm
Rake – 49mm
Steerer Length – 350mm
Axle – 130mm length 12 x 1.5 

You can pick up a Wayfinder fork now from Wilde Bikes and it will run you $499.00 here.

Models wearing the new Showers Pass EcoLyte rain jackets.
Models wearing the new Showers Pass EcoLyte Elite rain jackets.

Showers Pass New EcoLyte Elite Rain Jackets: Showers Pass has released its latest jacket and their most Eco-friendly jacket to date in the EcoLyte Elite. The new jacket features 100% recycled face fabric and lining, 100% recycled vent and pocket zippers, and Showers Pass’ own “Clean Color” technology. Following are the details and pricing.

● Showers Pass EcoLyte Elite Jacket
○ MSRP: $299 – Men’s Colors: Harvest & Glacier
Men’s sizes; Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
○ MSRP: $299 – Women’s Colors: Harvest & Glacier
Women’s sizes; X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large

Available July 12 th at http://www.showerspass.com

The EcoLyte uses a polypropylene waterproof and breathable membrane to keep the elements at bay. Showers Pass says about this jacket:The EcoLyte Elite isn’t just good for the planet. It is a premium piece of kit featuring Showers Pass’ tried-and-true cycling fit, a full-zip front, chest pocket, large core vents for temperature regulation, and a removable/adjustable brimmed hood that is helmet compatible. Reflective accents improve low-light visibility, and a back pocket holds essentials or stows the 13.7oz jacket when not in use.

You can learn more about this jacket by watching this YouTube video or by clicking the link above.

Reynolds Wheels Adds To Gravel Wheel Range: Reynolds Wheels announces a complex range of wheels aimed at what they feel are the two different, but overlapping worlds of “Gravel” cycling. One being a bit more from the MTB side, the other being more from a “Road” side. Reynolds differentiates the range in this way by calling its more aero, slightly narrower inner rim profile wheels the “ATR” series. (All Terrain Road”) The other, less aero, slightly wider inner rim width range are called the “G Series” wheels.

Reynolds Black Label G700 Expert wheel

Moving on from the two main distinctions, the G Series and the ATR series are further broken down into the Black Label/ Black Label Pro (G Series) range which is top of the line and uses Industry Nine Torch hub internals in a Reynolds designed hub shell. Then things splinter off further. In the ATR range you move down-line to the ATRx and ATR entry level wheel set. In the G Series this is reflected as the Black Label EXP and EXP entry level wheels.

Whew!

You can watch this YouTube video to try to make sense of all of this or visit Reynolds website here. https://hayesbicycle.com/pages/reynolds-wheels

Feedback Sports Announces New Pro Mechanic HD Repair Stand: Feedback Sports has a new, heavy-duty repair stand which is very portable and should prove to be a popular choice amongst eBike owners and anyone that has a heavy bike to work on. The Pro Mechanic HD is rated at 120lbs capacity and should handle that well with its beefy, oversized legs and main tube. The jaw has been fully redesigned and made to accommodate up to 2.6″ diameter tubes.

Features of the Feedback Sports Pro Mechanic HD stand on a graphic.

• 45% increased clutch capacity
• 145% stiffer
• 7% increased footprint
• 60% faster clamp closure
• 30% reduction in release button force

The Pro Mechanic HD stand is very portable at 18lbs and you can also purchase a carrying bag separately for it. The stand also features a 3 year warranty.

The new Pro Mechanic HD stand from Feedback Sports will run $495.00USD and should become available in October of this year.

That’s a wrap on this edition of Gravel Grinder News. All information and images in this post were provided to Riding Gravel by the respective brands: Wilde Bicycle Company, Reynolds Wheels,Feedback Sports, and Showers Pass.

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Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. An inaugural member of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame and Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004- Guitar Ted has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and back road events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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