New gear from Ibis, Garmin, Pearl Izumi, TOGS, Ellsworth, Kitsbow and more
By Mtbr November 07, 2014
29er Apparel Gear
Here’s a look at some of the new bikes and gear in our review queue this week…
2015 Ibis Tranny 29
The versatile Ibis Tranny 29 hardtail can be built up as a geared or single speed, with chain drive or belt drive. The Angry Singlespeeder built his as the latter and gives us his thoughts next week.
Garmin Edge 1000 Cycle Computer
We’ve long been fans of Garmin’s GPS cycle computer offerings, but have to wonder if the latest version—the Edge 1000—has jumped the shark in terms of features, size and price. We’ve got one eye down the trail and one on the dashboard as we evaluate this technology-packed new(ish) model.
Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Jacket
Just in time for cool-weather riding season, Colorado-based Pearl Izumi just sent over its new MTB WRX Jacket, which is claimed to be wind and water resistant. We’ll put that to the test soon, but already we’re impressed with how easily it packs inside a hydration pack, and the vented hood that fits overtop your helmet.
Thumb-Over-Grip System (TOGS)
Though the bar-end went out of fashion some time ago, the Mtbr Fourms are full of threads where riders are looking for additional hand positions. The new Thumb-Over-Grip System (TOGS) takes a novel, minimalist run at the problem and just might have the simple, lightweight option long-haul XC riders are looking for.
2015 Ellsworth Epiphany
The 140mm-travel Ellsworth Epiphany seeks to bridge the gap between XC and enduro with its climbing prowess and active downhill performance. The ‘Piph likes it rough…and after we’re done flogging it, we’ll let you know how it does.
Kitsbow A/M Ventilated Shorts and Jersey
Kitsbow is all about fit, materials and features. This well-conceived kit is well ventilated indeed with several mesh panels that are stealthily integrated into the materials. Other features include a locking main button, pockets that don’t get in the way of the hydration pack or pedaling.