Fresh Produce – Allen Sports Lights and OneUp Components Drivetrain and WTB High Tails Saddle

by Brian Mullin on December 20, 2014

Allen Sports ASK5X Light

Allen
Sports is proud to announce we will be soon releasing bike light sets
that are durable, great looking and affordable. The lights will be
offered in 1 Watt, 3 Watt and 5 Watt-Rechargeable options. All the sets
will feature a 5 LM with 6 Red LED. All the front lights come waterproof
with IPX5 Rating. The lights will have multiple functioning features
and batteries included. We are excited to about this great new product.
So Simple, Go Ride. Allen Sports.

Grams Thoughts => The
light utilizes a robust billet aluminum body and rubber o-rings to keep the
weather out, and has an rubberized on-off button which engages with a
simple push on the back end of the light. You can infinitely change the light from
the flood to spot mode and it does make a big difference in the beam pattern, but I found it was slightly difficult to operate. The light throws a decent circular beam, though I have only
been out just past dusk, so need more darkness time for further assessment. The size and
cylindrical shape made it advantageous to pack away, and it was easy to
slide on and off the mount. The mount seems to be poorly made, and I had
issues installing it. I first lost the nut for the clamp screw, and it
took me several times to get it reengaged. The top slider points in the
wrong direction, and its connection to the bar clamp is loose, so the
camera flops around somewhat, and there doesn’t seem to be an away to
tighten it down.

Update: I was able to push the clamp and the slider section apart enough to twirl the slider to the proper direction. Unfortunately this left things even looser, so I ended up super gluing them back together.

Specs:

  • MSRP: 1W $39.99, 3W $44.99 and 5W $54.99
  • All Aluminum Housing Front and Rear Lights
  • Ultra Bright 5 Watt Front Light with Cree Bulb
  • USB Rechargeable Front Light
  • Adjustable Beam Front Light with 2000x Zoom
  • Lumens: Front – Up to 280 Lm/ Rear – 5 Lm With 6 Red LED
  • Front Light Waterproof to IPX5 Rating
  • Multi Operating Modes Both Front and Rear Lights
  • Includes USB Charger and Batteries

For further information visit www.allensportsusa.com

 
OneUp Components ER Sprocket, Narrow Wide Chainrings and RADr Cage
 
You
can upgrade your current 10-speed cassette to an 11-42 or 11-40 wide
range cassette with the OneUp Components 42T/40T Sprocket. It’s a
low-cost alternative that’s easy to install on an 11-36 cassette, and
only requires swapping out one cog from the main cluster. It compatible
with most SRAM and Shimano 10spd components, and comes in black and
green and costs $90 for the 42T and $85 for the 40T, and now includes a
16T replacement cog. I tested the 42T version here: OneUp Components 42T Sprocket.
 

Their
new Narrow Wide Chainrings have a profile to prevent chain drops, crud
chamfers for mud shedding performance and extended ring life, and
reinforced wide tooth design for durability. The 7075-T6 aluminum
chainrings, have a 104 BCD spacing, come in black and green, and cost
$53 for the 30-tooth and $7 for the 32 and 34-tooth versions.

The
new RADr derailleur cage was designed for Shimano Saint and Zee
systems, but works with all Shimano Shadow+ rear derailleurs. Just like
its brethren the RAD cage, it dramatically improves shifting performance
on any extended range Shimano 1X10 drivetrain. It includes front and
rear replacement cages, comes in black and green and costs $55. I tested
the original RAD cage here: OneUp Components-Shimano RAD

Grams Thoughts => I have enjoyed a long term test with their 42T and
40T sprockets, and they have given me good shifting performance. The
addition of the RAD cage made a world of difference, and elevated things
to a new level in shifting performance, and provided crisper and
smoother shift transitions.  I am looking forward to testing the new
RADr cage and the Narrow Wide chainrings, and anticipate continued
improvements in shifting.

For further information visit www.oneupcomponents.com

WTB High Tail Saddle

Pivot’s
Chris Cocalis and suspension guru Dave Weagle came to us with an idea
so splendid, we simply couldn’t refuse. Make a saddle to accommodate
longer travel bikes that would otherwise buzz saddles to smithereens. So
we did, and it’s light and svelte enough that it belongs on all bikes.
Yup, gram counters wake up, a rear cut out shaves grams and
vacuum-formed edges create beauty along with legendary WTB
comfort-technology for all we say.

Grams thoughts => The
new downhill specific High Trail comes in three versions, the Carbon
rails for $249.95, and the Titanium rails for $159.95 and the Cromoly
rails for $119.95. The saddle features a unique and distinctive cut-out
at the back of the saddle, allowing for additional rear tire clearance
as a full suspension 27.5” bike cycles through its travel. The saddle
not only has the cut-out section in the back, but the rails are bent
outward slightly to let a fat tire squeeze between them. I am looking
forward to seeing how this light Carbon railed version rides in the real
world.

Specs:

  • Sizing: Narrow- Short (128mm x 255mm)
  • Carbon version: Carbon rails, Black w/ gold accents, 159g, Microfiber Cover, Carbon shell, DNA padding
  • Team version: Titanium rails, Black w/ black accents, 200g, Microfiber Cover, Flex-Tuned shell, DNA padding
  • Pro version: Cromoly rails, Black w/ white accents, 225g, Microfiber Cover, Flex-Tuned shell, DNA padding

For further information visit www.wtb.com

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