Tech Briefing: Tools, Green Initiatives, Inexpensive Bikes & More – June 2020

by | June 3, 2020

Tech Briefing is a feature for the new stuff that we spot every month, but haven’t gotten our hands on yet. An eclectic serving of tech, from revolutionary products to novel traditional gear, with some wacky stuff thrown in for good measure.

GT Zaskar LT Trail Hardtail

£999/€1199 – £1,299 / €1,499

GT’s iconic frame gets a more aggressive update. (Learn more.)

Sixpack Racing Millenium Stem


The CNC-machined stem is made from 6061-T6 aluminum, comes in two lengths – 35mm and 45mm – and with a freeride-friendly rise of 0°. (Learn more.)

Deity Deftrap Nylon Pedal

$49.99 USD

The Deftrap pedal is a fully sealed, rebuildable nylon pedal. (Learn more.)

Forbidden Bike Co.’s Ziggy Link

$179.99 CAD

The Ziggy Link recalibrates the Druid’s geometry for a smaller rear wheel. (Learn more.)

PNW Components Recycled Dropper Program


PNW Component’s refurbished dropper posts can save riders some cash and come with a 1-year warranty. (Learn more.)

Ninja Mount Fox Helmet GoPro Mounts

29,90€ / 32,90€

Two new under visor mounts for the Proframe and Rampage. (Learn more.)

Cascade Components V2 Hightower LT Link

$249 USD

Cascade Components’ new link increases the Hightower’s rear travel to 150 millimeters. (Learn more.)

Shotgun ‘Shred Til Bed’ The MTB Alphabet Book For Kids

$29 USD

Shotgun launches an animal alphabet book with 52 pages of MTB stoke. (Learn more.)

Actofive’s Steel & Aluminum High Pivot Trail Bike


Get ready to drool over this new German trail machine. (Learn more.)

Polygon 2020 Siskiu Series

$2999 USD

A new 160mm 29er from Polygon. (Learn more.)

SDG Bel-Air V3 Saddle

$59.99/€59.99 – $189.99/€189.99

SDG marks 25 years of the Bel-Air with the new V3 Saddle. (Learn more.)

Dirtlej Releases a Kids’ Version of its Dirtsuit

199,00 €

A smaller version of the one-piece suit for younger riders. (Learn more.)

Bjorn Bikes Recycled Grips

$29.50 USD

Bjorn Bikes has partnered with ODI Grips to produce grips out of recycled leftover thermoplastic elastomers. (Learn more.)

Cotic BFeMAX Hardcore 29″ Hardtail

£1,849 / EUR 2,125 / US $1,925 and up

Cotic adds to their BFe range of hardcore hardtails with the new 29″ BFeMAX. (Learn more.)

Dynaplug Carbon Racer Tire Plugging Tool

$47.99 USD

At 14 grams, Dynaplug claims this is the lightest plugging tool on the market. (Learn more.)

Cane Creek Hellbender 70 Bottom Bracket & T47 Hellbender Neo Bottom Bracket

$99 USD / $150 USD

The Cane Creek Hellbender 70 bottom bracket starts at $99 and the Hellbender Neo T47 retails for $150. (Learn more.)

Wolf Tooth Performance Headsets With Black Oxide Bearings

$39.95 – $44.95 (uppers) & $19.95 – $34.95 (lowers)

Wolf Tooth has added a new, more affordable line of headsets to their catalog. (Learn more.)

Andreani Group PAC-1 Dual Compound SuperMousse Tire Insert

€ 38.00

A new option from the Andreani Group to help you prevent flat tires and ride flat tires out without damaging your rims. (Learn more.)

Chromag’s Expanded 2020 Apparel Line


Chromag adds new options to its range of riding apparel. (Learn more.)

Rose 2021 Root Miller & Ground Control Trail Bikes

€1,699 / £1,541.96 and up

Rose Bikes has announced the details of the 150mm Root Miller and 120mm Ground Control. (Learn more.)

‘Send It!’ Online Version of Mountain Bike Board Game


You can now play the ‘Send It!’ Mountain Bike Board Game online for free. (Learn more.)

Automatic & Stepless Revonte ONE Drive eMTB System


The Revonte ONE Drive system replaces the need for the rear derailleur and cassette with an internal CVT transmission. (Learn more.)

3 New Abbey Bike Tools

$100 – $250 USD

Abbey Bike Tools have added a US-made hammer, pedal wrench, and dishing tool to their lineup. (Learn more.)

Radon Swoop Enduro Bike

€2,999 – €4,499

The Swoop enduro bike now comes in carbon and features an adjustable headset on all models. (Learn more.)

Specialized’s Rockhopper Hardtail

Starting at £379/ $500 / €500

Specialized’s entry-level hardtail gets brought up to date. (Learn more.)