Clif goes Coconut… and vino?
As a test editor, I get to taste all iterations of new bars. Most are mild variants of one another. There are a few that stand out, for one of two reasons: nutritional delivery profile (taste be damned) or taste. I found a taste standout yesterday, and was carried back to the day of enjoying an Almond Joy. It was just that good.
Clif Bar used PressCamp, the annual pre-Eurobike, pre-Interbike press invite event to debut a few new goodies from the bike industry. And as always, the debut of a new flavor in the good ‘ol basic Clif Bar was a home run.
If you’re a fan of coconut, Clif Bar debuted one of our new favorites: Clif Bar Coconut Chocolate Chip. Granted, we’re coconut fans, but in our opinion, Coconut Chocolate Chip is one of the best-tasting bars we’ve tried in some time.
Clif can also whet your whistle with a new Clif Blok flavor, Clif Blok Citrus (replacing lemon-lime) and an annual seasonal flavor for the holidays: Peppermint Stick. The Blocks will be available in October, and of those will debut around Interbike.
What didn’t we expect? How about the perfect post-hike travel companion (apart from a loved one, of course)? You know what we’re talking about: wine.
Clif Bar founder Gary Erickson owns Clif Family Winery, and as an outdoor afficianado and wine connoisseur, has crafted a way of marrying the experiences: a travel-ready wine carriage. Clif Family Winery’s The Climber is the first all-terrain wine transportation pouch. For those who enjoy a fine glass of chardonnary or cab overlooking, say the north rim of the Grand Canyon, or atop Mount Tam after a good day of training, this is your call. Clif offers a cabernet sauvignon or a chardonnary in a pouch that’s equivalent to two bottles of wine, priced at $17 each. The pouch has a sealed spigot that allows the wine to keep for up to a month, and being a recycleable pouch, it has an 80 percent decreased carbon footprint than a glass bottle. The wine itself is a product of the Clif Family Winery, located in Sonoma, Calif. Unless your local shop also has a state liquor license, you’ll have to order it for shipping at cliffamilywinery.com.
Finally, Clif showed us their new interactive website called meetthemoment.com. It’s a meeting place for the inspiring and the inspired. Any athlete can upload an image from any captured “moment” they experienced in life. Could be a first triathlon finish, a PR, a great run, a perfect wave. The user can then push in their own quick tagline to accompany the image. As users upload images to the site and create their “moment,” they then have the option to choose among five beneficiaries (IMBA, Access Fund, Surfrider Foundation, Leave No Trace and Winter Wildlands Alliance1) that Clif Bar will donate $5 to—up to $25,000 per beneficiary.
Wahoo Fitness Revolutionizes the iPhone
An entrepreneur who tired of having to upload his ride data to several different, Wahoo Fitness founder Chip Hawkins decided to start his own company and create an all-in-one utility. And place that utility in the most used tool in … well, in daily life: the iPhone.
Wahoo Fitness debuts what is effectively bringing the iPhone into the sport with the first wireless ANT+ iPhone transceiver.
Whoa, whoa, whoa; why would I want to make my iPhone a bike computer?” Hell, why would I risk damaging my little glass jewel?” First of all, the phone is encased in a shock-resistant, water-resistant housing that mounts to your stem or between your aerobars. Think Otterbox, in a bike-mounted format.
As for risking your ability to call your spouse if you flat in the middle of nowhere, no worries there. The unit is a low-energy app.
Once you get your head around the fact that it’s safe and energy-efficient to use your iPhone for your computer needs, the unit delivers an unending list of features that your basic computer—let alone power meter–can’t do on their own. Place it in a between-aerobar-mounted cradle, and you have an ultimate computer. “Cyclists have been trained for years to go for less, and to go lighter. But once they try this, they’re hooked.”
“I created this because I just like having my data in one place,” Hawkins said. “The technology was there to add all the features of a computer into an iPhone, so that’s our focus; bring iPhones into the sport.
With Wahoo Fitness, your iPhone is secured into a shockproof, water-resistant receiver (which fits iPhone 4 or iPhone 3 with an interior sleeve). Suddenly, your iPhone has become a powerhouse capable of reading speed, heart rate, heart rate zones, cadence… and power And for power, every conceivable metric that would ordinarily draw from your PowerTap, SRM or Quarq to a Garmin or a brand-specific head unit, now goes to your iPhone. Data from current watts to max, average and time interval averages are all there.
Wahoo has a solution for every question you could have. Want to push your saved ride or run data to TrainingPeaks or Strava through your phone? It does just that, pushing to about 60 global apps Wahoo works with.
Worried about running your iPhone battery down? The ANT+ protocol is already low-energy, able of running for about 3.5 hours in a screen-on mode—and a bit more with the screen off. But to back up your long Ironman training ride, Wahoo made available an optional “piggyback” battery that adds at least six hours of battery time (with screen and telemetry on) to your training recording.
OK, how about this: live telemetry—can it do that? Yep. Wahoo Fitness did a demonstration upon our arrival with a few riders doing a loop around Park City, where journalists could see live speed, power, cadence, through a pushed service with mapmytracks.com We know athletes are gonna want to not only allow friends and family to track them live during races, but spouses will be able to not only see if their loved ones will be home late for dinner.
And it’s not just for the bike. Wahoo created a running program that allows you to track your speed and pace with a footpod. And there’s more in the pipeline that is in concept stage that I was asked to keep on the low-low. The unit will also pair with fitness items including the LeMond Revolution’s PowerPilot.
The potential for this unit goes on and on, from the ability to beam training onto a screen with Apple’s Airplay. Even the source of data draw—whether GPS or a speed and cadence sensor—is the user’s option.
Don’t necessarily trust the ability of it to push GPS data? You can still use your Garmin computer like a Forerunner 310EX, and—get this—Wahoo can pull the data from your Garmin—wirelessly—and push it to the online data upload host (eg., TrainingPeaks) of your choice. No need to plug your Garmin into a your computer.
The product line. includes the transceiver case and included wireless speed and cadence sensor ($120), as well as a run/gym pack that includes a heart rate monitor strap and a dongle transceiver for $120. The iPhone extra-life battery prices at $60 and an aerobar mount prices at $20. has been out only since February and has been pretty quiet until now.. but we expect this one to take off pretty quickly.
Tifosi Debuts Six New Sunnies
Quick: name the glasses everyone sees on the pros. I think we all know that brand starts with an “O.” Now consider your local shop. They may carry the big “O,” but there’s probably a few other brands on offer. Likely delivering some solid features, but not in the triple-digit pricing arena.
That’s the area Tifosi has enjoyed a ton of success in. Their crew gave us a chart from independent auditors Leisure Trends of sunglass models sold in speciality retailers in 2010 and through the year 2011; Tifosi owned first six spots of the top 15 spots.
So while Oakley may be the brand everyone aspires to, the ones that are within the budget, and summarily end up out on the roads, are Tifosi. A combination of solid design, a range of colors and functional features (including adjustable nosepieces and hydrophilic nose pads and temples for greater grip) all pair with a great value. Most glasses range from $40 to $70.
For 2012, Tifosi gave us a look at their six new offerings, including the Logic XL (a new $60 large shield lens optic for larger faces), the Jet (a small light, open-frame design with a fixed nosepiece a killer $40 price), the vented-lens Tempt pricing at $60 and the stylish Altar with a cool gradient tint lens on some versions, which starts at $60. All the above glasses have option for upgrade to photochromic lenses as well.
But two new glasses stuck with us: the Seek and Seek FC. The Seek FC stands for “full coverage” with means a slightly larger frame for larger faces.
The glasses have an adjustable arm pieces and nose pads. Apart from their feathery 24g weight, what we love about them is the rimless design across the top, making for greater vison across the top of the glasses, key when riding in the aerobars. We think this one has great potential with triathletes. I will price at $50, or $90 with photochromic lenses.
Parlee TT Goes Electronic
We’ve always admired Parlee for the design of the TT. Since debuting it as a production bike last year, the beauty has always been the simplicity of the design. No crazy bends, just a modified NACA downtube profile clean, bridgeless seatstays.
Plus the company recently doubled its fit offerings, with a standard headtube or a 20mm taller headtube, thus solving for the consumer who wants the slammed front end, or the one doing an Ironman and needs a higher front end that would often end up in a stack of spacers under the stem. The addition of the tall headtube offering effectively doubled their size range to 10 sizes, as well as a wide range of stack and reach fit options.
They also introduced a notched rail system unlike any we’d ever seen. Parlee marketing manager Tom Rodi said it’s called a Weaver mount, which is often used by the military as a highly adjustable scope or light mount bracket. The notched system has independent pitch and fore/aft adjust, and the long section provides a range up to 82 degrees, with each notch equating to about a degree of seat tube angle. The complete bikes bikes are also priced very reasonably, starting at $4,700 spec’ed with SRAM Force or Shimano Ultegra.
So for 2012, Parlee made one change: make a Shimano Di2-compatible version (seen at top of the page). Enter the Parlee TTi. All the same frame options, but with cable porting into the frame to accommodate Shimano Di2. It, like the non-electric bikes, will fit the new wide wheels on the market. Rodi says it will be available in October.