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MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Wolf tooth's new RoadLink DM modifies direct mount Shimano road rear derailleurs to enable use with wider range cassettes. The product fits Shimano's current generation R8000 Ultegra and R9100 Dura-Ace rear derailleurs.

MAYSVILLE, Ky. (BRAIN) — British bag maker Restrap has signed a manufacturing and distribution agreement with Wald Sports to produce a collection of Basket Bags specifically made for Wald bike baskets. The company also has launched a new front bag, the Rando.

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components worked with Canada's 4iiii Innovations to develop the power meter technology used in its new line of Power Crank power meters, which was released to the public on Wednesday.

CAMBRIDGE, New Zealand (BRAIN) — New Zealand-based bike fitting company Velogicfit has launched a new 3D Motion bike fitting system for bike retailer use.

The company said the new version of its system is easier to use and allows customers to see the effect of position changes in real time.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — SwissStop is recalling about 750 disc brake pads because the pads can separate from their backplate.

This recall involves SwissStop EXOTherm disc brake pads sold as aftermarket parts. Only disc pads with models listed below are included in the recall:

HILDEBRAN, N.C. (BRAIN) — Sock maker DeFeet International is using blockchain technology in its packaging to allow consumers to authenticate their purchase and create a connection for warranty, repair and loyalty programs.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Lindarets' Thru Axle Wheel Mount was made to securely hold thru axle front wheels to a wall or other surface, for storage, display or transport. The company said it developed the product in part to hold wheels inside a Sprinter van while driving to bike rides and events. 

COTATI, Calif. (BRAIN) — Yuba Bikes new Electric Boda Boda, available this week, features a Shimano STEPS motor with three pedal assist settings and is available with traditional or step-thru frame style.

Tagged Electric bike

LIVINGSTON, U.K. (BRAIN) — Scottish clothing brand Endura has launched a new collection of aero clothing and helmets developed with Drag2Zero, a company founded by noted aerodynamicist Simon Smart.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Earlier this winter at Boulder's Sports Garage store, Ergon USA held the first of a series of demo events for its new women's saddle line. 

Photos by Mike Curiak.

MANCOS, Colo. (BRAIN) — The new Caribou model from Alpacka Raft claims to be the lightest and most packable full-size packraft on the market. It can carry a bike and it packs small enough to be carried on a bike's handlebars for dirt/water adventures.

CALABASAS, Calif. (BRAIN) — At a media and retail launch Wednesday in Southern California, Fox detailed the new Flux, which maintains the classic look of the original but also take cues from the brand’s newer Proframe full-face all-mountain helmet and Metah open-face helmet.

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Designed to assist in removing thru-axle hub end caps without damaging them, Unior Bike Tools' Hub Genie works via an expanding collet on the inside of the end cap.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Donnelly is rolling out a 650b range of its X'PLOR tire series.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Vintage Electric is offering a Jeff Clark e-bike, in association with Clark, the founder of The Titans of Maverick Surf Contest. Only 20 of the bikes will be produced. 

Tagged Electric bike

STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) — POC has launched a new aero road bike helmet model, the Ventral. The Swedish brand said the Ventral is "the fastest, most aerodynamic, ventilated, lightweight and safest helmet we have ever developed."

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Allen Sports is recalling about 150 UltraX and Ultra1 folding bikes because the frames can break. 

The company is refunding purchasers of the bikes, which were sold on Amazon.com and eBay from May 2014 through July 2017 for between $500 and $4,000.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Shimano went public this week with a slew of new products including more affordable wheels for road and gravel and upgraded Alivio, Acera and Altus entry-level mountain bike components.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Po Campo's new Irving Backpack Pannier is an easily interchangeable bag that works equally well as a comfy backpack or a sturdy pannier and converts between the two in seconds.

PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) — E-Thirteen has updated its TRS+ dropper post with new internals and a revised bushing layout to make the 170-millimeter-stroke post shorter in overall length than E-Thirteen’s 150-millimeter post.

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