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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.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Blending mobility and protection, the low-profile design of the Trail Skins 2 knee guards delivers unrestricted pedaling and all-day comfort while still meeting European standards for impact protection.

SQUAMISH, British Columbia (BRAIN) — The 7mesh WK2 women’s bib short is now in stores. The WK2 features Pull2P technology, providing the comfort and support of bib straps and the ease and simplicity of a pull-on. The WK2 retails for $150.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Ergon introduced its first women’s saddle with a women’s-only saddle demo and launch party at Sports Garage in Boulder in late January.

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WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (BRAIN) — Tifosi Optics has released its SWANK sunglass, combining a lifestyle silhouette and a vibrant color palette with many of the technical features found in the brand’s high-performance sports sunglasses.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Rock Bar is a semi-rigid nylon and foam storage case that can attach to multiple locations on the bike — handlebars, downtube, toptube and even long seatposts.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Gore Wear is now making its lightweight waterproof Shakedry jackets available in more than one color. 

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (BRAIN) — Kenda Tire has expanded its e-bike tire line with new offerings in multiple mountain bike categories as well as urban/trekking models.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components is recalling about 5,500 road bikes in the U.S., plus about 360 in Canada and 260 in Mexico, because the bikes' composite forks can break.

New brand to be distributed by Provision Cycling.

UDINE, Italy (BRAIN) — Repente, a new Italian brand, is offering a line of high-end saddles that use a lightweight carbon base and rails with modular, replaceable covers so riders can change out the cover for their intended use.

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Mountainsmith's 2018 Cycle Cube is a compartmentalized, breathable, bike-specific storage bag. It has room for clothing, shoes, helmet, glasses, and food.

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (BRAIN) — SOLOS, a unit of Kopin Corporation, has announced the second generation of its Smart Glasses. The latest version adds running features and introduces enhanced software to facilitate real-time coaching and enable group communication.

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Finish Line's Tubeless Tire Sealant solves problems presented by other sealants, the company said.

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Sombrio is getting into the custom clothing market with a customizable mountain bike jersey line. The company said the low minimum makes the program attractive for shops creating team jerseys as well as weekend warriors who want to kit out their crew.

DALLAS (BRAIN) — Muc-Off has launched its new Luxury Chamois Cream in the U.S. market with 100ml-size bottles now available through distributor Hans Johnsen. Muc-Off's other U.S. distributors will be stocking 100ml bottles and 250ml bottles starting in March.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — New for 2018, the Padrone Digital Double wireless cyclometer combines features from CatEye's Strada Digital Double and the form factor of the company's Padrone smart computer into one design.

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