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Product parade continues: The latest from Lezyne, GT and Magura

Published July 6, 2018
Lezyne's Mega C GPS

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Lezyne goes bigger in GPS, GT tunes up its suspension for trail and all-mountain, and Magura pulls the lever on a grip of new offerings in BRAIN’s latest roundup of new products.

 Lezyne

Lezyne will introduce its new Mega series of GPS cycling computers at Eurobike. The California-based company launched its first GPS devices in 2015, and says the new Mega XL and Mega C units represent a new level of sophistication and performance while still maintaining value pricing at retail.

In addition to full mapping capabilities, both devices have larger displays and longer battery run times (48 hours for Mega XL, 32 hours for Mega C). The Mega C features a 240 x 320-pixel color screen, while the Mega XL has a 240 x 400-pixel high-resolution screen. The Mega XL can also be oriented vertically or horizontally. The larger screens display up to 10 data fields across five pages on the Mega XL and up to eight data fields across five pages on the Mega C.

Maps can be downloaded and transferred to the Mega GPS devices using Lezyne’s GPS Root website or GPS Ally phone app, both of which are free to users. Once users save and load an area, they can create routes, search for destinations or find their way home without a live data connection thanks to the devices’ offline navigation capabilities.

In addition to enabling easy setup, the Lezyne Ally phone app allows riders to receive incoming phone calls, text messages and social media notifications from popular social medial platforms. Lezyne’s GPS platforms also sync with Strava, TrainingPeaks and Today’s Plan to follow Strava Live Segments and custom workouts.

The Mega XL and Mega C will retail for $199.99 each.

GT Bicycles

GT has redesigned its Force all-mountain and Sensor trail bike platforms, both of which feature a new version of the brand’s four-bar Linkage Tuned Suspension (LTS) design.

“These bikes were designed around our updated LTS platform without using any proprietary components,” said Cait Dooley, GT’s global director of product. “This allows riders to choose how they want their bike to perform whether they’re racing on the Force or hitting their home trails on the Sensor.”

The Force and Sensor’s flip chip changes bottom bracket height by 7 millimeters, head angle by 0.75 degrees and reach by 5 millimeters. “When set to high, riders will find pedaling optimized geometry that gives them improved climbing efficiency and more clearance to avoid pedal strikes. When set to low, the bikes become slacker for more control on the descents so riders can charge with confidence,” GT stated in a release.

The Force rolls on 27.5-inch wheels, has 150 millimeters of travel, and will be available in two alloy and two carbon models. The Sensor has 29-inch wheels, 130 millimeters of travel, and will be available in two alloy and three carbon models.

Magura

Brake maker Magura is introducing a host of new products and refinements for 2019, including ergonomic lever improvements, flat-mount versions of existing brakes, a two-piece rotor, and a limited run of 125th-anniversary brakes.

Magura says the new HC one-finger carbon lever gives its MT8 SL brake more power and a record low weight of 195 gram. Additionally, the company is introducing a budget-friendly cross-country disc brake, the MT8 Pro, which has all the features of the top-end MT8 SL but with an aluminum one-finger HC lever.

Magura has also revised its product descriptions for 2019. The “PRO” (Super Light) label now represents models with a one-finger carbon lever, while the “SL” label is for models with a one-finger aluminum lever.

The MT Sport is a new entry-level two-piston brake suited for city riding and cross-country and all-mountain MTB adventures. Magura will also offer its MT4 and MT8 SL models in flat-mount versions to meet the increased use of flat-mount brakes on cross-country bikes.

To mark the company’s 125th anniversary, Magura is producing a limited-edition brake based on its MT7 model and HC3 one-finger lever, and engraved with 1893 for the year of the company’s founding. (Just 1,839 sets will be produced.) The brake set is packaged in a wood box and comes with 12 different custom ring colors that can be fitted to any Magura caliper.

Lastly, the new Storm CL two-piece brake rotor is designed to provide strong braking performance under high loads and is equipped with a Centerlock mount.

 

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