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XC, gravel gear headline Leatt's revamped MTB line

Published November 10, 2023

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (BRAIN) — After reporting global revenue was down 48% in the third quarter year-over-year and pledging a renewed focus on the mountain bike protective gear market earlier this week, Leatt released details about its revamped products days later.

The company has redesigned its mountain bike helmets, apparel, and shoes for 2024. Also, there will be a new category — Endurance — aimed at cross-country and gravel riders. Leatt joined with Gregor Egger and Lukas Baum from Speed Company Racing — winners of Cape Epic in 2022 — to develop the Endurance apparel and helmets. The jerseys and bibs feature "high-end elastic interface chamois" and come in cargo options.

Two new helmet models — Endurance 3.0 and 4.0 — feature "Powerbridge construction for greater shell strength and load distribution, as well as Leatt's 360° Turbine Technology to help reduce forces associated with concussion."

While it's branching into a new mountain bike discipline, Leatt hasn't ignored gravity mountain bikers. It has a new flagship downhill-certified full-face helmet, the 6.0 Carbon. The shell is made of M-Forge Carbon, and two types of foam are utilized (EPS and EPO) A "moto-style" inner-liner is used and can be removed to wash or fine tune fit.

The all-mountain line gets a makeover with short- and long-sleeved jerseys that have a concealed hip belt that supports three different sized cargo back pockets, what Leatt calls a hidden integrated hip bag. The pants and shorts integrate a carry option for removable chin-guards or other pads.

The new SPD shoes are led by the 7.0 HydraDri clip shoe, which Leatt says reimagines its wet-weather flat version. The 5.0 ProClip shoe has two versions: one with additional ventilation, and another with a HydraDri waterproof membrane. The Proflat 2.0 shoe combines RideGrip Pro compound soles with an upper construction utilizing knitted stretch tongue and collar, as well as a MOZ Cable Lacing System.

Finally, the new 4.0 X-Flow goggles are open at the cheek-piece, putting them between classic goggles and sports sunglasses.

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