Plenty of exciting new products have emerged this month, including Shimano’s surprise 29er specific gear, Lynskey’s bling titanium seatpost and the news of Eclat’s one-piece patent...

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Eclat has been awarded the patent to its one piece, full nylon composite seat, meaning for those wanting to make a single-mould saddle and seatpost combo, the brand’s parent company WeThePeople should be approached.

The new design and patent allows manufacturers to produce the lightest seat and post combo possible. Two styles of Eclat’s combo are now available – padded and bare – both of which come in a variety of colours.

Rob Harrison of WeThePeople’s marketing department told BikeBiz: "We’re already licensing it out to other companies who have asked. Ours may look like some two-piece designs, because we’ve used an alloy sleeve over the top of the post. However, it’s a single-mould construction."

The seat is available through the UK distributor Hot-wheels.

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New at Hotlines is the Lynskey titanium seatpost. Among the lightest seatposts available, the product is also so tough that the brand has offered a ‘no questions guarantee’ on it too.

The post is intended for either road or off-road use and provides the fundamental requirements of a high performance seatpost: durability, lightweight, and ease of use.

The shaft is crafted from aerospace grade 3al-2.5v titanium. The head design is very lightweight and functional. The two-bolt design allows infinite and simple seat angle adjustment. This concept also guarantees no slippage of the saddle angle during riding as it does not rely on friction to hold the saddle angle in place.

A tension rod extends through the titanium shaft and transfers 100 per cent of the stress directly to the shaft. In other words this head design doesn’t rely on bonding or welding to hold the shaft head. Historically, these assemblies have been a problem area for titanium seatposts.

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The much-sought after Rido saddles brand has launched a global appointed specialist partners programme, whereby retailers and distributors worldwide can exclusively handle the product.

Within the UK, Bridgwater-based Thorn Cycles, known online as St John Street Cycles, has taken stock of the Rido R2 saddles, which utilise ‘pressure shift geometry’ which distributes the downward pressure of the rider’s weight away from the delicate areas and diverts it to the ‘sit bones’.

According to Rido MD John Kenney: "SJS Cycles owner Robin Thorn has been a fan of the Rido saddle for quite some time now, and it was his enthusiasm for innovation, coupled with his dedication to retailing that made his company an ideal first appointment."

The patented shape eliminates perineal pain and discomfort, meaning longer rides for those often left sore from long periods on a bike.

Designed for a more universal acceptance, the new Rido R2 is the updated, better looking and even more comfortable version of the original award-winning model. Of the same dimensions as a regular sports saddle, the R2 is a one-size-fits-all model used by time-triallers, triathletes, mountain bikers, leisure cyclists, tandem riders, commuters, and men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes.

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Debuted on Astana’s team bikes, the Bontrager Aeolus 9.0 deep carbon rim wheels were designed by Steve Hed, who runs HED wheels. The rim has a 90mm depth and a 16-spoke design. Titanium skewers are used, alongside alloy valve extenders.

The wheel runs on a DT Swiss hub, while each spoke nipple is hidden for improved aerodynamics. The wheel is backed with Bontrager’s five-year warranty.

According to Bontrager’s web page, the Aeolus 9.0 clincher is 240 grams lighter than the industry leading 90mm deep three spoke wheel and 28-grams less than the leading 100mm deep-dish wheel.

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Genuine Innovations has launched the only CO2 tyre inflator that fits disc and aero wheelsets. The company’s inflation device instantly pumps up any tyre and works with 12, 16 and 25 gram threaded CO2 cartridges.

The USA-made, patented device also carries a lifetime warranty.

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It wasn’t all groupsets and new wheels during February’s Shimano new product presentation. The components giant had a variety of other offerings, including 29er specific hubs and cassettes, as well a new E-thru axle system.

The latest SLX hub is designed to optimise fork performance and result in an exceptionally high rigidity, as well as offering precise disc alignment. The hubs feature a centre lock disc rotor mount and utilises a reliable labyrinth seal design. A six-bolt model (HB-M758) is also available.

Although still mainly a US trend, Shimano has noted the progression of the 29er market and has come up with a few specific products to cater for the larger wheeled bike.

The 29er specific cassette offers a lower gear ratio ranging from 12 to 36, each sprocket utilising the Hyperglide sprocket design. The cassette is compatible with Shimano’s XTR, XT, SLX, Deore and Saint groupsets.

Secondly, two hubs will soon be available specifically designed for high-torque, low gear ratio applications. Again, the hubs use a labyrinth seal design and have adjustable angular contact bearings. Two options are available, both Center Lock and six bolt.

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